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Geek Fuel August 2016 AND Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 thoughts

2016-09-02_21.40.09Welcome everyone and thanks for coming to hang out with us today! We are opening up August’s Geek Fuel box to see what kind of goodies we get this time! This was a fantastic box this month with some awesome items! Check out the video and watch us open it up and show everything inside!

Thanks for watching and reading guys! Out of this box Vanessa and I ended up agreeing that the Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 was the beez kneez out of this box! In other news I just read Suicide Squad Rebirth #1! It was written by Rob Williams with art by Jonathan Glapion and Philip Tan and they do an exceptional job introducing this franchise! I really enjoyed the art, I enjoyed the story and I think it was a great way to kick off the book! We meet a lot of the major players and get a background story while STILL getting a real story that is entertaining! Overall I think it was a great read!
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Batman (2016) #3 – DC Universe Rebirth

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It’s that time again! The third issue of Batman is out and we are going to dive in! This issue was written by Tom King, Drawn by David Finch and inked by Danny Miki. Thanks for joining me today for this blog, I hope you enjoy my thoughts. I am going to read it and blog about it as I read it. I seem to enjoy that type of blogging better. So here goes!

First thing is in researching the different covers I did fall in love with the Variant! Very nicely done! Jumping right into the story now. So the story starts out with what seems to be a Bruce Wayne losing his parents flashback. The story is written in such a way they are saying that the people of Gotham are a part of Gotham. Then we find out this is not young Bruce, just another situation that was similar. Except, this time, Batman is there to stop it and say NO. Fantastic introduction to the issue! Let’s keep going…

We then get into what seems to be a Gotham and Gotham Girl origin story. I loved the way the writer led us into this origin story without it feeling forced. We found out (in theory) that Gotham and Gotham Girl (his sister) came about because Batman saved them when they were young. It was the boy from the original scene in the issue. We then cut to another ‘the monster men are coming’ segment as Batman races to save a bridge that is collapsing. We soon see Gotham calling Gotham Girl Claire and her calling him Hank. The same names previously mentioned. We, after some story, see Hugo Strange saying he is not Gotham. Then Batman goes off to follow leads and Gotham and Gotham Girl fall right into Hugo Strange’s trap. He has The Psycho-Pirate (Roger Hayden) with him!

That’s the end of the issue and it was a great one! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t already! Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Batman (2016) #2 – DC Universe Rebirth

Batman rebirth 2It’s that time again! Today we are going to jump into issue two of Batman: Rebirth! Right off the bat (no pun intended) I was drawn in by the cover of this issue! I am Gotham Part 2. This issue was written by Tom King with pencils by David Finch. Let’s get started…

The Issue starts out with a battle between Solomon Grundy and Gotham, Gotham Girl and Batman. The scene lasted a few pages and was concluded with Batman making a clever joke. It was a nice little series of pages and a nice action scene. Batman has apparently been observing Gotham and Gotham girl from a distance and told Gotham that he was doing good, but to do better. Gotham then goes on to ask Batman for guidance on how to ‘fight the war better’. We then cut to a Bruce and Alfred scene that was quite entertaining. Making a joke that he was shocked when Bruce was talking about Gotham was in chaos. Quite funny, nice writing!

Next we cut to a scene with Gordon and the person that claims he was the one that set free Solomon Grundy. I can’t pinpoint why but this page’s art really draws (no pun intended again) me in, I am loving it! The person then identifies himself as Bob Castro (should I know who this is?). I don’t guess it matters because a page later he plunges a knife into his neck as he announces to Gordon that ‘the monster men are coming, aren’t they strange?’. I have no idea what this means but I am very intrigued. Bob Castro apparently thought that releasing Solomon Grundy was the only chance we had against the ‘monster men’.

Back to Bruce Wayne as he is dancing with a lady and then abruptly decides he has to go (after seeing the Bat Signal out the window). Very nice art on this page as well. He tells Alfred that he is going to bring Gotham and Gotham Girl with him to meet Gordon this time. We then get a very nicely done splash page of Gordon, Gotham and Gotham Girl which made me very happy. After being introduced Jim makes a joke in which he asks ‘is it really easier to fight crime with a mask on?’. He says he thinks it’d itch. A couple pages later, after Jim explains what happened with Bob in his office, Batman does his notorious disappearing act and Gotham asks where he went to which Jim of course replied ‘yeah, he does that’. Gotham is confused because with his special vision he can ‘see everything’ but can’t seem to see Batman. Jim welcome them to the team.

We then cut to a scene that reveals Hugo Strange talking to Roger!

Alright guys, that’s it for this issue! I would say this was a very entertaining issue as well! Make sure to head over to the link below and purchase your digital copy so you can read it now! Let me know what you think!

