Friday, March 29, 2019

Green Arrow #84 (1994) Review



"Strange Attractors" or "The one where Green Arrow kills a lot of dudes Rambo style"

Writer: Alan Grant
Artists: Jim Aparo, Gerry Fernandez, Buzz Setzer, John Costanza
Cover Price: $1.75
Release Date: February 1st, 1994

Review by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

Because we just got a puppy that we named Ollie after Green Arrow, how could I not make my next Retro Review a Green Arrow issue? So I looked for some GA from my favorite comic era, the 1990's, and came up with this one.

Green Arrow isn't really even on my Top 5 list of favorite heroes but I do have an enormous appreciation for the character. He's a street level crime fighter, social justice warrior, the black sheep of the Justice League, and always the bravest and most badass of everyone during big events like Zero Hour, Identity Crisis, No Justice, etc. I can already tell you that this blonde rat terrier will do his name proud.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 133 - Indestructible Hulk #12 (2013)


Destroy for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hello, berserkers! In this episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a more recent offering by Marvel Comics: Indestructible Hulk #12 by Mark Waid and Matteo Scalera! After the usual biographical information, they talk about what brought Bruce Banner and his verdant alter ego into the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., and catch the listener up to the very moment that they read the issue in question. After that, our completionists tell the rest of the Indestructible Hulk's story--right up to its final issue! After a short discussion of Old Norse berserkers and the positions they played in the military, our pair read some listener mail! This episode packs a punch strong enough to wallop a dinosaur, you don't want to miss it!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Terrifics #14 Review and **SPOILERS**


We Are Family

Storytellers: Joe Bennett & Jeff Lemire
Inker: Dexter Vines & Scott Hanna
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Stephen Downer
Associate Editor: Andrew Marino
Editor: Paul Kaminski
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Looks like this is the last issue involving Jeff Lemire, and his duties will be assumed by Gene Luen Yang next month. I like both of these writers a lot, but coming from the bloated, stagnant series we’ve had thus far, I’m concerned for what this comic book will hold. I can say for sure that consummate professional Lemire will set things up nicely for Yang! So let’s see how he does it in The Terrifics #14, which I have reviewed right here!

Martian Manhunter #4 Review and Spoilers


Charnel Red

Written by: Steve Orlando

Art by: Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

Last month's issue of this distinctly uneven series was coherent and fairly compelling. The story of J'Onn's arrival on Earth and his adoption of the John Jones persona presented us with a sympathetic and honorable character more in keeping with past iterations of everyone's favorite green alien than the morally compromised and duplicitous character we got in issues 1 and 2. The issue's focus on a more traditional J'Onn was decidedly welcome after two issues of partly Mars-based shenanigans; the absence of Mars and the issue's consequent tonal consistency made for a much more enjoyable reading experience and I found myself becoming cautiously optimistic that the potential for this series might just be realized. So, we're back to Mars this issue, aren't we?


Yes. Yes, we are…



Batgirl #33 Review and **SPOILERS**


Brother, Brother, O Brother of Mine

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Elena Casagrande, Scott Godlewski
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Andworld Design
Main Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino, Mick Gray & Dave McCaig
Variant Cover: Yasmine Putri
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Two story arcs in, and this has been a pretty solid run of Batgirlso far. Well-written, nicely planned out, and respective of previous continuity in a way that many modern comics are not. I dare say that I am looking forward to this next issue! So let’s not tarry, and dive right into my review of Batgirl #33, huh?

Dial H for Hero #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


For Your Convenience

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist and Cover: Joe Quinones
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Variant Cover: Nick Derington
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editors: Mike Cotton and Andy Khouri
Group Editors: Brian Cunningham and Mark Doyle
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

It should be no surprise to readers of the site that your ol’ pal Reggie is a fan of Dial H for Hero. And not just the initial series seen in the pages of Showcase, or later in Adventure Comics, or when it had its own self-titled series, or the semi-inspired series Hero Hotline, or the most recent iteration at the dawn of the New 52—I have enjoyed them all for different reasons. So if I don’t like this version—it’s broken the chain! Or will this be my most favorite take on the Hero Dial of all? More will have to come out to be sure. For now, check out my review of Dial H for Hero #1, right here!

