Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nightwing, The New Order # 1

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Art: Trevor McCarthyColors: Dean White



“A future world without “weapons”—where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers. But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years—the last metahumans of the DC Universe.”


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



A New World


A much older and more profound Nightwing is hunting down a man who hasn’t taken his medications in a while, this man is Arthur Light and the meds are to keep his powers in check. Oh did I mention the first couple pages show us a world in which Nightwing has taken out all of the Superheroes, yeah. That’s right Dick is in charge of the Crusaders and together they stop any super abilities or people from, well living.



A Change is a Comin’


Dick has to deal with the choices his made, even if Alfred and his own son can’t quite coop with them. He blew up something that got rid of 90% or the world’s super powers, and those still with them either take medication or are locked away…. but what is going to happen when his own child develops powers?



Sum it Up


These future stories are getting a little weird for me. I like that the narration is through Nightwing’s son, and its more of a reminiscent that live narrative. It’s all a little unbelievable, and you can’t help but wonder where this story fits with everything else: or if it’s an other worlds story? IT was a good read, just left me a little dazed I guess.



7/10



Ariel DuPey | NCR

Batman Beyond # 11

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art: Bernard Chang



In the freezing tundra, Bruce has to stop his son and his adoptive son from killing each other, but will he be to late to save the rest of the world? 

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



Son Vs Son


Bruce watches in horror as Damian’s blind rage takes on Terry’s unstable killing suit. Terry has killed Goliath, which means all cards are on the table for Damien now. Bruce finally sees something he can actually do: he sees that the ICBM missiles are ready to launch, so he’s going to try stop them. Good for you, old man.



Family Ties


Unfortunately for Bruce, he’s interrupted by Koru, who wants revenge for his father’s death. I guess Damian still has some left over feelings for his dad, because he stops Koru from killing him. Leaving a weak spot open for Terry to sweep in for the kill. Bruce screams at Terry to leave his son alone, and in that final cry, Terry is able to break free from the killer suit. A grumble in the background is heard and we see that Goliath is very much still alive, maybe softening the kids heart? It doesn’t really matter, because Koru has awoken from his smack down and has pushed the detonator to send missiles to destroy the earth. No not missiles, a toxin that will kill anyone whose body isn’t strong enough to take it.



Apoca….


With no other choice, Terry throws the mask back on and heads out to handle to missiles. But his suit is weakened and he begins the descend to his death. Surprising us all Damien sweeps in and saves him. Not only that but the two kids back at the cave blew up the missiles, and everything ends in a happy comicy way.



Sum It Up


This arc was fun, the ending kind of killed it for me though, but again the ride was good. I love the sharp colors and edges of the art, bringing that futuristic feel. I’m wondering where this book is going to go now that Bruce is alive, either way I’d say I’m a fan.



7/10


Ariel DuPey | NCR

Harley Quinn # 26

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art: John Timms




Surprise, Surprise – Part 2


Previously, in Harley Quinn – It’s Harley’s birthday and all her friends and family are here to celebrate! But as usual, things don’t go according to plan when the Unconquerable 25 attack and ruin everyone’s fun.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


                            

It’s My Party


Thanks to Harley’s gal friends, the Gotham City Sirens Catwoman and Poison Ivy, this issue was filled with blood, guts, and enough cleavage to make Power Girl jealous. Not a lot else needs to be elaborated on as much of the book consisted of the Sirens fighting the Unconquerable 25 with their amble bosoms sharing the page with bone-crunching, blood splattering violence. Not that that’s a bad thing, this is a Harley Quinn book after all and sometimes you just want some sex and violence in your comic book…



And I’ll Kill If I Want To


Once Harley has essentially killed the majority of the Unconquerable 25 she wants to get back to her party. But complications from Harley Sinn (who has been prisoner in Harley’s basement this whole time) and Police Chief Spoonsdale delay the festivities a bit longer.



… And Then Run for Mayor


All this goes back to the corrupt mayor of New York and the overall story arc that will see Harley Quinn run for Mayor of New York. Of course, for that she’ll need staff, a treasurer, a fundraiser person, a budget strategist, advertising agent, and social media guru. Harley looks around at her rag-tag group of friends and says, “I’m gonna run fer MAYOR a’ NEW YORK CITY!”


