Day 59: Justice League/Power Rangers #1

COMIC TITLE: Justice League/Power Rangers #1 (2017)
Karl Kerschl– Writer
Stephen Byrne– Artist
January 11, 2017
DC Comics/Boom! Studios

11The comic I chose for today is a very unique one because it’s not just one company, but two of them working together for a crossover event for the ages. Whether your a fan of the classic DC Comics team The Justice League or Boom! Studios latest addition The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers then I have the comic for you because they have teamed up for Justice League/Power Rangers #1. Angel Grove was once a nice place to live and it’s where our Power Rangers Tommy Oliver (Green Ranger), Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), and Kimberly Ann Hart (Pink Ranger) all lived at one time until it was destroyed. One day as the Rangers were assembling at headquaters, Zordon told the rangers that Alpha was missing so they went and searched for him. Zack believed that he found Alpha, but it turned out to be a bomb that allowed Lord Zedd and the putty patrolers into their headquarters. While trying to fight them off, Zack used the transporter and got himself and Zedd lost into a different dimension where the Justice League are. The only problem is that they think the Justice League are a threat. To read more of the issue, please click here to go to DC’s site.

JLPR_01_p08The one thing that I am going to tell you guys going into this issue is that this is one hell of a way to start a comic book six issue event. The one thing I will also tell you is that I was sort of a fan of the Power Rangers whereas I didn’t watch it religiously, but I do know who they are. With that being said, I was a huge fan of villains all my life and Lord Zedd always looked so unique to me that I was a fan and to see him in the issue was pretty awesome and he looks even better in comic book form. I liked the overall style of the comic and I loved some of the humor that is in the book and I do not want to give it away because it’s good. Not every member of the Justice League appears in it, but the key members are there in this issue. The artwork is awesome and the panels are easy to follow along with so you need to check this one out. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Day 58: Batman Beyond #4 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Batman Beyond #4 (2017)
Dan Jurgens– Writer
Bernard Chang– Artist
January 25, 2017
DC Comics

Batman_Beyond_Vol_6_4It has been quite sometime since I last reviewed an issue of one of my favorite comic book series out there from DC Comics in Batman Beyond. So, I decided to bring it back with issue number four, but before we do that let’s recap what happened in the last issue. In the last issue, we find out that Terminal wants to revive The Joker, but in reality it isn’t The Joker that he has, but rather it’s Bruce Wayne. The only problem is that Terry doesn’t know that as he goes into their hideout undercover, but his cover was blown. Now in this issue, he is hanging upside down along with Dana (who he has been trying to save) and things are difficult because he doesn’t have his suit. After discovering that he has a knife, he lets himself and Dana go, but now he has to battle a boatload of Jokerz. Can he defeat all of the Jokerz without the suit or can Max get a special present to him in time before Terminal’s plan takes flight. You can find that all out by clicking here to go to DC’s website.

BMB_4_4-932x1432This is still by far my favorite comic book that DC is producing as we speak. It has everything any Batman Beyond fan or Batman fan could want out of their comic book from an interesting story line that has definitely taken a dramatic turn and is definitely about to get interesting. I definitely believe that Dan Jurgens is doing an amazing job with the series and I can only hope that it keeps getting better from here on out (which is not too hard to imagine). I seriously and honestly feel like when I am reading this comic book, I am watching the animated series unfold in front of my eyes which speaks to how awesome Bernard Chang is. Bernard has not let any of us down since issue #1 and it’s only going to get better from here on out as well. The panels are awesome and easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have a problem at all. If you are not on board with this one by now then I don’t know what you are doing. Check out my grades for the issue below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 57: Superman: The Man Of Steel #19 (1993)

COMIC TITLE: Superman: The Man Of Steel #19 (1993)
Louise Simonson– Writer
Jon Bogdanove– Artist
January 1993
DC Comics

6 Superman man of steel 19A week or so ago, we went into the vaults of Marvel Comics to check out an issue from 17 years ago and now we wanted to do the same for DC Comics. This time though, we are going back 24 years to 1993 when DC decided to inject some Doomsday into their Superman: Man Of Steel #19. In the previous issue, Doomsday has just escaped from the mountain that he was being held in and decides that he would like to cause some destruction as he makes what we will believe to be his way to Metropolis while Superman deals with the Underworlders. In this issue, Superman finally catches up to Doomsday, but there has been way too much destruction along the way and they do not understand what exactly they are dealing with. What is this monsters purpose here on Earth and is he literally what his name is? Is this a being that Superman can stop like he has done with so many countless others? It’s going to be quite difficult for him, but to read more about the issue, just visit this DC Wiki page here.

