Friday, 5 February 2016

The Best of Huntress and Power Girl: Infinity Inc #2 Review

Title: Infinity Inc #2
Story: Generations, Part 2: A Gauntlet Hurled
Characters: Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Justice Society, Infinity Inc, Society Society of Villains
Creators: Roy Thomas (writer), Jerry Ordway (artist)
Publication Date: April 1984
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Picking up where the last issue left off, Hector Hall, Lyta Trevor, Norda Cantrell, and Albert Rothstein depart with bitter feelings of rejection from the Justice Society. They especially resent being told they lacked the level of experience the team needs to handle the kinds of threats they regularly deal with, noting that they can only obtain it by actually working alongside them. The group is joined by Jennie-Lynn Hayden and her brother Todd Rice who arrived at the JSA's doorstep to find out if Alan Scott (the Green Lantern) was really their father.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

DC Rebirth: Return of the Classic Justice Society?

I've had several people tweet me about this today, so I guess I might as well talk about it. As is par for the course, Bleeding Cool loves rumours. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're sort of right, and other times rumours are just rumours. With DC recently revealing their Rebirth initiative for this year, naturally, Bleeding Cool has been pursuing rumours like little kids on an Easter egg hunt. One of the ones they revealed today was a revival of the Justice Society of America title with the following description:

Currently in the New 52, there was no Justice Society in the forties fighting in World War II. The analogous team fought on Earth 2 instead. But now, not only will this active team of superheroes be revealed, along with an explanation as to why no one remembers them, but they will be brought forward, young, to the present days, fishes out of water, fighting alongside the Justice League of America. Their presence may also tie into the changing realities that the member of Titans Hunt are experiencing, remembering memories of each other that never were…

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Diane Darcy's Pull List January 2016

Title: Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life and Death #1
Story: The Cycle of Life and Death
Characters: Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley), Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
Creators: Amy Chu (writer), Clay Mann (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: January 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Thoughts: In the first issue of the much anticipated Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death miniseries by Amy Chu and Clay Mann, we see Dr. Pamela Isley return to her roots as a plant biologist (or botanist) in an attempt to rejoin the human race following a life of as a rogue in Gotham. Like the modern character we know and love, Chu's Poison Ivy still possesses that same passion for plant life we associate with her character, but doesn't use her powers to commit crimes like in past interpretations of her. The in-story explanation is that Ivy wants to move on from this point in her life and actually live a more meaningful existence. However, Chu also explores that transitioning from that former lifestyle to her current one has been anything but easy.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

DC Comics Rebirth: What Does It Mean?

Late Friday night, DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee tweeted an image with the hashtag #Rebirth teasing a big event for 2016. Naturally--as what always happens on social media--the tease got everyone talking.

For many veteran DC fans like myself, we're hoping #Rebirth will result in a clean reboot of the current continuity and a reinstating of the more iconic status quos for various DC characters, even if we don't get any of the previous continuities back. Considering the tough year 2015 was for both DC Comics and DC fans alike, bringing the characters back to a more recognisable place seems like the more logical approach. After all, despite Convergence not selling at the sales numbers DC wanted, it was still the highest number of sales they saw in ALL of 2015!

Obviously, I don't know what to expect with the initiative, but I do know what I want to see happen in the months to come for me to fully invest in DC Comics again. Most of this I've talked about already.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Earth-2: Society #8 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #8
Story: One Nation Indivisible
Characters: Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Flash (Jay Garrick), Captain Steel (Henry Heywood Jr), Doctor Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin), Sonia Sato, Superman (Val-Zod), Batman (Dick Grayson)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Jorge Jiménez (artist)
Publication Date: January 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Starting a brand new era of Earth-2: Society, Dan Abnett begins his first issue with four main storylines that can be best grouped as the following: (1) Hawkgirl and Fury, (2) The World Army, (3) Huntress, Power Girl, Green Lantern, and the Flash, and (4) Dick Grayson in New Gotham.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wonder Woman Wednesday: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 Review

Title: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1
Story: The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapters 1-3
Characters: Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, Alcippe
Creators: Renae De Liz (writer/artist), Ray Dillon (artist)
Publication Date: January 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Issue #1 begins with the birth of the universe, and with it, the birth of Titans and Gods. With the formation of human civilisation came the rise of the Amazons, their respective culture, and eventual society. Throughout their history, the Amazons have fought in various battles and have served the gods to the point of some women being granted immortality. As the centuries passed on, the Amazonian Queen, Hippolyta, found herself yearning for something more than just eternal life: the gift of motherhood. Her pursuit of motherhood has caused her to make mistakes that brought her into conflict with those who followed her, but still retained the respect of her people.

As mortal Amazons were blessed with daughters every ten years to keep Themysciran society thriving, the Queen's yearning for a daughter of her own only got stronger, until one day, her wish was granted. Blessed with a daughter of her own, Queen Hippolyta raised her little girl the way she felt would benefit her most. However, something on the island is troubling the young Princess Diana into questioning her role within her respective society, leading her to disobey her mother's rules and actually explore the island outside of city walls. What she finds outside the city not only piques her curiosity and frightens her, but brings her into contact with possibly the second most important person in her life: the warrior Alcippe!

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 Preview

THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JANUARY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 1 of 9 $3.99 US • RATED T DIGITAL FIRST
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
A new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries begins here with a story written and pencilled by Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn)! In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future—and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

Preview provided by: AV Club.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Earth-2: Society #8 Preview

EARTH 2: SOCIETY #8
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
On sale JANUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A bold new era begins on Earth-2! The heroes have decided to take leadership roles in this still-rebuilding world. But power soon becomes absolute power, and the people of Earth-2 quickly discover they’ve trusted in the wrong heroes!

Since planetfall, Kendra Muñoz-Saunders (Hawkgirl) has been exploring her new planet in search of something, though she is not sure what that 'something' is yet. She knows her new planet is relatively new and uninhabited with no known ancient civilisations...or is the new planet what it appears to be? Freaksugar.com has details with their exclusive preview of Earth-2: Society #8 by Dan Abnett and Jorge Jiménez, out 13 January 2016!


Friday, 1 January 2016

The Best of Huntress and Power Girl: Adventure Comics #465 Review

Title: Adventure Comics #465
Story: Countdown to Disaster
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Green Lantern (Alan Scott),  Flash (Jay Garrick),
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: August 1979
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: In Gotham City, a dangerous pill capsule capable of killing the entire city has been stolen, and the Justice Society have only five hours to find the missing capsule before it releases its deadly gas into the atmosphere. The heroes of the Justice Society frantically search the city for the capsule to no avail, until a radio broadcast tips the Flash on potential suspects.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

End of the Year Reflection, New Years Resolution Post

Here we are guys. We've made it! The last day of 2015! The end of the rope! And what a tough year it has been to be an Earth-2 fan hasn't it, comrades? We sat through the shitstorm of Earth-2: World's End and the sequel comic, Earth-2: Society, which continued the same problems with characterisation and lazy writing so many of us found off-putting with the first comic. The only difference was the second comic didn't have the accompanying disaster porn that made the first comic unbearable to read. Still, the year hasn't been all bad.