Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Lost Boys: G.I. Combat #1 Review

Written by: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and J.T. Krul
Art by: Ariel Olivetti and Dan Panosian
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 2, 2012

The Book that DC Forgot

This post is the first in what may be a continuing series where I go back and review New 52 comics that have been canceled.  They are also comics that I always wanted to get around to reading, but for one reason or another I never did.  The first is G.I. Combat by J.T. Krul, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.  I have to admit, when this book was announced it was kind of a laughing point with Eric and Myself at work.  I would walk by and say "G.I. Combat?" and we would both giggle.  We're stupid like that.  Of course, this was way before we started reviewing comics.

When we started the site and divided up the books, I got two that I wasn't reading yet.  Batwing and All Star Western, both written by Palmiotti and Gray.  I fell in love with both (books, not the men) and looked to see what other books they wrote.  G.I. Combat?!?!  Well, I have read it and it is no longer a joke, but is it any good?

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 8 "Fuel"

Old Time Radio is so great.  I know it's not all the rage these days with the kiddies, but I love it so much.  I
have suffered from ADHD all my life, but for some reason I can put on OTR, close my eyes and sail away into my mind.  Here is a quick top five of my favorite OTR shows:

5. The Martin and Lewis Show
4. Six Shooter
3. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
2. The Adventures of Superman
1. The Jack Benny Show

Monday, April 14, 2014

DC Comics Announces Grant Morrison's Multiversity Details

I hope this is President Superman
It seems like a century ago when Grant Morrison first talked about his Multiversity comic.  In fact, Eric and myself actually figured it was cancelled before it came out. Well, CBR proved us wrong by announcing it's coming in August and even showed some artwork.

Adventures of Superman #51 Review

Written by: Jerry Ordway
Art by: Steve Rude
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 14, 2014

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude give us a Jack Kirby tribute wrapped around an Adventures of Superman issue.  Superman may be on the marquee, but the star here is OMAC the One Man Army Corps.

Superman is called into action by STAR LABS to stop an ansteroid heading on a collision course with Metropolis.  The asteroid, Kurtzberg-17, is the first nod to Kirby. When he goes into space to investigate, he finds the asteroid and a whole lot more.  A transforming (or maybe just forming?) robot, kryptonite, villains from the future and OMAC  There is so much going on.  

Constantine #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes 
Art By: ACO
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Coming To Terms With The Spellbinder

Forever Evil: Blight is over, and last we saw of our antihero, he was cowering away and leaving his friends to fend for themselves.  Luckily Zatanna picked up Constantine's slack, and the Justice League Dark survived Nanda Parbat and Project Thaumaton.  So where does this leave Constantine?  Let's dive into this very strange issue, and try to decipher what's going on together.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays 4/14/14

Continuing with our April theme of "How Bad We Had It In The 90's", this week we'll dive into the live action Superboy television show that most people have completely forgotten about.  Hell even when I thought back on it, I swore up and down that Superboy was played by Jerry O'Connell.  But like most things in life, I was wrong, and the role went to someone named John Haymes Newton for the first season, and then to Gerard Christopher for the rest of the series.  Don't feel bad if you have no idea who these people are, neither do I and I'll continue to have fond memories of Jerry O'Connell as The Teen Of Steel.  Now I'm going to rant a little bit more, because last Friday I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and throughout the movie I kept thinking "Fuck you kids of today".  Not only do you get another badass superhero movie, but even before I saw it the "Hail Hydra" memes had started, and they're hilarious.  Back in the 90's we'd see a shitty superhero movie, leave the theater, and there wouldn't be any memes.  Hell in the early and mid 90's the only people with computers you could find were the kids who's parents worked for some sort of computer company or Matthew Broderick from War Games.  No computers, and certainly no interwebs the way you think of it today, just us secretly singing "Kiss From A Rose", and wondering just how far Riddler and Two-Face actually took their relationship.  Man I wish I was fifteen right now.  Okay enough ranting let's make things really shitty on the superhero front and travel back to 1991 to the easily forgettable Adventures Of Superboy.  In this week's clip we see Superboy living out his worst nightmares which appear to be him as a robot, and the wrestler Lex Luger becoming Superboy.  Yup it's the 90's alright.  Enjoy, and I'll see you in seven.  Boosh!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #30 Review

Written by: Van Jensen
Art by: Scott Kolins and Chris Batista
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Oh Brother, What Art is That?