Superman-The-Man-of-Steel-19-1993I really loved the artwork of this comic book because it has that traditional old school look and feel to it. This may sound weird, but real collectors will know what I am talking about when I say that I love the old comic smell that it has too. I just love the way it’s colored because it makes you feel like you really are reading a comic book plus the panels are super easy to follow along with. This was always one of the coolest story lines in my opinion as far as Superman was concerned because who would ever think that Superman may have met his match in Doomsday. Who would have ever thought that DC was going to explore an option where it’s greatest superhero could possibly die? There is a lot of action in this comic book so if you love action then this is one to pick up. The story is moving along very well and if you want to read more, the comic itself mentioned to pick up Superman #75 (Volume Two) to traditionally read along. I think it’s definitely a series of events that is worth exploring. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 56: The Flash #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: The Flash #1 (2016)
Joshua Williamson– Writer
Carmine Di Giandomenico– Artist
June 22, 2016
DC Comics

The-Flash-1-2-600x923We are moving right along with the next issue in The Flash series which is technically now The Flash #1, but before we do that let’s do a quick recap of the events of Rebirth. In the previous issue, Barry is conflicted about what the Speed Force is trying to tell him until he is reunited with Wally West a.k.a. Kid Flash who is now an adult. We find out that the events of Flashpoint has erased some memories in the process and they need to figure stuff out so Barry enlists the help of Batman. In this issue (The Flash #1), Barry is dealing with the fact that he can’t be in so many places at once and that the job s starting to become too much especially when it’s getting in the way of his time with Iris. Meanwhile, two events break out at the same time and now Barry has to make a serious choice. Which will he choose and what are the consequences going to be? Read the issue for yourself to find out and you can do that by visiting DC Comic’s website here.

The Flash (2016-) 001-004I am definitely glad that I jumped aboard to check out what The Flash is up to in DC Comics and so far I have to say that I am definitely happy with what DC is doing with their whole Rebirth. Batman Beyond has been dynamite, All Star Batman is great, and now The Flash is getting intense and that is all due to the great writing. Williamson is doing a great job in building the story up and he definitely leaves us wanting more by the end of this issue. That is all you can really ask for from your writing team because the story has it’s drama and it has its action when needed, but the suspense is where it is definitely at with this one. There is a reason why they say Lightning strikes twice in this issue. The artwork however still hasn’t won me completely over yet and I am not saying that it’s terrible because it’s not. I am just saying that it could use a little improvement is all. The panels are definitely easy to read and follow along with and it supports the story really well. Check out my grades below and make sure you check out this series.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: B+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 55: The Flash: Rebirth #1

COMIC TITLE: The Flash: Rebirth #1
Joshua Williamson– Writer
Carmine Di Giandomenico– Artist
June 8, 2016
DC Comics

flash_rebirth_issue__1_2016_cover_art_reviewWe have been doing so many Marvel issues as of late that it looked we have been forgetting about their biggest opponent on the market, DC Comics. So, I wanted to get into some issues from the DC Universe and I figured I would start with the fastest man in this time frame of Earth. Of course, I am talking about the one and only Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash of Central City. For today, we are looking at the very first issue of the series which is the Rebirth issue before the traditional number one. There has been a murder in Central City and it looks all to familiar to forensics expert and superhero Barry Allen. In fact, the murder for some reason is reminding him of the death of his mother which has since been solved (check out Flashpoint). Unfortunately, the thought is bringing some weird messages from the Speed Force and Barry is trying to figure out what they are trying to say to him until a visit from a familiar face makes him want to seek the help of a fellow Justice Leaguer. To read the issue or anything else Flash or DC Comics related, you can do so by going here.

