Chris Pine Joining the DCCU – but as Which Character?

His new name shall be Capatin Kirk Steve Lantern.
His new name shall be Capatin Kirk Steve Lantern.

Do you like Chris Pine? Of course you do, everybody does. Well now you can prepare to see a whole lot more of him.

Not only has Pine signed on for a fourth Star Trek movie, but it seems the rumors about his place in the DCU had some truth to them. Last month there were conflicting reports, one that Pine would play Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s love interest in her upcoming movie. The other was that he was being looked at to play Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern… remake? Reboot? I’m going to go with Re-do.

Either way, it came out today he has apparently been offered both roles, and once he makes his decision, DC will plan accordingly. This is a very odd choice, it is rare that a studio wants an actor regardless of which character he will play and both roles will have such great and differing impacts on the DCU. Rumor at this point is that Pine is more keen on playing Hal Jordan, but we will keep you posted with updates as more news breaks.

What do you think about Chris Pine in the DC Cinematic Universe? Who would you rather see him play?

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Comic Book Reviews 07-30-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

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Super Secret Crisis War #2 – A

We are now on the third issue of this series but the second of the main series. Earlier this month, we had the one off special with Johnny Bravo and we see the connection to that in this issue which has me excited for future one offs from other series. The art in these issues are great as every character has their style and yet all of them mix together perfectly and almost demand this or something similar in animated form for a Cartoon Network reunion party. Definitely grab this issue if you are a 90’s kid, or just enjoy massive crossovers. – Jacob

 

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo:

Detective Comics Annual #3 A-

The best part about this annual is the fact that we get to see Batman doing what he does best, solving crimes and beating the crap outta the bad guy. I loved this issue for that part alone, but the plot with the boy had me wondering if we were going to be welcoming a new addition to the Bat-family. It seems like we won’t but it could be used in the future to add another character or maybe even villain if the writers desired to. We did get an introduction to Matches Malone, a popular alias that Batman has used since the early 1970’s but is appearing in the New52 for the first time. There isn’t much more to say about this issue other than it was awesome and I found it very enjoyable to read, which seems to be a rarity these days. Definitely worth checking out. – Robert

Sinestro #4 B

Finally having asserted his dominance over his crew, Thaal Sinestro is back to kicking ass. This issue covers a battle with a religious cult of anti-emotion weirdos. Sinestro’s daughter, the Green Lantern Soranik, has reluctantly agreed to help him on his mission to save their people. However, she doesn’t agree with the way her dad handles business, and calls on Hal Jordan. This will spice things up going forward, as Hal hasn’t seem Sinestro since the end of the Trinity War (Green Lantern #18). Jordan and Sinestro have a lot of history, and it will be interesting to see how they’ve both changed since their last encounter. – Sherif

Justice League #32 B-

Geoff Johns’ Justice League continues to be one of the most consistently good books on the shelves right now. The time after Forever Evil hasn’t really progressed as much as I hoped it would, but it has still been captivating. Lex Luthor has discovered Batman’s secret identity, and has hired Captain Cold for a mystery job. Issue #32 introduces us to the DOOM Patrol, a group of misfits that follow the guidance of “Chief” Niles Caulder. The Doom Patrol has been around since the late 1960’s, and has gone through several incarnations throughout the years before returning to the classic team in the New52. I’m not a big fan of them, but they could add an interesting element to how they deal with the new Power Ring. Sherif

Batman Eternal #17 C-

This book has taken a stiff nosedive for me in the past couple months. While I appreciate the Easter Egg characters that have been popping up in this exasperated love letter to Batman, they just don’t fit fluidly within the story. As a reader, I still have no idea what the purpose of the story actually is. I know that Carmine Falcone is the ultimate villain (or is he?), but shelling out four bucks a week to be led on this wild goose chase just isn’t turning out to be worth it anymore. I think something that has turned me off is the amount of supernatural activity that takes place; Batman has never been a fan of magic, nor I a fan of reading it in his books. Hope isn’t completely lost, though. I still really enjoy anything with Tim Drake and Harper Rowe in it, and the Pennyworth father-daughter scenes are pretty juicy. The book has substance, but there is just too much filler material to satisfy me lately. – Sherif

What seems to have started off strong and well intentioned has seemingly turned into something that is moving along at a snail’s pace with what appears to be little direction. I don’t really see where this is going anymore and I would almost prefer that they move it to a biweekly a book and have them pick up the pace. There is too little going on each issue too hold my interest. I want to know where things are going but it seems like they want to draw things out as long as possible to drive the sales as low as possible to get it canned before they ever finish the story. Only time will tell where this is going but, the end can’t come fast enough. – Robert

Bodies #1 – C-

I’M SO CONFUSED, kinda. I’m not really sure what’s happening in this book, but I do understand one thing. There are dead bodies lying in the street, there is a secret organization where everybody is loved, both the bodies and organization have been going on for centuries, and I’m sure they are connected in some fashion or another. Other than that, all I got to say is, “What? Ummm Okay.” In my opinion it’s important for any new series to make it clear to the reader the jist of what is happening, otherwise I become frustrated and don’t really find an interest to come back. However, if the new story brings a great cliff hanger and suspense, then I will want to return. Sadly, Bodies did not do this for me. I’ll admit there were some cool elements to the book such as the view points from various different time periods, and I’m slightly interested to know more about those time periods, but the bodies themselves, eh. I’m sure it’s really cool, I just wish more was presented for a first issue. – Evan

 

IDW Comics:

Samurai Jack #10 – B+

I absolutely love this series. Samurai Jack has always been a favorite of mine, and this month we get a new artist, who although stay true to the classic Tartakovsky-style, he also adds a grittiness to it which goes great with the mind invasion storyline in this issue. We get some great flashback shots from the first episode and get to see again how Jack is truly the best warrior of the animated and comic universe. Definitely check this issue out, as it is a great story and could be a great introduction to the series in general. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Black Science #7 A-

The second chapter of Black Science begins a lot like the second season of a television show would. The characters have all grown, there are larger-scale obstacles in their way, and the readers have no idea what is going on. In many ways, it’s business as usual. The team is trying their best to find their way back home, but find themselves deeper in doo doo than before. The biggest difference comes in the form of the narrator. This time around, the story is told through the eyes of Kadir, the a-hole turned savior warrior after the events of the end of issue #6. The story still moves at breakneck speeds, and can be hard to follow, but I’m so enveloped in the world of Black Science that I would read it no matter what was going on in the grand scheme of things. – Sherif

Low #1 – B

Ah snap, things are about to get crazy – as if they aren’t already crazy enough. This story is interesting especially with its mix of syfy and drama. With Stel and Helmsman Caine taking their children out on their first hunt things were supposed to be fun and adventurous. However, IT’S A TRAP! I’m not going to spoil much but, things escalate quite quickly, and all I know is that this story has a long way from being over. With the fate of the Caine family, and Earth at risk, the only thing that anyone can have at this point is hope…and badassness. Yes, there are a lot of badass things in this book including the city, the Helm Suit, the the Scurvy Hoard and all the mess that’s about to go down. So basically if you are looking for what appears to be the start of a really cool science fiction series, Low may be for you. – Evan

 

Marvel:

Cyclops #3 B

I haven’t seen a father-son road trip this bad since A Goofy Movie. Not only have Corsair and Scott been repeated chased down by bounty hunters, but now their ship has crash-landed on an unidentified planet. The two finally end up getting some bonding time, though, as Scott learns some dark secrets about his father. I can’t help but feel for Scott, who is still bitter about his dad abandoning him at such a young age, but still manages to take the situation in with such maturity. Thanks to a dwindling supply of nano-bytes, Corsair only has about a month to live. I feel like this is a good move because it brings a certainty that this series won’t drag on forever, yet still keep its poignancy. – Sherif

They finally answered one of the major early questions readers were asking, but nothing really happened that is worth mentioning. Marvel recently seems to be in the habit of announcing people’s deaths well in advance and is making a similar move here. Cyclops’ time with his father is apparently fleeting and will need to be taken advantage of to the fullest, or it probably won’t and things will continue on as usual… who the hell knows anymore? This book started out as an interesting idea to me but I honestly can’t see this book lasting that long. This version of Cyclops isn’t nearly as interesting as the one he is trying to avoid becoming and like half of the new Marvel roster getting their own books, isn’t a strong enough character to be worth maintaining an entire series for. Hopefully that changes but if this book is going to continue with the intergalactic pirate theme, they need to make it more interesting. – Robert

Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet # 4 – C+

Ok so this series has gone from weird t just about as crazy as I would be to live in Deadpool’s mind. As crazy as it has gotten, it has now gotten to a Sharknado 2: The Second One level where it actually become enjoyable to see where the story is going now matter whether a werewolf and other classic monsters show up with Deadpool or whether Al Roker will survive the New York Sharknado. But the series is almost over here and surely we will see Deadpool and Shiklah fall in love as we know they get married, but with a succubus, maybe love is not why they get married. – Jacob

Guardians of the Galaxy #17 C

After being individually captured, Star Lord has freed himself with the help of Captain Marvel and is on the way to free the rest of his crew. Seeing the team work well together even though they are so different is what makes me love this book. All in all, though, nothing really happens in issue #17. It was a fun read, but the story was a scattered mess of one-two page summaries and the Nick Bradshaw’s pencil work was not very appealing. There’s really no issue that will hold a candle to the fact that the movie is coming out today, but it’s nice to see that the team’s spirit is still alive. – Sherif

All-New Ghost Rider #5 A-

We’ve been waiting for five issues, but Robbie Reyes is finally ready to accept his position as the Spirit of Vengeance. This issue caps off his encounter with Mr. Hyde, and the battle here is one of the most artistically displayed fight scenes I’ve seen lately. I haven’t wanted to root for Ghost Rider this much since before Nicholas Cage ruined it for everybody. However, little by little we can see the suit eating away at his consciousness, tempting him to take more brutal action as Ghost Rider, and do so without impunity. I wish the book was longer, however, as each issue is cut short and I am always left wishing I had gotten more out of it. All-New Ghost Rider is easily one of the books I look forward to reading the most. – Sherif

 

Funniest Panel:

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Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

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That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Batman Day – Best Batsuits

DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth and the legend, we have compiled a plethora of Bat-themed lists. We hope that we can inspire you to read more about Batman and his legacy, or even give us some feedback if you agree or disagree with the lists. Sound off below! And click on the picture below to take you to all of our Batman Day articles. 

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Top 35 Batsuits

Batman’s duds are one of the most iconic in comic books, and yet his appearance changes over and over. The Batsuit protects not only his internal organs, but his secret identity. Giving so much as Batman, it’s a common psychological evaluation to say that Batman is his main personality, who he really is, and not the reckless playboy that he gives himself off as being. The Batsuit, like everything else in fashion, has been changed many times to fit the times and the different circumstances that Batman has found himself in. Not all of them are suited for frequent use; some are great for a special occasion, and others defined a generation. Let us know what some of your favorite Batsuits are in the comments!

 

35.) Rainbow and Zebra-Striped Batman

Batman may be a hardcore vigilante hell-bent on serving foolish villains with a steaming plate of justice, but there is no denying that this man is fancy as fuck. Years ahead of his time, Batman was donning zebra print years before it would make its way to the discount section of Walmart’s snazzy lingerie section. Like most fashion revelations, this was completely by accident. While Batman and Robin tangle with Zebra-Man (Detective Comics #275 in 1960), a magnetically-powered villain, Batman accidentally triggers Zebra-Man’s device, becoming Zebra-Batman and gaining powers he cannot control. A few years earlier, Batman stupefied criminals in Detective Comics #241 (1957) by wearing a brightly colored Batsuit every night he was on patrol. That’s a diva attitude if I’ve ever seen one. The story goes that he was trying to distract crooks from knowing that Robin had a broken arm, but we know the truth – Batman just can’t stand not being in the spotlight.

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34.) Zur-En-Arrh

Batman has enough back-up plans to fill the Chinese alphabet. He always has an answer for every tough situation he finds himself in, whether it be an expected betrayal or outsmarting his most cerebral villains. What happens when the hard drive is wiped clean? What happens when Bruce Wayne has been injured so badly that he has no idea who he is? There’s a plan for that! In Grant Morrison’s Batman R.I.P., Bruce finds himself in that exact situation. He calls on his inner psyche to bring out Zur-En-Arrh, a chaotically-colored outfit of a brutally-insane version of Batman. Those familiar with Morrison’s arc may not know that Zur-En-Arrh was inspired by a visit from the alien Tlano of planet Zur-En-Arrh in Batman #113 (1958). I guess you never know what you’ll pick up along the way.

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33.) Two-Face Batman

When Batman “died” at the end of Final Crisis in 2008, it shook the comic book world. While the Bat-family grieved, Dick was begrudgingly convinced that Gotham needed a Batman, and that he was the right man for the job. However, allies and villains alike noticed something amiss with Dick in charge. The interim Batman was a decent substitute for them, but he was decidedly not the original. This led Two-Face to do some reconnaissance (Batman #690) to find out just who this impostor Batman was. Dent infiltrated the Batcave, following Dick home from a night of patrol, and beat the ever-living crap out of Batman. The Two-Face Batsuit Dick saw was nothing more than a hallucination, thanks to needles laced with Scarecrow’s fear toxin, but it was a rude wake-up call that Dick needed to be more than Nightwing in a Batsuit, and commit to becoming The Batman.

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32.) Batman One Million

Batman is not a man, but a symbol. It should come to know surprise that the Dark Knight’s legacy lives on in the future – and not just Batman Beyond future; we’re talking about over 80,000 years away here. As you can assume, any future in need of a Batman probably isn’t a great place to be. A mass kidnapping and massacre of thousands of families led to one of those children making the choice to become the Batman. It was kind of a crappy time period, but at least in that future, Pluto was still a planet. This minor Batman from the much too distant future, where Hero Worship is more literal than figurative. Check out 1998’s JLA #23 for more on this mysterious Batman of the future.

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31.) Gotham by Gaslight

I’m a sucker for historically-involved books, so this 1800’s adaptation of Batman hit the spot. The story focuses on Jack the Ripper, and is just as much horror as it is mystery. I love the high-tech gadgets he uses now, but there’s something refreshing about just a guy with no armor running around catching dangerous criminals with just his mind and fists at his disposal. The suit itself isn’t anything special – just a petticoat and a homemade utility belt, but there is a noticeable steampunk vibe to the costume.

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30.) Batman Inc.

To take a page out of Jay-Z’s book, Bruce way is not a businessman; he is a business, man. When Bruce returns to life, he decides to spill the beans that he has been privately funding Batman for years. Nobody seems to care about this, or worry about the millions of embezzled funds, or look into the fact that he has privatized military protection with no sanction or permission because he’s the GD Batman. The suit isn’t too much different from the New 52 look or the classic look, but it effectively bridged the past and present together. To boot, the emblem design in the middle looks like something a car company would put on their luxury lines.

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29.) Adam West

Back before a six-pack was mandatory for an actor to play Batman, there was Adam West. Don’t get me wrong, thanks to some onomatopoeic wordplay, I still believed Adam West to be a highly capable crime fighter. This classic Batman TV series was the first place people really got to see Batman as a real live person – and don’t even talk about the 1940’s serial; that “costume” was an insult to mothers who sew everywhere. No, this high-budgeted series defined what Batman looked like in real life at an early age, influencing comic books and future Batsuits to come. Pay homage to the Bright Knight.

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28.) First Appearance

When Bob Kane and Bill Finger first thought up The Bat Man, he had no idea the colossal movement of fans he would start. The playboy-by-day, vigilante-by-night was just as terrifying 75 years ago as he is today. The original design had a ridiculously-shaped head with long, pointy ears, and PURPLE GLOVES! They don’t make any sense, but they have become canon all the same. Legend has it that DC was in a rush to publish and had meant to come back to re-color the gloves blue, but it never happened. Regardless, the purple gloves command fans’ respect, as they were the gloves that started it all. You can find the purple gloves adorning action figures, reprints and currently in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Zero Year.

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27.) Batzarro

Could you imagine an anti-Batman who is literally the opposite of Batman? Wayne Bruce, the World’s Worst Detective from Superman/Batman #20, is from the same world as Bizarro (Superman’s er… twin). He is easily recognized by the upside-down Bat symbol on the front of his chest. While he tries to help Batman and Superman, his backwards strategy always seems to get in the way… like the way he guns down married couples in Crime Alley, or the fact that he can’t make a complete sentence. Batzarro is cut from the same cloth as Batman and Bizarro, and watching him try to do good is adorable when he fails at it. His costume, albeit just a simple twist from the original, is rare enough that few people know it exists and knowing about it adds a feather to your Batman nerd cap now.

