Friday, March 27, 2020

Action Comics #1021 Video Review


Metropolis down! The blockbuster supervillain team-up of the century continues. Leviathan! The invisible mafia! The Legion of Doom! All have descended on the city of Metropolis to challenge Superman at his most vulnerable moment. With the truth about the Man of Steel's secret identity out in the open, all the rules of engagement have changed-and no one is safe! Guest-starring the Justice League and Young Justice.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8 Video Review


Witness the final battle of the two Bats in this conclusion to the second installment of the White Knight saga! After learning the truth about his name and fortune, Bruce Wayne has made a shocking public announcement in pursuit of redemption-but before he can secure Gotham's future and prosperity once and for all, he must protect the city in one last brutal showdown with Azrael. With Batman devastated by his shattered identity and with little left to lose, there may be nothing left to stop him from abandoning his code and resorting to one unthinkable desperate measure.

Suicide Squad #4 Video Review


With the chaos of Task Force X's first mission behind her, Dr. Harleen Quinzel launches a psychological investigation into the current residents of Belle Reve-and when the infamous Harley Quinn is worried about someone else's mental health, you know there's a problem! What does Deadshot know about the machinations of their deadly new teammates, the Revolutionaries? Who are the Revolutionaries, where did they come from, and why do they hate superheroes so much? Careful, Harley-sometimes when you dig too deep, the monsters come crawling out...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Basketful of Heads #6 Review


Writers: Joe Hill
Artist: Leomacs
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Deron Bennet
Editors: Mark Doyle & Amedeo Turturro
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25th, 2020

Times are tough. My job is still considered essential so I'm out there every day risking that I bring this thing home to my family. My wife is at home losing her mind while the children create a Lord of the Flies society around her. Our realty company was so kind to inform us that they're now accepting credit cards "in these difficult times". So we can now just climb deeper into debt to remain not homeless, which is comforting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Batgirl #45 Review


It's Electric!

Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

I've been waiting for Cecil Castellucci to tell her own story in this book.  She jumped on with the Year of the Villain and then followed that up with Unearth, and so what will we get next?  Let's find out...

Amethyst #2 Review



Fast Friends

Writer: Amy Reeder
Artist: Amy Reeder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

I liked the first issue of Amethyst a lot more than I thought I would, even as an Amy Reeder fan.  I am not a Gemworld enthusiast, and Brian Michael Bendis didn't make me more of one when Young Justice was hanging out there.  In fact, I think he made me like it less!  However, Reeder did enough to make me interested in the character of Amethyst and her current plight.  So, did this issue surprise me as well?  Let's find out...

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8 Review





The End ... Or Is It?


Writer: Sean Murphy
Art Team: Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth, AndWorld Design
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Cover Price: $4.99


Curse of the White Knight wraps up this month concluding the sequel series featuring this alternate take on Batman and the company he keeps.  While I enjoyed where the series started, by the middle my interest began to waver, but I still look forward to seeing how all this wraps up. So let's get right down to business here and see what Sean Murphy does to conclude part II of the White Knight universe.


Red Hood: Outlaw #44 Review



The Outlaw Food Truck


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Paolo Pantalena, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


We're moving over to the war-torn country of Qurac to see if the Outlaws can shake out some of those evil Untitled and hopefully find out what their game plan is with this country... you know, besides simply setting up dark obelisks that will be able to transfer their evil all about and allow the Untitled to grow an army that the world has never seen.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Jason Todd and the rest of the Outlaws can work with General Glory as the United States forces its way into this world of mysticism and monsters and what will they plan on doing with the information about the Untitled when their mission is through?  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Supergirl #40 Review and *SPOILERS*



Bad Hair Day


Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Rachael Stott, Cris Peter
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 25, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, we have finally reached the end of Supergirl’s crossover and it could not have come soon enough. With no ability to actually provide a meaningful reveal to this story because the meat and potatoes of it has been happening in the Batman/Superman book, this book has stalled horribly. It has been littered with boring dialogue, random events in order to keep the story going, and just an all-around lackluster approach. I really cannot state enough how bad this has been for the Supergirl title which has already been bogged down by being dragged into every crossover event in the past year. Thankfully we will end this story and hopefully go forward into a proper story of our own. Before that though, we must wrap up this book but expect nothing to really be resolved by the end of it because our story must finish in another book, as per usual. Let’s jump into this latest issue and see where it takes us.

