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Comic Reviews: Batman/Ninja Turtles II and Venom, Inc.!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

IMG_1036Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)

The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving. Read the rest of this entry

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A (In)Justice League of Their Own

300px-JLA_13_CoversSo it looks like Justice League is setting up to be a pretty big box office disappointment. The fact that it couldn’t clear a $100 million opening weekend when that seems to be the norm for comic book movies is pretty troubling, and despite the fact that fan response has been pretty okay (me included), you wouldn’t be the only one to be curious and concerned about what Warner Bros has planned for the future of the DCEU. While I doubt that Warner Bros is going to completely pull the plug on their cinematic universe (Aquaman has finished filming and we’re still getting the solo Batman film and a sequel to Wonder Woman), there’s obviously going to need to be a change in the way DC and Warner Bros approaches these films. And the way they should go is the one that probably won’t happen, but would be really cool.

Assemble the Injustice Gang. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Justice League!

MOVIE REVIEW!

justice-league-posterJustice League (2017)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Zack Snyder

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s been a long road to Justice League. After numerous false starts, a George Miller almost directed movie, and Batman V Superman, it’s finally time for DC’s all stars to take the stage on the big screen. But after a troubled development that saw Zack Snyder have to step down due to a family tragedy, which caused Joss Whedon to step in and handle reshoots, the League has finally assembled, and the hopes and dreams of the entire DCEU rest upon it. With so much riding on Justice League, and the amount of work involved in making it, being worried about the end result is a legitimate concern. But amazingly, Justice League does mostly work, especially when it comes to correcting the mistakes that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder made in previous DCEU efforts. Read the rest of this entry

Trade Spotlight: Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

red-rain-dracula-batman-kelley-jonesHalloween, the greatest of all holidays, is rapidly approaching. And while you may be putting the final touches on your costume, loading up on candy, or binging your favorite spooky movies, there’s still plenty of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit, and one of my favorite ways to do it is by rereading one of my favorite Batman stories: Red Rain. Read the rest of this entry

Pedal to the Metal

STL056717_METAL_Cv3_R1600_59a0794400c7f8.75344923Event comics aren’t supposed to be fun anymore. The past few years have seen countless tie-ins and additional issues with prices jacked up so you “have to find out what happens” regardless of the comic costing you almost triple the usual cover price. After Secret Empire, Civil War II, Convergence, and a host of other events, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear long time comic readers say that they “needed a break” from the world of mainstream comics. But then Dark Nights: Metal came along, and bucked the trend completely. Here’s an event that’s not only selling well, but a massive hit with readers. Lately I’ve seen fans request not only the main Metal series, but the tie in issues too, which is one of the biggest signs of a successful event for any publisher. From the one shots detailing the different demonic Batmans that appeared at the end of the second issue to the ”Gotham Resistance” storyline that ran thought Teen Titans, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow, it’s been difficult to keep up with the growing demand for this series. So what’s the difference? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: White Knight and Spirits of Vengeance!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

batman_white_knight_coverBatman: White Knight #1 (of ) (DC Comics)

There have been countless classic Batman tales: The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, the entirety of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run. Hell, even The Dark Knight counts as an incredible Batman story, despite being a movie and not a comic. With Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight, the hype was building that this story could be just as good as those other classics. And now that it’s out I can tell you this: the hype is real. Read the rest of this entry

What’s In A Cinematic Universe Anyways?

indexWarner Bros has been making quite the headlines lately, with the announcement of a solo Joker movie (produced by Martin Scorsese no less), ANOTHER Joker movie set in the DCEU featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robie, and major updates on the upcoming Matt Reeves directed Batman movie: namely, that it won’t be part of the DCEU film universe, only to then be announced that it IS part of the DCEU universe, but won’t feature other characters from the DC movies. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Dark Nights Metal and Mage: The Hero Denied!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

metal-1-cover-e1498475012313Dark Nights: Metal #1 (DC Comics)

More so than many big comic book events, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Dark Nights: Metal. Of course, any book that reunites the Batman New 52 dream team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo is bound to gain some attention, but the hype surrounding Metal is definitely more palpable than other events in the works (looking at you, Marvel Legacy). Perhaps it’s the fact that this event will tie into the early days of the DC universe, or that DC has been on such a creative hot streak lately that anything they make will have a lot of attention, but whatever it is, Metal has a ton of hype, which means it has a lot to live up to. And while it’s not the action packed event that the Batman with battle axes promo images would have you believe, Snyder and Capullo are setting the stage for some major shake ups in the DC universe. Read the rest of this entry

Video Game Review: Injustice 2

indexInjustice 2 (2017)

Developer: Netherrealm Studios

Consoles: PS4, Xbox ONE

In nearly every sense of the word, Injustice 2 is an improvement. From the graphics, to the game play, to the sheer depth of things to do, Injustice 2 absolutely changes and updates everything that was great about the original game (which was quite a lot). The new “loot system” customization options for characters is both overwhelming and addictive, and ensures that you’ll never be able to stop saying “okay, just one more match” whenever you fire it up. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman and Shirtless Bear Fighter!

COMIC REVIEWS!

BATMAN-25-600x910Batman #25 (DC Comics)

Tom King’s run on Batman has been pretty stellar so far. From introducing new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl, to showcasing one of the bloodiest Batman vs. Bane fights in years, to Batman proposing to Catwoman, King has pretty much solidified his place as one of the best writers to work on the character. But with the latest arc, “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, he may have outdone himself. There’s a fair amount of hype surrounding this issue, and amazingly the Mikel Janin drawn issue exceeded my expectations.  While you won’t get any definite resolution to Batman’s proposal to Catwoman at the end of the last issue, Batman #25 is still one of the best issues in King’s run. Read the rest of this entry