Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #3 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
July 3, 2019
DC Comics

DCeased-3-vc-2First, I want to start out by wishing everyone a very happy and safe fourth of July and hopefully you have some great issues this week to check out while you celebrate America’s birthday. Now that we got  some of the formalities out of the way, I have to say that I was not super impressed by this week’s releases unless you are continuing story lines that you’ve been following for some time. That is why I have decided to once again go with a comic that I have been consistently reviewing for Comic Book Of The Week in Dceased #3 which once again featured a horror cover variant and this week’s is The Nun which this time was provided by Francesco Mattina. The comic was once again written by Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist) again as well.The last issue was all about knowing the choices they have to make in this epidemic that is turning everyone into zombie like creatures. Batman paid the ultimate price as he was put down by Alfred while in this issue it is now decision time for Harley Quinn as she confronts The Joker and Superman has a tough pill to swallow as he heads back to Smallville. If you would like more information on the comic and where to get it then please visit this website.

download (2)I know that one of the biggest complaints about the comic consistently has been the writing and while there is no ultimate pay off in this issue they are definitely leading up to it. I felt like most of it was who else can we shock the readers by turning into stark raving beasts? Oh yeah, let’s make hope look very bleak as the Birds of Prey fall victim to the virus which was the only predictable thing about the issue and the only one I care to name without spoiling anything else. One thing that definitely shocked me was when they reach Atlantis in the comic because that is where the cliffhanger ends up. One thing is for sure when it comes to this comic book and that is I am definitely a fan of the artwork especially the horror covers, but some of the other covers they have are excellent as well. The artwork in the comic is the one consistent great thing about it and that is you’ll never be disappointed by what you see. Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano definitely do a fantastic job especially when they have to turn beloved characters into raging monsters which has been cool to see. There are pluses and minuses to every comic book out there, you just have to pick and choose based on what you like and I love the horror element added to this. If you want to give it a shot, I say go for it otherwise check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Batman: Damned #3 (2019)
Lee Bermejo – Artist
Brian Azzarello–Writer
June 26, 2019
DC Black Label

Jl-TksreDC Black Label is an imprint of DC Comics that is meant to have more mature content inside of it so of course they can’t have a comic come out without a little bit of controversy. Back in September of 2018, DC put out Batman: Damned #1 which gained a lot of chatter due to the fact that apparently you could see Batman’s penis in the comic book. That is definitely one hell of a way to generate chatter, but I embarked on the journey and now DC Black Label has released the final issue Batman: Damned #3 which was once again written by Brian Azzarello (Joker) and illustrated by Lee Bermejo (Lex Luthor: Man Of Steel). In the previous issue, Constantine is still getting in the head of Batman as the bat believes that The Joker is still alive, but what in the hell does the Enchantress want with him and why is Harley Quinn dressed as The Joker? You see, The Joker really is dead and it’s all thanks to Batman and now everything comes full circle with the help of Zatanna who leads Batman to a path to take that very few would. Will he ultimately find the answer he is looking for and what judgment lies ahead for the Dark Knight? To read more on the comic, you can do so by clicking here to go to DC’s website.

Amh7Tlz6One of the things I love about this miniseries has been the artwork as Lee did as amazing job with it. He brought a horror feel to the comic that I feel was the best call to make and it definitely paid off as it was the highlight for me. It was very gritty and visceral as the various panels grabbed your attention from beginning to end. The panels are easy as hell to follow as you navigate through the amazing artwork of Lee Bermejo. There is one thing that I am almost for certain and that is I do not think that I cared very much for Constantine as he kind of annoyed me as the series went on. I loved the various appearances by DC’s darker and more magic infused characters like Enchantress, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and even Zatanna. It was basically Batman meets Justice League Dark in this series as they guide him on a journey. I love how the comic book ended because it gave you this huge twist as you question what was reality and what was not and I thank Brian Azzarello for that. I wouldn’t mind seeing this story being turned into a feature and preferably animated. DC has always knocked it out of the park in that department. Check out the comic at your local comic book shop before it’s gone and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #2 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
June 5, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-2-Yasmin-Putri-horror-variant-coverThere are a lot of great issues that came out this week especially if you are continuing with certain series, but my excitement for today was a certain book. Last month, DC Comics released DCeased which follows the war with Darkseid which the Justice League believes it had won. What if though that was all part of a bigger plan that the planet won’t even know what hit them? In the previous issue, Darkseid with the help of Cyborg releases a virus that attacks through all forms of social media and technology turning all of the world into zombie like creatures. Now Superman and co. are left wondering how they are going to battle this. Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) returns to the second issue to write and Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) returns to draw along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist). In this issue, everyone is stunned by the events of what has happened like Aquaman and even The Green Arrow who just had to put down Hal Jordan before Jordan killed them. All Harley Quinn wants to do is end things with The Joker and move on with poison Ivy, but it’s not that simple. Batman was bitten in the last issue and he has to make the ultimate sacrifice before it’s too late. Check out the comic book everywhere comic books are sold.

