Sunday, September 6, 2015

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 34 "The Marathon"

Jim and Eric cave in to  listener demand that they get rid of the "Flash Reviews" segment of the podcast and talk at length about every single DC Comics issue that hit the shelves this week.  That is fifteen books and boy, it took a long time to record this one.  I don't know if they can keep up this pace and not kill themselves or find themselves abandoned by their family and friends.  They also talk (rant) about the news including DC telling editors to stop "Batgirling" their books.  So, here is the longest podcast they will ever do...until the next one.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Omega Men #4 Review

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Toby Cypress and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose


I have been one of the biggest supporters of the Omega Men and I stand by every accolade I've thrown it's way.  I have loved the slow burn story of these anti-heroes set in a universe far, far away. I put that last part in because this book immediately gave me the feelings that I had when I first watched Star Wars as a kid.  Like that movie, the Omega Men just plopped you right in the middle of a living, breathing universe and let the story happen organically around you.  Everything has a history and it all comes together while you read it.  Each issue has built on the last and while the answers have come slowly, each bit of information has lead to me appreciating the book that much more.  So, do we get any answers this month and does this issue keep the momentum going forward? Let's find out...

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Bat-Mite #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Corin Howell, Mike Atiyeh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015


Do The Mite Thing


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Bat-Mite's at it again and after having such a great time with the previous issue, where we saw Bat-Mite and Damian Wayne team up to take on the nostalgic Gridlock; I can't wait to see what our creative team have in store for us with this issue and the pairing of this 5th Dimensional Imp and the gold standard of superheroes: Booster Gold.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's crackin'.
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Detective Comics #44 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Fernando Blanco and Brian Buccellato
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015

This is the End...


I have really enjoyed Manapul and Buccellato's run on Detective Comics.  They transformed the book into more of a Gotham Central story than just another bat book on the shelf.  It doesn't hurt that I am a Harvey Bullock fan and he has been the star of their run.  While this final arc has included the shiny new Bat-Bot, it still has centered around Gotham's best overweight detective.  The mystery of what Yip is up to and the (re)appearance of Renee Montoya have been awesome to read about, especially through Harvey's eyes.  I still can't help but wonder if this was the story that Manapul and Buccellato signed on for all those issue ago, but no matter what the case, they did a really good job.  So, did this final issue tie everything up into a nice, satisfying bow?  Let's find out...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Green Arrow #44 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ben Percy
Art By: Patrick Zircher, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Gabe Eltaeb

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015


The Secret Origins of.........George?


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I'm a little hesitant to step back into Seattle because the last time I was here it was full of racist robots and a white supremacist who wasn't even a vampire like I swore up and down that he was........ disappointments all around really.  Anyway, during Green Arrow's pseudo pursuit to get to the bottom of the last story arc's.......... big bad?  I'm not actually sure what Green Arrow was trying to do or really what the main antagonist Mr. Zimm was trying to do because the story was all over the place, but Oliver happened to come in the possession of a Wolf, who Emiko later named George and even though we really haven't had any Green Arrow action going on since this creative change, it looks like we're not going to get much here either.  Let's jump into this issue and find out about a wolf.
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Green Lantern #44 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Billy Tan, Martin Coccolo, Mark Irwin, Tony Avina

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015


Pit Stop


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's continue our foray into Hal Jordan's adventures in being a "Renegade".  In the previous issue we saw our former Lantern go looking for answers about the Corps' disappearance in all the wrong places.  Well.. technically it was a pretty astute place to go asking around because our hero met up with Relic, who now that he's unstuck from the Source Wall is continuing his study on the emotional spectrum and his former prison Source Wall itself.  Only problem with this idea is that Relic still hates anyone who uses the emotional spectrum due to it threatening the destruction of the Universe and all that, but he especially hates Green Lanterns.  Since Hal and old Relic have a history together, Hal approaches the big guy incognito........ but really we don't learn anything except that Relic believes that Black Hand is behind planets turning to stone, but since we know this to be untrue, it doesn't really matter.  Eventually though, Hal's new crew member Virgo being the big dummy that he is, decides that Hal needs backup and puts on Krona's Gauntlet....... which knocks him out instantly and alerts Relic that he's being fooled.  Luckily though, Hal and his new crew were able to get away and our search for the Green Lantern Corps continues here.......kinda.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Injustice: Year Four #18 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Mike S. Miller and J. nanjan
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 1, 2015

Fish Out of Water


Last issue was Year Four of Injustice in a nutshell for me.  There were things I loved, things that fell flat and other things that pissed me off.  I'll try to deal in the positive here and tell you that having Aquaman and Mera show up at the end was awesome.  They are two of my favorite characters and make sense to go toe-to-toe in this issue and this Year.  In fact, the reason I gave last weeks issue as high a mark as I did was because of those two showing up.  So, did they kick total ass this issue and justify that score?  Let's find out...

