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Review: Batman #39

Review: Batman #39

Written by Scott Snyder with James Tynion IV

Art by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascancia with Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, and Dave McCaig

Things are not looking great for Batman. The city is infected with a Joker virus, the Joker may or may not be unkillable, and now the only people he has left to go to for help is the Court of Owls. Things couldn’t possibly go bad, right?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: November 26th, 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. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: November 26th, 2014

Review: Memetic #1

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James Tynion IV
Eryk Donovan
Adam Guzowski
Steve Wands
Eryk Donovan
Boom! Studios

(WARNING: There will be spoilers!)
It’s a sad shame when finding a comic book that deals with a current and relative topic is such a rarity. It’s even harder to find one that’s actually worth reading. Most of them try to be preachy, putting their own political positions into the story instead of just presenting a topical subject with an interesting slant. Memetic, from Batman scribe James Tynion IV, takes the idea of information sharing in the Internet Age to horrifying proportions, and gives readers a unique, modern-day twist on the all-too-often told zombie story.

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: October 8th, 2014

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Review: Batman Eternal #13

Review: Batman Eternal #13

Batman Eternal 13

Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV                                                 Art by Mikel Janin and Guillermo Ortega

Batman Eternal begins to build up steam again as Lt. Bard puts his plan into motion to stop the gang war that has been ripping apart Gotham while James Gordon confronts his son, James Jr. There are also some fun parts with Stephanie Brown, Red Robin, and Harper Row thrown in there as well.

The Good

What makes Batman Eternal work as a weekly book is that it is focused. Yes, there are a number of little side stories, but for the most part they all serve to advance the main plot of the book which is the fall of Gordon because of some plan made by Falcone and his mysterious benefactor. There is actual progression in this book unlike Future’s End, the other DC weekly title. Here, that progression is taken in the form of Lt. Bard’s plan. Without spoiling anything, Bard’s plan creates what should be a major shake-up to the events of the title from this point on. Batman Eternal is also delivering on its well written, soul searching dialogue in the form of James Jr. confronting his father. Sure, James Jr. is insane, but man did he have some compelling things to say to his father. I don’t expect Gordon to follow through with his son’s plans and machinations, but it was still great to see his face when he considers whether or not his son has some merit in what he is saying.There were also some bits thrown in there with Red Robin, Harper Row, and Stephanie Brown, but they were mostly filler just to remind us of these characters’ various plot lines. They weren’t bad filler, though. They just took a back seat to what was obviously the more important story line.

The Bad

This isn’t necessarily bad, but just something that annoys me. Is it just me, or do James Gordon, James Jr, and Lt. Bard all look pretty much the same? I get James Jr. looking like his dad. That makes sense. I just think that if you put James Jr. and Bard in a lineup that you could not tell them apart. Minor complaint. That’s all I got for this one.

Story: 4 out of 5

Art: 4 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: July 2nd, 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. What are you looking forward to reading this week?

Jules: Southern Bastards #3

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are at it with a strange very cool title. Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. Angry old Earl Tubb has returned to handle his family’s estate when he gets mixed up in somethings, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick. I’m been digging this title. Its definitely worth checking out if you haven’t yet! Aaron the man writing Thor: God of Thunder and Latour writing Wolverine and the X-Men at Marvel, this is a wicked strange tale that’s definitely worth checking out, folks.

Southern Bastards 3

art / cover: JASON LATOUR
JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Earl Tubb’s one-man war to clean up Craw County begins to rage out of control, as it claims its first casualty.

Taylor: Black Widow #8

Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto continue to give strong work with each issue, with intriguing character work from Edmondson coupled with Noto’s stunning art. This week, we get to see a black ops team-up between the Widow and another Marvel’s premiere spooks (and yet another of Natasha’s exes), the Winter Soldier. This issue should be a lot of fun.

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• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!
• Meanwhile, Isaiah has business of his own in London, but a simple plan gets complicated.
• Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto continue their uninterrupted run on one of the most acclaimed books of the year.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Christian: Batman Eternal #13

DC’s weekly Batman book just keep getting better and better. All the Bat-family members are here; the multifaceted story is intriguing, and I just can’t wait to see where this book goes each and every week. With an imprisoned Gordon being taken to Blackgate prison, Gotham’s Top-Cop is going to be in a whole mess of trouble, and Batman just doesn’t have the time to help him out. This is going to be a great issue!

Batman Eternal 13

On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A demon from Jim Gordon’s past comes to haunt him in Blackgate while the Gang War threatens to rip Gotham City apart! Can Jason Bard keep the order without coming head to head with Batman himself?

Gaumer:Original Sin #5

The reveal at the end of the last issue of Marvel summer blockbuster event Original Sin left a whole lot of readers’ jaws sitting on the floor, and I want, nay, need some answers. Just how long has Nick Fury been using LMDs to doppelgang his way around the Marvel U? And why let the cat out of the bag now? The layers of mystery keep unfolding in this title, and I’m ready to get some answers to my questions.

