Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Future State: Suicide Squad #1 Review




Blowing Up Heads In The Future


Written By: Robbie Thompson, Jeremy Adams
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021


It's the year 2030 and it's time to see what the Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller are up to in the future and if that wasn't enough, we also get to find out what the Justice Legion Alpha are up to in the 853rd Century...... or more accurately as far as the title, find out what's going on with Black Adam of that era. Let's see if these stories feel important to the rest of Future State or if they're just out there doing their own future-y thing. Let's check it out.

Future State: Legion of Superheroes #1 Review

 


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021


Review by: Comic Boom! Rocky.  Check out his awesome YouTube Channel HERE

The premise of DC Comics’ Future State titles is obviously a focus on the ‘future’ of various DC heroes. For that reason, it seems somewhat odd to give the heroes of the 31st Century their own ‘future-state’ story.  Writer Brian Michael Bendis has struggled to convey to readers a cohesive narrative of the 31st Century within ‘standard-time’ continuity. Accordingly, imposing a ‘time-jump’ on the franchise of the Legion of Super-heroes risks adding further confusion to the already convoluted team history. Does the risk pay off? Let’s time jump in and find out.

Future State: Aquaman #1 Review



Written By: Brandon Thomas
Art By: Daniel Sampere
Colors By: Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #1 is a flash-forward and a backward and sideways story about the current Aquaman, Jackson Hyde, training and caring for Arthur Curry and Mera's daughter, Andy aka Aqualass aka Aquawoman. While out on a training session, Jackson and Andy are mysteriously transported to another Earth through the Confluence, a portal that connects all oceans on all world. As Jackson and Andy hop from world to world, trying to find their way home, they're eventually separated, and Jackson is captured when he believes Andy is killed. Or is she?

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4 Review






The Killer is Revealed



Written By: Katana Collins, Sean Gordon Murphy
Art By: Matteo Scalera
Colors By: Dave Stewart
Letters By: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4 picks up some time after issue #3 with Harley paying a visit to Bruce Wayne in prison for insight into the obsessive criminal mind. Meanwhile, Starlet and the Producer lay a trap to entice Hector to come to the Gotham Film Academy. Harley and Duke visit the Academy for different reasons, and the trio walks right in to see everything.

Future State: Superman Vs. Imperious Lex #1 Review




My Planet, My Rules


Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Steve Pugh, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021


It's the year 2050 and Mark Russell has brought back Lexor, the planet ruled by Lex Luthor and in this issue, we'll see the trials and tribulations of trying to get this planet ruled by a villain into the protection of the United Planets. Now, that doesn't sound all that remarkable but don't jump to conclusions just yet because maybe Lexor has more going on for it than the premise of this story would suggest. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Future State: Batman/Superman #1 Review

 

The Island of Dr. Oh, No!

Written By: Gene Luen Yang
Art By: Ben Oliver
Colors By: Arif Prianto
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Art By: Ben Oliver
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021


Future State: Batman/Superman #1 kicks off a near-future adventure where a nasty street drug with unpleasant side effects is spreading through Metropolis. The drug allows people to mutate their face into an animal of their choosing to escape detection by face recognition. Superman tracks the flow of drug sales to Gotham. Batman explains the drugs are gaining in popularity by citizens wanting to hide from the Magistrate surveillance, but the drug's damage is worse than the benefit. With prime Dark Detective sleuthing, they find the author of the drug is a new version of an old villain who's more revolutionary than criminal, and it's up to the World's Finest to stop him.

Future State: Dark Detective #2 Review


Dark as Knight

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 26th, 2021

Even though I absolutely loved issue #1 (I gave it a 9.5/10), I was worried that the plot holes would just remain as open-air questions that are never resolved. Maybe it's just the culture that I'm used to with DC at the moment, but issue #2 follows through.

Monday, January 25, 2021

PREVIEW: Future State: Superman Vs. Imperious Lex #1





Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Steve Pugh, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021

Welcome to Lexor, home of the greatest businessman in the Multiverse: Lex Luthor! After years of prosperity, Lex’s utopia is at last ready to join the ranks of the United Planets and promote peace among worlds. However, Lex has never done anything unless he had something to gain from it. What could he be up to this time? Sounds like a job for Superman and his wife Lois Lane, the Earth representative to the U.P.! It’s time the Man of Steel shut down this former Metropolis magnate once and for all!

