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"Though nothing, will drive them away/We can beat them, just for one day" 0

Detective Comics #940 - Rise of the Batmen Part Seven: The Red Badge of CourageWritten by James Tynion IV, Pencils by Eddy Barrows, Inks by Eber Ferreira, Colors by Adriano Lucas, Letters by Marilyn Patrizio, Editor Chris Conroy, Asst. Editor Dave Wielgosz, Group Editor Mark DoyleTo get a little navel gazey, I wonder If my desire to talk about and analyze media makes me inherently predisposed to not care about spoilers. There is an old study I like to point towards that underlines my point in t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Big O'll Fight Issue 0

Detective Comics #938 - Rise of the Batmen Part Five: Enemy at the GatesWritten by James Tynion IV, Pencils by Alvaro Martniez, Inks by Raul Fernandez, Colors by Brad Anderson, Letters by Marilyn Patrizio, Editor Mark Doyle Pgs 1-4: Artist Al Barrionuevo with colors by Adriano LucasFirst off, sorry for not writing about Detective Comics #937, it was a mixture of lacking time and something to say. James Tynion IV is a structurally sound writer and an episode focusing on the big bad expositing his...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Worst. Heroes. Ever. No, Really 0

I cannot believe I am saying this, but, Suicide Squad makes me appreciate and maybe even like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice more. The latter is a flawed overly ambitious movie that wanted to achieve something and had coherence to it. Squad achieves nothing, becoming a 2-hour study in the natural momentum of film editing as a replacement for storytelling.Suicide Squad is bad. Batman v Superman’s theatrical cut may have been an exercise in excising establishing shots but its flimsy plo...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Adaptation Gone Very Wrong 0

Directed by Sam Liu Produced by Bruce Timm Alan Burnett Sam Register Written by Brian AzzarelloWhen The Killing Joke was announced as the next “Elseworlds” animated feature from Warner Brothers Animation, I thought of a bunch of reasons why this sounded like a bad idea. From its place in the overall constellation of Women in Refrigerator styled misogyny, to the overall creepy, cultish following and valorization it and the Joker receive, and the fact that adapting an Alan Moore comic ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Reunion Tour 0

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth “Who is Oracle Chapter One”: Written by Julie Benson & Shawna Benson, Pencils & Ink by Claire Roe, Color by Allen Passalaqua, Editor Mark DoyleTFW Your Screename is Up to No GoodThe Birds of Prey are back! After Batgirl discovers someone has been using her old alias, Oracle, for less than heroic purposes. What starts as a throwback to the Chuck Dixon era of Birds of Prey becomes slightly more complicated when former Matron of Spyral, He...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batman Is All 0

Rise of the Batmen Chapter Three “Army of Shadows” – Written by James Tynion IV, Pencils and Letters by Alvaro Martinez, Inks by Raul Fernandez, Colors by Marilyn PatrizioChange in the art department can be jarring for readers. You get used to one style and suddenly It’s different, it’s one of my main anxieties regarding next week’s Green Arrow. That isn’t the case in Detective Comics now with the art team of Alvaro Martinez on pencils/letters, Raul Fer...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Erasure of Oliver Queen 1

Green Arrow #2 - "The Death and Life of Oliver Queen" Chapter Two: ErasureWritten by Bejamin Percy Art by Otto Schmidt Letter Nate Piekos Cover Juan FerreyraIt’s been just over a calendar month since the “Rebirth” started. The meaning of “Rebirth” according to architect Geoff Johns is about recognizing (and maybe bringing a bit of coherence) to all the aspects of a given mythos. For Green Arrow this reclamation was limited to iconography (the goatee) and the new beg...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Family Secrets 1

“Rise of the Batmen Chapter 2: Apocalypse Now” – Written by James Tynion IV, Pencils by Eddy Barrows, Inks by Eber Ferreira, Colors by Adriano Lucas, Letters by Marilyn PatrizioThe previous issue of Detective Comics put the team together, now it’s time to see them interact. The platonic ideal of a superheroe team book is likely Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men and look the Belfry has its own Danger Mud Room. Sure it was a capes book but at its heart like most Silver Age M...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Last Nights 0

All-Star Batman & Robin Story by Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello Pencils by John Romita Jr. Inks and Colors by Peter Steigerwald Letters by Clem RobinsFrank Miller likes to thumb his nose, to take the piss out of, the fandom around him. Oh, love The Dark Knight Returns? Here’s Dark Knight Strikes Again! gone is all the restraint and methodology of its predecessor and replaced with a perpetual psychedelic trip into sheer grinning madness. Still want more DC? Here’s DKIII: The M...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The End of the Beginning 0