Green Arrow – Rebirth #1

Green Arrow RebirthHello friends! Thanks for joining me in today’s comic blog! Today we are going to jump into Green Arrow: Rebirth! I have been very into the whole Rebirth idea by DC so far and I can’t wait to read this one! So let’s get started!

This issue was written by Benjamin Percy with art by Otto Schmidt and was released on June 1st, 2016. In the spirit of full disclosure here I have never read a Green Arrow comic before, so this is all new to me. I felt like this was as good a time as any to jump in! Right off the bat I felt a bit overwhelmed but I did learn a lot about Green Arrow. The story did a very good job introducing a story about a young boy whose mother was taken from him by the underground people. Then we get a nice Black Canary guest appearance which made me happy. The story then went on as Green Arrow and Black Canary find the kid’s father and then go after his mother only to find out that the underground people are auctioning off people. Green Arrow vows that he will find who is in charge of that and stop them. Then we end the story on a bit of a romance story note as they kiss. Overall I think it was a very fun issue and one I can’t wait to read more of!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1

Star Wars 1Welcome friends! Today for our comic review I decided to dive into Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue 1!  This was released on June 22, 2016 with story by Chuck Wendig and art by Luke Ross. I’m not really that familiar with either of these artists so I’m excited to see what is in store for me! Let’s get started!

First I did love the way this comic did the intro and outro pages, stayed very true to the heart of Star Wars. As for the comic it is pretty much exactly the same as the movie. I think that’s the point here but I did enjoy getting to see the story unfolding in this format. I did feel like the art captured the feel nicely, the dialogue was well written and the pacing was nice. Issue one tells us the story from when Finn first helps Poe escape up to when he and Rey are about the board the Millenium Falcon. So one issue did cover a nice big chunk of the story. I wish more attention would have been paid to the first part where Ren was killing off the village to immerse us into the story of Finn more but I understand that they probably had a goal that the first issue needed to get to. But yes, this is a nice read for any Star Wars fan!

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Batman (2016) #1 – DC Universe Rebirth

Batman1Yea, I got hooked. After finishing Batman: Rebirth #1 I wanted to jump right into Batman #1 to see what this series had in store for me! I decided I would go ahead and blog about this one too and release it just a bit after the blog about Batman: Rebirth releases. So let’s jump right in!

This issue is written by Tom King with art by Matt Banning, David Finch and was released on June June 15th, 2016. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, we are beginning our final descent into Gotham’. That is how we start the issue! Along with that we are greeted with some fantastic art as well!

The story is about a group of people on a plane that was hit by apparently an rpg type weapon that was stolen from Gordon. They hit the plane and are on the way into the city to hit a building which would lead to all those aboard’s demise but also many of those on the ground. We see the people on the plane complaining that they are in Gotham therefore they won’t be saved by a Superman or a Green Lantern. All the while, Batman is on the top of the plane making decisions to save the people. They are quoted as saying ‘a city gets the hero it deserves’. Batman finds a way to save everyone, the problem though, is that he has to sacrifice himself to make sure it happens. He has a very heartfelt talk with Alfred and we hang on as the plane heads toward the water for impact, which would certainly kill him. Before he hits the water though, we see someone in silhouette standing over whom we assume to be the one that shot down the plane. I have no idea how it was! Anyway, back to the plane story. So the plane is only feet from hitting the water when we see two caped people underneath the plane, lifting it up, saved all the people and Bruce as well! Brush immediately says ‘Clark…’, thinking it’s Superman, just as I did. But it wasn’t. We are introduced to Gotham and Gotham girl. They go on to tell Bruce that Gotham is THEIR city and they are going to protect it. The issue ended on this strong note! I have to say, I was very impressed with this issue, very good!

In conclusion, this was an AMAZING issue, you should grab it now and read it! As always, the link below allows you to grab it for only $2.99 and read it digitally instantly via Amazon/Comixology! This also helps support my blog to make sure I can keep bringing these reviews to you! Thanks for hanging out with me today!

What I have read so far:
Batman #1
Batman: Rebirth #1
DC Universe Rebirth #1

Batman: Rebirth #1

BM Rebirth 1After reading the one shot DC Universe Rebirth I had a decision to make. I had to decide which book I would jump into immediately right after that. I went back and forth for a bit but settled on Batman: Rebirth #1 as my next adventure into Rebirth. This comic is written by Scott Snyder & Tom King with art by Mikel Janin and was released on June 1st, 2016. Let’s get started.

So I was still in bliss after just finishing DC Universe Rebirth and wanted to take a few before I started Batman: Rebirth #1 but I just couldn’t help myself. Vanessa was painting and Zack was playing Minecraft so I just ran and took a quick break and headed straight back and started in on the comic.

