Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Swamp Thing #6 Review



It's A Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow Burn

Written By: Ram V
Art By: Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer, Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

In Swamp Thing #6, readers finally... FINALLY... get some backstory on Levi Kamei, the current Swamp Thing. However, readers only get a few scenes to develop the relationship Levi had with his father before he dies and his brother. The rest of the story is a comedy of errors as the current Suicide Squad is dropped into a jungle to capture the Swamp Thing... Dead or alive!

Batman #111 Review

 


Fear Factor


Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey, Clayton Cowles, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

We are almost at Fear State and with that, James Tynion seems to have one last chance to get his pieces in position.  A lot of people have remarked that his Batman book has become a bit too crowded and I can't argue with them.  Sometimes I am not sure if Tynion is more concerned with character creation than story, but the guy picked up some hardware at the latest Eisners so who am I to criticize?  Actually, I guess that's what I am here for so let's get into the latest issue of Batman, shall we?

Crush & Lobo #3 Review





Like a Chump (Hey)


Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, Ariana Maher, 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

I would be lying if I told you that I have been enjoying this book.  I have not, but it's more for what we haven't gotten so far, and what I mean by that is a story!  Nothing much has happened so far and that's not good as we head into the third issue.  Thankfully, Crush reached the prison at the end of the last issue so we may actually get things rolling.  Let's find out...

Green Lantern #5 Review




Teen Angst


Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Rany, Marco Santucci, Andy MacDonald, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021


Let's check out if that old Green Lantern's light is shining any brighter this issue after the Main Power Battery went up in smoke. I doubt it since in the previous issue, Teen Lantern, Keli Quintela went off half-cocked to New Korugar thinking that Sinestro and his Fear Lanterns were the ones responsible for taking the power out of our heroes' rings. Let's jump into this issue and see if Keli can hold her own or if she'll succumb to fear at the hands of Sinestro. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Justice League #66 Review




The Fight Continues...


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Trish Mulvihill, Hi-Fi, Josh Reed, Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021


It's time to jump back into some Justice League, where we'll undoubtedly have more Super Friends references while spotlighting Brian Michael Bendis' past characters and creations while leaving the majority of the Justice League sounding off and or looking like chumps. Previously, we saw Synmar take out the entire Justice League, while Black Canary and Green Arrow fought the out of nowhere brother of Lois Lane and a fake Deathstroke for some reason but now it's time for Naomi to continue to show off her power. Let's jump into this issue and see if things have gotten better both in situation and story from where we were previously and also see what the Justice League Dark backup gives us this issue. Let's check it out.

Suicide Squad #6 Review




What's Up With Superboy?


Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021


In our last issue of Suicide Squad we saw that Bloodsport has been traversing the Multiverse looking for new recruits for Amanda Waller and when he landed on Earth-3 and saw the evil version of Black Canary, Black Siren, he knew that she was perfect for Task Force X. It's just too bad that he got into a confrontation with Ultraman and decided to try some Kryptonite on him..... So yeah, we have a beefed-up Ultraman and our squad this issue is on their way to Earth-3 to try and collect one of theirs. Let's jump into this issue and see if the mission to Earth-3 is a suicide mission. Let's check it out.

Crime Syndicate #6 Review




They Will Be Watching


Written By: Andy Schmidt
Art By: Kieran McKowen, Dexter Vines, Steve Oliff, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021


It's time for the finale of the Crime Syndicate book and with it, the last steps in forming the biggest, baddest team that Earth-3 has ever seen. Previously, we saw the Crime Syndicate attack Alexander Luthor's Watchtower, where he and the rest of this Legion of Justice fought against their foes but it looked like the good guys were down and out until Luthor pulled out his secret weapon. It turns out that a secret member of the Legion was actually Ultragirl, the long-lost cousin of Ultraman. Let's jump into this issue and see what kind of family reunion these two have. Let's check it out.

Monday, August 2, 2021

PREVIEW: The Swamp Thing #6

 


Writer: Ram V
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

With Prescot’s bio-agent set off in the Kaziranga wetlands, the Green summons Levi back to the land of his making. With Levi unable to access his powers as Swamp Thing, he finds himself trapped in the dense forest and stalked by a group tasked with retrieving his alter ego at all costs. Will he recover his powers before he is hunted down by the Suicide Squad?

PREVIEW: Crush & Lobo #3

 


Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

What’s a girl supposed to say when she finally comes face to face with her murderous father in space prison? Crush better hurry up and figure it out, because all Lobo wants to talk about is…his feelings? Gross! But maybe the Main Man really did change his stripes. Maybe group therapy with the other inmates really worked. Maybe this isn’t all just some elaborate ploy Crush hasn’t quite figured out yet- Aw, c’mon. You’re not actually buying this therapy crap, are you?