Next: Election Insurrection


Sum it up!


If you like sex and violence this is the issue for you! Guest stars Catwoman and Poison Ivy add their cleavage to the copious amounts of bloodshed in this book, but after all, isn’t that what a Harley Quinn book is all about?!


Score 7/10



Noah O'Toole | NCR









Suicide Squad # 24

Story: Rob Williams
Art: Agustin Padilla and Juan Ferreyra



Kill Your Darlings – Part 4: Unworthy

Previously, in Suicide Squad – Amanda Waller has ordered the Suicide Squad to apprehend Batman and Killer Frost. Katana subdued Batman and the Squad captured Killer Frost.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



The Plan


Katana laments her role in apprehending Killer Frost and hurting Batman in the process and wants to set things right. Amanda Waller has Killer Frost imprisoned in a machine that appears to subdue her powers. Waller’s plan is to put every superhero and super-villain behind bars and to take back the planet for humanity.



The Man


Director Karla of the Annihilation Brigade, which is the Russian version of the Suicide Squad has convinced Amanda Waller to share all her secret files with him including the location of superhero bases and secret identities. Amanda believes it’s all for the good of mankind and the in the long-term benefit for her grandchild. Once Director Karla has the intel, he orders ready all the Suicide Squads across the planet. It’s time to take the meta-humans down.



The Women


It probably comes as no big surprise that Batman is not dead. Instead, he is coming for Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad to rescue Killer Frost. Unfortunately for Batman, Killer Croc and Enchantress are keeping guard and Belle Reve and they have Batman in their grasp. Just before Enchantress executes Batman, two Gotham girls swoop in for the rescue: Harley Quinn and Katana! Harley is a little more than angry that Waller blames her for the deaths of Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and others while Katana wants to make peace with her Soul Sword for her earlier betrayal of Batman.



The Escape Plan


Batman and an unconscious Killer Frost attempt to escape Belle Reve in a jet while Harley Quinn and Katana hold off Amanda’s army. When Waller, Deadshot, and El Diablo see the jet take off, Waller orders it shot out of the sky. As Amanda Waller begins to pulse with blue electricity, the Squad realizes she is under the control of Gulag of the Annihilation Brigade!


Next: Amanda Waller Verses the Suicide Squad


Sum it up!


A good issue, but not a great one like the previous two were. Still, this is the most fun Suicide Squad has been in a while and hope they keep up the exciting pace.


Score 7/10



Noah O'Toole | NCR

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Injustice 2 # 8

Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Bruno Redondo
Inks: Juan Albarran
Colors: Rex Lokus



Once again Batman shows just how deep his contingency plans go when it comes to saving the day. But in this case he might need a powerful being on his side. A being...that’s not Superman.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



No Choice


Ras has kidnapped children in order to make their parents comply. With no choice Batman and the others have to follow Ras orders to prevent any heroism at an upcoming event. Since Batman had a jerk of a son, Ras has a barely undead Alfred to use as leverage. In the Jungles of South America Harley Quinn tries to comfort the children, while also warning them to not try and be heroes. Back at the cave, Oliver finds out how Batman knows the whereabouts of the kids.



It’s Batman…


Yes, if you remember Batman stuck a tracking device in Connor, of course Ollie doesn’t take this news too well. Before the testosterone kicks in overtime, Canary stops Ollie and Batman from fighting each other. Even for Batman this plan was pretty low, it’s implied he knew Conner would be taken and used the opportunity to find where the other side are hiding.



The Home Stretch


In order to penetrate a highly secured facility, Batman has to go to an old friend for help…Plastic Man. After some resistance Plastic Man, and his son agree. On their way to South America they run into another hero ready for some pay back, Blue Beetle.




Sum It Up


Tom Taylor is a magnificent writer. It always surprises me how well he writes these heroes, especially Harley and Batman. The humor that was integrated into this issue was hilarious and not over done. My only hope is that Tom furthers his career and begins writing for the Justice League in continuity.