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26.) Kingdom Come

Everybody ages; there’s no secret there. So how does the Dark Knight continue to instill fear in his enemies when he’s barely strong enough to open a jar of pickles, let alone put the smack down on some rowdy punks in Kingdom Come? Well, some high-tech gadgets (duh?), a group of punk superheroes called The Outsiders and a rehabilitation suit. Even underneath the actual Batsuit, Bruce needs mechanical assistance to stay mobile; years of taking damage have left him with the face and body of Clint Eastwood. Batman stays through most of the battle as a general, making moves from the inside, but thanks to this armored Batsuit, he’s able to kick ass some whipper-snapper booty off his proverbial lawn.

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25.) Justice Lord Batman

Batman is all about his business, but Justice Lord Batman really don’t play. In an alternate timeline, the Justice League (Episode 37-38 of Justice League “A Better World”) of a parallel universe stopped being so lenient when the most warm-hearted member of the team, Flash, is murdered by Lex Luthor. An enraged Superman kills the President and the Justice League Lords become overseers of the Earth. All the personality is sucked from the Batsuit, making it solid black with a shiny silver emblem on the front. The change was meant to symbolize a more regal Batman, and it looked dope.

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24.) Alex Ross’ Justice

If you’re a middle-aged Batman, and you want your enemies know you’ve been thoroughly pissed off, then Justice #9’s armor is the outfit for you. After being brain-washed to fight against the home team, Batman comes to filled with guilt, embarrassment and rage. This futuristic suit is inspired from the Adam West Batmobile, which I’m not sure whether it is a compliment to the suit or the car. This baby can shoot rockets and fly, which makes it a shame that it’s only used for one attack; most of its display involved just being aesthetically appealing.

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23.) Blackest Night & Brightest Day

Batman has gone through a lot of costume changes, but few come with the aid of an intergalactic Lantern ring. In Blackest Night, following the death of Batman, he was resurrected by the Black Hand as an agent of death. For fans still mourning from the death of Bruce Wayne, this was unspeakably cruel… but incredibly cool! Zombie Batman was the closest thing we had to the real thing. The whole Blackest Night arc was a nightmare for the entire DC Universe, so imagine our delight when DC announces that Batman will be The White Lantern, the key to ending the war on the Black Lanterns. Things become a bit more complicated than that, as Batman isn’t the chosen one, but you never really doubted that we could be. Batman would play with with other rings in his time, but the significance of serving as guardian of Life (White) and Death (Black) is not overlooked.

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22.) Tim Burton movies

Michael Keaton was my introduction to Batman. All black suit, glowing yellow symbol on the chest, this is what I imagined Batman looked like for the first years of my life. I would later learn that the suit’s head and neck was one complete piece, which made turning Keaton’s head nearly impossible. This led to the inadvertent creation of “The Hero Turn,” where a hero will turn her/his entire body instead of just craning the neck. Prosthetic issues aside, there’s no denying that this Batsuit is classic. Burton’s final product was basically a blacked out, metallic version of the comic books at the time. The suit has served as a cornerstone of Batsuit innovation, and served the film perfectly.

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21.) Knightfall‘s Mask of Tengu

When Bane broke Batman’s back in Knightfall: Volume 1, he took away more than his mobility. Bruce’s confidence was completely shattered. Following a miraculously-short rehab stint, Batman set out to find Lady Shiva to help train him to be at his peak. Shiva, being one of the world’s deadliest assassins, puts Batman through multiple tests, including killing a man, which he does to her satisfaction (…or does he??). To inspire Batman, she makes him wear the Mask of Tengu in the form of the Bat. Tengu masks are of Japanese folklore, representing legendary animals, and often referred to in Buddhist lore as demons, harbingers of war. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but the Mask of Tengu marked the moment when Batman got his groove back.

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20.) Dark Knight of the Round Table

According to history, Batman isn’t exactly the most chivalrous superhero. He does not mind striking a lady and he will not be there in the morning when you wake up, but that doesn’t mean he won’t stomp a mudhole in your ass and walk it dry. In this Elseworld mini-series, Bruce Waynesmoor takes up the sword to protect his house. Batman is one of the few heroes to really make his story work in the Dark Ages, and the Batsuit chosen in the story is easily one of the most creative costumes to date. Renaissance Festival patrons, eat your heart out.

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19.) The New52 Batman

The New52 relaunch was a scary, scary time in the comic book world. Batman had just started an incredible new journey with Batman Inc., and Superman had just renounced his American citizenship. The reboot came swiftly, and most notable in the debut issue of Justice League #1 was a group of classic heroes with NO UNDERWEAR on the outside. Say what you want about the excessive line work, which was applicably toned down in Capullo’s Batman version, but after 70+ years, it was time for these heroes to grow up and wear their briefs on the inside.

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18.) Neal Adams’ 1970’s Batsuit

If you’re searching for a time to mark the modernized Batman design, look at Neal Adams’ design. Known popularly as the “1970’s Batman design,” Adams, along with writer Denny O’Neil, created some great moments with Batman. The blue and grey outfit might be considered old now, but it has still universally inspired the designs that are still used today. Adams also gave Bruce Wayne some much-needed chest hair, which was the picture of manliness as can be when he is swashbuckling shirtless with Ra’s al Ghul in the desert. It’s time we bring back the rugged Batman and the classic suit that symbolized one of the best eras Batman has had in the past 50 years.

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17.) Jason Todd as Batman

Batman’s disappearance had left quite a void in the Bat-family, and Dick Grayson stepped up to fill the void. While the immediate family supported him taking over, Jason Todd felt entitled to part of the inheritance. This led to the Battle for the Cowl arc, in which everybody lost their damn minds vying for the mantle of the Batman. Jason, who had been the Red Hood to that point, fanciest himself a new Batsuit, a frightening costume equipped with several guns and a mouthguard that looked much more like a muzzle for a rabid dog. And that’s exactly what he was at that point. Thankfully, Dick Grayson prevailed and Gotham wasn’t protected by a sociopath who murdered thugs, leaving behind passive aggressive sticky notes that just said “I AM BATMAN.”

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16.) The Dark Knight Returns

While the slightly-armored Batman is a popular choice in comic book lore, there’s something innately appealing about an insane, bulking old man who is willing to risk getting shot and stabbed just to get close enough to sock you in the face. The Batman in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was just that man. His suit is sewn, not bolted. There is no insane tech to pull out and save the day with. It may not be realistic, but it made it that much cooler to be the Dark Knight. Miller’s signature giant bat emblem was also on display, which has become the flag for old-man strength, and looks to be the inspiration for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film.

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15.) High Seas Batman

Pirate Batman may have only lasted one glorious issue, but by golly, it was awesome. When Bruce Wayne travels through time in the highly-illogical-but-what-the-hell-he’s-back The Return of Bruce Wayne, he takes the role of several time-stamped characters, including a caveman, a pilgrim and a cowboy. None of them can touch the grace of High Seas Batman and his glorious beard, which translates surprisingly well to an action figure. The Return of Bruce Wayne is one of the zaniest canon stories in the last decade. It’s an adaptation that would work if given his own series, but with DC taking their franchise titles so seriously, I don’t expect anything this outrageous will ever happen, so enjoy Pirate Batman for the national treasure that it is.

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14.) Flashpoint Batman

Flashpoint was a Flash-centric storyline, but that doesn’t mean he has to the only one getting a cool makeover. The Batman in this story is not the Wayne we know. Instead, Bruce’s father Thomas has taken over duties, and he is one frightening S.O.B. Using torture techniques and war tactics to interrogate his enemies, this Batman is always angry, highlighted by his red-tinted suit and unseemly facial hair. He doesn’t have nearly the amount of gadgetry Bruce does, but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous and those glowing red eyes support the opinion that Bruce’s dad is ten times scarier than he is.

