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Review: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1 Episode 6 – “Doom Patrol Patrol”

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“Doom Patrol Patrol”

Writer: Tamara Becher-Wilkinson

Director: Christopher Manley

Starring: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Joivan Wade, Timothy Dalton, Alimi Ballard, Will Kemp, Jasmine Kaur, Lesa Wilson, Phil Morris and Dennis Cockrum


Review by Steve J. Ray

The quest to find Niles Caulder continues. Last week Mr. Nobody formed a temporary truce with our gang of gaga guardians in order to save the world. When it was all over, bar the screaming, the fourth wall breaking bad guy left the words, "Doom Patrol" in Jane's head, leading her - and us - to this chapter, and it's strange, strange title.

Let the games begin!
Have You Tried Switching It Off... Then On Again? This episode focuses around two stories, the first set around Cyborg and Robotman. After defeating the Decreator Victor's arm-cannon overheated and exploded, leading Cliff and the team to call in Silas, Cyborg's dad, for help. It was great seeing Phil Morris back as Sto…

Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 Episode 17 – “Time Bomb”

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"Time Bomb"


Director: Rob Greenlea Writers: Kristen Kim & Sterling Gates Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Chris Klein, Sarah Carter, Victoria Park, Malia Baker & Chris Shields Review by Steve J. Ray My old Grandad used to tell me that, at the end of the day, a liar is easier to catch than a man with one leg. In this episode of The Flash, secrets are revealed, liars are caught out and families are torn asunder. Yep, from the beginning of the season secrets and lies have been ticking, like the proverbial time bomb… this week things finally go, “BOOM!” Deadlier Than The MaleNora’s trip into the mind of Grace Gibbons in “Memorabilia” revealed a new and deadlier version of Cicada. Last week the nightmare was made Flesh, as an adult Grace from the future was revealed as the terrifying successor to her uncle. Sarah Carter is a scarier, more powerful, …

Review: Teen Titans #28

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Writers: Adam Glass and Christopher Priest
Artist: Bernard Chang
Color Artist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Review by Steve J. Ray Summary“The Terminus Agenda” – Part One. I’ve been looking forward to this story for a looooong time. Deathstroke and the Teen Titans have a history that goes back over half of my lifetime, so getting a crossover featuring DC Comics’ greatest assassin, and the latest iteration of their ultimate teen super-team has me pumped. Yeah, baby. Let the fireworks begin! PositivesSo, so many. Adam Glass and Christopher Priest are two incredibly talented writers. Glass has made me fall in love with characters that have only been around for the last few months – his creations – as much as I already adored the core team. He’s made me feel that D’Jinn, Roundhouse and Crush deserve to be Teen Titans, just as much as Robin, Red Arrow and Kid-Flash do. Priest has been writing comics gold since I was a teen, if not longer. His work on Deathstroke is what makes that book a …

Review: Nightwing #58

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Writers: Scott Lobdell and Zack Kaplan
Artist: Travis Moore
Color Artist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Review by Steve J. Ray Summary“Corrosion Of The Corrupted.” He may not have his costume, but Mr. Grayson is most definitely back in the fight. After saving Bludhaven from Scarecrow in issue #56 Ric has decided to join Detective Sapienza and his gang of Nightwings. Sapienza thinks that this is down to him, but, though Ric may not remember being Dick Grayson the crime-fighter, his former self lives large within him. PositivesThis series has really had a rough time of it in recent months. First, writer Benjamin Percy left the series prematurely, then Nightwing’s battle with amnesia (possibly) cost him a few readers. Scriptwriter Fabian Nicieza left after issue #56 and his proposed replacement, the talented Eric Esquivel, left DC Comics under a cloud of controversy. Leading us to a new co-writer, Zack Kaplan, being dropped into deep water. The good news is that this boy can swim…

Fan Retrospectives: 'Batman: The Long Halloween': St. Patrick's Day

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Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Color Artist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Richard Starkings


Review by Eric Lee

Bruce Wayne is under Poison Ivy's thrall, while the Falcone crime family adds a new, deadly member to its ranks.

Let's look at the cover first. While it is also a great study of light and shadow, that is not the main feature. It shows Poison Ivy  wearing a Batman necklace, symbolising that she has a him under her control. Furthermore, her hair is made up of little  clover leaves and shamrocks, to indicate the St. Patrick's Day holiday. In a clever, subtle way, the cover demonstrates this issue's micro-theme of "Not everything is as it appears".
Not Everything Is As it AppearsThe very first sequence of the comic demonstrates this theme. We see the Gotham Penitentiary guards escort and release an unseen prisoner. Based on the giant silhouette and foreboding eyes, readers are expecting to see a monstrous figure. However, it is revealed to be Roman Falcone'…

"Terror Of The Zygons" A Tale From The Files of U.N.I.T.

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This article is a bit of a departure for Fantastic Universes, as what we usually publish tends to be more... journalistic in nature.

A few months ago I was approached by the editor of a Doctor Who fanzine, to write a short story telling a classic Who tale, but from the perspective of one of the brave men and women of U.N.I.T. They wanted someone to handle "Terror Of The Zygons."

Anyone who knows me at all will instantly realise that this is the kind of opportunity that I would never pass up. This is a vintage Fourth Doctor story, and a personal favourite.

I re-watched the story three times, and even re-read the Target novelisation. I'm very glad that I did. The nameless Corporal from the show, who I'd chosen as my narrator, is actually given a last name in the book, but the same last name has also been attributed to a completely different Corporal from UNIT too; so I had to come up for a way for both to be legitimate. Yes, as always, I did my research and paid due dili…