Saturday, December 20, 2014

Deathstroke #3 Preview

Written by: Tony S. Daniel
Art by: Tony S. Daniel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014


Deathstroke’s taking bigger and bolder risks as the hunt for his stolen memories continues. Slade will be pushed to the edge to achieve his goal, but will he ultimately be undone by executing his way to the truth?


Deathstroke's "hotness" may be dying down a bit, but Tony Daniel is still nailing it.  I am a fan of the controversial "change" in Slade and I love Daniel's art.  I was a little nervous with the missing memory angle and thankfully, Daniel never gave us the "stare at gun and/or hands after somehow killing 12 assassins without knowing it" moment that so many stories give us.  My favorite of those is not The Long Kiss Goodnight because it is Total Recall.  Don't f*** with your brain pal, it ain't worth it!  Right you are Harry, right you are.  Enjoy the preview.

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Gotham By Midnight #2 Preview

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Ben Templesmith
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014




Internal Affairs Agent Rook is learning the Midnight Shift really does have the hard cases – and Jim Corrigan may not be able to bail him out. At least, not without some divine intervention! But can Corrigan risk letting loose the wrath of God, especially against a departed sister?


Even though I'm normally a naysayer with this type of art............ I just usually don't like it, get off my back.  I have to say that it really suited this book and I can get behind it.  I'm looking forward to this issue to see some of the other characters in this series get fleshed out so that they feel like more than background filler. Also I really want to see what Agent Rook will tell his superiors about what goes down at Precinct 13.

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Red Hood and The Outlaws Annual #2 Preview

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Tom Derenick
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014




Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire face the one enemy they may not be able to defeat: the holidays!


Red Hood and the Outlaws at their core are pretty serious characters considering their backgrounds but even with how horrible their lives once were, it's really easy to make this into a fun comic............. Well fun with a bunch of murder thrown in.  That's when I love this book when it's really just three friends trying not to let the weight of the world suck them down and the nonsense that ensues.  As someone who really dislikes the holidays as well, I'm totally going to be looking forward to this book.


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Top 5 Fridays: Lantern Books I'd Like To See In June


This is coming in a little late because I wasn't feeling well on Friday but since it has to do with the recently released cancelled titles, I figured that I'd go ahead and put this up late because later on some info could be released making this Top 5 pointless or all of you out there just might stop caring.  So here it is, your late Top 5 Fridays.

With the news this week that a shit ton of books are being cancelled in March I figured we'd take a look at a Top 5 dealing with something from that.  The thing that shocked me the most from the list of cancelled books was that Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns were among those dropped................ It still baffles me about how that could happen.  Yeah, us fans were getting a bit tired of all the massive crossovers that the Lantern titles were constantly doing, but even for all our bitching, I don't think that we ever thought they'd be cancelled as a remedy to our complaints.  With those books ending in March and then DC going on it's two month Convergence kick, I figure that when June hits we'll have more Lantern books than simply Green Lantern and Sinestro but the question is........... which ones?  That's what we're doing here for this Top 5 Fridays, suggesting Lantern books that I'd like to see in June and then hearing from all of you out there in interwebs land about how bad of an idea some or all of them are............. That's how things work around here right?  Let's get into this Lantern heavy Top 5 so I can go eat some pizza and watch Planet of the Apes.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Aquaman #37 Preview

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: December 24, 2014

The King of the Seas takes on the Warlord of Gorilla City when Aquaman and Grodd collide!

I don't know about you, but I usually am wary when a book rolls out a bunch of guest stars each month.  Last month, Martian Manhunter crashed the Aquaman party and it was pretty damn awesome.  I'm not even a fan of old MM.  However, I'm a huge Gorilla Grodd fan and I can't wait to see him again.  If you aren't aware, Brett Booth blew his head clean off a while back (in the future) in Flash.  I was afraid that Jeff Parker had lost the fun factor that makes him such a good writer, but this proves otherwise.  Thank Grodd!!!


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Batman Annual #3 Preview

Written by: JAMES TYNION
Art by: ROGE ANTONIO
Cover Price: $4.99

Release Date: December 24, 2014



Don’t miss this top-secret tale that ties in to the “Endgame” storyline running now in BATMAN – sorry, but that’s all we can tell you! Trust us – it’s going to be big!

