Review – Super Sons Rebrith #2: Who needs Batman and Superman!!

  • Writer: Peter Tomasi
  • Artist: Jorge Jiménez
  • Cover Artist: Jimenez and Sanchez

With the last issue ending on a cliff hanger I was sure this issue would no doubt be entertaining, and I wasn’t wrong. One of the many bright spots in this run are the characterization and the artwork. Supersons #2 delivers on all those with and more, first off, we get a prologue of Kid Amazo the main antagonist in the future, this kid has a serious anger issues, in a game of hide in seek, he finds and kills a family we are suppose assume is his.

Jon and Damian’s encounter with lex is almost ends early when Damian uses Jon as a decoy. Once again Damian manipulates Jon into helping him, it seems as if Damian doesn’t really care for Jon’s safety, he purposely uses Jon as bait just so he can get access to Lexcorp’s data files, however do find it strange Lex has no idea who Jon and Damian are. After escaping Lex the two dig up some information on a kid name Reggie aka (Kid Amazo).

Tracking Kid Amazo’s last position to a warehouse they investigate and find the family he had murdered in the prologue, right away Jon wasn’t to inform their dad’s, but Damian is determined to prove he doesn’t need Batmans help, the two of them argue and Jon leaves the scene and runs into a little girl who escaped during Kid Amazo crazy hide and go seek game outside the warehouse.

The issue ends with Damian and Jon being watched by each other’s fathers.

Conclusion: The one issue I have is that Jon is pretty much useless, he lacks any development, granted this could be on purpose, it’s still something to note. Damian on the other hand is a complete badass, with Tomasi doing the Batman and Robin runs its not surprising Damian’s the more developed character as of right now. The artwork once again is on point so theres no need to get into details about it, Jorge Jiménez is killing it.

Overall we got some story progression, so hopefully in the future we see the two encounter Kid Amazo, I know I cant wait.

Links: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Spawn movie update and Why Dark and seriously Tone Comic Book Movies can be successful today.

With recent success of R-Rated comic book films some studios are now more open towards R-rated superhero films now, or so it seems. Let’s be real ladies and Gentleman Wolverine and Deadpool are considered adult friendly comics, while fox tried the PG-13 route with Wolverine and the movie straight up flopped, as for Deadpool, it was in hiatus for years because of the rating issue.

That open the door for more darker superheroes to hit the screen, whether it be a reboot or the birth of a franchise, making darker mature stories and heroes, if done right, have a chance on the big screen today.

It was only a matter of time before others follow suit, in comes Todd McFarlane. Years ago, he announced a Spawn reboot was in the mist, but because of how dark the movie would be studios didn’t want any part of it. Jump to 2017 and once again McFarlane gave fans an update on his Spawn Reboot at Emerald City Comic-Con stating

“Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R…If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty.”

Multiple sources have said the movie will be a The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, this would be something very interesting, a mob movie with an unseen force taking them down, tag that along with its biblical Judeo-Christian mythology and you got the next Spawn movie, McFarlane is dead set on directing the film, and rightfully so, as a fan I’m excited for this reboot. In fact, I wish characters like Constantine, Blade, Ghost Rider, X, and Hell boy, other than X most of these movies where made and while most of did okay, the tone of the films wasn’t even close to the comic’s dark tone.

R-Rated superhero movies can be here to stay if Studios are willing to say F***it and give the films the proper support like 20th Century Fox did with Deadpool, you’ll see more great R-Rated hero movies, but if studios want to use the “We can make it better” formula like in the past then expect more facepalm worthy movies.

Review – Super Sons Rebrith #1: When I Grow Up…

  • Writer: Peter Tomasi
  • Artist: Jorge Jiménez
  • Cover Artist: Jimenez and Sanchez

Super Sons: When I grow up features Superboy ( Jon Kent) and Robin (Damian Wayne) as they attempt to be heroes without their parents’ consent, Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jiménez team up to bring a light hearted adventure between the son of the bat and the man of steel.

