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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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Dark Nights: Nightwing #29

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Cover by Stjepan Sejic

We have come to part 2 of the “Gotham Resistance” story tie-in to Metal.  If you haven’t read part 1, check out my recap of Teen Titans #12.  Again, I think I made a mistake in reading order.  I read this after reading Batman: The Red Death, and this just seems slower in comparison.  But it’s not.  Not really.  It’s a fine comic, telling the second part of a fine story.   (more…)

Baby Driver review

Baby_Driver_posterBaby Driver is the latest movie by Edgar Wright.  You may, or really should, know him from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  The fact that this was an Edgar Wright film is what convinced me to see it.  Yes, the previews looked somewhat interesting and fun, but not so much so that I felt compelled to see this movie.  But with Wright’s name attached to it, knowing what he was capable of, I decided to give it a chance.

And frankly, the movie is fantastic.  The car chases are fun and exciting.  The individual characters all stand out.  The writing is clever and engaging.  All of this is done well enough that the cliche, and somewhat predictable story is not really noticed.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Heroes in a Half Shell: Turtle Tracks

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The Good Guys: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter, April O’Neil (All first appearance).

The Bad Guys: Bebop (Human), Rocksteady (Human), Bebop & Rocksteady’s Gang (Four Unnamed), Shredder, Foot Soldiers (All First Appearance)

And the Rest: Vernon Wells, Burne Thompson (First Appearance)

In a Half-Shell: April O’Neal reports on a wave of thefts to scientific operations.  She is abandoned by her crew as an armed mob confronts her.  She flees to the sewers where she is saved by four humanoid turtles.  The turtles introduce April to their master, Splinter, and agree to help her investigation, leading them to a Ninja-themed shopping district.  April investigates a security services building and is captured, then rescued by the turtles who flee the building as it is flooded to destruction.  Splinter recognizes that the soldiers the turtles fought were garbed in the wear of the Foot Clan.

Full Synopsis:

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Podicus Wrecks #49 – Table top joys and frustrations 4

In this episode, we have another installment of our “Table top joys and frustrations” series. This time, we are focusing on card games, including: Love Letter, Coup, Bang, Machi Koro, Fluxx, and Worst Game Ever. Casey then gives his quick recap of this past week’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Stormborn.” Then Casey and J. R. wrap up with some talk about trailers from Comic-Con.