The Darkseid War Act 1

With the release of Justice League #50, The Darkseid War has ended.  Having not read most of it, and hearing that it does lead into DC Universe Rebirth #1, I figured I might as well read it now, and recap it as I go.  With the occasional snarky comment.  This covers Justice League 40-45, the prologue and act one.  I should have Act 2 and Act 3 up by the end of the weekend.  Enjoy.

Metron is sitting in his Mobius chair, doing the whole narrator thing.  He talks about some things he’s observed in the past, because observing is his thing.  Those include the truce between Apokolips and New Genesis, where Highfather and Darkseid each trade a son of theirs to the other, Scott and Orion respectively.  Metron has also observed each of the time altering crises.  Because of the frequency of the crises, the universe is losing it’s cohesion.

Justice League 40 GrailAfter the latest crisis, Flashpoint, the universe has still not yet solidified.  Metron meets with the Anti-Monitor, who he names as Mobius, on the Crime Syndicate planet that he has destroyed (remember Forever Evil).  Metron pleads with Mobius to not continue this course of action, because reality can’t handle it.  Mobius says that he needs a war with Darkseid, because his death is the key to it all.  All being the death of the New Gods and beginning the age of the Anti-God. Metron is attacked from behind by Darkseid’s daughter.  (more…)

X-Men Animated Honest Trailer

Honest Trailers is a video series in which the group Screen Junkies do snarky reviews of movies, video games, TV shows.  They’re usually pretty funny, even when they’re praising the subject.  Came across the X-Men: The Animated Series one today, and thought I’d share.  I encourage you to check out more of them.

Not a fan of fan petitions

Generally speaking, I try not to do a lot of name calling on this site.  It’s not professional, and it’s not a good way to get your point across.  I know when I see someone resort to name calling, I usually disregard the rest of what they’re saying.  Name calling makes it seem like they’re not capable of actually putting together a compelling argument. So, I’m not going to resort to that, even though I really wanted to.  I had even typed it out and then changed by mind.  Just know that I don’t think highly of most fan petitions.  I say most, because there may be one out there somewhere that actually does make sense, but I haven’t seen it.

I’m not going to name names, but someone in a group I participate in shared a petition that they had posted on Change.org.  The goal of this petition was to bring in new writers for the show Arrow, because they were unhappy with the third and fourth seasons, and wanted it to return to the quality of season two.  Now, I don’t agree with the perceived drop in quality, but that’s not why I dislike these petitions.  Even if I did agree, I think these things are bad ideas.

First, this is not why Change.org was started.  It’s meant to serve as a means for people to have their voices heard with issue that require social or economical change.  Issues that negatively impact their lives, and are requesting governmental intervention because they need the help.  That does not include people being unhappy because a television show they watch isn’t doing what they want it to do.  The writing of the show does not impact your life.  If you don’t like what a show is doing, quit watching.  (more…)

Supergirl moves to CW

Starting this Fall, Supergirl will be on Mondays on the CW, rather than CBS.  This makes sense.  The CW already has 3 DC Comics shows in Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.  It never really made sense that the same group was making Supergirl, but CBS was airing it.  Now, I suppose the only question is how do they incorporate it with the other shows.  In The Flash/Supergirl crossover, it was established that Supergirl takes place on a different Earth.  They’ve already promised a 4 part crossover between all of the shows.  Maybe they do some type of crisis event, and Supergirl gets stranded on “Earth-1.”  (Earth-1 according to The Flash.)

But whatever they do, I suppose I should get caught up on the show.  Watched the first episode and liked it, but I missed some episodes.

This highlight reel that CW put out may contain some mild spoilers for Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.  I say mild, because I’m only about halfway through the seasons, and only appearances were spoiled.  No story stuff that I could understand.

Some DC movie news

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The Hollywood Reporter is…reporting that a Harley Quinn spinoff is already in the works, even though Suicide Squad hasn’t been released yet.  But the bigger news of the piece is  that it won’t be a Harley Quinn solo movie.  The plan is to have the movie feature other female heroes and villains.  Apparently, Margot Robbie liked DC’s females so much as she was doing research on Harley Quinn that she brought in a writer to help her pitch the idea to Warner Bros.

While I can’t comment on whether or not I want to see more of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, I do like the idea.  The first thought I had was, they should make this a Gotham City Sirens type movie.  Gotham City Sirens was a series written by Paul Dini many years ago that featured Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.  They were anti-heroes in that series, but if you want to keep them as villains in this movie, then bring in the Birds of Prey.  I would be interested in that movie.

The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that there has been a shake-up of executive roles at Warner Bros. in regards to their movies.  Instead of all executives overseeing all movies, each person will be responsible to a specific genre/franchise.  In connection with this, DC Entertainment films has been spun off into it’s own separate entity named DC Films.  It’s being described as a “course correction” after Batman v Superman’s reception.  DC Films will be led by Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.  Berg will be the executive supervising everything, while Johns will be in charge of the creative vision.

This is something that Warner Bros. should have done a very long time ago.  DC’s movies needed a singular focus.  An equivalent to Kevin Feige at Marvel. I feel like Geoff Johns is a good choice for this.  I have long enjoyed his work.  Hopefully, this is something they will stick with.

 

The Order 1886 Review

FP3621-THE-ORDER-1886-key-artI don’t remember when this game was initially released, but I just bought it a few weeks (months?) ago on a PSN flash sale for $8.  I had heard some mixed reviews, but I figured for just $8, what was the harm.  Needing to clear up some space on my PS4, and having heard it was a fairly short, decided to spend a Saturday starting, and finishing it.  Overall, I enjoyed the game, but I do think it is a barometer for what is more important to you in a game, story or gameplay.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The game takes place in, you guessed it, 1886.  Well, at least a version of 1886.  You start out in prison, being tortured.  Eventually, you escape, only to fall off the roof into some water.  And then, poof, the story goes back in time, and you learn how exactly you came to be in that prison.  I’ll give you a hint.  It involves betrayal.  Lots and lots of betrayal.  (more…)