First off, the artwork in this comic is amazing, Jorge Jiménez work is top notch in my opinion his work is amongst the best today. What makes Super Sons so delightful is the fact it has humor without trying to be, most of the humor is from Damian, from him dressing like a bus driver to him sneaking into Jon’s room, Damian’s maturity is what makes this issue funny, compared to Jon, he’s a season vet when it comes to getting into mischief. Jon is much like his father, as far as doing things the right way, stand up for those who can’t, he’s a little boy scout, as for Damian he’s the total opposite, the kid does whatever he wants whenever he wants.

When Jon is at school Damian appears dress as the school’s bus driver along with being the substitute teacher in Jon’s third period class, the crazy thing about it is that he admits he was actually teaching the class and not faking it, when it comes to smarts Damian has to be one the smartest heroes in DC. As for Jon, he’s pretty much carbon copy of his father when it comes to his values, the kid is like a saint not a bad bone in his body.

Later Both Superman and Batman are called in by the Justice League, and Damian decides to sneak into jon’s room and convinces him to help him solve a case involving break-ins and hacking attempts at LexCrop, when the boys get to LexCrop they are quickly discovered by Lex Luthor himself in his Superman suite.

Conclusion: How will Robin and Superboy escape Lex, better yet, what will Batman and Superman do once they find out, and how will the boys react when that time comes, Super Sons has the potential to be a fun little side arc for two characters that are still relatively new

Links: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Review – Teen Titans #5: Damian vs Ra’s Al Ghul

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist:
  • Khoi Pham & Jim Charalampidis

In the last issue, we left off with the Teen Titans finding and breaking Robin (Damian Wayne) free from his cell Ra’s al Ghul’s teen assassins Demon Fist put him in, and like classic Damian fashion he blows off with arrogance, I like that fact that Damian still struggles with his old self, it makes his character more interesting, especially when he and Mara confront each other, that is when you see how much has character has changed from when he first arrived, while Mara looks for her grandfather’s approval Damian sees his grandfather for what he is, and that’s crazy mad man who’s willing to use his own family to achieve his goal, When Ras and Mara are together he shows no empathy towards her.

The Demon Fist on the other hand realize this and start to question everything the League of Assassins has taught them, when Damian and company confront them, he informs them of how they were stolen from their families and raise to serve Ra’s. The members of Demon Fist question Ra’s about what Robin has told them, Ra’s doesn’t deny any of it, instead he has the league of assassins attack them. Together the Teen Titans and Demon Fist take out the League ninjas with no problem, at the same time Damian goes one on one with Ra’s, and actually holds his own against his grandfather, the rest of the Titans jump in to help Damian which causes Ra’s to retreat, throughout the fight Mara seems to be conflicted on what she should do, Damian tries to convince his cousin to come with him and for a second it looked like she would have, but Ra’s al Ghul intervenes and takes Mara with him as he escapes.

When it’s all said, and done the Teen Titans and the members of Demon Fist say their goodbyes to one another and everything seems to be good, but then Batman appears and questions Damian about the events that have just transpired, confuse of his father’s appearance Damian asks his father how did he know where to find him and its hinted that Damián’s pet bat was the reason, the issue ends with Batman asking Damian to return to Gotham with him, but Damian decides to stay and be part of the Teen Titans. In the final panel 3 months has past and we see Damian is standing on top of the Titan Tower alone, that’s until the rest of the team joins him, and together they look over the city of San Francisco

Conclusion: I really enjoy Benjamin Percy’s run with the Teen Titans, there’s a good amount of character disposition and action so far, and with Ra’s al Ghul conflict over I’m looking forward to what’s coming next in future issues

Links: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Teen Titans #4: A Trial by Combat

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers

In order to save the Teen Titans, Robin returns too Infinity Island with Ra’s al Ghul and the league of assassins. His cousin Mara and the Demon Fist also arrive and she challenges Damian to a trial by combat with the winner taking control of the league, meanwhile the Titans are at odds with Damian’s decision, especially Kid Flash.

Damian has always had a superiority complex towards the Teen Titans so when he sacrificed himself for the team it didn’t come across as a noble gesture to Kid Flash, it just seen like he was saving his own skin. The voice of reason came in this moment was Beast Boy, he reminds the team of Tim Drake’s death and how losing a Robin once again is something the team can’t have happen, so in honor of Tim they agree to go save the new Robin.

