Where we interview the stars, write about comics, TV, movies, books, music, games and anything fandom related.
Review: Catwoman #4
“Copycats” – Part Four
Writer: Joëlle Jones
Artists: Joëlle Jones, Fernando Blanco, Laura Allred & John Kalisz
Review by Adam Ray
In this issue, we get the story of the woman in the wheelchair. Jones manages a strong balancing act throughout this book. Readers are escorted through Catwoman’s past, and we see her interactions with a sister - new to this reviewer - and a real insight into her personal outlook.
We also see the real trouble a young Catwoman used to get herself into, making her connection with her sister, Maggie, all the more real. This issue is a strong character study of Catwoman from Ms, Jones Jones, who clearly knows her subject very well.
A trait of Catwoman’s, that Jones has really made clear in this issue, is her aloofness. Just like a real cat Selina kept herself so distant that it took meeting her sister’s husband a great deal of time after the wedding… an event I’d presume she was invited to. Their meeting after the fact shows that even though they’re related, they’re very different people. The life they lead is deeply dangerous, hence why Black Mask became involved those many years ago. Later in the issue, we see their attitudes have been different since they were very young. All the while, Catwoman deeply cares for her sister, choosing to be at her side after leaving Batman.
I think it was this kind of perspective that Jones needed to introduce to the Copycats storyline from issue one. Starting with this revelation does detract a little from the emotional weight of the ending of Batman #50, learning that she was running to someone and not just from someone. However, most of the storyline so far has been built around Catwoman being made to feel very unwelcome by the political machinations of the Kreel family. Seeing Maggie here bonds Selina to this spot, and makes it easier for us readers to understand why she’s more willing to stay and fight.
Jones ropes us back into the ongoing storyline right at the end. Threatening the very thing that’s keeping Catwoman invested in this place would make her capable of anything. This may be the moment that really triggers all the true action of the series, which I’m grateful to see, but was eager to see sooner.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on October 11th2018)
It's very rare that the worlds of geeks and music collide in a powerful way, but Professor Elemental has made that happen.
'School of Whimsy' sees Brighton's finest export solidify his career with his strongest album to date. Over a ten year journey Paul Alborough has helped create the phenomenon of Chap-Hop, a mix of hip hop and a tongue-in-cheek take on English gentry.
The character of Professor Elemental has allowed Paul to push the boundaries of his music, as well as allowing him to show the world his love of anything nerdy. His songs are littered with references to superheroes and comics, and have a huge underlying message of positivity.
Luckily, Fantastic Universes' resident music ninja Scott Hamilton managed to chat not only with Paul, but also with the crazy genius that is Professor Elemental. Here's part one where we talk to Paul about his musical career, his love of comics and what we can expect from the Professor in the future…
I make it no secret, readers, that I love two games more than the air I breathe. Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: the Gathering. Despite being made by the same publishing company, Wizards of the Coast, they've made almost no crossed streams.
The talk of Wizards wanting to publish a new setting for their supplemental campaigns left many wondering where we can go. This is no mere Plane Shift - like those of Zendikar or Kaladesh, leaving us with races and statistics, and prompts on where to go. This is a full, world guide. And it's RAVNICA!
Next to nothing is known about this supplement. It appeared on Brazilian Amazon then later on an American version of the site. The product description features very accurate portrait of the Acumenopolis in the heart of every Magic player. All we can do is speculate.
As an avid player of both games, I have exceedingly high expectations for this supplement. It needs to deliver new races seen on Ravnica. Goblins of…
a cold, wet, dreary morning as I sit on the bus heading to work, but
I'm smiling and in a cheery mood. Why? Because I'm listening to Professor
Elemental's "School Of Whimsy!" For
the uninitiated, Professor Elemental is the country's finest example
of Chap-Hop Emcee. Marrying beats and rap, with a nod towards geek
and UK culture. It's certainly more tongue in cheek than the likes of
other rappers, but that is part of it's charm. The
Prof is one of us, a geek, someone who'd like to try and focus on
having fun. Yeah, you can look deeper into the meanings behind the
lyrics but, you know what, sometimes it's just about trying to put a
smile on your face. "School
Of Whimsy" is the latest collection of tunes from the Brighton
based rapper and he's dropping a solid gold set of tracks. The lessons
here aren't maths, geography and the like. These are life
lessons, learned from experience, by being there an…