Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Aquaman #48 Review and **SPOILERS**





This Time, It’s Personal

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Penciller/Inker: Viktor Bogdanovic
Additional Inks: Jonathan Glapion & Daniel Henriques
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques & Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover: Josh Middleton
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

One story arc down, next one begins! And it better be a corker! Or it should be engaging and entertaining, at least. Here’s my review of All-New Aquaman #48, comin’ atcha!

Lucifer #8 Review and **SPOILERS**


Cali-band on the Run

Written By: Dan Watters 
Illustrated By: Aaron Campbell, Sebastian Fiumara & Max Fiumara 

Colors By: Dave McCaig 
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019


If you've ever reviewed any sort of consumable content, you're probably familiar with the sensation you feel when a certain subject just sort of "defies discussion".

Such has been the case a few times out with our man Lucifer.  It's difficult to truly dissect and review without, ya know, spoiling every single bit of it.

Consider the above two paragraphs as both my warning... and apology.


Teen Titans #30 Review and **SPOILERS**


Father's Day Comes Early...

Writer: Adam Glass 
Artist: Bernard Chang
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo & Hi-Fi
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Artists: Bernard Chang & Wil Quintana
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019


The Terminus Agenda is in the rear-view... and I only read half of the thing!  Hopefully this handy-dandy epilogue will fill me in on everything I might have missed!

Looks like the Titans are headed for a bit of a schism... I gotta hand it to 'em, it must've taken bucket-loads of restraint not to "homage" the George Perez New Teen Titans #39 cover (for the dozenth time)!


Nightwing #60 Review



Under Fire


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Chris Mooneyham, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May15, 2019


Off to Bludhaven we go to check in on Ric Grayson and the rest of the Nightwings as they try to tackle a living fire who's known as Burnback........ only by last issue's cover though.  The new villain hasn't said much beyond "Burn" or had time enough for introductions just yet.  With that, what better time to go into the history of Malcolm Hutch, Nightwing Red, the firefighter of the group and dive further into his backstory about why he never became a police officer like he originally intended to.  Let's jump into this issue and see how our heroes do and gleam a little more about our favorite axe-wielding Nightwing.  Let's check it out.

Superman #11 Review



In Space...... Everyone Ignores You


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019


Jon's back from Earth-3 and has told his parents all about his seven year misadventure, but now story time is over and father and son have to go and make sure that Jor-El is safe, now that it seems that Rogol Zaar and General Zod have broken out of the Phantom Zone.  As we saw at the end of last issue though, it seems like things may be more dire than originally expected for our Man of Steel because when Jon and him teleported back to Jor-El's location, he found three alien races, battling it out around their destination.  Let's jump into this issue and see if three generations of Els can stop these........ Star Wars....... yeah, I said it.

Justice League #24 Review


Remain True

Written by: Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019

I have found this Sixth Dimension story to be a bit of fresh air for this book.  It was starting to feel like it as imploding under its own weight and while things might get back to that when (if?) our heroes get back to their Earth, I am having fun with this pseudo-Elseworlds type story right now.  The Sixth Dimension is about imagination and so is this story and seeing the Legion of Doom show up the last issue as the heroes was such a cool twist.  So, what crazy stuff is going on this issue and is it any good?  Let's find out...

Naomi #5 Review



Talking in the Moonlight

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
Art by: Jamal Campbell and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019

If you have been following my reviews either here and/or on the podcast for this book, you will know that I am a fan of Naomi as a character, but am frustrated at the glacial pace we are finding out about her.  Maybe it's that every cover keeps claiming the issue you are reading at that point is the biggest thing ever and all will be revealed, but there is a more innocent reason here...I want to know everything there is about Naomi!  I have loved so many of Bendis' young characters in the past and to be honest, I need a character to fall in love with in these dark times at DC Comics right now.  So, I am going into this issue with an open mind and heart just hoping to get more.  Do we?  Let's find out...