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Lobo #10 Preview

Written by Cullen Bunn and Frank Barbiere
Art by: Robson Rocha and Blond
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015

Lobo is finally face-to-face with Sinestro! But did our favorite bounty hunter bite off more than he could chew when he agreed to kill the leader of the Yellow Lanterns?

After the Lobo Annual, I've been looking forward to this issue.  It's funny, I have never been a big fan of Lobo or Sinestro, but the two of them together just feels right.  Like tow great tastes that go great together and yes, I'm talking about donuts and hamburgers.


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Archer & Armstrong #1 Review






Written by: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Clayton Henry, Matt Mila
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Publisher Valiant Entertainment

*Spoilers Ahead. Score at The Bottom*

Big City of Dreams


I recently started getting into the Valiant universe and I believe Archer & Armstrong is a series that ties in some of the universes characters. We have Armstrong who is the brother of the eternal warrior. This ties in a lot since a lot of the lore centers around Giled.

So we start with Giled and Armstrong destroying the entire civilization on Earth with the boon they found, they then become eternal from it. So it appears we started pretty big, then we jump 10,000 years into the future at an amusement park. The park has been ran by these old rich people who take in orphans and have been training them to become assassins. It is not sounding right when I am writing down, but I am sure that is it. All these orphans have a home, but all have to fight each other for the opportunity to go on the sacred mission for their parents. Our hero Obadiah Archer beat up all the orphans so now he is allowed to leave the park and fulfill his parents mission.

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Nightmares On Elm Street #1 Review and *SPOILERS*


I've got some sad news for you if you haven't heard yet.  Wes Craven, the legendary horror writer/director died Sunday and while I originally intended on getting up to date on the Puppet Master comic series for this installment of Just For The Hell of It Mondays, I figured I'd do a book to honor a man who created an icon, that scared the hell out of me as a kid.  I watched a lot of horror flicks growing up and no one scared me the way that Freddy Krueger did and it might be because of the premise of a slasher that kills you in your nightmares and then having said nightmares that made Krueger a character that was truly terrifying....... you know, until he got goofy.  Even then though, he's still a character that will never be forgotten and nobody will ever forget the man that was behind the nightmare.  It's pretty sad to me because it was films like Nightmare on Elm Street, The People Under The Stairs and Shocker that really made me want to be a part of the horror genre growing up, so while Wes gave me nightmares, he also gave me dreams.

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Bob's Burgers Vol. 2 #1 Review



...Comes with Score


While I've used almost all of my Just for the Hell of it Monday reviews to showcase something I loved in the past, this week I am focusing on a current passion of mine...Bob's Burgers.  I simply am in love with the show, though it didn't start out that way.  The first couple times I watched it, I hated it.  Maybe hate is too strong a word, but I definitely dismissed it after a couple of minutes and moved along.  So, how did I come around?  My kids, that's how.  They started watching it on Netflix and it was constantly on while I did my reviews and did more reviews and prepared for the podcast and did more reviews...  By the time Beefsquatch was introduced, I was hooked.  It really is one of those shows that I like so much that I rotate favorite characters and episodes daily (current favs: Jimmy Jr. and Broadcast Wagstaff School News).   So, for my JFTHOIM review, I give you Bob's Burgers #1.


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Green Lantern 75th Anniversary : Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight #1 Review and *SPOILERS*


Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Bill Willingham
Release Date: December 31, 1993

Mourning

This month, DC will be honoring Green Lantern's 75th anniversary with Green Lantern variant covers. While my articles don't really come with variant covers, most of my articles this month will be Green Lantern themed to honor the anniversary of one of DC's most famous superheroes. What better way to start this little honor fest than with the story of one of the greatest falls for a Lantern...yeah a very weird start, but this was one of the very first Green Lantern stories I ever read!
This is the first issue of the Emerald Twilight story arc, leading to Hal Jordan's fall, and the birth of Kyle Rayner's time as the Green Lantern. This story was set up during the Reign of the Supermen event, which had Cyborg Superman team up with Mongol to destroy Coast City, making way for a way-station to turn the Earth into Warworld. While the station was destroyed, the damage was done; Coast City was destroyed.
It has been years since I first read this, and now it's time to see if it holds up.
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The Omega Men #4 Preview

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Toby Cypress
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: September 2, 2015


The epic, bloody saga of the Omega Men continues as a plan to rescue Princess Kalista goes horribly wrong. The Omega Men point their guns. The Citadel points theirs. And everyone pulls the trigger.

