Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Nightwing #85 Review


Kiss and Tell

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 20, 2021

I have not enjoyed Fear State much overall, and that goes for the tie-in books and the main Batman title.  Maybe I should say I am not enjoying the tie-ins because of the main title because James Tynion's lack of any forward progress in the Batman book has to be hampering books like this one.  Still, Tom Taylor is a great writer, and he tries his best to make due.  Let's see how he does in this issue.

Batman #115 Review


Fear Nothing

Writer: James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona, Bengal
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

I am still waiting for this Fear State thing to start.  What, you say it started issues ago, even with a Fear State Alpha issue?!?  It's had multiple tie-ins already?!?  I guess I'll take your word for it, but someone needs to get on the horn to James Tynion and tell him that!  Just dial 1-800-Sub-Stak, and they will surely put you right through.  While we wait for you to do that, we will jump into this week's Batman issue where surprisingly, not much happens.

Nubia & The Amazons #1 Review


Written By: Stephanie Williams
Art By: Alitha Martinez, Mark Morales
Colors By: Emilio Lopez
Letters By: Becca Carey
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #1brings readers back to Themyscira with Nubia as the current Queen of the Amazons. When the Well of Souls activates, giving birth to more reincarnated souls, the Amazons greet their new sisters with a welcome and some hesitation. Why has the Well of Souls, dormant for centuries, come alive again?

Batman/Catwoman #8 Review

The Joke's On Us

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Liam Sharp, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

The three time-lined mess that is Batman/Catwoman continues with this issue where we'll hopefully find out what happened at the end of the previous issue, where Catwoman and Phantasm teamed up to murder the Joker only for our Clown Prince of Crime to whisper something into Phantasm's ear that got our Angel of Death to turn on Selina and amscray with the Joker. That's all that really matters in my mind but in the future we have Selina arrested for the murder of the Joker and in the past...... Selina and Bruce were banging after Bruce smelled Joker in the air...... gross. Let's check this issue out.

Shazam! #4 Review

Future Problems

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

It's the end of our Shazam! mini and in this finale we'll hopefully learn about everything that's been affecting the power of Shazam!, fix the Rock of Eternity and after the cliffhanger to the previous issue, see how Black Adam of the 853rd Century plans on stopping the events that we saw in Future State that led to Billy essentially helping in causing the end of existence from the evil that is the Unkindness. Let's jump into this issue and see if things work themselves out.

Suicide Squad #8 Review

Sometimes... Dead Is Better

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Dexter Soy, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

Let's look back in on the many missions of the Suicide Squad since we have one team over in the Swamp Thing book trying to subdue the Avatar of the Green and the other has just made their way to hell to try and get something off of the Rock of Eternity that plummeted down to the firey inferno... Which Shazam!'s book is currently dealing with... Yeah, this book is all over the place but hopefully, we'll get back on track soon with what really matters and that's stopping Amanda Waller and her insane plans that were revealed in Future State. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 Review

How To Be Super And Invade Foreign Countries

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Daniele Di Nicuolo, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

Superman has left the planet with his Authority team to take on the threat of Mongul and Warworld, which leaves Jon Kent to take over for his father and become the Superman for a new generation...... The only problem is, Jon has no idea what kind of Superman he wants to be and since he is so new at it, he's making some mistakes and following his emotions a little too much for a god-like being who isn't trying to scare everyone who thinks that Superman lives by the same rules as everyone else. This rookie presentation of our hero leads to what we'll be dealing with this issue where previously we saw Henry Bendix, the President of Gamorra drop a "Post-Human" on the Kent Family farm, where it looked like no one could have survived. Let's jump into this issue and see if Jon has saved the day and if he's made any more enemies. Let's check it out.

The Flash #775 Review

Darkness Rising

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Jeremy Cox, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

Central City calls us back to check in on Wally West and his exploits as the Flash, where previously we saw a cosmic spear, or glaive if you prefer was hurtling through space and wasn't about to be stopped by anyone until it came to Earth and more specifically, the home of the Scarlet Speedster. Let's see what's up with this mysterious weapon and what our hero will do about it. Let's check it out.

Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1 Review

The Mahoney Legacy

Written By: Ed Brisson, James Tynion IV
Art By: Joshua Hixson, Roman Stevens, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

It's time for another Secret File and this time we're going to be exploring the background and present of Sean Mahoney, Peacekeeper-01. These Secret Files feel weird because while there are some interesting new or underutilized characters throughout Gotham it feels weird that the way we're getting their information is through one-shots instead of actually being able to have some background on them in the stories that they're coming out of but maybe for the way that those stories are being written this is the best possible way to understand what's going on with the character involved. Let's jump into this issue and see if we can learn anything new about Peacekeeper-01.  