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13.) The Suit of Sorrows

Speaking of an angry Batman, the mystical Suit of Sorrows was created during the Crusades, given to a knight deemed Pure of Heart. Well, not so much it turns out, as the suit drives him crazy, causing him to slaughter hundreds of people. So, what better present to bestow upon your baby daddy than the genocide-inducing Suit of Sorrows in Detective Comics #842? This wretched garb with chain mail and a flowing, ragged scarf makes Batman stronger, and faster, but also gives him quite the temper. The suit wasn’t around for more than one issue, since it was stolen from the Batcave and wound up on Azrael.

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12.) Batman Inc. partners

Batman has gone global! After announcing his plan for global protection in Batman Inc., Bruce travels the world, recruiting Agents of the Bat. Some of them are more prominently featured than others, with Africa’s Batwing (whose mantle is now being carried by Lucius Fox’s son), England’s Knight and Squire, and Argentina’s Gaucho taking up most of the spotlight. There’s also the Native American Man of Bats, France’s Nightrunner and Japan’s Mr. Unknown. All of the characters have outfits inspired by their native lands, and they’re all really cool. Even if most of them haven’t gotten their due in a story, they all added flavor and diversity to the Bat-team.

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11.) Nolan’s Batsuit

The Dark Knight trilogy gave Batman the justice on screen he deserved, and it started with this highly advanced Batsuit. It’s as close to Iron Man’s suit as Bruce can get, spending a fortune in the Wayne Enterprises R&D department to optimize it for kicking bad guys in the face. It’s too bad it couldn’t buy Christian Bale a better Bat-voice, but the suit was a work of art. Batman looked truly invincible in it (except for that time he got stabbed, but who’s counting). It took the armored, blacked out Burton version and took it up a notch, with only the utility belt having any color to it at all. It wasn’t just for looks, either. The suit and cape also served many practical purposes throughout the trilogy. I dare the BVS Batsuit to hold up to this masterpiece.

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10.) Greg Capullo’s Zero Year Batsuit

The current artist of Batman is rewriting history. The Zero Year arc is telling the story of the year Bruce Wayne became Batman, and the makeshift costume that Bruce puts together is an instant classic. It’s inherently realistic and easily cosplayable, with a survivalist twist. At his best, Batman can improvise vital supplies and gadgets with whatever he can fashion. He was MacGyver before MacGyver was MacGyver. Plus, I have to mention the purple gloves, a callback to the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27, 75 years ago – a personal touch we found out from an interview with Greg Capullo himself was Snyder’s idea

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9.) The Animated Series

Thanks to the insanely talented Bruce Timm, TAS had one of the most iconic Batsuits in history. Simple, sleek, and easily replicated, there wasn’t a lot of detail visually: black cape and cowl, grey suit, and shining yellow emblem on the chest with a black Bat symbol. The beauty was in the eyes, where pure white lenses covered his baby blue eyes, yet still managed to capture all of Batman’s expressions. TAS is also famous for using the full repertoire of bells and whistles that the utility belt can handle, making for some resourceful and entertaining moments.

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8.) Insider Suit

Leave it to Bruce Wayne to make a dramatic entrance. After returning from the dead in The Return of Bruce Wayne, you would think he would come home, and that his cohorts would put together an intimate Welcome Home party upon his arrival. Not this guy! In Bruce Wayne: The Road Home #1, Batman dons this super secret spy suit, likened to one from Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, hacks into the JLA Watchtower, spies on the city and inexplicably beats the crap out of Batgirl. There was an upside to the fact that Bruce is a complete jerk. The suit’s powers included abilities inspired by the entire Justice League: Martian Manhunter’s camoflauge, a synthetic Green Lantern Ring, the ability to tap into the speed force, a built-in polygraph and a ninja setting. The only thing left to wonder is why the hell he never incorporated these abilities into any of the Batsuits that came later.

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7.) Batman Hush Batsuit

The actual Batsuit in Jim Lee‘s Hush model gets a high mark no matter how you put it. DC Comics frequently uses his rendition in almost any large-scale graphic of the Batman. The detail and shading of the suit makes it a shoe-in for the top ten. Lee’s idea to show ears on Batman’s head was one that, in hindsight, missing from almost everybody else’s version. Bottom line, when I think of Batman, I think of Jim Lee’s Hush, down to the coloring, short pointy ears and perfectly-shaped Bat symbol. The Batsuit in Hush also stays perpetually dry, even though there are several rainstorms throughout the book. So there’s that.

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6.) Azrael Batsuit

When Bane put the Batman an indefinite time out, he sought out a successor to temporarily take over while he left to rehabilitate himself. At the time, the two logical options were Dick Grayson and Jean-Paul Valley, who had spent years as Azrael, the Angel of Death for a religious group of nuts before rejecting them and training under Batman. Valley was chosen as the fill-in, which seemed an adequate replacement – until he began alienating himself from known allies. Soon, Azrael, adorned in a newly designed suit of death, was murdering villains and allowing collateral damage. Before Batman came back to reclaim his title, Azrael had managed to put Bane down – and decidedly left him alive.

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5.) Damian as Batman

At the current point in time, Damian is dead (ish?), but he once the heir to Batman’s empire. In the flash-forward issue Batman #666, Damian is featured as a future Batman. The years have grown the son of Batman into a jaded, yet concise and highly intelligent crime-fighter. His signature look was capped by a large grey trench coat with a popped collar sporting the bottom of the Bat symbol, in essence giving his whole head and shoulders the appearance of a curled up bat. To boot, the trench coat he sported contains a variety of pockets for weapons to use in addition to the utility belt. The thought of Damian taking over the family business is a tantalizing one. Who wouldn’t want to see this former League of Assassins trainee put the hurt on some of his dad’s enemies?

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4.) Batman Beyond

Kids these days have no idea how much work we had to put in to solve crimes. Nowadays they have the whole world at their fingertips. Terry McGinnis reaped the benefits of Bruce Wayne’s hard work by having the Batman Beyond suit bestowed upon him. This baby had everything a person could want in an outfit: chameleon-style camouflage, rocket boosters, and a list worthy of its own Wikia page. Terry was indeed worthy of the suit, but he had a heck of a lot easier of a time with his vigilante-style justice than Bruce did initially.

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3.) Batman’s Heavy-Duty Armor Suit

What does Batman do when the foe he’s up against just simply can’t be taken down by normal means? He builds himself a giant suit of armor – ya know, just in case. In Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Batman prepares himself for a one on one battle with Superman by hopping into a giant suit of armor. Even recently, in the Court of Owls arc, Batman prepares for the slew of Talons by jumping in his Thrasher suit. The best part about him being in these gigantic wrecking balls is that it is only a distraction while another part of his plan formulates, cementing the brains to go with the brawn. Although, part of me just wishes he would smash things from time to time.

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2.) Red Son Batman

You can take Batman out of the freest country in the world, but you can’t take the freedom out of Batman. In the Elseworld story Superman: Red Son, which begs the question, “What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of Smallville?,” we find a very patriotic Superman drinking the Kool-Aid of Soviet Russia, following her every command, not realizing the oppression he is leading. Leave it to Batman to take on Soviet Superman and Wonder Woman all by himself, and holds his own for a fair amount of time. He does this all while wearing an Ushanka and heavy coat. No matter where he lives or who he is, Batman is defined by his actions.

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1.) Green Lantern Batman

We mentioned earlier that Batman had been the hand of both life and death when he wore the White and Black Lantern rings, respectively, but the greatest power in the universe, crafted by the Guardians of Oa, was once at his mercy. When Hal Jordan returned from his hiatus, he practically begged Batman to have a go at using the Green Lantern ring in 2006’s Green Lantern #9. The result was a flurry of power that actually took Batman aback. He turned down any further use of the ring, which was disappointing because just the taste of seeing Batman holding one of the galaxy’s most powerful weapons was enough to secure a top spot in the list of Batsuits.

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Denver Comic Con 2014- Cosplay… Cosplay Contest Shindig!

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While the Cosplay on the show floor did not disappoint, the Cosplay Party hosted on Saturday night was a winner!  Check out all the costumes below:

“Respect My Craft” – Neal Adams

In this consumer-based industry, it can be easy to forget the years of hard work that the people in the business put in. Behind every panel, it takes a skilled writer, artist, inker and colorist to make the product complete. Behind each scene goes hours of preparation. Hush Comics’ weekly article “Respect My Craft” will dive into the history of these comic book and pop culture greats that will hopefully give a new perspective on how the men and women behind the pen (or stylus) contribute to the collective awesome-ness of the nerd world, or at least give you a reason to invest in their work.