I love this book so much.  It had me hooked from the beginning and I really can't get enough.  Tom King really has keyed into the sense of wonder and excitement that 8 year old Jim had when he went to see Star Wars and taped all those pictures of Han and Luke on my school folders.  Please grab this issue (and the first three) so the story continues forever...

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Bat-Mite #4 Preview

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Corin Howell
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015




There’s a new bad guy in town: Gridlock, the villain who’s stuck in the past! And now, he’s out to stop the future from coming! Booster Gold, the hero from the future, obviously can’t allow that, but when he seeks Bat-Mite’s help in finding this purloiner of progress, it doesn’t take much of a prognosticator to predict that he’s going to regret it.

I loved the last issue of Bat-Mite so much and pairing our 5th Dimension imp with Booster Gold seems like......well, Gold..  This series hasn't let me down yet and I don't expect it to here.

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The Thing! #15 Review



Written By: Unknown (but probably Steve Ditko)
Art By: Steve Ditko
Price: 10 cents
Release Date: July/August 1954

*Spoilers ahead, score at the bottom*

CONDEMNED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT!


William Gaines’ line of EC horror comics, like Vault of Horror and Crypt of Terror, are normally what leap to mind when the phrase “1950s horror comic” is uttered to someone that gives a shit. With good reason, since these were the gold standard of anthology comics at the time. But there were dozens, if not over a hundred other horror titles that came and went in the wake of the fervor created by Entertaining Comics, comics like Black Cat Mystery and Adventures Into Weird Worlds published sometimes by established companies, sometimes through fly-by-night companies established to make a quick buck. The comic in this review, The Thing!, was published by Charlton Comics and began its life as a comic with several contributors (including MAD Magazine’s Basil Wolverton) but towards the end of its life it was handled almost entirely by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko. A dry comics history lesson is all well and good, but is the comic worth reading? Let’s find out!
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Teen Titans #11 Review

Written by: Will Pfeifer
Art by: Ricken
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015

Do the Creep

This is my third review of Teen Titans since taking over the book from Eric in June and I'll admit that I am already losing my patience.  While I like this issue more than last month's, that's not saying much.  Will Pfeifer has taken a cool idea (the Titans vs the Elite with Superboy's future in the balance) and really hasn't done anything with it.  Pfeifer has one of the coolest cast of characters at his fingertips, but doesn't seem to want to do anything cool with them.  Last issue, Raven found out what the Titans have to do to clear Superboy's name and that bit of information promised to at least lead to some action.  Did the Titans finally do what they set out to do, or did the Elite get in their way again?  Let's find out...

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Batman: Arkham Knight #28 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by:Robson Rocha
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 28, 2015

Test Score


I really enjoyed last week's issue of Arkham Knight.  In fact, I gave it a 10/10 and I stand by that score.  It's still surprising, though, because it was a Tim Drake story and I have never been a member of  "Team Drake"...until now.  Peter Tomasi made me a fan and at the same time reminded me of how much I love Robin as well.  This issue ends "The Apprentice" mini arc and I have been looking forward to it since I read the cliffhanger last week showing Tim under attack from some baddie wannabes.  Did this issue live up to my expectations?  Let's find out...


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Prez #3 Review

Written by: Mark Russell
Art by: Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales, Sean Parsons, Jeremy Lawson
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26th 2015

*spoilers below, score and summary are at the bottom*


Inauguration day!



Last issue of Prez was an outstanding issue that started running with the story and began to set the tone for politics instead of the society building from the first issue. This issue is not as high in entertainment as the last one, but has way more dark political satire in it.

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Top 5 Fridays: DC You Titles YOU Should Be Supporting!


