Saturday, November 9, 2019

Rebirth Rewind: Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 (2016) Review


Released: June 1, 2016
Writers: Geoff Johns & Sam Humphries
Art: Ethan Van Sciver & Ed Benes
Colors: Jason Wright
Letters: Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99

Review written by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

With so much going on in DC right now that is just not my thing, or really anybody's thing who writes for this website, I figured... why can't we go back to brighter days? Instead of just being down on the now, why not go back to just a few years ago when the comic book company we love was knocking it right out of the park?

Rebirth was the breath of fresh air that was needed. It brought the legacy characters back to their core and told stories that fit that core. So I'm going back to my personal favorite Rebirth book to review it for the first two or three arcs. Oddly enough, after just talking about legacy characters, the two main characters in that book are fairly new. Does that count as irony?

I don't know if other Weird Science reviewers will follow, but somebody's gotta do Son of Superman because that was just outstanding.

So let's do this. Jessica only appeared in two meaningless frames in the Rebirth book that kicked off the initiative, so the Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 one-shot that started their new series is really the introduction of Jessica and Simon into the Rebirth universe. Two new Lanterns who had quite interesting stories of their own in New 52 will have to learn to work as a team after being forced to be partners by Hal Jordan.

Will they predictably bicker at first? Of course they will. But they love pancakes, and pancakes bring everybody together.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Green Lantern: Blackstars #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



Controller Mu’s Peace



Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Xermanico

Colorist: Steve Oliff

Letterer: Steve Wands

Cover: Liam Sharp

Variant Cover: Darick Robertson & Diego Rodriguez

Associate Editor: Jessica Chen

Editor: Brian Cunningham

Cover Price: $3.99

On Sale Date: November 6, 2019



**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**



Uh oh! Continuing right after the events of The Green Lantern #12, wherein Hal Jordan joined the Blackstar gang after igniting the Wish Machine with his iron will, we see Hal Jordan: Blackstar! I wonder if he’ll still be an insufferable prick? Let’s find out in my review of Green Lantern Blackstars #1, right here!

Lois Lane #5 Review



Deep Background.... Just Not With The Story


Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019


We're jumping back into journalist mode as we follow Lois Lane on her quest to uncover and report the truth........ but like we saw at the end of last issue, it seems like she just likes to talk about the truth more than she likes disclosing it because I'm still struggling to figure out what this maxi-series is about.  We've got Vic Sage back alive with no explanations, we have Lois stop her investigation into a murdered Russian journalist so she can spend time with her son and we have a business man who was murdered in a restaurant before he could spill the beans to Lois about some dastardly deed that's going on that I really don't know about.  Yeah, I'm not having a lot of fun with this.  Hopefully that all changes here.  Let's check it out.

Deathstroke #49 Review



Taking A Swing At Dad


Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Vicente Cifuentes, Jeremy Cox, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019


It's the penultimate issue of Deathstroke so what that means is that everything should be ramping up here as we get to the big final issue next month, where hopefully all our answers to why there are two Slades will be answered...... and maybe more importantly, where we'll see who will survive this series and possibly move on to other books.  Previously, we saw the "bad" Slade go after Rose and Joey's boyfriend Terrance in order to find his mute son so that he could acquire the power that Lex Luthor gave him because in his mind, whether he's from this world or not or the figment of someones super powered imagination, that power belongs to him and he'll kill anyone standing in his way.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Justice League #35 Review



For What It's Worth

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

Justice League #35 is here and for all of you who bet on Justice in this whole Justice/Doom War thing, I have some bad news for you.  It looks like Doom took it after all.  I'd love to make you feel better by telling you that it was a photo finish, but it was not.  Sure, Justice went down swinging, but this contest was over at half-time if you ask me.  What, you aren't asking me?  Oh well, then on with the review...

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Review


Looking for a Jon

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

It's finally time for Brian Michael Bendis to give us his version of the Legion of Super-Heroes and with that, I am giving it to Rocky of Comic Boom! fame.  Check out his Youtube Channel here and enjoy his review...

Young Justice #10 Review



Junk In The Trunk


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Nick Derington, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Stewart, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019


Okay, we're at issue #10 and I think it's about time we learned how the Young Justice team know about each other, like the Pre-Flashpoint version of Superboy and Impulse and if they remember this, how they don't remember their time as Teen Titans after Young Justice ended....... again, Pre-Flashpoint.  It's all weird and that's only half of it.  We still should find out how Earth-3 is still around, but I don't think that's possible since it only looks like we have this issue left there and the majority of that is about Jinny Hex's origin.  Hopefully something feels worthwhile in this issue because Young Justice so far just seems like a hodgepodge of what Brian Michael Bendis thinks he knows about the characters.  Let's jump into this issue and see if anything changes here.

