Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rorschach #7 Review




Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Cover Price: $4.99


In the last issue, our nameless detective received a batch of letters between Myerson and Laura that led them eventually meeting and ending up where we are today. Now, the detective has tracked down who sent him the letters and it's... Frank Miller???

Batman: The Detective #1 Review

 

Somebody Is Killing The Children

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Andy Kubert
Colors By: Brad Anderson
Letters By: Clem Robins
Cover Art By: Andy Kubert, Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2021

In Batman: The Detective #1, Bruce Wayne heads to Europe to investigate a Wayne Airlines plane crash that was definitely not accidental. With a little help from Knight and Squire, Bruce learns all passengers have something in common and the terrorists responsible for the crash aren't done connecting the dots just yet. Also, Batman punches a ghost.

Wonder Woman #771 Review

 


Tree Hugger

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Paulina Ganucheau, Travis Moore
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

I liked the first issue of Wonder Woman a whole lot.  I always like it when we look at a different pantheon of gods and coming out of Death Metal, the mystery of what's going on with Wonder Woman is intriguing.  So, is this second issue just as good?  Let's find out...

Batman: Urban Legends #2 Review


 Three out of Four Ain't Bad


Writer: Cecil Castellucci, Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Thomas, Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Eddy Barrows, Ryan Benjamin, Max Dunbar, Marguerite Sauvage, Marcus To
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

I usually am not an anthology book kind of guy.  Sure, my attention span suffers a huge hit jumping from story to story, but it's also because, for the most part, I never end up enjoying every story in the book.  It comes down to the math, and while some are satisfied with less than a 100% shooting percentage, I get mad if I get stuck with any duds at all.  That's just me, but I don't need nonsense to up the page count and the cover price.  Still, I liked the Batman/Red Hood and Grifter stories in the first issue, so my hopes were high going into this one.  Let's see how it is...

The Joker #2 Review




The Joke's On Them!


Written By: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
Art By: Guillem March, Arif Prianto, Tom Napolitano, Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Ariana Maher
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 13, 2021


The Joker series continues and now we know that while the Joker is the title character of this book, this is mostly a Jim Gordon joint and our main plot is about the former Commissioner hunting down the Clown Prince of Crime for some mysterious benefactor. Let's jump into this issue and see if the intrigue continues as we learn more about what Jim Gordon will do with this proposition and if he will in fact kill the Joker when he finds him. Let's check it out.

Superman #30 Review




Ghosts Aliens From The Past


Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sean Lewis
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe, Sami Basri, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 13, 2021


Superman continues with the idea that Jon Kent is looking at his father a little differently, a little more mortal than he did before, and possibly, we may see the Man of Steel fall in battle..... Well, that's what Jon thinks, we all saw Future State and until that future is changed, we all know that Superman is on Warworld, doing Warworld things. We're not there yet though so let's jump into this issue and see the Super Father and Son go off on another adventure. Let's check it out.

Monday, April 12, 2021

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #771

 


Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Paulina Ganucheau, Travis Moore
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

Wonder Woman’s adventures through the Sphere of the Gods continue as she embarks on a quest with the cunning Ratashok to search for answers. Something is changing the rules of the Norse afterlife, and it’s up to our hero to set things right. Now she must face warriors and beasts of mythic proportions, starting with the Nidhogg! Can our Amazon Princess survive this staggering serpent?
Meanwhile, in a seemingly simpler time in our hero’s life, a younger Diana continues her journey to uncover the secret behind the scriptures that hold the hidden history of Themyscira. Is she ready for the truth? Or will it change her perception of "paradise” forever?

PREVIEW: Rorschach #7

 


Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Cover Price: $4.99

Wil Myerson might have been the creator of Pontius Pirate, the most popular comic in history, before he put on the Rorschach mask and tried to kill a would-be president, but he’s not the only artist who worked on the character. Other artists fell under Wil’s influence, and now all these years later, his more renowned acolyte has fallen sway to Laura, the #1 Myerson superfan. Is it possible she influenced another comic book legend into playing vigilante? The key here is that tape the detective is trying to decipher, the one with the séance that has been haunting him since the very first issue! All this and a cameo by Dr. Manhattan to boot!

PREVIEW: Batman: The Detective #1

 


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Andy Kubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight!

PREVIEW: Batman: Urban Legends #2


 
Writer: Cecil Castellucci, Matthew Rosenberg, Brandon Thomas, Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Eddy Barrows, Ryan Benjamin, Max Dunbar, Marguerite Sauvage, Marcus To
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

The new Batman anthology series continues! In part two of Chip Zdarsky and Eddy Barrows’s epic Batman/Red Hood story, Jason Todd has taken a man’s life, and now his mission is to keep the dead man’s young son safe. But Batman plans to take down Jason before he can make another mistake.  

