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3 Questions About DC’s Creator Changes

We wonder. We ponder. We think. And that leads to the search for knowledge. I only have three questions! (Editor’s Note: There are always more than 3 questions)

DC recently dropped news about some new titles and some old titles getting a shakeup to their creative teams, and I have a few questions about the changes. Continue reading 3 Questions About DC’s Creator Changes

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Top o’ the Lot: DC Comics for 2014 (so far)

Top o' the Lot Image UpdatedNext in our month-long, weekly series of run-downs of the best comics of the first half of 2014 is DC Comics. While last week’s Marvel list was full of All-New Marvel NOW!, DC was dealing a lot with the legacy of 2013’s leftovers, and sowing seeds for the Future (pun totally intended). There may have been a hiccup or two with release schedules all-around, but no one can say DC doesn’t do it their own way. So, without further ado, we don the cowl (A LOT!), look at the brighter side of Evil, and look toward the Future, with Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: DC Comics for 2014 (so far). Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: DC Comics for 2014 (so far)

Review: Justice League #31

Justice League 31Review: Justice League #31

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, AND CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, AND ROD REIS
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T                  Introducing the new Power Ring! But who is she? What does she want? And how will her presence affect the team?

Lex Luthor is knocking on Bruce Wayne’s door, asking to speak with Batman! Captain Cold gets a job! The Justice League scrambles as the new wielder of the Power Ring is found!. Shazam is bored at Watch Tower! Big events are all everywhere in this book (ok, maybe not the Shazam part) as Geoff Johns continues his post-Forever Evil run on Justice League.

The Good

First off, the art in this book is excellent. Manke and Champagne never disappointed when they collaborated with Geoff Johns in the past on Green Lantern and they do not disappoint now. On top of the art, the story is actually pretty good too. Justice League has had a problem in the past of focusing squarely on the huge events at hand and letting the characters fall through the cracks, but that’s not the case here. Maybe that’s because a majority of the issue is devoted to Lex Luthor and Captain Cold, and everyone knows how much Johns loves to write his villains. That said, Shazam, Cyborg,  Bruce Wayne, and even Alfred all had some great character bits in the issue. The Lex Luthor- Bruce Wayne conversation is the definite stand out part of the book.

The Bad

I don’t like the look of the new Power Ring. She looks too much like a flower child hippie to me and I’m sorry, but I just cannot take her seriously as a destroyer of worlds like the Power Ring itself actually says she will be. I’m also afraid the book is about to get way too overcrowded soon. Johns reintroduced a team of heroes in this issue and i’m afraid either they, or more likely the actual Justice League, will be lost in the shuffle of big event storytelling.

Story: 4 out of 5                                                                                                                       Art: 4 out of 5                                                                                                                       Overall: 4 out of 5

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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Weekly Recs: DC Comics for April 16th, 2014

Weekly Recs LogoThe latest installment of Weekly Recs, highlighting the best comics of the week! This time around we have DC comics with some Sinestro, a bit of Justice League, and way too much Batman.

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Opinion: DC’s Forever Evil and How to Ruin a Great Event

Forever_Evil_1It can’t be an easy thing to do a big crossover comic book event. There’s the epic story that needs to be told, the crossover and tie-in stories have to be laid out, and then there’s the promotion. But once all these aspects have been applied to the event, and that ball of success starts rolling, it’s hard to slow it down and nearly impossible to stop it. DC’s latest and still current event, Forever Evil had just about everything going for it, but that success has been all but ruined by one aspect of events that DC missed: The schedule.

The Good

The lead up to Forever Evil, if you remember, was another event called Trinity War, and Forever Evil 7while that lead up event was a really big bait and switch, the end reveal of the Crime Syndicate making their way to the DCU was a fantastic way to promote the Forever Evil event. The Crime Syndicate is just that damn cool, and the way they were introduced, along with the new status quo that came along with them, was a refreshing take to a DC event. The solicits that followed showed off a Lex Luthor led Justice League, a Justice League Dark “must-read” tie-in, the debut of the Metal Men, and some great crossovers like Arkham War and Rogues Rebellion. And a lot of that has been fun, if not a bit of a letdown overall. Arkham War 1

The delivery of the event was great at the beginning, and the pace and individual stories being told around the event were fun and different. The Rogues and goings on at Arkham were neat, all three Justice League books were fun in their own unique ways despite Justice League Dark being part of an enormous crossover, and the Forever Evil book proper was exciting from ish to ish. There was also a great use of just about every character involved, and the Crime Syndicate themselves are just plain old evil fun. So where did everything go so wrong?

The Bad

“When the unthinkable happens!” It’s an appropriate tagline, as is the word “Forever” in Forever Evil. The book has been coming out since September, and while the traditional 1 Forever Evil Teaserissue per month release has worked in the past, it’s too old-fashioned for the modern day reader. Sales slipped from month to month, and I think a lot of that had to do with the staggered release dates.

