Tuesday, 11 August 2020

WarnerMedia Lays Off Numerous DC Universe and DC Comics Employees As Part of Restructuring. What Could This Mean For The Earth-2 Huntress And The Justice Society?

There is no sure way to bring me out of my unannounced hiatus faster than another restructuring of DC Comics as part of an effort to streamline services to AT&T business goals. Given that AT&T acquired a massive debt from their acquisition of TimeWarner and HBO back in 2016, the telecommunications company has since been pressured by their shareholders at Elliot Management to quickly recover that cost. This has no doubt been the driving force of AT&T's corporate culture over the past three years, with a few shakeups during that timeframe. 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E06: The Justice Society Review

Stargirl
, episode 06 opens up with a student from Courtney's school, Artemis Crock, practicing for her school's American football team. When she is prevented from scoring a touchdown by a sexist teammate, Artemis punches the lad and is subsequently benched by her coach. Upset over their daughter's humiliation, Lawrence Crock and Paula Brooks decide to pay Artemis' coach a personal visit that results in his death. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1: Alan Scott's Classic Origin Story Gets A New Twist!

June is Pride Month, and while I was thinking of doing another 'Top 5s' list for Helena Wayne's most queer moments in comics this year, I decided to focus on one of her oldest friends instead. Another fellow member of the Justice Society of America who also happens to be one of my favourite DC characters! 

Just in time for Pride Month, and just in time for celebrating the original Green Lantern's 80th Anniversary, we look at Alan Scott's original origin story in All-American Comics #16, as well as the updated version of that story featured in this week's Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1 by James Tynion IV and Gary Frank! 

In case this needs saying, spoilers ahead for both All-American Comics #16 and Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1!

Monday, 22 June 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Seeks To Be The Anti-Crisis. What Could This Mean For Helena Wayne?

Last week, the much anticipated Dark Nights: Death Metal debuted with an explosive first issue, promising to redefine the future of the DC Multiverse and reshape the narratives of our favourite heroes for the better. That’s a pretty bold mission statement, isn’t it? But what exactly does that mean? Before Death Metal can repair the mistakes of the past, it must first understand why those previous attempts to streamline the main DC canon failed in the first place, starting with the mother reboot of all DC reboots, Crisis on Infinite Earths!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E05: Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite Review

Stargirl, episode 04 opens to a flashback sequence from nine years ago that gives us a glimpse into Rick Tyler’s past, just moments before his father, Rex Tyler, and his wife Wendi were killed in a car crash just outside their home. Prior to the accident, Wendi leaves her son in her brother’s custody, complete with false documents that present Rick as her brother’s son.

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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E04: Wildcat Review

After a few appearances in the last three episodes, we are formally introduced to Courtney's classmate, Yolanda Montez, who–as it turned out–wasn't always an outcast. Three months prior to Courtney's arrival, Yolanda was actually an outgoing student with ambitions to be elected into Blue Valley High School's student government. She was loved by her family and was even dating her popular classmate, Henry King Jr. 

Friday, 12 June 2020

James Tynion IV Confirms Tom King's Batman/Catwoman Won't Affect Main Batman Continuity. What Does This Mean For Helena Wayne?

Earlier today, Newsarama confirmed the status quo of Tom King's upcoming Batman/Catwoman maxiseries as being 'outside the bounds of continuity' and won't impact James Tynion IV's own plans for Batman and Catwoman in his Batman run. When enquired about the status quo of Catwoman's pregnancy in the main Batman canon in an interview, Tynion had this to say:

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E03: Icicle Review

Last week was a wild week for me as Huntress and Justice Society fan, but I am definitely back with another review of Stargirl, and let me just say this one required a rewatch! Not for anything the episode did good, not for anything the episode did bad, but for what it did to shake me to the core with its shocking climax! And let me just say it sent quite a massive chill down my spine! Sit back, relax, and lets get into Stargirl, episode 03, 'Icicle!'

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Catwoman 80th Anniversary Special #1: 'Helena' Is Not The Love Letter To Helena Wayne Tom King Thinks It Is

Catwoman 80th Anniversary Special #1 dropped this week, and well...I found it a bit underwhelming compared to the other anniversary comics that came out this year. Namely, the #750 anniversary issues for Wonder Woman and The Flash that were genuinely great, and Robin 80th Anniversary Special #1, which was also a favourite. For the 80-year-old feline fatale, however...I lamentably only liked four stories out of the ten that were featured: 'Skin the Cat', 'The Catwoman of Earth', 'Addicted to Trouble', and 'The Art of Picking a Lock.' Out of the four, 'The Catwoman of Earth' was the closest I got to getting a pre-Crisis Catwoman story.
 
As much as I would love to talk about the four stories I did enjoy from the Catwoman anniversary special (and I'll probably do it as a Patreon exclusive), I'll instead be focusing this post on the Tom King and Mikel Janín 'Helena' story. I will not be reviewing the story itself since my thoughts on Tom King's take on Batman and Catwoman is already pretty well known. But I will focus on King's interpretation of Helena Wayne's origin.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Patreon Exclusive | Stargirl S01E02: S.T.R.I.P.E. Review

After a smashing debut last week, Stargirl, episode 02, picks up right where the pilot episode left off: the first showdown between Courtney Whitmore and the Brain Wave! Just when Courtney thought she was done for, an unexpected ally comes to her rescue: a giant robot piloted by her stepdad, Pat Dugan! As Courtney begins to learn more about the new enemies she's up against, she becomes increasingly convinced in her decision to seek justice for her father and the Justice Society as she suits up for the first time as Stargirl!