Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Batman and Robin #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Patrick Gleason
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

The Road To Apokolips

We're finally back to the Batman and Robin moniker and it's about time as we continue our journey to discover the ultimate fate of Damian Wayne in Robin Rises.  Last week in Robin Rises: Omega, Batman fought against the forces of Glorious Godfrey and the Apokoliptian shock troops to recover the body of his son.  Leave it Ra's to fuck things up by putting a sliver of the Chaos Shard into Robin's sarcophagus and getting the attention of Apokolips.  The fight seemed to be in Glorious Godfrey's favor until the Justice League arrived to help send the horde back to where they came from.  In the end of the issue Batman beat the hell out of Shazam for cutting his grapple line before he could follow Godfrey and his son's body to Apokolips and then beat the hell out of Luthor for simply making a dick comment.  That issue ended with Batman pretty much saying the hell with you guys, I'm going to Apokolips.  So let's see if Batman gets his way or if the Justice League is strong enough to keep the Caped Crusader from committing suicide by going through with this undertaking.  Let's check it out.

Star Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie #1 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Scott Hampton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

Can You Give Me a Hand?

I have to admit, when I first read that Star Spangled War Stories was coming out I wondered what the DC higher ups were smoking. While war comics have a rich tradition, they haven't fared well in the New 52, to say the least.  My frown turned upside down when I heard who was writing it, however.  Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are two of my favorite writers and with All Star Western Canceled (boo!) as well as Batwing (double boo!), I was worried I wouldn't get my monthly Palmitotti-Gray fix.  I am no longer worried.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman: Eternal #15 Review

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Creep Show

I must admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Batman: Eternal as a whole.  It's not the revolving writers or artists, but something that runs deeper that bothers me.  While DC keeps telling us that this book is important in the now and future of The New 52, it just doesn't seem that way to me.  I know that timelines are wonky, but big happenings in this book haven't had the impact they should in other books and guest stars have shown up even if it doesn't make sense in their own stories.  That being said, I have enjoyed a bunch of individual issues and this one is one of them.

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep. 16 The Prison Riot

Originally airing on March 18, 1940, Clark and Lois are off to visit the Wolfe and Keno in the Big House.  Could it be Shawshank?  Nope, its San Miguel Penitentary.  Why did Perry White send them?  Listen to find out.  Enjoy!

Injustice: Year Two #16 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Xermanico
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 22, 2014

Dawn of War

I think I've overstated it already, but Injustice: Year Two has been a slow burn affair that is more about building tension than over the top action.  Don't get me wrong, I have loved every minute of it.  However, I'm guessing that I'm in the minority.  People who wanted big explosions and shocking deaths have either walked away each week disappointed or dropped the book altogether.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga #3 Review

Written and Illustrated by: Jiro Kuwata
Translation by: Sheldon Drzka
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: July 19, 2014

Holy Funeral Batman!

I am so glad DC decided to release Jiro Kuwata's Batmanga.  A week ago, I wasn't even aware of it, but now I'm hooked.  This issue closes the Lord Death Man story and even though it is a bit more violent, I could see it as a very spooky Batman '66 episode.  However, I have a feeling that Lord Death Man wouldn't have made it past the censors.  Such a shame.

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #10 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Tom Derenick
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 21, 2014

Heroes and Villains

Okay, I've ripped this book a bit in the past few weeks.  While others may be judging it as a video game tie-in first, I am looking at it strictly as a comic book.  I don't play the game and I never will.  I know I sound like a dick, but it's the truth.  The first nine issues served as a primer to the series.  They were inconsistent and ended with a "now let's get to the real story" type of ending.  I cried shenanigans and almost stopped reading the series then and there.  As you can see, though,  I'm back.  I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment...or am I?

Going Ape: Our Fascination With Gorillas In Entertainment

As I'm writing this Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is the #1 movie in America, so it seems appropriate to finally talk about why we love these apes so much.  Now we as people have had a love for our hairy genetic second cousins for almost as long as there has been modern entertainment.  From King Kong, to the newly released Dawn of The Planet of The Apes.  We look at them and we see our darker more animalistic selves and can't help but be drawn to them.  Well I know I can't, I've seen every Kong movie, every Planet of The Apes movie and have a weird obsession with Gorilla Grodd.  It would seem though I'm not alone, so let's look at DC Comics and their sure fire way to raise the sales of a book during the Silver Age of Comics.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Batman's Fucking Metal!

