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I Am Gotham Review – Batman (2016) #1-6

This story doesn’t just introduce us to a new Batman run (well, I guess Batman: Rebirth did that) and a new Batman writer in Tom King (Grayson, The Vision). I Am Gotham also introduces two new superpowered superheroes, the flamboyant sounding duo of Gotham and Gotham Girl. For King this first story is all about setting up how he’s going to run the show, the sort of writing you can expect, and the tone of the book. Starting his run […]

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Modern DC Films – Thoughts on Suicide Squad, The Killing Joke, Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition, Assault on Arkham

Yeah, everyone knows that when it comes to films of comics Marvel has had more than just a little bit of an upperhand in recent years. Though it’s interesting to think that 2005’s Batman Begins ushered in perhaps a “new era” of superhero film. It’s also interesting to note that the oft though pinnacle of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight, released in 2008, the same year Iron Man also kicked off the now mega successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. With […]

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DC: Universe Rebirth Review

I’m not the biggest fan of DC in the world. Heck, I’m not even sure I’d call myself a big comics fan. Sure, I do love many comic books, but as far as comic “universes” go? I don’t really care. I read runs people recommend me, I pick out specific graphic novels — I love the stories for what they are. DC: Universe Rebirth is the initial issue of DC’s new big crossover event, though it may not be the […]

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Batman: The Court of Owls Review (2011, vol. 1) – Starting the New 52 Without Skipping a Beat

The Court of Owls collects the first seven issues of the Batman (2011) series — the first few issues of Batman after the series-wide New 52 reboot. But, you’d be forgiven about not knowing there was a reboot at all if you just picked this up. In a way I suppose that could be the purpose. It’s not a complete fresh start, everything’s just been moved back to the default. Batman (as with other New 52 leads) has been made […]

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Arrow Season 4 Episode 4 Review – “Beyond Redemption”

This episode continues on from Oliver’s announcement that he plans to run for mayor. But overall this is an episode focused on the Lance family. Sara Lance has been revived by Laurel using the Lazarus Pit, in a state that seems far worse from anything Thea has had to go through. While in Star City Detective Lance is having problems with corrupt police in his department, and his meeting with Damian Dhark are also discovered by the Arrow team. On […]

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The Flash Season 2 Episode 4 Review – “The Fury of Firestorm”

I’m a few episodes ahead of my reviews at the moment, and I was briefly excited to write this one thinking it was the next episode. That’s right, I completely forgot that this episode existed, which may go to show right away what I thought about it. You’d think it would be more memorable, as this episode introduces one of the new halves of Firestorm — Jefferson Jackson, played by Franz Drameh. The story sees the Flash Team trying to track […]

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The Flash Season 2 Episode 3 Review – “Family of Rogues”

The Flash‘s “Rogue” episodes, all featuring Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) and sometimes extending to his sometimes partner Mick Rory (Heatwave) and sister, Lisa Snart (Golden Glider), have been a little bit hit and miss. Though it has to be said that Wentworth Miller always puts in a great, though somewhat hammy, performance as Captain Cold. As the main non-meta human villains in the snow, all using special powered guns (ice, fire, and… gold, somehow?), they provide a nice reprieve from […]

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Constantine Season One Review

That’s right, I’m putting “season one” in the title even though there’s probably never going to be a second one. This NBC television adaptation of John Constantine, Hellblazer was cancelled after only 13 episodes. It’s a real shame, as there was some elements of the season that I really, really liked. But on the other hand it’s also quite flawed. Either way, when watching it knowing it got cancelled, that fact hangs over it like a curse, and becomes hard to separate […]

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Arrow Season 4 Episode 2 Review – “The Candidate”

The villain of the week this episode is Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert), who comic fans may know as Anarky. His Anarky alias doesn’t become apparent until the end of the episode when he leaves the Anarchy “A” mark on something. Did the events of the episode drive him to become Anarky? Or was he Anarky all along? That’s how hard it is to care about or follow the main “threat” of the episode. Also he was a member of some […]

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The Flash Season 2 Episode 2 Review – “Flash of Two Worlds”

This episode picks right up from where the last episode left off, with the mysterious man called Jay Garrick (played by Teddy Sears) warning the Flash team that they are in danger. The metal lighting bolt helmet that appeared through the wormhole in the final episode of the last season belongs to him. Turns out he is from the same world as Atom Smasher, an alternate Earth, and he’s The Flash from that world. Garrick was torn from his world through […]

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