Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deathstroke #1 Review

Written and Art by: Tony S. Daniel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Extreme to the Max


Like Hansel, Deathstroke is so hot right now.  New Suicide Squad, Arrow and now (or again), his own monthly.  You can't seem to walk downtown nowadays without running into the anti-hero and his guns and swords and healing factor.  Tony S. Daniel  gets the job of bringing him to the comic book masses and while I love his art, this is his first time writing a monthly book.  It shows. The art is as great as expected, but the story itself is straight forward to a fault and really does nothing to impress or surprise.  If you are a fan of Slade, you will probably find something here to like.  If you aren't already, I don't think this issue will do anything to change your mind.

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The New 52: Futures End #25 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Patrick Zircher, Jesus Merino
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: October 22, 2014



"I Should Have Stayed In The Phantom Zone"


It's that time again, where we jump in our DC Tardis and take a quick trip to Five Years From Now to check in on the awful future our heroes face.  For your quick recap this week, you'll need to know that Frankenstein, Amethyst, Ray Palmer, Black Adam, Hawkman and The Engineer got back to "The Carrier" but were being chased down by robot minions of Brainiac.  In Africa Superman went searching for the robot Brainiac monster, but it seems that the monster decided to doubleback and Constantine found himself staring at his friends being slaughtered.  It's a good thing our Man of Steel came back to lay a little smack down.  Back on Cadmus Island, Brother Eye has taken over all the systems and has even taken over all the locked up Earth 2 heroes.  If someone ever wants to give you an implant, tell them no.  Anyway Fifty Sue, Lana Lang, King Faraday, Grifter and Deathstroke go and hide in Fifty Sue's super secret bunker while they try to figure out how to take down the psychotic satellite.  Tim Drake's ex-girlfriend Madison Payne has been spending a lot of time with Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch and Dr. Yamazake have made a breakthrough in developing teleportation technology, that the steadily getting crazier Dr. feels is being kept from the people by the superheroes he despises.  That should do you for this issue, so strap in and let's go.
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Superman #35 Review

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: John Romita Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014

The Quest for Something


When it was announced that Johns and Romita Jr were jumping on Superman, I jumped for joy.  After suffering through years of sub par stories, one of my favorite superheroes was finally going to get the creative team he deserved.  This book along with Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman  was the beginning of a new Golden Age of Superman.  Yea, I am a bit of a drama queen.  Now that I've had a few issues of Johns and Romita Jr under my belt I am a little less enthusiastic.  Don't get me wrong, what we're getting here is way better than what came before it, it's just not as mind blowing as I'd hoped.  Johns' Men of Tomorrow story is good enough, it just is going at a snails pace and Romita Jr's art has been more inconsistent than stellar.  Unfortunately, this issue didn't change my mind on either front.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

He-Man and The Masters of The Universe #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014



Taking On The Family Business


Last issue of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe we saw that Teela is a bit of a dick because she led Adora to slice her brother, He-Man's throat.  You See Teela set in motion a bunch of events that she saw as leading to Adora finding the Sword of Protection and technically she's still on that path, but there's still He-Man's throat to think about.  Back in the day about thousand years ago, King Grayskull's handmaiden, Saryn slit his throat and was then forever cursed, but she's also the one who first found the Sword of Protection and has kept it in a cave on Anwat-Gar ever since as she got more and more deadite looking.  So it's a thousand years later and now the sword is Adora's only chance in healing He-Man and this girl plans on recovering her birthright.  Let's check out this issue as we see Adora go up against the evil dead Saryn for the ultimate prize.  
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Harley Quinn #11 Review

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Chad Hardin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Montage


I'd love to say that Harley Quinn is a thought provoking book that points out the problems in our society in a way...oh the hell with it, I don't want that at all.  I like this book for what it is, a laugh out loud romp that makes me smile every time I read it.  I'm smiling right now because this issue starts the Harley Quinn/Power Girl teamup that I didn't even know I wanted until today.  Even though it ends up being more setup than fans of this book are probably used to, everything it sets up is hilarious.

