Nerdlocker Comic Book Reviews – Justice League of America, Batman, Five Weapons!


Justice League of America #4
Writer: Johns, Geoff
Artist: Finch, David
Cover Artist: Finch, David
Publisher: DC Comics
On Sale Date: May 29, 2013
Reviewed by Brandon Zitch
Justice League Of America is still off to kind of a slow start, but I know theyʼre building up to something really big here. So Iʼm being patient. Also, itʼs Geoff Johns, and he has never disappointed me. Ever. Kind of bummed David Finch isnʼt the artist on this issue. The art wasnʼt bad though. Brett Booth does a fantastic job. We get the introduction of the New 52 Doctor Light, which is pretty cool. And it looks like they have big plans for him with this upcoming story.
This issue we see the team going after Catwoman to whatever secret location she has been brought to. In classic Catwoman fashion, she begins to mettle and gets caught in a pretty bad situation. Big spoiler at the end, wonʼt say anything, but I really want to see how it plays out, because the character involved is pretty big, and popular right now. The only thing Iʼm waiting for with this book is to see how the team works together. These are a lot of my favorite characters, and I really just want to see this team grow and watch the interactions between them. That’s the only part of this book that feels slow to me. But all in all, a good read, a lot of fun and I canʼt wait to see whatʼs in store for us down the line with Justice League Of America. I give this book 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.



Batman: The Dark Knight Annual #1
Writer: Gregg Hurwitz
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Publisher: DC Comics
On Sale Date: May 29, 2013
Reviewed by Jasper Gonzales
DC’s annual storylines happen oh so often, but when it comes from writer Gregg Hurwitz, not only is it like opening a present on Christmas morning, but when you have the artwork accompanied by Szymon Kudranski, it’s like New Years all rolled into one. One of the many reasons why I enjoyed this book, is not only did Gregg Hurwitz pen a compelling story in a format that was such a delight to read, but it added to Kudranski artwork. When I opened the pages to this well written book, it took me on a startling journey with the dark overtones laid out throughout the story. That was what artist Szymon Kudranski set to portray, a setting where the heighten insecurities of Gotham’s most notorious villains spiraled out of control. The way Kudranski fed off of Hurwitz writing blended perfectly. He created such an array of artwork that totally creeped me out! With dark colors through the entire book and the way pushed the facial expressions of The Penguin, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow really brought a sense of fear to the story itself. What was as entertaining was how Hurwitz added just enough comedic subtleties into the book that he really showed off how paranoid each character was. And that was the main focal point; it was the realism of how Penguin, Scarecrow and Mad Hatter attributed to each other’s paranoia and fear that made this book so entertaining! The kicker was how the end of the book showed off how strategically and maniacal Batman himself is. It’s writing like this that really sets apart the differences of other comics, let alone other publishers, which I hope take noticed and strive to really push writing with more character emotion driven storylines. I enjoyed this one shot story; And for those Batman fans who will pick up the book or even the ones who just wants a story that doesn’t have to drag on with additional issues. I recommend this 100%. I’m giving Batman: The Dark Knight Annual #1, a 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.


Five Weapons #4 of 5
Writer: Robinson, Jimmie
Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
Cover Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
Publisher: Image Comics
On Sale Date: May 29, 2013
Reviewed by Bobby Draper
Going into this title at issue one, I was really thinking it would be some sort of lesson machine with weapons; which kids love! It ended up being a really surprising and adventurous comic book that pulled my full attention almost from the first panel. It may be holding back from putting the adolescent “Hitkids” in any real danger, but the infamous Tyler Shainline is making everything at the school for assassin children far more interesting than it was before his arrival.
The problem is Tyler isn’t who he says he is. Through fear of being tracked, Father Shainline sent his butler’s son, Enrique, in his own son’s place to throw off their would be attackers. This act ended up giving Tyler (Enrique) a real chance to show his wit at the school; which he has done flawlessly thus far, but in Five Weapons #4, he has to go up against Nat the Gat of the Gun Club. Will his wit be quicker than that of a hollow point bullet? You’ll have to read it for yourself, But I’ll give the fourth issue in the arc 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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