Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Blue and Gold #2 Review


Board Meetings Before Heroes

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ryan Sook
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

I am a Dan Jurgens fan and love getting a Blue and Gold mini-series from him and Ryan Sook.  That said, I thought the first issue was a bit down, and while it had some fun and feels, I hope we get more story and character work for both characters.  Do we start getting that this month?  Let's find out...

Black Manta #1 Review


Headaches and Pirates

Writer: Chuck Brown
Artist: Valentine De Landro
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

I'm not going to fake the funk and tell you that Black Manta is one of my favorite villains.  I think he is cool, and I love his colossal helmet, but overall, he is probably somewhere in the teens in my overall rankings.  After the recent Aquaman Anniversary issue, I am intrigued to see what Chuck Brown's story is all about.  After reading it, I am still intrigued, but maybe not in the way you are thinking. So let's jump into the review...

The Swamp Thing #7 Review

One More Piece Of The Puzzle...

Written By: Ram V
Art By: Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer, Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

In Swamp Thing #7, the Suicide Squad is down one pyromaniac in its hunt to capture Swamp Thing... dead or alive. When NIghtmare Nurse takes a crack at the big green guy, we get a look into Levi Kamei's mind to see how his relationship with his brother and father took a nasty turn.

Crush & Lobo #4 Review


Wasting Away

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 9, 2021

I like both Crush and Lobo, and while I was looking forward to this 8-issue mini-series, I was also hoping to get some story out of it.  So far, we have barely gotten anything but lame jokes and fourth-wall-breaking nonsense that hasn't elevated the character at all but instead has made her what she would hate the most - just the daughter of Lobo.  Let's jump into this one now, shall we?

Infinite Frontier #6 Review


Looking for More

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Xermanico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 8, 2021

I have enjoyed this Infinite Frontier story a lot, and while I don't think Joshua Williamson can tie all the loose ends in this issue, I don't expect him to.  Infinite Frontier is just the first stage of what appears to be a vast slow-burn story that will continue with the Justice Incarnate mini-series and beyond.  So, what do I need from this finale?  I need it to continue to feel significant and keep my excitement level up for what's to come next?  So, does it fill those needs?  Let's find out...

Batman #112 Review


Where's the Beef?

Writer: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas
Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 8, 2021

I understand that you have to get everyone up to speed and on the same page, but after last week's underwhelming Batman: Fear State Alpha, I am ready for Fear State to start and hit the ground running!  What better way to get James Tynion's final Batman story underway than with the main book by the man himself?  So, does this issue get me fired up for this story or what?  Let's find out...

Batman/Catwoman #7 Review

Let's Get Butt-Naked, Bloody And Wrestle

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Liam Sharp, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

It's time to jump back into the three-tiered story that is Batman/Catwoman, where previously we saw Catwoman in the past talking to Joker about Christmas ornaments, in the present Catwoman knocked out Batman so that Phantasm and her could go kill the Joker and in the future, Selina and her daughter Helena went on patrol and made fun of new villains' names before Selina admitted to killing the Joker in the future from the beginning of this series....... So yeah, there's not a lot going on in this series and hopefully, that changes as we start the second leg of the story with this issue. Let's check it out.

Green Lantern #6 Review

What's Going On?

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Marco Santucci, Tom Raney, Mike Atiyeh, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

The saga of what the Green Lanterns do when they don't have rings anymore continues and as we saw in the previous issue, it looks like all eyes are on New Korugar after Keli Quintela, the Teen Lantern lost her chill and went to the homeworld of the Sinestro Corps looking to pick a fight because she believed that Sinestro was involved in the destruction of the Main Power Battery but at the end of the issue we saw Yellow Lantern, Jessica Cruz put Teen Lantern down, while Simon Baz grabbed the girl to return her to Oa and hopefully stop an all-out war. Let's jump into this issue and see where that story goes now.

Green Lantern 2021 Annual #1 Review

Mastering Fear

Written By: Ryan Cady
Art By: Sami Basri, Tom Derenick, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

Let's jump into this Green Lantern Annual that looks at the continuation of Jessica Cruz becoming a Yellow Lantern, why she decides to remain a part of the Sinestro Corps, and how she uses that power of fear. It's an interesting premise that I've been greatly interested in ever since we saw in the Future State backup and I can't wait to see the progression of Jessica Cruz' character from someone who was a victim of fear, to someone who could overcome and now someone who knows how to wield it. Let's check out this issue.

Suicide Squad #7 Review

Bugging Out

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

If you're going into Suicide Squad #7 I'd just like you to know first that this week's Annual is first in the reading order so make sure if you've been all about the Suicide Squad like I've been that you go and read that issue first before getting back to our main numbered books because there were some big answers to what's been going on with Superboy in that Annual and you won't want to miss that before we continue with this and find out what our Task Force X is going to be doing next. Let's jump into this issue and see what this new mission holds. 

Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 Review

Superboy Has Met His Match

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

We've got annuals and regular issues dropping on the same day and while that may be confusing to some about what to read first, I've got your back in telling you that you definitely need to read this annual before any more Suicide Squad books. Not only because it's the correct reading order but because we have Superboy vs. Superboy. As we saw in the previous issue, our Suicide Squad Superboy was having some problems and the Squad was teleported away to try and find some medicine to inject in our Teen of Steel but when they got there, the Superboy we've seen in Young Justice was waiting. Let's jump into this issue and see what's going on in the Suicide Squad and how this might change everything. Let's check it out.