I have been enjoying Green Lantern Corps lately.  I like the "Space Cops travel the Universe" vibe Van Jensen has given us and when Bernard Chang pencils it, it looks amazing.  However, I have not been a fan of the Durlans or this storyline.  For one, it's been a little confusing.  The Durlans and the Khund are real hard to tell apart and when it comes down to it, I just haven't cared for either of them.  No, what I've liked is seeing the various Lantern recruits learn the ropes with the guidance of John Stewart.  Unfortunately, Jensen doesn't give much of that this issue, but he does try to make readers care about the Durlan by giving a much needed history lesson.  But is it any good?

The Royals: Masters of War #3 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Coleby
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

War, Huh! What is it Good For?

For the uninitiated, The Royals: Masters of War is a six part story set during World War Two in an alternate timeline where Earth's Royal Families all have super powers.  Since these powers could end existence if used, they have agreed to a treaty as where no matter what happens (like say, a World War), they will always remain neutral. Sounds great on paper, but as we saw in the first two issues of the series, Britain's Prince Henry has broken the treaty to save England during the Battle of Britain.  As the Allies hail him as a hero, Henry's actions have mobilized the other Royals.  Last issue showed that Japan's Royal Family is not going to sit on the sidelines anymore and they pay America a little visit.  This issue shows they mean business.

Weird Science DC Comics News: Week of April 9, 2014 Edition

Time for another week of news, kiddies.  On a personal note, I haven't got any resolution on my parked car being totaled by a possibly drunk driver last weekend.  I have a rental car so I can get to work, yippee! Hopefully I hear something soon. News this week included the Jackson Four are lazy (don't tell Joe), Terrell Owens owes some money, a MacGyver villain is being threatened and Shadowfax was put down.  I had my eye on that beautiful steed for quite some time now.  Such a loss.  Oh well...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #18 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Mateo Guerrero
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 12, 2014

Two For One

The Justice Lords Beyond story started off with a blast.  Alternate Earth/Timeline stories can be so much fun if done right and I can tell you,  Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage have done it right so far.  The best part of involving both Batman and Justice League Beyond in a combined story is fans get a new chapter each week. The first issue of each book provided a great setup so now we can get down to business.  

Last weeks Justice League Beyond 2.0 ended with Terry leaving for the Justice Lords timeline in search of Lord Batman and answers.  This issue picks up right from there and I mean right form there.  Terry arrives in the alternate timeline and immediately everything goes wrong.  It's clear right away that things aren't going to go as planned.  In fact, he is in downright trouble and the source is the first nice surprise this week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #5 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 11, 2014

Oh Oh Here They Come, They're the Manhunters

Last week was the first issue of Smallville I went away from felling let down.  I love the Smallville comic, especially the miniseries we've been getting recently.  My main gripe was the feeling of deja vu the issue gave me from the previous one, especially the Manhunters cliff hanger.  Well, it's a new week, a new issue and a new feeling.  Actually, it's an old feeling.  The feeling of loving every page Bryan Q. Miller gives readers and wanting more when it ended.  I like old feelings.

Lex has been a bad boy.  He's been trying to get information about the Russian crash site by hacking the DEO's system.  Diana and Steve Trevor contact Lois Lane and Oliver so they can make sure the Watchtower stays secure.  They also show a surveillance image to the two.  It's Prometheus looking pretty badass.  They authorize Oliver's "alter-ego" to join the D.E.O. task force on it's way to see what's what on this mysterious threat and the tech he's stolen.