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(WRITER) Jason Aaron (ARTIST) Mike Deodato
Find out the secret history of the Unseen! What is the Original Sin?
In Shops: 7/2/2014
SRP: $3.99

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Review: Batman Eternal #2

Batman Eternal 2BATMAN ETERNAL #2
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
32 pg

If you read my quick and to the point review of the first issue of Batman Eternal you know I wasn’t very impressed by what was going in the ish. I was looking for the roller coaster ride of a comic that one should expect with the debut of a weekly comic, and I just wasn’t feeling it. There was plenty of action, an adequate buildup, and a nice twist, but the pacing and overall tone of the ish just wasn’t what I was expecting. Reluctantly, I picked up issue #2 of Batman Eternal, and I am so thankful that I did, because everything that I missed in issue 1 was given to me in droves in issue 2.

The Good

This issue picks up right where issue 1 left off with the aftermath of the subway explosion and the fallout from Commissioner Gordon’s unintentional use of excessive force, and everything you want in a Batman weekly comic book is here. Just about every member of the Bat-family is present and accounted for, Batman talking to Jim Gordon after the fact was gut-wrenchingly good storytelling, Batman the Detective was in there just a bit, and the pacing was spot-on perfection. The villains reveals were really well done, add to the overall intrigue of the story very nicely, and the final page reveal is jaw-dropping good fun for anyone who has ever even thought about being a Batman fan. I didn’t think it could be done, but Jason Fabok was even better on this issue than he was with the art on Batman Eternal #1, and it was a pleasant surprise, and a tasty cherry on top of this sundae.

The Bad

Where the hell was this greatness last issue? I understand that they were setting the table with issue #1 and this issue #2 is the first course of what hopes to be a delicious banquet of weekly comic goodness, but a less than par first issue followed by this stellar follow-up certainly suggests a trend of wavering quality in this title, which would be consistent with other DC weekly releases, like 52 and Countdown. I hate to presume anything at this early stage, but the clues are all there, but that does absolutely nothing to spoil how great this comic truly was.

The Verdict

I have to admit, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book. While I still stand by my review of Batman Eternal #1, issue 2 of the title has certainly compelled me to buy issue number 3, and that adoration will probably carry over to issue 4. I guess, if that’s the plan DC had from the beginning, only releasing 2 out 5 quality issues of a weekly series can still be a success. So long as those 2 good issues are REALLY good. And this issue was REALLY good.

Story: 4.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out 5

Review: Comic Quick Hits for April 9th 2014

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I played a bit of catchup last week with my comic purchases. I was two issues behind on Marvel’s New Warriors, two issues behind of Hickman’s Image hit East of West, and 4 issues or so behind on the BOOM! Studios book Revelations, the off-the-radar hit from Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos. So, I didn’t really get many new books this week, and instead of throwing out 3 separate reviews, I figured some quick hits is enough to get the job done. And, besides: I’ve got some comics to read!

Ghost rider #2The first quick hit I have for you is Marvel’s All-New Ghost Rider by writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore, and it’s good. I mean, it’s crazy good! These relative newcomers have come on with a firestorm of fun story-telling, backed up by some amazing art. We get a lot more meat on the bone as far as the backstory of all the characters is concerned, which is nice in a book with an entirely new cast. But it’s Tradd Moore’s art that shines on this title, and this issue is no different, with the speed of race cars, and the Spirit of Vengeance, flying from each and every panel in beautiful strokes of brilliance. I was hoping ish #2 of this title would keep up the same pace as ish 1, and I was not disappointed at all.

All-New Ghost Rider #2
Story: 3 Out 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out 5

Next we have the next big thing from DC Comics, Batman Eternal #1. This new weeklyBatman Eternal title is promising a new and exciting story about the Batman, and I just didn’t see it in this first issue. Now, normally, that’s a really big problem, and it still remains one here, but with the weekly release schedule, the build up for this was bound to be slow. The usual Bat-Suspects are here – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, among others – and the team of writers is hopefully going to go to some amazing places in this title, but the places this first ish went seemed way too familiar and, may I say, boring to the jaded Batfan. A big weekly investment needs to take me on a roller coaster ride that I just don’t want to stop riding, and this felt more like the first act to an episode of CSI: Batman (a two-parter with N.C.I.S. Bat-Family). Jason Fabok’s art is the one shining facet of this dull gem that I’m sure will get a nice spit-polish within a week or two. It gets a point or two overall for the potential.

Batman Eternal #1
Story: 1.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5

All-New X-Factor 6Finally this week, I have All-New X-Factor #6, and Peter David’s slow burn to getting the team together has finally come to its ashes. While the book’s been entertaining up to this point, the crawl to the already solicited final line-up of this team has been a grind. As much as I love David’s character interactions, the title has been more than a bit boring in places, but that’s mirrored with great moments of exciting adventure, and this ish is no different. Things go from exciting character action to boring and often cheesy character dialogues almost from page to page. Things are looking up, however, because the team has been rounded out, and it’s one of the most dynamic in all of the X-Books. Polaris, Gambit, Quicksilver, Danger, Cypher, and Warlock. Things are looking bright, but they aren’t quite there yet. Carmine Di Giandomenico’s work on art is great. He’s consistent, has a style all his own, and he just works well on this book. Top grades for a good story; bad marks for a few yawns.

Story: 3.5 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5