Review: Gotham – “Pilot” by Jerry Whitworth
In the new series Gotham, Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is tasked with solving the murder of wealthy socialites Thomas and Martha Wayne against the backdrop of perhaps the most corrupt city in modern history. Of course, the series also provides a new version of the backstory of Batman (young Bruce Wayne portrayed by David Mazouz) introducing the evolution of the character’s creation while outlining the origins of his supporting cast. In the premier titled simply “Pilot,” the Waynes are killed and Gordon with corrupt partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) are given the call to investigate. While a suspect is identified and killed by Bullock, it’s revealed to be a set-up and the real murderer remains at large and unknown amidst a mysterious conspiracy. It falls upon Gordon to continue to search in secret as he realizes he can’t trust any of his colleagues.Read More
Wonderland #22 Review by Jessica Curtis
The story begins in the “Void” with Wonderland shaping itself as none other than James Franco. An unusual but perfect choice when you figure who Wonderland would chose to personify itself. Strangely enough the reader finds themselves drawn to the realization that Wonderland yearns for human companionship… even if that human companionship can either bring healing or destruction.Read More
Grimm Fairy Tales Helsing #1 Review by Jessica Curtis
“It starts with an idea. A spark in the dark.”
So begins the story of Liesel Van Helsing, Vampire Hunter. Hardly minor in talent or skill she is an inventor as much as she is a vampire hunter. Dressed in the ever fashionable steampunk style, her weapons are as much a fashion statement as her attire. Who could blame her? Both her outfit and her weapons are awesome.Read More
Where Conflicted Teen Tries to Find Her Place
By Jerry W. Vandal
“You thought that if you disobeyed your parents—your culture—your religion—your classmates would accept you. What happened instead?” — Captain America in Ms. Marvel Issue 1
With its wave of new Marvel Now! titles the comic book publisher has decided to tackle something that has always been an uphill battle in the comic book industry—diversity. The women of Marvel are getting a shot at the spotlight including Black Widow, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Elektra. With Ms. Marvel Marvel isn’t just looking to boost their female heroic count, but also add a young Muslim girl to the mix. And the above quote is a great example of how this book plans to promote diversity by building up a connection between Kamala (the new Ms. Marvel) and the reader.Read More
Review: JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time by Jerry Whitworth
Part of some bizarre”stealth release,” JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a direct-to-video animated film available only in US brick-and-mortar Target stores released January 2014. Discovered by eagle-eyed fans who learned of the film through a Target store mailer roughly a week before its premier, absolutely no foreword was provided of the film be it an official announcement or from any of those involved making mention of it, its discovered existence largely a happy accident. Even more strange, several of the players behind the hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender worked on the film but little mention of this fact has been played up by Warner Bros. In any event, the film’s plot features a quasi-team-up of the Super Friends and Legion of Super-Heroes when a plan by the Legion of Doom goes awry seeing the group’s leader Lex Luthor emerge in the future. Once there, he acquires the means to time travel while uncovering Superman’s secret origin and returns to the past to make sure Superman never came to exist. Following the rogue are Karate Kid and Dawnstar, two applicants for the Legion of Super-Heroes who are responsible for Luthor’s release and who alert the Justice League of America of the coming threat. First, lets examine some of the themes of the film.Read More
Steed and Mrs. Peel #0 Review by Jerry Whitworth
Writer: Mark Waid; Artist: Steve Bryant; Colorist: Ron Riley; Letterer: Steve Wands; Cover Artists: Phil Noto (A), Joshua Covey with Blond (B, C, & E), Mike Perkins (D & G), Joshua Covey (F), & Joseph Michael Linsner (H)
When the slain corpses of the elderly begin appearing patterned after missing Ministry agents, John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel are brought on to investigate the phenomenon. When a clue emerges linking the murders to the Hellfire Club, the pair must again enter the group’s sanctum and confront the future-obsessed Ian Lansdowne Dunderdale Cartney to uncover the truth.Read More
Green Lantern Corps #10 Review by Derf
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
If you have not been reading the Green Lantern titles, you may get lost I this review, but let’s see if I can catch you up to speed. In the past nine issues of the Green Lantern Corps, they have been in a fight for survival from the “original” keepers of the lanterns. It was during this mission, that some of the Corps members where caught and tortured. Two lanterns that were captured would change the course of this title to depths I never imagined. These lanterns are known as John Stewart and Kirrt Kallak.
During their captivity, Lantern Kirrt couldn’t take the pain from torture anymore and was about to let their kidnappers know how to break through the Guardians force field on OA (issue 6). Before Kirrt could explain, Lantern Stewart was forced to make a decision. He had to silence Kirrt to save the lives of millions. How did he do this you ask? He broke Kirrt’s neck and silenced him forever. I couldn’t believe what I had just read.Read More
Batman #10 Review by Derf
Writer: Scott Snyder; Pencils: Greg Capullo; Inks: Jonathan Glapion; Colors: FCO Plascencia; Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy B; Cover: Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia; Variant cover: Rafael Albuquerque; Editor: Mike Marts; Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Batman created by Bob Kane
You thought the Night of Owls had some surprises; well the aftermath has its surprises too. In this issue, we find Batman trying to find the brains behind the brawn of the owls. Being the great detective that he is, he manages to put the pieces together. And when he does we are in for a shock, one of the targets was actually one of the talons.
I could not put this book down. Some of the revelations is this issue is guaranteed to change what you know about Batman’s past, present, and future. The writing in the Batman series since the beginning of the new 52 has been phenomenal! Scott Snyder is a brilliant writer and I am looking forward to see what happens in issue #11.
The writing is so good, I can actually see it being made into a screenplay for a Batman animated movie. The Batman titles have not let me down yet! Great Writing + Great Art = one damn good book!
Spider-Men #1 Review by Jamie Dunst
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Artist: Sara Pichelli; Colorist: Justin Ponsor; Letterer: Cory Petit; Cover Artist: Jimmy Cheung; Variant Cover Artists: Sara Pichelli, Mark Bagley, Humberto Ramos, Justin Ponsor & Delgado
I want to start off with the fact that I don’t read much Marvel. Well, to be honest, I don’t read any Marvel comics. I love the characters but just not enough to get the books on a monthly basis. Having said that, when I heard about this project, I was intrigued. Spider-Men. What would it be about? When it was revealed that it was going to be a team-up of the 616 Peter Parker and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales, I thought it was a pretty cool idea so I decided to check it out and I’m not sorry I did.Read More