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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 21st, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Ultimate FF #2

Picking up the pieces as the Ultimate Universe is in disarray! New Jersey was destroyed by Galactus. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disassembled thanks to law suits. The original Ultimates have called it a day with a teen squad taking their place. The FF now are all that stands between destruction and the world. Iron Man, Falcon, Invisible Woman, Machine Man, and Doom?…. Yes this title is going in all the right places already. A kick in the pants the Ultimate Universe has needed for quite sometime! I’m picking it up and I’m hoping you do too!

Ultimate FF 2

ULTIMATE FF #2
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (WRITER) • MARIO GUEVARA (ARTIST)
Cover by MIKE McKONE
Artist Variant by FELIX RUIZ
“PALACE OF THE BRINE” (PART 1 of 2)
• A lavish vacation spot for the super-rich suddenly goes dark, with hundreds missing…
• And the only suspect is an old frenemy of the FANTASTIC FOUR
• Meanwhile, the truth of the team’s mysterious fourth member spells doom for another member of the team!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #22

Maintaining its position as the king of my pull list, Thor: God of Thunder hits the shelves this week. This issue comes at a key point for both of our parallel story arches, as we now move on to the fallout of both Roxxon’s nefarious takeover and King Thor’s bout with Galactus. This title continues to impress month after month, and I have no reason to doubt that this issue will deliver as well.

Thor God of Thunder 22

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #22
JASON AARON (WRITER) • ESAD RIBIC (ARTIST)
Cover by JEE-HYUNG
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD – Part Four
• Thor and SHIELD agent Roz Solomon vs. Ulik the troll! ROXXON vs. Broxton, Oklahoma! And in the far future, the Goddesses of Thunder take on Old Galactus! But wait, where’s King Thor…?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Futures End #3

I know what you’re all thinking but yes I have a pick of the week. Futures end has been pretty interesting for me as a DC fan, and I’m hoping in this issue to see Terry finding out more about Brother Eye and how to stop this world changing event from ever happening. Hopefully we get all more action in this issue to balance out the death of a beloved archer.

Futures End 3

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #3
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DAN JURGENS and MARK IRWIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Did Firestorm kill a member of the Justice League? Who is watching Batman Beyond? And why is Frankenstein living in an igloo?!

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Gaumer: Forever Evil #7

Wait! What is that? It can’t be. I thought it was a myth, like Watchmen 2, or that Stan Lee is an actual LMD, but it’s happening. Forever Evil is finally wrapping up, and it’s about time. Delayed for at least 2 months, and subsequently throwing off the launch schedule of a huge part of the DC line, I’m still excited to see how they wrap this whole thing up. I DO have to go back and re-read the previous issues for a refresher, but I’m hoping that’s the worst part of this great, albeit really late, event.

Forever Evil 7

FOREVER EVIL #7
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Robot Chicken variant
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by GARY FRANK
On sale MAY 21 • 48 pg, FC, 7 of 7, $4.99 US • RATED T
It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to FOREVER EVIL! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate’s world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 5th, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: New Warriors #2

Really think this title is gonna be solid. The first issue was just exactly what the doctor ordered. Classic Chris Yost, a team spread out with very different ideals will somehow make their way to one another for a common goal they cannot foresee. I love how random the cast of characters are for the most part. Really can’t wait ’til this team is pulled together. I’m dying to see just where exactly the New Warriors fit in the Avengers World, this new dawn of Mutants, this Inhuman age… Where will this team fit?

New Warriors 2

NEW WARRIORS #2
CHRISTOPHER YOST (W) • MARCUS TO (A)
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
VARIANT Cover by Mark Bagley
• The Evolutionaries are on the war path! If it’s not human, it DIES.
• What does the High Evolutionary want with Nova?
• All across the world, the New Warriors come together… SEE! Sun Girl and Haechi deal with Morlocks! WITNESS! Justice and Speedball fight to save magic! CRINGE! As Scarlet Spider refuses to play well with others.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer:  Forever Evil #6

The penultimate chapter in Geoff Johns and David Finch’s amazingly entertaining event, Forever Evil, is finally upon us, if not a week or so late. The final fate of Nightwing, more escapades of Lex Luthor’s new Justice League, and more Crime Syndicate dysfunction is on the menu, and, going by what we’ve been given thus far, I have a ton of faith that the last build-up to the finality of this event is going to something people talk about for years. Don’t miss this!

