Lucy Lane to be New “Supergirl” Character

Lois Lane’s little sister looks to be joining CBS’s “Supergirl” ranks. The 20-something character is described as strong, driven and smart and in DC lore becomes Superwoman. While her sister has also been Superwoman, it looks like they’ll be giving the title to Lucy. Of course, it also may be too soon to tell.

This character looks like an exciting new addition to the “Supergirl” show and while casting for the role hasn’t been announced yet, we’re excited to see another badass lady kicking butt this Fall. In Smallville, Lucy was played by Peyton List (now The Flash‘s Lisa Snart) but it is unclear whether she will reprise the role in CBS’s depiction. No casting choices for this portrayal of the character have been announced yet.

Source: Comic Book Resource

SDCC 2015 – Peter Facinelli Cast as Maxwell Lord in ‘Supergirl’

Peter Facinelli Maxwell Lord

 

Peter Facinelli (of Twilight fame) will be playing DC Comics antagonist Maxwell Lord in CBS’ Supergirl.

Maxwell Lord is well known for his bad guy antics, but is widely known as the killer of Blue Beetle (Ted Korde) in the Infinite Crisis arc. He also controlled Superman into thinking his allies were his enemies, nearly beating Batman to death and going after Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman publicly kills Lord.

Lord appears in many other DC arcs, however, none that deal majorly with Supergirl. It will be interesting to see how he will be written in, or if it will be a one-episode deal like it was in Smallville.

Facinelli is also an interesting choice for the role. In the comics, Lord seems like a good cross between Archer and James Bond. Facinelli isn’t nearly as debonair looking.  I might have picked a different actor, but it also doesn’t seem like Supergirl is doing anything in the norm. And that is ok. What do you think of the casting?

Supergirl airs on CBS this November.

Source: CBR

Yesterday in the Nerd Verse Feb 23, 2015

Yesterday in the Nerdverse….

Everyone was still talking about the Oscars. A LOT. NPH made dumb jokes about British accents, Birdman shouldn’t have won Best Picture, no Birdman absolutely should have won Best Picture, hey women wore dresses and we were able to marginalize their creative contributions in the name of fashion! There sure was a whole lot of pointless talk for a ceremony that boasted the lowest ratings in 7 years. The only Oscar talk I care about is WHERE THE FUCK WERE:JOAN RIVERS, JAN HOOKS, AND HAROLD RAMIS DURING THE IN MEMORIAM SEGMENT?

Hey, so you know how everything ever is being rebooted or remade? Well if you’ve gone anywhere near the internet recently I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors that Disney, the soulless bastards, might be rebooting Indiana Jones. AND that Steven Spielberg might be in on it if the script is “to his liking” AND that Chris Pratt may be taking up the hat and whip to bring Dr. Jones to a whole new generation. MTV caught up with the handsome devil himself to try and psych him out about taking on the role, to which he responded by saying, “it’d be cool, but it’s nothing until it’s something.” Translation: Rumors are still just rumors at this point. Source: MTV

It’s not really news, but someone made a creepy cake version of Bob Odenkirk’s face from Better Call Saul. It’s terrifyingly delicious! Source: Uproxx

The trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mid-season return came out and guess what? They used the “I” word! That’s right, the Inhumans are coming… Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns March 3 and you can watch the promo, titled “Skye Quakes” here. Source: YouTube

In super sad news, Harris Wittels, who died suddenly on Thursday, will have a heart-breaking tribute to him air at the end of the Parks and Recreation series finale on Tuesday. For those of you who love Parks and Rec (like myself) you know Harris as Harris the Animal Control Guy, and he was also a writer and producer for the show. He was 30 years old. Source: Deadline

In other super sad news, Ben Woolf was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after succumbing to his injuries from being hit by a car last Thursday. American Horror Story fans will recognize him as the demonic child Thadeus from season 1 and as Meep from season 4. He was 34 years old. Source: TMZ

On a lighter note, do you guys remember Calista Flockheart? Yeah, I kind of didn’t either. But it seems someone at CBS remembered her because she has been cast as Cat Grant in the Supergirl pilot. I’m not too excited about the Supergirl show, although I loved the hell out of the movie as a kid, so the addition of Harrison Ford’s baby mama doesn’t really do anything for me. Source: Deadline

Nicholas Cage HAS JOINED…the cast of OLIVER STONE’S Edward Snowden biopic! Please forgive me, I was typing as my best Nicholas Cage impression. The movie, titled Snowden, will focus on Edward Snowden’s request for asylum in Russia and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title role. Nicholas Cage will be playing a former US intelligence agent, who most likely has odd mood swings and talks in strange rhythms and volumes… SOURCE: Variety

 

 

Comic Book Reviews 06-18-14

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:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35- A

I am loving this story arc and where it is taking the turtles. I have had problems in the past with Santolouco’s art design for the turtles, but he is by far my favorite artist for humans in the series. But the more he does I feel the better he does as Slash in this issue looks amazing! I feel this series just keeps getting better and better to me and having a Slash centered issue was great and opened up so many opportunities for the series. – Jacob

This issue is going to open up so much! The mutagen is the key to everything. Does this mean a war with Krang and Hob’s army? Or will the turtles be able to stop the madness before it gets out of control? My money is on the former because I love Old Hob’s character; he’s like the Magneto of TMNT. I also really appreciate the development of Casey Jones, who is no longer the one-dimensional tough guy goof off  he has been in other mediums. There’s a reason this was my favorite book last year, and it continues to amaze. – Sherif

