Saturday, May 23, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #5 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2020

When Superman is having problems taking down the giant gorilla Titano, Lex Luthor activates his plan to have LexCorp fight crime in Metropolis. The problem is that he's far more effective than The Man of Steel at fighting and preventing crime.

Batman: Gotham Nights #5 Review

Going Through the Motions

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri 
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 13, 2020

It's time for another Gotham Nights story by Mark Russell, and while I am still wondering how well these Digital First books are doing, I am enjoying them for the most part.  Sure, once the more important books start coming out each week, that may all change, but for now, it's an excellent alternative.  So, how is this one-shot issue?  Let's find out...

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 285: DC Comics Spotlight, Digital First, DCeased, Batman and Superman

DC Comics Digital First books are featured this week on our spotlight episode -remember, the odd-numbered episodes are spotlights and come out on Friday Nights and the even-numbered episodes are the main show that comes out on Sunday Nights.  If you want to support us for all the free shows we do (DC and Marvel) and get a ton of exclusive shows in return, sign up to our Patreon ( to listen to everything including this week's DC Comics Patreon Spotlight Podcast: DCeased: The Unkillables #3 & Swamp Thing #56

DCeased: Hope At World's End #1 Review

Through a Different Lens

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Dustin Nguyen, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 19, 2020

I was a massive fan of the DC Comics Digital First lineup back in the day, and one of my all-time favorites is still Tom Taylor's Injustice book.  Getting a chapter every Tuesday (If my memory serves me right) was such a great way to start my week of reading and reviewing comics.  So, when Taylor and DC surprise dropped this new DCeased book like they were Drake (No, not Tim Drake!), I was pumped.  It is not just for the actual comic, but because an original digital series hit might mean even more coming in the future.  I know that we are already getting the repurposed stuff from the Walmart Giants, but I'm talking new books... big books from big names.  You know, like that Firestorm book Eric has been working on! I'm getting way ahead of myself, though, because we need to see if this first chapter of DCeased: Hope at World's End is any good.  Well, is it? Let's find out...

Swamp Thing: New Roots #1 Review

Bitter Fruit

Written by: Mark Russell

Art by: Marco Santucci
Colours by: John Kalisz
Letters by: Comicraft's Jimmy B
Published by: DC Comics
Price (digital first): $0.99

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention and there's nothing like a worldwide pandemic that's, among other things, threatening to destroy the traditional comics industry for forcing comic companies to think outside the box. (Unless you're Marvel, I guess…) DC has responded to the shutdown of the economy with a rebranded digital publishing arm flexing its marketing muscle with DC Digital Firsts, a brand that seems something of a misnomer when you consider that most of these digital comics have appeared in print as Wal-Mart exclusives, but beggars can't be choosers and comics is comics and let's see what Mark Russell and Marco Santucci have been up to…

DCeased: The Unkillables #3 Review

Tree Lobsters 4 Life

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 19, 2020

I'll admit that I wasn't keen on getting another DCeased book so soon after the main series ended.  I understand... it was a huge seller, it's just that it didn't impress me like most of the other books Tom Taylor has written. As a cred check, I think that Injustice is one of the best books of the decade, and I love Gabby/Honeybadger so much!  After the first issue of Unkillables, I still wasn't sold, but then issue two came out and won me over.  Does this final issue kick ass and make me want even more DCeased by the end?  Let's find out...

Red Hood: Outlaw #45 Review

The Chamber Of All

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Paolo Pantalena, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 19, 2020

The Untitled are back and it's up to Jason Todd and his gang of Outlaws to send them back to whatever hell they crawled out of, but their task has just become a little harder since Essence, the one-time friend and lover of Red Hood has escaped her Blood Blade prison and plans on taking Jason down....... for unknown reasons.  Can the Outlaws save the people of Qurac and the world from the machinations of the Untitled or will they all become a part of the evil as their plans unfold?  Also, don't forget we have Ma Gunn, The Brain and Monsieur Mallah training the next generation of super-villains, Generation Outlaw.  Let's jump into this issue and see if The Allcaste and The Untitled can get a little more accessible for newer readers, not to mention, older ones.  Let's check it out.

Wonder Woman #755 Review

The Truth is...

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Jesus Merino, Vicente Cifuentes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 19, 2020

I have been looking forward to this Four Horsewomen story to get going, and after a long prelude, it looks like it's going to happen!  While I think the story could have used a little more focus getting to this point, I hope this can be a big finale to all the mini runs Orlando has had on Wonder Woman.   Does it get off to a good start?  Let's find out...

Justice League #44 Review

The Stuff of Myth

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

We're on to our next Justice League adventure after our heroes defeated The Eradicator and his Daxamite super soldiers and for this issue at least, it looks like we're diving into Wonder Woman territory.  Yeah, we still have some time until the big cliffhanger of Justice League #39 is explored further in Dark Nights: Death Metal, but until then, let's check out some of the weirdly placed adventures that our favorite superhero team finds themselves in.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Amethyst #1 Review

What a Gem!

Writer: Amy Reeder
Artist: Amy Reeder and Gabriela Downie
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2020

While I have nothing against Amethyst, she is not my favorite character of all-time, and even though I dabbled in the Sword of Sorcery New 52 book, my most experience with her is in Bendis' current Young Justice book.  If you're reading that, then you know she does next to nothing in the book... her recent "big moment" was telling everyone she had to pee!  I am a big Amy Reeder fan, though, and that is 100% why I am here, and with that, here comes the review...