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The Multiversity: The Just #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Ben Oliver
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014



You Think Teenagers Are Bad Now?  Imagine Them With Superpowers


Now we journey to what Grant Morrison likes to call Earth-Me.  The strange world where the world's superheroes that we know have saved the world and apparently have come up with a way to keep it safe and their super offspring are really bored because of it.  So let's look this month's strange Earth and see if we can make out what it wants to tell us........... You know about cursed comics and doomed worlds and the such.  Okay let's go.
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The Flash #35 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Brett Booth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Tearing a New One


Like John "Hannibal" Smith, I love it when a plan comes together.  I guess that explains why I have enjoyed Venditti and Jensen's Flash run so far.  They've been on a mission since taking over the book and not even a company wide September event was going to distract them.  Nope, it's all about their story and it all leads to this issue.

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Arkham Manor #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gerry Duggan
Art By: Shawn Crystal
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014


Home Is Where The Insane Asylum Is.


Welcome to Arkham Manor, a strange new idea about where to put the crazies after Arkham is destroyed from a earthquake in Batman Eternal, that may or may not have happened yet.  Give me a break, I don't review that book.  This being the first issue, I don't have a lot to say before the story other than, man is this a weird idea for a story.  If you would of asked me the chances of Wayne Manor becoming the new Arkham ten years ago, I'd have told you, you were crazy.  Crazy as an Arkham inmate.  Let's check out this story and see if it will be something we'll talk about for years to come or if it's relegated to whispered talks in back alleys at the dead of night.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #4 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 21, 2014

I'll Say This For Batman...



I have really been enjoying the magical side of things so far in Year Three of Injustice.  It hasn't hurt that Tom Taylor has also returned to the crazy action of Year One, but hasn't abandoned the character moments of Year Two.  I guess what I'm saying is that early on, Year Three is the best of every world.  After last week's crazy ending, we get a bit of a setup issue this week , but also an homage to my all-time favorite moment in DC Comic history.  Where's Blue Beetle when we need him?

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Green Lantern: New Guardians #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Robin Riggs
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014



Come Here Kyle, Highfather Will Make It All Better


I don't know if you've been rocketing through space for some ever important mission for the government or if you just haven't been keeping up, personally I'd go with the outer space option.  Nonetheless I'm going to catch you up to GODHEAD the best I can with the fewest amount of typing I can possibly do.  Since Kyle pierced the Source Wall and returned it seems that the Prime-Universe has gained the attention of the New Gods and Highfather himself wanted to use the seven rings of the emotional spectrum to gain the life equation himself.  Well this didn't work out, I don't mean that he didn't get the rings, no he did that and whooped the asses of all the Corps' so far, but the device that was created to hold all the rings didn't really work out the way he wanted and then decided that no one in this universe should be able to wield such power so the Corps' have that going against them right now.  Anyway Metron discovered the location of the mythic White Lantern and now Highfather has his sights set for Kyle.  Alright so now you're caught up for the most part and we can get on to seeing what Kyle's up to and see how this whole GODHEAD thing will affect him.  Let's check it out.
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Red Hood and The Outlaws #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Geraldo Borges, Paul Neary
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014


Roy Has A Burning Sensation

It's funny, since we were horribly interrupted by September's Futures End event I had no idea where we left off in this story.  I literally picked up this book and started reading, put it down and said to myself "What the hell is going on?"  So after I went back and read my review, I'm currently on the trolley and will catch you guys up in case you completely forgot about what was going on in the world of Red Hood and The Outlaws as well.  If you remember SHADE found a spaceship that was sending out a distress call to Starfire and when she looked inside she found a bunch of dead bodies.  They were a bunch of freed slaves and after seeing their bodies, Starfire kind of lost it and tracked down a former slave master of hers, who'd been living on Earth and planned on killing him.  Well Roy and Jason showed up and talked her out of the whole murder thing and after she took off we saw that the once slave master apparently hates what he did too and killed himself.  In the end of the issue I was completely confused about what was going on because Starfire went back to the trio's island and grabbed a vile of orange liquid in a tube and looked like she killed herself out on the beach.  Well I can assure you that isn't what happened, but what is going on isn't any less confusing for me.  So let's get to it and see what's going on with our pseudo heroes.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Justice League Dark #35 Preview

