Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DC vs. Vampires #1 Review


Who Ordered the Bored

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

I am not a horror comic type of guy, but the DCU going up against vampires?  Yea, you have my interest, especially with this first issue coming out the week of Halloween.  Now, I'm not sure how it will play by next July, but that's future problems there.  What matters is now, and while this start isn't as bombastic and cool as I was hoping, we have a long road ahead of us.  Let me explain...

Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #1 Review


Not So Deep

Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Ronan Cliquet
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

While I am not the biggest Aquaman or Green Arrow fan out there, I do like both characters and feel they each should have a solo book at all times.  Sadly, neither of them has one right now, and to add insult to injury, Brian Michael Bendis is mainly in charge of writing them.  You know, the guy who thinks Arthur needs to be doused with a glass of water to power up.  Ughhhhh!!!  Thankfully, this book has arrived, and I am sure that fans hope this can be an alternative to Bendis, like Chip Zdarsky's Justice League: Last Ride.  While that may end up the case, this first issue was a bit tough to settle into, and I am worried about it going forward.

Harley Quinn #8 Review

The Real Hero of the Story Isn't Harley

Written By: Stephanie Phillips
Art by: Riley Rossmo
Colors By: Ivan Plascencia
Letters By: Deron Bennet
Cover Art By: Riley Rossmo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

Harley Quinn #8 integrates into the events of Fear State (sort of) with an updated version of the Gotham Sirens racing to bring the key/seed/organic material/Ivy clone into Gotham's depths to awaken the real Ivy. Meanwhile, Kevin begins his own hero's journey.

Aquaman: The Becoming #2 Review

In the Criminal Justice System, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups:...

Written By: Brandon Thomas
Art By: Diego Olortegui, Skylar Partridge, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors By: Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Andworld Design
Cover Art By: David Talaski
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a Mera-focused issue flashing forward and back to find out what happened to Jackson Hyde after his escape from the Atlantean police for a crime he may or may not have committed. When Mera is brought in for questioning, we learn how Atlantean police use deception and scare tactics as a cover for their bigotry against Xebel. 

Wonder Girl #4 Review

A New Beginning... Sort Of

Written By: Joelle Jones
Art By: Joelle Jones, Adriana Melo
Colors By: Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Pat Brosseau
Cover Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

Wonder Girl #4 picks up after a hiatus to find Yara Flor training with Chiron in the outskirts of Mt. Olympus to become Hera's new champion. When the truth of Yara's lineage is revealed, she must decide where to place her loyalty.

Detective Comics #1044 Review


Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist:  Dan Mora
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Release Date: November 26th, 2021
Cover Price: $4.99

Batman's pretty darn busy during this whole Fear State thing, and in Detective Comics he's found himself trapped in the sewers with Mayor Nakano. I was unable to review the last issue because of life, and although I did end up reading it I have completely forgotten how they got there. It doesn't matter though, because I really liked this issue anyways.

Checkmate #5 Review

How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, Dave Stewart, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

For some reason, we're going to jump back into Checkmate which is thankfully on its penultimate issue and with that maybe the book will start giving us answers..... or maybe be interesting...... or just do something because while the dialog is infuriating, the characterization is frustrating the biggest sin this book commits is simply being boring. Previously, we saw Mark Shaw bring the fight to Checkmate where a group of Leviathan soldiers attacked our heroes' HQ, only to teleport the whole place away and we also learned that the mysterious "Snowman's Ticket" is the reveal of Lois Lane's long lost brother, Leonardo Lane, but since his reveal happened in other books before this, this reveal meant nothing. Let's see if something happens in this issue.

Task Force Z #1 Review

Plan 9 From Project Halperin

Written By: Mathew Rosenberg
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

It's the spooky season and what better time to roll out a new year-long series featuring our favorite Outlaw, Jason Todd, and a group of Arkham inmates, reanimated after the events of A-Day and thrown onto a team that will make Task Force X look like a bunch of chumps? The answer is, there's no better time. Let's jump into this issue and see what Task Force Z is all about and how Jason Todd plans on keeping a bunch of flesh-hungry villains on the straight and narrow long enough to finish their missions. Let's check it out.

Robin #7 Review

That's The Greatest Comeback Since Lazarus

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Gleb Melnikov, Max Dunbar, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2021

It's time to head back to Lazarus Island to see what Damian learned not only about the island and the death tournament he's involved in, but the host of the tournament too, the mysterious Mother Soul. In our previous issue, we saw Damian taking on the dangerous Respawn and while our young hero looked like he was able to get the information he was looking for, maybe it came at too high a price because it looked like Respawn might have taken our Boy Wonder down. Let's jump into this book and see what's what.