Seriously DC, you can get rid of the generic solicit already.  I guess I can't be too upset since usually the solicits don't match the issue anyway.  I'm still not sure if I like the Joker being back, but I have enjoyed James Tynion's backups so I'm sure I will enjoy this annual.  I do know that the Rafael Albuquerque cover looks amazing, but that is no shock.  I can't wait for Christmas Eve.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wonder Woman #37 Review

Written by: Meredith Finch
Art by: David Finch
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Untouched Sheets of Clay

       
It seems like everyone is focused on what this book isn't.  I know it's hard to let go, but Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are gone. They've packed up their things and moved out...three months ago.  Don't pretend you haven't been listening to Pearl Jam's "Black" over and over, either.  I hear it coming from your room all night.  Dude, it's time to get over them and accept that this is the Finch's book now and let them do their thing.  Maybe you will fall in love all over again.  Unfortunately, it seems like the Finch's are a little Lost in Love themselves.

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Earth 2: World's End #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson
Art By: Scott McDaniels, Paulo Siqueira, Cam Smith, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014



It's A Miracle!


When we last stepped into the war torn world of Earth 2 we saw that the actual planet Apokolips had boom tubed itself right smack dab in Earth's face.......... If you think of the planet as having a face that is.  With that problem looming over all of our heroes, the World Army enacted their plan to take the fight to Apokolips and at this point the World Army only really consists of Commander Khan, Mister Terrific, Sandman, Terry Sloan and Mister Miracle............. before he went all A.D.D. and decided to go after his father Darkseid on his own.  This is the point where everything went to hell children.  Mister Miracle went after Darkseid and the rest of our heroes, instead of sticking to the plan and blowing the hell out of Apokolips decide to go after Miracle and our New God escape artist uses Mister Terrific's boom spheres to try and kill Darkseid, but all it did was release him from his confinements.............. What was he doing down there?  How does this correspond with the timeline of Batman and Robin right now?  All good questions................. Yeah, I don't have any answers to them.  Lets check out this issue and see what's going down.
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Batman/Superman #17 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Ardian Syaf
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Head Games


Greg Pak has done wonders for the Man of Steel.  His Action Comics helped usher in the Superman Renaissance we are enjoying today and while that continues, Batman/Superman has not been as strong.  The main reason has been the constantly changing art teams. I was not a huge fan of Jae Lee's art and it seemed that most of the artists that followed were just trying to mimic his style.  Hopefully, Ardian Syaf becoming the full time artist will remedy that and judging by the look of this issue, he's off to a pretty good start.  I really hope that this is the issue that kick starts Batman/Superman into the book that fans want and the World's Finest deserve.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Stephen Thompson, Art Thibert, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014


Hey!  Little Girl!  You've Got A Bug In Your Brain!


For our quick recap this week you'll need to know that the new Stormwatch consisting of Atom, Frankenstein, Amethyst, Hawkman, Engineer and Black Adam have returned to Earth only to find that Father Time and SHADE want to take possession of Engineer and use her as a way to fight Brainiac when he comes, but I don't think that the new Stormwatch is willing to let her go so readily. Elsewhere, Fifty Sue seems to have lost her way since Cadmus was destroyed and Deathstroke was killed, it's really up in the air to be about who she'll kill since she wasn't given the opportunity to kill Slade for his betrayal. More elsewhere, Batman Beyond and Plastique are still on the hunt for Brother Eye and since we saw Brother Eye's consciousness escape Cadmus Island on a phone, I guess their hunt could still be fruitful.  Finally Madison Payne and Jason Rusch were fused together to make the new Firestorm after Dr. Yamazake kidnapped her as a test subject for his teleportaion machine and everything blew up in their faces.  So Ronnie Raymond is dead, Tim Drake thinks Madison is dead and Madison and Jason are stuck together with no way to separate and Dr. Yamazake got himself some superpowers.  Let's check out this week's foray into Five Years From Now and see what's going down.
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Injustice: Year Three #12 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Mike S. Miller, Juan Albarran and Beuno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 12, 2014

Gone, Gone Form of Man...