Green Lantern #7 Review

Paradoxes Be Damned!

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Rany, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 19, 2021

Let's head off to space to see how the Green Lanterns are holding up after the majority of them have lost their powers. I guess they're doing alright for the most part though because as we saw in the last issue, John Stewart is a part of a team that is on a rescue mission to save Kilowog, while the other part of our story shows Simon Baz and Jo Mullein showing up to New Korugar with the United Federation of Planets to save Teen Lantern..... or to save New Korugar from Teen Lantern because damn did she go ham on that planet. Let's jump into this issue and see where our next leg in this cosmic adventure takes us. Let's check it out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #6 Review


Next to Last Ride

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

I haven't been as big a fan as most when it comes to this Zdarsky joint, but it only takes a solid ending to change that.  Hopefully, this penultimate issue gets things rolling for me and sets up a strong finish that makes this one a winner.  Do we get that in this issue?  Let's find out...

Batman '89 #3 Review

Two-Face Rises!

Written By: Sam Hamm
Art By: Joe Quinones
Colors By: Leonardo Ito
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Art By: Joe Quinones
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

Batman '89 #3 takes the big step for Harvey Dent on his journey to becoming one of Batman's greatest enemies. Just like Two Face's mind, the story teeters between two realities - one where Harvey saves the day and sees all his dreams come true. The other is where Harvey doesn't make it out of a fire unscathed.

Strange Adventures #12 Review


Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend...

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Evan "Doc" Shaner, Mitch Gerards
Colors By:  Evan "Doc" Shaner, Mitch Gerards
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Art By: Mitch Gerards
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

Strange Adventures #12 ends the grand, strange experiment of lies, spies, and secret deals. In the end, Adam Strange is no longer the same, and readers get very little by way of resolution on any level. The net result is characters moving on with their sad, broken lives.

Batman: Urban Legends #8 Review


Biggest Book Ever?

Writer: Brandon Thomas, Dan Watters, Christian Ward, Alyssa Wong
Artist: Vasco Georgiev, Cian Tormey, Nikola Cizmesija, Christian Ward
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

I was worried that after Chip Zdarsky's Red Hood story ended, this book would no longer have the spark it started with.  That has 100% happened, and I am still waiting for something else to make this a must-read.  I love Batwoman, so I'm hoping that may do the trick as she leads the charge this month.  Let's jump into it and see if this issue gets this book back on my pull list...

Wonder Woman #780 Review


Back in the Saddle Again

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Travis Moore
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 13, 2021

Well, we are finally here...Wonder Woman is back on Earth, and I couldn't be happier.  Unfortunately, it took a bit longer than I had hoped to get here, and while others seemed to love her trek through the "multiverse," I wasn't impressed.  Conrad and Cloonan seem to have their hearts in the right place, but they also drag things on way too long, but again, we are finally here!  So, let's jump into this and see if the journey was worth it...

Superman and the Authority #4 Review


Warworld Here We Come!

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

This book is an odd one.  Supposedly, it would be the ongoing Clark Kent/Superman book of 5G, but after that was canceled, it became a setup for Philip Kennedy Johnson's Warworld story.  It doesn't entirely jive with the book it's leading into, and readers have to look past things that don't make sense in the overall continuity, but despite that, I've enjoyed it.  Grant Morrison is giving readers some underused characters and doing some damn good character work on them. But, it all ends here, and I can't be the only one worried about how the ending will or will not tie into the ongoing Action Comics story. So, let's see what we get and if it's any good...

I Am Batman #2 Review

Anarky On The Streets...... Literally

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

What's going on with the next Batman now that we saw that Anarky went and got himself all shot to hell at the end of the last issue? Well, probably the same thing he's been doing since The Next Batman: Second Son, where he was trying to take down a sleazeball named Arkadine, who was tied in with a conspiracy to get civilian protestors shot, not to mention a person over the internet known as The Seer, who is spreading false information and raising an army through fear and paranoia. Let's jump into this issue and see what Jace Fox is up to now that he's got his Batman costume and has that legacy on his side. Let's check it out.