Only a few pages in we see Bruce hanging by one hand, many stories up, in 137 degree temps in Gotham while talking to Lucius. That’s what I call dedication to training right there. The art is doing a very nice job of keeping me captivated and the writing is very nicely done as well. I got about halfway into the issue when a big reveal was made, Batman is ‘trying something new’ when it comes to a sidekick type situation. He then revealed what seemed to be a new Batman suit. Are we going to have two Batmen? Before I knew it I had reached the end of the issue. We got to see the aforementioned suit in a action just a bit and got a clever line by Batman before the issue ended. I was very impressed by the Winter pages art, very nicely done.

Overall I think this was a very interesting issue! Make sure to pick it up with the link below for only $2.99 and read it instantly on Amazon/Comixology!

What I have read so far:
Batman: Rebirth #1
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

DC Universe Rebirth #1 (One Shot)

RebirthI decided today to jump on into Rebirth. I’m not sure to what extent I am going to immerse myself yet but I decided to start at what seemed to be a good starting point. The one shot DC Universe Rebirth. This comic was released on May 25th, 2016 and was written by Geoff Johns. I have been excited to see what this had in store for DC for quite some time but haven’t jumped in until today. So let’s jump in.

I jumped right into the pages and was almost immediately greeted by Superman, Batman and quickly after that The Flash. I was immediately impressed by the artwork of Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank and Phil Jimenez. I quickly gobbled up Chapter 1: Lost and was in love immediately. From the internal monologue of Wally West to the creativity of using the Flash Point was brilliant. I knew right then I was hooked already.

The second chapter just kept getting me deeper and deeper immersed into the story, or the Microverse. I don’t want to reveal too many spoilers in this particular blog but the story just keeps getting better page after page. I soon reached the end of Chapter 2, yearning for more! Chapter 2 was called ‘Legacy’.

Without slowing down I jumped head first into Chapter 3. And as quickly as it started chapter 3, titled ‘Love’, had ended. We got to see Aquaman in this chapter as well as Wally West finding Linda only to find out she didn’t remember him! So is he lost forever? What’s going on?! Let’s keep reading!

I jumped quickly into Chapter 4. I will say it straight up, chapter 4 actually hit at the heart strings. I thought Wally West was a goner and when Barry saved him it really made my eyes watery. And at the end of this chapter we get to see Batman again, we are learning more about the ‘forgotten’ time. The story is getting deep, The Watchmen. That’s all I will say about that for now, but THE WATCHMEN!

Then I quickly (and sadly) jumped into the Epilogue. It had a strong few pages to solidify The Watchmen and created even more intrigue and mystery!

In conclusion, if you haven’t read this comic, you should, now. I have put a link at the bottom of this blog that you can click and buy it for only $2.99 from Amazon/Comixology. That is an amazing price for a comic, and this is a very long one too. I’m not sure how many pages there was but it was probably twice or three times the size of a normal comic. Another great thing about buying it from there is you can read it immediately. No waiting for it to come in the mail! If I understand correctly DC is going to price all the comics across the board $2.99 now, which is amazing. In any case, here is the link to purchase your copy!

Deadpool (2012-2015) Issue 1

So in the spirit of the movie release (which I haven’t watched yet) I thought I would pick up an issue of Deadpool and check it out. So I finally decided to head over to Comixology which was having a sell on Deadpool stuff and picked up the first issue of the 2012-2015 series. This is the Dead Presidents story line written by Brian Posehn and art by Gerry Duggan.

I dove into this issue right away after buying it and I did find myself reading from start to finish without even looking up so it was indeed a captivating read. That being said, I don’t think it’s a comic that I would continually read, not sure why. I know that’s a crappy excuse but I find myself not really desiring to pick up the next issue. Don’t get me wrong though, the art is fun and the writing is great and if you’re a fan of this genre you’d love the comic. I did really like the concept of the past presidents coming back and wreaking havoc on society, that’s a pretty original and awesome concept to work from so who knows, I may end up picking up the rest of that arc at least at some point just to see what happens. In any case, take a moment and grab a Deadpool comic and check it out to see what you think! Especially if you enjoyed the movie you should really grab the comic to see where it all started! Everyone please remember where all these great movies are coming from, they are coming from comics so let’s keep that medium strong!

You can get your digital version or print copy here (at the time of this blog the digital version is on sale for 99 cents!):

Batman: The Killing Joke

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite comics of all time. Batman: The Killing Joke, a timeless classic written by Alan Moore. I have this in my collection as a hard cover and it’s one of the first comics I shared with my fiancee!

The comic is one of the best written comics I have ever read, the art is simply fantastic and it’s a comic that you will want to revisit time and time again. The book is a lead up to one final joke from the Joker. And it’s worth it. If you have read this comic yet, then you should, immediately! Even if you’re not really a comic fan but love Batman and/or the Joker, check it out!

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