Welcome back to another Top 5 Friday!  If you haven't seen the recent article on DC's July sales (click here if you want to), then you have seen the sales have been pretty bad, especially with the newer titles.  This makes me sad, as there are actually some gems in that pile.  That's why on this week's Top 5, I'm going to run down the DC You series that I think you should be supporting!  This list will not include any series that are still running from the New 52, such as Batman and Superman, because those have a smaller chance of being cancelled.  ENOUGH TALK!  Let's begin!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deathstroke #9 Review

Written by: Tony S. Daniel and Jame Bonny
Art by: Eduardo Pansica, Sandu Florea, Arif Prianto and Fahriza Kamaptura
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015

Swords Out, Guns Out


The issue opens with some Deathstroke inner monologue getting everyone up to speed on the recent God Killer events and continues with some crazy bloodshed on Paradise Island.  While Hessia makes small talk with Slade, we get to see some of the God Killer sword's power.  It's pretty impressive, but not as much as Wonder Woman just ripping through Lapetus' Onyx Army.  As far as opening scenes go, this may be light on story, but boy it was heavy on action.  If you are a fan of this book, you know what that means...gallons of blood and severed limbs galore.

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Justice League 3001 #3 Review

Written by: J.M. Dematteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter and Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2015

Super Buddies for Life


Justice League Three Thousand and whatever number you want to insert in has been one of my favorite books since it launched way back during the crusty old days of the New 52.  I won't say it's a guilty pleasure because while it's a pleasure to read, nobody on this end feels guilty in the slightest. Instead, I've done my best to shout from every roof and mountain top to get people to read this book. Is it because J.M. DeMatteis promised me the spare change he found in his couch cushions? No. Does Howard Porter take me to Sizzler every Friday Night for Steak and Unlimited Shrimp?  Boy, I wish and don't get me started with what I heard Keith Giffen does because the answer is a big, fat NO!  The reason I've pushed this book on the unsuspecting masses is simple...it's damn good.  It's a cool mix of humor, action and intrigue and it's position just outside the rest of the DCU (DC You?) gives it an all bets are off kind of vibe.  Seriously, you never know what's going to happen and even as you say "Oh no they didn't", they already did, girlfriend.  Now that's my kind of party.   So, what craziness happens this month and is it worth the price of admission (which is somewhere between the cushion change and a Sizzler meal)?  Let's find out...

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He-Man: The Eternity War #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett, Rob David
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

As we all saw in the previous issue, it looks like our heroes are fucked.  Not only has Prince Adam broke his Sword of Power because of what the power of He-Man might turn him into in the future, but Skeletor betrayed She-Ra when he left her locked in the dark dimension of Despondos after the two teamed up to gather power against Hordak........ So yeah, our heroes are out of the picture and after Hordak laid claim to the Eyes of Grayskull, he showed Eternia his true power when he activated them and destroyed the future world of Primus.  That's right, the Eyes of Grayskull are like a deathray that can access all of space and time....... so game over man!  I really don't know where we can go from here because as Hordak proclaimed at the end of last issue, he's the master of the Universe and after the display he showed, I'd have to agree with him.  Let's jump into this issue of The Eternity War and hopefully see how our Masters escape certain death.  Let's check it out.
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Gotham By Midnight #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


TV Will Rot Your Brain


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Our Precinct Thirteen is in a heap of trouble because while hunting down and killing supernatural beings that threaten the lives of humanity is a great way to spend your time, the paperwork is a bitch and a lot of questions have been raised by Internal Affairs as to what the Midnight Shift is all about.  I would have thought that Sergeant Rook's time with the group might have swayed his opinions, but it turns out that getting put face to face with monsters and almost dying doesn't bond people the way I would have thought.  If that wasn't bad enough, it seems that our team hasn't quite recovered yet from Sister Justine's death and the idea that Jim Corrigan can go all wrath of god out of nowhere and vaporize everyone around him.  It's a weird working environment, but I hope it continues as our team faces a new threat, while dealing with their current problems.  Let's check it out.

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Aquaman #43 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Trevor McCarthy, Jesus Merino, Guy Major
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


There Is No Atlantis, Only Thule


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I have not enjoyed Aquaman since the new creative team took over and man is that a bummer because that's exactly when I started reviewing it.  Aquaman has been cast out of Atlantis because an ancient city is forcing itself into our world and when it does, it begins poisoning the world it surrounds.  So obviously, since the problem started in the ocean, Aquaman took it upon himself to destroy the threat, but in his quest of destruction he found that there were innocent people that were inhabiting these forceful cities.  Since our Aquaman is a hero, he's all about saving the innocent, but this causes problems in his kingdom and all we know is that Arthur has been on the run from his people ever since........ Well, that and he has some bad ass new powers as well.  This story doesn't sound bad when summed up, but each issue has been hard to follow with the tidbits it releases and the artwork hasn't done much to help you understand the story that we're dealing with.  Hopefully that ends here and we can get back on the Aquaman trolley, but I'm not holding my breath.  Let's jump ito this issue and check it out.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We Are Robin #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Lee Bermejo
Art By: Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Trish Mulvihill
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: August 26, 2015


