Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 Episode 5 – “All Doll’d Up”

Director: Philip Chipera Writers: Thomas Pound & Sterling Gates Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, Troy James & Phil LaMarr as the voice of Rag Doll. Review by Steve J. Ray Featuring slow dancing, tuxedos, your friendly neighbourhood Elongated Man and the creepiest villain EVER, this episode of the Flash is not your run of the mill story, but it could be the best episode this season. Cicada may be scary when it comes to power, but Rag Doll is a special kind of terrifying! Class ClownThey say that a hero is only as great as his villains, if this is the case then Flash must be one of the greatest heroes of them all; Reverse Flash, Zoom, The Thinker, Savitar, Cicada… all forces to be reckoned with. This week we meet Rag Doll, who may not be in the same league as the aforementioned bad guys when it comes to raw power, but has every one of them beat in terms of pure creepine…

Review: Suicide Squad Black Files #1

Katana In “Revenge Of Kobra” and Suicide Squad Black In “Rota Fortuna”
Writers: Mike W. Barr and Jai Nitz Artists: Phillipe Briones and Scot Eaton & Wayne Faucher Review by Philip Clark

This comic comes with two stories in one! What more could you ask for? Both these tales revolve heavily around the use of magic, or powers behind our understanding. The first story follows Katana as she struggles to fight against the souls within her sword, as well as trying to assimilate a powerful entity into our society. The second adventure centres on Suicide Squad Black, who are in over their heads trying to protect the world from a magical threat.

Review: Harley Quinn #53

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Lucas Werneck Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Dave Sharpe Review by Philip Clark Summary “Minor Disasters!” Part One jumps into a crazy, adrenaline fuelled adventure with Harley Quinn and Tina the camerawoman. Minor Disaster, the daughter of Major Disaster, has set out to make Harley’s life a living hell with a series of unfortunate events. Positives Humphries does a fantastic job at writing a side-by-side story of the contrasting characters. There are however, many similarities to the characters too. Minor Disaster wants nothing more than to be loved and accepted by her father, whereas Harley needs to be loved and adored by her fans in order to gain money and pay for the damages of her last excursion. There are very raw emotions in this issue, something that the Harley Quinn comic deals with on a rather regular basis. Not one to shy away from the spotlight, or expressing her emotions, Harley’s more in the spotlight …

Review: Suicide Squad #48

“Rocket To Russia” – Part One
Writer: Rob Williams Artists: Diogenes Neves & Scott Hanna Review by Philip Clark

After the events of Suicide Squad issue 35, Rick Flag left leading Taskforce X in order to join the government run operation around The Wall. After having had enough with the way Amanda Waller runs her operation, Flag ended up moving to, what he thought, were greener pastures. As is the case with most things Suicide Squad, he wasn’t allowed to be away for long. A mysterious voice demanded the attendance of a certain team of morally ambiguous misfits, Rick Flag included.

Review: Harley Quinn #52

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Sami Basri Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Dave Sharpe Review by Philip Clark Summary “Triumph” Part Two follows the story of a hero taken out of time. Captain Triumph, from the golden age of DC heroes, is left stranded in our time after Harley and Jonni DC break, then fix, DC continuity. As Harley is debating on whether or not being one the good guys is worth it, she helps a hero who is struggling to stay heroic! Positives I really enjoy the contrast between these two characters and their interactions with each other. The conflict that each of them go through individually makes for an interesting read. I like that neither of them are portrayed as the bad guy. I think Humphries does that really well, writes characters that toe the line between bad and good. Characters that live within the pages of a Harley Quinn comic need to operate in that grey area. I really enjoyed the artwork in this issue too. The cartoony style …

Review: Suicide Squad #47

“Agent Of Oz”
Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Philippe Briones Review by Philip Clark

Captain Boomerang is many things. A liar, a thief, a murderer, but there’s one thing he isn’t; a lying murderous thief. Wait… that’s not right. Struth mate, he’s taken down the ruddy Flash. He needs to be respected! After the events of “Sink Atlantis”, Rob Williams writes a filler issue that gives us more insight into Digger Harkness. Whether this is just for a single issue, or for a small series-within-a-series arc remains to be seen.

Review: Aquaman #40 - “Sink Atlantis” Part Four

“Sink Atlantis” - Part Four
Writers: Dan Abnett and Rob Williams Artists: Joe Bennett, Vicente Cifuentes and Adriano Lucas Review by Philip Clark

After the events of Suicide Squad #46, we follow the story of the difficult relationship between the U.S. and the suddenly emerged Atlantis. The events of the last three parts to this story come to a thrilling in conclusion in this week’s Aquaman issue. For those not aware, allow me to summarise. After Atlantis’ rise to the surface, someone in the U.S. government decided it was a good idea to send it back down. Enter Amanda Waller and Taskforce X. With a few of the core members missing, or dead; the team now has new members and a new dynamic. Armed with a magical nuke, some of the squad members were less than happy with blowing up thousands of lives. Others however, were more than happy with it. Queen Mera, and the Atlanteans got wind of this plot and sent a small force to stop it. A fight broke out between the two factions, allowing a few members…