If you haven't heard the bad news, Tom Taylor is leaving Injustice.  It's a shame since while the magical Year Three story has been a slow burn, it's starting to heat up.  Last month we had the Spectre and Phantom Stranger facing off on Saturn, while Etrigan was causing havoc on Team Superman in the Hall of Justice.  Bad things are about to go down and I want to see how all this ties into Batman and Constantine's plan.  I don't have to wait too long since we find out this week and it's awesome.

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Justice League #37 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014



Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?


Welcome back everyone as we jump into Metropolis and get sick as hell.  If you aren't in the know about the events that have gone down in this title, our heroes are faced with a pathogen that's spreading throughout the country called The Amazo Virus.  Now this virus was created by Lex Luthor, apparently as a way to suppress a meta human's powers, but now that it's "accidentally out", it looks like the virus has mutated causing meta humans to go into a coma before their body's shut down and in regular folk like you and me, we'd get a superpower for a short time before we'd burn out and die.  So it's pretty bad all over and all we have is Superman and Batman out on the streets looking for Patient Zero and Luthor, Captain Cold and Wonder Woman holding down the fort waiting for a blood sample so Luthor can create a anti-virus and stop this bad day in it's bad day tracks.  When we last left Batman and Superman they seem to have found the Patient Zero, so let's see how that plays out.
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Batman #37 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014

The Joke is Over


The question isn't if Joker's back, but which Joker has returned to torment Batman.  After the first few pages of this issue, you can tell that this is not a happy Joker.  The Joker that played the little face game with Batman in Death of the Family is gone and replaced by a vengeful psychopath.  Last issue, the Joker started his new game by pulling the rug from under Batman with the revelation that his been right under his nose all along.  If Bruce was shocked, he had to snap out of it quickly because the Joker has unleashed a new Toxin on Gotham and has turned it into a living hell.

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Batman and Robin #37 Review *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014


To Hell and Back Again, A Batman Tale


This is what we've been waiting for people.......... You know except for Robin Rises: Alpha, which we're also waiting for, but this is what we've been waiting for that we get today!  When we last left our heroes on Apokolips they had gotten to the Chaos Cannon, storing Damian's body and after Batman thoroughly beat the hell out of Kalibak we saw Darkseid rise and I don't know about you but I peed a little.  So that's where we are people.  Red Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, Cyborg and Titus followed Batman into hell and now we're about to see the final conflict that will determine the fate of our little pumpkin headed boy: Damian Wayne.  Let's check it out.
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Staying on Target!: Arrow Season 3 part 1 Review *SPOILERS*

His name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, he has come home with only one goal: to save his city. And he has done just that for 2 years, entertaining audiences all across America. When I first heard this series was announced I was a tad skeptical as my only basis of the Green Arrow mythos came in the form of that wise cracking loner in the Justice League Unlimited series. But not only has it blown my expectations out of the water since episode 1, it has become a staple in any comic book based television show.

Last season was so explosive and good, thanks to the character development, stories, and of course the villain, Slade Wilson AKA DEATHSTROKE, played by Manu Bennett. With such an amazing season with a villain that was both tragic and scary, and edge of your seat action with a flair of drama, how could the writers possibly top themselves? How about Team Arrow vs. The League of Assassins? ....Yeah, I would say that's a pretty good start. So since were halfway through the season, I might as well do a review of what we have seen and heard so far, and also think about where I think the show is going to go, so lets get started!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Batman: Eternal #36 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014

Escape Club


I can finally say that I'm a fan of Baternal.  It took a while, but I'm now fully in.  Hush has been taken down and while I thought that would mean a change in Bard, it didn't.  Actually, it did change him in my mind...it made him more of a jerk.  Last issue showed that his vendetta against Batman is totally personal and ended with him sending the Dark Knight to his death.  This week we get to peek in with two of my favorite characters, see Hush lounging in the Batcave and find out if Batman survives.

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New Suicide Squad #5 Review

Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Tom Derenick and Rob Hunter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014

Like I Got This Music in My Mind


I have been a fan of the New Suicide Squad to the point of liking Sean Ryan's writing despite a team I'm not crazy about.  I guess I'm not the only one who feels that way including Ryan, I would guess, because after four issues, we are getting an (almost) new team.  Out with Deadshot and Joker's Daughter (yea!) and in with Captain Boomerang, Ninja Manbats and Reverse Flash.  Sounds good to me.

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Justice League United #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Keith Champagne, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014


A Shit Ton of Superheroes!


