Thursday, April 24, 2014

Secret Origins #1 Review

Written by: Greg Pak, Kyle Higgins and Tony Bedard
Art by: Lee Weeks, Doug Mahnke and Paulo Siqueira
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

Now for Something Completely...the Same

I'm a sucker for origin stories.  When DC announced Secret Origins, I squealed like a little school girl.  Not only do I get origins, but these are secret.  Secrets are funny things, though.  If everyone knows what they are, they aren't really secrets anymore.  This issue is an origin issue, but calling it secret is a stretch.  But is it any good?

Worlds' Finest #21 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz, Greg Pak
Art By: RB Silva
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Closing The Bridge, Not Like Jersey

So this is about a month late due to Batman/Superman #9 beings so late, and my refusal to do it until I could read the whole story, but we're here and we can finish the First Contact story in order together.  Last issue Kaizen Gammora opened the portal to Earth 2, Superman destroyed his nanites, even though they appear to be some residual nanite action going on here, and Huntress and Power Girl look through the universal bridge to see a world they no longer recognize.  It's time to stop Kaizen once and for all, and don't expect our two heroes from Earth 2 to get home because the issue after this one still has them on Prime Earth.  How do you like that for a spoiler?  So let's get done this really disappointing story.

Batman/Superman #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Jae Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

Fighting And Punching, That Is All

So it's finally out, the issue that I've been waiting for for two months.  Now I wrote a small article about this issue being part 3 of First Contact, and the fact that part 4 came out a month ago totally ruined my day.  So even though the conclusion has been out, I refused to read it until this issue hit the shelves.  So I'm going in fresh, and then after this I'll be reviewing Worlds' Finest #21 so we get the end of this story the way it was meant to be read.  So with that out of the way let's talk about what happened in Worlds' Finest #20.  It looks like Superman now has the nanite problem that Power Girl had for many months, and before his powers become a problem Batman gives him a kryptonite ring to keep his powers at bay.  So Batman and Power Girl infiltrate New Gammora to find out what Kaizen is up to, and it appears he's the one behind the nanites, he also made some Kryptonian human hybrids, and is opening a portal to Earth 2.  Got all that?  Good let's jump into this issue and see where the nonsense goes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teen Titans #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Tyler Kirkham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

Callbacks And Tying Up Loose Ends

Is it weird that I'm bummed this is the last issue?  I know the we still have an Annual, and that the Titans will return in July starting fresh, but I have a certain sadness about this final standard issue.  I don't know I'm a sad sack, but I'll try not to let that bring me down here.  When we last left the Teen Titans they said goodbye to their friends Solstice and Kid Flash, and left them to the fate they decided.  No grand rescues or prison breaks, just a goodbye as the two lovers choose to serve out the punishment for their crimes.  The remaining team go back to their own time, where we meet up Bunker and Beast Boy fighting for their lives against two villains calling themselves The Light and The Way.  So it's out of the frying pan and into the fire and some more metaphors that apply to this situation.  Let's see the trouble that's in store for our young heroes this month.

Catwoman #30 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Pat Olliffe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

Stealing Money

Here we go again.  Catwoman is the book I love to hate.  Actually, I read it each month to get a couple chuckles.  Unfortunately, Ann Nocenti isn't necessarily known as a humorist.  No, the humor comes from the awful dialogue, the inane plot and just the pure ridiculousness of everything else.  After a month away, she is back and so are the laughs.

Catwoman #30 starts the "Race of Thieves" story and  I have to admit that I like the idea behind it.  A contest is being held to determine the best thief in the World.  Selina had just given up her life of crime, but who can pass up a contest?  Obviously not Catwoman.  Let the fun begin.

Justice League United #0 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Mike McKone
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

JL Aye?

Here we are with the premier issue of Justice League United, or Justice League Canada as it was called when the rumors about it started flying last year.  We begin in a post Forever Evil world, where it appears the JLA have disbanded.  Let's start the story that will see the beginning of a brilliant new team in the DCU.

Batman Eternal #3 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 23, 2014

"This is only beginning and it's about to get much bigger"

After reading this issue I have finally decided that I never want to visit (let alone live) in Gotham City. The joke is always that it's a horrible city, but Batman Eternal #3 kicks that up a notch. Bam!

It's easy to forget this is a weekly book.  Snyder, Tynion and company cram so much into each issue it is almost dizzying trying to keep up.  Last week, I mentioned this as a detriment.  I even speculated that there might be too many cooks, but this issue proved me wrong. So much happens, but it maintains a focus and pacing that makes it hard to put down.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Captain Marvel Chapter 2 "The Guillotine"

It's Tuesday again and here is something old, The Adventures of Captain Marvel.  Released in 1941, it stars Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan, Jr. as Billy Batson.  Enjoy!

