Showing posts from March, 2019

Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 Episode 16 – “Failure Is An Orphan”

"Failure Is An Orphan" Director: Viet Nguyen Writer: Zack Stentz Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Chris Klein, Lossen Chambers, Sarah Carter & John Gillich. Review by Steve J. Ray The metahuman cure works. After testing it on King Shark last week, all that Flash and the team need to do now is to convince Cicada, to take it. Sure, that’ll be a walk in the park, right? Find a ruthless killer, appeal to his humanity and ask if he’s prepared to give up his powers and stop killing super-folk. Pardon me if I don’t hold my breath. The Timelines Are MalleableAll roads have been leading to this junction. According to Nora’s future knowledge, partially obtained through working with Eobard Thawne, Flash’s time to catch Cicada is running out. This episode delivers a great chunk of action, plus a ton of twists and surprises too. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it. It’s …

Review: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1 Episode 5 – “Paw Patrol”

“Paw Patrol”

Writer: Shoshana Sachi

Director: Larry Teng

Starring: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Joivan Wade, Timothy Dalton, Mark Sheppard, Alan Tudyk, Ted Sutherland and Ezra Buzzington. Featuring Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk

Review by Steve J. Ray

This show is barking mad... and I love it. We left last week's episode on a cliffhanger, with the Decreator - a huge disembodied eyeball - high in the sky, disintegrating everything that met its gaze. Had our band of misfits failed, was Cloverton and the world doomed? Again?
It's Snow JokeWith Jane and Cliff stranded in a magical realm inside a snow-globe (yes, you read that right) Larry, Cyborg, Rita and Kipling (guest star, Mark Sheppard) are left in a world that is slowly being, well... de-created.

Arch villain Mr. Nobody still has the Chief in his clutches, but how can his plans for world domination succeed, if there's no world left to dominate? Can this evil, bonkers, jigsaw-puzzle of a man put his …

Review: Red Hood Outlaw #32

“Prince of Gotham” – Part 1
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Stephen Segovia
Color Artist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: ALW Troy Peteri Review by Fay Clark

After catching up on the last issue of Red Hood: Outlaw I was excited to take over reviewing the series. Then I read this issue and I can tell you now, I am thrilled to be here. This is going to be a great ride and I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next. I may have screamed a few times and flapped my hands around like an idiot. I like to physically show my excitement. We get to see some classic sassy Jason in this issue and it’s everything I could ever hope for. Lobdell writes with a panache that just screams “Jason Todd” in your face. I adore it. Every page I turned I could feel myself getting more and more invested in the story. This is only part one, a mere set up of whats to come. If Red Hood: Outlaw keeps going like this I have a feeling that my already huge love for this character will skyrocket.

Review: Young Justice #3

“Seven Crises” – Part 3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Patrick Gleason & Viktor Bogdanovic
Color Artist: HI-FI
Letterers: Carlos M. Mangual & Josh Reed Review by Philip Clark

It’s the Conner and Bart show this week! After the cliffhanger from the first issue, it’s taken Brian Bendis two more to get us back to Impulse and Superboy. Gemworld is setting up to be an environment our young heroes can’t quite overcome. Dark Lord Opal and his gem warriors are proving to be more than a match for the new team. Will they escape Gemworld and get back to Earth? Family and FarmingYou can take the Kent out of Smallville, but you can’t take Smallville out of the Kent. Things get cleared up in this issue about Conner’s mysterious appearance on Gemworld. We see what led him to being on the alien planet, and even have a little light shed on his life there. Conner reminds me a lot of Clark in this issue, a much more chilled out version of Superboy, as Impulse flits about goading the enemy. I have t…

Review: Supergirl #25

Writers: Marc Andreyko, Brad Walker and Dan Jurgens
Artists: Emanuela Lupacchino, Lan Medina, Drew Hennessy, Dan Derenick and Sean Parsons
Color Artists: Ray McCarthy, Chris Sotomayor and FCO Plascencia
Letterer: Tom Napolitano Review by Adam Ray SummaryThis anniversary issue is a treat in itself. We get three stories for the price of one. Picking Over the Bones is the continuation of the current story arc. Supergirl is close to getting the answers for what happened to planet Krypton. In Z’ndr Kol and the Lost Colony, we get to see Kara’s newest ally Z’ndr in an Indiana Jones-esque dungeon delve story.  The Plourott is a look back into the early career of Supergirl, her dynamic with her earth parents, and her friendship with Ice. Positives Each story has their own strength, which is essential in a bumper issue like this one. Sure the first story, which contributes to the ongoing arc should take precedence. We get all the impact and action in Picking Bones as we’d get in a standard issue in t…

Review: Young Justice #2

“Seven Crises” – Part Two
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Patrick Gleason & Emanuela Lupacchino
Color Artist: Alejandro Sánchez
Letterer: Josh Reeves Review by Philip Clark

This issue continues straight from the cliff hanger issue #1 left us on. The comic follows the story of a group of young heroes trying to save the world from an alien invasion. This led to them being transported to Gemworld! All is not as it seemed though, as the team were dropped into two different locations on the planet. Robin met up with a local resident who needed some assistance quelling a rebellion, while Wonder Girl, Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex were left to explore this strange new world.

Review: The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1

“A Grim Knight In Gotham”
Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Color Artist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Sal Cipriano Review by Steve J. Ray

The Batman Who Laughs has returned, bringing with him yet another evil Bat-Doppelgänger: The Grim Knight. Anyone who’s been reading the brilliant Batman Who Laughs mini-series will know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not, you should be. I know that this issue is a one-shot special, but it will make a lot more sense if you’re up to date with the mini-series. Thanks to the brilliantly bonkers Dark Nights: Metal, we’ve already met a multitude of evil versions of Bruce Wayne. The Devastator: a cross between Batman and Doomsday. The Red Death: an evil Dark Knight with the powers of the Flash. The Dawn Breaker: a corpse-like Batman wielding Green Lantern’s ring. The Drowned: Bryce Wayne; a female villain with the abilities of Aquaman. The Murder Machine: who has Cyborg’s otherworldly armor and abilities, combined with Batman’s…