Then, in chapter two of Matthew Rosenberg and Ryan Benjamin’s senses-shattering tale, Cole Cash earns his pay as personal bodyguard to billionaire Lucius Fox, but what led him to Gotham in the first place? How does the mysterious HALO Corporation play into it all? And which Bat-Family character does he have an unfortunate meeting with in this chapter? 

And in part two of Brandon Thomas and Max Dunbar’s epic Outsiders story, see Katana’s perspective on what brought the Outsiders to Japan, who wants her dead, and what her ultimate punishment will be for no longer having her husband’s spirit in the Soultaker sword.  

Plus, Barbara Gordon has identified a citywide system hack from a foe she faced before as Batgirl…but this time around, Babs may have found a way to defeat her for good as Oracle!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Tankers #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

 


Where Jurassic Park meets Aliens . . . Let's Rock!


Written By: Robert Venditti

Art By: Juan Jose Ryp, Andrew Dalhouse

Letters By: Dave Sharpe

Cover Price: $5.99

Release Date: April 7, 2021

Review by: J-Man


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*


Bad Idea is a new publisher on the market made up of several creators from Valiant comics (think between 2012 and 2017) before the day the publishing company died . . . err changed hands and direction. Tankers is the second series from this up-and-coming publisher. When I saw the synopsis for this series months ago, I was already intrigued. Having read stories by Robert Venditti in the past (Hawkman, X-O Manowar, Green Lantern post-Geoff Johns) and art by Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine: Best There Is, X-O Manowar, lots of Lady Death), I knew this was a must-buy. The two creators have collaborated on a 12-issue mini-series in the past (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) and killed it. But maybe that was their one-hit-wonder, and Tankers will go the way of the dinosaurs. Let's find out.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Anime Review Show Ep 3: High School DxD Ep 1 “I Got A Girlfriend” / Weird Science Manga & Anime Podcast

 



Time for a little crossover!  If you didn't know, we also have a Manga & Anime Podcast we call the  "Weird Science Manga & Anime Podcast"!  It makes sense, right?  Here is our latest anime review show where Luke and myself talk about High School DxD, a saucy show that we aren't sure what to make of.  Enjoy and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Batman #107 Review and *SPOILERS*


Sixteen Times the Detail


Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Batman comic has become entrenched in this new Future State storyline ever since the event took place. Instead of actually focusing on that story though, we are instead treated to what ultimately serves as a prologue to the story. Once again, I cannot help but feel like this is the story that the creative team wanted to tell and so they just threw the Future State section together in order to have something to print for the higher ups. That said, the Future State series, while not terrible, definitely wasn’t anything to write home about. So, the insistence to continue the story in the main Batman comic is questionable. However, perhaps there is one hell of a story that this team was holding back on until they could tell it here. I don’t know, but we are going to find out as we jump into the latest issue.

Swamp Thing #2 Review




Written By: Ram V
Art By: Mike Perkins
Colors By: Mike Spicer
Letters By: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Levi Kamei continues to have horrific nightmares of turning into a green plant monster. He wakes up someplace else with no explanation as to how or why he got there. During these nightmares, Levi emerges in the Arizona desert to face the Pale Wanderer before he kills again. Always trying and failing, the Pale Wanderer instructs Levi that he can't move forward until he accepts the change that will shape him into what he's meant to become.

Man-Bat #3 Review




The Sound Of Fear


Written By: Dave Wielgosz
Art By: Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021


The Man-Bat saga of some undefined time before our main character joined the Justice League Dark continues. Has this wowed me the way that I wanted it to? No, not at all but it has done a decent job at taking the Man-Bat mythos and combining it into a greatest hits for this mini and the one new aspect that I do enjoy is that Kirk Langstrom is dying and his Man-Bat brain is telling him to go out on top and die the way that he would want to and apparently that way is completing his cure for deafness that would help his sister and everyone else he inadvertently hurt in the first issue to this series. It's just too bad that Amanda Waller and the Scarecrow both want the good doctor first. Let's jump into this issue and see where Kirk ends up next after his battle with the Suicide Squad in the last issue. Let's check it out.

Suicide Squad #2 Review




Looking For The Exit To Arkham


Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021


It's time to get back to the new Suicide Squad as they try to break William Cobb, aka Talon out of Arkham Asylum, during "A Day" of all times, where the Joker supposedly gassed out the entire facility, killing a mess of fools in the process. So yeah, things aren't really working out for Peacemaker on his first mission as team leader....... you know, since everyone on his team was essentially killed. Let's jump into this issue if we can get Conner Kent, Superboy into the asylum for some backup. Let's check it out.