  

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse Comics:

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5 – B

Things are wrapping up for this Serenity series sadly. In this second to last issue we see the normally great art for this series and it is always good to see Wash, even if it has to be from the past. This is definitely the issue the climax of this series and we see everything set up for the last issue next month and does it well. It has been a great series and hopefully we will get more once everything finishes. – Jacob

DC/Vertigo:

Wonder Woman #32 – B+

If this cover isn’t the new poster for feminism, I don’t know what is – Wonder Woman fighting a manly bull warrior with two swords and a baby strapped to her back. The war for Olympus is waning, and there aren’t many left to oppose the First Born. Diana and a small team of gods try to make a last stand. We even get to see a new rendition of Wonder Woman’s armor, which looks gorgeous in modern colors. The story is dwindling down, but it’s not that it’s getting boring; I mean, how many arcs do you know that last over thirty issues? This series has just enough momentum for a ridiculous send-off – let’s just hope it gets there without being predictable. – Sherif

Supergirl #32 – B-

Luckily it seems as though we only have one more issue to deal with the Red Lantern version of Supergirl. She has been kicked outta the corp and on her way back to Earth she is attacked by another worldkiller. The scenes of her battling the Diasporians are pretty cool and really the only reason to check out this episode. I am glad this story arc is at its conclusion but with the events of Superman Doomed affecting her ability to live on planet Earth, I am afraid we are going to be stuck with more space adventures for the time being. I hope I am wrong but that seems like the direction they are going to take. – Robert Batman Eternal #11 – C I really don’t know where they are going with this book anymore but now they are rehashing characters from the original Batman Inc. comic. I am curious to see if they manage to add Julia to the Bat family or if she will move on at the end of this arc. This issue was beyond filler and I cant think of one thing that happened to move the story forward this issue. I am also not a fan of the way the art changed an issue or so ago. I has an amateur look about it that I can’t get over. – Robert

Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32 – C

We’re just one issue away from the finale of this long series of guest features. It has brought Batman across the world to confront the Demon’s Head and take back the bodies of Talia and Damian, choosing to lay them to rest and keep Ra’s from resurrecting them to rule the world under his control – typical Ra’s. The issue was supposed to be a major milestone, but the epic showdown was interrupted by something far more worrisome. I’m not a huge fan of how this is turning out, but I think that fact that I have no idea what’s going on now is a good thing. Who is the new Robin going to be?? Find out next month. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #1 – B+

Here we go folks another TMNT micro –series! This time referencing many past incarnations of the turtles. Obviously the name takes us back to Super Nintendo days battling through time in the game with the name of this series. The time travel devise looks an awful lot like the one in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, and of course there are going to be tons more. This first issue doesn’t have the best art; well at least it doesn’t fit the series well since it looks an awful lot like the animated series running now on Nickelodeon. But since the artist is changing in each issue it is hard to complain. I look forward to seeing the whole story here (which is highly connected to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2014 coming out in December.) and the ever changing art, and if they are planning on referencing past properties in the process, this is a must read for long time fans. – Jacob

Samurai Jack #9 – B+

We have another issue where there is hardly any dialogue besides the odd robot language and one thing from Aku. I love that the style of the show can work so well in comic form because it definitely makes me love the show and the series that much more. I hope if this series ever ends we get the send off it deserved on television because so far it is one of my favorite monthly comics. – Jacob

  Image Comics:

Sex Criminals #6 – A-

It’s been three months since the last issue of the most pleasantly lewd book in the industry came out, but issue #6 is here, and I can plainly say that it was worth the wait. John and Suzie have escaped the sex police – to those of you just now hearing about the series, yes the Sex Police are real – but they are still left fearing orgasms will be their end. The once fiercely passionate couple are in quite a rut, and Chip Zdarsky’s art highlights the changes perfectly. There are even bigger plot points around the corner, though, as this instantly shot back up my list of favorites after the hiatus, which creatively did the book service. – Sherif

The Wicked + The Divine #1 – A-

Gods live among us. Not only that, but they perform at concerts and are so purely awesome they make us ejaculate in our pants so hard that we pass out from the impact. There’s a lot more to that, but if that first sentence didn’t at least grab your attention, you might not care for this book. Tired of being viewed at as phony entertainers out to exploit the entertainment crowd, one of the gods makes a brash decision, landing her in big trouble. Aside from the fact that gods can also flick their fingers and make people’s heads explode, I really didn’t walk away from the issue knowing anymore more than I did when I picked it up. I know that the story flows, and I know that the art is beautiful. Image Comics has a great track record, so I can’t wait to see where this goes. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

Daredevil #4 – B

Matt Murdock’s stay in San Francisco hasn’t exactly been my favorite story, and Mark Waid having to follow up his own tremendous run on the series that just ended doesn’t make it any easier not to compare the two. This new frenemy that Daredevil has made is interesting enough to carry the story and interest me in reading more, but I’m already an invested Daredevil’er. I can’t see the current pace or story really grabbing any new fans. I could always be wrong, but I think Waid is going to have to kick things into high gear if he wants to recapture the magic he had in the last run. – Sherif

Elektra #3 – C+

What is with this guy chasing Elektra around trying to eat her brains? We get that Elektra is messed up in the head but I don’t see how they have managed to squeeze three issues outta this. I don’t see this story going anywhere exciting at all. The art is interesting but I would like something a little clearer as some of the pictures and coloring look a little confusing.  – Robert

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.