 

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Name: Neal Adams

Profession: Comic Book Artist

Notable WorkBatman, Green Lantern, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

“That’s the difference between DC and Marvel comics: all the characters at DC, because of their history, were all all sparkly-tooth Americans; they smiled, they had good jobs, they had secret identities. At Marvel, Jack [Kirby] convinced Stan [Lee] that the four characters who would go off into specae, be bombarded by cosmic rays, and come back as monsters. All [the Marvel stars] were essentially monsters turned into superheroes. Over at DC we had golden-toothed heroes. Even the new guys: test pilot, lab scientist. It’s still the difference between the two companies. When people talk about Spider-Man and his personality problems, it’s all part of the monster side of the superhero genre as opposed to DC. Batman is the closest to the Marvel characters that DC has.” – Neal Adams

 

Neal Adams is still a juggernaut in the comic book industry for nearly 60 years. The amazing artist may not have gotten to Batman until over thirty years into his inception, but he and Denny O’Neil’s portrayal has shaped the way the character has been portrayed since. His story started with being initially rejected when he tried to get with DC Comics. Adams ended up working at Johnstone & Cushing, doing comic book advertising (something he’s continued to do with his company Continuity Associates). After that, Adams found some work pencilling for Archie, then drew the Ben Casey comic strip with creator Jerry Capp, based off the medical drama TV series.

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This experience, and his connections with Capp, helped serve him as ghost-artist for a few different series, including Peter Scratch, written by Jerry’s brother, Elliot Caplin. He was eventually offered a gig on The Green Berets, a war story, but turned the book down because it was set in Vietnam, during a time when he and many Americans were opposed to the war in Vietnam. This was more a political statement about the Vietnam War specifically, as Adams was a fan of war books, in general. A lot of DC’s books were war-related at the time, and it was something that Adams enjoyed. His gritty and rough action sequences made him a great fit.

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From there, he did covers and mini-segments for various late Silver Age titles like Action Comics and Detective Comics, which gave him a reputation for doing a lot of covers. Eventually, he was given his first full superhero issue, World’s Finest #175. Adams was even asked to redraw a Teen Titans story, where creator Marv Wolfman was planning to create DC’s first black superhero, Jericho. The idea was shot down by Carmine Infantino, and Neal Adams came in to clear the air. DC was notoriously conservative at the time, whereas Marvel already several black superheroes. Adams decided to try his hand at Marvel, while still freelancing at DC. He found the company “more friendly, a lot more real” and enjoyed that they executives there “were not as oppressed as the people at National were.”

DC wasn’t about to let their All-Star walk to Marvel, so they gave Adams the opportunity to work with writer Denny O’Neil. The two would go on as one of the greatest tag teams in comic books. Their work on The Avengers, X-MenGreen LanternThe Flash and, of course, Batman. Their portrayal of the Dark Knight made a sharp turn from light and campy to dark and grave. The Batman we know today is a direct descendant of the work those two men did.

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One of my favorite stories they did  was the Green Lantern/Green Arrow arc. After being the artist that gave Oliver Queen his patented facial hair, the superhero duo tackled real issues and ushered in an era of more humanizing characters. Drug addiction was explored in the shocking Green Lanern #85, where it was revealed that Speedy (Green Arrow’s sidekick) was a drug addict. Adams and O’Neil also wrote from everything from pollution to racism, making it a highly-relatable book – but not necessarily a high-selling book. After the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series was cut, Neal Adams moved onto some big projects. He worked on the very first inter-company book, Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man in 1976. Another crossover of his that was very well-received was Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. The book took the hero out of the pages at put him against a real life icon, humanizing him even more, which is ironic for an alien. To really put him in the realm of real-life heroes, Adams gave the intricate cover a personal touch, including celebrities, superheroes and political figures adorning the background. The cover was so iconic that it was altered to include Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali in 2000.

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Following this book, Adams formed Continuity Comics, an independent publisher where he could really flex his creative muscle. The company lasted over a decade, and created dozens of titles. Having his own company meant that Adams and his team weren’t held back by censorship, so violence and eroticism were a staple in the series. Continuity also got caught up in the variant craze of the early 90’s, packaging issues with glow-in-the-dark, chrome-plated, and hologram covers. Some of the issues contained posters, trading cards or stickers. Awesome for fans, bad for business. Continuity didn’t make quite the splash some of the other independent published did in the 90’s, but it was still a dream come true for Adams.

Recently, Adams has been working on Batman mini-series. In 2011, he wrote and pencilled Batman: Odyssey, a twelve-issue run that took the Dark Knight back to his early 70’s roots. He also was featured in the newest Batman: Black & White, a compilation of short stories. Neal’s story was about an awesome-looking zombie Batman. It’s even getting its own Black and White statue.

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Comic books aren’t Neal Adam’s only passion. He is also a huge science buff, and has a website and YouTube channel dedicated to his thoughts and research, attributed to the work of geologist Samuel Warren Carey and his theory of an expanding Earth. There’s some really heavy stuff in there, and even if you don’t agree with the theory, there’s some certified science in there, and it took Adams 30 years to grasp the concept on a scientific level. There’s a lot to learn from this man, at and away from the drawing table.

Neal Adams is a legend. He’s won multiple awards for his art, and has been inducted into the Will Eisner and Jack Kirby halls of fame. With Denny O’Neil, he helped create the modern ethos of Batman, and helped initiate comic books into the Bronze era. On top of all that, he’s a pretty swell guy! He’s been to every comic book convention we’ve attended, and he always has a great story to tell, not to mention one of the coolest merchandise tables of any artist attending. Lucky for us, Mile High Comics will be hosting a pre-Denver Comic Con party in just over a week, and Neal Adams will be there.

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Diggin’ Through the Crates: Laws “Dark and Twisted”

Song: “Dark and Twisted”

Artist: Laws

Album: (Non Album Freestyle)

Lyric: “Can we get much higher? So high oh/Doomsday-Doomsday went and killed your Superman/Hoes in his red cape, Lois Lane, red face/Around my hometown, so many people know how meth taste.”

Character Reference/Meaning:

Coming to the “DTC” stage this week is up and coming rapper, Laws, sampling Kanye Wests hit, “Dark Fantasy.” And what Laws brings to us today is not only awesomely nerdy, but it hits a serious note as well. DRUGS! WHAT IS DRUGS? Drugs are not only a crippling epidemic in reality, but they have played their part in comics as well. That are a copious amount of fictional drugs that run rampant through the comic book world which bring with them similar problems as they would in reality. Even some of our most beloved heroes such as Iron Man, Tony Stark, have had personal battles with drugs and alcohol, which has been apparent in the movies and comics. Particularly the nine issue story arc of Iron Man titled “Demon in a Bottle.” Green Lantern has also made drug culture front and center in Green Lantern Vol. 2 Issue #85-86, better known as the “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” arc. This was a anti-drug campaign meant to show people the harsh realities of drugs. This was done by Green Lantern and Green Arrow fighting drug dealers and dealing with Roy Harper’s addiction to drugs. This is prevalent seeing that the cover to issue #85 where the green duo walk in on Roy shooting himself up with drugs.

Drugs are a main theme within this Laws song and he presents it so elegantly with this comic book lyric. I viewed this lyric as one big metaphor. Just take a moment and try to come along this imaginative journey with me where “Doomsday” is actually drugs. Doesn’t matter the drug; meth, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, any will do. As many comic book fans out there know, back in 1992, DC released a comic titled, “The Death of Superman.” That’s right, one of, if not the most powerful superhero known to mankind was killed. And he was killed by none other than Doomsday. They fought, scrapped, rumbled, and exchanged blows until Superman lay unconscious in Lois Lanes arms. So what I would guess Laws is trying convey is that even though drugs have the potential to make you feel invincible and high flying like Superman in their peek, ultimately, drugs don’t truly end with anything other than death. So at the time you feel you can outrun death, and stop bullets, when it all catches up to you, it could be you slumped over in the streets with your loved ones around you (Lois Lane) sobbing, mourning your decisions (red face). Also it is not uncommon that many children view the adults in their life as being their “Superman,” and in the end it could be those children left read faced with their Superman completely broken by “Doomsday.” Oh snap, this lyric is so metaphorical.