Batman Beyond #42 Review



Blight Up My Life


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Sean Chen, Sean Parsons, Chris Sotomayor, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


In the future, things aren't looking too good for Terry McGinnis...... Well, they're looking a bit brighter than they have because recently, the man who usually takes up the role of Batman has had amnesia and been out on the streets and if that wasn't enough, he was also a murder suspect.  Don't worry though because picking up his slack was the new Batwoman of Neo Gotham, who probably went over her paygrade when she decided to take on one of Terry's biggest bads, Derek Powers, Blight.  Now that Terry's mind is right and we all know that Batwoman has been Dick Grayson's daughter Elainna all along, we finish up this arc with Blight coming to Wayne Manor and looking for revenge before he burns out forever.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Detective Comics #1021 Review




Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Brad Walker
Inks: Andrew Hennessy
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

Tomasi is continuing his Detective Comics fascination with cults in this story arc, and this time it's Two-Face who now apparently has one of his own. Which is really weird, because Two-Face is more of a gangster with hired henchmen than a cult leader with obsessive followers. It's just completely out of character. But maybe that's the point.


Justice League Dark #21 Review




Written By: Ram V, James Tynion IV
Art By: Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, June Chung, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


The Parliaments of life are at war with one another now that magic has changed and they all plan on coming out the winner.  Hopefully, now that the Justice League Dark is on the case they can summon each of the avatars of the separate Parliaments and get the balance of life back on track before the world is torn apart by this chaos.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Constantine and Zatanna can track down Abigail Arcane and what the Rot will hold for them if they do.  Let's check it out.

Suicide Squad #4 Review



Outback Attack!

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Luca, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

One of the biggest shocks to me in comics recently is that this book isn't selling well.  Tom Taylor is a gem, and he is so good with team books, but it seems like people are going the X-Men Red route here, and I don't get it.  Sure, there are a bunch of new characters, but why not just give them a chance?  I am, and I am glad because the book has gotten better with each issue as we learn more about this new team.  Does that continue this month?  Let's find out...

Legion of Super-Heroes #5 Review


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook, Scott Godlewski, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


If you are properly isolated in these pandemic times and miss the sublime sound of numerous troglodytes hovering around you uttering nonsense then this comic will make you feel much better. The number of legionnaires that grace each scene contributing nothing of substance toward plot or character growth is a genuine wonder to behold. How is this possible you ask? Let’s find out. 

The Flash #752 Review and *SPOILERS*

Pie In The Sky


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The newest storyline in The Flash has had a very bumpy start. The series was hoping to bring on a lot more readers when the renumbering happened and so there has been a lot of “catching up” to do for those readers. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, after all, we all want our favorite books to be successful and gain new readers. If a recap every once and a while is all it takes to do that, I think most of us would be okay with that, or at least we would skip those issues and come back when new content is coming. However, in the midst of all this recap, we get a pretty by-the-numbers storyline with certain storylines being dropped, and a boring villain to top it all off. I’m not against trying to introduce a new villain but when that villain is a cookie-cutter version of most villains things tend to be boring. However, we got a nice cliffhanger in the previous issue so hopefully, we can turn things around in this one. Let’s jump in and see where it takes us.

Action Comics #1021 Review


Rinse and Repeat

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Romita and Klaus Janson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

I have not been a fan of this book since Brian Michael Bendis took over, and while I was hoping The Truth might make it better, the tangled mess it has become makes it hard even to know what the hell is going on half the time.  We finally do catch up to the reveal this issue, but I still have trouble getting a straight timeline of events in my head, and even then, there isn't much of interest here anyway.  Do things change for the better this month?  Let's find out...

Batman/Superman #8 Review



Bottled Up Feelings

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Nick Derington
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

I was so mad when Brian Michael Bendis destroyed the Bottled City of Kandor for a couple of cheap "For Kandor" moments I was all for Joshua Williamson bringing it back.  Yea, it's been a bumpy ride full of forced moments and yet another League, but the last issue's cliffhanger made me chuckle, even if it didn't mean too.  So, how is this month's issue?  Let's find out...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

PREVIEW: Batgirl #45


Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 25, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

As Gotham City's renovations begin, mysterious metal statues begin appearing all over town, which leads Batgirl to believe they may be more than meets the eye. What's even creepier is whatever is terrorizing Alejo's constituents. Jason Bard doesn't want to admit it, but his body doesn't feel quite right after leaving Unearth. Did something follow him out of the portal?