LF8mPqyYAt first, I wasn’t sure if I was really in love with the series or was the fact that Yasmine Putri’s covers are amazing that is clouding my judgment. This issue as you can see above is the A Nightmare On Elm Street parody cover and it kicks ass. However, as far as the comic book is concerned, I have been enjoying it, but the real question is what is the overall payoff because we see most of our superheroes going. When the sixth issue comes out, the question will be was the payoff worth it and with the action coming the way it is, I think it will be. The question will also remain, how will Darkseid play into this comic book later on? I know one major complaint with the comic can be that the dialogue can be a little clunky at times, but other times I don’t mind it. I think the artwork is pretty good even though some people I know had a complaint when it came to Darkseid in the last issue. I am definitely a huge fan of the artwork in this issue and in the last issue, but everyone has different taste. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Horror Comics #1 (2019)
Andrew Lunatik– Artist
Bradley Golden–Writer
May 29, 2019
Antarctic Press

horror-comics-1-antarctic-press-od0319-rd2219-scorch_680_largeWe took the week off because things got a little bit crazy and there wasn’t really anything that came out that interested me anyways. That is a completely different story with this week’s releases because there were so many new ones like a brand new Iron Maiden comic, a Hellboy one off, a brand new Batman comic, and today’s Comic Book Of The Week in Antarctic Press’s Horror Comics #1. It was definitely a hard week to choose just one title for today, but the comic which combines one of my favorite genres in it’s title. The comic was written by Bradley Golden (Exciting Comics) and illustrated by Andrey Lunatik which was built off of Timmy Lala’s Ice Scream to which they built on Kickstarter. In the comic, Thomas Wright is a beloved figure in Miami community because he puts smiles on the faces of children and adults with the power of Ice Cream. The only thing that these unsuspecting people do not know is that Thomas has a little bit of a dark side, but don’t they wonder how he gets his ice cream to taste better than the competitions? Check out the comic where ever comic books are sold in your area, but also visit Antarctic Press.

MAR191460As far as the story is concerned, I liked what they did because they set up what direction they were going to go to, but they ended it just at the right time. They ended it at a point where you are super excited for what is going to come next because they gave you the pop in the first issue. The artwork is not exactly my favorite aspect of the comic, but I do not hate it. I actually think that it fits the subject matter and the mood of the comic if that makes any sense. I do have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the comic because I was wondering how different was this comic book going to be compared to Image’s Ice Cream Man and Antarctic Press did not disappoint. They made it so that the Ice Cream Man is the main character and not the Cryptkeeper type character that Image’s was. So, I think it’s safe to say that I am definitely going to be looking forward to issue number two because horror is my life and my passion. So, do yourselves a favor and check it out for sure and while you are at it, check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #1 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and James Harren– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
May 1, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-1-Yasmine-Putri-horror-variant-coverOne of the most exciting books to come out this week comes to us from DC Comics and it’s the latest horror injected miniseries they are doing. There are a lot of great first issues that have come out this week, but DCeased #1 is the comic book that caught my attention and I had to have it. To be perfectly honest, it was Yasmine Putri ‘s movie variant cover that really caught my attention as they did a parody of 2017’s IT movie poster with The Joker as Pennywise and Robin as Georgie. In the issue, the Justice League has just defeated Darkseid and all of his minions or so they think they have defeated him, but Batman notices that Cyborg is missing. When Darkseid returns to his home planet, he activates the anti-life equation and when he is returned to Earth, the equation links itself to all digital devices and begins turning the citizens into rabid zombies. Now, it is up to Superman and co. to try and figure out how in the heck can they stop this virus before it’s too late. For more information on the comic and anything else DC related, you can find out by visiting their website here.

