I don’t normally review the Telltale games for a couple of reasons. First, they’re episodic, and I don’t usually get around to playing them until they are all wrapped up, or will play one episode right before the next comes out. Then wait to play that one. Secondly, with the story choices, I feel like my gaming experience is going to be different than yours. But after playing episode one of Telltale’s second season of Batman, I thought I’d give it a go, because you all should play this game. Mild spoilers ahead. (more…)
In this week’s episode, we’re discussing the early days of Peter David’s and Todd Nauck’s Young Justice series. Anthony had never read any of it, so we sat him down and forced him to. Well, not forced him to. More like gave him the opportunity to experience the greatness that is Young Justice. This episode covers the Book One collection that DC released back in April, Young Justice #1-7, plus some tie-ins. Also, Casey is back with a minute recap of the latest Game of Thrones episode, “Spoils of War.”
The Lazarus Contract was a 4-part story involving the Titans, the Teen Titans, and Deathstroke. Story and scripts by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest. Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Roberto, Viacava, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy.
The story starts with a flashback as the Titans are taking on Ravager, Deathstroke’s son Grant. During the battle, Ravager dies of an apparent heart attack. Deathstroke carries him off vowing revenge. There’s a jump to three days ago, where Deathstroke was in the hospital after a cornea transplant, because apparently he had been completely blind, or something. (Notes say Deathstroke 12-18, I don’t read Deathstroke.) He tells Wintergreen to get the jet ready to go to New York.
The Titans are fighting a group that looks like H.I.V.E., but isn’t. They tell Nightwing that that Lazarus says the deal is off, but no one has any idea what that means. During this, Wally disappears. Jump to now, the Titans are searching for Wally, Nightwing continues to deny that he knows any thing about Lazarus or a contract. Omen is certain that he’s lying to her. Meanwhile, Wally is stuck on a treadmill, being interrogated by a mystery voice that ends up being Deathstroke. He tries to learn about Wally’s life in the time stream and in a different life. Deathstroke says he has a deal for him. He wants Wally to travel back in time to save his son. If Wally does this, Deathstroke promises that he will give up being Deathstroke. Wally declines this, because of time travel stuff, and Deathstroke shows he has a contingency plan. He shows that he has the New52 Wally West from the Teen Titans. (For simplicity, he shall be called Wally (TT).) (more…)
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…)
I 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…)
In this episode we take a look at John Byrne’s The Man of Steel mini-series. This mini-series, was DC Comics’ effort to reboot and simplify Superman after the Multiverse condensing story, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and stood as the cornerstone of Superman stories for almost 20 years. Also, this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Xorn 2.
Honestly, I had forgotten that this was in development. But now that I’ve seen the trailer, I am greatly looking forward to this. At first, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t want to make this a part of the larger Arrowverse, but now I get it. They have a contained story that they want to tell, and putting it in the larger universe will muddy the waters a bit. Besides, they’ve established the Multiverse. It would be incredibly easy if they ever wanted to in the future to just say that Black Lightning is on another Earth.