So now that we went on our little journey, we can safely return back to reality where Superman is Superman, and Doomsday is Doomsday. And if you want to see more of that action you do not have to wait. Superman: Doomed #1 is set to release May 14, 2014 where we will get to see this infamous match-up once again between Superman and Doomsday. With Doomsday sporting some new abilities, this title has been one of the most anticipated stories to come out of the New 52 lineup. So if you are looking for an awesome battle between two powerful forces, than this comic needs to be in your face immediately. Basically if you want action pact panels, with some hit and miss dialog then Superman: Doomed is here to meet your needs. I would say that if you think this is a good place to get into Superman, probably not. This comic seems to be aimed more toward die hard Superman fans, who want that next thrill. However, as a jumping off point, there are many other options that would be much much better. Regardless, it is a comic book and it should be read by all to enjoy. And remember kids, say no to Doomsday…or drugs…just to be safe, say no to both.

Comic Book Reviews 04-16-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

Batman #30 – A-

The start of the Savage City arc picks up where issue #28 left off, but much later. Apparently, Batman got himself into another coma – that can’t be good for him – and woke up with the city in ruins and under the totalitarian rule of Edward Nygma (or whatever you want to call him; I’m sure the term “Riddler” will stick eventually). For those that loved No Man’s Land, it looks like Scott Synder is taking it back to those days while putting a whole new spin on it. This is one of my favorite series because I don’t ever fear for where the story goes. It does the character justice, but still takes it far enough away that I’m genuinely thrilled to read each issue. – S

This issue just stands to prove that Batman is one of the most badass characters of all time. The ending panel was absolutely amazing and I can’t think of a better way to end the issue. There is an interesting plot twist of sorts when Batman has recovered but I liked the way they handled it. It was very original and really felt as though it was treading new ground for Batman. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the way in which it felt like Bruce was defeated. I know these are the early years but I always liked the idea that the only person to really best the batman was a badass like Deathstroke, not the Riddler and his blatant social commentary. Overall, this was one of the best books of the week. – R

Other Reviews:

BOOM! Studios:

Translucid #1 – C+

I don’t really understand what was happening through some of it, but I’m not so sure it matters yet. In Translucid, there arethe stereotypical criminal organizations with tricks and schemes up their sleeves, and a superhero out to stop the evil happening. Yawn. However, there is a little twist that may or may not involve a child. I think time will tell the relationship between all the characters. I just find it strange that the main villain “The Horse” is literally a man wearing a horse mask. It reminds me of those horse head memes you see on the internet. The other villains also have their own flavor: a George Washington look-alike with a huge gun, a powder-faced queen, and one bad ass looking female with a dope mask and axe, the confusion only gets deeper. However, the main hero, “The Navigator” is proving to be pretty cool costume to gadgets. I believe there is more to this comic and story that meets the eye. In the future this comic could prove to be something really cool. And I still think it has that potential. However as of right now, I’m not sold yet. This is a comic I would recommend going a few issues with, and if it doesn’t improve, then move on.  – E

Dark Horse Comics:

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5 – C-

The conclusion to the latest Darth Vader miniseries arrives with Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5 this week.  Epic conclusion?… Mehh.  As mentioned in review’s past, SW fans hold the Vader legacy in high esteem and hold higher and higher expectations with every new story.  Simply, Cry of Shadows just didn’t deliver.  It’s a been-there-done-that type of story that provides no development for this fan favorite villain.  The story angle was unique, but the execution just fell so flat.  Maybe it’s the miniseries curse – I can imagine the challenge with having to pique reader’s ever advancing interest in just five issues.  All in all – the whole series was enjoyable and interesting.  But if you happened to miss this series, take it from me… you didn’t miss much. – T

DC/Vertigo:

Wonder Woman #30 – B

Things are looking pretty grim for the rest of the world. While Wonder Woman is training her army to prepare for battle with the First Born, he is running amuck, going full-blown Kratos on the Greek gods. This is a story that has been building up for thirty issues now, and I honestly don’t want it to end. If you’re just picking up the book now, yes, the gods in this book look ridiculous – Hades is a little child with candles dripping off of his head and Poseidon is a giant frog with pre-teen whiskers. Don’t let that fool you into thinking these Gods are not badasses, though. First Born might be my favorite Wonder Woman villain of all time; artist Chiang paints a horrifying picture of what Olympus looks like under his reign. – S

Batman: Eternal #2 – B

After a debut of jaw-dropping action, this issue is a lot of build-up. There’s a whole lot of anticipation as to who is back in town, who caused the catastrophe in the first issue, and what that means for the rest of the Bat-family. There are honestly more questions asked than answered this issue, which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily. The reveal at the end perked me up, as the person responsible for Jim Gordon’s predicament is somebody powerful that has been missing from the Batverse for years. I’m really excited to see where this book goes. – S

This book is exciting and I believe stays true to what a batman story should be. With further developments from the last issue, I can see this book turning into something good. Maybe not great, but very entertaining and classic batman to say the least. I think some background knowledge would help understand some of the characters a bit, however it is not essential. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next issue. – E

The great thing about this book is that with the regular Batman comic being squarely rooted in the Zero Year for right now, this book has the opportunity to continue on with the future of Batman. I actually like this idea quite a bit because they can continue exploring the Bruce’s roots with Zero Year for a while if they really wanted to while still being able to continue forward with Eternal. I like that it is also connected to the other books as well, meaning we are going to be seeing some cameos from other characters. I just hope that plots don’t mingle in the way they did with Supergirl. This book ends with revealing a little more of the underlying plot that will lead to the destruction of Gotham that we saw in the first issue. It’s a good time to be a Batman fan because he is getting some of the most consistently good writing for all of his publications as well as tons of character development across multiple time periods. I’m pretty excited to see where they take things. Anyone that can make the Batman nervous is cause for a great storyline. – R

Batman & Wonder Woman #30 – B

Let’s get one thing straight: Batman smells like man, and the entire Amazonian legion knows it. Or at least, I hope it’s the musk of manliness, because there are several instances in the book that claim Batman smells. Aside from that, this issue merges the practical and mythological very well. Batman is still on the hunt for Ra’s al Ghul, partly for revenge, partly to retrieve the stolen body of Damian Wayne and keep Ra’S from defiling it. Diana and Bruce make a good pair, and seeing as they never really interact with each other alone, it was a good perspective of how strong these two are as a team. – S

Justice League #29 – B-

If you’re looking for an issue with a great spotlight on Cyborg, look no further. Vic teams up with the Metal Men to take Grid offline. There’s some really good dialog between Cyborg and Grid, who at this point is what would happen if the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz was played by one of the deadly soldier cyborgs in Terminator. The way it plays out is pretty cool, but it could easily be labeled as cheesy and cliché at points. Also, there is tons of backstory in this issue, so you can pick it up without really knowing what else is going on, for the focus on Cyborg alone. – S

Sinestro #1 – B-

To give a little background, Sinestro was the biggest baddest Green Lantern in the galaxy. That is, until he went all crazy and formed the Yellow Lanterns and pretty much had holy war with the GL Corps. Then, somehow, he became a GL again, saved the universe from certain doom, fused himself with the Yellow Lantern entity Parallax and exiled himself. Crazy, right? Well, you can take Sinestro out of the Yellow Lantern Corps, but you can’t take the Yellow Lantern out of Sinestro (literally, because he fused himself with it). Sinestro is attempting to take back control of the Corps, but they all hate him for abandoning them. It’s a tired premise, but there is a lot of potential for this book to be great. Fans of the GL books will no doubt stay with it, but there might just be too much history for new readers to really appreciate Sinestro. – S

I thought that this comic started off in really good fashion. Immediately, I could tell that this comic was going to be good. Despite having little action, the dialog itself was great and enough to keep me wanting more. I look forward to this series and understanding Sinestro more. Whether you are a fan or not, I would recommend giving this book a read. – E

Bad guys bring it best.  Think about it.  Everyone knows how a hero’s story will end (usually…).  When center stage belongs to the villain the upcoming journey could take you anywhere.  That’s what I really liked about Sinestro #1.  In the very first issue the plot has woven in essentially multiple main conflicts.  From the get go this series is dynamic and engaging.  On top of that there is depth.  All in the issue #1!  Pile on the fact that Sinestro is a true born bad-ass and this comic has got all the elements of greatness.  Starting a such a high place has me nervous for the series – it’s way easier to fall downhill than to keep climbing.  I wonder if I turn my nervousness into fear if I can guarantee an A+ story… – T

