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Review: ‘Titans’ Season 1 Episode 7 - "Asylum"
Writers: Bryan Edward Hill & Greg Walker
Director: Alex Kalymnios
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter
Review by Adam Ray The last episode was an intermission. It was a welcome way to see deeper into this gritty DC Universe. This chapter finally brings the full Titans team together in the type of action that we’ve been waiting for. With the information given to us last time, there’s a possibility of Rachel’s past at last becoming clear. The group mobilise all together and we see Dick and Kory as assertive interrogators. These characters and the dynamics we’d associate with them are finally at their strongest.
The tone of the series has never wavered. It has stayed in the realms of dark realism. This episode has made great strides into showing differences from that formula without really leaving it. The whammy put on the characters through their rough trip in the asylum is a real showcase of some of the weird science from the DC universe. We’ve seen that side on the increase with all the members of the Doom Patrol. This episode, in true standard, takes it in its stride, which is a great way to present the oddities of comic book science.
It’s a style just so unique to this show. Seeing slips through the past, and what looks like a very slick Batcave, through the traumatic visions of the past. Sure Kory, Gar, and Rachel’s powers are deeply speculative and ‘out there’. At no point does the show dwell on it, at least not as much as in the early episodes. By all accounts they should be remarkable, but the characters are holding them as self evident truths. It might not sound like it, but that’s a great bit of realism. The characters have accepted these strange powers and that’s a welcome part of them becoming the team we all know and love.
With the odd as their everyday life, and their epic dispatching of shady men in asylums, we have to wonder how they’ll handle the truly otherworldly. All comics fans know where Kory is from, and what Rachel’s father really is. How a show will handle this kind of the distant planet of Tamaran and an interplanetary demon like Trigon. Only one way to find out, I suppose, and the series has my undivided attention.
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on November 27th 2018)
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We talk about what we have been watching and reading recently including The Walking Dead, Into The Badlands, Wasted Space and more.
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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…