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.
“Detective Comics #1000” Writers: Peter J. Tomasi, Tom King, Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Kevin Smith & Scott Snyder Artists: Dough Mahnke, Tony S. Daniel, Joëlle Jones, Álvaro Martínez Bueno, Kelley Jones, Alex Maleev, Neal Adams, Steve Epting, Becky Cloonan, Dustin Nguyen, Jim Lee, Mikel Janín, Jason Fabok, Amanda Conner & Greg Capullo Inkers: Jaime Mendoza, Raül Fernandez, Derek Fridolfs, Scott Williams & Jonathan Glapion Color Artists: David Baron, Tomeu Morey, Brad Anderson, Paul Mounts, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Jordie Bellaire, John Kalisz, Alex Sinclair & FCO Plascencia Letterers: Rob Leigh, Clayton Cowles, Sal Cipriano, Josh Reed, Willie Schubert, Andworld Design, Simon Bowland, Steve Wands, Todd Klein & Tom Napolitano Review by Steve J. RayBatman’s Longest CaseWhen DC revealed the incredible talents that would be contributing to Detective Comics #1000, I was understanda…
DC Comics’ imprint for younger readers, Zoom, has produced some beautiful books recently, each one accompanied by its own trailer. Today the comics giant revealed the latest video, for their Dear Justice League graphic novel. Check out the press release: TRAILER REVEAL! GET A FIRST LOOK AT ‘DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE’ BY MICHAEL NORTHROP AND GUSTAVO DUARTENew Middle Grade Original Graphic Novel from DC ZoomHits Stores Everywhere Books are Sold on August 6, 2019Available to Pre-Order Now DC revealed today a new book trailer and preview artwork for DC Zoom’s forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, by New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop (TombQuest) with art by Gustavo Duarte. In DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, I wanted to explore who these DC Super Heroes are behind the masks and answer the kinds of questions kids would have for these larger than life figures,” explained Northrop. “On a personal note, comics helped me become a better reader, a better …
"Batman Universe #4"
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Nick Derington Color Artist: Dave Stewart Letterers: Josh Reed and Tom NapolitanoReview by Steve J. Ray Batman Universe #4 feels like the ultimate tribute to Bat-Lash, Jonah Hex, and all the other wonderful DC Comics western characters, from back in the day. It’s also the Back To The Future tribute I never knew I needed. I love this silly, fun, guest star-packed, universe hopping, time-jumping craziness sooooo much. From Faberge eggs to fantastic fashion choices, this issue delivers. Both Hal Jordan and Bruce Wayne look great in clothes from the old west… in fact, this could be one of the coolest Batman looks ever! Nick Derington and Dave Stewart must have had a great time designing and coloring those threads. There are no lantern or bat symbols to be seen anywhere, but you just know that we’re looking at Hal Jordan and Batman.