10/10


Ariel DuPey | NCR

Wonder Woman # 28

Story: Shay Fontana
Art: David Messina



Heart of the Amazon: Part Three



Previously, in Wonder Woman – Diana is caring of her friend Etta Candy after she was injured when a villain bombed her brother’s wedding.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


Nurse Prince


Wonder Woman revisits a role she took way back in All Star Comics #8 (1941). After bringing Steve Trevor back to Man’s World, Wonder Woman went undercover as his nurse to keep an eye on him. Likewise, Diana is very concerned with Etta Candy because she feels partially responsible for what happened. The attack on the wedding only happened because someone was trying to kill Diana. Does proximity to Wonder Woman equal danger?



Assassins Attack


No sooner is Etta Candy safely recovering in her apartment when another assassin attacks to kill Wonder Woman. The assassin is known as Mayfly. She’s a hemophiliac who needs treatment for her blood. She was a test subject who gained enhanced speed and strength because of experimental treatment. Wonder Woman could take Mayfly down quickly, but her problems are only beginning.



Danger on All Sides


Diana and Etta might be in a little trouble. Five additional assassins have surrounded the building and they want the bounty on Wonder Woman’s head. The five assassins were ambiguous, but one character was obvious: Cheshire. Cheshire is one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins with poison-tipped finger nails. One of the assassins appears to be purple in color, so I suspect he could be Constantine Drakon. Drakon is an assassin from Greece who is primarily known for being a Green Lantern villain. The others I’m unclear who they are, but we will surely find out next month when we continue the story.


Next: War on the Home Front


Sum it up!


There were some great Wonder Woman moments in this issue, especially the “bullets and bracelets” parts. There was one painful panel that miss-colored Etta Candy (a black woman) to look like a Caucasian man. There is still a lot of room for improvement.


Score 6/10


Noah O'Toole | NCR

Batwoman # 6

Story: Marguerite Bennet and James Tynion IV
Art: Renato Arlem



Pax Batmana



Previously, in Batwoman: Rebirth – We caught a very brief look at Kate Kane’s future back when Batwoman launched in Rebirth. The single panel shows an unmasked Batwoman now known as Commander Kane surrounded by her soldiers and approaching Gotham City. This takes place “Soon”.



***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



Gotham Past


According to Kate Kane, the Bat symbol saved her life and her soul. Batman interceding in her life at a time when she was drunk and a vagrant. The Bat meant everything to her as it meant everything to the people of Gotham. But that was then. This is now. It’s five years into the Reign of the Bat. Batwoman is now Commander Kane and she is the captain of the colony battleship Sequoia.



Gotham Present


Although it’s not clear how many years into the future the Reign of the Bat takes place; Kate is aged but no less in charge. She’s unmasked, so the secret identities no longer seem necessary. Others in Gotham are older and in different roles. Jason Todd, the Red Hood, now has one eye and walks with a cane. He is Commander Kane’s second in charge. Renee Montoya, Kate Kane’s former love, is the Commissioner. Julia Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne, the Batman, are dead.



Gotham Future


The new Batman, and person responsible for war-torn, police state of Gotham City as well as the Reign of the Bat, is none other than Tim Drake. This November we find out more in Detective Comics #969 in “The Fall of the Batmen”.


Next: Fear and Loathing


Sum it up!


Despite the fact this story takes place in an uncertain future, a lot of clues are scattered throughout that connect to the events happening in DC Rebirth, including some curious info on Tim Drake. A handful of surprise guest stars also make this a poignant issue for Batwoman fans.


Score 7/10



Noah O'Toole | NCR




Justice League # 27

Story: Brian Hitch
Art: Fernando Pasdaran



Legacy: Part 2


Previously, in Justice League – A group of heroes from a post-apocalyptic future escape into the past to stop their world from coming to be. But to do it they’re going to need the help of the Justice League—who just happen to be these time travelers’ parents! 



***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***




Children Behave


Most of this issue consists of the Children of the Justice League crying like babies while trying to convince their Justice League moms and dads that story is legit and they really are their children from the future. Wonder Woman confirms they’re telling the truth, but a lot of things still seem off about them.