Comic Book Reviews 03-19-14

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:

Daredevil #1 – A-

Mark Waid is back! Well, he never really left… This may be a #1, but this plays out more like a Season Two than a reboot. We’re introduced to Matt Murdok all over again. He is residing in the sunny state of California after losing his legal license in New York when he revealed his secret identity to the whole wide world. The debut issue moves at breakneck speed, with great action and even better intelligent deduction. We even get to end on a crazy cliff-hanger… that won’t make sense if you haven’t read the first volume, sorry. Anyway, I’m stoked that Daredevil is in sunny Cali again! – S

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse Comics:

Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #2 – B+

This issue came together quite nicely, as we were given a hint at what might be causing the Terminator attack – and loads of great action. I couldn’t help but feel that this would make an excellent film or animated movie. The only real complaint that I have is our resident badass Sarah Connor wannabe is throwing the Terminator around like a rag doll and I was under the impression that they weighed a ton. Not even the great Steven Seagal could handle one of these things with such elegant grace. The question of whether or not this is an alternate timeline remains to be seen but between this and the conclusion to the Terminator Salvation storyline, I have been spoiled with Terminator goodness as of late.  – R

Witcher #1 – B+

Witcher pleasantly surprised me this week.  This issue was filled with creepy and strange ghouls and monsters that gave me Goosebumps.  The real shining aspect was the nonchalant progression of the story and character interactions.  The Witcher and the Hunter have great back and forth dialogue and their backstories are just as interesting as their forward journeys.  If you like men that wield swords and fight vampires, then Witcher is the series for you! – T

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #1 – B

A new season of everyone’s favorite, the most dangerous and of course, the prettiest vampire hunter around! Dark Horse has been pulling out the punches to give us what we all want, more seasons to Joss Whedon shows! This issue is jam-packed with action from start to finish and joins together all our favorite Buffy characters again even ones we may have thought we would never see again. Magic is back on earth and a huge Zompire population has taken up residence in Santa Rosita. The gang must join forces again even with some characters and people we may not have thought would help them. To me, this issue was quite refreshing – to see these characters again and for them to make reference to what did happen in the past two comic seasons I had missed. The artwork is spectacular and you are sure to be able to recognize characters as they mostly all look exactly like the actors who portrayed them. – J

DC/Vertigo:

Scribblenauts #3 – A

I may be biased, but Scribblenauts is the best children’s comic out right now.  Not only is it for children, but for adults.  Or perhaps for 26 year old women who have been in a long term relationship with DC.  But darn, its just so cute!  This month, Maxwell and Lily meet with the entire Justice League and recount the times they have helped out each hero in the League.  Maxwell finds himself helping the Green Lantern Corps while Lily helps Mr. Batman figure out what force has been causing all the chaos witnessed in the previous two issues.  In their hunt for the ultimate baddie, which seems to be aiming for a Scribblenauts version of Crisis on Infinite Earths.  In this issue, I found myself saying “awww” a lot and also laughing hysterically.  There was an amazing panel showing Maxwell’s obsession with Batman by having Batman listen to all the voicemails Maxwell has left for him.  Scribblenauts does a fantastic job of taking all these out-of-the-world characters and by use of two children, bringing the greatest heroes down to the level of the reader.  It’s really refreshing to take the ride with heroes to feel compassion for.  -A

Wonder Woman #29 – A-

For Glory, WAR! That is just what you’re gonna be seeing if you keep reading Wonder Woman. Zeus’ First Born is one nasty sucker, and now that he has taken over Mt. Olympus (see the fiery conclusion to Wonder Woman #28), he’s even scarier – and when the unlikeliest of saviors come to everybody’s rescue, it sets the book up for the endearing “Rocky montage” that ends in Wonder Woman finally assuming the mantle of God of War. This is one of the most badass books on the market; if you’re not reading this Brian Azzarello gem, you are missing out. – S

American Vampire: Second Cycle #1 – B+

After a hiatus from the American Vampire series, Scott Synder and Raphael Albuquerque are back at it. It’s so great to see Synder’s work truly uncensored. As amazing as Batman and Superman: Unbound are, American Vampire is his bread and butter. I’m a little lost on what’s going on, but when you have such a big train, it takes a few issues to really get the momentum going, I suppose. I’m utterly in love with the art here, as Albuquerque does a bang-up job. I’m sold on the series going forward, and I assure that with it will come more quality. – S

Batman and Aquaman #29 – B+

Now we’re getting somewhere! Since Robin died, Batman & Robin has been floating around with different partners, from Catwoman to Two-Face, and now Aquaman. The surprising thing is that this has been the most fruitful issue in almost a year. Together, Batman and Aquaman are one step closer to catching up with Ra’s Al Ghul, who is seeking revenge for the death of his daughter and grandson. He is not only the Demon’s Head, hellbent on destroying the world, but you can also add whaling to his list. There’s some really gross stuff in here that I won’t spoil, but I love that Tomasi is stepping his game up! Can’t wait for Batman and Wonder Woman next month. – S