DCeased_01_preview1What I truly love about this story is that they take what all of society is addicted to and they make it our worst nightmare. To avoid being infected, you have to avoid all forms of social media and television. Darkseid has literally sent the world into the dark ages if you think about it because how are you going to get the news if you can’t use your phone, tablet, or TV? As simple of an idea as it is, it was definitely a smart route to go because we are always exploring the dangers of technology and we always have through films and comics. I feel as though this comic starts right where Justice League 2 the film would have ended if that was still going to be a thing for the DCEU. Darkseid was going to be the main villain and this definitely explores the aftermath and how we are foolish for thinking we’ve won the war. The artwork to the comic was definitely phenomenal and I can not wait to see what they bring to the table in issue #2. This could definitely be one heck of a ride moving forward. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Detective Comics #1000 (2019)
Alvaro Martinez, Joëlle Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev, Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Steve Epting, Tony S. Daniel, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, Doug Mahnke, Becky Cloonan, – Artist
Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Kevin Smith, Christopher Priest, Dennis O’Neil, Geoff Johns–Writer
March 27, 2019
DC Comics

Detective-Comics-1000-DC-Comics-Bruce-Timm-1940s-Variant-CoverWhen you think about huge accomplishments in various arenas of entertainment, they are numbers that allow you to feel that you’ve had a successful career like 100 films acted in or if you’re Gene Simmons of Kiss then it’s the 10,000 women that you’ve slept with that is more important than 50 gold records. In the comic book world, if you can reach 100 issues then you’ve made it, but if you can make it to 1000 like Detective Comics then that is the most successful character of all time. That is where we are at this week with Detective Comics #1000 which was the comic book that introduced us to the caped crusader himself Batman back in March of 1927. It has been 91 years since the release of that comic book, but they’ve finally made it to 1000 and they brought the firepower with names like Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, and even Kevin Smith a lifelong fan of Batman contributes to the comic. We check out some amazing stories that touches upon his past, present, and future with an appearance by the Arkham Knight and we even get to see a look at all the villains and all of the people that have worked with Batman over the years as well. For more information on the issue, please click here to go to DC’s site.

XlNpBzYwOne of my favorite stories in the comic features Bruce Wayne and the Penguin as old men and in the story Penguin is trying to convince Bruce that he’s always known his secret. One of the obvious other favorites is the one with every single Robin and anyone else that was involved with the caped crusader. The story was a little confusing at first as to why they were doing, but the artwork is just phenomenal in it. That is definitely one of the selling points is how amazing and unique the artwork is in this comic with all the different artists that are on board. Every single one has it’s own unique flare, but they are all Batman stories to the core. One of my favorite stories in the comic that was a little different was The Legend of Knute Brody which was written by Paul Dini and it’s this tale of the dumbest criminal in the history of Gotham, but somehow this guy gets rehired every single time. The last story definitely had me pumped up to want to read the next issue and you never know I just may. This was a strong week for comic book issues, but I just felt that this was a no brainer. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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COMIC TITLE: Wonder Twins #1 (2019)
Stephen Byrne – Artist
Mark Russell –Writer
February 13, 2019
DC Comics

wonder twinsWhen it came time to pick what comic book I was going to review this week for Comic Book Of The Week, it was a tough decision. There were so many great releases this week like the Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #5, Army Of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, but for this week I had to go with a DC title that I was curious and excited for in the new Wonder Twins #1. The comic was written by Mark Russell (Judge Dredd: Under Siege) and illustrated by Stephen Byrne (Justice League America). The duo from Planet Exxor are in some kind of trouble back on their home planet that Superman agrees to help them out by bringing them to Earth for a fresh start. They are a unique pair of twins with Changeling type powers that are odd when you tell people what they are. Nonetheless, all they want to do is belong in school which is growing to be challenging as well as doing their best at their new job at the Hall of Justice. That will be put to the test when Mr. MXYZPTLK pays their dimension a visit. For more information on the Wonder Twins and anything else DC related, just click here.

111I have to say one thing almost immediately and that is that I thought that this was the most entertaining comic from beginning to end that just provided me with so many laughs. You have all heard the legends of their powers and to see it actually happen and the reactions from guys like Batman is just absolutely priceless. If you are looking for a fun comic book to take your focus away from all the dark comics and the overly infused with action comics that are being released then this is the one to check out. So, I definitely think that with what I just wrote that I was a huge fan of what Mark Russell wrote in this comic. He knows how to mix in the humor in just the right places and it certainly pays dividends for him because I’ll be coming back for more. Stephen Byrne also does a terrific job with the artwork and some kudos is well deserved for the work that he put in because he brought them to life. I just thought a lot of the reactions were just illustrated perfectly like when Batman found out what their powers were. His reaction was absolutely priceless so with that being said, go and pick this one up. Check out my grades for the comic below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+