PREVIEW: Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8




Written By: Sean Murphy
Art By: Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


Witness the final battle of the two Bats in this conclusion to the second installment of the White Knight saga! After learning the truth about his name and fortune, Bruce Wayne has made a shocking public announcement in pursuit of redemption-but before he can secure Gotham’s future and prosperity once and for all, he must protect the city in one last brutal showdown with Azrael. With Batman devastated by his shattered identity and with little left to lose, there may be nothing left to stop him from abandoning his code and resorting to one unthinkable desperate measure.

PREVIEW: The Flash #752




Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


Exiled outside time and space in Paradox’s realm, the Scarlet Speedster is confronted by ghosts from his past! Meanwhile, Iris discovers the one person who may help the Flash defeat Paradox-and it’s not anyone Barry Allen would ever ask for help! Will they be able to find where-or when-this unlikely ally is hiding before it’s too late?

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #754


Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020


Just when she thought her troubles were over, Wonder Woman is thrust into a new adventure that takes her out of this world! Princess Maxima, the former ruler of the planet Almerac, has crash-landed on our hero's doorstep and is desperate for her help. Maxima's people are victims of a vicious lie, and only the truth she's discovered will set them free. With Wonder Woman by her side, can she retake her throne and bring back the planet's peaceful matriarchal society? Back on Earth, there is no peace...only Warmaster! The vengeful villainess has obtained a weapon of mass destruction that can wipe out the Amazons for good!

PREVIEW: Suicide Squad #4


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Daniel Sampere
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

With the chaos of Task Force X's first mission behind her, Dr. Harleen Quinzel launches a psychological investigation into the current residents of Belle Reve-and when the infamous Harley Quinn is worried about someone else's mental health, you know there's a problem! What does Deadshot know about the machinations of their deadly new teammates, the Revolutionaries? Who are the Revolutionaries, where did they come from, and why do they hate superheroes so much? Careful, Harley-sometimes when you dig too deep, the monsters come crawling out...

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #1021


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

"Ugly Heart" part two! Two-Face has returned, and his Church of the Two has grown into one of the most dangerous and destructive cults Gotham City has ever seen. So why is the only person trying to kill Two-Face his own alter ego, Harvey Dent? Batman at last has found hope of a permanent cure for his friend's evil split personality-but if there's hope of ridding the world of the dreaded Two-Face for good, Bruce and Harvey must team up to beat back the bad.

PREVIEW: Legion of Super-Heroes #5




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ryan Sook, Scott Godlewski, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

DC's far-flung future is happening right now! With the secret of Jon Kent revealed, the Legion of Super-Heroes is united to save New Earth from those who would destroy it. Will Aquaman's lost trident be the key to New Earth's demise? Plus, Mon-El comes clean about his connection to Jon, and Cosmic Boy and Ferro Lad find out they both have a crush on the same Legionnaire.

PREVIEW: Batman/Superman #8


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Nick Derington
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

General Zod is on a mission to resurrect the Bottle City of Kandor, and he's ready to obliterate anyone in his path! Deep within the ruins of an ancient temple, Ra's al Ghul's bid to save his Lazarus Pits from Kryptonian chaos has brought the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel into a brawl neither expected-or was prepared for! What can Batman and Superman possibly do to stop an army of Kandorian zombies? Find out in the conclusion of the epic "Kandor Compromise"!

PREVIEW: Amethyst #2


Writer: Amy Reeder
Artist: Amy Reeder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

Dejected but determined to find her missing kingdom, Princess Amethyst and her new companions-a four-armed Turqoisian peasant called Phoss and her gigantic caterpillar steed-set out for the land of Sapphire, where it is always night. Where there is darkness there is also danger, but a newly discovered magical ability might light the princess's path.

PREVIEW: Action Comics #1021


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Romita, Klaus Janson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

Metropolis down! The blockbuster supervillain team-up of the century continues. Leviathan! The invisible mafia! The Legion of Doom! All have descended on the city of Metropolis to challenge Superman at his most vulnerable moment. With the truth about the Man of Steel's secret identity out in the open, all the rules of engagement have changed-and no one is safe! Guest-starring the Justice League and Young Justice.

PREVIEW: Supergirl #40




Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Rachael Stott, Cris Peter, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

Supergirl is out of control! Having fully succumbed to the Batman Who Laughs’ deadly infection, she has left her boundaries behind and is flexing her power to the world. Is even Wonder Woman a match for a Kryptonian fully unleashed? The hope is that the true Kara Zor-El is still inside this rampaging monster and that she’ll come to her senses. But even if she does, will she ever be the same? The consequences of the Dark Multiverse infection could change Supergirl forever…and, not for the better! Don’t miss this do-or-die conclusion to the “The Infected”!