The Infected: King Shazam! #1 Review



Biting The Hand That Feeds You


Written By: Sina Grace
Art By: Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019


From the pages of Batman/Superman...... or The Batman Who Laughs..... or maybe The Year of the Villain: Black Adam....... wherever it's coming from, we've got more Infected going on here with our pal Shazam.  We've got a lot more of these coming down the pipe with the different characters that have been infected by the Batman Who Laughs and I hate to say it but........ I'm already kind of over this whole situation because I have no idea how the rules of being "infected" work.  Some are working for the Batman Who Laughs and maybe, like we get in this issue we see what one does after they've been infected, but don't have to clock in anytime soon for that Dark Multiverse Batman.  Let's jump into this issue and see if King Shazam adds anything new to this story and if it picks up the pace of what's been going on.  Let's check it out.

Batman #82 Review and *SPOILERS*

Bullet For My Valentine


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The most recent issue of Batman was a huge letdown. I know quite a few people have become dissatisfied with the King run for a while but for me personally, it was still falling in the middle as far as quality goes. That being said, the previous issue fell far below the middle for me as it was mostly a recap issue with only 4 issues left in King’s run. It was poorly done and extremely disappointing. However, I am still holding on to hope that King’s run ends with a satisfying conclusion. Because of that hope, I am approaching this book with a blank slate and with some luck, perhaps we will be given a much better issue this time around and it will lead us closer to the finish that we are all hoping for. Without further ado, let’s jump into this issue and see where it takes us.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

PREVIEW: Young Justice #10




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Nick Derington, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Stewart, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

Welcome, Naomi! Wonder Comics’ brightest shining star comes to Young Justice! She’s ready to join this team of young heroes who have seen it all-and you’ll want to be here to watch the sparks fly for the very first time. All this, plus the true story of Jinny Hex.

PREVIEW: The Infected: King Shazam! #1




Written By: Sina Grace
Art By: Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

Billy Batson is a good kid. He helps his friends, loves his family, and tries to do the right thing. But Billy is about to have a run-in with the most dangerous serial killer in existence, and the Batman Who Laughs wants Billy to be bad. Spinning out of the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” it’s the tale of a hero whose soul has been turned black, and who has something to prove to the old guard. Buckle in for Shazam’s journey to punch a bunch of so-called “gods” in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like...

PREVIEW: Deathstroke #49




Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Vicente Cifuentes, Jeremy Cox, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

Having ascended to near godhood, Jericho must confront his father, with the lives of his mother and sister hanging in the balance. Does Deathstroke stand a chance against such power? And is there any humanity left inside Jericho?

PREVIEW: Lois Lane #5




Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

As Lois delves deeper into a mystery whose answers could shake the entire DC Universe to its core, the Question hunts the people responsible for an attempt on the famed reporter’s life. But do they want her dead because of what she knows or to stop her from finding out more?

PREVIEW: Justice League #35


Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artist: Francis Manapul
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

This issue: Lex Luthor wins! Everything Lex has been working for over the past year and a half comes to fruition as he finally possesses the fully powered Totality and plans to bend Hypertime to his will. The Legion of Doom's leader will defeat the Justice League once and for all and make his final pitch to serve at Perpetua's side-and the Multiverse will never be the same!

PREVIEW: Legion of Super-Heroes #1


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019


Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman's long-lost trident?


PREVIEW: Batman #82


Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

"City of Bane" part eight! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane's iron grip over Gotham City?


PREVIEW: Inferior 5 #3



Hear, Hear, the Gang's All Here

Plot and Pencils: Keith Giffen
Plot and Script: Jeff Lemire
Inker: Michelle Delecki
Colorists: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Giffen/Delecki/Hi-Fi
Assistant Editor: Michael McCallister
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Awkwardman: Joey Cavalieri

The kids who don’t know they’re a team get a superhero from the ‘80s to come to their aid. It’s the Tasmanian Devil...and he’s pitted against someone or something that looks an awful lot like a giant starfish! Plus, the Peacemaker’s back in action in the final showdown with the KGBeast!

Uhh...okay. Have a gander at summa dem preview pages, why don'tcha?

PREVIEW: Green Lantern: Blackstars #1


To Those About to Die, We Salute Mu

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Xermanico
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Liam Sharp
Variant Cover: Darick Robertson & Diego Rodriguez
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 6, 2019

What has Hal Jordan done? Following the catastrophic events of The Green Lantern #12, no Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors...and not a single power ring lights the darkness. Across the universe, once-familiar faces now wear a different uniform and enforce a new type of galactic law. The Green Lantern Corps is dead-long live the Blackstars! Who are they? What are they? Answers will be revealed as the unstoppable Blackstars set their sights on the demons of Ysmault, Mongul...and a tiny, backwater planet called Earth. A dangerous new chapter of the Green Lantern mythology starts now!