Crime Syndicate #2 Review




Starro Is Just The Beginning!


Written By: Andy Schmidt
Art By: Kieran McKeown, Dexter Vines, Steve Oliff, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021


Starro the Conqueror has made his way to Earth-3 and like the JLA of old, this will be the point in this new remade Universe where the Crime Syndicate come together to form a team of pure evil. It's a fun reimagining that I can't wait to see the whole story because in a post Death Metal Omniverse, everything is new and everything is up for grabs to define and I just hope that Andy Schmidt's take on our dark mirror versions of the world's greatest superheroes continues to be fun and exciting. Let's jump into this issue and see these characters take on Starro and each other. Let's check it out.

Green Lantern #1 Review




Everything All At Once


Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021


It's time to get back to the Green Lantern Corps and figure out where our ring slingers fit into a Universe that has come together as a United Federation of Planets that can take care of themselves and don't need the Guardians looking down on them as parents. Not only that, but we need to figure out what's up with the Teen Lantern and her mysterious power gauntlet. Let's jump into this issue and see what's up with the Green Lantern before the lights go out and our favorite Lanterns lose their power. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Bonus Spotlight Podcast: Joker #1 & Superman #29 (This week's DC Comics Ep 353 is Patreon Only)

 

This week's DC Comics Episode #353 is a Patron Only Exclusive.  Go to our Patreon (patreon.com/weirdscience) and listen to it and much more for as little as $1/month!  This Bonus is just one of the shows we do each and every week on our Patreon.  Enjoy!

PREVIEW: The Swamp Thing #2

 


Writer: Ram V
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

The trials of Levi Kamei, the new avatar of the Green, grow darker as the Pale Wanderer’s bloody spree leaves a trail of death across the Sonoran Desert. While his “lessons” begin to show Levi the true nature of what he is becoming, it is Jennifer Reece who’ll show Levi that he must contend with his past and his trauma in order to stop the murderous wraith. Will Levi Kamei grasp his newfound place in this world as the Swamp Thing? Or will his fears consume him before the new avatar can even take root? Find out as this eternal conflict of life and death comes to a head!

PREVIEW: Batman #107

 


Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the events at Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective...Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minute!
Plus, in part one of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker,” James Tynion IV and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz tell the most insane tale of action and adventure featuring Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker! This one is not to be missed!

PREVIEW: Suicide Squad #2





Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

With the power of Superboy now under her control, Task Force X mastermind Amanda Waller sends the hero into Arkham Asylum to rescue Peacemaker and bring Talon—the famed Court of Owls assassin—back to join the new Suicide Squad. With lives hanging in the balance, the teen clone must decide if he’s going to assist Waller, even if it means getting his hands a little bloody along the way.

PREVIEW: Man-Bat #3





Written By: Dave Wielgosz
Art By: Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

Kirk Langstrom’s mental state has been deteriorating for years, but in the wake of his violent altercation with the Suicide Squad, he’s found himself on the verge of a complete emotional collapse. Luckily (or unluckily) for Kirk, Dr. Harleen Quinzel is offering pro bono-and entirely unsolicited-psychological counseling. As Harley delves deep into his damaged mind, she uncovers tragic events that set the stage for his transformation into Man-Bat in the first place. Will her psychotic brand of psychology help Kirk make peace with his inner demons or leave his mind even more fractured than it was?

PREVIEW: Green Lantern #1





Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps...or a new beginning?

PREVIEW: Crime Syndicate #2





Written By: Andy Schmidt
Art By: Kieran McKeown, Dexter Vines, Steve Oliff, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

With Starro ravaging the planet and controlling superheroes and villains alike, the fate of the world rests in the hands of Ultraman, Superia, and Owlman-in other words, win or lose, humanity is doomed! Question of the month: What famous Gotham foes are held in Owlman’s cave? Plus, in the backup story, witness the origin of Owlman in a tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #4 Review


And Then… Nothing Happened…


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 30, 2021

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The time has come once again for Tom King to return with another issue of Batman and Catwoman. For the most part, I realize that I’ve actually been pretty high on this series. Granted, I’m not blown away by it or anything, but looking back on my recent reviews, and reflecting on the series as a whole, I’m not too disappointed by it. I know many people aren’t the biggest fan of Tom King and others actually are the biggest fans of his, but I’m in the middle of the road. I’m enjoying the series, but even I can ignore the blatant flaws that it has. Despite those though, I think I’m looking forward to the newest issue to see where it takes us. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.