Monday, March 25, 2013

Doomsday & Beyond Bids Farewell

Doomsday and Beyond has allowed me to talk about the superhero topics I've always wanted to talk about, but I've decided to move on. While Doomsday and Beyond discussed broad topics from around the comic book universe, I have shifted my focus to the "Bat-Universe".
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wallpaper of The Week: Farewell, Young Justice & Green Lantern

        Last weekend, two great DC animated series ended before their time, which left us with the immediate need for more. Each series left us with a fitting end, but not without providing some cliffhangers into what would have been another great season from each series, unfortunately, this will never happen. In their places, we will be given Teen Titans Go!, a wacky, Japanese-styled show, similar to the original Teen Titans TV series several years ago, but even more kid-friendly, unfortunately. On the plus side, we're given our first new Batman show since the end of The Brave and The Bold back in November of 2011, titled: Beware The Batman, which will return Batman to his darker roots and will use a similar animation style to Green Lantern. While I am somewhat excited for the new shows, I may never get over the loss of two of DC's finest series since the end Justice League Unlimited. All I can do now is honor them in my Wallpaper of The Week, but not even this will bring them back, only remind us of two shows that could have been so much more. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reviews: Earth-2 Vol.1: The Gathering

     One of the hardest things to do when writing a comic book is introducing readers to a new series full of new characters, as well as establishing a good story to go along with them. James Robinson was able to accomplish both in the New 52’s Earth-2. Robinson has been given an entire world to tell stories. Its not just about one hero; not even about one team of heroes, but an entire, alternate universe full of infinitely new characters, and Volume One introduces us to the first alternate universe of the New 52.
     Volume One, titled: “The Gathering” focuses on the joining of the Justice Society of America, by introducing us to revised take on their classic members. The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and the Atom take center stage and are immediately appealing. While they have the same names as their Golden Age counterparts, they have been updated with relevant and modern characteristics that current readers can associate themselves with. Robinson has taken the, almost forgotten, JSA and updated almost everything about them from their backgrounds to their costumes and applied them to a new world.
      I think that creating this comic series was one of the best things that DC could have done. The idea of reading about stories set in an alternate universe, stories that effect alternate versions of our favorite characters is very cool, making me wonder if they may eventually release more series about more alternate Earths.
Volume One begins with the death of Earth-2’s Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman and the destruction of almost half the planet. While Darkseid attempted to invade Earth in Geoff John’s Justice League, he succeeds in Earth-2, jumping us ahead in the future to see the formation of the new “Wonders”. Solomon Grundy acts as the catalyst to force the heroes to unite, which leads to a very climatic battle between Grundy (the grey) and Green Lantern.
       Not only is the book written well, but Trevor and Nicola Scott’s artwork is one of the best I’ve seen. The color work may be the finest in the New 52, which all accumulates to the overall beauty of the book.
     I look forward to seeing future installments of this alternate Earth, as well as the next alternate characters Robinson will introduce. Overall, based on what I’ve read in Volume One, Earth-2 shows much promise and appears to only get increasingly intriguing by each issue.

I give this volume:

8.8 / 10

Be sure to check out more reviews upon more volumes’ releases.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wallpaper Of The Week: "Injustice For All!"

Trailers have been appearing left, right and center these past couple weeks for Injustice : Gods Among Us, being released on April 16th. The games premise is set around... (spoilers, kind of)... the regime that Superman has created, one that has taken over Metropolis and probably all of America. Heroes and villains must choose sides to stand by, or challenge, the most powerful man in the universe. Recent trailers have given us first game appearances of characters like Captain Marvel and even Doomsday, prompting me to release a "Wallpaper Of The Week" dedicated to some of the best images released so far. Enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Reviews: Justice League Vol.2: The Villain's Journey

Innovatively written by Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Flashpoint) and beautifully illustrated by Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, Uncanny X-Men).

Spoilers follow.