Justice League Odyssey #7 Review



Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Will Conrad, Rain Beredo, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

Realizing that the Odyssey team is part of Darkseid's intricate plan, Blackfire has ordered her army to attack and kill at least one of our heroes. If anything goes wrong with what Darkseid has in store then he will not succeed, so she wants to take out even just one of his pawns to spoil everything. Even if it means killing her own sister, Starfire. Meanwhile, on another planet in the Ghost Sector, Darkseid appears to be killed by beasts from ancient Apokolips mythology called Eskaton. 

Books of Magic #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


Choose Your Path, Young Hunter

Written By: Kat Howard
Drawn By: Tom Fowler
Colors By: Jordan Boyd
Letters By: Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019


So, let's take a look at this month's vapid cover blur... waitasec... "10/10"?

Ten out of... are ya, are ya kidding me here?

Okay friends, real talk here, comics as an art form and industry have been around for, what, eighty-odd years?  In that time, there's probably been... I dunno a dozen, maybe two dozen "Perfect 10" issues. Lemme tell ya... Books of Magic, Volume Three, Issue whatever ain't one of 'em!

Reviewers, we really need to dial it back when slinging these "Perfect 10's".  At this point, they been rendered completely meaningless.  I get that it's supercool to get a pro-retweet... and free swag is swell, but we really need to take a step back and remember what reviewing is supposed to be all about.  We're not doing this to placate creator egos, or curry favor with publishers.  If that's all you're worried about, you're doing it wrong.

You're not helping anybody (except yourself)... and in fact, I'd suggest that you're only making things worse.

Remember... If everything's a 10/10... then nothing is.


Batman Beyond #30 Review



Cleaning House


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Doc Shaner, Jordie Bellaire, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99 
Release Date: March 27, 2019


It's time to go back to the future to see what thirty-five years from now holds for our heroes in the aftermath of the Joker's return and also his death.  Can Batman continue being Neo Gotham's Dark Knight knowing that his kid-brother is constantly in danger as the new Robin or is it time for a change?  Let's jump into this issue and see what's left of the new Bat Family.  Let's check it out.

The Flash #67 Review and *SPOILERS*

Don’t Worry, Be Happy



Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Scott Kolins, Luis Guerrero
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I may have been a little harsh on the previous issue, I still will say that I didn’t particularly enjoy it all that much. However, readers that aren’t that familiar with the character of James Jesse probably enjoyed it and in the end, that’s who the issue was for. However, now we are going to be officially starting a new arc for The Flash and I’m actually excited. I wasn’t too fond of the Force Quest arc that we got and now that we are done with The Price crossover, we can begin a new Flash story. Obviously, the Trickster will play a big part of this book but honestly, the possibilities are endless. So, let’s just jump into it and see where it takes us.


Shazam! #4 Review



Fun Is Fun and Done Is Done


Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019


Back to the Magiclands we go as we jump into the newest issue of Shazam! and discover what lies ahead for our group of heroes now that they've been separated and we turn our exploration of these lands into high gear as everything comes at us fast and heavy as each of our Shazam Family are faced with the reasons that these lands were shutdown from each other in the first place.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Freedom Fighters #4 Review



The Fife and Drums Are Gettin' Going


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019


The fight continues on Earth-X as the Freedom Fighters knock the Ratzi menace down one step at a time in order to awaken the Spirit of America himself, Uncle Sam.  So far...... that's all we've seen though.  Hopefully, with this issue we can do more than just see an individual instance of our heroes fighting back and get to some more meat of who these Freedom Fighters are..... and with that...... also get Uncle Sam back so that we can kick this series into high gear as our heroes take their country back.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's what.

Action Comics #1009 Review



Catch Up


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019


The secret and not so secret organizations of the DCU are going down and apparently, Leviathan is involved, but it will take our Man of Steel to figure out if that's actually the case or not.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Superman can get to the bottom of all of this and possibly stop this monster-man from exploding/imploding anymore government buildings.  Let's check it out.

Heroes in Crisis #7 Review and **SPOILERS**


Any Similarities Are Purely Coincidental

Writer: Tom King
Artists: Clay Mann, Travis Moore, Jorge Fornes
Colorists: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Mitch Gerads
Variant Cover By: Ryan Sook
Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Hey, the heroes are still in crisis, huh? Let’s see what they’re up to now in my review!