PREVIEW: Batman #111

 


Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lpez Ortiz
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

Mayor Nakano announces a crackdown on masked vigilantes just as the Magistrate moves against the Unsanity Collective. Batman attempts to avert a bloodbath, while the Scarecrow makes his final move..."Fear State" is about to begin! Backup: Ghost-Maker faces his most gruesome adversary yet...the horrific Razorline!

PREVIEW: Green Lantern #5





Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Rany, Marco Santucci, Andy MacDonald, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

As Far Sector’s Jo Mullein begins to investigate the suspects most likely responsible for the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps, she winds up face-to-face with one of its greatest enemies-Sinestro. Was this the former Green Lantern’s plan all along? Did he destroy the Green Lantern’s Central Power Battery so his Sinestro Corps could take over the empty sectors of space? While Jo searches for answers, John Stewart attempts to fight his way out of the uncharted and unregulated dark sectors of space-with no ring to help protect or guide him. Searching for the other missing Lanterns, John realizes they may not all make it home.

PREVIEW: Justice League #66





Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Trish Mulvihill, Hi-Fi, Josh Reed, Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

The Hall of Justice has been invaded by the cosmic threat of the Synmar Utopica, and it will take the full force of the United Planets, led by Superman, to defeat it without destroying Earth in the process. Meanwhile, the secrets of Checkmate are being whispered among the Justice League, and that spells trouble for Green Arrow and Black Canary. All this, and guest star Deathstroke! Meanwhile in Gotham, Batman stands watch as the Eternal Knight continues her quest through the maze of Randir Singh’s mind. And she’s not the only one lost within it! But where is the Justice League Dark in all of this? Under the sea in the lost city of Atlantis! Merlin is ready to rule, and it’s up to Aquaman and this band of magical misfits to save the entire kingdom!

PREVIEW: Suicide Squad #6





Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

Bloodsport’s first mission with the Squad goes pear-shaped as the Crime Syndicate captures Amanda Waller’s agent on Earth-3. By sending in a team to bring Bloodsport home, Waller may also be able to extract another Suicide Squad member for her new team, if she plays her cards right and doesn’t care who else she loses in the process. As part of the team heads into the Multiverse, Peacemaker gets a new assignment to track down and eliminate Levi Kamei-the new Swamp Thing!

PREVIEW: Crime Syndicate #6





Written By: Andy Schmidt
Art By: Kieran McKowen, Dexter Vines, Steve Oliff, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Ultragirl? That’s right, folks, Kara Zor-El of Earth-3 arrives, and it’s far from a happy family reunion! Can Ultraman take his cousin down and reclaim his place as the true last survivor of Krypton? Meanwhile, on a hidden island in the Pacific, Emerald Knight must finally decide: Will he stand with the Legion of Justice? Or will he give in to the Crime Syndicate? Don’t miss out on the shocking finale that shakes Earth-3 to its core!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Weird Science DC Comics Ep 370: Infinite Questions, Worlds at War, Horror Vehicles & Keepsake Beatboxing

 


Double Digits of DC Comics Reviews this week!  From Infinite Frontier, Superman, and Detective Comics to Milestone Comics and RWBY/Justice League! This week's Patreon Only Spotlight features Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1 & Checkmate #2 which is 1 Hour 24 minutes long so go check that out as well! To listen to the Patreon Spotlight and so much more, head over to our Patreon  (patreon.com/weirdscience), and If you can, please leave us a review on iTunes! Also, Check out our Youtube Channel - Weird Science Comics and our Marvel Podcast - Weird Science Marvel Comics Podcast and our Manga Podcast - Weird Science Manga Podcast 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

RWBY/Justice League #4 Review

 

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Aneke
Colors By: Hi-Fi
Letters By: Gabriela Downie
Cover By: Mirka Andolfo
Cover Price: $3,99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Reviewed By: Michael G

We have officially crossed the mid-way point of this miniseries, and things are starting to pick up. As our full Justice League roster is formed and gathered together, certain mysteries get explored and the plot picks up steam. But will the answers we get be worth our time? Let’s find out!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wonder Woman #776 Review

 


Side Quests and Lucky Charms

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Paulina Ganucheau, Jill Thompson
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

I love Wonder Woman, and while she has had more downs than ups in her solo books the last bunch of years, I keep reading and keep hoping for better.  Unfortunately, since Future State ended, this book has gotten worse and worse with each issue, and I am seriously thinking of bailing on it entirely for the first time in over a decade.  Let's see if this issue changes my mind...

