Thursday, 21 September 2017

Helena Wayne 40th Anniversary: Wonder Woman #292 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #292
Story: Book Two: Seven Against Oblivion
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), Madame Xanadu, Lois Lane
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (artist)
Publication Date: 31 May 1982
Available In: Digital

Summary: Following Wonder Woman and Zatanna's battle with Famine in Calcutta, India, the two women return to Washington DC where they meet with Pulitzer-winning journalist, Lois Lane, for a brief interview. Following the assault on Calcutta, Lois suspects the remaining three Horsemen of the Apocalypse won't be far behind and wants to know if Earth-1 should prepare for their arrival. Wonder Woman declines to comment further on the matter as a precaution against causing mass panic, which could potentially make the threat of the Adjudicator even worse.

On Earth-2, Black Canary solicits the help of Huntress and Power Girl of the Justice Society to fend off the remaining three Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Together they take on Plague who arrives in the Atlanta City of Earth-2's Georgia. The trio of women are able to stop Plague from causing further damage, but not without Power Girl getting sick in the process. Back on Earth-1, civilian Linda Danvers finds herself on the doorstep of Madame Xanadu at Wonder Woman's suggestion. The latter quickly deduces that the former is really Supergirl, and together they are transported to Earth-X where they assist the Phantom Lady in taking down the third Horseman known as War. Once again, the heroines are successful, but the danger isn't over yet. They still have Death--the last Horseman--to deal with!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Helena Wayne 40th Anniversary: Wonder Woman #291 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #291
Story: Book One: Judgement in Infinity
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Zatanna, Etta Candy
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (artist)
Publication Date: 30 April 1982
Available In: Digital

Summary: A new extraterrestrial being has arrived on Earth-1's Washington DC, but he is not here to go on a tour of America's Capitol Hill. Instead, he is evaluating the Earth and all of its citizens. He wants to know if this planet (as well as its parallel counterparts) that is thriving with intelligent life and advanced civilisations is worth saving by unleashing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse throughout the multiverse.

Wonder Woman is the first to respond to the emergency and learns a very disturbing truth about her new foe: this isn't the first time the extraterrestrial being known as the Adjudicator has attacked a planet thriving with intelligent life and advanced civilisations. He has a history of destroying such planets that have failed his test of "worthiness" and planet Earth is next. Wonder Woman realises she cannot fight this powerful villain alone and recruits not only the help of the Justice League, but also that of the Earth-2 Justice Society and any other heroes in the known multiverse!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Helena Wayne 40th Anniversary: Wonder Woman #307 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #307
Story: Side Effects
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Gary Minelli
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Michael Hernandez (artist)
Publication Date: 07 September 1983
Available In: Digital

Summary: The Huntress has successfully escaped the grasp of sinister researchers Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether. As the Huntress leaves the premises of Arkham Asylum with fellow inmate Gary Minelli, she finds herself succumbing to the side effects of the hallucinogenic drug Professor Fether shot her with. As her internalised fears consume her, the Huntress is made to confront her worst fear of all: the legacy of her parents. Will she forever operate in the shadow of her father? Or will she eventually give in to her own darkness the way her mother once did?

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Helena Wayne 40th Anniversary, Another Open Letter to Geoff Johns

Dear Geoff Johns,

Today is my 31st birthday, but also Helena Wayne's 40th anniversary this year. While I don't expect DC to celebrate this milestone in the character's history just yet (at least not until her 50th anniversary in 2027), it's still a very serendipitous time to acknowledge that, given the promise of Rebirth to reclaim all of DC's history instead of rewriting it yet again.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Favourite DC Heroes: Who Are My Top Ten?

This is a question I get a lot from friends and followers on social media and with good reason. After all, in a large superhero universe like DC, there has to be more than one character that I like, right? Otherwise, why bother investing in DC at all?

It's a no brainer which of DC's roster of characters would make #1 on my list (duh), but what a lot of fellow DC fans want to know is "who are the other DC characters I love just as much as my #1?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 07 (Spoilers Ahead)

Picking up where Dark Days: The Casting #1 left off last month, Dark Nights: Metal #1 begins to show the consequences of Bruce Wayne opening a portal to the dark multiverse.

Once again, not a whole lot is revealed in this first issue regarding the Justice Society that we didn't know already. However, opening that portal to the dark multiverse does draw the attention of some of DC's magic-based characters such as the Justice Society's Doctor Fate and Vertigo's Dream of the Endless. Another group of characters the dark multiverse attracts are the Blackhawks, whose leader--Lady Blackhawk--is revealed to be former Hawkgirl, Kendra Saunders.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Road to Justice Society Rebirth: What We Know So Far, Week 06 (Spoilers Ahead)

Last month, Dark Days: The Forge #1 planted some very exciting seeds for the upcoming Dark Knights: Metal event. The plot threads I am particularly interested in are the ones involving the Hawks--Carter and Shiera Hall--and Batman and Mr. Terrific. Unfortunately, we don't learn anything new from the Hawks that we hadn't already learned prior to Dark Days: The Casting, but it does appear to set them up for exploring the multiverse, which could possibly have them revisit their origins on Earth-2.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #306 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #306
Story: It's...Madness!
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Gary Minelli, Clancy O'Hara, Milo
Creators: Joey Cavalieri (writer), Michael Hernandez (artist)
Publication Date: August 1983
Available In: Digital

Summary: The violent ward of Arkham Asylum has broken free and they're out for blood...but not the blood of the Gotham authorities. Instead, they're after the people who placed them there: Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether! As the Huntress learns the dark details of Tarr and Fether's sinister operation at Arkham, Police Commissioner O'Hara is being pressured by the citizens of Gotham to take action against the Huntress, following allegations of murder by reporter Nedra Borrower!

Friday, 30 June 2017

DC Universe Rebirth Year One in Review Part 02

Yesterday we took a look at all of Rebirth's major accomplishments throughout its first year (at least the ones that mattered to me), so it only makes sense that we should have a look at the things that could've been done better. Admittedly, this list is not as long as the one for Part 01 of this review (which is a good thing), but they are still major shortcomings that DC needs to improve upon, especially if Rebirth is going to lead to longterm success instead of a temporary sales boost. A lot of it, unsurprisingly centres around their current structure and business model!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

DC Universe Rebirth Year One in Review Part 01

This month completes the first year of DC's Rebirth initiative with a lot of the books that started this month a year ago now hitting their 25th anniversary issues. After a year, it's time to reflect on what DC did well and what areas they still need to improve upon. But first, the high points!