Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 Episode 9 – “Elseworlds” Part One

Director: Kevin Tancharoen Writers: Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen Starring: Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Hartley Sawyer, Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, LaMonica Garrett, Jeremy Davies and Ruby Rose Review by Steve J. Ray At last, the day has arrived. We’ve finally seen the first chapter of the eagerly anticipated Elseworlds crossover event… and what an episode it was! The hype machine has been on overdrive for this story, which means that expectations were high and it had a lot to live up to. Sometimes reality doesn’t live up to the dream, and many of us have been let down before. So… did this episode deliver? You bet your Infinite Earths it did! Identity CrisisUnless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that these super fun crossovers have become an annual event across the CW “Arrowverse” shows. The incredible thing is that they just seem to be getting better, and better! I hate giving things away…

Review: Doomsday Clock #8

“Save Humanity”
Writer: Geoff Johns Artists: Gary Frank & Brad Anderson Review by Steve J. Ray

Russia and the United States of America are on the verge of war. Are metahumans being manufactured as part of a new arms race? Doctor Manhattan has been manipulating the history and timelines of the DC Universe, causing Ozymandias and the new Rorschach to leave their Earth to go and find him. Do Earth’s heroes know the truth? Can Superman save humanity? Should he even get involved? This series is asking some very hard questions. Geoff Johns has always been a divisive writer. I have been a fan of the majority of what he’s done for DC Comics, but not everything. I’ve gone on record in the past, saying that Watchmen should have been left alone, and never be given a sequel. When I first heard that Johns would be doing just that, I was shocked. Eight issues into the milestone series and I’m still shocked… at just how damn good it is.

Review: Nightwing #54

Writers: Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza Artists: Garry Brown & Will Conrad Colors: Nick Filardi Letters: Andworld Design Review by Steve J. Ray  Summary“KNIGHT TERRORS”: PART FIVE. In my review for Nightwing #53 I mentioned the fact that we’ve gone from not seeing our hero at all, to having four Nightwings appearing to protect Bludhaven. This time around I’m getting a whole different kind of déjà vu. I’m extremely fortunate in that I get to review some amazing comics for some incredible websites. One of the titles I’ve been assigned is the wonderful Batman: Kings Of Fear. Currently in that series Jonathan Crane – A.K.A. The Scarecrow – is currently psycho-analyzing The Batman. In this issue we see the same villain using his head-shrinking talents on none other than Ric Grayson. Now, in the hands of some writers this could prove both problematic, and annoying. Suddenly we’re seeing Crane as a psychiatrist instead of a super-villain in two unconnected titles… at the same time? What is…

Review: Harley Quinn #55

Writer:Sam Humphries Artist: John Timms Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Dave Sharpe Review by Philip Clark Summary “We’ll All Be Home For Christmas!” This is an excellent one off story that pits Harley against her biggest threat yet. Her family at Christmas! The chaos that ensues in this issue is something that most families can relate to, especially around the holidays. Positives I mean, just wow. I take my hat off to the creative team behind this issue. This has got to be the best issue of Harley Quinn I have ever read, and could even be one the best comics I’ve read in the last few months. I am genuinely in love with this series right now. It is one that I have seen grow over the last couple of months. Humphries is doing wonderful things with Harley Quinn. All of the characters and plot lines that the writer has introduced have fit so well into the comic. What I mean by that is, sometimes characters get introduced and they don’t really fit the vibe of the comic. That’s not the case with Harl…

Review: Adventures Of The Super Sons #5

“Deus Ex Machina”
Writer: Peter J Tomasi Artist: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker Review by Adam Ray

The previous issue was the Halloween special this title deserves. We saw the boys fight the walls themselves as a result of their situation. Everything about their being in a place like that – in deep space – made everything all the more troubling. All that said, the Super Sons then encountered older versions of themselves, making things all the more strange. It’s far easier for someone to confront another person than to deal with the problems within themselves. This issue forced the two boys to really grow, and deal with their own inner truths.

Review: Red Hood – Outlaw #29

“Tooth and Claw”
Writer: Scott Lobdell Artists: Pete Woods, Rex Lokus Jason Todd’s journey into Appleton has been very fruitful. Throughout the series, he’s been looking for information about The Underlife. A criminal network as devious and quiet as this one is very interesting to me. It’s clear that these people have a claw in many affairs across the world.

Jason Todd is very certain about his place in the “Dysfunctional Bat family” and equally clear on Kate’s place too. That’s right, Batwoman came to his aid in this issue, to apologise for issue #15. It’s an interesting showcase of Bat family characters together.

Review: ‘Titans’ Season 1 Episode 8

“Donna Troy” Writers: Richard Hatem & Marisha Mukerjee Director: David Frazee Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Conor Leslie The end of the first season is fast approaching. We’re very clear on who the characters are, and the major looming threat seemingly went up in flames in the last episode. This week we get the biggest, yet least forced, insight into the wider DC universe. Opening the episode with three excellent name drops within two sentences of each other! I have a lot to say about that opening scene, but the entire episode makes a great show into how big this vision of the DC Universe is.
Bird Boys And Wonder GirlsIn this chapter the team feel the need to split. We all know that this irks me, ladies and gentlemen. It’s becoming more and more improbable that the team can be whole, then break and then come back together. I suppose that we have to see that the show is led by Dick Grayson, a man not used to leading. He is changing his nature to work …