Back on the Infinity Island Damian prepares to face Mara in combat, before they start Mara begins to chastise Damian which initiates the fight, Damian displays his superiority in skill to Mara, he easily defeats her but refuses to kill her. This moment of weakness gives Mara a chance to recover and stab Damian in the back.

The Titans on the other hand infiltrate the Island in their attempt to save Robin, at the same time the Demon Fist members lock Damian in a cell and begin to talk about Mara, they know Mara only looks at them as tools not as team, one of the members Stone acknowledges Damian’s sacrifice for his team and states maybe they would be better off with Damian as leader not Mara.

Issue ends with the Titans finding Damian and breaking him out his cell.

Conclusion: Damian has shown a lot of growth as character, the fact that he’s fully committed to the Teen Titans shows this growth. Ra’s al Ghul is doing his best to try and turn Damian against the titans, even Bruce Wayne. Although the Titans don’t see Damian the same way they did Tim Drake, however they do respect him as their leader and as Robin.

Links: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

DC Comics Golden Age Superman is coming to IDW

Continuing to set the gold standard in comics preservation, IDW Publishing’s Library of American Comics, in partnership with DC Entertainment, will release the amazing never-before reprinted adventures of Superman that appeared in the Sunday newspapers for more than twenty-five years. The strips will be releases in in chronological order in three sub-sets: the 1940s Golden Age, the 1950s Atomic Age, and the 1960s Silver Age.

The first volume in the Superman: Golden Age Sundays series will collect 170 sequential Sundays, from May 9, 1943 through August 4, 1946, beginning where the Superman Sunday Classic book by DC Comics and Kitchen Sink Press left off. These World War II-era stories feature work by legendary artists such as Wayne Boring and Jack Burnley.

Golden Age

“We’re printing the series in an oversized 9.25” x 12” format,” says editor Dean Mullaney, “so that readers can fully enjoy these glorious full-color tabloidSundays.”

The stories include the complete “Superman’s Service to Servicemen” series, which ran from late Summer of 1943 until a few months after the Second World War ended. In these human interest tales, Superman responds to requests from men and women of the armed services, as well as their family members back home. In supporting troop morale, Superman travels from the Mediterranean theatre to the bleak Aleutian Islands to the steamy South Pacific. He helps a wounded Army Air Corps pilot return home to witness the birth of his twins; solves numerous romantic misunderstandings; checks up on mothers for their worried sons overseas…while simultaneously stopping enemy torpedoes, bombs, and bullets!

In a clever transition to the post-War world, there’s a flashback to Superman’s origin and Clark Kent’s first assignment at the Daily Planet, followed by a thrilling inter-stellar saga in which Superman comes face to face with Queen Arda of the planet Suprania, who threatened to kill Lois Lane unless the Man of Steel agrees to become her King!

Review – Batman #0 (New 52)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Galpon
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Andy Clarke & FCO Plascencia
Published by: DC Comics

Leaping back in time from issue #12 we have issue #0 of Batman. Will the origins of Bruce be told? Will we relive his past training and frustrations? No. Not really, this is a comic book after all and not a massive graphic novel where they have that kind of page allowance. We see a young Bruce return to the streets where his life was changed forever.

Instead of a dark emotional tale of flashbacks we get something different, a young rich man in the slums working to infiltrate and break down the infestation that haunts it. He is Bruce Wayne and he’s not exactly prepared for the utter mess he’s about to unleash, he gets shot at, punched around chased and he fumbles  like a newbie. But the important part is, he’s the newbie the city needs and he has the determination and massive fists of cash to make this work.

Issue 0 is a bit embarrassing for Bruce but it’s a genuine tale and honestly it helps place some history in this new beginning for Batman. We see classic figures like Gordon and we see the roots of the Bat family start to plant themselves throughout Gotham without feeling like a forced story of the group. He’s daring and eager and attempting to push himself to be as above the cut as possible so no one gets the drop on him, he’s not exactly Batman yet but he’s sure working to get there fast.

