Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 Review

 


Writer: Meghan Fitzmartin
Art team: Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero, and Pat Brosseau
Release Date: 6/21/22
Price: $3.99
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

Full disclosure: Young Justice is my favorite team in all of comics. I grew up on Geoff Johns' Teen Titans run with that cast of characters, and apart from the awfulness of the Bendis era, I genuinely have a great time when all of these characters come together regardless of the context. While I’m sure to give Fitzmartin more leeway than most simply because this is my favorite team, I’ll do my best to be a comic reviewer first and a fan of this team second. Spoilers lay ahead!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Batman: The Knight #6 Review

 


My Aim is True

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

I have been enjoying Batman the Knight, and while it's still unknown how much this "prequel" will show in Chip Zdarsky's solo Batman run, I still can't help but get excited.  I am a Zdarsky fan, and soon we will have two Bat Books on the shelves by him, which is way cool.  So, what does Batman: The Knight #6 have in store for readers, and does it kick off the second half of this series in style?  Let's find out...

Nightwing #93 Review

 


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

Nightwing is a book I should be loving.  Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo are two of my favorite creators, and Dick Grayson is my favorite character.  I used to joke on the podcast that Dick Grayson's superpower is being a nice guy, and Tom Taylor writes that aspect into every issue of this series.  So what's not to love?  For me, it's the constant fan service over story progression as if Tom Taylor thinks we will forget if he doesn't keep reminding us how great Dick Grayson is.  To do this, Dick seems never to do anything wrong and has the entire DCU jumping in to save him at any moment.  That's cool and all, but I need more.  Hopefully, we will get that with The Heartless finally stepping things up and Blockbuster about to blow a gasket!

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4 Review



Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Dan Mora
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 21, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4 pits will against will when Batman and Superman are forced to contend with a mind-controlled Green Lantern enhanced with magic. Meanwhile, Supergirl learns the terrible price paid by the Warriors of Ji to trap Nezha the first time.

Catwoman #44 Review

 

Holy Crimoly, It's Catwoman!

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Bengal
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

I was impressed with the beginning of Tini Howard's Catwoman run.  She was playing my song, grabbing things from Genevieve Valentine's earlier run while continuing the caring and smarts that Ram V pushed in his Catwoman book.  I don't know why this book suddenly became a Harley/Selina team-up, but it changed the book's tone and feels desperate.  But it's way too soon for that kind of move, and looking at the sales numbers, this book isn't doing that poorly.  We may never know what's going on, but I'm here to review the issue so let's get on with it.

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #1 Review



Written by: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Art by: Vasco Georgiev
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Jay Anacleto, Rain Beredo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 21, 2022

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #1 follows the Fastest Man Alive and the King of Atlantis, the only remaining heroes (or people) left on Earth to stop a massive alien invasion after the aliens have already won.

Black Adam #1 Review




The Future Of Kahndaq


Written By: Priest
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Matt Herms, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022


The power of Shazam is alive and well in our new series for our favorite fallen champion, Black Adam. Now going into this issue I want you to take everything you know about Black Adam and kind of throw it away..... or combine the Pre-Flashpoint Black Adam with his more contemporary version.... or just go with the story that we have here because ultimately it looks like we're going to have a Black Adam in this twelve-issue limited series that's just Priest's interpretation and I guess if we're going to read this book, we're going to have to go with it. Let's check it out.

The Flash #783 Review




Omniverse Or Bust


Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeremy Cox, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022


The search for Barry Allen starts here. Ever since Infinite Frontier, where Barry Allen was duped into working for Darkseid because of the Psycho Pirate, our Scarlet Speedster was whisked away by Pariah to his own dream world to keep him calm and to keep him out of the way. Now that the Justice League is dead, and the Flash family realizes that Barry wasn't with them it's time to get on the hunt and figure out what happened to Barry Allen and it's probably a good thing too that our heroes are getting on this because with what we've seen of the Great Darkness, his body of villains and his army...... We're going to need Barry Allen.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Young Justice: Targets #1 Review

 


Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones, Jason Wright, Wes Abbott
Release Date: June 14, 2022
Price: $1.99 or DC Universe subscription
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