That’s What They Say


The Children of the Justice League explain that they were all sent to live on Olympus because the gods had either abandoned it or were dead after a war broke out the likes of which have never been seen. The Children of the League claim their parents, the Justice League, never came to get them, and after they grew the Children set out to find their super powered parents only they were gone. A villain named Sovereign took over and Earth might as well now be Apokolips. So, they traveled back in time by using the last of the Forever Stones to find them.



When We’re Together


Batman is researching the Kindred, who were one of the Justice League’s first threats when Rebirth launched. Brian Hitch must still be trying to make a connection to all these generic alien attacks the League has been facing lately for some reason but we don’t find out why yet. The Bat-computer’s signal is being jammed. But before Batman can figure out why he gets beaten to bloody pulp right in front of our eyes. The assailant? Aqua man! And it’s not the Aquaman that’s currently trapped beneath Atlantis – instead it’s the Aquaman that belongs in the same timeline as the Children of the Justice League! He’s old, grey, scarred, and is missing an arm! Batman has something he needs…


Next: The Secret of Hunter Prince


Sum it up!


As an avid comic reader, I can easily suspend belief to enjoy a super-powered story. Still, I cannot accept that in the future the Justice League members only marry and have children with each other. Unfortunately, even that notwithstanding, this has been more of an interesting story than anything previously told in Justice League. I’m just glad they’re not fighting aliens again.


Score 6/10



Noah O'Toole | NCR




Aquaman # 27

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Stjepan Sejic




Arthur has sunken to the depths of Atlantis, and is confronted by two of the deep sea beings. Hidden from the deluge, Arthur must find away to freedom.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



Krush and Kadaver


Arthur awakens in a swirl of magic containing him. Krush demands for his to reveal the truth, that this scruffy nerf-hearder is actually the former king of Atlantis. Dolphin is of no help, as she is also trapped, and unfortunately she’s not alone in her enclosure. Meanwhile, Vulko is getting help from a former Widowhood sister on his mission to bring down Rath.


The Queen


Mera heads to the Titan tower to ask Garth for his help. Only his education and power in Atlantean magic can free Atlantis from its thorny crown, and allow Mera to enter and retain Arthur. Down back in the deep Krush reveals why he wants Arthur to admit his identify, he wants to use him as leverage to keep against Rath. But Arthur uses his telekinesis to influence the beast that was trapped in with Dolphin, to crush through the barriers, setting them free. But they better hurry; because Kadaver is on the chase.


Breaking News


We also learn the true intentions of the Motherhood: she plans to ignite a civil war. Once all the men and their pride are dead, she will place a new monarch…Mera.


Sum it Up


Another excellent issue of Aquaman…I can’t get enough of this book. Besides being a superhero, it’s just a plain good book. Every one has a different agenda, and yet the stories are dancing and weaving with one another flawlessly. The art is a spectacle of beauty and talent. Just a wonderful book all around.


9/10


Ariel DuPey | NCR

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws # 13

Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy



The Life of Bizarro: Part 2


Previously, in Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro is dead following a fight between the Outlaws and Solomon Grundy. But when Lex Luthor shows up and offers to save the life of Bizarro, Jason Todd and Artemis reluctantly accept his help.

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***




The Just Us League


The issue opens with Bizarro narrating the story of his life and how he came to live on Earth. His dad, mom, cousin, and dog all wished him well as they put him in an escape pod and sent him off to Earth just as Krypton exploded. The Kent family adopted him. “Saints am alive!” exclaimed Ma Kent. “We are call Clark!” exclaims Pa Kent. On Earth, he joined the Just Us League alongside his friends Rope Lady, Wet Wet, Go Go, Night Light, Sigh Borg, and Batman (who is just “Batman” everywhere apparently!). But no, those am not … I mean, those are not Bizarro’s memories. Those memories are implanted and not his. Bizarro’s true first memories are of fear, pain, and terror … that is, until Red Hood came along.