Injustice: Year Two #8 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 22, 2014

Green on Green

Tom Taylor is taking his time.  The body count is down, but that hasn't made it any less exciting.  This issue takes place eclusively on OA.  Hal Jordan and the Guardians cannot see eye-to-eye on Superman's actions on Earth.  Hal is trying to convince them that everything Superman is doing is for the good of the planet, but the Guardians see Superman as a tyrant and a threat to the Galaxy.

Happy Earth 2 Day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Killing Them With Kindness

At the end of Forever Evil: Blight we saw our Dark heroes survive the Son's of Trigon, Project Thaumaton, and Nanda Parbat itself.  Now the Crime Syndicate is gone, (even though we haven't seen it yet DC!) and it's time for the world to put itself back in order.  For the heroes of the DCU that means picking up the pieces, and applying the glue to a frightened populace.  Now that the Seven Deadly Sins are dead, Blight is contained, and Pandora has some badass new powers which make her the embodiment of light and good in the world, she has some new choices to make herself.  Let's see what Pandora gets into next.

The Lost Boys: Deathstroke #1 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Joe Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 14, 2011

Back to Basics

I'm back with another Lost Boys article where I go back and review an older and/or canceled New 52 title to see if it was any good.  This week I present Deathstroke #1.  This book piqued my interest for one major was written by Kyle Higgins.  I bet you thought I was going to say something about Slade Wilson, but actually I was never a big fan.  However, I am a huge fan of Higgins so this one is a no-brainer, but is it any good?

Kyle Higgins wants you to know one thing and one thing only...Deathstroke is a badass.  Looking for some cerebral thought provoking inner monologues?  Keep moving, nothing to see here.  Craving over-the-top action with dual wielding goodness by an anti-hero who would sooner slice your head off than shake your hand?  Welcome home.  Higgins takes two pages to get you up to speed on Deathstroke as a character (hint: he's a badass).

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays 4/21/14

Okay so we're on week 3 of the April themed Just For The Hell Of It Mondays, "How Bad We Had It In The 90's".  First week we took a look at the live action Flash TV show, and man was it over acted, wanna be Burton, and just plain silly.  Last week we saw The Adventures of Superboy and that had Lex Luger as the new Superboy, so nuff said.  I've said it every week this month but I'll do it another time just to nail it in the skulls of those of you who don't know because you've only lived in a world where live action super heroes have always been badass.  Shit was really rough in the 90's, hell we even have a Batman movie that's known as that which shall never be named.  So about this week's clip, I have for you a fight between Superman and a government agent Jason Trask, from Lois and Clark The New Adventures of Superman.  Let's check it out.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Green Lantern: New Guardians #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

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

Getting Emotional, But In A Good Way

In part 2 of the God Killers we saw X'Hal's origin, her herald's (who we're calling Kala this issue) origin, and the God Killer's origin.  It's not everyday you get to see the birth of a god, and then at the same time see a battle to kill a god.  The issue ends with the God Killers showing up on the planet, and attacking X'Hal, so let's see if Kyle, Carol, and the Templar Guardians can find a peaceful solution to this fight.  Knowing Kyle though it's not likely.  Let's dive right into God Killer Part 3 and take a looksie.

Birds of Prey #30 Review

Written by: Christy Marx
Art by: Robson Rocha
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Don't Blink or You May Miss It

Birds of Prey is a book that seems to be running to stand still.  DC cares enough about it to include it in major events (Zero Year and Gothtopia recently), but it's these events that have killed any momentum the book's main story line has tried to build.  Not this month.  Christy Marx has had a  couple of months to settle in and tell her story.  The battle between Mother Eve and Ra's al Ghul is in full swing, but is it any good?

Harley Quinn #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Chad Hardin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Super Zero Team Up

Last issue of Harley Quinn saw the kidnapping, and torture of a family deemed cruel and uncaring by our title character.  Only problem is Harley jumped the gun on her judgments, because the old lady that complained about her family being cruel by never visiting has Alzheimer's.  Oopsy Daisy, well even Superman makes mistakes from time to time.  In the end of the issue Harley is confronted by a elderly wheelchair bound gentleman that used to be a government super hero Sy Borgman, known as Syborg.  Ha ha.  He's requesting Harley's help in finishing a mission he started years ago, namely killing elderly Russians.  So we'll jump into this issue and see if all goes according to the Syborg's plans.