Top 5 Fridays: Teen Heroes That Should Be In The Teen Titans Relaunch

To keep things topical, this week's Top 5 has to do with the relaunch of Teen Titans in July.  The news came out this week that Will Pfeifer, and Kenneth Rocofort will be the creative team behind this relaunch, and I couldn't be happier.  Pfeifer has come out and said that this team will consist of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Beast Boy, and Bunker.  You know pretty much everyone who was left over from the last team.  So for this week I figured we take a look at the Top 5 characters Weird Science wants to see in the relaunch of Teen Titans.  Now I'm not saying all these characters should become a part of the Titans at one time, I'm just saying that if one character were to join the roster, this is who I'd like it to be in order of importance to Jim and me, but mostly me.  So let's get on with Top 5 Fridays: Teen Heroes That Should Be In The Teen Titans Relaunch.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Justice League 3000 #5 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Raymund Bermudez and Wayne Faucher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

The Not so Perfect (Fire)Storm

Justice League 3000 has been crazy insane (crazy? Insane?) and I will let you in on a little secret, I really like it.  The mystery surrounding the League and watching them deal with that and each other has been fun. Keith Giffen promised that the members weren't clones and by gum, he wasn't lying.  What they are is dark and twisted and really explains why they act like they do and why Superman has that awful haircut.  With all that said, the book has been plagued by poor pacing since issue #1.  Things are going at a snails pace, but what we have been given has allowed me to look the other way.  Well, I'm not looking the other way anymore Giffen and DeMatteis.  I'm looking right at you doing that move with two fingers that means "I've got my eyes on you".  You've been warned.

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Paulo Siqueira, Barry Kitson and Eddy Barrows
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Is the Relationship Doomed?

Last issue of Superman/Wonder Woman ended with an explosive cliffhanger...literally.  They detonated an atomic explosion to stop Zod and Faora, but at what cost?  Little cost it seems. Unless you count the destruction of a chunk of the South Pacific,  which it seems nobody involved does or the fact that Superman is missing half his face.  It's really disgusting.

This is a prelude to Doomed and Charles Soule has a couple things to juggle before the event starts.  The first is introducing Doomsday.  Wait a second, didn't last weeks Action Comics introduce Doomsday?  Yes and no.  DC, as they have recently been prone to do, released Action Comics out of order so the Doomsday we saw attacking Polar Bears last week is actually introduced in this issue.  If this was a Quentin Tarantino movie I'd let it slide, but this my Friends is not Pulp Fiction.

Worlds' Finest #22 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Back To The Filler

I went on a rant about the reading order of "First Contact" the other week, and declared that I would not review Worlds' Finest #21 part 4 of the First Contact story, until Batman/Superman #9 which is part 3 came out on April 23rd.  Well I look like an idiot now that a new Worlds' Finest is out, and I have no idea what happened in the last issue.  How the fuck can this issue be out before Batman/Superman #9?  It's fucking ridiculous, and I won't be suckered into reading the last issue until the First Contact story is complete.  I made a stand, and I don't plan on backing down from it now.  So for this month's Worlds' Finest, I'm going to try and get through the story, and probably make some assumptions along the way.  So bare with me, and we'll get through this thing together.  Let's dive in, and see if the crossover did anything to move this book forward.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Batgirl #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Robert Gill
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Don't Kids Play With Ouija Boards Anymore?

For the last two months we were given a treat by bringing Batgirl out of her gloomy depression with a fun story about Batgirl and Strix fighting a delusional vampire hunter who thought that the Bat Family were night stalkers, who kept the people of Gotham under their undead thumb.  In the end of that story arc, it turned out that there were vampires in Gotham, and Batgirl wasn't prepared to deal with the actual undead.  But as luck would have it, I Vampire hero Andrew Bennett was in the neighborhood, and was willing to take care of their vampire problem.  Good old horror fun that you don't get to see very often, especially in Gotham.  So what do we have this month?  Well it's another horror story.  Strange.  But before we jump into this tale of horror and mystery let me warn you.  This issue is a post Forever Evil title, and talks about the fate of Dick Grayson.  Even though I always put SPOILERS in my reviews, I just need you to know that this one has extra SPOILERS.  So be warned.