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COVERED: March 11th, 2015

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COVERED: January 14th, 2014

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COVERED: January 7th, 2014

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COVERED: September 10th, 2014

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Review: Multiversity #1

Review: Multiversity #1

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Nai Ruffino

Well, Multiversity is finally here. Grant Morrison has been talking about this book for what seems like forever but it is finally here in our hands. So is it good? Is it bad? Is it so crazy that you can’t even figure out what is going on? Well, this is Morrison so yeah, everything in here is totally ludicrous. Continue reading Review: Multiversity #1

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: August 20th, 2014

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COVERED: July 30th, 2014

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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: April 16th, 2014

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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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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.