Supergirl #30 – D

I don’t know why they chose to make Kara a Red Lantern but when she gets really angry I can’t help but imagine that this is what it is like when a Kryptonian teenager gets her period. It’s gotten to the point where she has been turned into a crybaby of sorts and it is borderline hard to read. We get it, Krypton was destroyed and you are all alone in the universe. Superman handles it with much more grace than she does but I guess that’s the difference between them. I also really despise how, in order to get the full story, you need to be reading another book. I don’t really have any desire to read Red Lanterns, and this isn’t the first time they’ve done this with this book. I had to start reading Superboy just to get the conclusion to one of her main story arcs. One last thought, why is it she doesn’t normally wear a mask but now that she is a Red Lantern she suddenly has one even though the other members don’t seem to be wearing one? – R

Harley Quinn #5 – F

I’m tired of pretending that this book is acceptable. I was expecting somewhat of a tribute to Harley, or how she moved on from the abusive Joker, or even about a borderline lesbian relationship with Poison Ivy. Instead, Harley Quinn has given us four (Issue #1 was awesome) issues of utter crap – I mean, jokes that wouldn’t even show up in MAD Magazine they’re so dumb and immature. They’re treating this book like a Deadpool mini-series, but Harley simply doesn’t have enough clout to pull off a throw-away run like that. She’s so much better than this. I thought I’d get more from Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, but what we get instead is a mockery of one of our favorite female characters of all time. I’ll leave the rest of the series reading up to the teenage boys and old Jewish men of New York. – S

Well, that’s all folks!  No, not for the series, but for me reading the series.  Harley Quinn teased fans into being optimistic for some real character development from the onset of the series.  Even giving her a series gave fans hope that the cute-sy villain would be able to shed her baggage of Joker and be her own woman.  But this issue set her back, and made my relationship with this series nearly irreparable. The only sweet moment in the book was her success with the woman who was so sad about her family in the previous issue. In issue #4, Harley met a man who lives at the nursing home she works at named Sy.  In this issue, he takes her with him on his mission to kill random people, .  Harley was reduced not only to a sidekick, again, but was made out to be stupid by all she encountered. Between having tomatoes thrown at her, being forced to ride bitch on a motorized scooter and the incessant and overuse of yiddish by the old man, this week’s Harley Quinn was beyond disappointing for this Harley fan. – A

Dynamite Entertainment:

Solar: Man of the Atom #1 – A

I loved this book from the moment I flipped the cover. Even though it is very similar to other superhero type comics, Solar continues Dynamite’s trend of bringing old pulp icons to the modern time, offering something familiar, yet new. I love the story, I love the character, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes. A man who has basically power over any and all things simply based on science and math he can make into reality with his mind, is so badass. However, when something goes wrong, who knows what will happen next? I could see a comic like this quickly becoming I would want to read every month. – E

IDW Comics:

The Crow: Pestilence #2- B

The second issue in this series starts off right were the first one ended with the group that killed Salvador’s wife a kid seeking him out not knowing who he is and thinking he is a hired assassin. Salvador is on a train until he figures out his next target and finds some of his men at a restaurant killing one and following the other to Mange Hound’s, the man he is seeking, house and confronts him leaving what we can only expect The Crow to leave. This series is a refreshing and nice take on the Crow story and quite possibly the best take since the classic Brandon Lee film. The art in this issue is also very well done which we can always expect from IDW. – JR

The X-Files Annual B-

The X-Files Annual features two stories, one a bit longer than the other but both definitely have the energy and feeling of the series as much as the rest of IDW’s great Season 10 series.  The first story has to do with a man who was killed in a hit and run contacting his wife through his destroyed cell phone after his death. The woman is haunted by a Priest and being warned by her dead husband to leave her house. Mulder and Scully investigate and figure out the man has unfinished business on earth as he borrowed money from the wrong people and they are now after his wife.  The second story is an odd one, which can be attributed to it being a dream sequence almost the whole time and it making sure you know it is from the get go. It has a weird floating hand with multiple eyes and bumps all over haunting Scully’s dreams and it ends up being one of her ex boyfriends trying to haunt her to come back to him or to stay a FBI agent. OF course we all should know Scully well enough that we know the outcome but the art of this second story is a lot more of a style that fits the series where the first one almost seems like a 30 Days of Night feel to it. These are definitely original stories but also not the best, which makes it less than an A but definitely worth a read for any X-Files fan. – JR

Marvel:

Ms. Marvel #3 – B+

I can already envision the “What if” issue where Zoe Zimmer drowns. Tell me you saw the somewhere on the west side ave JC electronics sign, or you noticed the sarcastic look on the New Jersey pigeons? This book screams of nuance. More than the cultural tension of growing up Muslim so close to Manhattan, I find the awkwardness of being a teenager compelling. Kamala frantically searches the web for answers…”Super-powers, Shape-shifting powers, Woke up as a polymorph, Embiggening. Come on interwebs, don’t fail me now–I can’t be the first person this has happened to–” The book feels real because we would ALL do the same thing. Still subservient in a world where woman are not allowed to worship with their male counter parts, Kamala struggles to find her purpose. It’s been a while since we have seen a hero’s genesis story. Watching Kamala awkwardly try to control her powers is like watching an eager tadpole. After responding to his text, she heads to the Circle Q to meet Bruno. When she looks in the window she notices a masked man flashing a gun. Assuming that he’s being held up, she springs into action and makes a magnificent declaration. “I am 911!” … “Strange things are afoot at the Circle Q.” Shout out to the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure quote from Bruno. Kamala learns a valuable lesson about being a hero this issue, if she makes it out alive she won’t make the same mistake again. – JS

We’re three issues into the new Ms. Marvel series, following a young woman named Kamala Khan as she struggles to get ahold of her newly acquired powers. Readers know that it’s about more than that, though. It’s not only a great analogy for following your own culture while living in another one, but finding your own identity and maybe hints of adjusting to your body as it changes (this could be me being creepy, but that’s the vibe I got). It seems like no matter how hard Kamala tries to appease everybody while doing the right thing, circumstances put her in a bad place. – S

So far I really like this series, I haven’t seen that one big push to send it over the edge to greatness, but it is proving to be solid every issue. With new information about the main characters powers, things are starting to get really exciting, and I’m glad I’m along for the ride. – E

Superior Spider-Man #31 (Series Finale) – B+

I don’t believe Superior could have been wrapped up any more neatly than it was in this finale. It’s only when Peter Parker finally gets back in his body that I realized just how much I missed his character. That’s not to say that the gadget-oriented, obnoxious Otto Octavius Spider-Man wasn’t entertaining, but seeing Spidey return to his true form was priceless. While Goblin Nation is kaputt for now, there are tons of loose ends and consequences from the fallout of Otto’s tenure (Jameson, MJ, Carlie, Aunt May, Spider-bots, Anna Maria, Parker Industries, Avengers, oy oy oy). All these questions and more will hopefully be answered in Amazing Spider-Man #1, out in two weeks! – S

Peter Parker is back! And not a moment too soon. Goblin Nation has risen and Pete has work to do. New York is under attack, The Green Goblin is about to murder Otto’s girlfriend Anna and Mary Jane has a new chocolate boy-toy.  With great power comes great responsibility, and clearly Otto was not ready to live those words. He allowed the Goblin to takeover the city on his watch, and now Pete is on clean-up duty. If there’s an attack on New York you can bet on an Avengers cameo. Finally, Peter’s back in action, but boy, does he have some explaining to do! – JS

The conclusion to Superior Spider-Man is here and I have to say I am a bit sad to see it end. I may have been one of the only people rooting for douchebag Peter Parker but I actually really liked the changes they made to his personality in some respects. I have not liked how Peter Parker has seemed so recycled through the years and this felt like a genuine change of pace for his character. With the conclusion of this series, Peter will have a lot of explaining to do, sure it will cause him some grief but overall I think it will go back to business as usual. Im not sure if I like that but I kinda think that was the writers idea all along. I am hoping that there are things Peter keeps from this experience but I guess we will find out in two weeks with Amazing Spider-Man #1! – R

