Month: February 2013

Well, how about that Batman, Inc. #8

Hating spoilers myself, I try to take care not to spoil things for people.  That is why all discussion regarding this issue is going to happen after the break.  So, to fill up some space, here’s a picture of Damian Wayne from Batman and Robin Annual #1.

Batman and Robin Annual Damian Wayne window  (more…)

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Justice League of America #1

So, Justice League of America #1 came out this past week.  The setup for it comes from the just concluded “Throne of Atlantis” story that was running in Justice League and Aquaman.  While I won’t get into the nitty gritty of that story, what you do need to know is that the Justice League does not look good in it.  Well, to the general public, they do not look good.  There’s in-fighting, they disappear for a spell, and it causes the public perception of them to take a hit.  And that is what brings us here.  Spoilers follow.

Amanda Waller decides that now is the time to form a team that will answer to her.  A team the American government will be able to control.  She persuades Colonel Steve Trevor to train and lead this team.  This being Amanda Waller, of course it is a bit shady.  She uses photos of Superman and Wonder Woman kissing to persuade him that this is something that he should do.  After all, a romance between the two most powerful beings on the planet can either end badly, which is bad for everyone, or go extremely well, which may be bad for everyone.  (Waller points out that Wonder Woman wants to change the world, and what happens if Superman starts to agree.)  (more…)

Batman: Death of the Family concludes

With this week’s release of Batman #17, Scott Snyder’s “Death of the Family” story comes to an end.  While overall, I did enjoy this issue and story, I think it is a good example of a limitation on ongoing franchises like Batman.  There will be spoilers, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.  You’ve been warned.  And to help, here’s a picture that led us to this finale.

Joker silver platter (more…)

Geoff Johns ending run on Green Lantern

With the release of DC’s May Solicitations, it has been revealed that Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern is ending at 9 years with issue #20.  (Yes, that sounds weird.)  This news brings up mixed emotions in me.  On the one hand, Johns has been on the title for a very long time, and it may be good to let someone step in and take control of the title.  On the other hand, I’ve really enjoyed Johns’ run on the title, and there is the worry that I may not enjoy whoever replaces him.

Geoff Johns began his run on Green Lantern with the Rebirth mini-series.  This mini-series is what ended Hal Jordan being The Spectre, and brought him back to life, and back to being a Green Lantern.  Throughout the early part of his run, his stories dealt with the difficulty of Hal being alive again, considering what he did as Paralax before his death.  Then there was the most notable story in his run, the crossover Sinestro Corps War.  This story would launch the Sinestro Corps, wielding yellow rings powered by fear, and would expand to create corps for the rest of the light spectrum.  Later on, we would get Blackest Night, War of the Green Lanterns, Rise of the Third Army, and lastly (soon to start) Wrath of the First Lantern.  (more…)

Comic Book Movie Review – Dredd

Dredd movie posterAre you one of the five people that really liked the Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd movie?  Were you looking forward to overly complicated back stories, and seeing a lot of Dredd’s face?  Did you think Rob Schneider was the perfect person to star in a Judge Dredd movie because he would provide a nice level of comedic support?  If your answer was yes to any of these questions, then you are a horrible person, and this new Dredd movie is not for you.

Dredd

Directed by Pete Travis

Written by Alex Garland

Starring
Karl Urban as Judge Dredd
Olivia Thirlby as Anderson
Lena Headey as Ma-ma
Wood Harris as Kay

Dredd takes Judge applicant Anderson to the Peach Tree tower to investigate 3 bodies that had fallen from several stories up.  During the course of their short investigation, they take Kay prisoner.  Kay is an upper officer in Ma-ma’s gang.  Ma-ma’s gang are the producers of a new drug called Slo-Mo, and have forced other gangs in the tower out.  Not wanting Kay to be interrogated, Ma-ma sends her gang after Dredd and Anderson.  With the tower locked down, Dredd and Anderson must fight their way to Ma-ma.  (more…)