PREVIEW: Future State: Suicide Squad #1





Written By: Robbie Thompson, Jeremy Adams
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021

The Suicide Squad enters the Future State era as Amanda Waller uses Task Force X to save the world and remake it in her image-but what happens when the team shows up to stop her? And in the second story in this extra-sized issue, Black Adam, the immortal one-time champion of the wizard Shazam, rules the planet Kahndaq in the 853rd century. Can he save the future from a threat rooted in the past?

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Future State: The Next Batman #2 Review and *SPOILERS*


Dystopia

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Laura Braga, Arif Prianto
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Next Batman book started off with an interesting issue but there are a ton of ways that we can still improve. The biggest hurdle that this book has to overcome is the high price. DC has to deliver in order for their customers to justify buying in on these books, especially if they are considering getting two or more issues. However, there are definitely some interesting ideas that are being expressed in this book and I’m legitimately interested in where the story will take us. So, let’s jump into this new issue and see where they want to take us.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

DCeased Dead Planet #7 Video Review - It's All Over, Johnny!

 


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Future State: Shazam! #1 Video Review - Shazam Spells Bad

 


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Future State: Nightwing #1 Video Review - Gotham's Most Wanted

 


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Future State: Shazam! #1 Review




Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely 


Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021


Let's jump to the year 2029 and see what Billy Batson is up to two years after the Teen Titans and he took on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse..... as seen in Future State: Teen Titans... Hopefully, the future has been kinder to our Mightiest Mortal than it has to the rest of the DC Universe because you'd just hate to see something bad happen to the Big Red Cheese... Yeah, don't expect anything bright or hopeful here, let's jump into this issue and check out just how dark things have become for our hero.

Batman/Catwoman #2 Review

Just Ignore That Part

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 19, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

This new series got off to a somewhat bumpy start. There are three different stories all being told in tandem and while one of them is distinct enough, the other two are so similar that there were several scenes that I had to return to in order to realize that they were part of the other timeline. That said, there were some very interesting things that were being done in this book with those timelines. I’m honestly interested in where the stories will be going. However, the biggest point of this series comes down to Tom King. He has seemingly been given free rein over this book so if you weren’t a fan of his beforehand, I highly doubt you will enjoy this series at all. It was a bit heavy-handed even for me. However, perhaps this new issue will lure readers back in. We won’t find out unless we jump in, so let’s do just that.

Future State: Nightwing #1 Review

 


Crazy...Insane?!?


Writer: Andrew Constant
Artist: Nicola Scott, Ivan Plascencia, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

Future State has been all over the place with the different years and stories, but the Bat-Family books have been consistent.  Magistrate Bad!  No Masks Allowed!  Batman's Dead!  Well, that last one isn't necessarily true, but that's what a lot of people think.  Even with consistency, the books need some glue to get everything to stick, and luckily, my man, Dick Grayson, is always up for that.  It is easily the best part of this first issue.  What am I getting on about?  Let's find out...

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 Review




Are You Not Entertained?


Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Brandon Easton, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad,
Jeremy Adams
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire, Dave Sharpe, Valentine De Landro, Marissa Louise, Gleb Melnikov, Travis Lanham, Siya Oum, Hi-Fi, Gabriella Downie
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021


Let's jump to the year 2030 and find out what's been going on with Superman..... or, the way that this book plays out, let's find out what's been going on with Shilo Norman, Midnighter, and a new Black Racer while getting a very small amount of actual Superman. There's a lot of book here but is there a lot of story? Let's jump into this issue and see what Worlds of War has in store for us. Let's check it out.

Future State: Catwoman #1 Review

 

The Great (Future) Train Robbery

Written By: Ram V
Art By: Otto Schmidt
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021

Future State: Catwoman #1 follows our future feline as she kicks off a heist to rescue the "guests" of a Magistrate prison train before it reaches its destination. Some of the prisoners are innocent youths on their way to a reformatory institution, and others are high-risk prisoners, one of which has special meaning for Selina Kyle. The clock is ticking and the train isn't stopping. Can Selina rescue all the prisoners before time runs out?

It's future sleek. It's a cool suit with gadgety things. It's Future State.

