Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Drew Van Acker, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Iain Glen, Esai Morales, and Joshua Orpin
Review by Adam Ray
Bruce Wayne features heavily in this strong episode of Titans, but not in the way you’d probably expect. With the team reeling from their last outing, we see how they cope with stress, trauma, injuries, and the new additions to their line-up. As they handle their time, recovering from the near loss of Jason Todd, one member (three guesses which) goes off on a crusade alone, with the voice of his mentor stuck in his head.
So less of a crusade… more like a Bruce-ade. The stellar acting of Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne in this episode gives us deeper insight into what we can expect from a tortured soul like Dick Grayson. Starting off as a tormenting spirit, the seamless change into full-on mentor, when he starts giving real advice, is seamless and a really refreshing change from the “spectre representing your internal struggle” deal.
These characters handle their own troubles in different ways. The direction behind Jason Todd reliving the moment of his fall gives us some of the more realistic PTSD symptoms I’ve ever seen, and Curran Walters is excellent. Shrugging off the arrogance, and seeming realistically vulnerable, the young actor delivers a strong performance.
The team grew by a member, and we’re still charmed in this episode by the wonderful, childlike presence of Conner Kent. I’m impressed, yet sometimes concerned at how well the size of this cast is being handled. The strong balance of each member getting their due screen time is nice, but long-standing characters, Rachel and Gar were seen, but sidelined.
Throughout this instalment, we see the characters tormented and uncertain. Their handling of the near loss of a friend and the looming presence of a villain, coupled with Dick’s big revelation will no doubt make future episodes all the more interesting.
SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL… The Twilight Zone , a television series that shows no signs of letting up, is still going strong 60 years since it first debuted on CBS in 1959. Created by the already popular writer Rod Serling, the show became a series with an infinite lifespan. The Twilight Zone is now 60 years young and still has a massive appeal to those who love a bit of twisted, comedic, moralistic and, at times horrifying, science fiction. I have been a fan of this show for many years, from the original to the latest version by Jordan Peele. It was probably in the 1980’s that I first came across this show and I was amazed. Back then, just a teenager, I thought black and white shows were old and ‘fuddy duddy’ (as my kids would say nowadays). That was until my late mam (who was always there when I found my love for various things as a youngster) turned on the tv and an episode of the TZ was showing. I always remember the first episode I saw being "Ti
“ Off The Clock “ Writer: Katie Cook Artist: Butch Mapa Color Artist: Protobunker Letterers: Christa Miesner and Valeria Lopez Review by Steve J. Ray Some of my favorite comics are those that honor and follow the style of movies and TV shows. Comics like The Batman Adventures , for example. So, you can only Imagine my delight when a knock on my door resulted in my being handed the latest package from Penguin Random House. The box contained a copy of Marvel Action: Avengers : “Off The Clock”. This gorgeous little trade paperback collects issues #1-#3 of Marvel Action: Avengers , and is one of the most fun comics, both in terms of story and art, that I’ve read featuring these particular characters, in a long, long time. Synchronicity Strikes Again Recently I helped promote a couple of fan films which gave us a day, and a night, in the life of a superhero trying to get some time off. By some amazing quirk of fate, this book shows six Avengers (at first… ) trying to cope with some H.R.
Interview panel led by Steve J. Ray, with a gathering of Comic/TV Media Journalists. I've spoken to some amazing people over the last couple of years; writers, artists, costume designers, and actors from some of my favorite TV shows. It's no secret that I'm a huge comic-book fan, and one of the TV series that's based on and inspired by a comics title - but has gone on to be so much more - is The Walking Dead . At a recent Comic-Con in London, I had the great opportunity of leading a panel where some fellow journalists and I spoke with Madison, Matthew and Macsen Lintz, three siblings who played Sophia and both iterations of Henry on the show. The eldest, Madison Lintz (born 1999) played Sophia Peletier - Carol's daughter - in the first two seasons. She's also well known for playing Maddie Bosch in the Amazon series Bosch . She started acting at the age of six, filming commercials and voice-overs. Matthew (born 2001) took over the role of Henry from