Author: J. R.

The Button – Bruce & Barry’s Excellent Adventure

Back in May 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative was started with the release of DC Universe Rebirth Special #1.  The important thing about this book was that it brought back the original Wally West into continuity.  Not by just re-introducing another Wally West into the universe, but instead, by bring the pre-Flashpoint back into the fold.  The message Wally carried with him was that someone was actively stealing time, changing their histories.  The end of the book saw Batman fine the smiley face button from Watchmen in the Bat-cave.

I don’t read everything, but nothing I know of had really dealt with that since that single issue.  So, here we are a year later, and finally we are getting something more regarding this plot in a 4-issue crossover between Batman and The Flash.  That’s right, just a crossover.  No special event.  Not yet, anyways.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #42.5 – Claremont and Byrne X-Men run part 2

It’s time for part 2 of our discussion on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men run. Find out what awaits our band of fearless heroes after their ordeal on Murderwold. Will they find happiness on Muir Island, or just a crazy mutant? Find out what in world is happening with Jean Grey. All that and possibly the Wendigo is ahead.

Wonder Woman review

Wonder Woman PosterI am going to waste no time and just come right out say that Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie.  Patty Jenkins, the director, has done a phenomenal job.  If you have not seen it, then you should quit reading this review, and go see it right now.  I appreciate the view, but get lost.  Anyways, since this is a review, I might as well continue.  Of course there are people that probably did not listen to me.  Since seeing this movie, I have been thinking about what exactly made it so good.  Why has it gotten the critical praise that none of the other recent DC movies have received?

The best I can come up with is that this movie has heart.  It is sincere and earnest.  And I know those are pretty vague terms, so I will try to explain better.  In Wonder Woman, we watch Diana grow into the role of being a hero.  And yes, that is the basic premise of an origin movie, but this one differs in that there is no burden pushing her in that direction.  She did not watch her parents die.  She did not suffer some personal tragedy and have to become a hero to escape it.  She did not do this because it would make her a better person.  She started her hero’s journey because it was the right thing to do.  This is where I think the favorable comparisons to Captain America:  The First Avenger are.  Not that they are both war movies, but that they are heroes that chose to be heroes, and were not pushed into it.  The difference is that Captain America takes World War 2 fairly lightly.  Wonder Woman does not do the same with The Great War. Spoilers below.  (more…)