Saturday, July 14, 2018

Uncle Scrooge #36 Review

Money for Nothing and Your Ducks for Free

Writer: Carl Barks, Carl Fallberg, Thad Komorowski
Artist: Marco Rota, Daan Jippes
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Pauly P

Is Scrooge McDuck always sharper than the sharpies? In "Treasure Above the Clouds," he's battling with playboy plutocrat John D. Rockerduck for ownership of an awesome Incan treasure-but in "Peril of the Black Forest," Scrooge fights his own nephews for possession of Duckburg's woodlands!

Robocop: Citizens Arrest #4 Review

Welcome to Scenic Detroit! 

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Pauly P

OCP announces their plan to reform the Ruins into a new neighborhood called the Plateau, as well as the devastating methods they plan to use

Run Wild Review

A doe, a deer. A female deer!

Written by: K.I. Zachopoulos
Art by: Vincenzo Balzano
Published by: BOOM-Archaia
Cover Price: $24.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Review by: Pauly P

Ava and Flynn have a rough time lately. Their mother left them alone in a wasteland with no food scared and nowhere to go and surrounded by monsters. She said she would change the world! Did she? Or did she just head out for a pack of cigarettes and just not come back? Let’s have a look and see what’s going on. 

The Crow: Memento Mori #4 Review

Story: Roberto Recchioni
Art: Werther Dell’Ederia
Colors: Giovanna Niro
Letters: Giovanni Marinovich
Published By IDW
Cover Price 3.99
Reviewed by Wheezy

Back Up – The Most Beautiful Suicide
Story: Micol Beltramini
Art: Daniele Serra
Letters: Giovanni Marinovich

David’s quest for revenge comes to an abrupt end and not in the way you might think. I am unsure how long this series is set to last but the words ‘to be concluded’ at the end if the issue has me inclined to believe that the next one will be the last.

Ducktales #10 Review

Writer: Joe Caramagna, Steve Behling Artist: Emilio Urbano, Ciro Cangialosi, Christina Giorgilli, Dario Calabria Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 11, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Wheezy

The last issue was generic Ducktales and this reviewer said as much, I am now over the hump of expectation and realise that these are never going to be anything more than the Disney shorts we got as youngsters it will make the reviewing experience easier. Again, two stories so the odds are in my favour again.

Ruinworld #1 Review

Written by Derek Laufman
Illustrated by Derek Laufman
Lettered by Warren Montgomery
BOOM! Comics
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Review by: Dave Johnson

Monster Spiders! Giant Slugs! Pigs with nausea issues! Ruin World by Derek Laufman is an all-ages adventure comic that packs all of this and more into a fast-paced and exciting issue that will have fans engaged from the first page.

Optimus Prime #20 Review

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Kei Zama
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by Chris Groves

"The Falling," Part 5. Optimus Prime has faced defeat before and come back... but he's never seen anything like this. Beyond life, beyond death-only the wisdom of an old friend can save him. Meanwhile, Victorion battles Devastator... and only one will survive.

The return of Bumblebee!  One shall rise, one shall fall, but who will destroy them all?

Transformers: Lost Light #20 Review

Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Casey Coller
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by Chris Groves

Rodimus vs. Getaway! Finally!

Transformers: Unicron #1 Review

Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Alex Milne
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99
Review by Chris Groves

The end is nigh! The Darkest Hour has come. Optimus Prime stages a desperate gamble as the world-eater, Unicron, approaches Windblade's homeworld-but that's just the appetizer. The main course is Cybertron (with a side of Earth)... and it's starting to look like no force in the galaxy can stop the end from coming.

The Dead Hand #4 Review

The Next Generation

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Stephen Mooney
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 11 July 2018

This book has been a balls to the wall action deal so far, an American-Russian James Bond-esque action flick set in Twin Peaks! So far, so crazy, but it has certainly been an experience that's been really enjoyable to date. Will the trend continue? Let's see!