Looks like Blackstars class is in session––and the cruel dean is in charge! Check out some preview pages over there. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dragonfly and Dragonflyman #1 Review


Main Writer: Tom Peyer
Main Art: Peter Krause, Andy Troy, Rob Steen, and Jamal Igle
Additional Writers: Matt Brady, Tyrone Finch, and Kek-W
Additional Art: Joe Orsak and Shawn Crystal
Publisher: AHOY COMICS
Release Date: November 6th, 2019
Price: $3.99

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of Dragonfly (Earth-Omega) and Dragonflyman (Earth-Alpha) since the conclusion of THE WRONG EARTH, then your wait is finally over. Tom Peyer is back to expand on these amazing two worlds while introducing a new villain, a new plot, and a new insight into Dragonfly’s sidekick Stinger. Let’s fly into this week’s DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1  and see how Tom Peyer opens this new sensational follow up series by Ahoy Comics!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

First Look: John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

There’s nothing more wretched than a bastard with a conscience…” –Simon Spurrier




Written by Simon Spurrier (Coda, The Dreaming)
Art by Aaron Campbell (Infidel)
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
Variant Cover by Charlie Adlard
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: Nov 27, 2019

The original Constantine is back in a new series from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There's only one way to find out...

John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness...and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn't have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London's worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord's would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but...and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece!

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

Harleen #2 Review


Heavy Emphasis on the Romance
Writer: Stjepan Sejic Artist: Stjepan Sejic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $7.99
Review By: Carlos S.
This story picks up after the first, following Harleen Quinzel as she struggles with helping Arkham Asylum’s “residents”.  She is facing an existential dilemma: is any of this worth it? In her search for the answer, she centers on the Joker. Romantic feeling ensues despite her best attempts to resist.  How does it all go? I think you know. Let’s review it anyway. 

Dragonfly and Dragonflyman #1 Preview


 Main Writer: Tom PeyerMain Art: Peter Krause, Andy Troy, Rob Steen, and Jamal IgleAdditional Writers: Matt Brady, Tyrone Finch, and Kek-WAdditional Art: Joe Orsak and Shawn Crystal
Publisher: AHOY COMICS
Release Date: November 6th, 2019
Price: $3.99

 Launching from AHOY’s widely circulated FREE COMIC BOOK DAY edition, this prequel to THE WRONG EARTH follows gritty vigilante THE DRAGONFLY and his innocent, campy counterpart DRAGONFLYMAN--before they became trapped on each other’s earths! Can two versions of the satanic Devil-Man corrupt both of their souls? PLUS: Prose fiction and fact, beautifully illustrated

Friday, November 1, 2019

Deadshot #4 (1988) Review


HOMECOMING (or "Astride a Grave")

Writers:  Kim Yale and John Ostrander
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Letterer: Tim Harkins
Editor: Robert Greenberger
Release Date: December 7th, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Review written by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

To catch up on what's going on in this four issue mini-series, check out the Deadshot 1988 miniseries label.

Floyd Lawton (AKA Deadshot) has been going around killing everybody and trying to save his kidnapped son, who also died at the end of the last issue. Now he's going after the person who started it all... his own mother. Meanwhile Marnie Herr, his therapist from Belle Reve Penitentiary, has been going around Floyd's hometown to learn more about his story and what actually happened to his brother.

And the final issue in this mini-series starts with Marnie sneaking into the home Genevieve Pitt Lawton, Floyd's mother.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

DCeased #6 Review



Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Trevor Hairsine, Neil Edwards, Stefano Guadiano
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99

Free Constantine!

DCeased takes its final victory lap this month wrapping up just in time for Halloween to scare the pants off readers. The previous issue setup what the heroes plan was working out to be, creating Transport 'Arcs' for any survivors, and then the story wrapped up with a pretty big surprise.  So let's discuss how this all concludes and if the extra-sized issue packs that punch I've found a lot of the series thus far has been lacking.


The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1 Review


'Ello Luv

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 30, 2019 
Review by DRon

The last time I read a series with John Constantine attached to the starring role, I left it somewhat abruptly with a bad taste in my mouth. Naturally, I had my reservations when this series was announced. How did the first impression go? Let’s find out.

Nightwing Annual #2 Review



What Made Dick, Ric


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Travis Moore, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 30, 2019


I don't know if you know this or not, but awhile back Nightwing was shot in the head by KGBeast, leaving our hero not knowing who he was beyond his childhood memories.  Pretty much, he just wasn't Nightwing or Dick Grayson as we know him at all and more importantly, he didn't want to be those things either.  This Annual is going to take us on Ric's road to recovery after he was shot and show us what happened before he went off to Bludhaven to start his new life......... which really, it's about time we saw something dealing with that.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.