I haven't been this hyped up for a video in awhile.  It's Batman and it's metal!  I'm not going to spend a lot of time bitching about things like I normally do because you just gotta go check this out because it's going to blow your face off and you'll sit there all faceless and say thank you.  Let's check it out.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga #2 Review

Written and Illustrated by: Jiro Kuwata
Translation by: Sheldon Drzka
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: July 12, 2014

Sometimes, Dead is Better

I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue of Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga (which I will just call Batmanga from now on).  It is a goofy slice of Japanese Batman fever that was translated into English for the first time for this Digital First series.  While it is one of the most unusual picks for a digital series, I'm glad DC took a chance with it.  

The second issue continues the fun with a little more color and a bigger price tag.  I usually don't dwell on pricing in my reviews, but I'm scratching my head a bit at this.  The first issue was $0.99 which is a great price to get readers to try it out, but this issue is $1.99.  I'm not saying it isn't worth it because I personally think it is, but that steep a price tag for such an unknown niche title seems crazy.  I guess DC thinks that anything with Batman will sell no mater what.  I hope they're right because it would be a shame for this title to be ignored after taking so long to get to our shores.  Okay, I just jumped off my soapbox and am ready to put on my reviewing shoes. Yes, I have a pair of reviewing shoes.  Don't judge me.

The Royals: Masters of War #6 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Coleby
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

(War is Over)

The Royals: Masters of War is a series that should be getting more attention.  There really is nothing quite like it nowadays and maybe that's the problem.  Alt-history meets super powered Royal Families during World War II? Not an easy sell to the masses, but I dare you to open up any issue of the series and try to put it down.  Rob Williams' writing is thought provoking yet accessible while Simon Coleby's art is breathtaking.  It all ends here with issue #6 and believe me, Williams and Coleby do not disappoint.

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga #1 Review

Written and Illustrated by: Jiro Kuwata
Translated by: Sheldon Drzka
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 5, 2014


Well, this one kind of snuck up on me.  I was not aware of "Batmanga", let alone that it was going to be released weekly as a DC Digital First.  After seeing a couple of issues released and looking into it's history, I decided to give it a whirl.  I'm glad I did.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #25 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art by: Thony Silas and Phil Hester
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 19, 2014

(Just Like) Starting Over

If you haven't already done it, go and read the just finished Justice Lords crossover that ran through this book and Justice League Beyond 2.0. It was one of the best events of the year and I mean in all comics.  If you insist on being crazy and just want to jump into BB 2.0 this week, you are in luck.

Higgins and Siegel make things feel fresh right off the bat by going back in time.  Yes, the bulk of the issue takes place a year ago and I love it.  Bruce is still involved and Terry is applying to Neo-Gotham University.  It's almost like a soft reboot to the series and a great jumping on point for new readers.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker, Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Who Guards The Guardians?

Last month we entered a story of suspense and terror as we saw Quaros, one of the Guardians of the Universe abducted by an unseen enemy.  Carol Ferris who was desperately seeking Kyle, pleaded with the Guardians to help her with her search, but they felt that finding Quaros was more of an importance.  So Carol and the Guardians made their way to a mysterious ship, where inside they find nightmare creatures that were once regular aliens but have had awful experiments performed on them.  The ship separates Carol from the Guardians and before a bunch of experimental space monsters can ponce on Carol Ferris, a bright light pierces the ship and we see that Kyle Rayner has returned right in the nick of time.  Let's see what this terror ship has in store for our heroes and if Kyle and Carol can retrieve their Guardian friends before anything Clive Barkery can happen to them.  Let's check it out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smallville: Chaos #7 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla and Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 18, 2014

Getting Darker

We are on the second half of the wonderful Smallville: Chaos mini.  Up until now, Bryan Q. Miller has given us the mystery of Eclipso, the Earth-hoping of Lois and Superman, the shadowy plans of Lex Luthor and so much more. Each story has been told as a separate entity, but I'm guessing they will each converge into a grand finale. While we see the start of that in this issue, that's not what makes it kick ass.  No, that distinction goes to the guest stars.  Miller is so good at bringing back characters from earlier books just when they're needed and also at introducing new ones.  This issue proves that in spades.