Supergirl #29 – B

After going back and reading a few of the older issues, it seems like Kara’s transformation into a Red Lantern was all but planned from the beginning. When you think about it, she is really the perfect character to control a rage ring. Her experience here on Earth has been very different from Clark’s and she came at a very different time in her life than he did. Those feelings all coming to a head may lead to an interesting revenge plot for one of the last Kryptonians. It could also lead to crap……. So be prepared for that possibility, too. As a small side note, I really don’t like Silver Banshee at all. What the hell kind of power is being able to speak any language and why are they trying to make her something more than she was to begin with? I hope that she fades into oblivion in the next few issues as she is a terrible character, almost as bad as Arsenal. – R

Superman: Unbound #6 – B

I would think that Scott Synder and Jim Lee doing a Superman book together would sell me on the Man of Steel forever; that hasn’t quite been the case here. We’ve seen some of the most beautiful pencil-work since The New 52 Justice League (Jim Lee drew that, too, surprise!), but nothing really has drawn out the awe I expected from such a dynamic duo. Unfairly high expectations aside, I’m thoroughly entertained by this book, and get warm fuzzies every time I see Jim Lee’s Batman appear in a panel. The honeymoon is over between Superman and Wraith, and this issue turns two formidable allies into enemies. It might seem like a quick transition from the start of the issue, but bad blood has been brewing for the entire series. Aside from Lee’s handiwork, the series remains good, but never quite grasping the great it should be. – S

Harley Quinn #4 – B-

Still a little silly, but getting back on the right track for an up and coming comic book, this week’s Harley Quinn was a nice step up from last month’s issue.  Harley finds herself trying to balance her many careers like many girls who just moved to the big city, or in her case, Coney Island.  After much make-up and some hilarious banter with her, um, beaver, Harley becomes Dr. Harleen Quinzel at her new job at a nursing home.  Everyone’s favorite clown gets her heartstrings pulled by an old lady who feels abandoned be her loved ones.  Harley empathizes because of her history with Mr. J. and decides to take maters into her own hands, but the good old Harley way.  In her journey to right the family’s wrongs, she finds out that she needs to check her facts before flying off the handle.  Is this lesson learned for her?  It may be too early to tell because Harley gets a special new patient at the end.  You’ll have to pick up this issue to find out who!  Harley may not be the smartest girl in comics, and her crazy thoughts are immediately acted upon (ahem, like kidnap or murder), but she is a girl with passion, has some realm of a moral compass, and is proactive.  That is a girl I can get behind. -A

IDW Comics:

Samurai Jack #6 – B-

This issue of Samurai Jack brings back a fan favorite character, The Scotsman, but something is a bit off about him, or should I say her… In a St. Patrick’s Day themed issue, we see that the Scotsman had a curse put on him and changed him into a woman. This issue gets a B- because although it was great to see the Scotsman again – as well as Jack and her team up, the holiday aspect which will carry on into the next issue will be lost as the curse was brought on by Leprechaun’s. I am not sure how a St. Patrick’s day theme will carry on for much longer unless this was a series with multiple issues a month. This story will definitely continue as it was left on a cliffhanger where we see both the Scotsman and Jack will need to figure out a way to defeat the Leprechaun’s curse. – J

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire C+

The conclusion of the TMNT mini series, Utrom Empire, is packed with action and clues to what comes next for the Turtles and their sworn enemies, Shredder (Oroku Saki) and Krang. It started with the Utrominons engineering Mutant dinosaurs for their army but the entire race they created teamed up with others to take down the Utrominon’s that had enslaved and tortured them. This last issue shows the ending of the rebellion, sending Krang and what remains of his race to Earth while also showing us more of Baxter Stockman, his half robot half fly, (hinting at the mutant fly character he turns into normally) as well as Fugitoid and how he plans to take down both Krang and Baxter Stockman. The ending of the issue gives us a great idea of what is going to happen now that the turtles have left Northampton to return to New York starting a new story arc, which looks like it will be rather exciting. – J

Image Comics:

Sex Criminals #5 – C+

I don’t want to say that Sex Criminals has lost it’s appeal, but five issues in, I’m starting to waver a little bit. The outlandish hilarity of it all is still there, but the story is moving in some weird direction that almost makes it seem like it’s improv’ed. The Sex Police and Kegalface intrigue me enough to stay in it to win it, but my lust for Sex Criminals isn’t quite as strong as it was in the first issue. Curious readers shouldn’t be discouraged though, as Matt Fraction (who also writes Hawkeye) is an exceptional story-teller and has not put out an issue that I haven’t heartily laughed at the whole way through. – S

Sovereign #1 – C

To be honest, I was pretty confused about this comic. I get that this comic isn’t really a storyline or a solitary piece of work. Rather, it is a bunch of little stories separated out. Or at least that’s what I think it was. By taking little quotes and making stories out of them is a really cool concept, but I feel that the execution could have used some work. Overall, I feel that this comic is nothing to serious or attention grabbing but in a sense it can be fairly interesting.  – E

Undertow #2 – D

Remember in elementary school how every Tuesday was Taco day?  Remember how awesome and comfortable you felt strolling to the cafeteria at noon to partake in what may arguably be better than recess?  And remember how on one faithful Tuesday you arrive on the serving line only to have yesterday’s meatloaf slop onto your tray?…  Yeah, that’s pretty much Undertow.  All the potential in this series is squandered by incredibly hard to decipher art work, confusing character development, an overly complicated plot and a strong lack of direction.  It’s sad that an awesome concept is so poorly portrayed. – T

