I don’t have time right now to completely pick apart the two minute trailer for Days of Future Past, but I will give you something that gave me a little tingling in my fanboy parts.
Hell yeah, that’s Bishop!
There are some pretty big spoilers in this issue for those that may not be completely caught up on the series, so I’ll put all discussion behind the break. But as a tease, here’s the cover.
This past week’s episode of Arrow was titled “Identity.” Here’s what you need to know.
Oliver Queen stuff
All in all, this was a phenomenal episode, and I really like where this season is heading. Oliver’s new desire to not kill people was a great way to introduce the trick arrows. And no, I don’t think it’s an oversight or a plot hole that we didn’t see him make and test the trick arrows. You know why I think that? Because that would have been boring. Very, very boring. Just accept that as the CEO of large company, he has resources at his disposal. But Green Arrow once again has trick arrows, and all is right in the world. I eagerly await the boxing glove arrow.
I like what they did with Sebastian Blood. It was a good way to show that Oliver can’t always when. Even when he’s doing what’s best. He made the correct decision in going to save the shipment, rather than appearing at the benefit. But the public doesn’t know that. The public will never know that. And there’s nothing that he can do about it.
That’s all for now. See you next time when we see how what happens with Arrow and the cops, and have an appearance by Black Canary.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “Eye Spy.” Here’s what you need to know.
The fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead kicked off last night, drawing in over 16 million viewers and dominating the ratings for everything not football related. The episode drew more than six million viewers than the season three premiere, and nearly four million more than the season three finale, continuing the trend of The Walking Dead being the highest rated show on cable. Scott Gimple takes the series’ helm starting with this season. He’s the third show runner for the series; replacing Glen Mazzara, who’d just taken over for Frank Darabont after season two. Gimple was responsible for writing some of the best episodes of season three, which managed to find a nice balance of emotional, character driven stories and gory zombie goodness. If this episode is any indication of how season four will play out we’re in for some good times. Now, with a healthy dose of spoilers both television and comic book related, let’s get into the story…
For those of you living under a rock, but still have very specific Internet access, DC spent the entire month of September releasing one-shots that featured villains. Some of these books tied into current story arcs, some teased future ones, some explained further things that happened in the past. The important thing to note was that they essentially replaced all of the ongoing titles for a month. So, your main titles were numbered 23.1, 23.2, etc., while books like Nightwing and Batgirl were not released at all.
At first, I didn’t really think much about it. I looked through the September solicits, found the characters and writers I was interested in, and just bought those titles. I read those books, and for the most part, I enjoyed them. But then, October started, and the ongoing titles continued, and I’m finding it a little difficult to get back into them. Most notably the two mentioned above, plus Detective Comics and Batman. Issue #23 of those issues, which came out in August, ended on pretty big cliffhangers. Not going to spoil anything, but take my word for it. The books were reaching climaxes.
So here we are, 2 months after issue #23 came out, continuing the stories. And sadly, to me anyways, they didn’t have the impact that I would have expected them to. Sure, some of that lies on me as the reader. I could have gone back and reread the previous issue to remind myself of where we were. But honestly, this will be the first week in a couple months in which I don’t have any of the previous week’s comics left to read on Wednesday. That’s not really going to happen.
Which brings us to the scheduling itself. Two months is a long time to have in between issues in a story. Unless the title is Image United (zing!). Yes, books have existed on a 5 or 6 week schedule before. One title that comes to mind is Geoff Johns/Alex Ross Justice Society of America run several years ago. But that was aided in there there wasn’t a lot of JSA material coming out. You didn’t have a family of titles that came out the rest of the month. You didn’t have 16 one-shots featuring JSA villains come out in between parts of the story. All you had was JSA, and then the next issue of JSA. So, it wasn’t that difficult to keep track of what was going on with them over an extended period of time.
So, in the future, as much fun as these issues and the 3-D covers were, it’d be great if they didn’t do this again. Of course, I know they’re going to. It’s an increase in what they did last year. Last September, there were the #0 issues, that were supposed to hint at origin stories of the heroes. Those were only slightly removed from the story lines, being that each writer could fit those in somewhere, mostly. With this trajectory, next September, we’re likely to get 52 books that don’t have a thing to do with what is currently going on. Or maybe Elseworlds stuff. Oh, maybe it’ll be a tie-in for Multiversity. They may be ready to go by next year.
Arrow returned for its season 2 premiere. Sorry for the delay in getting it posted. Have had some technical difficulties this past week. The show seems to break up nicely into 3 different categories: flashback, Oliver Queen stuff, and vigilante stuff. Here’s what you need to know.
Flashback stuff (5 years ago on the island)
I don’t really get the whole “going back to the island” thing. It barely lasted any time at all. You could have easily just done a thing with Oliver not putting on the hood for a long while. And it’s a flimsy cover story for Oliver leaving town. He went to Europe? His best friend just died, and his mom was involved in a plot to destroy part of the city. I find it unlikely that he’d even be allowed to leave the country.
I am interested in how far they’re going to go with Roy Harper. Right now, he’s just picking fights with street thugs. Do they have Oliver bring him in as a side kick? If that happens, then does his sister get brought in on the secrets as well? Or does Roy just decide to be a copycat, and continue doing his own thing. It should be noted that at the end of the episode, Roy had came to the aid of a lady against 3 thugs, and was himself saved by someone that may have been Black Canary.