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Mark Irwin, Andres Guinaldo, Norm Rapmund, Neil Edwards
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




Time is broken – and so is the Justice League Dark! The team may have welcomed Andrew Bennett, Frankenstein, and its others back into the fold, but the reunion will be short-lived when the JLD finds itself scattered across the timestream! They’re lost in a blasted, apocalyptic wasteland at the end of time… an incomprehensible dimension beyond all existence…and at the dawn of a dark civilization lost to recorded history – the place where magic was first harnessed! They can barely work together under the best of circumstances…how will they ever find their way home from this?


Now while I love the fact that Frankenstein is back in the Justice League Dark, I could really care less that Andrew Bennett is back on the team.  I don't know what to tell you, I just don't like the guy or his jerk off face and I really wish he'd be lost in time and we could just be done with the character permanently.  Now it might seem pretty presumptuous of me, but I did an entire Top 5 list about what characters DC could use when adding characters to the JLD roster and it's unthinkable that nobody listened to me.  Check that list out HERE so you can understand how spot on I was and also add to the list of things that I'm always right about.  Okay enough with the douchefest, Yay Frankenstein, Nay Andrew Bennett.

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Red Lanterns #35 Preview

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Jim Calafiore, Scott Hepburn
Cover Price  $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




"GODHEAD," Act 1 Part 5: Guy Gardner's at his lowest point in the horrific aftermath of "The Atrocitus War," consumed with rage towards himself for the many lives lost and he's taking it out on whomever he can!  His actions have caught the attention of Earth's sole Green Lantern, Simon Baz!  Unfortunately, Earth itself has caught the attention of the New God, Malhedron!?  But unlike his green compatriot, Guy's on a rage-filled suicide mission and he's just looking for a target!

I've been really digging this crossover so far even though I've done nothing but bitch about the constant Lantern crossovers before this story began.  So call me a hypocrite or whatever you will, it won't take away the enjoyment I've had in reading this story.  It looks like we'll get to see what's up with Guy Gardner since he left the Red Lantern Corps, but more importantly to me we finally see the triumphant return of Simon Baz and that's always a good thing in my mind.  Now I don't want to hear about how he was just in Green Lantern, because he didn't do shit there and I'm not counting it.  So bring on my Simon Baz and listen to me squeal like a little girl.

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Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Throne of Atlantis


For this awful Monday....... Sorry this is supposed to be a positive bit for the beginning of the work week, but goddamn and I tired as all hell.  Anyway for this Just For The Hell of It Monday, I figured we'd talk about and look at the trailer for the next DC animated movie, even though the trailer has been out for awhile, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.  Now I don't know if you all read the Throne of Atlantis story that crossed between the Justice League and Aquaman titles, but this was at the point that Aquaman was still becoming cool and blowing our minds by the concept.

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Trinity of Sin #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Yvel Guichet, Jason Gorder
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014



The Darkness Is Nigh and It May or May Not Believe In A Thing Called Love


Welcome back to some DC Dark character fun as we take two characters from cancelled books and put them together with the mysterious Question and see how it all works out.  While I was a fan of both Phantom Stranger and Pandora's solo books I don't understand the point to try them again but all together, other than that DC and the writers might have a few more things to say before they can close the door on these characters or maybe they didn't have enough time before their books were cancelled to do a proper crossover.  So we don't know shit about the Question or why this Trinity of Sin were judged by the Council of Eternity at the same time and what their connection might be beyond that.  Hopefully I'm wrong though and we're simply getting a Trinity of Sin book because the characters are awesome and they might be more popular together than apart.  I will miss my Phantom Stranger book though.  Okay let's check out Trinity of Sin and see what this book has in store for us.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Batman: Eternal #28 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Meghan Hetrick
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014

Crashing the Party


Baternal has been a good book plagued by the problems of being a weekly book. Constantly changing creative teams, uneven pacing and dangling plot lines are the order of the day.  However, when the book buckles down and concentrates on one or two storylines, it can really shine.  This week is one of those issues.  Tim Seeley gives us a good story featuring Catwoman that has been in the making since before this book even started.  As an added bonus, it's a great setup for next week's regular Catwoman book.