Wonder Woman #67 Review



Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art team: Cary Nord, Mick Gray, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brousseau
Release Date: 3/27/19
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

By now, all you readers know that the entirety of Weird Science DC Comics was very excited when it was announced G. Willow Wilson would be the new writer on Wonder Woman. She was well established over at the “house of ideas” and coming off a character-defining run with Ms. Marvel, so everything seemed to be trending upward for the most iconic female superhero in the industry… But by now you also know that regardless of the reviewer, WSDC is bored with Wilson’s run and very disappointed given how hyped we were. That said, can this be the issue where Wilson turns things around? Let’s check it out.

Detective Comics #1000 Review



Written by: Various (See Below)
Art by: Various (See Below)
Cover Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

Here it is! Finally, Detective Comics #1000! We've all been looking forward to this for so long, and I was really looking forward to doing a complete review of the whole thing, but the week of its release was just not a good one when it came to family and writing for my own blog. So Jim is reviewing most of the stories while I'm only reviewing 3 of them. Let's dig into the one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #67


Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Cary Nord, Mick Gray
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

How do you fight a giant? Use a bigger giant! Unfortunately, the strongest one Wonder Woman knows hates her guts...so what will Diana have to promise to Dr. Doris Zuel, a.k.a. Giganta, to get her to join the fight against the mythological Titans demolishing Colorado?

PREVIEW: The Silencer #15


Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: V Kenneth Marion, Sandu Florea
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" part two! Has Blake finally discovered Honor's terrible secret-that she is actually the assassin known as the Silencer?! Oh man, this poor guy is in for a world of hurt as the discovery he never saw coming escalates to terrifying new levels. Plus, in the secret genetic experimentation lab of Jonah Nine, the Silencer uncovers her own horrific discovery-the truth of her origin. So why is Talia more hurt by this than Honor?

PREVIEW: Martian Manhunter #4


Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

There's only one witness to the murder of the Addams family, and the disappearance of Ashley Addams. Good news: master detective John Jones has tracked the witness down! Bad news: the witness is... an iguana. Can even John's Martian telepathic mind withstand contact with a primitive animal? And in his past on Mars, the fiery plague of H'ronmeer's Curse is creating a desperate situation... how far will J'onn J'onnz go to keep his family safe?

PREVIEW: Justice League: Odyssey #7


Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

The trouble on Tamaran becomes a fight to the death as the team slugs it out with Blackfire. Will Cyborg, Starfire, Azrael and Jessica Cruz learn to work as a team, or will they be destroyed before they even have the chance? Time is running out, and Darkseid's warning may prove to be the only truth they can believe in. A great threat is rising in the Ghost Sector, and the entire Multiverse is at stake!

PREVIEW: Flash #67


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Scott Kolins
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

The Flash is running himself ragged trying to learn about the new forces, but all it's done is tear his life apart. Now that he's back from his Force Quest and home in Central City, he finds that the city was just fine without him, better even! His home is crime-free, and it doesn't need the Flash anymore! But where has Commander Cold gone? Barry races to find him and hopefully figure out what's happened while he was away!

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #1000


Written by: Various 
Art by: Various 
Cover Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! Will have decade appropriate trade dress After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!

PREVIEW: Shazam! #4




Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 27, 2019

“Shazam and the Seven Magiclands”continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans…and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it’s up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy’s new family…or make it stronger than ever.

PREVIEW: Batman Beyond #30




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Doc Shaner, Jordie Bellaire, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99 
Release Date: March 27, 2019

Robin no more?! It’s a turning point for the brothers McGinnis as Terry and Matt face a tough road ahead in the wake of The Joker’s attack. But the real question is: Does Batman really need a Robin, or is it time for Neo-Gotham’s Caped Crusader to fly solo once more?

PREVIEW: Dial H for Hero #1


Please Hang Up and Dial Again

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist and Cover: Joe Quinones
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Variant Cover: Nick Derington
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editors: Mike Cotton and Andy Khouri
Group Editors: Brian Cunningham and Mark Doyle
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 27, 2019

Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial—a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics lineup withstories by award-winning fan favorite Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN) and art by Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck). 

Hey, here's a "Reggie title" if I've ever seen one! You can see some preview pages, just below!