Supergirl #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Jeff Johnson, Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Out Of The Red

Last issue of Supergirl we saw our Red Lantern Girl of Steel kicked out the Red Lantern Corps by Guy Gardner.  Well maybe kicked out is a little too harsh, she was politely asked to leave before the war with Atrocitus went down.  So pissed off she decided to go against Guy's advice to go to Mogo and headed back home to Earth.  But what she didn't know is that an army of World Killers set a trap for her and when it came down to her and their leader World Killer-1, we found out that the thing in control was the armor not the alien.  It was a kryptonian armor that wants to bond with Supergirl and the two fight into Earth's atmosphere that you readers of Superman will know is poisoned by a kryptonite bomb to repel all Kryptonians from Earth.  So the final battle with World Killer-1 is on and with it the final tale of Supergirl as a Red Lantern.  Let's check it out.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Worst Sidekicks In DC Comics

With Teen Titans being relaunched this week and with all the possibilities of team members that might join in the future.......... and because I already did a Top 5 on characters I'd like to see join the Titans, I got frustrated and became a Negative Nancy which led to this week's list of Top 5 Worst Sidekicks In DC Comics.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Batwoman #33 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Jeremy Haun and Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 17, 2014

Total Drama Rooftop

If you ask me, Batwoman is one of the most underrated books in the New 52.  It doesn't hinge on it's ties to the mighty Batman, instead focusing on Kate Kane's personal life as well as her caped exploits.  Of course, her personal life caused controversies in the past, but I promised to stop talking about that nonsense and move on.  So move on, I will.

Marc Andreyko opens the issue with my favorite cliche, the dream sequence.  It's all vampirey and bitey and...not real.  It shows Kate's inner grief when it comes to Maggie and her daughter, Jamie.  It also has alot to do with Nocturna.  Hmmm...

Red Hood and The Outlaws #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: RB Silva
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014


Last month in Red Hood and The Outlaws, we saw our heroes taking out a terrorist cell hell bent on nuking Washington DC.  But really even if it's a bunch of armed insane goons with a nuke, my money's still on the Outlaws.  Yeah our heroes saved the day but before they could crack open the first celebratory beer, they were knocked out and kidnapped.  The trio were brought to the "Ant Farm" the flying miniature HQ of S.H.A.D.E., where we discovered that among other things that Kirk Langstrom now works for the super secret agency and they've discovered an alien ship sending a distress signal out for Starfire.  When Kori enters the ship she's only in there for a moment before she flies out screaming.  So let's see what all the hubbub is about as we dive into this month's Red Hood and The Outlaws.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

One Is The Loneliest Number When You're Firestorm

It's quick recap time to get you through this week's issue of Futures End.  Last week Five Years From Now jerk off Helmeted Superman was acting oddly on his search for the escaped convict Ethan Boyer, making us think he might not be the present day Doomed Superman.  The Batman Beyond Terry McGinnis decided to team up with the trio of villains Key, Plastique and Coil to break back into Terrifitech, Hawkman is alive and well and plans on finding the thing that killed Storm Watch and Big Barda made her Futures End appearance.  That was last week but another tidbit of info you might need is the JLA want Firestorm back in action and some kind of Robot Brainiac Monster was unleashed when some treasure hunters searching for fortune and glory entered a hidden temple.  So yeah.... Robot Brainiac Monster.  Let's check it out.  

Robin Rises: Omega #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Andy Kubert
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Batman Kicks Everyone's Ass

We've been working towards this for a long long time now and it's time to start the story that determines the ultimate fate of Damian Wayne.  I hope you've been reading Batman and *INSERT NAME HERE* because it's led us here and I'm not about to recap that whole mess.  All you need to know is that Batman has been on the hunt for Damian and Talia's stolen bodies which obviously led to Ra's Al Ghul.  As Batman confronts Ra's about the theft, Glorious Godfrey booms in with a legion of Parademons and Apololiptian soldiers.  Let's see what these knuckleheads want as we dive into the story that hopefully sees my little pumpkin headed boy back in action.

Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International: San Diego #1 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Paul Pope, Javier Garron, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Amanda Conner, John Timms, Marco Failla,
   Dave Johnson and Stephanie Roux
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

I Want My Hurl Gurl

What could be more fun than going to Comic Con International?  Going there with Harley Quinn, of course.  Yep. Harley has trekked across the country and has arrived just in time for SDCC, but she's not there just to buy comics and see the stars.  Nope, she's brought her portfolio and she's ready to make that comic book creator money.  You know, the big bucks like Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti make.

Teen Titans #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Kenneth Rocofort
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Speed 3: Terror In Times Square

Here we are guys and gals the beginning of the relaunched series of Teen Titans!  While I love the Titans this relaunch is simply ridiculous and serves little purpose other than to trick people into thinking this isn't the awful Titans they were reading two months ago.  Well they got my money, so I guess it's worked so far.  Let's dive into this pseudo new series and see if Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort can make a go of this title and explain to me all the reasons why these Titans are so different that they needed to brand this as a #1.

Happy Birthday To Us!

It's strange to think that we started this journey one year ago today and man has it been a lot of fun.  For those of you out there that have had the audacity to actually go back that far in our history you'd know that when we started Weird Science that it mostly consisted of Eric's Shirt Of The Day, awful reviews that refused to be proof read, lists of our favorite books and little else.  Who knew back then that we'd get our shit together and actually make something of this simple blog?

For everyone out there that has read our reviews, lists, articles, news, etc.  We say thank you and we hope that you'll continue to enjoy Weird Science as we start our second year, because we certainly enjoy you.  Stay tuned this year as we hope to have the podcast up and running, more original articles and if I get what I want original videos featuring our favorite heroes in humorous situations.  You know comedy and the like.

Thank You From Jim and Eric.  All Of You Mean The World To Us.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Injustice: Year Two #15 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 15, 2014

Pain in the Neck

Tom Taylor may be the only writer I know that can give readers a laugh out loud issue that involves a neck breaking murder.  Yea, Injustice gets the bad (or good, depending on where your coming from) rap of being all shocks and twists.  In actuality, it's one of the funnier books out there.  This week we get the best of both Worlds.  Sinestro with the shock and Harley and Black Canary with the fun.  What more can we ask for?

Detective Comics #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art By: Brian Buccellato & Francis Manapul
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Icarus Is Ridiculous

Last issue was full of detective work from Bullock to Batman.  Bullock's clues led him to investigate Bruce Wayne some more and his connection to a missing cargo container.  This led his investigation to the man that signed for the cargo containers, a one Jeb Lester who wasn't quick enough to destroy the paper tray connecting him before the police showed up.  As for Batman, his detective work traced a cell number he found in the dumped car of Elena Aguila to an abandoned Aquarium, where he tussled with a giant squid and eventually found himself with The Squid and his younger brother but all were surrounded by The Kings of The Sun biker gang, who didn't seem too timid about brandishing their pistols.  Let's see how Batman will get out of this one and solve the murder of Elena Aguila.

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 15 Left to be Killed

This episode originally aired on March 15, 1940.  This one has a free falling airplane, some dangerous action and Clark Kent.  What
else could you ask for?  Sit down in fromt of that old time computer screen and enjoy...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Batman: Eternal #14 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

The Road to Oz

Batman: Eternal has been a good book plagued by pacing issues.  At points, the book seems like it's on a mission to throw an insane amount of information at the reader and other times it feels like it's enjoying withholding the same info.  Resolutions have been hard to come by as more and more plot lines pile up in the corner.  The revolving door of authors and artists haven't helped either.  Each one seems to have their own agenda and up until now I was hard pressed to see the big picture.  I say, "Up until now" because this issue changes all that.  Not only is it my favorite in the series so far, but we get some resolution and big picture moments.  If we get more issues like this, I will be one happy little camper.