Marvel:

Ms. Marvel #2 – B

Now that we’ve gotten a taste of who Kamala Khan is, we get to explore her transformation a little further. It’s quite a drop in pace from the debut, with just a tease of her powers. There’s a clear nob to Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel, which reinforces the Girl Power approach to comics thats far too under-represented in the industry. Once again, G Willow Wilson‘s take on the American Islamic culture is spot on; I can remember having the same type of conversations with my dad, sans super-powers. This issue could be looked at as filler by some, but I think it’s necessary pacing for the long term payoff, just going by Wilson’s previous work. – S

Marvel Knights: Hulk #4 – B

I really enjoyed this issue simply for the action, and bringing out a badass in the hulk. Overall as a story it was pretty average but I did enjoy the simple entertainment value of it. For Hulk lovers like myself, you will enjoy this issue quite a bit. Seeing that this was the last issue, I don’t really feel one way or another about the series, but I am glad I read it. – E

Uncanny X-Men #19 – B

The rag-tag group of mutants that Cyclops has cultivated are forming into a real team. They’re right in the thick of things, as S.H.I.E.L.D. (or somebody who is framing them) has been trapping them in face-offs with Sentinels. The first half of the book drags along very slowly, where Maria Hill interrogates an exiled member of the group. I’m sure it would be much more entertaining on film, but this medium is just not suited for three-page long monologues. The issue does redeem itself later with new tricks by Magik. This is one of Marvel’s most under-rated books, and right now is a great jumping on point. – S

Avengers World #4 – B

This issue was a lot of fun to read. With a great combination of action, mystery, fantastic art, and story progression, I am excited to see where this series is going. I think this book is fairly creative and attention grasping when it comes to the storyline. I appreciate that even though there wasn’t a whole lot of action in terms of fight scenes and explosions, it still held my attention the whole way through. I enjoyed this read and am excited about the next issue. – E

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #2 – B-

The Winter Soldier reboot has taken us back to the roots of a time where the Winter Soldier is just a myth. This book so far feels a lot like an older James Bond movie in both tone and pacing. The art is great and has a very retro feel; however, I would like it to be slightly crisper in future issues. The story is really just getting started but it is interesting to see that perhaps the Soviets don’t have such a tight grip on the Winter Soldier after all. Only time will tell, but so far this reboot has been pretty decent. – R

Wolverine & The X-Men #2 – B-

The Phoenix Corporation has hit the scene.  With its surprising and invocative arrival, Quentin and the other X-Men become a little restless.  My feelings are mixed as I read.  The action is great and it’s got an “epic” vibe about it.  I will warn that readers who aren’t familiar with the backstory to this series (like me) will be somewhat confused.  Still worth the read just to see Wolverine and Storm in action! – T

Dexter Down Under #2 – B-

We are still in the buildup stage of the story, but with only five issues total for this series, I am not exactly sure how things are going to proceed if they continue at this slow pace. This issue marks the first time that Dexter has voiced his intentions while being in Australia, and they don’t sound like this trip will end with someone on his table. That would make for an interesting turn of events, actually. He doesn’t actually kill anyone and helps the police legitimately capture a murderous killer. Perhaps at the end he could reflect on how he doesn’t need to kill anyone to be useful to society or that he should try to use his knowledge of the dark passenger to help his own police force more. Most likely the chick he is working with will find out and Dexter will kill whoever is responsible. Predictable of course, but people already know what Dexter is about and we still keep coming back for more. – R

All-New Invaders #3 – C+

Overall this issue wasn’t all that exciting or entertaining. Toward the end, it did get pretty interesting with some nice twists, but by that time I was semi-bored. However, due to the last few pages I did find interest in knowing what will happen in the next issue. I truly enjoy the dialog and art of this book, and I hope to see it continue on into the next part. I hope the next issue brings more excitement, but I wouldn’t say this issue was a bad read at all. – E

Seekers of the Weird #3 – C-

While the idea of Seekers of the Weird is really intriguing, the story thus far is falling flat.  If you have yet to read it or one of our previous reviews, Seekers is based off an attraction that never came to fruition at Disneyland.  Since Marvel had merged with Disney, the attraction is coming to life, but in comic book form.  Unfortunately, the attraction would have been better.  The attraction was meant to be a museum of odd items.  The story of the book is about that, too, but so far the three characters are not relatable.  The two main characters, Max and Melody, are more freaked out than proactive.  By the third issue, their characters should be developing, and their Uncle Roland shouldn’t be such an ass.  I don’t think it’s a good thing that I am more trusting of the ghosts in the museum than Uncle Roland.  The appeal of the book should be the artifacts, which would have been the point of the attraction.  However, many items have been lost in the shuffle because the book is so fast-paced it becomes confusing.  I really hope the next two issues resolve the story arc of Max and Melody’s missing parents and their Uncle reveals his true nature, or else Seekers risks losing its readers. -A

Superior Spider-Man Annual #2 – D+

I can’t wait for this series to end. Usually, an Annual issue is a good way to tell a great side-story that doesn’t have anything to do with the arc that’s currently happening – a way to reflect on the past year’s progression or springboard the next story arc. In this issue’s case, we focus on a story that was really not good enough to see the pages of the of Superior otherwise. I like Carlie and I like the Hobgoblin angle, but this could have been summarized in just a few panels. – S