In the last issue of Justice League United we pretty much read an issue where there was a lot of fighting going on between a bunch of different people.  We had the JLU's team blonde fighting Byth and a brainwashed Hawkman while Martian Manhunter, Alanna Strange, Equinox and the freaking Legion of Superheroes fought off Byth's mercenaries that were after Ultra.  That's a lot of fighting right?  Well then listen to this.  Ultra and Equinox are teleported by one of Byth's men to the space portal where Infinitus is supposed to come from and when Ultra stares at it he makes energy demons come out................. Yeah, I don't know either.  So the fighting on Earth is over, but the fighting in space continues where our heroes continue to try and take down Byth and wait for Brainiac 5's reinforcements: The Legion Lost.  Holy Shit That's A Lot Of Characters!  Okay let's dive into this issue and see if the story progresses past a fight scene this month.
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Batman/Superman #17 Preview

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Ardian Syaf 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 16, 2014



Who is Superman’s Joker? It seems it’s the Unseen Terror, who makes the battle personal for Superman! How? By attacking all things related to the Man of Steel! Together, Batman and Superman start to track down suspects – and the first one is Lobo!

Batman/Superman has been an odd book, if you ask me.  I love the World's Finest and Greg Pak is so good, but this book has suddenly gone to the bottom of the Super Family stack.  That is as much a compliment to the other books as it is an indictment to this one, but Greg Pak needs to step up (Revolution and All In).  Hopefully, this is the arc to do it.  I am a bit confused since I always thought of Lex Luthor as Superman's Joker, but I guess I'm wrong and Greg Pak will show me the err of my ways.

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Worlds' Finest #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jed Dougherty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014



Wasting My Time


As I'm writing this, Worlds' Finest has already been cancelled, so I really doubt that anyone is interested in this title anymore......... That's the way it usually goes at least.  It's no shock to me that this is one of the titles being cancelled, it's a shock to me that it actually got this far.  During the days of Power Girl and Huntress I was all excited to read this thinking that it would be a great heroine team up that would be different than anything else in the New 52.......... What I got though, I realized as the series went on was less of a superhero story and more of an excuse to get Power Girl naked and show how bumbling Huntress is at her superheroics.  That's not the series I wanted to read!  Now though, we have Red Tornado telling us the early days of Batman and Superman of Earth 2 and for the most part, there isn't really anything to give a shit about.  This will be the third part of a story simply showing us that a being from Apokolips wants to bring Superman over to the Darkseid and that there's a prophecy that one day Superman and Batman will oppose Apokolips............. Since we already know the outcome though, it really isn't that interesting.  Okay let me get into this and Explain It! up as we run down the clock for this series.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

DC Comics Cancels 13 Monthly Books in March

DC Comics released their solicits for March 2015 and it looks like thirteen books are ending.  Yes, the month before the whole company takes a hiatus for the two month Convergence event is the last for the following books:

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Batwoman #37 Preview

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: December 17, 2014

The cultish crimes continue to corrupt Gotham City – and their next target is...Clayface? Also, Batwoman’s toxic connection to Nocturna continues to spiral down to a place where even demons fear to tread!

The cover and solicit say Clayface, but the preview says Etrigan and Ragman.  That's fine with me, though, because I hate Clayface as much as Marc Andreyko hates answering more than five questions from a huge fan who writes for a blog that may or may not be named after an 80's movie.  I do loves me some Etrigan and Ragman, though, and I am willing to keep an open mind with Clayface because Andreyko hasn't steered me wrong yet.  Now, if he's just answer those questions...  Enjoy the preview.

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The New 52: Futures End #33 Preview

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Stephen Thompson, Art Thibert, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: December 17, 2014




Firestorm is back in action! But any worries that they may now be stuck together won’t matter if they’re struck down by the new Dr. Polaris! Plus: Giant monsters battle in space!


