Showing posts from April, 2019

Review: Batman Beyond #31

“Divide, Conquer, and Kill” – Part One
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Rick Leonardi and Ande Parks
Color Artist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham Review by Adam Ray The switch between storylines is always a key moment for a title. It involves being able to go willingly into a new series of events, sum up everything for new readers, and build on what’s come before, while simultaneously referencing past storylines in a non-spoilery way. Trust Dan Jurgens to put forward two, fairly simple, stories into one issue, putting the characters under great strain, and then ending with a truly frustrating cliffhanger. It’s incredibly subtle of Jurgens to hide a second storyline under the first in this issue. To some readers, it’ll be a shocking surprise to blow the mind on the final page, to others, it’ll be glaringly obvious. I was shouting at the comic!

Review: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1 Episode 11 "Frances Patrol"

"Frances Patrol"

Director: Wayne Yip Writer: April Fitzimmons Starring: April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade, Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, Tom Fitzpatrick, Gary Basaraba, Kyle Clements and Bethany Anne Lind. Featuring Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk. Review by Steve J. Ray Wow. This episode waded into deep waters and really had bite. Every single week I think that the previous episode cannot be bettered, get any crazier or play with my emotions more than the one before. Every single week I'm happy to be proven wrong.

I don't think that any show I've ever watched has delivered 11 excellent episodes in a row. Alone In A CrowdMatt Bomer's Larry Trainor is in the spotlight this episode, having mainly been sidelined in the last two. This week's story is vitally important for him and his development. The way Bomer portrays great strength, yet still comes across as sympathetic and vulnerable is a testament to his acting ability. He seemed to finally be at peace with…

Review: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 Episode 19 – “Snow Pack”

Director: Jeff Cassidy Writers: Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker-Kennedy, Tom Cavanagh, Sarah Carter, Susan Walters and Kyle Secor. Family. It’s the over-arching theme that has played a part throughout this entire season of The Flash. This week we get the fallout from Barry’s actions against Nora, after discovering her relationship with Thawne; Sherloque’s connections with Team Flash and the resolution of the dangling plot threads involving Caitlin’s parents, Carla and Thomas (Icicle) Snow. That may sound like a lot to fit into 45 minutes of T.V. but the team that pulled this episode together did a terrific job. A Game Of Two HalvesSince the mid-season break all the “Arrowverse” shows have come out of their respective corners fighting, and The Flash is no exception. While I never got on with Chris Klein’s Cicada, Sarah Carter’s version is a villain for the ages. …

Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"

Writer: Bryan Cogman
Director: David Nutter

Review by: James Stone

We are creeping closer to the end of this magical journey and I don't think the tension could be any tighter.

Episode 1 left me feeling in a good place and ready for action. Episode 2 has managed to build more emotion and add more feeling into all these characters I have come to love. I'm now sitting here not wanting the battle to start, for the fear of losing anyone.
"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" made me realise how important all of these characters are. A moment between a lonesome Hound and Arya made me remember how good they were together. We all know the Hound is destined to die in battle, but I don't want him to go out like this. He needs to face his brother the mountain one last time.

Jamie and Tyrion are together once again, discussing their family issues. It reminded me how significant the Lannister brothers been over the last 7 seasons, but it's …

Review: Justice League Dark #10

“The Lords Of Order” – Chapter Three
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Álvaro Martínez Bueno and Raül Fernandez
Color Artist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh Review by Steve J. Ray

The Lords Of Order: Doctor Fate, Sister Symmetry, Master Pattern, Count Control and Lord Structure, are on a mission to erase mystical power from the face of the Earth. The question remains as to what this will mean for magic users, particularly the five people hosting the spirits of Order within their mortal bodies. What will become of them? James Tynion IV is showing us that the use of magic is dangerous to anyone daring enough to try. Far from making the people who wield these powers unstoppable, it’s making them targets. Zatanna and other magic users have abilities that could devastate worlds, but have placed limitations on themselves in order to maintain a level of control. Backwards spell casting, etc… The Otherkind have no such qualms or limitations. Light/Darkness. Good/Evil. Order/Chaos… Is It That Simpl…

Review: Detective Comics #1002

“Medieval” – Part Two
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy
Color Artist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Rob Leigh Review by Steve J. Ray It’s chapter two of the “Medieval” storyline, and Batman is down! The Arkham Knight and his army have brought Gotham’s hero to his knees, with weapons capable of penetrating his defences. Who is this new villain? How has he uncovered Batman’s secrets? What does he have against the Dark Knight? This new storyline is hitting hard. Any comic that starts with Batman bleeding, beaten and with arrows sticking out of his flesh is going to grab a reader’s attention. The Knights Of The Sun and their leader are pulling no punches, clearly possessing resources to rival even Batman’s. Peter J. Tomasi has cleverly made a threat of this new baddie, but shows us that naming him as such may not be completely accurate. The Knight’s actions against Batman certainly seem villainous, but the way he acts later on in the issue paint him in a far more hero…