Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #5 Review



Mirror Image

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Adriana Melo, Mark Morales, Hi-Fi, and Gabriela Downie
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

I was looking forward to this book coming out mainly because it promised to wipe away the utter garbage that was Heroes in Crisis.  Yea, that's also going on with Wally West in Flash Forward as well, but seeing Ivy get back to being herself (or better!) is my jam.  While I like this series enough so far, I think Jody Houser got a bit stuck between a jokey book and an important one the last two issues, but that is probably something you can chalk up to having Harley Quinn along for the ride.  That said, I want the tone from the first two issues back here for the penultimate issue.  Do we get that and is it any good?  Let's find out...

The Dollhouse Family #3 Review



BE WEIGHTLESS

Writer: M.R. Carey

Layouts: Peter Gross
Finishes: Vince Locke
Colors: Cris Peter
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8th, 2020


Time goes by for all of our main characters. The dollhouse first arrives for Jonathan Kent's son in 1828. Alice has grown up and the dollhouse has returned to her in 2005. And in the cave, we learn the names of our forces of good/evil or agents of control/chaos. To read my reviews of all of this series, click on The Dollhouse Family label.

Daphne Byrne #1 Review



CHOSEN

Writer: Laura Marks

Art: Kelley Jones
Colors: Michele Madsen
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8th, 2020


It's 1886 in New York and young Daphne Byrne has just tragically lost her father. It's not spelled out what happened to him but the kids in her class, who mock her and bully her, say that it was disgraceful. Her mother's funds are low, their cook has left, they may have to sell their carriage, and Daphne may have to leave school. But one day her mother comes home with good news: she has spoken to him on the other side through a medium.

Supergirl #38 Review and *SPOILERS*

What’s Even the Point Anymore?



Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Rachael Stott, Inaki Miranda, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Once again, we come to the Supergirl comic and at this points, my hopes for this book have plummeted. I was trying to remain positive about this book and the way it is going as of right now because I want the book to be compelling even if we are being sucked into another book’s storyline. That being said, when I looked at the list of comics being released this week, my heart sank because I knew I had to read Supergirl again. Now, there are some things to like about this book but I am completely unenthusiastic about reading it. However, they did drop some nice things in the last issue that could be built upon. However, the book really need to show itself off in this issue to bring me back into it. It’s going to be a tough sell, that’s for sure. Maybe that’s what DC wants from this book though? If that’s the case, I feel bad for Supergirl fans. Let’s jump into this issue and cross our fingers that things turn around.

Gotham City Monsters #5 Review



Monster Mash


Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, Trish Mulvihill, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020


Let's head on back to Monster Town in Gotham City, where our group of monsters...... and Batwoman, Seven Soldiers their way to Melmoth before he can complete his final sacrifice, which will supposedly save the Multiverse from Perpetua....... I don't know who I'm supposed to root for here.  In the previous issue though Melmoth went and escaped our heroes and to keep them busy so that he could find his final sacrifices he summed the Monster League of Evil and if you're not familiar with this group.... Well, it's essentially the Universal Monsters and who doesn't want to see our group of monsters against those?  Let's jump into this issue and see if this is the epic fight that I've been waiting for. 

Hawkman #20 Review



Call In The Cavalry


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Danny Miki, Jeremy Cox, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020


Hawkman hasn't been himself lately since the Batman Who Laughs went and infected him and now it's up to Hawkwoman to stop her former love and hopefully bring him back to normal...... or at least beat the hell out of him until he stops saying that he's Sky Tyrant from Earth-3.  Either way, our infected story continues here as Sky Tyrant plans on using a journal from his previous lives to find a way to end as much life as possible and with that, continue his reincarnation cycle forever.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Catwoman #19 Review



What's in Your Head

Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Geraldo Borges, Aneke, Inaki Miranda, FCO Plascencia, John Kalisz, Laura Allred, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

I need some overall progression in this story and I really hope it shows up here.  Maybe some look at Raina Creel as a great big bad, but over a year and a half of her is way too much!  So, does Joelle Jones and her big band of artists get things moving towards an end game here?  Let's find out...

