Friday, May 1, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 27, 2020

Growing up I was just okay with Superman. I collected and read his comics in the late 80's and early 90's, but I didn't come to adore the character until I became a parent. He's become my favorite superhero to read, and sadly the last two years have been difficult. I even dropped both Action Comics and Superman from my pull list last summer after giving their current writer a whole year.

These 99¢ "digital firsts" are giving us fans the opportunity to read comics at a pretty great deal without leaving our house during a deadly global pandemic, and it features writers and artists who aren't working on the main books for those characters. So I was very excited about Superman: Man of Tomorrow, and I haven't been disappointed.

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 Review

Watching the Ships That Go Sailing

Written By: Gail Simone
Art By: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo
Letters By: Rob Leigh

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Once again, we have come together to review one of DC’s digital-first issues and frankly, my expectations are a little high right now. The last one I read was very well done and had a lot of emotional impact in it. Now, perhaps I shouldn’t allow myself to expect so much as these issues don’t even have the same themes or the same creative teams. If anything, I should probably expect less but I digress. I hope all of our readers have been staying safe during this troubling time and I wish you the best going forward. For now, though, let’s jump into this new digital-first issue and see where it takes us.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Gotham Academy #1 (2014) Review

Head of the Class

Written by: Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Karl Kerschl
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

I really am at a loss on how to start this review.  I'm a grown man with five boys and here I am lying down and reading Gotham Academy, feet up behind me, giggling to myself and wishing I was a student in the book.  Please, let me enroll now!  I know that this book will draw lots of comparisons to Harry Potter and for good's so magical.  I may not be the target age, but I don't care. I'm in.  DC, I'll forgive you for the Futures End Event and any other misstep if you keep giving us books like this.

Conan the Slayer #1 (2016) Review

Conan, What is Best in Life?

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Sergio Davila, Michael Atiyeh and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016

Hey guys and gals and welcome back to Throwback Thursday where I throw up reviews from the past for you to read in the present.  It's like a literary time machine...of the worst kind!  This is my review of Conan the Slayer from the Summer of 2016 which I am going back to since this week debuted the new Wonder Woman/Conan series.  Enjoy!

Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International: San Diego #1 (2014) Review

I Want My Hurl Gurl

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Paul Pope, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Amanda Conner, John Timms, Marco Failla,
   Dave Johnson and Stephanie Roux
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

What could be more fun than going to Comic-Con International?  Going there with Harley Quinn, of course.  Yep. Harley has trekked across the country and has arrived just in time for SDCC, but she's not there just to buy comics and see the stars.  Nope, she's brought her portfolio and she's ready to make that comic book creator money.  You know, the big bucks like Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti make.

Bloodshot: Reborn #14 (2016) Review

The Bloodshot Squad

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Mico Suayan, David Baron and David Lanphear
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 29, 2016

As our site branches out a little from are all DC all the time, each of us has run into an experience like I have with this book.  I love Jeff Lemire and have been intrigued by the character of Bloodshot for a while, but because we painted ourselves into a specific corner, there was no time or reason to read it. That has changed now and when I saw Valiant declare that this issue was an "ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT!", I figured I'd dive right in.  So, was Valiant telling the truth and did I know what was going on enough to be comfortable reviewing it?  Yes and and big Yes!  Here is my review...

Nightwing #70 Review

I Smell the Cap

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ryan Benjamin, Scott Hanna, Rain Berado, and Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

I know that most fans of Dick Grayson want to leave Ric behind and get some Dick back in their lives.  Hey, I want Dick as much as the person, but I also want to get something satisfying out of Ric while we're stuck with him.  Is that too much to ask?  I don't think so, but let's get on with the review...

Batman #89 Review and *SPOILERS*

Moving Along

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Tynion’s first story with this book has been going pretty smoothly at this point. Sure, there has been a ton of exposition but Tynion clearly has a story that he wants to tell and he can’t tell it without all of that context. That being said, in the previous issue, he reigned it in a little bit and we finally got some of the first bits of story progression. However, I’m hoping that he follows up on that by continuing it in this issue. We took a couple issues to set things up and start the ball rolling but we need that momentum to carry through this storyline. There’s nothing wrong with keeping the audience in suspense but refusing to give them anything and instead just give them questions upon questions, many will tune out. So, let’s hop into this latest issue and hope that Tynion knocks this one out of the park.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Weird Mystery Tales #1 (1972) Retro Review

Writers: Howard Purcell, Jack Kirby, Mark Evanier, Steve Sherman

Pencilers: Howard Purcell, Jack Kirby
Inkers: Jack Abel, Mike Royer
Cover: Michael Wm Kauta
Cover Price: 20¢
Release Date: June 7th, 1972

Weird Mystery Tales is one of the horror-tyoe books that DC published back in the day, along with House of Mystery and House of Secrets.

Our host here is named Destiny; a pale man with a purple cloak and hood, and it's his job to log the follies and mysteries of mankind into the Cosmic Log.