Bromance


The love runs deep between Jason Todd and Bizarro. The Superman/Batman bromance has nothing on these two. Red Hood was the very first thing Bizarro ever saw with his own eyes; he was the first to reach out to him and to touch him. He was the first to assure Bizarro everything would be okay. For Jason Todd, Bizarro was the first guy friend he made on his own after he, you know, came back from the dead. We get to see one panel that might be my favorite single comic book panel ever, and it shows Jason and Bizarro in their messy apartment playing video games side-by-side on the couch. The love is shared with the third member of the Outlaws too: Artemis. When Bizarro and Artemis were prisoners of Black Mask it was Artemis who taught him how to speak and even write and spell … as well as Bizarro is capable of that is.



B-Zero


According to Lex Luthor, there is a .37 percent chance he can save Bizarro’s life. For most people, that would be impossible. For Lex, it’s a Tuesday. Lex Luthor even gets in on the emotions this issue as he operates on Bizarro. He thinks back to his original creation who grew to become a friend – Subject B-Zero, also known as the Bizarro from the New 52. B-Zero was killed and Lex clearly misses him. An injection of kryptonite into Superman’s veins would kill him, but for Bizarro, who is the genetic opposite of Superman, it just might save his life. Lex Luthor informs Red Hood and Artemis that the operation was successful and they can go see Bizarro now. Both are in for a shock, however, when they walk in on a well-spoken, groomed, classy, and dare I say GENIUS Bizarro! “What an absolute pleasure to see you again my compatriots,” says Bizarro as he adjusts his glasses. Ummmm….?


Next: Bizarro and the Outlaws


Sum it up!


Red Hood and the Outlaws has more personality in its three cast members than the entire Justice League has combined. The art switches styles depending on the memory from a stylized, cute cartoon to groovy, psychedelic madness. This would have been a 10 out of 10 except for the fact that once again the colorist can’t seem to decide if Artemis’s boots should be red or black.


Score 9/10


Noah O'Toole | NCR


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Super-Man # 14

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Karo
Colors: Hi-FI




The Justice League of China are trying to hold their own against the villains that are attacking the entire city of Shanghai. Will a casualty of war, shake Kenan more that the boy of steel can handle?


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


Love and Hate


Emperor Superman has sent his villains to seize the city of Shanghai, effectively putting in place a force field, isolating the city from everyone else. Little does he know Amanda Waller already has her task force on the inside. Meanwhile, China-Flash is helping Wonder Woman become rooted in her love for the her life, helping her transform from snake to woman once again, well…for the most part at least.



Tower of Terror


Ming Ming finally gets through to the team and lets them know that the Emperor has turned the Shanghai tower into a prison, so the League makes that priority # 1. While I-Ching battles his evil self? Flash and Kenan head to the top of the tower and makes their way in clumsily. Fat Bat and Wonder Snake, meet them in the middle, and Fat-Bat is confronted for his weirdness against Wonder Woman. He finally admits his true feelings for her, which helps her transform all the way back to human, and of course this grosses Kenan out.



Father Dearest



Kenan rushes in to save his family, and releases his father from the watery substance. Kenan wants to assure his parents safety to the bottom of the building, but the cries of others forces him to stay inside. He confronts the Emperor with all he has, but the end of the Emperor is not by his hands. Instead…the Suicide Squad steps in.



Sum it Up



It’s obvious that this is by far one of my favorite books coming out of DC. Considering that, I’ll be honest and say that this issue didn’t get me as excited as previous books. It was still fun and full of gorgeous art, and I recommend it to everyone. The ending teases to a fantastic cross over coming our way.



8/10


Ariel DuPey | NCR



Suicide Squad # 23

Story: Rob Williams
Art: Gus Vazquez



Kill Your Darlings – Part 3: Out of Control



Previously, in Suicide Squad – Harley Quinn is the new leader of the Squad and Captain Boomerang has been revealed as a traitor and the team left him to die in Siberia. Amanda Waller issued a new order: take Batman and Killer Frost into custody.