Catwoman #21 Review

The End

Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Fernando Blanco
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 11, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

This is the last issue of Catwoman from Joelle Jones, and while I was looking forward to her run when it was announced, not enough happened in it to recommend it at all.  That said, I am still hoping she can end what mainly was her one story in a good enough fashion so I can think it was almost two years well spent.  So, how did it end, and was it any good?  Let's find out... 

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.

Teen Titans #40 Review


Written By: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

The Djinn War continues and while Elias storms the gates of heaven, the Teen Titans plan on taking a trip to hell to access a backdoor to purgatory to find their teammate Djinn.  As far as plans go, this certainly does seem like the easiest one, but who said fighting a battle against a fallen angel would be easy?  Let's jump into this issue and see if our team's plan goes the way they want it to and with that, maybe find out something about Damian Wayne and where he went after he died originally.  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...

Aquaman #58 Review

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Miguel Mendonca, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

Well, Aquababy has arrived, and while I am excited to see more of her, I also want Mera to enjoy the bundle of joy.  Is it too much to ask to have the three together, having fun and doing underwater family stuff together?  Maybe, but how was this month's issue?  Let's find out...

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 284: DC Comics, Justice League, Batman, Reggie and the Honeycomb Hideout

DC Comics had a couple of books out this week so we mix them in with our classics that we've been talking about and walla... a podcast!  If you want more shows, check out our Patreon ( to listen to everything including this week's DC Comics Patreon Spotlight: Kingdom Come #1 & Metal Men #6

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Plunge #3 Review

Writer: Joe Hill
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 19th, 2020

In the last issue, Russell was in a cave following the numbers in Pi, and we saw the hands of the "undead" members of the Derleth from being him. But are they really "undead?" Whatever the case, it turns out they're really smart at mathematics and have some sick technology that can let you read minds but turn your own mind into goo.

The Dollhouse Family #6 Review


Writer: M.R. Carey

Layouts: Peter Gross
Finishes: Vince Locke
Colors: Cris Peter
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2020

It's the conclusion of the brilliantly done Dollhouse Family and although I'm sad to see it end, my sweet lord does it pay off by continuing the same path that it always has: going where you least expect it to. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

PREVIEW: DCeased: The Unkillables #3

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

It's the epic finale of the next chapter in the DCeased saga as heroes and villains collide with one epic purpose: to escape the coming of the infected population of Gotham City and a monstrous Wonder Woman! It's time to ride the fury road one final survive!

PREVIEW: Red Hood Outlaw #45

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Paolo Pantalena
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have battled many threats together...but they've never faced a veritable army of the damned! Which is what is happening during the protests on the streets of Qurac as the Untitled prepare to strike at the heart of humanity! At the same time Artemis has to go sword-to-word with Essence. As the enemy gathers its forces, it is clear the Dark Trinity needs to expand
its roster-and fast!

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #755

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Jesus Merino, Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

"The Four Horsewomen" part one! Paula Von Gunther, a.k.a. Warmaster, has assembled her four horsewomen...and  now she's out for Wonder Woman's blood! Plus, Diana is put on trial for the sins of the Amazons! Is it all just lies, or is there really a horrible secret the Amazons have kept from their own champion?

PREVIEW: The Dollhouse Family #6

Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Peter Gross, Vince Locke
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

Nobody leaves the Dollhouse. All will be weighed. Only one can prevail.

PREVIEW: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #10

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Lieber
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

Jimmy continues his world tour, risking his life for more of your sweet retweets,  likes, and faves! Plus, the mastermind behind Jimmy's assassination is revealed... and the insidious secret he's willing to kill for will upend everything everywhere forever, assuming by "everything" you mean "everything in the pages of just this comic."'ve heard of Arm-Fall-Off-Boy? Get ready to meet the entire Fall-Off-Family. What connection do they have to all this nonsense? Probably not much, but hey, you never know.

PREVIEW: Plunge #3

Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2020

The long-lost crew of the Derleth emerges from the wind-scoured stones and twisted pines of the Sinnikik atoll, looking not a day older than when they disappeared 40 years before. They come bearing impossible, dizzying gifts for their rescuers. But at what price?

DCeased: The Unkillables #2 Review

Seven Years Bad Luck

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artist: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

I was not the biggest fan of the first DCeased and I am hoping this issue gets me on board with The Unkillables, because I was lukewarm with that as well.  I am a huge Tom Taylor fan so I am waiting for that thing that clicks and makes me fall in love with all of this.  Is it in this issue?  Let's see...

DCeased: Unkillables #1 Review

What Zombie Craze?

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

I liked DCeased.  I wasn't in love with it, though, so when DC announced this book, I was happy to get another Tom Taylor book and hoped I was more into this.  So, did I like this start?  Let's find out...

Wonder Woman #753 Review

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Max Raynor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2020

DC announced this week that Mariko Tamaki would be taking over this book this summer, and it's a shame because while I don't love Steve Orlando's Wonder Woman, a lot of people do, and more importantly, it is evident that Steve Orlando loves Wonder Woman.  He always ends up being the stopgap for the next prominent writer, and he deserves better.  Maybe that's why he is writing at Marvel now?!?  That's for future us to worry about, though, as we jump into this issue.  Is it any good?  Let's find out...