The Life and Death of Oliver Queen Chapter 1: "The End" - Written by Benjamin Percy Art and Color by Otto Schmidt Lettering by Nate Piekos Cover by Juan Ferreyra Green Arrow continues to surprise and hopefully point towards how the other recently rebirthed series will act in their proper numerical launches. Green Arrow: Rebirth was a nicely self-contained issue that showed the first adventure (new first?) of Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, while setting up the villain for Percy&r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Welcome to Boot Camp 1

“Rise of the Batmen” Chapter One - Written by James Tynion IV Pencils Eddy Barrows Inks Eber Ferreira Colors by Adriano Lucas Letters by Marilyn Patrizio Cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano LucasWhile technically not a ‘Rebirth’ title, Detective Comics #934 is filled with its branding and with a reversion back to its original numbering and new statement of identity, you could say Detective Comics has been rebirthed. In the New 52, Detective Comics struggled...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Return of Green Arrow 3

Written by Walter Percy Art and Colors by Otto Schmidt Letters by Nate Piekos In the wake of DC Universe: Rebirth, the ability to read (or desire to read) these ‘Rebirth’ specials as a meta-text is very high. And, maybe, even without the revelations found in that book that view would still be there. The point of these specials is to simultaneously reclaim identity theft and promise the readership (new and lapsed) of a quality book going forward. But this is not a unique set of cond...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

It's Real, All of It 2

Written by Geoff Johns - Pencils by Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez - Colors by Alex Sincalir, Brad Anderson, Hi-Fi, Jason Wright, Gabe Eltaeb, - Inks by Matt Santorelli, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, -Lettering by Nick J. NapolitanoDC Universe: Rebirth is meant to start the next chapter of DC comics. But in order to take that next step, writer Geoff Johns has to reconcile the New 52, an era of ups and downs. As a comic reader the New 52 is what got me into monthly comics, but as ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Wait for It 0

1x16 "Legendary" Directed by Dermott Downs Story by: Greg Berlanti & Chris Fedak Teleplay by: Phil Klemmer & Marc GuggenheimLegends of Tomorrow started off packed to the gills broken into a two-part pilot episode. It was too the shows detriment that the second half did not air immediately following part 1. “Pilot, Part 2” was an overall better episode of television that paid off and showed the promise of Legends. Now at the end of its first season, it is fitting that its fin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Friendship, Disassembled 0

Directed by Anthony Russo Joe Russo Produced by Kevin Feige Screenplay by Christopher Markus Stephen McFeely What is Captain America: Civil War a product of? History, and time.In the world of the film, it’s the boiling point of years of simmering tensions. The yearlong mad planning of Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). The twenty years of unresolved parental issues by Tony Stark. The century spanning friendship of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. And, the continual catastrophes since Tony revealed himself...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Demons of Many Varieties 0

Rat Queens Vol 3. “ Demons” (11-15) Story by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Art by Tess Fowler, Colors by Tamra Bonvillain, Letters by Ed BrissonIt has taken a while but the third arc of Rat Queens, “Demons”, is finally collected into a trade paper back. As a reader of monthly issues the delays that occurred during this arc defiantly affected my enjoyment (and understanding) of this arc. Luckily none of that really matters if you read this now in trade. Reading “Demons”...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Titans GO! 0

Directed by Sam Liu Produced by James Tucker Screenplay by Bryan Q. Miller Alan Burnett Story by Bryan Q. MillerWarner Bros. continued efforts to produce animated features around their DC properties is admirable, even if they don’t always hit critically. As the line has matured a bias is apparent, favoring features centered around the brands of Batman and Justice League. It’s a pattern born of the financial failings of Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. This brand limited model isn&rs...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Death in the Family 0

"Eleven-Fifty-Nine" Directed by Rob Hardy Written by Marc Guggenheim & Keto ShimizuWednesday night was a particularly lethal night of television with Arrow, The Americans, and Empire all killing off key supporting and celebrity guest characters. All of them also happen to be female.The death of Laurel Lance was promised from the start of the season, Damien Dahrk threating to take Captain-Detective Lance’s (at the time) remaining daughter. That aside “at the time” brings up...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Knightmare 4

If you are looking at this piece for purchasing information, I will be blunt. DO NOT BUY A TICKET TO SEE THIS MOVIE. It’s not good on multiple fundamental levels but in order to explain that, I basically have to spoil the darn thing. So read on if you want to know my feelings of why this film is such an utter complete failure of a movie. If not well my caps should make it clear how I feel.Directed by Zack Snyder Produced by Charles Roven Deborah Snyder Written by Chris Terrio David S. Goy...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The Rat Queens EXPLODE 0

