Author: J. R.

Dark Nights: Metal #3

DC Metal 3 coverScott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic power ballad continues with Metal #3.  If you are not caught up with the series, you can check out my reviews of Metal #1 and Metal #2.  We last left off with Batman inadvertently opening the portal to the Dark Multiverse, allowing the Dark Batmen to enter, and cause all kinds of chaos (check out Gotham Resistance or the Dark Batmen origins).

This story starts in a dream. Damian Wayne and Jon Kent are rocking out as their parents, along with Diana wait for the rest of the Justice League to arrive to celebrate their victory in the war.  But that celebration is short lived as they notice Bruce beginning to bleed in the shape of a bat.  As he says “Carpe Diem,” Barbatos springs from Bruce, leaving Superman to fight him, again.  Superman has been fighting Barbatos continuously for what has seemed like a lifetime, until Wonder Woman pulls him from a tower of people.  (more…)

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Podicus Wrecks #60 – World Without a Superman

Our trek through the death and return of Superman continues with “World Without a Superman.” You may know this a “Funeral for a Friend.” How does Metropolis, nay the World, cope with the death of Superman? How does Lex Luthor feel about the death of his arch enemy? Will Lois Lane punch someone when they say that Clark Kent is bound to turn up? Is Turpin actually a freakish monster? Seriously, what is up with the Newsboys?

 

Dark Nights: Batman The Dawnbreaker

Batman The Dawnbreaker coverThe origins of the Dark Batmen, the Dark Knights, continues with Batman The Dawnbreaker.  In this issue, a Batman of the Dark Multiverse has a Green Lantern ring.  We have previously seen Batman gain use of the Speed Force (Batman The Red Death) and cybernetic abilities (Batman The Murder Machine).  So, how did the Batman of Earth -32 (negative 32) get a hold of a Green Lantern ring?  Simple, it chose him.

As the mugger kills Bruce Wayne’s parents, young Bruce realizes that he feels nothing.  Not even fear.  It is just a void inside of him.  A Green Lantern ring mistakes this lack of fear as overcoming fear, and selects Bruce Wayne.  Now having possibly the most powerful weapon in the universe, Bruce tries to get revenge on the mugger.  Initially, the ring resists, because it is prohibited from using lethal force.  However, Bruce’s will overpowers the ring, and the void that is within him begins to inhabit the ring.  (more…)

Dark Nights: Green Arrow #32

Green Arrow 32 coverWith the release of Green Arrow #32, the “Gotham Resistance” story line comes to a close.  You can find the previous parts in Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, and Suicide Squad #26.  We last left our heroes as they were trying to escape the Dark Robin, with Croc staying behind to attempt to hold him off.  They were about to be in the Mad Hatter’s realm when Mr. Terrific showed up, bringing fair play back and everything.

Mr. Terrific helps them escape through a portal, and fills them in on nearly everything that has been going on.  He tells them about all of the Dark Batman from the Dark Multiverse.  He tells them about the metal cards that the Batman Who Laughs has been handing out to Batman’s enemies for them to reshape Gotham.  He tells them that he believes their plan is to change the frequency of enough people at Challenger mountain, and this will cause the Earth to cease to exist in this Multiverse and go to the Dark Multiverse.  (more…)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

Kingsman the Golden Circle posterBack in 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service came out, based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and really surprised me by how much I enjoyed it.  It was a ridiculously fun spy movie.  Sure, part of the appeal was seeing Colin Firth in an action role, but the movie was more than that.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle is more of the same.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun continuation of the previous movie.  However, it is not without it’s own slew of problems.  First off, we’ll start with non-spoilery stuff.  The camera work was dizzying at times during hand-to-hand fight scenes.  Remember how the Bourne movies made the “shaky cam” popular in fight scenes?  Remember how awful it was to try to follow a fight scene with that “shaky cam” going?  Well, here they step that up a bit.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #59 – The Death of Superman

With the 25th anniversary of “The Death of Superman” story line approaching, we thought we would share our thoughts on that event. Find out what happens when a character created solely to kill Superman fights Superman. Does a JLA that includes Bloodwynd and Guy Gardner stand a chance against Doomsday? Who is Lex Luthor Jr. and why does he have red hair? Is there a correct way to kill characters? How should big story points be marketed? What in the world is going on with the DC movies? Those questions and more are answered within this episode.

Dark Nights: Batman The Murder Machine

Batman the murder machine coverBatman The Murder Machine is the second of Dark Batmen origin tie-in series for Metal.  It was written by Frank Tieri and James Tynion IV, and drawn by Riccardo Federici.  If you haven’t read Metal, then I suggest you do.  But know that at the end of Metal #2, Batman from the Dark Multiverse came through a portal.  The first origin issue was Batman The Red Death.  In that issue, a Batman was trying to steal the Speed Force from The Flash.  In this issue, Things aren’t so clear cut.

Here, we have a Batman that is constantly re-watching a recording of his rogues gallery killing Alfred.  The Justice League try to get him to come to terms with it.  Instead, he approaches Victor Stone about something he had been working on.  He had created scan of Alfred’s mind, but needed Cyborg’s help bringing it online.  Thinking Batman could use his father figure, Cyborg helps him.  Of course, things go terribly wrong.  (more…)