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Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #23 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Szymon Kudranski
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 19, 2014

The Key to it All


I didn't like last week's Infinite Crisis one bit.  I said so in my review and got called out by a reader who commented that I wasn't the intended audience.  It made me wonder, who is the intended audience of this book?  I want to think that DC is not just targeting players of the game it's based on, but also comic fans in general.  In fact, isn't the point of any book to get the widest audience possible?  I would hope so.  I'm no rocket surgeon, but I would think that the best way to reach a wide audience is to make a great story with great characters.  Infinite Crisis has the characters, but the story hasn't been there.  I don't care if you play the game, don't own a computer or have a crazy middle name like Lee, a good story is a good story and this book has been mostly devoid of them.  Now that I got that off my chest, let's get on to this week's issue.  Surprise, I really liked it.  You know why? Great story and great characters.  Mix in great art and we have a winner.

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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 10/18/14



It's getting colder and the leaves are turning colors and that can only mean...nothing when it comes to Comic Book Covers.  This week we got a bunch of really cool Justice League covers, another Monster Variant I liked and a cover that I loved and Eric hated. However, this is my article and I'll pick what I want to, pick what I want to.  You'd pick it too if it happened to you?!?!  I'm sorry, I had a Lesley Gore moment there.  It happens more than I'd like to admit.  Let's just get on with the covers before I chanel the Shangri-Las.  I met him at the candy store...


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5 Questions With...Van Jensen


Whether he knows it or not, we here at Weird Science have an interesting history with Van Jensen.  The fact that he started on Green Lantern Corps the same week wecstarted our site is a coincidence. ..or is it.  Now he's a big shot at DC, still writing Corps and also on The Flash.  I also just recently read his awesome first book, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer which you should read if you haven't already.  Back to our history with Van, besides the usual responses from reviews, I have talked now and again with Van on Twitter and it always ended with an epic fail on my part. The best time was when he tweeted that he took an online survey about which Green Lantern he was and I responded that I just took an online survey about which member of One Direction I was and of course I was Harry Styles.  This started a little back-and-forth about One Direction, the State of Music and possibly why a guy my age knew of such things.  To this day, Eric here at Weird Science busts on me about it.  This incident was followed by fails regarding basketball (I'm a Sixers fan so I'm used to Basketball fails) and The Flash.  So, I'd like to thank Van for his patience on Twitter and for doing this 5 Questions With...  Go and follow Van on Tumblr  HERE and on Twitter HERE. Then you can see my next fail!



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Batman Beyond 2.0 #38 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art by Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 18, 2014


Pattern Opposition


Batman Beyond 2.0 has been the most consistently great book that DC has put out.  It is my favorite book and I use it,along with Injustice and Smallville, as an example of how great the DC Digital line is.  And now it's ending.  I won't claim to know the backroom dealings at DC, but I wish that something could have been done on either side (if there are only two sides?!?) to make this book continue.  Oh well, everything must come to an end eventually and at least Kyle Higgins and the fans of this book can look back at a great run knowing it went out on top...kind of.  The Mark of the Phantasm was so epic and satisfying that this Alternating Currents arc seems a bit anticlimactic.  Kyle Higgins himself said the the Phantasm story was the one he originally pitched for the book and HAD to tell.  Now he is left to cross the t's and dot the i's and here we are...with Dick Grayson near death.  Some things will never change!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Catwoman #35 Preview

Written by: Genevieve Valentine
Art by: Garry Brown
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014






Meet Selina Kyle – Crime Boss of Gotham City! Spinning out of events in BATMAN ETERNAL Selina has accepted the family mantle and embraced her true criminal side, but is Gotham City ready for her reign? And with the Cat away, who’s the stranger haunting the empty rooftops of the city? Don’t miss the start of a bold new direction for Selina Kyle by the new creative team of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown (Five Ghosts, Iron Patriot).

