Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Rot #1 (2018) Review

Publisher: Source Point Press
Parent Company: Ox Eye Media
Writer: David C. Hayes
Artist: Sean Seal
Editor: Travis Mcintire
Letters: Joshua Werner
Release Date: May 16th, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

A few weeks ago Ox Eye Media was having a "free comic book week" on their website where they were giving out a bunch of comics from their Source Point Press comic label, so I grabbed everything that I could. Out of all the ones I've read so far I've been very impressed with them all, but The Rot #1 has been my favorite. I immediately bought the entire first volume and I can't wait to get it in the mail.

Plastic Man #1 Review

The Gummy Gumshoe

Writer: Gail Simone 
Artist: Adriana Melo 
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick 
Letterer: Simon Bowland 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: June 13, 2018

Hooray! This means I get to play this amazing Plastic Man theme song!

Now check out my review of Plastic Man #1, right here!

DCeased #1 Review

The Z Word

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine & Stefano Gaudiano and James Harren
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Artists: Greg Capullo and Fco Plascencia
Variant Cover Artists: Francesco Mattina and Yasmine Putri
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: May 1, 2019


Here it is, the much-touted Biggest DC Event of the Summer, not to be eclipsed by that other Biggest DC Event of the Summer, Year of the Villain. How many Biggest Events can we have at once? I have a feeling one of the Big Two will find out eventually. Find out my thoughts on DCeased #1, right here!

Dial H for Hero #1 Review

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


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!

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 Review

Tripping Balls with Mr. A

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Denys Cowan 
Inks: Bill Sienkiewicz
Colors: Chris Sotomayor 
Letters: Willie Schubert
Cover: Cowan, Sienkiewicz & Sotomayor 
Variant Cover: Jeff Lemire & Marcelo Mialo
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Editors: Chris Conroy & Molly Mahan
Cover Price: $6.99 
On Sale Date: November 20, 2019


Well, well, well. If it isn’t one of the characters that DC screwed up royally during the New 52. Something about having ushered forth from the primordial ooze or some such? I don’t believe DC Comics ever developed the character enough to speak about. There’s been an appropriate cooling off period, and now he’s back for the first time in the prestige format The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, and I’ve reviewed book one of the series right here!

Suicide Squad #1 Review

Pleased to Meet You, I’m Marked For Death  

Written By Tom Taylor 
Art By Bruno Redondo 
Color By Adriano Lucas 
Letters By Wes Abbott 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 18, 2019


Oh boy! It’s the Suicide Squad again…for the first time! Or more like the second or third time in recent memory. I didn’t realize that the “Suicide” portion of the title might apply to how the reader feels after successive reboots. Well, I was suicidal before all of this began, so let’s dive into my review of Suicide Squad #1, right here!

The Sandman Universe #1 (2018) Review

Danny Says

By Simon Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Dan Watters, Bilquis Evely, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Tom Fowler, Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara, Mat Lopes
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018

Hey, it’s the return of Vertigo, the DC Comics imprint that never left! Supposedly, this issue heralds some kind of revitalization that begins next month and includes…a whole bunch of new titles I forgot. And, a bunch of new titles for the Sandman Universe! I think this is going to be the first taste of all that, and I’m excited to give it a lick. So follow my slobber and read my review of The Sandman Universe #1, slick with saliva!

The Green Lantern #1 (2018) Review

All Systems Green

Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Liam Sharp 
Colorist: Steve Oliff 
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: November 7, 2018


Hooray! It’s the moment we [fans of Green Lantern] have all been waiting for! Mind you, while I thought Green Lantern Corps was a meandering, long-winded book, I liked Green Lanterns overall…it had its good and its bad issues. But there can be no doubting that the franchise need a sprucing up—and who better to spruce than Grant Morrison himself? Some would say: nearly anyone. But not me! Let’s see what I think of Green Lantern #1, by reading my review right now!