Learning To Fly


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Who's ready to get back to Gotham and see how our street Robins are faring in a city turned upside down by a army of hobos?  Well, you better get ready because this shit is going down.  After having Duke Thomas initiated into the Robins after fending off said hobos and then being interrogated by a man that Duke thought was a police officer, only to find out that it was their mysterious benefactor "The Nest" in disguise, our band of Robins got together to take down the threat posed to the city in the form of bombs planted around monuments and important buildings.  Hopefully this trial by fire goes smoothly and we can get to know our Robins a little bit better.  let's jump into this issue and check it out.
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Batgirl #43 Review

Written by: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Babs Tarr and Serge LaPointe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015

Cereal Killer


While our site has been tagged as Batgirl haters, nothing could be further from the truth.  Both Eric and myself are huge Batgirl fans, we just had some relationship problems with the new direction if the character.  Actually, it was Eric who didn't enjoy it and in an effort to get a different point of view, I took over the book.  I don't know if that did the trick, if the book suddenly got better or a bit of both, but since taking it over in June, I have really enjoyed it.  While I wish that the Livewire story would have lasted longer we get to start a new one with something great...Alysia.  That's right, Babs' old roommate is back and it's such a cool callback and was one of the better reveals in any book recently.  Did it lead to another fun issue?  Let's find out...

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Cyborg #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: David Walker
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Ray McCarthy, Scott Hanna, Adriano Lucas

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


Be All You Can Be


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Booyah Bitches!  It's time to get back into action with our favorite techno titan Cyborg and even though I wasn't completely sold on this series after last month's first issue, I have to stay open minded because man did I beg DC to give me a Cyborg book and it just doesn't feel right to bitch after begging for so long.  In the previous issue, we had Cyborg going to his daddy to check out all the new things that his body can do after May's Sneak Peek, but after his father was more interested in the data than in his actual son, Cyborg got fed up and went to go have coffee with his friend Sarah......who he then completely blew off when the opportunity to talk about football with an old acquaintance appeared.  Nobody's getting any attention in this book, but with a battle waging out in space between the Technosapiens and the Tekbreakers, somebody better start paying close attention to what trouble they'll bring to our title character.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can gleam any new details about what's really going down with these aliens and how it connects to Vic.  Let's check it out.
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The Flash #43 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse and Wendy Broome
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015

Too Fast for Love


I have been very vocal about the Venditti/Jensen/Booth run on The Flash.  In a nutshell, I love it. Sure, every story has it's ups and downs, but I have enjoyed almost every moment from Reverse Flash, Wally West and the Savage Lands of the Speed Force up to the current Professor Zoom arc. Speaking of that, I will admit that I was never a big Professor Zoom fan and if you are like me, have no fear.  Why?  Because this arc also features his Barry Allen hate club that I like to think of as the "New Rogues".  They were introduced in the Flash Annual last month and I can't wait to see them go toe-to-toe with The Flash.  Well, the wait is over because it all starts this month.  Was it as good as I was hoping?  Let's find out...

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Justice League of America #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Bryan Hitch
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Alex Sinclair

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


All Over The Place


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Okay, it's time to jump back into JLA with all it's intricate stories going on.  In the previous issue it seemed like we got a reprieve on the brain busting when we simply dealt with Rao coming to Earth and blessing everyone of us.......... No, really!  That dude came down and his profits and him went around the world to all the hospitals and cured everyone.  Of course, Batman was wary of this living god and he put Cyborg to task to find a way to stop Rao through the many contingencies that he's collected over the years and Superman went around spreading the good Kryptonian word.  I know we're dealing with story over continuity here, but it's funny to me to think that this went down in the same world that the Truth is going down in.  As the story ended, it looked like Rao doesn't like to share his worshipers though because Wonder Woman awoke in a destroyed Olympus...... so it looks like the other gods aren't going to be any help here when shit goes bad.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the story is all over the place again or sticks with a single piece to this story.  Let's check it out.
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Superman #43 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gene Luen Yang
Art By: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Scott Hanna, Dean White, Leonardo Olea, Blond
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


Chatty Cathy......Err...... Lois.