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Smallville: Continuity #8 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 18, 2014

I don't know what happened to my favorite book.  For so long, Smallville has been the highlight of my Friday (I know how bad
that sounds), but what I've been reading the past few weeks just seems off.  I don't know if it has anything to do with the book ending after this arc or something more dark and nefarious, but Bryan Q. Miller hasn't been on his game. Suddenly, a book built on great characters has a bunch of out of character moments and a writer who has given us so many great stories seems to be mailing it in.  I still have faith in Miller to return to form and give fans an awesome conclusion to this book, but unfortunately, that comeback doesn't start this week.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #25 Preview

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




The revelation of their ultimate adversary forces the S.H.A.D.E. team to find a new ride as they learn what it means to watch for the Storm.


Some more badassery from Five Years From Now dealing with Frankenstein, Amethyst, Hawkman, Black Adam and Ray Palmer vs. the forces of Brainiac.  Don't get your self hyped too much though because even as cool as that is, the issue will probably just bring you down by dealing with Tim Drake stalking his ex-girlfriend and her complaining that he didn't tell her about his past.......AGAIN.  Getting kind of sick of that nonsense.  But like always I'm excited to read the next chapter of this series.  If the cover is any indication we'll also get to see Superman put the smack down on the Robot Brainiac Monster and I'm all for that.

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The Multiversity: The Just #1 Preview

Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Ben Oliver
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




The next chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here!

When they last collaborated, Grant Morrison joined artist Ben Oliver (LOBO, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) for the acclaimed ACTION COMICS #0. For their next team-up, the two superstars take a spin around the self-obsessed Earth-16 – a.k.a. Earth-Me!


With all of the world’s threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers – including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more – find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world’s finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that’s murdering its way cross the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!


I really don't know what to think about this issue.  It's Grant Morrison and it's probably going to be weird as hell and be a pain in the ass to review and someone is going to say somewhere how Morrison has so many layers.  Someone is always saying that.  Seriously though I have no idea what to think about a bunch of self centered superheroes.  Is it going to be like a whole planet of Booster Gold's?  Because while I love Booster, I think a bunch of Boosters would just get annoying as hell.  Oh well we'll see what we get soon enough and I'm always hoping for the best.

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Secret Origins #6 Preview

Written by: Cullen Bunn, J.M. DeMatteis Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello
Art by: Kevin Stokes, Goran Sudzuka, Cliff Chiang, Ruy Jose, Igor Lima
Cover Price: $4.99

Release Date: October 22, 2014




The same month the acclaimed creative team on WONDER WOMAN exits that book, they arrive to tell the Amazon Warrior’s secret origin! Plus, the beginnings of Deadman by J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Stokes, and Sinestro’s origin by series writer Cullen Bunn and artist Igor Lima!

I have not been too keen on the Secret Origin book so far, but this brief preview has me excited for the Wonder Woman story this month.  It doesn't hurt that it is one of the last we'll get from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang and that it has such a great silver age retro look by Goran Sudzuka.  Plus, it's downright hilarious. If that's not enough, we get a Deadman story by J.M. DeMatteis and Cullen Bunn Sinsestro origin.  I'm already jealous that Eric gets to review this one.