***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


The Past


This issue smartly ties in to one of the best cross-over events of Rebirth: Justice League Verses Suicide Squad. We see flashbacks of Batman and Amanda Waller discussing Killer Frost and their contradictory views of her. Amanda Waller sees her as a monster who will never amount to anything more. Batman sees the value in Caitlyn Snow and wants her for his team. It turns out that the reason Amanda Waller agreed to let Batman have Killer Frost is because he admitted he was wrong. I repeat: in this issue Batman admits he was wrong. He admits Killer Frost showed there was value in Amanda’s Task Force X.



The Present


It appears the Suicide Squad replaced Captain Boomerang with El Diablo. An obvious yet curious choice given Killer Frost’s powers. The Suicide Squad descends on Gotham City and attempts to apprehend Frost. El Diablo complains about feeling sick but Waller orders him to attack Killer Frost. Frost can’t believe her luck and their stupidity to send someone like El Diablo after a someone whose powers basically equal a heat vampire. Killer Frost instantly leaps at Diablo, absorbing his heat and growing exponentially in power all while killing El Diablo. As Killer Frost’s powers grow to the point the entire Suicide Squad is unable to stop her, she suddenly grows ill. It’s pretty clear Amanda Waller poisoned El Diablo knowing Killer Frost would be unable to resist using her powers ultimately proving Amanda right.



The Future?


The “main show” suddenly arrives however as Batman swoops in and fights the Suicide Squad. He evades and parries their every move as a bat-device begins to calculate something. After enough time has passed, the calculation is complete. What was Batman calculating? The frequency of the Suicide Squad’s brain bombs of course! Batman uses the frequency to knock out the entire Suicide Squad… minus one very important member: Katana. Katana has never been a prisoner, only fiercely loyal to Waller which is why Amanda never implanted a bomb in Katana’s head. Katana’s Soul Sword shames her as she attacks Batman, knocking him into a frozen lake. She retrieves the unconscious Killer Frost and Suicide Squad members and returns to Belle Reve. The fight is far from over as in the last panel Batman survived the attack and screams, “wu, wu, … WALLER!!!”


Next: Bats in Belle Reve


Sum it up!


Everything was done right once again. Justice League Verses Suicide Squad was one of the best cross-overs in Rebirth and this issue continues with the aftermath of that as well as the past events of the Suicide Squad series. The plot twist was a little too obvious, but it didn’t take away from the fun of the book.


Score 9/10




Noah O'Toole | NCR

Supergirl # 12

Story: Steve Orlando
Art: Robson Rocha



The Girl of No Tomorrow: Part One



Previously, in Supergirl – Following a team-up with Batgirl and a trip to the Phantom Zone, Kara goes to Catco Worldwide where Cat Grant suddenly and surprisingly shoots Supergirl with an energy gun.

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



Packing a Punch


As Supergirl plummets to the streets below she regains consciousness and her ability to fly. But something is different – the balcony on the building is mysteriously gone and other small things seem different. The air feels strange and numbing to Kara, and she is struggling to concentrate. It’s almost like she has too much super power running through her and it is tough to keep it under control. As Supergirl flies off she creates a sonic boom that shatters the windows of the skyscrapers and sends broken glass raining down on the citizens. Her heat vision suddenly goes berserk as well as Kara accidentally shoots laser beams at the screaming people below. Then, an alarm goes off and Kara suddenly worries about being late for school. Wait, what is going on? Is this real? Was that a dream? We’ll find out, because meanwhile….



The Fatal Five


The Emerald Empress is still after Supergirl. The Eye of Ekron has convinced her that their paths are destined to cross and will lead to her death at the hands of Saturn Girl. To turn fate, the Emerald Empress has assembled a Rogues for Supergirl. Her own Legion of Doom. The members consist of the Emerald Empress herself, and her Eye of Ekron; Solomon Grundy, an undead monster with superhuman strength and near invulnerability; Indigo, also known as Brainiac 8, an inorganic being with an analytic computer mind; Magog, the super villain whose strength can go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel himself; and to the delight of myself and other fans of the 1984 “Supergirl” movie, Selena, the sorceress portrayed by Faye Dunaway. Together, they make the Fatal Five.



Super Overload


The Emerald Empress wants the world to see who Supergirl really is: an evil and destructive being who will destroy the world. This, of course, is not who Supergirl really is, rather it is how the Emerald Empress sees her. With her powers still set to “destroy”, now is a bad time for Supergirl to have Solomon Grundy attack National City. Who is more dangerous to the people around them: Supergirl or Grundy???