Forver Evil 6

FOREVER EVIL #6
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 32 pg, 6 OF 7, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The final fate of Nightwing! The most unlikely of allies have set the Crime Syndicate in their sights — and they’re playing for keeps while the life of a hero hangs in the balance! Plus, the identity of the mysterious man in the hood is finally revealed!

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Taylor: She-Hulk #2

Fresh off of a strong showing from Issue #1, Soule and Pulido return with their next installment in the adventures of Jen Walters. This series is shaping up to be a lot of fun, and a refreshing change of pace from usual super-heroic fair, as it looks to blend Shulkies superhero and lawyer identities together. I’m anxious to see if they can keep up the good work.

She-Hulk 2

SHE-HULK #2
CHARLES SOULE (W)
JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
VARIANT by AMANDA CONNER
• Jennifer opens her own practice, but things aren’t going as smoothly as she’d like.
• A new client rides into town…but is he hero or villain?
• Guest-starring Patsy Walker, Hellcat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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J. Jonah Jesse: The Saviors #3

A sort of quirky Lizard Aliens taking over the earth, and our protagonist, the unlikely stoner, caught up in the middle of it! James Robinson got out of DC and is making serious waves in new Indie titles and Marvel books. This is a gem of a comic. Artist J. Bone is creating a snapping black and white world with a stylized feel right out of a ’70s cartoon. This is certainly at the top of my pull list this week.

Saviors #3

SAVIORS #3
story JAMES ROBINSON
art / cover J. BONE
FEBRUARY 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99
Tomas Ramirez is now in the small Mexican coastal town of La Calma, where other new freedom fighters allies intend to test a device to end the threat of the aliens forever. But the aliens have a counterattack plan of their own, so this certainly will be the Day of the Dead.

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?

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Review: Forever Evil Issue #4

Forever Evil 4

FOREVER EVIL #4
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale DECEMBER 24
32 pg.
$3.99 US
RATED T

As much as comic book events are all about the big, dramatic, universe-wide change to the status quo that is sure to come by the end of any event, they are just as much about big moments. Moments that, while not necessarily being a huge part of the overall impact of the event, add some great impacts of their own along the way to the overarching impact of the event itself. Although Forever Evil has certainly hinted at the huge changes coming, it’s lacked a bit in the “awesome moment” department. So it was really nice to get some of those really good “OH SHIT!” moments that have no real impact on anything in this ish, and despite the lack of anything really important happening, those moments saved the book from mediocrity.

The Good

Like I said, there were some great moments in this issue. Batman and Catwoman making it back to the Batcave was nice, and it’s great to see their relationship grow in a way that has not been explored before. Lex giving Bizarro a pep talk was almost endearing and felt more like a father-son chat (which it kind of was) than a super-genius talking to his science experiment. The predictable meetup of Batman and Luthor’s Injustice League was cool, and Batman’s safe full of anti-Justice League gizmos was pretty awesome, but nowhere near as awesome as Batman wearing a Yellow Lantern Ring. Fear the Bat!! The last page character reveal worked very well, and acts as a promising addition to this anti-team. David Finch’s art was great as usual, but the key to this title is Geoff Johns simply having fun the way you’d expect a fanboy to have fun. And it’s a great ride!

The Bad

While the “OH SHIT!” moments do a great job of keeping your eyes on the pages, there’s really nothing going on in this title that has much to do with the Forever Evil event itself that we didn’t already know was going on. There’s Ultraman snorting more kryptonite; there’s Super Woman playing Ultraman and Owlman off each other; there’s Power Ring being a pussy. Alright, we get it already! There’s no reason to give us the same information over and over again, issue after issue, just because there’s nothing else going on with them in the course of the story. We don’t need to be reminded that these characters are around, especially if they aren’t doing anything new. Maybe I’m greedy and I want to have my cake AND eat it, but I think we should be able to get those “OH SHIT!” moments fanboys cream over, as well as having a story that is being pushed along by more than promotional solicits and comic book covers. Honestly, the entire story of Forever Evil could have been told simply by glancing at the covers.