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Who's ready for more of the Truth?  So far, this prequel story to this crossover arc has been my least favorite, but it looks like we'll finally be getting something that resembles the rest of the story here.  In the previous issue, Superman, Jimmy, Lois and a blue haired girl named Condesa went up against an organization that claimed that it was going to reveal Superman's secret identity to the world if he didn't play ball and while this doesn't sound like that bad of a story, it was riddled with ridiculousness, like a flying bus that took you to a secret campus in the clouds.  Yeah, it all became Harry Potter out of nowhere, but after defeating the organization's leader Hordr_Root and destroying the campus with a solar flare, we saw something come up to Clark during his flare out and suck on him......er... um.... siphon his power.  So it looks like we finally get the de-powerment of the Truth story, let's see if we find out who let the cat out of the bag with Clark's identity here.  Let's check it out.
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Grayson #11 Review

Written by Tom King with Tim Seeley
Art by: Mikel Janin and Jeromy Cox
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


Sword Fight


Dick Grayson is my favorite comic book character.  Like others, I was very upset when DC canceled Nightwing for what seemed like a gimmick in Forever Evil.  Kill Dick Grayson?  Only Dan Didio could be so bold!  However, when Grayson was announced, the Dick camp seemed to split in two and I fell into the any Dick is better than no Dick side of the fight.  How could I say I was a Dick Grayson fan and not at least check out his new book.  I am so glad I did because Grayson is 1 of my favorite books and one that I look forward to each month.  The secret is that Tom King has given us a Dick Grayson book first and a Spyral/Spy book second.  It is exciting, fun and is never afraid to poke fun at itself, but most importantly, Tom King just nails the characterization of his lead character. I often joke that Dick's super power is being a great guy and Tom King must agree with me.  Last issue ended with a crazy cliffhanger showing that Dick was indeed the Spy Killer...or did it.  I know that Spyral has ways of making their agents do crazy things, but the timing seemed really off.  So if it wasn't Dick ready to Kill Agent 1, who was it and did it make another kick ass issue?  Let's find out (kind of, because I'm not spoiling everything like Eric does in his reviews!)

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 33



ep 33: "Eric wants a Sleepover" With not a lot of news, but plenty of Listener Mail and Comic Books, Jim and Eric get down to business and talk and talk and talk...  While they couldn't remember the name of seminal band, Sugar Ray, they did remember Welcome Back Kotter, Guns and Roses and Third Eye Blind among other nonsense.  They are also joined by Reggie for his Recklessness and Ryan Clark's Other Side segment featuring Welcome Back #1.  All that was missing is a stuffed crust pizza and a Puppet Master movie to make this a throwback sleepover extravaganza!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Justice League 3001 #3 Preview

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: August 26, 2015

It’s the Super-Buddies versus Giant Turtle Olsen starring in...Who the hell cares what it’s called? It’s Giant Turtle Olsen! You are so welcome. Oh, and the Justice League will show up too. I mean, it being their book and all…And hey, did we mention Giant Turtle Olsen?

I love this book!  I can't wait for this issue and I really can't wait to see Turtle Jimmy.  I once again want to direct you to my Top Five characters I want in Justice League 3001 (Here).  Two down, Three to go.  Please buy this book because I don't want to have to live without it!


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Injustice: Year Four #17 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Xermanico and Rex Lokus
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 25, 2015


No Chicken of the Sea Here


Year Four of Injustice has been so up and down that I would think it's getting dizzy by now.  I don't know about you, but I have not been a big fan recently and I think it's actually because of the thing I was most looking forward to...the Gods themselves.  Growing up, I was a huge mythology nerd, so the thought of them standing with and fighting against my favorite comic book heroes sounded awesome.  Unfortunately, the reality hasn't been so great.  The whole dynamic just feels off and seems forced in for this "Year" before we move on with Year Five's finale.  Like I said, though, there has been some "ups" along the way and it usually involves some bash-em up action.  So, which direction did this issue go?  Let's find out...

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He-Man: The Eternity War #9 Preview

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015


Snake Men can’t save you. He-Man can’t save you. The Past, the present, the future—there is no escape from Hordak. He is…the Master of the Universe! Teela’s visions show destruction and fear throughout the cosmos and the fabric of creation—only those with darkness already in their hearts are spared by joining the Horde in its anarchy. But with these visions clouded, King Adam may still be able to turn the tides of time to save us all—but by attack, or surrender?

This solicit isn't lying.  At the end of the last issue we pretty much saw that Hordak runs this bitch and with the Eyes of Grayskull at his command, all of time is at his mercy........ poor, poor Primus.  I can't wait to continue the adventure of The Eternity War because it's been an unbelievable ride.

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