Batman and the Outsiders #9 Review



No Sleep Till...

Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

I have been liking more and more of what we are getting from this book lately and I hope that continues with this issue.  I like the slow burn, character-building that Hill brings to the team, but without any real action, it fell flat at times.  That has changed and I think the book is better for it.  Does that combination keep hitting this month?  Let's find out...

Young Justice #12 Review



Getting Cramped


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020


It's back to Port Oswego we go to check in on our Young Justice team, who after a jaunt through the Multiverse, came to meet DC's newest hero, Naomi, when they finally made their way back home.  Yeah, we still haven't learned much about Naomi..... Hell, we haven't learned how Young Justice is a thing either or how any of the members remember each other or know what Young Justice is, but we continue to move forward, where now we find Superboy sent to Skartaris by the evil STAR Labs director, Dr. Glory.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our story moves anywhere or in any decent direction, but if eleven issues of nothing so far is any indication... I'm not counting on it.  Let's check it out.

Batman #86 Review and *SPOILERS*

A New Vision For Gotham



Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Some will cheer, and others will cry as we reach a new chapter in the Batman book. Tom King’s run has come to an end and Tynion has taken over the reigns. As for myself, you can read my reviews of Tom King’s run but I overall felt the ending was quite satisfying but his time with the book needed to finally come to an end and while his story will continue elsewhere, we have Tynion taking over and I’m pretty excited. His run with Detective Comics was one that I enjoyed (for the most part) and shows he has a good understanding of the character. In addition, his style is definitely more typical when it comes to writing and after Tom King’s more unorthodox style that we’ve had for 85 issues, I think fans will be happy to return to something familiar. I have high hopes so let’s jump into this latest issue and see where it takes us.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

PREVIEW: Supergirl #38


Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Cover Price: $3.99 
Release Date: January 8, 2020


After Batman and Superman couldn't stop the Infected Supergirl from trying to thee entire world, they knew they had to call in the only person they trust can bring Kara back...Wonder Woman! Will Diana's compassion be enough to cure Kara of the infection that's taken over? If not, what's a fight between an uninhibited Kryptonian power house against a god like? You'll find out here! 

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #5


Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Adriana Melo, Mark Morales
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have had it up to here with the Floronic Man's attacks, and now they're ready to bring the fight to him. The only problem is...they don't know where to find him! So they seek out the help of Batwoman-who's hesitant to believe in the good intentions of former villains. Will Harley and Ivy convince Batwoman that they can be trusted in time to save their own skins from the Floronic Man?

PREVIEW: Batman #86


Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Tony Daniel
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

It's a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he's not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything.

Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!


PREVIEW: Batman and the Outsiders #9


Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

Ra's al Ghul and his army of assassins have turned their attention away from the Dark Knight-and toward Black Lightning! They've done something terrible to him that can never be fixed, and Black Lightning will need the Outsiders to stop him from crossing a line that could change his life forever.

PREVIEW: Young Justice #12




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

It’s an epic Wonder Comics crossover: Naomi, the Wonder Twins, and Young Justice all come together for the first time to confront the secrets behind the entire first year of the teen team’s series. Where did Connor Kent come from? Why does Bart Allen remember everyone but no one else does? How does it all connect to Jinny Hex’s trunk? It’s a Wonder Comics blockbuster!

PREVIEW: Gotham City Monsters #5




Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, Trish Mulvihill, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

Melmoth has summoned the Monster League of Evil from the depths of the Multiverse to serve as his minions and destroy the Gotham City Monsters. Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and...Frankenstein?! It’s Frank versus Frank in this showdown to save the Multiverse as we know it!

PREVIEW: Hawkman #20




Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Danny Miki, Jeremy Cox, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

The Batman Who Laughs has infected Hawkman, and now Carter is drawing on the worst versions of himself from his past incarnations. This evil Hawkman is seeking to access the ancient tomb whence all his powers flow. Meanwhile, the Atom and Hawkwoman are in pursuit, hoping to stop their friend from doing something terrible he can’t undo and potentially bring Carter Hall back to his senses.