While I'm normally all for Firestorm getting play in comics, I kind of feel that we were cheated out of seeing Firestorm at his peak.  When his series ended he was still figuring things out in the hero department, when he was a member of the Justice League he really didn't have much to do and when we finally get a chance to see him with his powers honed, Ronnie dies and we're back to square one with Madison not knowing what she's doing.  I guess since Dr. Polaris is new to the super villain game this battle might not be completely one sided, so at least we have that and monsters battling in space which sounds like a metal song I would want to hear.  All that and I'm digging this cover hard, so this week's Futures End looks pretty damn good right now.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Legends of the Dark Knight #81 Review

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Cully Hamner
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 12, 2014


Nemo Me Impune Lacessit


I mentioned in my review for last week's issue of Legends of the Dark Knight that this book snuck up on me.  Partly because the series returned seemingly out of nowhere, but also because I never thought I'd enjoy a Batman comic with Edgar Allan Poe as the villain.  I really enjoyed the issue and it's dark and gloomy protagonist.  I must confess that I am a bit of a Poe fan so that helped, but even without knowing the many literary references, Ron Marz gave readers a pretty cool Batman story.  Catwoman was kidnapped, there's the mystery of who this "Edgar" really is and of course, the cliffhanger when he declared he killed Batman. This week continues the story with even more references, tension and a continuing mystery.

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Teen Titans #5 Preview

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Scott Hepburn
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014




As a deadly new drug hits the streets of New York City, the Titans take on a new team member!


You might think I'm an asshole for this but I really don't want this new Power Girl joining the Teen Titans and it's not because I don't want new members or that I don't like the character, it's that I don't understand the character.  She was around when Power Girl went back to Earth-2 and for some reason now has Power Girl powers.  I don't get it.  I'll keep an open mind when jumping into this comic, but I would of really preferred getting Blue Beetle back into action so we could know what happened to him after his last appearance in the short lived Threshold series.  If anyone from DC is reading this, please bring back Jaime Reyes.

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Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 Review

Written by: Mathew Sturges and Dave Justus
Art by: Steve Sadowski
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014

You Old Sinner


A little disclaimer before I start, I have no history with Fables.  I haven't read one issue of the monthly book and haven't played the Tell-Tale game this digital series is based on.  However, I've always been interested in the Fables concept and I'm a sucker for digital comics, especially when it's Vertigo's first attempt at such. Lucky for me and I'm sure countless others, writers Mathew Sturges and Dave Justus don't assume anything and ease the reader into the story.  They don't hold the readers hand, though and there's enough mystery and questions to keep readers interested no matter what their history is with the source material.  I'm now officially a Fables fan.  Is there a nickname for such a thing?

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Arrow Season 2.5 #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu
Art By: Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung, Szymon Kudranski
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 8, 2014


Stuff and Maybe Some Things


Last chapter of Arrow Season 2.5, we saw Oliver getting dosed by the new Count Vertigo....... But before he was the new Count Vertigo....... It's a prequel people, you need to follow me here.  So after getting dosed with the prototype to this Count's fear version of the vertigo drug, Oliver has himself one bad trip, where he sees all the people that he's let down in the past and enemies that he wasn't able to stop before they caused serious damage.  It was pretty much a bad time for Oliver, but not all was lost, it seems that Canary is back in Starling City and maybe she can put Oliver down before he hurts himself or others........ Speaking of others, what the hell happened to Diggle?  He should have been right behind Oliver before he started wigging out.  Let's find out.
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Green Lantern Corps #37 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang, Mirko Colak
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014


Holy Shit, We're All Going To Die!



Last time in GODHEAD We saw Hal Jordan and Black Hand teaming up to take down the New Gods but there plan didn't really go as expected.  When the two reached the Source Wall, they were supposed to meet up John Stewart, Sinestro and the rest of the New Gods resistance gang but as we saw in the last issue of Green Lantern Corps, John and Sinestro jumped the gun and went and got themselves betrayed by Indigo-1 which got them captured by Orion.  So now that team is on their way to New Genesis in a ball prison that negates all the powers of the emotional spectrum and Highfather is about to create his new army with the Life Equation to finally put an end to Darkseid once and for all.  Let's see if anything here works out for our Lantern heroes, because as of right now nothing really has.  Let's check out GODHEAD Act 3 Part 2!