The Verdict

There’s enough great moments in this ish to make it worth picking up. Although there’s not a whole lot going on that is inherently necessary to enjoy Forever Evil itself, it’s still fun to see the team that everyone knew was going to get together. Things are shaping up for the last three issues of this event to be amazing on several levels, but getting there has been a bit difficult to say the least. Although it’s not a huge endorsement for the issue, Forever Evil #4 had enough shining moments in it to be redeemed. It was close, but go pick it up.

Review: Forever Evil Issue #3

Forever Evil 3

Forever Evil #3
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: David Finch
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 3.99
Sale Date: Nov 6 2013

It’s not easy being right all the time. Just ask Lex Luthor! He’s been warning the DC Universe for years that its dependence on super-powered heroes would end up being humanity’s downfall. And the events of Forever Evil have shown, yet again, that Lex got it right! The heroes are gone, and humanity has nowhere else to turn to save them. So, since he couldn’t save humanity from itself, it’s up to Lex to save humanity from the grips of Forever Evil. But he’s going to need help. He’s getting a team together, and while I usually dig it when a new band gets together, I was left a bit wanting and confused by this effort.

The Good

This issue was all about getting the team together, a device used repeatedly in recent DC memory courtesy of the New 52 reboot, but it was different enough to make it feel new. Lex’s new Justice League is an intriguing group of villains turned unlikely heroes, and the entire feel of the team is just plain fun. Forever Evil as an event has, finally, found its footing, and the second act of the event is undeniably upon us with the delivery of a solid hook in the form of Lex’s new team. David Finch’s art is strong and does a great job of helping tell the story, with very creative use of Batman’s mask to paint overall emotion. Geoff Johns writing is the star of the issue, however, and he seamlessly takes the reader from one scene to the next with a pace that should come off as erratic, but instead helps set the unpredictable nature of the story itself. I mean, who could have seen a team headed by Lex Luthor and filled out with a clone of Superman and some of the worst villains in DC history, come together without the world becoming complete shit in the process? I just got the order wrong. Johns is able to communicate the sense of the chaotic mayhem of Forever Evil without harming the story contained in the pages of this single issue. It’s the little things Johns does that really shine in the ish, however, and the previously mentioned use of Batman mask in Bruce’s reaction to Nightwing’s current state, Lex and Bizarro taking time to stop and smell the flowers, and even Ultraman referencing Black Adam trying to harm him with words were simply brilliant morsels of geek goodness. But it had some problems.

The Bad

Although quite impressive, the art seemed rushed in more than a few places, and, while I just adore Finch’s work, I felt we were shorted a bit in the details department. As usual, this issue raises more questions than answers, with confusion ensuing. Firestorm shows powers that make hardly any sense, with the effects of those “new” powers possibly spoiling things in some Forever Evil tie-in issues; the loss of powers in a different character seemed like a forced afterthought, and is surely nothing more than a way to get to tell this story the way Johns’ wants to; and “oh, hey, there’s Black Manta!”, almost too convenient. Again, as usual, these are just nits that I like picking. The real trouble begins to sink in when you realize that Lex’s Injustice League team hasn’t yet reached its capacity. Bats and Cats have been solicited to be joining this team, and I’m worried I’ll have to sit through one, maybe two, more issues of getting a team together that will only have any meaning for the duration of Forever Evil. If it’s going to take four or five issues of a seven issue event just to get a team together for the event, and the event only, that leaves me a relative little time to actually see the team in action, which is, after all, the true appeal.

The Verdict

This is by far the worst issue of Forever Evil to date. I know, it’s only three issues in, and every modern day comic book event HAS to have at least one or two unnecessary issues, but, unfortunately, Forever Evil #3 is THAT issue. Equally unfortunate is the fact that some stuff DOES happen in this issue that will be integral to the rest of the event. Fortunately, however, readers probably won’t miss much of that if they skip this issue. So, if you really, really love Forever Evil pick this up. It’s worth reading just to see a team dynamic build, albeit a really slow build. But this issue is by no means required to get the gist of Forever Evil or enjoy anything that will follow it, so skip it.