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Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Actors We Want To Play DC Characters


For this week's Top 5 Friday, I figured we talk about the big buzz on the interwebs; that's right the upcoming DC Films that were announced this week.  In case you've been under a rock all week, we've found out that a slew of DC movies have been announced and I have been transported to some sort of Nirvana here as I patiently wait for all my favorite superheroes to hit the big screen.  Seriously I think I might have died and since I wasn't a complete asshole my entire life I was granted the reward of having these films get made, because honestly I wasn't sure it was ever going to happen.  So we've got Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad in 2016, Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and Justice League 2 in 2019 and Cyborg and Green Lantern in 2020.  These next five years might be the best five years of my life and I'm not ashamed to say that the prospect of getting my superheroes on the big screen is way better than anything that I may have considered happiness to this point in my entire life.......... Okay I'm a little ashamed.  But with all these big announcements we have the problem of casting the flicks and people like me either bitching or praising the choices made for people to play my favorite characters.  So here I figure we'll look at what Jim and I consider the best choices for a few characters and even say "fuck you" to some of the choices already made and show you our choices instead.  So let's check out the Top 5 Actors We Want To Play DC Characters.

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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #10 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Tom Lyle
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 16, 2014

Sensation Comics has been such a great title for Wonder Woman fans and the fun continues this week.  I'm a huge fan of Rob Williams (if you haven't read his recent The Royals: Masters of War series, do so now!) so when I saw he was writing this week's one-shot, I knew I'd like it.  That's why I love this book.  Every week or so a new creative team gets a shot at telling their Wonder Woman story and they range from serious character studies to fun team-ups and everything in between.  This week may be the best Byth story I've read in a long time and how can you top that?

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The Flash #35 Preview

Written by: Van Jensen, Robert Venditti
Art by: Brett Booth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014






It’s The Flash vs. Future Flash as these two super-speedsters battle for the fate of Wally West! Will a Flash die?

First let me say, both the regular cover and the monster variant look incredible.  Also, how dare a man ruin a perfectly good bowl of cereal.  I don't care if the guy happens to be his electrical blue future self, that's just a complete waste.  I could see if it was Kix, but if it was Rice Krispies Treats or Oops! All Berries then I can see why they are fighting to the death.  Cereal destruction aside, I can't wait for this issue and my mind is already reeling thinking how everything will change if (or when?) the Future Flash dies.  Time travel always messes with my brain.

On further review, it looks like Barry is eating Frosted Flakes...a classic for sure, but not one of my personal favorites.

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Earth 2: World's End #3 Preview

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Tyler Kirkham, Ed Benes, Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




With Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.


Now while the prospect of having a Doctor Fate and Hawkgirl heavy issue tickles me to the point of almost being obscene, these preview pages on the other hand show everything but what this solicit promises.  I personally love Hawkgirl and Fate and would love to see a book featuring them more and when I see that a quarter of the book is already dedicated to every other character, I start to get worried.  I understand that solicits for the most part are bullshit, but man did I get happy reading that and then immediately had that happiness dashed by not seeing a single panel featuring these two.  Now don't get me wrong, these pages look awesome and it's insane to think that this book would just leave us on the cliffhanger that this week's issue ended on and not follow up on it the next issue.  Mostly I think I'm in this book to see Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate shine and those are the characters being left behind it seems.  Still excited, but we'll see what next week's issue brings.

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Aquaman #35 Preview

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Sean Parsons, Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 22, 2014




The shocking truth is revealed: The tomb of Aquaman’s mother is empty! But there’s something sinister about this development that will change Arthur’s life forever!

I've been a fan of Jeff Parker's run and this issue looks like a good jumping on point for anyone who has been on the fence.  It may just be me, but the cover looks like an old Sega Genesis case (which I think is awesome) and the aftermath of the Triton Base catastrophe looks interesting.  I still don't like Dr. Shin, but Arthur's "Air Force One" looks incredible.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Batman/Superman #15 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Pascal Alixe, Diogenes Miguel de Neves, Marc Deering and Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014

...Light the Corners of My Mind



If you haven't been reading the Clean Slate story, let me catch you up.  Kaiyo Chaosbringer and Lord Satanus are playing a fun little game called, "Let's erase Batman and Superman's memories".  I'm still not sure why, but they seem to be having a good enough time with it.  Batman and Superman...not so much.  They are trying to figure out what to do while those around them either help or hinder the process. We have Catwoman getting all "Memento" with Superman and Batman watching people die as he struggles to be more like "him".  The concept may sound intriguing, but the reality has been far from good.  Unfortunately, that trend continues this issue.

