Sorry for the late post, shoveling keep me from my computer for most of the day.  So, I’ve been taking on some additional projects outside of my article and because of that I’ve decided two things: one, I’m going to move to a bi-weekly time schedule.  This will free up some of time for other projects that I’m working on.  Two, I’m going to be changing format – I haven’t decided to what yet, but will be figuring that out over the course of the next month.  In the meantime, on to this week’s news and reviews and…

66. Spandex and Capes #52
anuary 23rd, 2016

At a certain point, we set out here to do the last Fantastic Four story, at least for the time being.” – Tom Brevoort

Previously_webTV News: Jonathon Schaech is joining Legends of Tomorrow as Jonah Hex.

Movie News:  The Sony/Disney Spider-Man Reboot is moving up – probably because they smell money.  This trailer looks so good and makes me feel a lot better about the DC Cinematic Universe.

Comic News: DC Comics will be following Marvel’s example and moving several of their books to bi-weekly.  Marvel has announced that because it’s Wednesday, a major hero will die in Civil War II – my guess?  Sam Wilson.  He’s an extra Captain America at the moment what with Steve Rogers returning..  Mark Waid and Tom Peyer will be joining Aftershock with Captain Kid.  A DC Rebirth is coming – is it a line thing or someone specific?

Solicitations News:
Boom! Studios
Dark Horse
DC Comics
IDW Entertainment
Image Comics
Marvel Comics
Oni Press
Titan Comics
Valiant Comics

ReviewHero_webBatman #48 (DC Comics)
By Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo
It’s the last page that makes this great.  The tear in Alfred’s eye as his son demands to see “his cave” just conveys the pain he feels as all his hopes and dreams for his surrogate son are destroyed.  And while Gordon is featured in the issue – the entire thing is basically a conversation between Bruce Wayne and the healed Joker.  It’s an amazing piece of work.  I am a bit sad that James Gordon’s fight with Mr. Bloom will eventually lead to him being saved by Batman, but this is Bruce Wayne’s book.  Gordon is just the current placeholder.  I hope he at least gets an assistant.   

Sidekick_webA-Force #1 (Marvel); Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel); All-New X-Men #3 (Marvel); Assassin’s Creed #4 (Titan); Astro City #1 (DC); Back to the Future #4 (IDW); Batman/Superman #28 (DC); Batman/Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles #2 (DC/IDW); Batman & Robin Eternal 15 & 16 (DC); Birthright #13 (Image); The Black Hood #8 (Dark Circle); Black Magick #3 (Image); Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel); Clean Room #4 (DC); Constantine: The Hellblazer #8 (DC); Doctor Fate #8 (DC); Dragon Age: Magekiller #2 (Dark Horse); Drax #3 (Marvel); Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 (DC); Harley Quinn #24 (DC); Hercules #3 (Marvel); Lucifer #2 (Marvel); Martian Manhunter #8 (DC); The Mighty Thor #3 (Marvel); Ms. Marvel #3 (Marvel); New Avengers #5 (Marvel); Onyx #4 (IDW); Poison Ivy #1 (DC);  Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite); Red Thorn #3 (DC); Robin: Son of Batman #8 (DC); Robin War #2 (DC); The Rook #4 (Dark Circle); Secret Six #10 (DC); Silver Surfer #1 (Marvel); Sinestro #19 (DC); Superman/Wonder Woman #25 (DC); Uncanny X-Men #2 (Marvel); Wolverine #4 (Marvel); Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3 (Valiant)

Anti-hero_webDevolution #1 (Dynamite); Huck #3 (Image); The Last Contract #1 (Boom!); New Romancer #2 (DC); Power Rangers #0 (Boom!); Titans Hunt #4 (DC)

Henchman_webSecret Wars #9 (Marvel)
By Jonathan Hickman with art by Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina
This was a great ending to the Jonathan Hickman’s run with Marvel Comics.  It wrapped up every idea he had ever brought to their Universe and allowed Marvel to reset some of their own ideas (Good-bye, 616! Hello Ear.. I mean Universe Prime!).  It even wrapped up the series well, leaving us with an ending and the promise of new adventures.  So what was the problem?  Once more Marvel’s scheduling problems with events leaves this one holding the empty bag.  Since it pretty spoiled every bit of information – save  one: The fate of the Richards.  Which was a fitting one I have to say.  I am just heart-broken that Marvel couldn’t get their shit together to get this out in October.

Chopped_webEarth 2: Society (DC Comics)
Superman: American Alien (DC Comics)
Sigh.  Two books I had such high hopes for that are obviously written by people who have no ideas what the actual concepts for these characters are.  Earth 2: Society is the ongoing story of the first generation of DC’s stable of characters and my niece could write them better.  As for American Alien… Well, Mr. Landis clearly has no idea who or what Superman is supposed to represent.  So he shares a lot in common with Warner Brother executives.

67. Spandex and Capes #22Back to the Future (IDW Comics)
Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham, Ryan Browne, Erik Evensen, Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, Corin Howell, Jose Luis Rio, Marcelo Ferreira, Diego Rodriguez, Chris Madden.

Onyx (IDW Comics)
Gabriel Rodriguez, Chris Ryall, Jay Fotos

The Rook (Dark Horse)
Steven Grant, Paul Gulacy, Jesus Aburtov

Secret Wars (Marvel Comics)
Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina


Well, that’s it for me folks, see you in two weeks.