Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #3 Review

Meh... The Grifter Backup Was Better

Written By: Mariko Tamaki
Art By: Dan Mora
Colors By: Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

No Future Past - Backup Story

Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors By: Antonio Fabela
Letters By: Andworld Design

Future State: Dark Detective #3 begins an extended episode of drone fishing, complete with nets and all, by Bruce Wayne. A wealthy tech CEO is murdered, and Bruce suspects the Magistrate is behind the deed to corner the market on advanced surveillance tech. Could a piece of non-public WayneTech on the Magistrate shopping list be the reason Bruce was "killed"? Using some super sleuthing, Bruce hacks into the drones neural net to find that Magistrate surveillance is more pervasive than anyone thought.

Future State: Justice League #2 Review


I'd Like to Get to Know You Well

Writer: Ram V, Joshua Williamson
Artist: Robson Rocha, Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

I was not a fan of the first issue of Justice League.  It felt like Joshua Williamson used that we didn't know anything about most of the League to set up team rules as to why they didn't know each other. While that may have sounded clever on paper, it took away the main reason I was excited about this book: learning about the characters and seeing how they interacted with each other.  I hoped this second issue would change by having the team win the day because they learn about each other and use that knowledge to defeat the Hyperclan.  Did that happen?  Well...

Future State: Green Lantern #2 Review

Emerald Fights

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne, Josie Campbell, Robert Venditti
Art By: Tom Raney, Mike Atiyeh, Andworld Design, Andie Tong, Wil Quintana, Dave Sharpe, Dexter Soy, Alex Sinclair, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

Let's head off to the year 2035...... for at least maybe one of the stories. Yeah, we're heading back into a time where the Green Lantern Power Battery has gone offline, leaving our heroes without the power to defend themselves and in some instances, even get themselves back home. In the previous issue, I found the main story featuring John Stewart, Salaak and G'Nort to be lacking because it was just them going up against a cult of Khund warriors invading a planet but when we got to the more personal backups featuring Jessica Cruz and then Guy Gardner... Well, that's when the book really made me happy I read it. Let's jump into this issue and see if the John Stewart story picks up and if the backups here, featuring Teen Lantern and Hal Jordan can top what we got previously. Let's check it out.

Future State: Robin Eternal #2 Review

Fight Of The Formerly Dead

Written By: Meghan Fitzmartin
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

It's the year 2025 and the Bat-Family is in shambles. The Magistrate has taken over Gotham City and turned into a police state that wants to shoot all masks on sight. To further achieve this goal the Magistrate has been working on converting the Lazarus Pits liquid into resin so that they can hopefully turn their robotic police force, "The Cybers" into immortal automatons. It's up to Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown and a plucky former We Are Robin member named Darcy to stop the shipment of Lazarus Resin from coming into the city even if that means death....... and as we saw from the previous issue, Tim Drake died for his endeavor but was soaked in the Lazarus Resin, bringing him back...... but was he brought back right? Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Future State: Teen Titans #2 Review

Dial "H" For Horsemen

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Julio Ferreira, Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

It's time to go back to the year 2027 and see how the Teen Titans are faring against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and hopefully, in this issue, we'll learn a few things along the way.... like who is Red X, why Dick Grayson is acting super sketchy and maybe, just maybe, what brought the Horsemen on in the first place. Let's jump into this issue and see if things have picked up from the previous one. Let's check it out.

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #2 Review

Trading Places

Written By: Dan Watters
Art By: Leila Del Luca
Colors By: Nick Filardi
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price $3.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #2 recovers Jon Kent/Superman from his blackout at the end of the last issue to wakeup up in the floating Fortress of Solitude with Yara Flor/Wonder Woman making a lot of noise and a lot of mess in the Trophy Room. When Yara explains she's agreed to her own race against Kuat to get him to stay away from the fight with Solaris. Yara gets to see Jon complete his daily routine of chores that very conveniently reveals a solution that will help them win both their races.  It's at least easier to understand than the first issue. It's more weird facial art. It's Future State.