Detective Comics #1040 Review



Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Dan Mora, Max Raynor
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 28, 2021
Cover Price: $4.99

Bruce Wayne has turned himself into the police, after figuring it's really the only thing he can do to get anything effectively done with all the crazy stuff going on.

Strange Adventures #11 Review

 

You Don't Have To Be A Sadist To Read This Series, But It Helps

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mitch Gerards, Evan Shaner
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Art By: Mitch Gerards, Evan Shaner
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Alanna confronts Adam Strange over the revelations in Mister Terrific's letter and learns it's all true. Meanwhile, readers flash back to the bittersweet and hollow victory of Rann's liberation from the Pykkt invasion.

Infinite Frontier #3 Review

 


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Xermanico, Tom Derenick, Jess Merino, Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

I have enjoyed Infinite Frontier more with every issue, and at the risk of spoiling things, this issue is no different.  While many of the DC books appear to be heading towards Future State (a bit too quickly, I may add), Infinite Frontier feels like the ticket to avoid that future.  Don't get me wrong, I liked Future State enough when it was going on, but I do not want all of the books to head off to that dark future any time soon!  So, what do we get in this issue of Infinite Frontier, and why am I such a big fan?  Let's find out...

Harley Quinn #5 Review

 

Oh, I Get It Now. This Is The 'Toddlers & Tiaras' Version Of Gotham.

Written By: Stephanie Phillips
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Colors By: Ivan Plascencia
Letters By: Andworld Design
Cover Art By: Riley Rossmo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Harley and Hugo Strange ponder Strange's potentially latent homoerotic power fantasy about Batman while she enacts her grand plan to escape S.A.F.E. headquarters with all the captured clowns in tow. Meanwhile, the puppetmaster responsible for maneuvering Strange into his position reveals himself.

Action Comics #1033 Review




This Looks Like A Job For Superman


Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Adriano Lucas, Dave Sharpe, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021


Let's get back into the dramatic world of Action Comics, where the United States is on the verge of declaring war against Atlantis..... again.... because Atlantis holds an incredible energy source.... that also turns people into kaiju with worlds inside of them. Yeah, it's a bit weird but there are tensions that Superman has to help calm, not to mention he has to get to the bottom of who these refugees from Warworld are and what they might be up to incoming to Earth. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Batman: Secret Files: Huntress #1 Review




You've Got Something In Your Eye


Written By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: David Lapham, Trish Mulvihill, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021


Spinning out of the pages of Detective Comics, we have Huntress in a one-shot where she's going after Hue Vile....... well, she's going after the eye-worm infected victims of Hue Vile as Batman continues to deal with Mr. Worth. It's funny, we have all of this going on in Detective Comics and somehow a billionaire with a love for explosives trumps a rage-feeding-monster-man who infects people with an alien-looking spore in his mouth. Luckily we have Helena Bertinelli on the case though and her new strange connection to Hue Vile. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Checkmate #2 Review




Gotta Get That Snowman's Ticket..... Whatever That Is!


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, Dave Stewart, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021


The pseudo Checkmate story continues where Lois Lane and a ragtag group that is somehow known as the best detectives in the DC Universe have come together to take down Leviathan for destroying all the spy agencies on Earth and even though they'll tell you within this story how things have drastically changed... if you're reading any other DC Comics right now you know that they haven't and this title continues to feel too little too late...... not to mention, not very well thought out. Let's jump into this issue to see who stands around and talks in circles as we continue to learn about Mark Shaw and Leviathan. Let's check it out.

Teen Titans Academy #5 Review




Going Batty


Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Steve Lieber, Dave Stewart, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021


We continue with the Bat-Pack this issue as they try to figure out the identity of the elusive Red X. From what we saw in the previous issue though, it doesn't look like they'll have to keep hunting down clues or looking for people who know the truth because Red X was waiting for the Bat-Pack when they got back to their dorm room. So with that, let's jump into this issue and see the secret origin of the Bat-Pack as they tell their story to Red X. Let's check it out.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #1 Review




Truth, Justice, and a Better World


Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021


It's time for Jon Kent to take over the Superman title and become his own man. What kind of man will that be? Well, it looks like we're going to be looking at that with this opening issue..... Even though I wish we were looking into how emotionally and mentally damaged Jon would be after spending seven years chained up in a volcano with only a weepy Ultraman to keep him company. I guess I'll never get my wish though and DC Comics doesn't want to deal with the ramifications of aging Jon up but what we'll get instead is a boy who's becoming a man and trying to find his path in life. Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman: Son of Kal-El holds in store for us as a series. Let's check it out.