Next: The Grip of Grundy


Sum it up!


This issue was leaps and bounds better than the last storyline, due in part to coinciding with the events of Justice League Verses Suicide Squad crossover. The Fatal Five present the challenge Supergirl needs, and the book assures you the stakes are as real as they feel.



Score 8/10



Noah O'Toole | NCR




Action Comics # 985

Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Guillem March
Colors: Hi-Fi



Back from vacation Superman heads out into the world to save as many peoples' days as he can. When faced with a threat, he’s going to have to team up with a friend-enemy to save the world, but will this cost him more that it’s worth.


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


Vacation Blues



With the family trip over, Superman has to return to, well, Supermaning. In the distance he hears a cry for help as some citizens are being attacked by men and wolves. Superman discovers that they are being controlled by The Machinist, and this culprit is a hard one to find. Superman’s attention is directed to the t.v, there he sees that the whole world is under similar attacks! Not only that, but he finally recognizes where the controlling device is from…Lex Luthor.


Accusations


Since Rebirth I have been aggressively promising all my friends that Luthor will eventually show his true evil colors once again, and every couple weeks DC writers like to tease me that the time has finally come, and yet again it doesn’t. Superman climbs into Luther’s window, all teenage dramatic like, and demands to know if Lex has turned. Again, Lex declares that his technology was stolen…because he’s still a good guy. So the fa├žade continues.



Fly Like an Eagle


Superman and Lex must team up to discover the whereabouts of The Machinist, and put an end to the madness. When they arrive, they are immediately shot out of the sky and come face to face with The Machinist himself. While trying to hold off his forces, Lex is infected with the love bug, and is ordered to kill Superman. It’s a free ride to evil.


Sum it Up


This was a fun and fast paced story; something about it felt very golden age to me though. Maybe it was the simplicity of the plot. This isn’t to say it was bad, it’s just a dramatic contrast to the story that just unfolded previously. I’m excited to see more of Lex, so maybe next issue I’ll be able to get more on board with it.



7.5/10


Ariel DuPey | NCR

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps # 26

Writer: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Rafa Sandoval
Inks: Jordi Tarragona
Colors: Tomeu Morey




The catastrophe that was the ending of the Sinestro and Green Lanterns partnership’s aftermath is unfolding. Now the Lanterns must readjust and rethink their direction, but will they have time, or will a new threat be heading their way?


***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


With a Little Help…



Friends are comforting friends, as the Green Lanterns readjust to their old, new way of life. The partnership between Green and Yellows failed miserably, and bonds were broken…or should I say shattered. With Guy assuring Jon he’s still in high standing with everyone, and Hal checking up on Kyle, the high ranking officers move on.



From My Friends.


Before the love fest, we saw a Lantern interpreting a vision he had. When he heads to the rest of the Lanterns with his premonition he discovers that he is too late. Hal and Kyle discover an entire system destroyed, before they can react they are blasted by light. Out of the light comes Orion of the New Gods, who pretty immediately, becomes injured by omega beams. Hal and Kyle get him to the nearest planet to be revived. When he finally comes around and the questing can start, a giant severely threatening robot looking beast smashes into the building.



Sum it Up


The beginning did a good job with having a buffer from the events of the last arc into a new story line. I will say that Hitch has me very weary of anything resembling a big bad monster now, but Venditti is an amazing writer and I’m sure this big bad will have more depth then we’ve seen in the Justice League runs. I do wonder if this book is connected to Batman Metal??


7/10



Ariel DuPey | NCR

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cyborg # 15

Story: John Semper Jr.
Art: Cliff Richards and Will Conrad



Singularity Aftermath: Quest


Previously, in Cyborg – Cyborg has been brought into an alternate reality by Anomaly where humanity is being eliminated, and machines called Mecha-Humans have become the dominant population.