Titans United #2 Review

A New Challenger Appears

Written By: Cavan Scott
Art By: Jose Luis, Jonas Trindade, Rex Lokus, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

Let's jump back into the world of Cavan Scott's Titans United, where the Titans we've seen on the HBO series are the ones that are featured here but we really don't have a background on the continuity to know how it all really works out or why these heroes stay together........ or more specifically, why the hell do they let Red Hood on the team, but it's an interesting mix of heroes who have to deal with the idea that people for some reason have their powers and it's burning them out and as we saw at the end of the last issue, it looked like Kite-Man was displaying these powers and he was using them against Hawk and Dove. Let's dive into this issue and see if the Titans can get to the bottom of what's going on..... and if Jason Todd can stop being a dick. Let's check it out.

The Joker #8 Review

The Birthplace Of Vengeance

Written By: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
Art By: Guillem March, Arif Prianto, Tom Napolitano, Rosi Kampe, Marissa Louise, Ariana Maher
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

The hunt for the Joker continues this issue with Jim Gordon and the Daughter of Bane, Vengeance. Previously, we saw Jim Gordon working with Interpol's head of the super-villains unit, the adequately nicknamed Madame Halloween and it looked like the two hit it off pretty well in that they would work together to hunt down the Joker if Gordon would also help her track down a group called "The Network", and if for some reason there was an accident in the apprehension of the Clown Prince of Crime at the end of it all.... You know, something like he was accidentally shot to death by Gordon..... Well, Madame Halloween would look the other way and chalk it up to "shit happens". I don't know how well this pairing will be though because at the end of the issue it looked like Vengeance wanted to interrupt the meeting. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Best DC Comics Podcast Ep 6: The Spectre #5 (1993) ”A Rage in Hell”


WRITTEN BY: John Ostrander
PENCILS: Tom Mandrake
INKS: Tom Mandrake
COVER BY: Charles Vess

A gang of kidnappers dies a horrible death, taking the whereabouts of their hidden victim to their fiery graves. The desperate cops have no clues and less hope, but they do have the Spectre.

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PATREON SHOW: Walking Dead Wednesdays Ep 24: Walking Dead #24 Deluxe


Walking Dead Wednesdays Ep 24: Walking Dead #24 Deluxe

This week's Walking Dead Wednesday Podcast featured the big moment where "Rick Said It!" Yep, they are the walking dead and we talk about that and get ready to give our Top 5 Walking Dead Characters after we talk about issue #25 next show. 

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PATREON SHOW: DC Comics Patreon Spotlight: Are You Afraid of Darkseid? #1 & Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1


DC Comics Patreon Spotlight: Are You Afraid of Darkseid? #1 & Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

This week's Badass Picks of the Week were two anthology books and while we usually only do on per spotlight, we thought, "what the heck, how long can it take us?"  Well, that logic turned into the longest Patreon Spotlight Show clocking in at 2 hours and 17 minutes!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Crush & Lobo #5 Review


Crushing Laughter Since 2021

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 5, 2021

I was surprised with how well Crush & Lobo #1 sold. However, I have not been surprised at how far that sales number has dropped with each issue.  Mariko Tamaki's first issue had some promise, but instead of giving Crush fans some much-needed character work, Tamaki has dished out broken record flashbacks and not much else.  Fans of Lobo have probably bailed by now, pissed off that his name is even on the cover.  So, how is this issue? Let's find out...

The Swamp Thing #8 Review

Swamp Thing vs Swamp Thing Lite

Written By: Ram V
Art By: Mike Perkins
Colors By: Mike Spicer
Letters By: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 5, 2021

Swamp Thing #8 brings readers one step closer to knowing the new Avatar of the Green, Levi Kumei. The issue rehashes what we already know, introduces Levi's now-not-so-human brother to the conflict to reveal a little bit more, and sends the Suicide Squad packing for another 'L' on Waller's record. When Levi learns he's been working for the bad guys, the shadowy figures hungry for power step up their plans.

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #1 Review

When Everything Is Dark, There's No Light to Provide Direction

Written By: Dan Watters
Art By: Dani
Colors By: Dave Stewart
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date; October 5, 2021

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #1 wonders aloud what Gotham citizens and law enforcement officials go through when Arkham's most dangerous criminals roam free without intervention from Batman or any other hero. The results are violent, brutal, dark, and sometimes gut-churning.

Batman #114 Review


Lame State

Writer: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 5, 2021

I am sitting here waiting for this Fear State event to get to a point where I can say that it has started. Instead, we've been recapping on repeat, and it still feels like we are in the setup stage of the game.  I felt the same way about the Joker War, and everyone has the right to disagree with me, but I thought that "event" was a bunch of bullshit!  It's not just Tynion, though, since Tom King's City of Bane was also bullshit!  No wonder Gotham is on the verge of an epic collapse; it's being held hostage by shitty story after shitty story!  Let's see if things begin to change as we get close to the midway point of all of this nonsense.