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #2 Review

The Hardest Problems Are The Ones We Create For Ourselves

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Marguerite Sauvage
Letters By: Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #2 picks up the story mid-battle as Linari's aunt and cousins arrive on the moon to take the jewel that gives Linari her power. Aunty Kimara explains (with a bewilderingly hillbilly speaking style) Kara needs to let them take Lynari because is a murderer. The story that is both true and false, doesn't sit well with Kara, and she gives up on her self-imposed pacifism to kick some flying, giant, space-eel butt. Things go from bad to worse when Aunty Kimara pulls a Boushh the bounty hunter and threatens to blow up the moon. What's a Superwoman to do?

Monday, February 8, 2021

PREVIEW: Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2


Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 10, 2021

The moon colony built around Superwoman’s Fortress of Solitude is under siege! Shape-shifting aliens have come to this place of peace in search of Lynari, a refugee from their homeworld. It’s a bad move on the part of these intergalactic bad guys: if Kara Zor-El offers you sanctuary, there’s no way she’s going to let anyone get their monstrous hands on you. Let’s just hope this gamble is worth it, because Lynari’s secret-the one that got her in trouble in the first place-could mean bad news for everybody!

PREVIEW: Future State: Justice League #2


Writer: Ram V, Joshua Williamson
Artist: Robson Rocha, Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 10, 2021

Exiled to a distant planet, the Justice League suspects an impostor in their midst, but not even the next Batman or Green Lantern can find the clues they’re looking for. Meanwhile on Earth, the terrifying return of a classic Justice League villain may spell doom for the planet! Doppelg√§ngers abound, paranoia runs rampant, and only the Justice League can save humanity-if they can ever find their way home.
Plus, all the world’s terrible truths are revealed as the Justice League Dark make their last stand. Hunted, beaten, and harvested for their magic, Zatanna, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Ragman, Madame Xanadu, and Etrigan all unleash a desperate plan that could destroy them-but is it worth the cost to finish Mad Merlin and his mysterious Knights? Only Doctor Fate knows, and the truth may spell hope or doom!

PREVIEW: Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2


Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Leila Del Duca
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 10, 2021

Our heroes have challenged the gods themselves to a test of bravery for the fate of the Earth. But gods are notorious cheaters, and with Superman’s powers in flux, it falls to Wonder Woman to face down the sun itself! A utopian future awaits-but only if a Kryptonian peacemaker and an Amazon warrior can put aside their differences to become the World’s Finest Heroes!

PREVIEW: DC: Love Is A Battlefield #1


Writer: Marquis D Draper, Crystal Frasier, Christos N. Gage, Sina Grace, Pornsak Pichetshote, John Ridley, Mark Russell, Regine L. Sawyer, Cavan Scott, Tim Seeley
Artist: Xermanico, Juan Gedeon, Rob Guillory, Rebekah Isaacs, Jos Lus, Pop Mhan, Christopher Mooneyham, Karl Mostert, Amancay Nahuelpan, Nik Virella
Cover Price: $9.99
Release Date: February 10, 2021

BLAM! KRACK! POW! Look out-it’s…love?! Falling in love is rough, even for DC’s greatest. Watch as Batman and Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and all the rest of your OTPs fight in vain against the all-powerful forces of romance (and super-villains)! Even Amanda Waller fights the urge to bail on her mystery date. We guarantee that this Valentine’s Day, someone’s taking a shot to the heart-from Cupid’s bow!

PREVIEW: Future State: Dark Detective #3


Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Dan Mora
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 10, 2021

In this issue, Bruce Wayne meets the next Batman! As the dark detective makes his move to put an end to the villainous Magistrate once and for all, the man who once wore the cowl encounters the next Batman-and these two have some questions for each other! Fists will fly as this explosive meeting erupts in the skies over Gotham...but with the clock ticking, can Bruce finish what he started and unlock the secrets of the fascist surveillance that plagues his city?
And in “Grifters” part two, the lucky streak that Cole Cash and Luke Fox have enjoyed just hit a brick wall in the form of the Huntress! The over-the-top adventure in the gutters of Gotham City concludes in the most bone-crushing fashion possible!