REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

If you’re going to ask a creator to reimagine your universe of characters and concepts, revitalizing them into a going concern that is distinct and unique, then Warren Ellis is one of the best creators in comics to tap. As the driving force behind DC Comics’ The Wild Storm #1, first release in DC’s latest attempt to reboot the Wildstorm Universe, Ellis has harnessed his obsession with cutting edge science-fiction concepts like transhumanism with his…

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REVIEW: Super Sons #1 – World’s Finest Teens

REVIEW: Super Sons #1 – World’s Finest Teens

I’m not sure you need a better indicator for how well DC has re-embraced fun after DC Rebirth than Super Sons #1, by writer Peter J Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez. If a book like this had been published at the height of the New 52, it would have featured a lot of angst and a lot of that weird segmented armor. It’s a good thing, then, that Super Sons #1 winds up being exactly…

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REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow gave me some really good stuff and some stuff I really don’t think I approve of.  I think it was better-written than last week by a significant margin, but where it goes wrong, I feel it really goes wrong.  First, let’s recap: Rip murdered Washington and gave guns to to the redcoats, basically ruining the American Revolution.  Back on board the Waverider, Mick and Ray have a brief interaction, talking about…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

With Wonder Woman #16, writer Greg Rucka continues with the alternating system that forms the foundation of his most recent run on the character, with each issue alternating between one story arc set in the present, and one set in the past just after Wonder Woman appeared in the human world. This issue forms the first chapter of the flashback “Godwatch” arc, and also features the debut of new alternating regular artist Bilquis Evely. And…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

In what’s becoming a regular monthly trend, Midnighter and Apollo is exactly the comic I need this week, two weeks into the most dangerous administration my country has ever elected. Point blank, Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. have once again performed an alchemy to create something topical, universal, and somehow utterly informed and made real by the queer experience. In terms of plot, this issue focuses primarily on the fight between Neron…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

Hey everybody, I’m back with this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, aptly titled “The Legion of Doom.”  While I’m not as excited by this episode in terms of writing as I wish I was, this episode is definitely huge in terms of plot.  Additionally, the emotional subplot of the episode has some genuinely affecting moments, even when the scripting doesn’t do the characters justice. The episode opens with Damien Dahrk and Eobard Thawne recruiting Malcolm Merlyn into…

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REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

So far, writer Tom King‘s run on “Batman” has been a bit uneven. For every triumphant moment, for me there’s been some baffling ones as well. The “I Am Suicide” arc, for instance, left me cold as I felt it blew a fantastic set up by disappearing into introspection and a simplistic plot. Thankfully, Batman #16, the first part of the “I Am Bane” arc, has renewed my faith. King and artist David Finch deliver…

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Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

In an exclusive report from Variety today, Ben Affleck revealed that he and Warner Brothers have made the “mutual” decision to have him step down as director of the upcoming film “The Batman”. Affleck will remain under the cowl in role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a role he took on in last year’s “Batman vs. Superman  – Dawn of Justice” before reprising the role in both “Suicide Squad” and in the upcoming “Justice League” film. Affleck will…

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REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, legendary comics creator and a figure so influential he is known by comic book fans and professionals the world over as the King. To honor him, DC Comics has commenced a bold experiment in storytelling centred around one of Kirby’s most fondly remembered, and weirdest, creations for the publisher. The Kaman Challenge #1 is the opening issue in a series revolving around Kamandi, last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

The first issue of this series was a fun and well-constructed action-packed exercise in both nostalgia and straight-ahead adventure. With Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2, I was looking forward to more of the same. To some degree, writer Andy Mangels and artist Judit Tondora definitely deliver. But there are times in the issue when the plot revolves around elements and characters which casual or new audiences to these properties are given no…

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