The-Flash-Rebirth-1-previewI have to be honest with a couple of things and one of them is that I did not read DC Universe Rebirth #1 before this which I guess you are supposed to do. The other thing is that I would not have picked up a Flash issue if it wasn’t for how awesome the television series is. So, with those things confessed and out of the way we can finally move along and review the issue. One thing is for sure and that is I am definitely a fan of the writing of Joshua Williamson because of the mere mention of one of the coolest events DC had in Flashpoint. That alone deserves some props from me and not to mention he has us in suspense to see what happens next for Barry Allen. The artwork is cool when he is The Flash, but when its regular it’s just OK in my opinion. The panels are definitely easy to follow along with, but the way regular people look is just OK. You’ll have to just check it out for yourselves to see what I am saying. It just might be something I need getting used to. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: B+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Day 54: Doctor Strange #5 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Doctor Strange #5 (2016)
Jason Aaron- Writer
Click here for Artists– Artist
February 3, 2016
Marvel Comics

IMG_8236There is an honest story in why I chose the comic I chose for today and there is another reason attached to it as well. I started reading Doctor Strange a while back and I kind of fell out of love with the series so I stopped reading it. After all the appearances or mentions of Doctor Strange in various issues I have already read, I figured it was time to give him a chance once again and read Doctor Strange #5. In the issues leading up to this one, something strange has been happening in both the mystical world and the real world and Doctor Strange can not figure out what it is. As he enters into the mystical world, he starts to remember the toll that certain magic takes on him, but he has no choice as he searches for an answer. While Wong searches for an answer in the Himalayas, Strange goes to the Temple of Watoomb to see if he can figure out what is happening, but it’s too late because they’re here. To read the issue and see what else is going on in the world of Marvel Comics, then click here.

IMG_8237Now as far as the comic is concerned, it definitely is heading in the right direction as far as the suspense is concerned. I love how they included a little bit of the back story in this one like they did in the previous issue so that we know how dangerous the magic actually is and the effect that it’s having on Doctor Strange. I also enjoyed the various cameos that the issue had because it made sense with what Doctor Strange was trying to do. I think one of the main selling points of the issue is definitely the artwork and how crazy it is. The artwork constantly changes with the situation and I definitely enjoyed it because it helps tells us what he is doing or where he is. The panels are easy to read, but I think that Doctor Strange is not a comic for everyone. I truly believe that you have to be into the magic world to get into this character. Lucky for him, I am one of those people that has an imagination. One question I have is what is in the basement? Check out the series and check out my grades below.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

Day 53: The Lord Of Gore #1 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: The Lord Of Gore #1 (2016)
D.B. Stanley- Writer
Daniel Leister– Artist
October 19, 2016
Devil’s Due Entertainment

LordOfGore_01_Cover-A_1024x1024I wanted to read something different and the comic that I picked for today definitely caught my eye when I was looking through the shelves at my local comic book store. One of the ways that you can definitely peak my interest is by appealing to a couple of my senses. One you have to attract the attention of my eye with an amazing cover and two if it’s horror based then it’s definitely for me (I know that wasn’t a sense). Devil’s Due Entertainment did just with their horror based comic The Lord Of Gore which seems to come out maybe three or four times a year (at least that is what it looks like). In this issue, we are at a horror convention for a film called The Lord Of Gore whose main character is a Headsman. Danny Graves (a writer for the film) is about to find out that he is out of a job, but life is looking like it’s about to imitate art in this issue. To read more about the comic and anything else that Devil’s Due Entertainment has, you can do so by clicking here.

thThis comic book is playing out like a horror film and I am sorry but I am absolutely hooked. I have to wait a whole month before I can read the next issue of the comic, but I can make it. The book feels and moves like a horror film would with the set up, the hook, and the mystery behind the cryptic like messages. It has the style (sort of) of A New Nightmare where Freddy Kreuger came into the real world instead of the film world that they portrayed in the film except we don’t know what is going on yet with our killer or who he even is. It just feels like it’s taylor made to be a film if someone chose to do it. I really like the various characters that we’ve met so far in the story which means I am invested so thanks a lot D.B. Stanley. Daniel Leister makes it even harder because the artwork really kicks ass and is graphic like us horror fans love it. Just a quick reminder that this comic is not suitable for children. This is definitely worth checking out if you can find it. Check out my grades below for the issue.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+