Batman #71 Review and *SPOILERS*


Red Light District


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jorge Fornes, Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When it comes to this Batman book I’ve seen a hundred reviews and twitter conversations about it and it seems to come down to two options. Either you have absolutely loved this book or you’ve absolutely hated it. However, for myself, I’m kind of torn. The beginning of Tom King’s run is something that I really loved but as for the most recent Knightmare storyline, I’m less than thrilled. This puts me in the awkward position of being vehemently disagreed with no matter how I review this book. That being said, I cannot wait for the outrage. Now as I said, this whole Knightmare storyline which has led into The Fall and the Fallen has been less than ideal. Sure, there are some good parts but I would consider this a new low point for this book. That said, hopefully things can change and we can get back to the kind of storytelling that this book started with. So, let’s just jump into it and see where it takes us.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

PREVIEW: Nightwing #60




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Chris Mooneyham, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May15, 2019


Detective Alphonse Sapienza may be a natural-born leader, forged through his many years with the GCPD, but does that give him what it takes to lead the Night-wings when their lives are endangered as never before? As fires that seem to have a mind of their own rage through Blüdhaven targeting cops, the team is up against its greatest test yet. Joined by Ric Grayson, how will the Nightwings save the city’s finest from a red-hot vendetta and the city’s newest villain, Burnback?

PREVIEW: Superman #11




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019


Named one of the best books of the year by Paste Magazine, Comics Beat and others, the Unity Saga continues! The drama of the House of El tears the galaxy in half as Superman and his son are forced to confront his father about the secrets of Krypton in front of the gathered heads of the galaxy. Superman makes a bold choice that will forever change his relationship to the Earth, the Justice League and his family! Witness one of the most important chapters in Superman history!

PREVIEW: Aquaman #48





Your Mother

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Penciller/Inker: Viktor Bogdanovic
Additional Inks: Jonathan Glapion & Daniel Henriques
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques & Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover: Josh Middleton
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019

On the cusp of recovering his lost memories, Aquaman must overcome one final obstacle—a terrifying journey into the heart of darkness itself—the lair of the mysterious Mother Shark! There, Aquaman will face his greatest challenge yet and look into his past, present and future—that is, if he has any future at all!

Looks like Aquaman fans looking for some of that ol' time continuity are in luck! Check out the preview pages, just below.

PREVIEW: Lucifer #8


What Are You Duat?

Written By: Dan Watters 
Illustrated By: Aaron Campbell, Sebastian Fiumara & Max Fiumara 

Colors By: Dave McCaig 
Letters By: Steve Wands 
Cover By: Sebastian Fiumara & Dave McCaig
Edited By: Amedeo Turturro & Molly Mahan 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019



Lucifer is in Duat. The gods of the Egyptian underworld consider whether to give the Devil the sanctuary he seeks—or whether to devour his heart. Meanwhile, the world’s witches arrive for a sabbath, and an act of blood magic does not go as planned.

Seems like Lucifer's still on his Vision Quest or whatever. Turn your vision to some of the preview pages, right here!

PREVIEW: Teen Titans #30


Daddy Issues

Writer: Adam Glass 
Artist: Bernard Chang
 
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo & Hi-Fi
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Artists: Bernard Chang & Wil Quintana
Variant Cover Artist: Alex Garner
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editor: Alex Antone 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: May 15, 2019



“The Terminus Agenda” epilogue! Every decision has consequences, and after the shocking events of DEATHSTROKE #43 (trust us, you don’t want to miss it!) it’s time for Damian and the rest of the Teen Titans to take stock of what they’ve done. But the team barely has time to process before a new threat emerges in the form of Crush’s absentee father…Lobo!

Hey, if the Main Man is coming back, I wanna see it! Have a look at some preview pages, how about it?

PREVIEW: High Level #4


Writer: Rob Sheridan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda, Romulo Fajardo
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: May 15, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

Thirteen awakens to find herself in the Sunken Lands, a flood-ravaged realm filthy with the massive bones of genetically engineered super-beasts bred before the Great Disruption. But where's that child messiah she's meant to take to High Level? Kidnapped! Now Thirteen must track Minnow through the most dangerous place on Earth: Pleasure Island.

PREVIEW: Naomi #5



Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Release Date: May 15, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

This is it! In this issue, all secrets are revealed! Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe? It's the one you've been waiting for from Bendis, Walker and Campbell.

PREVIEW: Justice League #24


Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Release Date: May 15, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

"The Sixth Dimension" chapter five! The League's plan is in full swing, but one member of the team isn't on board with their message and sides with the World Forger! Betrayed, there's only one person who can turn the tide of this battle. Can Superman find the strength to escape his prison planet and save the Justice League, or is the League doomed to live out their days trapped in the Sixth Dimension?!