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Teen Titans #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Kenneth Rocafort, Dan Brown
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014


Domo Arigato Ms. Roboto


Last issue of Teen Titans I got the impression that I really wasn't liking the new direction.  Yeah that's as much of an opinion that I could get out of my sideways brain.  I got the impression.  But enough about me, the second issue consisted of Bunker being pissed about hate mongers and then blowing off some steam with Beast Boy by putting out a fire and destroying the leader of the terrorists from the first issue who happens to be a robot girl named Algorithm.  Red Robin was doing his detective thing trying to get to the bottom of the terrorist group and Raven went and watched a concert with a Raven themed band.  Not much Wonder Girl going on with the exception that it seems Cassie has some groupies just like Raven, only Wonder Girl's consist of  a group of girls that go around dressed like the hero and beat the hell out of would be criminals with baseball bats.  So yeah, not the best fan club.  In the end we discovered that Algorithm wasn't dead and recreated herself with the help of the man pulling her strings: Manchester Black who has schemes to have STAR labs moved to another location and there for set up the exploding bus that was headed for the lab in the first issue.  Now all this sounds alright, the problem I had is that the Titans don't seem to be working as a team and that's a crucial part of the book for me.  Okay let's get to this month's issue.
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Earth 2: World's End #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Weems, Paulo Siqueira, Cam Smith, Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014


War!


Well last week I had a hell of a time trying to convey the story of Earth 2: World's End and I don't know if it was because I wasn't feeling well and my brain went temporarily sideways or if the book was just so jam packed with knowledge of the past, present and bits of secret past knowledge, which seems like it could haunt this world's future.  Anyway what I took away from last week's issue is that the war has just started on Earth 2 and our heroes are now facing a new threat from Apokolips in the form of the Four Furies.  While a Fury emerged from a different fire pit across the world, the one our heroes must deal with at the moment goes by the handle War and with a name like that I can only hope that our heroes will come out on top.  Let's check out what World's End has in store for us this week and maybe gleam what this series will give us in the future.
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The New 52: Futures End #24 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Jesus Merino, Dan Green
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014



In Space Nobody Can Hear Brainiac Robots Coming For Dat Ass!


Okay for our quick recap this week to get you caught up, let me tell you about Frankenstein, Amethyst and Hawkman who were up until recently held captive by Brainiac until they were rescued by Ray Palmer and Black Adam.  Now all they have to do is escape.  Tim Drake under the assumed name Cal Corcoran was recently dumped by his girlfriend after she learned that he was keeping his life before they met, you know the whole Red Robin thing, a secret.  After what looked like him stalking her while she jogged, Tim learned that she now has a coffee date with Ronnie Raymond.  Since we brought up the one half of Firestorm, we might as well bring up the other half.  Jason Rusch now with a lot of free time since Ronnie and his falling out, has been working on a teleportation machine with his boss Dr. Yamazake and off in Africa Constantine was tracking down an ancient Brainiac Robot Monster and lucky for him, he found the long missing Superman instead.  After a bit of "Come on, You're Superman" pep talk, Superman decided to go after the monster and hopefully put an end to the Robot Monster's massacre walkabout.  That's about all you need to know going in, so let's check out what Five Years From Now has in store for us this week.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Batwoman #35 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014

...in Space


Batwoman is one of my favorite books.  I enjoy it for what it is, a street level adventure that is equal parts dealing with the everyday struggles of life and balancing that with being a superhero.  While I have enjoyed Marc Andreyko's run (dare I say as much as J.H. Williams'), the last couple issues have turned the book upside down, on it's side and upside down again.  I haven't agreed with everything he's done, but it is Andreyko's book and I'm glad to see him take it from Williams' shadow and into his own territory.  Now that Futures End is over (thank God), we can get back to our stories which means Batwoman in...Space?

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