Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Wonder Woman #774 Review


It's Greek to Me

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Paulina Ganucheau, Andy MacDonald
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Like many books post-Future State, I was interested in Wonder Woman initially but have drifted from it with each new issue.  While seeing Diana in Asgard sounded cool, it all took too long to resolve but somehow still had a forced ending.  Diana got her memories back just because and giving the Valkyries a drinking day fixed almost everything.  Now it's off to Olympus to see what's going on and hopefully get this book back on track.  Let's jump into Wonder Woman #774.

RWBY/Justice League #3 Review


Written By: Marguerite Bennett

Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade Von Grawbadger, Hi-Fi, and Gabriela Downie

Cover Price: $3,99

Release Date: June 22, 2021

Reviewed By: Michael G

Flash and Cyborg join the party in this third installment of RWBY/Justice League, as our paired-off groups investigate their leads on the ongoing mystery threatening the world of Remnant.

Infinite Frontier #1 Review


Multiverse of Mystery

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Xermanico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

A lot of people told me that they may not check Infinite Frontier out and that bugs and perplexes me.  This book should show us the new direction the DCU is taking since opening up the timeline and creating the new Omniverse after Death Metal.  I don't blame them, though, but rather DC Comics and their strange ways that only confuse their fans. So why read Infinite Frontier when it's obvious all the books are just heading back to the future of Future State?  DC has been calling Infinite Frontier an "Event" to make it big, not realizing that people are still suffering from event fatigue after Death Meatal and Future State.  Also, many people don't know what this book is, and the cover made some assume it's some sort of DC Secret Wars thing at best or Convergence Part Deux at worst.  Yes, that is shade at you, Manship!  So, let's all settle down and get to the reading and reviewin' and see what Infinite Frontier is and if it's worth checking out.

Detective Comics #1038 Review


Dead and Buried?

Writer: Meghan Fitzmartin, Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic, Karl Mostert
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

I enjoyed the beginning of Mariko Tamaki's Detective Comics.  It had the street-level feel that went well with the book and worked as a different feel to what Tynion is doing in Batman.  However, this story has gotten more bloated and convoluted with each issue, and at this point, it's just getting silly.  Mr. Worth is too over the top to be a street-level villain, and Mayor Nakano, a big focus at the start, is a delivery system for the ridiculously named Hue Vile, who seems to have an alien-looking parasite that comes out of his mouth.  Throw in eye-worms, an odd Lady Clayface, and so much more, and I wonder if this is a book or a garbage plate.  Maybe this week's issue irons out a few things.  Let's find out...

Harley Quinn #4 Review


What's The Cure For Bat-Envy?

Written By: Stephanie Phillips
Art By: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia and Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

In Harley Quinn #4, Harley receives some introspective guidance from Solomon Grundy. When Harley concludes she just needs to be herself, she suits up with a cape and utility belt to save Kevin from the clutches of Hugo Strange. Can Harley find herself and Kevin at the same time?

Batman/Superman #19 Review


Super Film Freak

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Kyle Hotz, Steve Lieber, Emanuela Lupacchino, Darick Robertson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

It's a shame that this book is ending in September.  Sure, I haven't been a huge fan of this story arc, but I love Gene Luen Yang and wanted to see what he would do as we advance.  Whatever Yang is on next, I will be right there reading it, but we are here to talk Batman/Superman so let's get to it...

Robin #3 Review

Beating Heads And Making Friends

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Let's make our way back to Lazarus Island so we can pick up with Damian Wayne and see how he's doing in a tournament whose competitors can only progress if they kill their opponent. Yeah, it's not very Bat-Family friendly, but sadly, it does seem right up Damian's alley as he attempts to uncover why the League of Lazarus was hidden from him his entire life, while also hopefully getting over his grief of Alfred's death. Let's jump into this issue and see if Damian can completely leave his comfort zone because, at the end of the last issue, it looked like Rose Wilson was going to take our former Robin...... to a party. Let's check it out.

Teen Titans Academy #4 Review

The Bat-Pack Is On The Hunt!

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Steve Lieber, Dave Stewart, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Let's get back to school as the Bat-Pack are on the hunt for the notorious Red X and who he might really be. Could Red X be a teacher, student, creepy Titans Tower janitor, it doesn't matter because some of the most interesting new additions to the DC Universe are being featured in this issue of Teen Titans Academy so let's jump into this issue and get a better look a Chupacabra, Bratgirl, and Mega-Bat. Let's check it out.

Action Comics #1032 Review

Kinda Kryptonian

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: June 22, 2021

It seems that Mongul is trying to get Superman's attention by sending a spaceship full of refugees from his Warworld to Earth, where the people inside have been branded with the House of El symbol and honestly.. that's a pretty good way to get our Man of Steel's attention. If that wasn't enough, we also have a fragment of stone that is believed to be a part of The Source and while I don't exactly know what that means or how this fragment came to be with this spaceship full of refugees, I do dig that Atlanteans have claimed ownership of it, giving Aquaman a reason to show up in an Action Comics book. Let's jump into this issue and see if we learn anything more about the people or the things involved with Mongul's plot. Let's check it out.

Superman #32 Review

My Boy Grew Up Just Like Me

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: June 22, 2021

We're back off to the planet Thakkram to see if Superman and Superboy can take down the threat of the Shadowbreed, who have consumed the mass majority of the planet into its shadowy collective. In our previous issue, we saw our Man of Steel get enveloped by the Shadowbreed as Jon discovered that the new King of Thakkram betrayed them to save his own life against this monster invader. Let's jump into this final issue and see if Superboy can tackle this old foe of Superman's on his own and find out how he'll save his father from having his mind consumed by this baddie. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Justice League #63 Review

Naomi's Pull

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: David Marquez, Ivan Plascencia, Josh Reed, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

It's time to head back to Naomi's homeworld where our Justice League are currently fighting off one of the super-powered citizens of that planet, who previously found a portal to Earth-0, leaving our heroes no other choice but to go this the other side of that portal so that they can shut it down. Sounds pretty easy-peasy but for some damn reason our heroes' powers are acting wonky on this world and even though Naomi was born there, her body parts are vanishing...... until they're not. If that wasn't bad enough we had the ultimate big bad of this world, Zumbado show up at the end of the last issue so let's jump into this and see how our heroes do against this new threat. Let's check it out.

Checkmate #1 Review

You Know, Checkmate

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, David Stewart, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

It's 2021 and for some reason, we're still talking about Mark Shaw and Leviathan and I have no idea how that's possible. When Bendis pulled out his big story of destruction and espionage it seemed like it should have been something that blew the hair back of all the DC fans out there but when your big villain reveal is Mark Shaw, a character that most people don't care about and a backstory that feels just forced in and doesn't really add up to something that makes sense throughout the world......... Well, you have yourself a bit of a dud of a story. The only thing that could make that dud worse is waiting for everyone to forget about it and bring it back up in a series that acts like everything just happened yesterday. Let's jump into this issue and see if Checkmate can somehow make Leviathan feel important or if this is something that is just being put out simply to be put out.