Every time I get the chance to do the reviews for this series, I know it’s going to set off a mixed bag of emotions. These books are honestly not for the faint of heart, or those looking for a quick and enjoyable adventure. When they say history, that’s what they deliver, and what’s unveiled and discussed within these pages is an important part of comics history. For The Other History Of The DC Universe #3, the voice is that of Katana, and she gives us her story of the world exactly as she sees it.
I Had No Name, So The Underworld Named Me After My Blade: Katana
The origin of Katana is not a happy one, but then again are there many heroes/anti-heroes who come from happy and healthy pasta? After losing her entire world, she falls into the work of an assassin for a man named Tadashi. Taking this path leads to her meeting with Batman, and joining his team, the Outsiders.
For years Katana watches the ever-changing world around her, and her team-mates. The fear and suspicion against the Asian community growing, needless deaths, and tragedy after tragedy. There are moments of joy, and even a few of self reflection, and she hides none of her thoughts or feelings, even though simple observation is more her style.
I Was Used To Being Feared. I Was Not Used To Being Hated
The Other History Of The DC Universe #3 is another in a series of books that make you pause and think. They deal with raw issues, and in this case with the climate of what’s going on with Stop AAPI Hate. It’s the past screaming at the present and future to listen. The depths of emotion that this team accomplishes with their creations makes this series all the more important.
Whether you know Katana, or this is your first foray into her world, this chapter, like those before it, are vital reads. John Ridley give Katana a voice that speaks from her pain, and her experiences. The way her relationship with Gabrielle Doe is described is honestly magic. The artwork by Giuseppe and Andrea is stunning, and you can see the changes of Katana and her costume through out the years, even in the style of art she was drawn in. This is enhanced by Villarrubia’s coloring skills.
Each of the books in the The Other History Of The DC Universe have been exquisite, to both look at, and to read. The passion is worth every moment spent. The incredible cover art, and Katana’s voice in this one makes it my favorite of this series so far. I believe these books should be read on a grander scale, and would love if this were to be any kind of show, animated or live action. Powerful.
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