The Dreaming #1 (2018) Review

While the Dream Lord’s Away

Written By: Simon Spurrier 
Illustrated By: Bilquis Evely 
Colors By: Mat Lopes 
Letters By: Simon Bowland 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 5, 2018

What th’…? A Vertigo book being reviewed on the Weird Science DC Comics Dot Com website? On a Wednesday?! That’s right, by request, Chris Sheehan and myself will be covering the Neil Gaiman-curated “Sandman imprint,” on the website and podcast, much in the same way we did Young Animal. I’m a big fan of Gaiman’s Sandman, so I’ve been looking forward to this series, The Dreaming, in particular. And what do you know, I’ve reviewed the first issue right here!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #4 Review


Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 11th, 2020

In another "digital first" one-shot by Venditti, Superman is faced with a Swamp Thing like monster that just won't leave him alone. What's this ugly jerk have against truth, justice, and the American way?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Justice League Odyssey #20 Review

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Cliff Richards
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 13th, 2020

At the end of the last issue Starfire is killed by her sister Blackfire, and Azrael arrived to sneak attack Epoch. This issue starts with Jessica blasting her way down the halls of the ship to slam right into Azrael, knocking him back and away from his would-be victim.

Batman: Gotham Nights #4 Review

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 6, 2020

I have not been a big fan of the last couple of issues of Batman: Gotham Nights, so I was glad to see Mark Russell wrote this issue instead of that mysterious Michael Grey...whoever that is.  So, how is Mark Russell's one-shot Batman story dealing with the piece of shit elite of Gotham?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Harley Quinn #72 Review

Down for the Count

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Abel, Hi-Fi and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

I have not reviewed an issue of Sam Humphries Harley Quinn on the site in a while for a bunch of reasons.  I wasn't enjoying for one, and also, he went and blocked us on twitter, and so I figured I'd give the guy as wide a berth as possible.  I have been reading Harley, though, since I love her and have always been the "Harley Guy" at Weird Science.  So, what do I think of this latest issue, and will it get me thrown into Double Secret Probation by Sam Humphries?  Let's find out...

Lois Lane #10 Review

Who Are We?

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Lois Lane continues her search to uncover the truth as we continue our Maxi-Series, but what truth are we uncovering?  Previously, we saw a skull-faced assassin called "The Kiss of Death" go after Lois for things that she may or may not know, but Lois and Renee Montoya seemed more occupied with trying to get Lois' maid out of deportation, while also honing in on Jessica Midnight, the witch/Checkmate agent, who's looked liked she's been driven insane during the majority of this run.  So who's to say what will happen next in this story, but we'll soon find out at least for this chapter.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Metal Men #6 Review

Testing Her Mettle

Written By: Dan Didio, Shane Davis
Art By: Shane Davis, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Finally, we can continue our Metal Men journey, where the Nth Metal Man, from the Dark Multiverse, has come to our own world for reasons unknown, where he's been changing the fundamental programming in each of our heroes' responsometers, making them into actual living beings with their own feelings and personalities beyond of what Will Magnus gave them when he created them.  All of our Metal Men up until this point have been changed by the Nth Metal Man, while Dr. Magnus has been too busy smooching it up with the STAR Labs director, Jenet Klyburn to really notice.  Everything comes to a head here as we continue this journey with Platinum as she goes to discover her true origins of where her love for Will Magnus comes from, but will she like the answers when she finds them?  Let's jump into this issue and find out.

Monday, May 11, 2020

PREVIEW: Metal Men #6

Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

After Platinum finds out that she is based on a real woman Magnus used to know in college, she sneaks away to search for her human counterpart…and learns the twisted reason for why she “loves” Magnus so much. Meanwhile, back at Magnus Mountain, Nth Metal Man seems to have some bigger plans of his own with someone else from the Dark Multiverse.

PREVIEW: Lois Lane #10

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Armed with new information about the assassin stalking her, Lois goes on the offensive, while Renee struggles with wielding what may be the most powerful weapon of them all: the truth.