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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 12/13/14

How are all our Weirdos doing?  If you didn't know, that was my lame first attempt at nicknaming our "many" fans.  Hey, what's good for Pia Toscano is good for us, right?  I went with Weirdos because Swifties, Katy-Cats, Killjoys, Maggots, Barbies and RihannaNavy were already taken.  I still might go with my second pick, "People Who Love Jim But Only Tolerate the Other Guys on the Site Because They aren't as Good as Jim, but Try Real Hard and Jim Feels Bad For Them Because They aren't as Awesome as Him-ites".  Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Speaking of nicknames, when we ever get a podcast going (which should have started ages ago), I'm sure we'll all get stories of Eric's days as a Juggalo.  Yea, he still thinks that's cool, btw.  Then again, the guy rocks a headband that the Frog Brothers would laugh at and has been seen wearing an eye patch from time-to-time. I could go on and on about Eric being a living fashion faux pas, but we are here for covers. Comic book covers to be exact.  This week we get a a very familiar face...twice and some really cool variants.  Enjoy.

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DC Comics Announces Landry Walker as New Writer on Red Lanterns



Since Charles Soule announced that he had signed an exclusive deal with Marvel, everybody has been waiting to see who would replace him on his DC books.  Peter J. Tomasi just recently took over Superman/Wonder Woman, but who would be writing Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns was still a mystery...until now.


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The Flash: Season Zero #7 Review (Spoliers)

Written By: Andrew Kreisberg, Brooke Eikmeier, & Katherine Walczak
Art By: Phil Hester
Cover Price: $.99
Release Date: December 1, 2014

Showtime


The Freak Show storyline in Flash: Season Zero is moving towards its finale at the speed of the Flash and it's finally gaining some momentum that I like.

At the end of issue #6, Flash found himself at S.T.A.R. Labs and completely catatonic and not much has changed at the start of this issue. Flash is still staring off into space--unable to speak or move--with friends Caitlin, Cisco, and Dr. Wells. While Mr. Bliss and his circus cronies plan an attack on a local football game at half-time, Caitlin and Cisco find themselves rushing over in a particularly small vehicle. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Dr. Wells rises out of his chair and grabs a device that brings Flash back to the world of the sane, sending him to interfere in the evil plans of  Mr. Bliss, thus setting up the finale.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #18 Review

Written by: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Art by: Gabriel Hardman
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 11, 2014

Sister Act


I enjoyed the first two issues of Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman's "Dig for Fire" arc.  Wonder Woman on Apokolips is good enough, but the potential of a Darkseid versus Diana battle had me anticipating this finale.  Like Eric found out recently on his birthday, you don't always get what you wish for.  He got a sweatshirt instead of the Robin and Robin Cycle Imaginext figures and I didn't get a knock down, drag out brawl between two of my favorite characters.  Even sadder was that this issue was the weakest of the story arc.

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Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #28 review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 7, 2014

Tommyrot and Applesauce



In my review of Infinite Crisis #27, I said that it wasn't awful.  Believe me, with this book, that's a compliment.  The first arc lasted twenty four issues and it seemed like forever for Dan Abnett to establish the team and the story only to lead to a rushed ending.  I thought that was that, but low and behold, the book started up again.  I'm not sure if the break did it good, this is the story Dan Abnett wanted to tell all along or the book has beaten me into submission, but I'm starting to enjoy this book.  I guess wonders never cease.

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Wonder Woman #37 Preview

Written by: MEREDITH FINCH
Art by: DAVID FINCH
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: December 17, 2014


Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman in her darkest hour, but their bond may be breaking apart! No time for Diana to think, though, as a mythological force seemingly tied to Wonder Woman’s role as War attacks the Amazons!

It is no surprise that I didn't like the debut issue of the Finch's Wonder Woman.  While I loved Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman story, I was hoping that Meredith would bring a fresh take to the book.  You know, make it her own.  Last issue and the preview below are what I didn't want, a book stuck between the old story and the new.  I do like the idea of Wonder Woman interacting more with the whole DCU, but this preview seems to make that a bad thing, at least to the Amazons. David Finch's art looks really good and I will keep my fingers crossed that this is the start of something special.

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Legends of the Dark Knight #80 Review

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Cully Hamner
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 5, 2014

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary


There are times when I say that a book snuck up on me, but this time, I really mean it.  I had no idea whatsoever that DC had brought back Legends of the Dark Knight, let alone kicked off it's return with a three part arc written by Ron Marz with art by Cully Hamner.  While I think it's a mistake to continue with the numbering of this book (this is issue #80) instead of restarting at #1, I'm so glad it's back.  This issue is the start of an interesting story featuring Batman's greatest foe...Edgar Allan Poe?!?!

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