    While volume one detailed the conventional gathering of DC’s heroes, the second volume jumps ahead five years, giving us our first look at the Justice League of today; a team that can, relatively, work well together. More importantly, the story arc focuses on the development of a new villain named David Graves, whose powers are indefinable as it is not quite expressed what his limits are.
     No matter how powerful Graves appeared to be, following a villain like Darkseid, whose arrival and war on Earth dominated the issues of volume one, was a challenge for Graves to surpass.
    Graves’ “journey” into becoming a villain was a difficult one and I was in a bit of distaste upon reading the first couple issues, but I will admit that the villain was developed quite well over time. I understand what Johns was trying to do by focusing on the villain and his emotional, human-side and back-story, but in today’s comics it’s hard to introduce a new, major adversary and make him as successful as the classics.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

DC Comics New 52 Volume 2 Previews

A preview of DC’s collected editions of all New 52 series being released throughout 2013. Prepare yourselves, for this year, many DC fans will go broke. Enjoy!

- Animal Man Vol.2: Animal Vs. Man
Written by Jeff Lemire, Illustrated by Steve Pugh and Timothy Green
- Batgirl Vol.2: Knightfall Descends
Written by Gail Simone, Illustrated by Ed Benes and Ardian Syaf
- Batwoman Vol.2: To Down The World
Written by JH Williams, Illustrated by Amy Reeder
- Green Arrow Vol.2: Triple Threat
Written by Ann Nocenti, Illustrated by Harvey Tolibao
- Green Lantern Vol.2: The Revenge of Black Hand
Written by Geoff Johns, Illustrated by Doug Manke and Ethan Van Sciver
- Justice League Vol.2: The Villain’s Journey
Written by Geoff Johns, Illustrated by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
- Justice League International Vol.2: Breakdown
Written by Dan Jurgens, Illustrated by Aaron Lopresti
- Stormwatch Vol.2: Enemies of Earth
Written by Peter Milligan, Illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda
- Suicide Squad Vol.2: Basilsk Rising
Written by Adam Glass, Illustrated by Fernando Dagnino
- Voodoo Vol.2: The Killer In Me
Written by Josh Williamson, Illustrated by Sami Basril
- Wonderwoman Vol.2: Guts
Written by Brian Azzarello, Illustrated by Cliff Chiang

MARCH 2013
- All-Star Western Vol.2: The War of Lords and Owls
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Illustrated by Moritat
- Batman Vol.2: The City of Owls
Written by Scott Snyder, Illustrated by Greg Capullo
- Catwoman Vol.2: Dollhouse
Written by Judd Winnick, Illustrated by Guillem March
- Earth-2 Vol.1: The Gathering
Written by James Robinson, Illustrated by Nicola Scott
- I, Vampire Vol.2: Rise of the Vampires
Written by Hale Fialkov, Illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino
- Red Lanterns Vol.2: The Death of the Red Lanterns
Written by Peter Milligan, Illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda

APRIL 2013
- Batman, Detective Comics Vol.2: Scare Tactics
Written by Tony Daniel, Illustrated by Ed Benes
- Batwing Vol.2: In The Shadow of the Ancients
Written by Judd Winnick, Illustrated by Marcus To
- Birds Of Prey Vol.2: Your Kiss Might Kill
Written by Duane Swerczynski, Illustrated Travel Foreman
- Blue Beetle Vol.2: Blue Diamond
Written by Tony Bedard, Illustrated by Ig Guara
- Dial H Vol.1: Into You
Written by China Mieville, Illustrated by Mateus Santolouco
- Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E Vol.2: Secrets of the Dead
Written by Matt Kindt, Illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli
- Swamp Thing Vol.2: Family Tree
Written by Scott Snyder, Illustrated by Yanick Paquette
- World’s Finest Vol.1: The Lost Daughters of Earth-2
Written by Paul Levitz, Illustrated by George Perez