***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



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Cyborg works with Silas and Elinore Stone, his parents in this reality, to try and find a cure for the virus that is turning humans into mechas. The cure must first be administered to Cyborg. The antibodies created by Cyborg’s unique blood will can form the basis of a serum capable of reversing the disease in other humans. Silas Stone left the serum hidden in the laboratory before he was killed my mechas. Elinore reveals her son, the Cyborg of this reality, was killed in battle.



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In this reality, Beast Boy, aka Garfield Logan, is known as Captain Logan, and his because his DNA can change from human to animal he has not been affected by the virus. However, if he stays human too long the virus will eventually take over. Cyborg, Captain Logan, Variant, and Exxy rendezvous with Sergeant Saulsberry to make their way to the lab to retrieve the serum when suddenly the mechas attack! Cyborg is hit and wakes in the Twilight Zone of his mind where the saxophone playing man named Blue gives him some cryptic advice before playing his sax, snapping Cyborg out of his trance. When he wakes, Cyborg finds himself with Captain Logan and Exxy. They managed to escape, but Variant was captured. The mission now has a second purpose: rescue Variant.



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Cyborg experiences another “glitch”, only this time he thinks back to Blue’s cryptic message and uses the glitch to expose a weak point in the tunnel wall and they are able to finally break into the lab. There’s no time to search for the serum or for Variant, however, as the Metal Men appear! They have been programmed to protect the serum and to only turn it over to the Cyborg of that world. A furious battle ensues and it seems the Metal Men have the upper hand when suddenly the Metal Men stop moving. Exxy heard them say they were “programmed” so he used his computer programmer skills to hack the Metal Men and shut them down!



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Exxy opens the box containing the serum, except that it was a trap! A needle on a mechanical arm shoots out of the box and injects Exxy with the virus. As Exxy collapses, a hologram of that world’s Cyborg appears! He has the antidote, and if our Cyborg wants it he will have to fight that Cyborg because the Cyborg of this reality wants to rule the world…


Next: Metal vs. Mettle!


Sum it up!


The alternate reality Cyborg finds himself in combined with the introduction of the Metal Men makes this a rather fun issue. Plus, any time you can add Beast Boy, even an alternate reality version, to a Cyborg story you’re guaranteed to have a few laughs.



Score 6/10




Noah O'Toole | NCR



Injustice 2 # 7

Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Bruno Redondo
Inks: Juan Albarran
Colors: Rex Lokus
 


Heroes across the land come together to honor another fallen friend. While Blue Beetle and Canary have some of their own personal issues to air out, the rest of the heroes are taking a moment to breath. But that moment is soon interrupted by non-other than the Suicide Squad.

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***



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Mourning for Ted Kord, an angry Jaime confronts Batman. But Bruce quickly puts the kid in his place and hints at a promise of revenge. Following, is a very inappropriate gesture of love, as Ollie proposes to Canary at the funeral, but hey life is short. We get a very confusing, but sweet moment between Canary and… TED…wait what? Hopefully that explains itself later.


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A very adorable Conner, is practicing being a ring bearer outside the cathedral, and uncle Bruce sets him up for a hilarious Lord of the Rings joke. Suddenly, Bruce has to pull a runaway bride, and leaves the ceremony. As if Damian couldn’t get any worse, Bruce catches him grave robbing Alfred’s body!


A Bloody Set Up


Turns out the grave robbing was just a rouse to get Batman away. Now the rest of the Suicide Squad is about to ruin Canary’s wedding day, by well blowing it up. And I thought losing my heel during my wedding was bad…Batman tries to warn Babs, but it’s too late as the Squad is already wedding crashing. Jefferson tries to rush the kids away from the scene, but gets bombarded by Squad members, and the little ones are kidnapped! Wow, even for the Suicide Squad that’s pretty messed up. It also looks like Pennyworth will be reborn…


Sum it Up


I know a book is good when I curse a lot while reading it, and this book made me curse out loud at least three times. I knew I could depend on Taylor to make up for a slow week. Wow what a read, I was so into it, the pages just flew by. It was unexpected and dramatic and I can barely wait for the next issue. I love when comics get me excited like this. There were some confusing moments, that I’m hoping will be sorted out on the podcast.



10/10



Ariel DuPey | NCR