The Flash #1 Review: Lightning Strikes Twice

By Nolan P. Smith With the Rebirth special being outstanding, the Scarlett Speedster now runs into a brand new series, and if this issue is any indication, then The Flash is ready to win the race before it even began. From writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carmine Di Giandomenico, this issue focuses on a main plot that has circled the […]

Wonder Woman #1 Review: A New Way Home

By Nolan P. Smith As her Rebirth Special laid the groundwork, this beginning to the new series starring Wonder Woman shows the Amazonian Princess trying to sort through her past to see what’s real and what isn’t, which leads her down a path to a very familiar face. Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp deliver an outstanding debut issue here: not […]

Sideshow Announces San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

Sideshow Brings R2-D2 and the Gotham Sirens to SDCC Sideshow® is excited to share this year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives: an R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale Figure and three new variant art prints featuring The Gotham Sirens of the DC universe! Collectors can visit sideshow.com/sdccexclusives to place pre-orders. Pick up will be available at Sideshow’s Comic-Con booth #1929 from July 21 […]

Detective Comics #934: Bat Team Assemble

Detective Comics #934 Brings Together Batman’s Greatest Allies By Nolan P. Smith Batman’s Rebirth special was pretty great, as we saw a dark path the Bat books will be going down. With Detective Comics #934, we almost get another Rebirth, but this time focusing on the members of the Bat family… and Clayface? Written by James Tynion IV and with […]

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 Review: Nothing is Real

Wonder Woman Rebirth has the Amazonian Warrior Questioning Her Own Past By Nolan P. Smith With DC’s Rebirth comes change, and change is definitely in the air for one of DC’s big three, Wonder Woman. With this Rebirth special, we get to see what Diana’s life is life during the seismic shift of Rebirth, and where that might take her […]

Aquaman Rebirth #1 Review: Learning to Swim

Aquaman Rebirth Sets Up the Next Chapter for the Underwater Hero By Nolan P. Smith Aquaman is, and has been, one of the big 7 in the Justice League for some time. Arthur Curry, the heroic leader of Atlantis, took a bit of time before he started to get the same respect as his household name teammates. Geoff Johns relaunched […]

Superman: Rebirth #1 Review: Super Recap

Superman Rebirth #1 Sets the Stage By Nolan P. Smith Out of all the Rebirth issue coming out, Superman is what I was most looking forward to. With the Superman now being THE Superman from past continuity after the New 52 Superman died during the excellent Final Days of Superman storyline that wrapped up before Rebirth, this truly marks a […]

Green Arrow Rebirth #1 Review: Hits Its Mark

Green Arrow Rebirth is Exactly What Oliver Queen Needed By Nolan P. Smith With DC Comics Rebirth, we get a slew of new and relaunched titles, which is actually a great thing, as many of these characters are being somewhat returned to days reminiscent of their glory days. For the emerald archer, this means returning to aspects long missing from […]

Pop Culture Corner: The Death of Superman?

With The Final Days of Superman, the Man of Steel Bids Farewell By Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)—When I was a kid, I remember seeing the impossible: the death of Superman. In 1992, DC Comics did the unthinkable and killed the Man of Steel with Superman #75. I remember the black, polybagged issue with the red, blood dripping S-Shield emblemized […]

Batman: The Killing Joke Lands an R-Rating, to Debut at San Diego Comic Con

Batman: The Killing Joke remains faithful to its comic book roots, first animated DC film to receive “R” rating By Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Smile! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is making history with the controversial animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke. For the first time in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise, a film is […]

Pop Culture Corner: Why Batman V Superman Worked

Batman V Superman is a fan’s dream come true: here’s why By Nolan P. Smith (Originally published on High Desert Daily) (Victor Valley)– The time has come, and I can now say I have seen one of the most highly anticipated comic book inspired films of all time. With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Entertainment placed the weight […]

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

The Dark Knight versus the Man of Steel- Welcome to Batman V Superman By Nolan P. Smith (California)– DC Comics had made no secret that a lot is writing on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Having some lackluster outings at the box office in the past (Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Superman Returns), this film is poised to be the […]

Lumberjanes Gotham Academy Crossover Announced

Lumberjanes Gotham Academy Marks Historic First Ever Partnership with Boom! Studios and DC Comics (By Staff Reports)– Today, BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and DC Comics announced a Lumberjanes Gotham Academy crossover limited series, debuting in June. The announcement was made on The Village Voice. The six-issue series will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday) and illustrated […]

CW’s The Flash: Zoom-The Big Reveal

The Villainous Zoom Stands Revealed… So who is he? By Daniel Schwartz Contributing Guest Reporter (Victor Valley)- After Tuesday’s marine-centered episode of The Flash, fans were treated to an amazing final scene in which Zoom was finally unmasked to a shocked and stunned fandom. Warning: SPOILERS BELOW! Shortly after Barry was able to defeat King Shark and get him back […]

Justice League vs. Teen Titans to Premiere at WonderCon 2016

By Staff Reports Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WonderCon will offer fans the first opportunity witness the animated clash between veteran super heroes and their youthful counterparts when “Justice League vs. Teen Titans,” the latest DC Universe Original Movie, has its World Premiere at WonderCon during the March 25-27 weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The announcement is now […]

Five Shocking Predictions for Legends of Tomorrow

By Daniel Schwartz Contributing Guest Reporter This week, the CW will debut their newest superhero drama set in the Arrowverse, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. While some information about this new project has been leaked, most of this show remains shrouded in mystery. The show is based upon time-traveler Rip Hunter assembling a team of heroes, villains, and everything in between […]

The Suicide Squad Trailer is Here!

By Nolan P. Smith “We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.” Warner Bros. Pictures has released the full trailer for the Suicide Squad, DC Comic’s film about a team of villains sent on an impossible mission. With names like The Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Deadshot (Will Smith), this looks to be quite the film. Check out […]

Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 Review: The Bat of Gotham Vs. the Heroes in a Half Shell

Review by Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)—Last month, we got the debut issue to the Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini-series from DC Comics and IDW, which was superb. It set the stage for this titanic crossover, showing the turtles in Batman’s Gotham City, as well as the villainous Shredder having made the leap to this universe as well. With […]

Best of 2015- Comic Books

By Nolan P. Smith and the Pastrami Nation team 2015 was a great year for comic books. With books containing such diverse stories and characters, it was hard to choose only the Top 5. In no particular order, here is Pastrami Nation’s Best Comic Books of 2015. Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians- Dark Horse Comics Ricardo Delgado, arguably the best […]

Who is Zoom?

By Daniel Schwartz Contributing Guest Reporter (Victor Valley)– Zoom is coming. From the time the initial trailer aired at Comic Con with this stirring tagline, fan anticipation has grown and speculation has run wild. Who is the man (or beast) behind the black suited supervillain? After the absolute beating that he put on Barry a few weeks ago, he has […]

Gotham Mid-Season Report Card

By Daniel Schwartz Contributing Guest Reporter (Victor Valley)– Following a somewhat mediocre freshman season, the cast of Gotham knew they had to come out swinging in their second season. With the tagline “Rise of the Villains”, Gotham not only swung, but hit it out of the park. With several villains rising, the biggest bad so far has been James Frain’s […]