As though that wasn’t enough, issue 7, the last of the series, has been pushed back at least twice, forcing many of the tie-ins to also put off their release dates or risk spoiling the entire thing. This schedule screw up has all but derailed the entire event, and not only did Batgirl #30 spoil at least a part of the event, but now DC’s own solicits are doing so with the announcement of a new book starring Dick Grayson. Everything in Forever Evil started so very well, and now I, and many comic readers I’ve spoken with, just don’t really care anymore.

The Verdict

I’m not saying the last issue of Forever Evil is going to be a stinker. I want it to be good, ForeverEvil_Teaser_Ads_ALL.inddand Geoff Johns usually delivers. Events are big money makers for comic book publishers; If they weren’t they wouldn’t do them; and any hiccup in the process not only hurts sales for the event in progress, but hurts the reputation of the publisher, which certainly impacts sales of the any future events. While it’s definitely an arguable point, Marvel events over the past few years have just been better than DC’s, and Forever Evil showed some great promise of narrowing that divide. And it’s really hard to root for a publisher that throws a Batarang at their own event.

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 16th, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew 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 #1

I’ve gotta say I’m really looking forward to see what Fikalov does with his third of the Ultimate Universe. Coming off the heels of Cataclysm, the Ultimate Universe’s Iron Man, Invisible Woman, Falcon, Machine Man? do what our 616 FF did once: and that is build a foundation for the betterment of the future. I just think its awesome, especially since their S.H.I.E.L.D. is now defunct. The cast is cool, the concept seems solid, I’m looking forward to this one.

Ultimate FF 1

ULTIMATE FF #1
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (WRITER) • MARIO GUEVARA (ARTIST)
Cover BY MIKE McKONE
VARIANT BY GIUSEPPE QUATTROCCHI
• The Future Foundation is all that stands between us and COMPLETE AND UTTER DOOM.
• Sue Storm, Tony Stark, Machine Man and Sam Wilson face the ONCOMING DESTRUCTION.
• A mysterious new member will join their ranks, whether they like it or not. Hint: They will not.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #21 Galactus punches All-Father Thor through the planet and breaks the moon. Nuff said.

Thor GoT 21

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #21
JASON AARON (WRITER) • ESAD RIBIC (ARTIST)
Variant Cover by Ron Garney
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD, Part Three
• ROXXON strikes back!
• Broxton, Oklahoma under siege!
• The Minotaur shakes hands with the king of the trolls!
• And in the far future, King Thor is overwhelmed by the fury of Galactus!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Sinestro #1

As much as I’m looking forward to Batman Eternal #2, that’s probably going to be something I could say every week, and the move DC has made to give Sinestro his own title may just turn yellow light into gold. Surely this book is spinning out of Forever Evil, but I really want to see the direction Cullen Bunn plans on taking the character, and with Dale Eaglesham an art, it’ll be good either way.

Sinestro 1

SINESTRO #1
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:25 Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Thaal Sinestro has lost everything he’s ever loved: his home, his family, his only friend. But no matter how desperate he becomes, Sinestro will never be without fear…a lesson his one-time ally, one-time enemy Lyssa Drak is eager to teach him! Can he take back the despicable Yellow Lantern Corps? Or does the universe have a new destiny in mind for Sinestro?

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Gaumer: Justice League #29

Yes, the Justice League is still a thing at DC Comics. Although it’s been bogged down in the creative quagmire that is Forever Evil, I’ve enjoyed the event overall, and at least some of the tie-ins, but JL has been one of the best. I’m excited to see the ball get rolling again, but I’m not sure if it’s because the event is so good or I just want it to be over already. Either way, this book is at the top of my stack this week.

Justice League 29

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover
On sale MARCH 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
The Crime Syndicate couldn’t kill him, but will Grid destroy him? Cyborg heads directly for the Syndicate with the Metal Men at his side. But can Vic Stone stop his cybernetic half? And how will this battle against the most brutal and evil beings in the universe change Cyborg and the Justice League?

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

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Previews Issue 307: April 2014 for June 2014

Goon Cover Superman Cover

Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.