For those who thought 12 was too much of a deviation, 0 makes up for that greatly and it doesn’t just leap back into the Owl’s to put in quick story. It’s a human look at a man who wants to change things and will stop at nothing to do it.

Release date: September 12, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Tanga and DC launch a New 52 subscription sale for 48hrs

Looking to get yourself setup for the upcoming year of new 52? Check out the sale at Tanga for the next 48 hours and get in on some awesome deals from DC for year subscriptions!

Link: Tanga Sale

Currently on the list:

  • Superman
  • Justice League America
  • Detective Comics
  • Green Lantern
  • Batman
  • Aquaman
  • Catwoman
  • Batman: The Dark Knight
  • Teen Titans
  • Action Comics Superman
  • Wonder Woman

All issues include free shipping and you get 12 issues cover the next year of New 52 as they arrive at your doorstep. Get on it while you can, many of these are time limited at different intervals (Batman expires in about 10 hours) so get moving before they replace them with new entries.

Review – Batman #12 – Ghost in the Machine (New 52 – 2012)

Writer: Scott Snyder
Co-Writer: James Tynion IV
Aritst: Becky Cloonan
Additional Artist:  Andy Clarke
Inks: Sandu Florea
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Bryan Hitch and Nathan Fairbairn
Published by: DC Comics

Fresh off of the battle with the Court of the Owls and what might be his own lost brother, we see the Batman story take a detour back to the people and the city he protects.

Harper and Cullen have a hard time getting by in the Narrows, a lesser traffic area of Gotham that happens to be part of the new Wayne makeover for the city. With rent, bullying from homophobic locals and home invasions there’s a lot of stress on the plate that seems to never go away, Harper takes the stage as the focus point for the story though. As the child who had to grow up when times got tough, she’s never let herself take a break after moving as sole watcher of her brother. Given the bad area, working under the city, having no family and dealing with constant bullies one can see how she might cross paths with Batman.

It’s a fun side story, we see the life of someone in Gotham who for so long fought on their own to get and keep what they had and when it all reached the boiling point, when the stress of life got too high there was a glimmer of hope. Well… a vast darkness of hope to be more accurate, Batman is an equal opportunity man and he dishes it out to the top villains of the city and to the local bullies as well so no one gets the impression they’re off the hook. It’s a warming tale when things looked so absolutely grim for 11 issues as the series kicked off, some might be put off by this shift but it felt like it gave a bit more personality to the city he runs around in.

The art from Becky Cloonan through the book is a pleasant presentation, you feel the expressions of the characters in each squint, smirk, frown and motion. The style itself feels lighter in the presentation and it shines through for 21 pages, after that Andy Clarke takes the helm and I really don’t know what happened there. If they didn’t compare notes, or drawings is entirely in the air as it only takes that first page to throw confusion into the mix. Harper transforms from a young girl with a punk style to looking like one of Joker’s goons as she leaps out-of-the-way. The sharp contrast isn’t a good thing and normally if you need to exchange teams you do it without so much contrast. Snyder and  Tynion for example don’t face nearly as much of a dispute in handling the characters as they continue to flow. Hopefully this isn’t a habit for DC, I would have preferred to see Cloonan finish out her issue as it grabbed my attention until that disruption.

Batman #12 isn’t a continuation of the Owls story at all (although we do see some bits sprinkled in at the end) but it’s still worth looking into if you’re a fan of seeing Batman stick it to those who deserve it and protect the people just trying to get by in a world of Jokers, Two-Faces, Penguins and so on. Sometime’s it’s not about the super high-profile events in a comic, this was one of those times and I’m glad they gave the approval to run with this story.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★½☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

*Note: The lower score on the art reflects the issue of contrast between Cloonan and Clarke, had they went with just Cloonan I wouldn’t have had an issue here, plus the last panel ruins Harper with the expression and facial structure Clarke applied.

Previews – BATGIRL #12, BATMAN #12, BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 & FAIREST #6

Here’s this week’s installment of DC comics Preview Monday exclusives, checkout the first look at BATGIRL #12, BATMAN #12, BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 and FAIREST #6, all in stores this Wednesday. For more info go to DC Comics

Batgirl #12
Batman #12
Batman & Robin #12
Fairest #6