PREVIEW: Batman #71


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jorge Fornes, Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019

"The Fall and the Fallen" continues! Will it be father and son working together, or tearing each other apart? When it comes to the Waynes, expect a little of both. In the quest to get Bruce Wayne to hang up the cape and cowl, Thomas Wayne is going to have to use a little tough love. Only, not all the muscle behind it will be his own.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wonder Woman #70 Review



They Lust

Written By: G. Willow Wilson
Art By: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

I have been waiting for this book to pick up since G. Willow Wilson took over.  I love her and I love Wonder Woman, so why am I struggling with this book?  I have spelled out the reasons in my past reviews, but I hope this issue turns it all around.  Does it?  Let's find out...

House of Whispers #9 Review and **SPOILERS**


A Tale Untold

Written By: Nalo Hopkinson and Dan Watters
Illustrated By: Dominike “DOMO” Stanton
Colors By: John Rauch
Letters By: AndWorld Design
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: May 8, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

We were promised a story battle at the end of the last issue, and by gum we’d better get it now! Mind you, it’s sort of weird to promise a story within a story, but it’s not the first time it has been done. George Orwell crammed like a whole third of another book in the pages of 1984! Let’s hope it doesn’t get that dire in House of Whispers #9—and you can find out by reading my review! Right here!

The Flash #70 Review and *SPOILERS*


Flash Origins


Written By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Flash has gotten back on his feet after the previous issue. Last issue really set a high bar and maybe that will weigh this new story arc down a little bit but I hope this isn’t the case. The previous story line was very well done and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This was especially nice after Force Quest shenanigans took over the book and dragged it down into the muck. But we’ve left that behind and it was revealed at the end of the previous issue that we would be getting a Year One story. Frankly, that idea can go either way. It could be really fantastic or a trash fire. Let’s jump into this issue and see where it takes us.

Supergirl #30 Review and *SPOILERS*


Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend


Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons, Chris Sotomayor
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I really love this book but the last issue did make me take a pause for a moment. Don’t get me wrong, the book is still a ton of fun to read and I have been anxiously awaiting the new issue. That being said, the last issue really did turn the speed up to 11 and not in a good way. I think it was pretty clear that the book suddenly rushed through the story that was being told until we got to a point near the end. I’m not really sure why this is the way things went but I wasn’t a big fan of it. That being said, the last issue was still pretty dang good and I’m looking forward to seeing where this new issue takes us so how about we just jump right in and see where it takes us.


Hawkman #12 Review



By The Power of Hawkman...... I Am Hawkman!


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Norm Rapmund, Scott Hanna, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019


Let's finish up our first story for Hawkman, where we see our hero figure out a way to take down Idamm and the Deathbringers once and for all and maybe...... maybe end the curse of resurrection that has plagued Carter for millennia........... probably not though since that's the character's shtick and all.  In our previous issue, the Deathbringer-Hawk-Mechas were charging up to blast Earth to pieces and if that wasn't enough, Idamm also let Carter in on the fact that him and every other Deathbringer was immortal now and couldn't be stopped.  Let's see how this all places out here and with that, hopefully get some more information about our baddies.  Let's check it out.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #34 Review



Cutting Ties


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Pete Woods, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019


In case you've been living under a rock for awhile......... or just haven't been caught up on your Red Hood comics, Jason Todd is now the owner of the Iceberg Lounge, while Penguin is forced to watch behind sound proof-one way glass in his panic room, that Jason trapped him in.  While this is a brave new world for Jason Todd and what we've been seeing from these comics, this is also an opportunity for Scott Lobdell to dive back into everything he's written on the character and tie it all into what we're currently doing.  So if you didn't read Red Hood and the Outlaws in the New 52, maybe you want to go back and do a little reading because boy is this heavy in the continuity...........joy.

Shazam! #5 Review



Black Adam: Friend Or Foe?


Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Marco Santucci, Dale Eaglesham, Scott Kolins, Max Raynor, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019


It's back to the Magiclands for us as we see if the Shazam Family can locate each other now that Billy and Mary are trapped in the Funlands, Eugene and Pedro in the Gamelands and Freddy and Darla in the Wildlands.  If that wasn't enough it seems that with the Magiclands back open it has attracted someone that our heroes might not want to deal with and that person is Black Adam.  Let's jump into this issue to see how our heroes fare and if Black Adam will be the real hero in the long run.  Let's check it out.

Batman and the Outsiders #1 Review


Written by: Bryan Hill
Art by: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019

It feels like I've been waiting for this book for forever and a day.  It's finally here and while I don't know if we will ever find out all the reasons it was redone a bit and shelved for a while, I have my theories.  However, that's not the concern now that it is in my hands!  So, was it worth the wait?  Let's find out...