 

GPA by Publisher:

DC Comics: 1 A  and 4 B’s, averaging out to a 3.20

Marvel Comics: 1 A, 7 B’s, 1 C and 1 D, averaging out to a 2.80

Independents: 4 B’s, 3 C’s and 1 D, averaging out to a 2.38

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 Elkhatib, Evan Lowe, Adrian Puryear, Taylor Lowe, Robert Michael and Jacob Robinson

Comic Book Reviews 02-19-14

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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Wonder Woman #28 – A-

This latest arc of Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman can be summed up in one word – EPIC. All I’ve ever wanted to see is Zeus’ first born tangle with the interim king of Olympus, Apollo. The use of Greek mythology, both public domain and vastly abundant in characters, has held my interest strongly the entire series. Wonder Woman herself is as bad-ass and beautifully-drawn as ever. The best part about her character in this series is that she isn’t just an inspiration to girls; her strength resonates in women and men alike. There is an epic God of War 3-esque build-up happening for the throne of Olympus, and you can’t help feel bad for First Born. I love this series because it feels so much more like a frozen movie than a book, a uniqueness that has made this a series in a league of its own. – S

Other Reviews:

DC/Vertigo:

Justice League #28 – B+

I don’t know how Geoff Johns did it, but he managed to make the Metal Men cool and modern. Sentient androids created from metal alloys, the Metal Men have been around for over fifty years. This iteration shows them as selfless heroes that Cyborg is trying to recruit to take on the Syndicate. They all play off each other well, and are given personalities that match the alloy; for example, Gold is the flashy self-absorbed one, Mercury is the hot-head, etc. The entire issue is full of silly banter that kind of makes the reader forget that the Justice League arc is smack-dab in the middle of a global takeover. I’m curious to see how Cyborg can rally the Metal Men. Alone, this issue was quite enjoyable, but I’m not too sure that it’s anything more than novelty.  – S

Supergirl #28 – C

I won’t lie, this series had me at “hormonal Kyrptonian girl with a Red Lantern ring.” For those of us just joining the show, Supergirl had incorrectly thought that she killed Lobo (not the Bastich we remember, but a new skinner Lobo). As the awakened Lobo tries to calm Kara down, and even get her to join the bounty hunter, which would have made for a great story arc on its own. Supergirl, predictably, reacts to the situation like any hysterical teenager would, by punching and yelling. It’s become a tiresome pattern with her, and I was really hoping for some sort of emotional connection with her transformation, similar to the way they did with Rankorr in Red Lantern #5. But what really annoyed me about the issue is that the whole reveal that we were waiting for doesn’t happen until the very last panel, and that everything leading up to it was filler. Supergirl #28 is a taste of good things to come, but I feel it was introduced pretty poorly. – S

Harley Quinn #3 – C-

There comes a certain time in a new comic book that the novelty wears off and you expect an actual story to form. In Harley Quinn, that point was somewhere around the middle of issue #2. There’s plenty of things happening in this issue, but just like the puppies Harley is caring for, this issue chases its own tail the entire time. I really had high hopes for this series going in, and I still think Harley is capable of carrying her title, but taking a vacation from writing just to put out a throwaway Valentine’s Day issue. I’m not breaking up with Harley Quinn, but we’re definitely on a break. – S

Dark Horse Comics:

Terminator – Enemy of My Enemy #1 – A-

I really enjoyed this book and being a major fan of the films, would have thought it impossible to find a female lead that is more of a bad ass than Sarah Connor. Not only is the new lead more of a bad ass, she is able to go toe to toe with the T-800. That’s pretty much unheard of for any human in the current lore. Not much has been stated about the story other than there is no Kyle Reese and there is a woman the terminator is after. Other than that we are left guessing what is next and why this is happening. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be the same continuity as Sarah Connors story or if it is supposed to be an alternate universe. Either way, this was a very enjoyable first issue; things started off with a bang and it doesn’t seem like it will be slowing down from here on out.  – R

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3 – B+

Cry of Shadow’s #3 is everything that should have been issue #1.  From first panel to last panel I was completely engaged in the story of CT-5539 aka Hock Malsuum and his connection to Darth Vader.  The insight readers receive in issues #1 & #2 verge on being pointless in the context of “The Shrouded Offensive,” the focus of this issue.  Hock’s first person narrative does a lot for Cry of Shadows.  Anticipation and suspense is really starting to build and for the first time in some months I’m really interested in what will happen next in a Star Wars series.  The Vader and Hock dynamic promises to be very different (and more exciting) that the typical Dark Lord-Stromtrooper combo.  Next issue is wide open for deeper developments and continued great story telling.  Cry of Shadows will definitely be my first read next month! – T

IDW Comics:

X-Files Conspiracy: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 – B-

This new resurgence of the X-Files has been quite interesting. Following up January’s Ghostbuster issue (and preceding next month’s Transformers), the TMNT issue has government agents searching for the exploits of the turtles in Northampton as vampires attack. More than anything, it’s nice to see the turtles having fun. The ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is my favorite out right now, but it’s nice to see them take a break to crack jokes and fight ridiculous bad guys. The art in this issue, which focuses on shading a lot more than the ongoing series, and it’s a nice change of pace. It might be the vampires, but the humor remind me a lot of Joss Whedon’s style. So before I go off on my fanboy fantasy of a Whedon-created TMNT, I will say that this issue was a nice diversion – and an incredibly original idea to use other IDW staples to investigate via X-Files, but not much more. Also, when’s the last time you’ve read the word “Nincompoop” in a comic book? – S