WARNING: NSFW IMAGES“Demons, Part 5” Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Tess Fowler Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Ed Brisson Edits: Laura Tavishat Cover: Stjepan Sejic Miscreant: Jim Valentino Communications: Marc Lombardi After a couple of months and several setbacks, Rat Queens is BACK! Issue 15 wraps up volume 3 (#11-15) “Demons”. Oh has it been a while, issue 14 came out back in December. That three-month layoff has slightly dulled things, dramatically and interest a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Escape from Star City 0

"Star City 2046" Directed by Steve Shill Written by Marc Guggenheim & Ray UtarnachittThe past 5 episodes have had our team of would be Legends gallivanting across the past. These episodes have had their moments as the series figured out what it exactly wanted to do. Other than the characters however, the show has not exactly felt very DC centric. That changes with “Star City 2046” an episode that finds the crew marooned in a post-apocalyptic future Star City (also known as Tuesd...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Fans Dream for Better and Worse 0

Directed by Tim Miller Written by Rhett Reese Paul Wernick “It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.” ― Roger EbertI’ve been thinking about this quote for a while. It opens up a significant amount of space to tackle the political underpinnings of a given film (or any bit of media), or not. It also encapsulates my feelings on Deadpool. One of respect and appreciation for its existence even if it isn’t as totally successful or subversive as the film and Pool...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Daddy Issues 0

"Sins of the Father" Directed by Gordon Verheul Written by Ben Sokolowski & Keto ShimizuArrow has daddy issues and not just the generic ones normally found in melodrama. In many ways these issues are the opposite of the ones on The Flash. In Central City, Barry’s many Father figures make Barry and the rest of Team Flash strive to do better and meet expectation. In Star City, the progeny are trying their hardest to not become their Fathers. Suffice it to say these relationships are odd...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Through the Looking Glass 0

"Welcome to Earth-2" Directed by Millicent Shelton Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Teleplay by: Katherine Walczak“Welcome to Earth-2” is a whirlwind of DC easter eggs and references to the DCWverse proper. This on top of being the first of a two-part jaunt on Earth-2, concluding in next weeks “Escape from Earth-2”, hinders how well the episode works dramatically or as an episode of TV. Despite this, it is still an episode that creates a lot of pleasure in ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Dark Knight 0

Silent Knight Written by Kelley Puckett & Scott Peterson Art by Robert Campanella & Damion ScottCassandra Cain is a character I’ve read and heard a fair bit about but never actually read. With my interests shifting more towards independent comics and collections, the prospect of getting Batgirl: Silent Knight –collecting Batgirl (2000-06) #1-12 and Annual #1 –for $12.99 seemed like a pretty good idea. It was a great one; Silent Knight easily establishes why Cain has su...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Trust Thy Brother 0

"A.W.O.L." Directed by Charlotte Brändström Written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega AldrichWith the ceasefire between Dahrk and Oliver in effect, Arrow is freed to shift focus with a series of standalone episodes. One of the great (perhaps greatest) failings of season 3 was its refusal to use Team Arrow, which it’d spent the previous seasons building. They only really got to shine in the Brick trilogy of episodes and “Suicidal Tendencies”. “AWOL&rdqu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pilot Part 2: Electric Boogaloo 1

"Pilot, Part 2" Directed by Glen Winter Written by Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti & Andrew KreisbergThe pilot to Legends of Tomorrow had bear the burden of doing a lot of setup. It wasn’t eloquent but now that it’s out of the way, the show can continue and be the time jumping Dr. Who –esque adventure we hoped for. “Pilot, Part 2” still runs a bit too fast, both Kendra’s emotional revelation and Stein’s Back to the Future thread...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Letting Go of the Ghost 1

"The Reverse-Flash Returns" Directed by Michael Allowitz Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd HelbingThe Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne, is up there with Slade Wilson as great DCWverse villains. Played by two charismatic actors, this time around Matt Letscher actually gets some real time as Allen’s eternal enemy. But with the whole time traveling conceit of the character and the whole Harrison Wells as a skin suit thing, things can get a bit complicated and honestly convoluted real fast. I r...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Power of Family 3

Directed by Jay Oliva Produced by James Tucker Screenplay by J. M. DeMatteis With the release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox in 2013, Warner Brother reoriented their animated line of features to have a stricter continuity. Releasing an average of 3 features a year two would take place in this new continuity (JL: War, Son of Batman) and the other would not (Assault on Arkham, Gods and Monsters). Over the past two years the out of continuity features have been consistently better than t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Time Traveling would be Samruai 0

"Pilot, Part 1" Directed by Glen Winter Written by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg & Phil KlemmerPilots are hard, servants to many masters usually at making a decent example of what this show could be. Surprisingly, the pilots for Greg Berlanti and the rest of his producers other three DC superhero series are all pretty good. Over the course of launching three series, they’ve refined the process building in long term support structures from the start. Legend...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Blood Debts and Oaths 0