I want to state this clear right off the bat: I am a devout fan of the Young Justice animated series, I loved the recently concluded fourth season “Phantoms,” and the finale was the most satisfying episode of television I’ve seen in a long time. However I am reviewing comics now and not watching episodes of television, so I will do my best to separate my inner fan from my reviews. That said, this comic really is for fans of the show. If you are coming into this series blind then the setup when our story picks up is unlikely to make a ton of sense.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Wonder Woman #788 Review

 


Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad

Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino

Cover Price: $4.99

Release Date: June 14, 2022


(This review is only for the main Wonder Woman story)


Wonder Woman isn't the worst book since Infinite Frontier began, but after a pretty good start, it has been a disappointment in both story and sales.  Unfortunately, it's not just this solo book that has failed to meet expectations.  The Trial of the Amazons event was awful and put a direct spotlight on the failings of the creative teams that continue to dig Diana and her Wonder Family a deeper hole to get out of.  Enough of that, though, since we are here to talk about the latest issue of Wonder Woman, and maybe this one will be good.  Fingers crossed...

The Jurassic League #2 Review



The World's Finest Reskinned

Written by: Juan Gedeon, Daniel Warren Johnson
Art by: Juan Gedeon
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Ferran Delgado
Cover art by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 13, 2022


The Jurassic League #2 pits the dinosaur version of Giganta and Bizarro against Superman and Batman to save a village of Neanderthals from being kidnapped for a dark ritual. What is the Dark embryo and why are the dino versions of Atrocitus, Reverse-Flash, and other familiar villains trying to raise it from deep below the ground.

Batgirls #7 Review



Moving The Checkers Pieces Into Position

Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by: Rico Renzi
Letters by: Becca Carey
Cover art by: Jorge Corona, Sara Stern
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 14, 2022

Batgirls #7 begins the next phase of the trio's adventure when the Saints escape GCPD custody to go after Seer for tricking the mercenaries into believing Simon Saint was still alive. Is Seer worth saving, and how far will the Batgirls go to make it happen?

Blood Syndicate Season One #2 Review



The Mean Streets Have Gotten Meaner

Written by: Geoffrey Thorne
Art by: ChrissCross
Colors by: Juan Castro
Letters by: Wil Quintana
Cover art by: Dexter Soy
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 14, 2022


Blood Syndicate #2 sets the streets on fire when Hannibal returns home to find his family is as unaccepting as ever, his baby mamma is as unaccommodating as ever, and his old gang is as unrelenting as ever. Hannibal soon finds the percolating gang war is about to get the heat turned up when his personal life is crashing down.

I Am Batman #10 Review




Everyone's A Critic


Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 14, 2022


Let's head on back to NYC to see how this city's new Batman, Jace Fox is doing with his hunt for the serial killer, Manray. Previously, we saw this killer going after corrupt politicians and people in power and now it looks like he's after Mayor Villanueva, the man who put Batman on the payroll. Is the Mayor corrupt, I guess we'll find out as we jump into this issue and see if Batman can finally stand up against this evil threat that was more than he could handle during their first meeting. Let's check it out.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #12 Review




Make It Happen


Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Scott Hanna, Raul Fernandez, Federico Blee, Matt Herms, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 14, 2022


We continue to work towards The Rising, where Henry Bendix unleashes his army of genetically modified kidnapped victims unto the world, where they'll be completely controlled by whoever buys them, effectively making superheroes a thing of the past...... while making Post Human trafficking the next big product that the world wants. We're not there yet though and Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura are doing their best to figure out Lex Luthor's connection to Henry Bendix, while also trying to figure out a way to bring Bendix down and free all the kids that he's turned into his superhuman puppets. Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman's next step is as he tries to fill his father's shoes. Let's check it out.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Weird Science DC Comics Ep 429: Batman Finale, Medieval Titans, Hot Trench Topic & Nubia Queen of Boring


Weird Science DC Comics Ep 429: Batman Finale, Medieval Titans, Hot Trench Topic & Nubia Queen of Boring

We have a true plethora of books this week including Joshua Williamson's Batman finale, the beginning of a new Nubia mini-series, and more of the Toms with Batman Killing Time and Dark Knights of Steel.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 428: TGIF - Dark Crisis #1 DC Comics Event Spectacular