Image Comics:

Undertow #1 – C

Image published a new series titled Undertow this week that explores a really neat concept – reverse scuba divers!  Fish people from under the sea.  Not mermaids and mermen though.  These underwater dwellers have two arms, two legs and gills.  Not to mention they live in Atlantis!  And when a group of these Atlantians get the hankering for adventure they dawn scuba suits filled with water and explore the dry surface shores and landscapes.  With the use of flying crafts that accommodate whole cities and other advanced gadgetry the explorers study pre-developed and conscientious humans and other creatures that live off oxygen.  The ultimate goal is to find a way or method that will allow the gill-bearing society to also breathe the O2 and “free” themselves.  Doesn’t all that sound awesome?  I thought so too, until I read the issue.  As an engineer by trade, I’m often given a hard time by other coworkers for turning something really simple into something really complex.  In that sense – I empathize with Steve Orlando (author) and his intention with this story.  For a premier issue, Undertow was overwhelming and downright tiring to read.  Plot building content was so scattered and choppy that I was lost before I started.  It wasn’t even until the very last panel that I saw a real story begin to develop.  I get the feeling that Undertow may be one of those series you wait to buy when it comes out in trade paperback format.  We’ll let you know if issue #2 is any better. – S

 

Marvel:

Daredevil #36 – A-

We’ve made it to the end of this chapter in Daredevil, but don’t be sad, because Marvel is finding it necessary to reboot everything in the line-up to attract new readers. In all honesty, though, this was a great place to wrap up this volume of Daredevil. The fight against the Sons of the Serpents is culminating and there is a definite change about to happen in Matt Murdock’s life. It’s not quite the epic conclusion that I was hoping for, but it was still a great send-off that has Daredevil, as Notorious B.I.G. said, “Going Back to Cali.” Should we be so lucky that Mark Waid continues to write for Daredevil, I will continue to read the book enthusiastically. – S

The Punisher #2 – B+

Another great issue to read for you Punisher fans out there in the world. What I really love about this comic is that it stays true to the character. They don’t try to put some different spin or twist on Frank Castle but rather, he is the same good old bad-ass in boots. With this comic, I can see the story development at just the right pace, and the introduction of some familiar characters gets me really excited to see how this story-line is going to progress. The way the panels are set up and the constant action that is happening, I feel like I’m watching an explosive action movie right before my eyes. Even though there weren’t tons of explosions or crocodiles in this issue, it was still really great to see the action that came in this comic…BOOM Head Shot!! Yeah there some of that in this book. Overall, I am very pleased with how this story is progressing and look forward to reading the next issue. – E

Uncanny X-Men #17 – B+

Yeah, so the next time you decide to go on location, do not visit the Savage Land. The Savage Land is some scary stuff, and that is just where Magik decides to drop off the new rectuits for field training. I do want to ask how Google Maps works out there, but there are more pressing matters at hand. The horrid environment makes for some great humor, as the naivity of the students and some exceptional writing by Brian Michael Bendis creates for some golden moments. The new recruits are becoming highly likable, but Cyclops is eager to let his team know that they are serious about the mission they are embarking. Uncanny X-Men #17 was a rapidly-paced issue, which had both positive and negative effect on the reader. This high-octane laugh riot is definitely worth your time and money. – S

Dexter Down Under #1 – B+

My only gripe with this first issue, other than the fact that Dexter doesn’t slab anyone up, is that I cant stop picturing Michael C. Hall every time I look at Dexter’s face. This is a continuation or possibly a shoot off from the books from what I can tell. I won’t be sure until they reveal a little bit more of the story. This is a perfect way for people who want more Dexter after the recent ending of the show. I personally hated the way the last season of Dexter ended so this is a perfect opportunity to get that outta my mind and hopefully leave me with something better to remember. Nothing major happens story-wise which is to be expected but is still a little on the disappointing side just because I am used to at least one thing happening every episode. Being a major fan of Dexter I am looking forward to his first trip down under. – R

Marvel Knights: Hulk #3 – B

I may be a little biased this week, just because I am a big Hulk fan, but I love to see the raw power out of the Hulk and we sure get to see some more of it in this issue. I also like that they dove further into back-story. I will admit that part of this comic had me confused at times, with the progression of events or “memories,” but I’m not too hung up on it. As a Hulk fan, I appreciated this book – even with all the mystery surrounding it. It was flooded with amazing, action-packed panels, and good story-telling. So at a pure minimum, it was great eye-candy. I feel that, with this story, a lot of the pieces are there, and we just need a few more to make the whole puzzle in order to get the full picture. Either way, my confusion did not dictate my enjoyment. I look forward to seeing more out of this book, and I’m sure as it progresses I’ll love it even more. – E

Night of the Living Deadpool #3 – B-

I think Deadpool books get a bit of a break in standards. The stories are never great, but they’re regularly enjoyable. Parody some pop culture, shoot and stab some bad guys and make a lot of jokes in bad taste. Lather, rinse, repeat – Night of the Living Deadpool is no exception. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. There is a lot of entertainment value to this series, from Romero jabs to The Walking Dead Easter eggs. Zombie fans will get a kick out of this books, and Deadpool fans get to see a different spin on zombie Deadpool, as Wade has quite the odd reaction to being bitten. I’m also a huge fan of the return of A.I.M. scientists; I knew they would be the cause of the apocalypse some way or another. I wouldn’t buy into it too hard, but I have gotten a kick out of every issue so far. -S