Isola #4 Review


Written by: Brenden Fletcher / Karl Kerschl
Art by: Karl Kerschl
Colors by: Msassyk
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Published by: Image

Publication date: 11 July 2018 

To date this book has been an exercise in mystery wrapped in beautiful art. I was reading something the other day which cast question upon whether the high standard of art in many modern comic books was compatible with the monthly timetabling of most comics. This is the type of book that the writer had in mind no doubt. The art in this series is so intricate that it is almost counter-intuitive to the pop culture assumptions around comic books. Let's see how the beautiful art sits alongside the latest narrative developments. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 98 - Nightwing #93 (2004)

And Then She Mounts Him

Hello! In this episode, our caring and compassionate comics readers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) tackle an uncomfortable subject when they read Devin Grayson and Patrick Zircher's Nightwing #93, published by DC Comics in 2004! After some biographical information and a little place-setting, the duo use their vocal stylings to read the entire issue. Then they look at the ciritical reaction to the book and some background information on Devin that might help explain--or illuminate the reasoning behind some of these story choices. After that, our rabble-rousers talk about some other coordinated fan responses to the comic book industry. And then some listener mail! It's a jam-packed episode that you may listen to only consensually.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: July 11, 2018

why am I not reading this?
Variants, Variants Everywhere

There were quite a few good DC Comics this week, and somehow a bunch of really good covers on 'em too! For the first time in as long as I can remember, I had to pare this list down from about seven or eight covers! I even stuck one here, just for fun. Our cup of covers runneth over!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Detective Comics #984 Review

Secrets and Lies

Written by: Bryan Hill
Art by: Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, Adriano Lucas and Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

What DC Said:

“On The Outside” part two! Batman wanted Black Lightning involved in the lives of his protégés—but how involved was the Dark Knight thinking? What kind of missions will Jefferson Pierce take them on? And what, exactly, is he whispering in their ears about Batman himself?

The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9 Review and Spoilers

Woe and Wonder

Written by Bryan Hill with Warren Ellis

Art by: N Steven Harris, Dexter Vines, and Andy Owens
Colors by: Ross Campbell
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Price: $3.99

Michael Cray is playing a dangerous game. Pretending to give his allegiance to the Wild Storm universe's mad Diana Prince, while secretly working with a psychotic John Constantine to foil her plan to bring back the old Greek gods so that Constantine will help him deal with a sentient tumour in his head, which is a course of action that places him directly at odds with his boss Christine Trelane, Cray's got not only a game within a game to consider but also an opponent embedded within his own mind. To say that he's got his work cut out is an understatement. The fact that the stakes include not only Cray's personal well-being but the fate of the entire world only makes the game that more intriguing. Throw in the enigmatic Dr. Shahi and Cray's erstwhile 'team' and there's enough going on here to make your head spin. It's a good job that writer Bryan Hill knows what he's doing, then, isn't it?

Sideways #6 Review

Let's dive right in, shall we?

Storytellers: Carmine Di Giandomenico and Dan DiDio
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Dan Brown, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

This is the most important issue of the series by far. It's executed quite finely by the creative team, and I can't wait to see how the events of this issue affect Derek in the coming months. As impactful as the issue is for me personally, I wish it came earlier in the series just so the overall pace of the book could have been tighter. And with this, Derek is one step closer to truly becoming DC's Spider-Man.

Suicide Squad #44 Review and **SPOILERS**

Become the Snake

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Joe Bennett 
Inks: Mick Gray and Vicente Cifuentas 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Guillem March and Tomeu Morey 
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina 
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editors: Katie Kubert and Mike Cotton 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 11, 2018


Looks like this is the end of the Batman/Deadshot story arc, and you know what that means: it was a four-issue arc! Pop the champagne! Strike up the band! A story arc that is under the five-issue trade collected minimum is something to celebrate, no matter how good it actually is. I think there should be a tax credit for comic book creators writing stories of two issues or less. I said it. Let society thank these people for not dragging us down with bloated, expanded yarns. Now let’s see how this particular one concluded in Suicide Squad #44, which I’ve reviewed right here!

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48 Review and **SPOILERS**

Let’s Get Ready to Talk About the Rumble

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciler: Rafa Sandoval 
Inker: Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Doug Mahnke and Wil Quintana 
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto 
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino 
Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: July 11, 2018


All around the planet Mogo 
The Darkstars punished evil 
The Lanterns fought back 
The Darkstars’ attack 
Pop! Goes the reader

Have a looksee at my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48, right here!