Marvel Comics

There’s not much new stuff dropping in June from the House of Ideas but there are a couple of things that grabbed my attention. Original Sin Tie-insFirst off was a slew of tie-ins to Marvel’s event of the Summer, Original Sin. Fantastic Four gets a tie-in, All-New Invaders gets a tie-in, Mighty Avengers gets a tie-in, EVERYONE (it seems) is getting a tie-in! Of course, this is standard operating procedure for any Big Two Publisher event, and the best thing about it is you either get a better look at characters you love in the context of an event you’re following, or you skip the event altogether and save yourself a few bucks by skipping an issue or two that ties-in to the event. But something wicked and newly sinister this way comes, as Marvel is taking the whole idea of an event tie-in to new lows by having an event book tie-in to itself! While Original Sin is scheduled to be only 5 issues long, June sees an issue 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 also being released, forcing this comic fan to shake his head in confusion. All this is really doing is putting  more pressure on issues 1 and 2 of this event to be amazingly good, because, with so many tie-ins, it’s going to be really easy to say “Screw it!”

Figment #1Next, and finally, from Marvel (I told it was a weak month for new stuff) we have a book that will easily go under a lot of peoples’ radars, will barely sell enough copies to even justify the book being green lit, and probably belongs in the Kids’ Section of most comic shops. The next installment in Marvel’s Disney’s Adventure Series of titles, Figment #1, launches in the month of June and is noteworthy to me for one plain and simple reason: Writer Jim Zub. I doubt you recognize the name, but Jim Zub has been cranking out one of the funnest, if not oddest, fantasy/adventure comics I’ve ever read, Skullkickers. Zub’s whimsy and unique sense of humor should be a perfect fit for this kind of book, and the mere thought of Zub getting some work over at Marvel gives me hopes that we may see the writer get some work on more mainstream Marvel books. He’d be a great fit for Deadpool, Wolverine and The X-Men, or any number of other “weird” Marvel titles. My fingers are certainly crossed!

DC Comics

DC Comics was equally weak when it comes to anything new actually coming out in Infinity Man and the Forever PeopleJune. Their weekly titles Batman Eternal and The New 52 Futures End continue to trudge along, and we continue to see some fallout from DC’s latest event Forever Evil, but there’s not much new stuff to rave about. I did find a couple of gems, however.

DC launches a new book in June titled Infinity Man and the Forever People, as Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen resurrect one of Jack Kirby’s New Gods and brings him screaming into the modern age. I’m sincerely not sure how I feel about this, but I love seeing something so great being used and Dan DiDio may just have the passion to pull this off. I need a bit more info, but you should keep an eye out for this one.

Finally from DC, we have some huge, and much needed, news for the Man of Steel. Superman #32Beginning with issue #32, which is hitting shelves on June 25th, DC’s hottest writer, Geoff Johns, will be taking over duties on Superman. As if that news wasn’t big enough, longtime Marvel artist John Romita Jr. will be the artist on the title. Anyone who knows comic history knows that John Romita, Senior is synonymous with Marvel Comics, as was one John Romita, Jr. up til news of this epic team-up of creators was announced.  It may be weird to see Romita’s name plastered on the cover of a DC comic book, but a shake-up of this level has been needed on this title for quite some time. Superman should be one of DC’s highest selling books, yet it fails to muster numbers even remotely close to titles like Batman, when Superman, as a character, deserves every but as much quality as good old Bats. Hopefully this breath of fresh air is enough to pull the book out of the obscurity which it has sunk, but it sure has hell isn’t going to hurt it. Look out for this to fly off shelves, so be quick when you got to grab one!

Image Comics

As usual, Image Comics is coming out with a ton of new stuff this month. I cannot begin to touch on all the greatness coming from this publisher month on and month out when it comes to dropping new, different, and uniquely interesting title on readers, I just wish we all had more money to get it all. Be sure to check out your shop’s issue of Previews, or get your own copy you cheap bastard, and check out all the fun. Until then, here’s a few books I thought deserved some real attention.

The Wicked and the DivineThe creators who brought us great titles like Marvel’s Young Avengers and the epic Indy hit Phonogram bring us a new take on the whole “gods on Earth” scenario, with The Wicked and the Divine. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have delivered in the past, and there’s simply no reason to believe this won’t be a spectacular offering from these guys. Bonus, a Bryan Lee O’Malley variant that is sure to be awesome!

From The Walking Dead creator comes a new sort of horror comic. Moving away from the money printing machine that was his zombie fetish, Kirkman takes on demonic possession in the new title Outcast, with artist Paul Azaceta. I give Kirkman a lot of shit but he knows how to write some horror. This should be good.That's Because You're a Robot

Finally from Image Comics is That’s Because You’re a Robot, a one-shot written by David Quantick, a writer on the HBO comedy Veep. The solicit promises a “pop-art, cop buddy story set in a near future Los Angeles”, and if that isn’t enough to sell you they throw in this gem: “Two cops, and one’s a robot, only they don’t know which.” Then they’re throwing in the wickedly cool art of Shaky Kane on top of that. Yup, I’m sold! This is going to be a fun joke of a book with some amazingly different art, and is the perfect thing to cleanse the palette of way too many capes, tights, and seriousness. Give this a shot!