PREVIEW: Justice League Odyssey #20

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Cliff Richards, Rain Beredo, and Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

As Darkseid threatens reality as we know it, Epoch, the Lord of Time, has a plan to stop him…but will that plan end in even greater disaster for the Multiverse? Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and her Justice League Odyssey misfits have one chance to avert catastrophe, but they’ll have to steal Epoch’s time technology to do it…and risk unraveling the entire history of the DC Universe!

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn #72

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Abel, Hi-Fi and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Some mysteries just don’t want to be solved! As Harley digs deeper into the death of her friend, it becomes clear that there are forces in Los Angeles that don’t want her this close to the truth. Will Harley be broken by the City of Angels, or will she be able to avenge her friend’s death? And will she be able to convince Booster Gold that he is not her crime-fighting partner and never will be?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

PREVIEW: Justice League #44

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Cold war kickoff! After receiving a distress signal from Aquaman, the Justice League travels to Antarctica, where they discover an ancient prison at the bottom of the legendary pit of Tartarus. But who picked the locks within? Freed from their shackles, creatures of myth and horror emerge to battle the team, while the League must confront their own personal demons. What exactly lies at the base of this well, and what will be left of the Justice League when they discover its secret?

Harley Quinn #69 Review

Call Officer Big Mic

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Sami Basri
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: January 1, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

I have not reviewed Harley Quinn in quite some time, but with Sam Humphries taking a break to let Mark Russell spin a yarn, I figured what the heck!  That's not a diss on Humphries, but even if it was, he can't block me on Twitter again, right?!?  Actually, being on "Double Secret Twitter Blockage Probation" sounds pretty damn awesome so hopefully, he will be able to.  Oh well, on with the review...

Justice League Odyssey #19 Review

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Cliff Richards
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 4th, 2020

A group of new New Gods Starfire, Psykot, and Shadowheart have been sent out by Darkseid on a recon mission to check the location and defenses of our new JLO team of Jessica Cruz, Blackfire, Orion, Dex-Starr, and Hex. But they will find them joined by Gamma Knife and her boss and non-linear being Epoch (AKA the Lord of Time), who's attempting to reset time and nullify the threat of Darkseid and Apex Lex Luthor.

Lois Lane #9 Review

Who Needs Superman?

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 4, 2020

Let's head back into the intriguing world of journalism and escaping hired killers....... actually, I was trying to be sarcastic there, but that does sound pretty intriguing, but for some reason, I haven't been getting that out of this book, that doesn't seem to really know what it wants to be.  Previously, we saw the hired killer Kiss of Death come after Lois, based on what she might know about insider trading or corporate secrets, but instead of following that angle, it's time for Lois to save her hotel room maid, who is about to be deported thanks to the hired killer that needed to take her place.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Lois Lane can save her maid and keep herself from being killed..........

Metal Men #5 Review

OMAC-tivate Your Dental Plan!

Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

The new-take on our Metal Men team continues this issue as we find out who's behind the assault on Robocon and discover what the Nth Metal Man did to Iron and Mercury.  I do hope that the Nth Metal Man mystery becomes our main focus as we continue on with this maxi-series because it feels odd just to have this Dark Multiverse, sentient Metal Man walking around Magnus' lab and no one really doing much about it beyond telling him not to touch things..... Especially when all he's doing is touching things and changing them into an unknown variable.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the Nth Metal Man's game is and find out if Lead, Tin and OMAC can save the fans of Robocon.  Let's check it out.

Justice League #43 Review

No Sun?  No Fun

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Richard Friend, David Baron, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

We've come to the end of our Eradicator arc, where previously we saw our Justice League team lure the Eradicator and his Advance Legion of suped-up Daxamites into a portal that found them in the far reaches of space, where there was no yellow sun to charge them up and continue to make them a threat that our heroes couldn't handle.  It's time to see if their plan worked out and hope that the Eradicator doesn't have something else up his robotic sleeve to allow him to win the day.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.