Uncanny X-Men #20 – B+

Scott Summers is the most dangerous man on the planet. He and his band of new mutants are being hunted by Sentinels and S.H.I.E.L.D. What would you do? If you said teleport onto a secure S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier and dive into Director Maria Hill’s mind to get answers, and then declare war, you’re right! Meanwhile, Mystique has a duplicitous plan to take them all down. After a moment of clarity Scott decides to pay Hank McCoy a visit at The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. And…boom! Great read, even for the casual fan. – JS

Winter Soldier #3 – B+

The cover to this issue reminds me of the old Mike Tysons Punch Out game when you knock out Glass Joe for final time and he flies back. The most exciting part of this issue is that we finally got a little more backstory in the form of the blurb at the front of the book explaining what’s going on. We now know the year is 1966, which explains the art choice. This book has actually been one of the most action-packed so far. The Winter Soldier looks a lot like the Terminator when he is walking down the hall with glowing red eyes. It’s a very cool look for him especially with the throwback style of art. He finally is given a little more development this time around so it will be interesting to see how he decided to proceed as a character that isn’t bound by his programming anymore. This book really has the potential to go either way but so far I’ve enjoyed how things have turned out. – R

Wolverine #4 – B+

Finally I feel like my loyalty as a reader has been rewarded. I’ve felt for the last three issues like I was very lost and had almost no idea what the hell was going on but all the initial questions are finally answered in this issue. While I haven’t been a fan of how they have handled wolverine in these last few issues I feel like the buildup was definitely worth it in the end. We are shown a layer of Wolverine psychologically that we don’t often get to see. It really seems to be a setup for something much greater. If the writing can be this good from here on out then I can’t see any reason to stop reading. – R

Deadpool vs. Carnage #2 – B+

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I enjoy this comic quite a bit. With the action, and humor I don’t see how anyone could not enjoy themselves while reading this book. What I like is that you have to know very minimal information about both characters to understand their mannerisms and dynamics. So basically if you want to see some pretty cool stuff and laugh along the way, check it out.  – E

Deadpool vs Carnage is cliche, cheesy and predictable; I love it! This Deadpool is drawn and written with enough distinction from his solo series, and I think that’s important for a character that has seen more Vs. storylines than a Street Fighter competition. Anybody who has read about Cletus Kasady aka Carnage knows that he is one vicious killer. To suit the book, his maliciousness has been heavily toned down and instead we get a lot of hilarity. There are a few lines in here that made me laugh, and I bet they would make you, too! Story-wise, lower all your expectations. This is like watching a superhero version of Real Housewives. – S

The story of this series is still rather vague other than Deadpool thinking a crazy person should hunt a crazy person, but with that mindset Deadpool should be battling almost every villain in the comic universe. This issue is almost a constant battle besides the weird non-Deadpool Deadpool fan that has tracked Carnage as well. This series definitely pumps up the violence as you should expect from a comic from two psychotic characters battling. Over all this issue is enjoyable but definitely not a must have. If you like Deadpool or/and Carnage this of course is perfect fro you but otherwise it will seem a bit confusing and unneeded. – JR

Who has two recently regenerated thumbs and loved this book? This guy. This has got to be one of the funniest comics I have read in a very long time. I don’t usually read Deadpool’s comics but if they are this funny all the time I really have to consider picking them up. The art is great and the story is pretty simple but it is the humor that really shines here. There are things I would never even think of being fit for a comic book but that is what makes this so special. This has been a pretty no-holds barred match between the two and I am loving it. You owe it to yourself to check this out, because you don’t deserve sonic torture that is paid for. – R

What if Age of Ultron #3 – B

The effects of time travel have rippled through the Marvel universe. The world has been deprived of the Avengers. The Watcher warned Beast about the repercussions of bringing the X-Men to the future, Galactus has murdered our beloved Captain America and now Thor is dead. The story arcs coming out of Marvel as of late have been pretty intriguing. This latest installment gives us humanity’s last defense from a Frost Giant invasion. Nick Fury, Black Widow, Sable, Falcon, Shang Chi, and Microchip are stocking up on weapons from Castle Doom in Latvia and en route to take out the Thor slaying lizard Jormungand. Hang on! This issue has Doombots! Plus a surprising revaluation about Natasha Romanova!!! – JS

Ultimate FF #1– B-

I enjoyed this book. There was great action, and a good story developing. I think a little bit of history and background knowledge is required to get the full effect of this comic, however it is not completely vital. When some of the greatest minds in the universe get together such as Susan Storm, Tony Stark, and Sam Wilson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier fans may recognize him as Falcon!) the Future Foundation is trying to save and preserve the universe. The end of this book shows me the potential of this comic to be something with a great story. In the end, it’s a good read and I have hopes that this story is going to be awesome the further it goes. – E

Marvel mash-ups are so cool.  What better way to keep a genre fresh than by mixing and matching some amount of the countless characters in the universe?  The Ultimate FF (short for Future Foundation) is fresh to death homie!  It’s obvious to tell that this series is going to be highly character driven.  And because I have a basic knowledge of almost every character introduced in #1 I’m giddy at the story’s potential.  I’m concerned that my lack of knowledge involving the Galactus even will hold me back from really enjoying this series, but up to the last panel it’s still just speculation.  And like many others, I’m a sucker for gorgeous artwork.  The Ultimate FF has got it.  Good artwork, good story, good characters – what else could you ask for?

I’m not sure even Iron Man can save this book. The reappearance of Falcon in his newly upgraded gear (Thanks Tony Stark’s money!) is welcome, but too much of this feels like a re-hash. The Ultimate universe is supposed to be the crack in the sidewalk of the regular Marvel U, where the rules don’t apply – and that’s a metaphor to grow on, kids – so I’m at least intrigued to see where this story goes. We do get some obligatory action panels and a couple of one-liners that made me chuckle, but overall this feels like just another Marvel mash-up debut issue. – S

Hulk #1 – B-

What a turn of events for Hulk! The story starts with a mystery of who has shot Bruce Banner in the head. S.H.I.E.L.D. or what we think is S.H.I.E.L.D has Bruce Banner in custody and had brought in the world best brain surgeon to help recover Bruce Banner but then we learn they initiated the shooting and want to implant a device in Bruce’s head! One of the Doctors in the room disconnect his anesthesia and Bruce quickly turns into Hulk with his brains still exposed and he breaks out saving all the operating staff. The next thing we know we see Maria Hill and Agent Coulson visit Bruce only to find out he has irreversible brain damage. Bruce Banner is no longer one of the smartest men on the planet which leads this series into a whole new realm for Hulk and how Bruce will tame the beast inside. – JR

I thought this was a good book, not great but entertaining enough to keep me engaged. As far as I’ve seen I don’t know what the story is going to be like, or how it will compare to other arcs, however I’m willing to see it through. One thing this comic did right was represent the character of the Hulk properly. In all hulkish fashion, the character stayed true to what I know him to be. Probably not the best book this week, but I still recommend it. – E

Having come into this book fresh without having read the last few Hulk stories, I have to say that I wasn’t very impressed with this issue, overall. I haven’t really kept up on what’s been going on in Hulks world and thought this would have been a perfect chance to reintroduce myself. Unfortunately there wasn’t very much in the way of a recap. Hulk was shot and we aren’t really told much more than that. I have many unanswered questions which I suppose gives me a perfect opportunity to dive into his back catalog in order to obtain the answers. This is of course not an option for everyone so I would like to see a little synopsis for the new readers in the next few issues. – R

After a fantastic run on Indestructible Hulk, which added some much-deserved depth to Hulk’s character, Mark Waid returns with Hulk. Waid is a fantastic writer, so I’m going to trust his judgment on where this is going. The premise is simple – somebody shot Banner and now he has brain damage… Yeah, I know. The complexity of a gamma scientist extraordinaire is gone with two shots to the head. I was always under the impression that you couldn’t kill Banner without awakening the beast, but who cares about rules in comic books anymore? I could, and surely hope that I do, eat my words and that this could be the start of a very intriguing storyline with Waid at the helm, but this issue stinks – like Hulk poo stinks. – S

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

Written by Sherif ElkhatibEvan LoweAdrian PuryearTaylor Lowe, Robert Michael, John Soweto and Jacob Robinson