Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Flash #758 Review and *SPOILERS*


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Christian Duce, Scott Kolins, Luis Guerrero, Hi-FiLetters By: Steve WandsCover Price: $3.99Release Date: July 21, 2020

 *Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

 The Flash is in an interesting place. Despite having set up one of the most intriguing stories just a few issues ago, we haven’t gone anywhere with it since. I say it a lot so I honestly feel like a broken record. There’s too much set up in comics nowadays. I completely understand that writers want to set up their stories properly so that there are proper weight and consequence to what happens afterward. I understand that feeling and I totally respect it. That being said, instead of taking half an issue or even an entire issue, writers currently are sometimes taking two issues or more to set up what turns out to be a rather mediocre story. This might be fine for readers who only buy trades, but for comic fans that want to go to their local store every week and spend their money on these issues, it’s starting to feel like a waste of money. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to change anytime soon. So until that changes, let’s hope that this book at least can finally capitalize on the intrigue that this story started with. Let’s jump in and see.

Batman #95 Review and *SPOILERS*

Hostile Takeover

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I’ve been pretty high on this Batman book since it was taken over by Tynion. The first storyline where Batman faces off with The Designer was really intriguing and while there were a couple drops in quality along the way, overall the story has been really good. However, at the end of the whole thing, it was revealed that the entire thing was a lead up to this new Joker War and while I enjoyed the story that lead us here, I’m a little hesitant when it comes to my expectations. I am worried that we are going to fall into the same traps that we had in the previous run. There’s nothing wrong with having a long story that is segmented into different parts but we’ve had all of that for the entirety of Rebirth with Tom King. Now, I’m actually a big defender of Tom King, but even I was ready for something a little more traditional when his story ended. I figured that’s what we would get with Tynion, but it seems he wants to take the story in a similar direction. I’m hopeful but worried. Let’s jump into our latest issue and see where we go from here.

Shazam! #13 Review

Pick On Someone Your Own Size!

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Dale Eaglesham, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

It's the beginning of the end for our Mightiest Mortal and his Family of Champions.  In our previous, previous issue we saw that Billy Batson's father, CC was being controlled by Mr. Mind and that the diabolical worm had brought forth his Monster Society of Evil to take on our Shazam! Family.  Can our heroes take on this new threat, while also dealing with what further plans Mr. Mind might have?  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Justice League Dark #24 Review


Written By: Ram V
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, June Chung, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

With magic changed, but back in action and the Parliaments of Life put back into place, it's finally time for our Justice League Dark to get back to taking on the Upside Down Man.  Is the team ready though?  At every turn, the Upside Down Man has spanked them hard and with John Constantine going off on his own after his actions in the last issue, we're down a member and down in morale, even with Swamp Thing's return.  Let's jump into this issue and see what our JLD's plan is going forward.  Let's check it out.

Action Comics #1023 Review

Invisible War

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

We've got Leviathans, Lex Luthors and Invisible Mafias plaguing the City of Tomorrow, Metropolis and now we've got a Conner Kent from the Pre-Flashpoint timeline making his presence known to our Man of Steel and the idea that maybe, just maybe they'll be able to do something with that...... I have no idea what the plan could be, but the greatest minds in the DCU are looking at Conner like they might solve some problem that's not a problem.  Let's jump into this issue as we see Red Cloud going after Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane and find out if Superman and the two Superboys can take down this threat once and for all.  Let's check it out.

Batman Beyond #45 Review

Cold As Ice

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Chris Sotomayor, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

Damian Wayne has been cast out of as the leader of the League of Assassins and a madman with an ice-age fetish named Zeh-Ro is taking his place, but to do so he needs to take out the former Demon's Head.  Thankfully though, the Bat-Family has come to Damian's aid and not only that, but in the background, Elainna Grayson has been given permission to continue her exploits as the new Batwoman, but first...... she's going to need a new costume.  Let's jump into this issue and see how all of this plays out in a dark future, thirty-five years from now.  Let's check it out.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Batgirl #47 Review

You Are Killing Me!

Written by: Cecil Castellucci
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez, Jordie Bellaire, and AndWorldDesigns
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

I have not been digging what Cecil Castellucci has brought to Batgirl, and it seems as I am not the only one.  If you haven't heard, DC has canceled this book with issue #50 being the last issue. It sucks, not because I will miss reading about Unearth or tales of the living metal, but because Batgirl is a great character and one of my favorites.  I said it sucks, but maybe a breather will do the character good because it has been a hot mess for a while and only worsened when Castellucci stepped in.  With that, perhaps she can end on a high note with some Joker War tie-in issues.  Let's find out...

Detective Comics #1024 Review

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Brad Walker
Inks: Andrew Hennessy
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 20th, 2020

Batman has found Harvey Dent in the Gotham Armory, and Harvey has suited up in a Batman mecha-like suit that the GCPD "squirreled away". But things are getting crazy, as Talons and the Two-Face cult members show up. What side will Harvey choose to fight on?

PREVIEW: Justice League Dark #24

Writer: Ram V
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

At last, Justice League Dark’s mission reaches the moment fans have been waiting for: their descent into the Other Place, as a reborn Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna sharpen their swords and spells to battle the Upside Down Man. But Zatanna has more than just cards up her sleeve. The team discovers her burning secret, while Detective Chimp must come to terms with his own role within Team Dark

PREVIEW: Shazam! #13

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

He’s baaaaaaack!  The greatest kid superhero ever faces the worst teen supervillain as Billy Batson and the Shazam family confront Superboy-Prime. Superboy-Prime has the powers of Superman and none of his heroic morality-can even Shazam stop the most powerful threat he and his family have ever encountered?

PREVIEW: The Flash #758

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Christian Duce, Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

“Legion of Zoom” part two! Central City is reeling from the recent attack, and Barry Allen lies broken and helpless! To uncover his foes’ next target, the Flash must solve a mystery from his past…but before he can, he’s attacked by the corrupted Tornado Twins-his children from the future!

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #1024

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Brad Walker
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

The story of Two-Face reaches its end, and Harvey Dent will at last find peace after decades of schism. But will that peace be in death, or in the chance at a new life? All along, The Joker has been the puppet master behind the torment of Two-Face, and he knows how to make an entrance! Don’t miss the final battle between Batman, Two-Face, and Lincoln March, with a shocking conclusion that will split you right in two!

PREVIEW: Batman #95

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

It was always going to come to this. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. He has decided that one way or another, this will be the final chapter to their story. “Joker War” begins here!

I guess DC didn't want to let too much out of the bag yet.  You know, that might have gotten people excited about it or something.  Here are two variant covers...

PREVIEW: Action Comics #1023

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 21, 2020

Just days after Clark Kent’s own shocking revelation, the facts behind who actually owns The Daily Planet have been revealed-and all hell has broken loose! The fallout from the Superman: Villains special starts here! No one is safe as a new era of Superman stories begins! Plus, now that the dust has settled, is the Red Cloud hero or villain?