"Blood Debts" Directed by Jesse Warn Written by Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff The overarching thematic motif for Arrow season 4 is family. “Blood Debts”, Arrows return from the midseason break, brings the necessity of family and the stability it brings into relief in the wake of Damien Dahrk’s bullet filled response to Oliver and Felicity in the finale of “Dark Waters”. With his potential new family threatened, Oliver regresses back to something more akin to...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Roads Not Taken 0

The Flash 210 "Potential Energy" Directed by Rob Hardy Written by Bryan Q. Miller After a month away, The Flash returns on a night about the hopefully heroic future of DC Comics on the small and big screens. The DC Extended Universe is slowly getting humming, but is largely being constructed en media res (older Batman, villains in the shadows) and yet to turn out a product. That hasn’t been the case for DCWverse, who really began with Arrow and has slowly gotten weirder as time goes on. L...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Star Wars, Infinite Remix 5

If you’re looking at the words below on if I think the movie is “good” or “bad”, know this. I think The Force Awakens is a solid movie not the best but not the worst. It is of such cultural relevance that even if it were getting pilloried by fans and critics you should still probably see it. So go see The Force Awakens it’s a pretty OK movie. Everything below this is fair game for “spoilers” (they don’t really exist).Directed by J. J. Abrams...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

It's Deep and Darhk and Dangerous 2

"Dark Waters" Directed by John Behring Written by Wendy Mericle & Ben SokolowskiArrow is often at its best when it is in motion, doing something. Be it kicking Ghost butt or chewing through plot. It forces characters to react quicker and be defined by their actions and not the at times on the nose dialog. That dialog is more often abley delivered by Team Arrow, something they’ve been consistently underrated for, but the inherent melodramatic foundation of the DCWverse operates best wh...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Super Hero Team Up II: Electric Boogaloo 1

"Legends of Today" Directed by Ralph Hemecker Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Teleplay by: Aaron Helbing & Todd HelbingIt’s kind of insane to think about far the DCWverse has both expanded and begun to resemble a superhero comic book universe since the pair of crossover episodes last year. We now have a full blown DC Multiverse and magic as the central conceits for both The Flash and Arrow respectively, this season. Last year’s crossover episodes “Flash vs. ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Third Times the Charm? 2

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 - Book One Written by Brian Azzarello & Frank Miller Pencils Andy Kubert Frank Miller Inks Klaus Janson Colored by Brad Anderson Alex SinclairWhy? That is the question that kept coming up in the aftermath of the announcement of the Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Why? Beyond the obvious commercial gains, ones that DC appears to be exploiting to their fullest potential like Marvel.That question slowly changed to a more interesting one: how? After reading...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dealing with the Weird 0

"Brotherhood" Directed by James Bamford Written by Speed Weed & Keto Shimizu Slowly but surely Arrow has been getting more into the weird, with the expansion of the DCWverse pushing and pulling the heroic spectrum into new and different configurations. The shifting ground constantly forces characters to renegotiate their world views and in some cases use this new found knowledge for great and terrible things. The one constant throughout these tectonic shifts has been Diggle; he is the strai...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Grodd Takes Central City 0

"Gorilla Warfare" Directed by Dermott Downs Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing Last season’s "Grodd Lives" was a high watermark for smart cinematic sequencing in the television form on The Flash. Smartly keeping the 15 foot tall telepathic Gorilla largely in shadow as any good monster movie would. It helps that for his major introduction they paired their fully CGI creation with the shows best weapon, Jesse L. Martin.Martin’s acting in that sequence sold Grodd more than the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Game is Rigged 0

Illuminati #1 Written by Joshua Williamson Art by Shawn Crystal Colorist John Rauch Cover by Riley Rossmo Of all the All New All Different Marvel titles, Illuminati is the one that had me most intrigued. The initial pitch was this new Illuminati would be their version of the DC’s Rogues, a team of blue collar criminals not super villains who buck societal norms and chase their dreams with robbery and a code. The bad guys win every day so “why not us?” Parker Robbins aka The Hoo...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

On Monster Heels, Demons, and Squash Matches 0

"Enter Zoom" Directed by JJ Makaro Written by Gabrielle Stanton & Brooke Eikmeier Zoom is a Monster Heel. In the world of pro wrestling the Monster Heel were these gargantuan big men amongst big men; coming in and absolutely wrecking shop before eventually being felled by the top babyface in an epic clash. But first you have to make everyone believe in monsters. It’s a classic booking formula; one The Flash is following (on both macro and micro levels) with the eponymous Zoom debuting...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.