Constantine #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Edgar Salazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Bad Moon Rising

Last issue we saw Constantine go to Hong Kong to find out who the mage was that got him to cast his first spell costing him his parents.  In the land of China Constantine went up against Graceful Moon, a mage that uses everyone else's luck to her own advantage.  After a big long confusing battle where Constantine triumphs we find out that Mister E (still trapped within the Moon Blade) knows the identity of the mage responsible, even though it was his idea to go to Hong Kong to find out.  It's a odd bit where Graceful Moon wants revenge on Mister E because he was the mage responsible for her casting her first spell costing her her parents and I guess Mister E used Constantine to get her out of the picture.  After a jumbled confusing issue we're left with Constantine having a vision of the future where he sees the chains of reality breaking.  Now what we want to see is him dealing with that problem, but instead we head into a forest in Germany in search of another mage.  Let's check it out.

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #9 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Aco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 14, 2014

Just the Beginning

Infinite Crisis has been an up and down title.  Unfortunately, the up hasn't been as strong as the down.  I really like the team that Dan Abnett has put together, I'm just not that hip on the adventures he's put them in.  "Adventures" may be misleading because the book seems like one nonstop fight scene.  Hey, I like a good throw down now and again, but I also like a story around it.  Well, this week we get what amounts to a big fight scene without much story around it. Hmmm...

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Saturday Morning Watchmen

There was something special about being a kid in the 80's.  A pre-interwebs world where you had to mail away for catalogs to get the merchandise you wanted from any media you enjoyed.  Where Nintendo ruled the minds of every child and yet we still spent the majority of our time playing outside.  Street lights turning on meant it was time to go home and you always carried spare change to make an emergency phone call.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weird Out Loud, the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Coming Soon

Yes, we are going to get off our lazy asses and do a podcast.  It's our one year anniversary this Wednesday. so it's about time.  Plus,
everyone has been so great to us this past year that you deserve to know what real jerks we really are.  From our very little discussion, the podcast will feature comic book talk (of course), 80's movie discussion, games and tons of off-topic nonsense. Like our site, we are jumping into it without really knowing how to do it so I hope you will have some patience when you hear our jerkoff voices for the first time.  I did work on a theme song and I hope you enjoy it.  Stay tuned for an announcement on the first episode of "Weird Out Loud" hopefully coming real soon, possibly this Saturday, but maybe later, but sometime soon.  Thank you, that is all.  -Jim

Justice League United #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Mike McKone
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid Of A Bomb

Last time during the adventures of the Justice League United we saw our heroes agree to help the people of Rann by taking down the shape shifting Lord Byth and his plans to create a super species to take over the universe.  Well even with the inclusion of Supergirl to the new team, they were too late and the Ultra baby was hatched?  born?  Something and when it took a look at the fighting forces of Byth and The Justice League United it completely destroyed Byth's base with it's mind tantrum.  Back on Earth the upcoming hero to the team Miiyahbin was taken by the monster that has plagued her since at least the beginning of this series, The Whitago.  So hopefully as we dive into this issue we don't find our heroes all dead.  Let's check it out.

Batman '66 #38 Review

Written by: Gabriel Soria
Art by: Dean Haspiel
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

A Very Special...

Batman '66 has been a great book from the start.  Lately, though, all of the '66 attention has been shining on the Kevin Smith/Ralph Garman Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet book.Meanwhile, Gabriel Soria and Dean Haspiel have given readers what may be the best Batman '66 story yet.  I know, I've been known to exaggerate when I get excited, but I really mean it.  Their show-within-a -show story is both hilarious and topical.  Is a darker Batman better?  It may be personal opinion, but I think I agree with Soria when I say "No".  Hey, even Batman and Robin agree.

Birds of Prey #33 Review

Written by: Christy Marx
Art by: Robson Rocha
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

End It, Please

The first page of this issue begins with the newly freed Dr. Mambety wondering what he's gotten himself to to.  I know how he feels. When we started our little site, I chose this book to review and was actually excited about doing so.  Then I read it.  While I was hoping that Christy Marx would inject some life into it, she put the final nail in it's New 52 coffin.  Yes, this is the penultimate issue of the series and the end can't come soon enough.