Amazing X-Men #4 – B-

BAMF! Nightcrawler and the crew are back at it. Azazel is trying to hi-jack the after-life, and only Nightwing and his X-buddies can stop him. Most of this issue focuses on reuniting the team, which is scattered across hell.  It all happens a bit too easily, because the gravity of the situation is lost when Nightcrawler is able to just teleport everybody out of danger. Amazing X-Men succeeds when it is able to fall back on the nostalgia of Kurt Wagner, especially with the use of flashbacks and his encounter with Wolverine. It looks like we’re finally gearing up for the battle with Azazel, so I hope the next issue has more to offer. – S

Avengers World #3 – B-

I don’t really know what to say about the story for this book. There is almost too much going on at the moment. The events of last issue went completely unmentioned and we are back to something that was mentioned in the first issue. For some reason, the city of Madripoor is on the head of a giant centurys old dragon flying around the ocean. And to make matters worse, we don’t end this issue knowing any more than we did when it started. All that being said, Shang-chi is a boss and is truly the Master of Kung-Fu. The art is amazing and the action sequences between Shang-chi and Gorgon are awesome. I particularly loved the panels they chose while he was channeling his chi from those before him. I’m still left wondering what the hell is going on and don’t really expect anything to be answered next time either, since there are three groups, it most likely won’t focus on either of the last two issues stories. I’m hoping for a bit more story cohesion in these next few issues because they really do have a great cast to work with and it would be a shame to see that get wasted. – R

New Warriors #1 – B-

Like any new comic that comes out, there is going to have to be some set up in order to get things rolling. What I really liked about this comic is that it successfully introduced the main story-line and the individuals involved with no background needed; it revealed the heroes names, their nicknames, and super-powers. With all that in mind, it is really easy for new readers to focus on the story rather than trying to figure out who everyone is. I believe this book has the potential to be a great read, depending on what happens next. No, there wasn’t a ton of action, more or less just set up for the action that is soon to come. Whatever is about to happen, it was intriguing enough for me to want to come back and read the next issue whenever it may come out. So even though most of the book was just set up for future issues, it was still a nice read and fans of the genre would find enjoyment from it. – E

GPA by Publisher:

DC Comics: 1 A, 2 B’s and 1 C, averaging out to a 3.00

Marvel Comics: 1 A’s and 8 B’s, averaging out to a 3.11

Independents: 1 A, 2 B’s and 1 C earning a 3.00

Funniest Panel of the Week:

Iceman in Amazing X-Men #4
Iceman in Amazing X-Men #4

Epic Panel of the Week:

Hulk loses it in Marvel Knights: Hulk #3
Hulk loses it in Marvel Knights: Hulk #3
Cover Art of the Week:
Justice League #28 Steampunk variant
Justice League #28 Steampunk variant
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 ElkhatibAdrian PuryearEvan Lowe, Taylor Lowe and Robert Michael

Weekend Wrap-Up… February 16, 2014

The Toy Fair 2014 is happening this weekend in NYC.  Unfortunately, we aren’t there, but have already decided to blow all of our money on the cool stuff displayed.  Good-bye future paychecks.  See what made us drool here, there and everywhere.

Arrow was renewed for a season 3.  Duh.

Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy join acting forces in the BBC show Peaky Binders, a gangster drama set just after WWI.  Peaky Binders is often compared to Boardwalk Empire.  Should viewers wonder if the water supply will be poisoned?

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is going to release a strategic board game.  It seems like a board game version of the online play as players race over each other to get kills.  It sounds exhilarating.

Ellen Page came out.  And grown men wept.  But we say, good for her!

Jed Whedon finally spoke up about the sequel to Dr. Horrible.  He was incredibly specific, too.

Attention Litchfield inmates: Orange is the New Black season 2 has an official premiere date and teaser.  It’s safe to say that fans of the dramedy should take June 6th off, because let’s face it, you will veg on your couch and watch all the episodes in one sitting.

Nike is releasing the power laces from Back to the Future next year.  2015 happens to be the year the shoes are from, so how cool is that?!

Kickstarter was hacked.  Perhaps the hacker had an account to fund his hacking?  Too soon?

The animated series Star Wars: Rebels will introduce a new character named Kanan.  Check out the cowboy Jedi here.

Alyson Hannigan and Tom Papa are going to star in a comedy written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  We don’t really know what else to say.  It just seemed important to report.

UDON is releasing an impressive-looking Street Fighter comic book for Free Comic Book Day this year.

Goosebumps is gonna be a movie.  Starring Jack Black, this film should be insta-nostalgic for all mid-20 somethings.

Coming soon to Mac: Marvel Heroes.  Being a Mac has never been cooler.

In Forever Evil, the demise of Power Ring sent his… power ring… in search of a new owner. Well, thanks to Geoff Johns’ interview with IGN, we know who is filling those shoes.

Give an emotional and adolescent Kryptonian a Red Lantern ring, and you are looking for trouble. Check out issue #28 of Supergirl to find out more.

The Walking Dead is on right now.  Check out our review later tonight!

written by Adrian Puryear and Sherif Elkhatib