Merch

June is a big month for changing the calendar, getting ready for the second half of the year, and preparing for the next. I wish I had something poignant to say to follow that up, but it’s really just a huge month for calendars. Everything from Avengers to Who and anything in-between that your little geek heart may desire is currently available to order. You’d be amazed! Give it a look.

Snake MountainFinally from merch, I have something super special. I was a huge fan of He-Man back in the day, and thank goodness there are companies out there that have realized I will never grow up. This is a fantastically detailed statue of Skeletor’s base of operations itself, Snake Mountain. This is being put out to accompany a Castle Gray Skull statue that will drop in a month or two, and these replicas are well worth the money. Wait. They’re 3oo bucks each?! Maybe not so much…

Well, that’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here,  and share your favs in the comments!

 

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?

Comix City Too!This post brought to you by Comix City Too! in Madison Tennessee, Outright Geekery’s local comic shop of choice. Check out everything coming out this week in stores here, and be sure to get out to your local comic shop.

Review: Justice League Issue # 27

Justice League 27

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
32 pg
RATED T
$3.99

Yes, Forever Evil is still a thing! When DC solicited this event as “Forever” Evil I didn’t realize that they actually meant the event would last forever. While that’s certainly an exaggeration, it sure doesn’t feel like it, but, because of some major changes occurring within the pages of the event books and that event’s tie-in comics, “Forever” may be more apropos than first thought. With the obvious deaths of at least a few minor characters; some even seen within the pages of this very comic; and the assumed death of at least one A-Lister, things are going to be quite different in the DC Universe after the dust of the Crime Syndicate’s incursion settles. DC is doing a lot more to change things up than just killing characters, and while we’ll have to wait until the end of Forever Evil for the all of this major change to the status quo to be realized, we’re seeing some big character transformations already underway, and Justice League #27 gives us a nice one. There were some really cool things going on in this issue, and a couple of really bad things, leaving me torn on the overall quality of the book, while worrying me if DC Comics really has any idea what they are doing.

The Good

The book opens with Syndicate members Johnny Quick and Atomica laying a fatal smackdown on a couple of good guys, keeping with the tone of the overall event, which was a necessary aspect of the ish since the rest of the book deals with more positive events. While we get a brief setup to the ultimate end of the book on the next page, the issue quickly moves to the focus of the book: Rebuilding Cyborg. Although I had some problems with the dialogue between Victor and his daddy, it was really cool to see the back of the Red Room, all the gizmos and gadgets collected therein, and the final version of Cyborg 2.0. Upgraded, streamlined, and looking more like the Cyborg I first knew and loved. Cyborg’s trip and the last page reveal do a great job of continuing to paint the current Forever Evil world as the horrible place it is, as well as setting up the next ish and the premiere of another fan-favorite super hero team. Ivan Reis and his team of artists’ work is beautiful, with great overall work, fun attention to detail, and some epic one and two page splashes. While I did have a some problems with this specific issue of JL, a big concern I have for DC as a whole is strongly represented in this ish.

The Bad

The only problem I had with this single issue of Justice League was the conversation between Victor and his scientist father, the Doctor who turned him into Cyborg in the first place. While I understand what Johns is doing, and having Cyborg embrace his Cyborg persona in the midst of a villain dominated world in desperate need of a hero is a great use of the character, his father’s attitude and unwillingness to turn his son again into the Cyborg seemed forced and frankly didn’t make any sense. But I guess fatherhood just doesn’t make sense sometimes, and it wasn’t difficult to ignore this awkward characterization in an otherwise great comic book. No, a more significant problem I identified within the pages of this book had less to do with any single issue of a DC comic and more to do with just what the hell is going on over at DC. I could include a ton of news coming out from the publisher about changes on the horizon, but I’ll stick with this single issue to make my case. The New 52 is just over two years old, while taking into account the last few issue of Justice League have been part of Forever Evil, and the changes to Cyborg hearken back to the character’s pre-New 52 persona so much that it’s hard not to think we’re seeing a grand New 52 retcon. And I’m not sure I want to see that.

The Verdict

Despite the shortcoming I alluded to above, I firmly believe that Forever Evil, in the context of the event title itself, the Justice League tie-in, and the Justice League of America tie-in (all three written by Geoff Johns), may be the writer’s best work. He’s built an amazing story around some really intriguing aspects that are already bringing drastic changes to the entire DC Universe, and he’s doing so in a fashion that is in no way repetitive from series to series, which was my main gripe in the last event from Marvel Comics, Infinity. This is another great issue of a comic that should be entrenched in the event bog that seems to flood the comic lowlands whenever an event storm rips through a publisher’s stock, but, because of the skill of one of the best writers in the biz, Justice League continues to be a great series, and issue #27 is a great addition to it.