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 Review

Amazons At The End Of The World

Written By: Becky Cloonan & Michael W. Conrad
Art By: Jen Bartel
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

Backup Story: Nubia in Future State
Written By: LL McKinney
Penciller: Alitha Martinez
Inker: Mark Morales
Colors By: Emilio Lopez
Letters By: Becca Carey

Immortal Wonder Woman #1 imagines a far flung future where the Amazons, led by Queen Diana, and an ailing Swamp Thing are the only intelligent life left on Earth.  Collecting a few mementos from her long-dead friends, Diana tries to convince her fellow Amazons it's time to leave Earth and relocate Swamp Thing to a world where the Green can survive and thrive again. Meanwhile, New Genesis and Apokalips are being consumed by a dark force that even Darkseid can't stop. Leaving his worlds to their fate, Darkseid heads to Earth to find a new home but not before running headfirst into some grey-haired resistance. 

It's the end of everything and everyone. It's Wonder Woman with a cool white streak in her hair. It's Future State.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Rorschach #4 Review



Another One

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 18th, 2020

In issue #3 we got the backstory of William Myerson's sidekick Laura Cummings, but it doesn't stop there because issue #4 moves on from her hometown to being in a traveling circus for a bit before she met Myerson. But wait a minute... we know Myserson becomes a new Rorschach... but there's another one, too?

DCeased: Dead Planet #7 Review

 


Dead Alive

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Trevor Hairsine
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

I am a huge Tom Taylor fan, and while I'm kind of burnt out with the whole "zombie thing", I have been enjoying DCeased: Dead Planet.  So, what did I think of the finale?  Let's find out...

PREVIEW: Future State: The Next Batman #2

 


Writer: Vita Ayala, John Ridley, Paula Sevenbergen
Artist: Aneke, Laura Braga, Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime-and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offense! Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems...and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, street-level adventures of the new Dark Knight continue!

PREVIEW: DCeased: Dead Planet #7

 


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Trevor Hairsine
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

The Justice League fights an army of Amazos for Earth, while John Constantine goes head-to-head with Trigon! The Justice League fight for Earth and the lives of the...infected?! The final chapter of the best-selling series will be talked about for years to come!


PREVIEW: Batman/Catwoman #2

 


Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 20, 2021

Phantasm has come to Gotham City! Andrea Beaumont, the one-time love of Bruce Wayne, is looking for her lost child, and she’s pretty sure The Joker is involved. So, who better to have as an ally than Batman? And what better way to get to Batman than through Catwoman? It’s a knotted history for this costumed quartet, spanning past, present, and future. What The Joker did to Selina Kyle at the beginning of her career will have deadly consequences at the end of their lives. Tom King’s ultimate tale of the Dark Knight kicks into high gear as the story roars down the avenues only hinted at in the pages of Batman.

PREVIEW: Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1





Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Brandon Easton, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Jeremy Adams
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire, Dave Sharpe, Valentine De Landro, Marissa Louise, Gleb Melnikov, Travis Lanham, Siya Oum, Hi-Fi, Gabriella Downie
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021

This monumental Future State title features four big stories! First, Clark Kent is gone, leaving a Superman-shaped hole behind. People gather in Smallville to celebrate their hero, little realizing that he is across the galaxy helping others. Superman has gone to Warworld, where he fights as a gladiator in the deadly pits of Mongul. But this is Superman we’re talking about-and his idea of a victory does not line up with the expectations of Mongul’s hordes! Meanwhile, on the other side of Warworld, other agents are at work, struggling for a better life. Shilo Norman, the man known as Mister Miracle, has ridden a Boom Tube across the cosmos from Metropolis to finds himself at odds with an entire planet! At the same time, Midnighter, the greatest fighter from Earth, is punching his way through a whole mess of trouble. He’s on the hunt for a new energy source deadlier than Kryptonite. His goal: to shut it down before it gets unleashed on an unsuspecting universe. On top of that, the Black Racer, a girl raised in the slums of Warworld to be one of its top competitors, turns betrayal into a crusade to fight for the freedom of others like her.

PREVIEW: Future State: Shazam! #1





Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 19, 2021

No one’s seen Billy Batson in years-not since the incident known as the Final Battle of Titans Island. Now leading a small band of heroes, even his allies have begun to ask who’s controlling Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. In a story set years after the events of Future State: Teen Titans, learn the truth behind the sacrifice Billy made to imprison an ultimate evil even he couldn’t destroy.

Weird Science DC Comics Ep 335: DC Comics, Future State Week Two, Batman, Justice League, Spilt Coffee & Backups

 


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