 


Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 428: TGIF - Dark Crisis #1 DC Comics Event Spectacular

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Batman #124 Review

 

Abyss? More Like A Miss

Writer: Joshua Williamson, G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 7, 2022
Cover Price: $4.99

I usually start my reviews with a little paragraph of what I've liked or disliked about the book leading into the current issue.  The problem I'm having here is that Joshua Williamson's run feels incomplete.  The Lex Luther / Batman Inc. story felt rushed, and a chunk of the run was part of the larger Shadow War story.  I don't think this run will be remembered for much, if at all, but here we are with the final issue.  Was it a good ending?  Let's find out...

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 Review



"Ever We Seek To Drown Our Sins"


Written by: Ram V
Art by: Christian Ward
Colors by: Christian Ward
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Christian Ward
Cover price: $6.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 imagines an alternate world where the Justice League doesn't exist, and Aquaman is only a myth whispered among a remote few. Now, imagine an alien object crashes in a remote part of the ocean, and a military team is sent to investigate.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 Review



Too Many Pages For Too Little Story

Written by: Stephanie Williams
Art by: Alitha Martinez, Mark Morales, John Livesay,
Colors by: Alex Guimáraes
Letters by: Becca Carey
Cover art by: Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
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Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 begins a coronation world tour for the new queen as Nubia seeks to establish a more active role for the Amazons within the world of Man. Unfortunately, a villainous presence covets something near to Nubia's heart.

Flashpoint Beyond #2 Review


More Bread Crumbs

Written by: Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams
Art by: Xermánico, Mikel Janín
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mitch Gerads
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #2 puts Thomas Wayne on the hunt for answers when more powered individuals who can affect time are murdered in his reality. When his latest lead takes him to Psycho Pirate, the answers are few and far between.

Batman Beyond Neo-Year #3 Review



It's Party Time!

Written by: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Art by: Max Dunbar
Colors by: Sebastian Cheng
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Max Dunbar, Sebastian Cheng
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Batman Beyond Neo-Year #3 gathers Gotham's best and brightest for Commissioner Barbara Gordon's retirement party.  When Terry learns Lumos is most probably, definitely up to no good and the Mayor is missing, what better reasons are there for Terry to do a little undercover party crashing.

Batman: Killing Time #4 Review



One Breakout Character and Countless Time Jumps

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Marquez
Colors by: Alejandro Sánchez
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: David Marquez, Alejandro Sánchez
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #4 flits here, there, and everywhere as Batman and The Help's paths cross for a second time with a very different outcome. Meanwhile, Riddler meets his buyer and returns to Ancient Greece.

Monkey Prince #5 Review



Better Art, Same Story

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art by: Bernard Chang
Colors by: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters by: Janice Chiang
Cover art by: Bernard Chang, Sebastian Cheng
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 7, 2022

Monkey Prince #5 brings the Shugel-Shen family to Amnesty Bay where Marcus is forced to fit into a new school (again), his parents are asked to unlock an ancient artifact by another DC villain (again), and Marcus is accosted by a supernatural force (again).

Dark Crisis #1 Review




World's Greatest Superheroes?


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: June 7, 2022


We had a short road to it, but the Dark Crisis is here and now we'll see how the DC Universe plans on taking on the Great Darkness and its body of the worst of the worst villains our heroes have ever encountered now that our Justice League is dead. It doesn't look good for our heroes but maybe they'll find an ace in the hole and figure out a way to not only win the day...... but survive it. Let's jump into this year's event and see what the Dark Crisis has in store for us. Let's check it out.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Batman 2022 Annual #1 Review

 

Batman (St)Inc.

Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: John Timms, Rex Locus, and Clayton Cowles
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 31, 2022
Cover Price: $5.99

I am surprised we are getting more Batman Inc. after Joshua Williamson's disappointing story in Batman.  Having Ghostmaker run the team is interesting, but I'm wondering if there is room for a Batman Inc. book when something like Batman and the Outsiders didn't sell.  Oh well, I'm not signing the checks, so let's see how this Annual plays out and if it gets me excited for the Batman Inc series coming out in October...