The Immortal Men #4 Review

Sibling Rivalry Gone Wrong

Writer: James Tynion IV
Art Team: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics
Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

One of the biggest reasons I was attracted to the New Age of DC Heroes lineup of books at the start was that they were billed as titles with DC's best artistic talent on them. However, at various points in all these titles lifespans, they have removed the initial 'creator' that attracted many readers to the books in favor of lesser, in many cases, names that don't have quite the same name appeal.  Immortal Men has been the biggest culprits of this offense so far with Jim Lee doing only part of issue #1 and that's all.  However, change is in the air as Tyler Kirkham steps up to the plate for this issue, one of my absolute favorite artists in all of comics. So let's see if Mr. Kirkham can breath a little life into this book going forward because I've been very cold on it so far.   

Plastic Man #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

Where’s the Waif That Said “Wang?”

Writer: Gail Simone 
Artist: Adriana Melo 
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick 
Letterer: Simon Bowland 
Cover Artist: Bilquis Evely with Mat Lopes 
Editor: Kristy Quinn 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 11, 2018


Back into the mystery that is Gail Simone and Adriana Melo’s Plastic Man! And I don’t mean the mystery within the story, but the sheer mystery of the character and series. What a screwball! Have a peek at my thoughts on the second issue, commencing heretofore!

Eternity Girl #5 Review and **SPOILERS**

It’s All Unraveling Together

Script: Magdalene Visaggio 
Pencils, Inks, Cover: Sonny Liew 
Colors: Chris Chuckry 
Letters: Todd Klein 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Editor: Andy Khouri 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 11, 2018


Whoa ho, folks! It’s here, the penultimate issue of Eternity Girl! I like to use the word penultimate because I know Eric hates it,* but whenever I do, I am reminded of a time I used the word penultimate incorrectly and was made the fool. So it’s a double-edged sword, cutting me as it cuts Eric!** Regardless, this six-issue miniseries is almost done, so this issue is sure to be a hum-dinger! Check out my review, right here!

*Eric will never read this review

**Seriously, Eric will never, ever even read the introduction to this review

Flash #50 Review

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

What DC said:

The lightning-fueled finale of “Flash War”! Zoom adapts two new Speed Force powers into his arsenal against both Barry Allen and Wally West. What are these strange new powers? What can they do? And how will this haunt the Scarlet Speedster long after “Flash War” is over? It’s the power of two Flashes pitted against the seemingly unstoppable Hunter Zolomon!

Wonder Woman #50 Review

My Brother's Keeper

Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Jesus Merino, Andy Owens, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Chris Sotomayor, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

It's time to finish up James Robinson's run of Wonder Woman and his Dark Gods arc....... and really, even though I used to really love James Robinson....... it's about time.  This book has suffered so bad under his helm and I don't know if it was because he was forced to write something like Jason, that he wasn't comfortable with or what.  I just know that Diana's twin for how long I waited to get his story feels so damn lackluster now that I hope we don't see him again for a long ass time.  Let's jump into this and see how the final issue of this arc fairs compared to the rest.  Let's check it out.

Titans #23 Review

A Meta Of Utter Malice

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brandon Peterson, Ivan Plascencia, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

The Titans have returned and they're trying to clean up the Justice League's mess after Metal, where they went and broke the Source Wall.  With that, we have Source Wall energy raining down on Earth constantly and making metas, which our Titans then have to contain.  Hopefully, the book becomes more than just our meta of the month, where Nightwing and Miss Martian bicker during the fight because I could see that getting real old, real fast.  Let's jump into this issue and see what we get.  Let's check it out.

Superman #1 Review

Zoned Out

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 11, 2018

While we had The Man of Steel to see what Brian Michael Bendis had in store for our hero, it's this issue here that I think is the real sink or swim moment because the water wings are off and it's time to see if this series can stay afloat with this new writer.  Okay, enough drowning analogies, let's jump into this issue and see what Superman does after his confrontation with Rogol Zaar.  Let's check it out.