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The Flash #74: Chapter 5, Year One

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Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, storytellers

Howard Port, artist

Hi-Fi, colors

Steve Wands, letters

Recap

In the previous issue, Iris pursues a story the murder of John Banks, which leads her to a confrontation with members of The Rogues. One of the members, Clive Yorkin, fires a shot meant for Iris but hits The Flash. Later, Iris stands outside Barry’s apartment bearing her heart to him. He’s busy pulling the bullet out of his chest. This issue begins, The Turtle returns from the future with the future Flash in chains. Iris is concerned that The Turtle was previous behind bars. She leaves to find answers at Iron Heights. Meanwhile, The Flash squares off against his ageless foe, The Turtle, and we’re reminded of how many of The Flash’s key stories are time-travel-related.

When Iris leaves to visit Iron Heights it triggers an important exchange between Barry and Iris. Barry exclaims, “It’s too dangerous!” Iris retorts, “People deserve to know the truth.” The conversation informs the reader about what Iris stands for, her mantra, and why she is a reporter. When she leaves she states, “If you stand still..the crazy will come for you.” This statement serves to motivate The Flash to take initiative and also to recall the message he received from his mother as a child, “That’s my Barry, always hopeful.” Despite the failures from his past of his fears about the future, The Flash will move forward, with hope.  

Transitioning, it’s important to note that The Turtle was one of the main enemies of Jay Garrick during the 1940’s. When King Turtle says “My eternal foe,” in this issue it makes sense if your know that history. The story would have benefitted from a brief call back reminding readers who The Turtle is and how he has been connected to The Flash universe for a long time. Furthermore, The Turtle exclaims, “You and I have done this battle over the eons.” As a stand-alone, the statement makes rationale sense given The Year One story but it feels unearned. New readers might wonder where has The Turtle been?  

Howard Porter’s art is the strength of this issue, once again. For example, a full panel shows the initial confrontation between King Turtle and The Flash. The uniqueness of the panel has to due with perspective; Barry is pictured, upside down, and the viewer looks over him with The Turtle in the background.  Another series of panels shows Barry standing before a square entrance with Central City in view. Barry gets smaller and smaller with each succeeding panel. The imagery tells a thousand words. Barry feels inadequate for the task, a tiny person facing a colossal foe.

Overall = 9/10

Final Impressions

This issue is emotionally hard-hitting and satisfying because The Flash follows his mother’s words of encouragement. He is courageous and runs toward the battle but will he succeed? I can hardly wait to see how The Flash out-duels King Turtle and his minions in the next issue!

Batman #74 Explored & Explained.

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Sea of Solitude Video Game Review

Developed By Jo-Mei Games

Published by Electronic Arts

Mental Health Issues. Unfortunately an all too real part of life but usually far from the first choice for the focus of a video game. Sea Of Solitude is a bold new game that focuses on a young woman named Kay trying to bring back her family from the monstrous creatures they transformed into, which was caused by the negative aspects of life.

Going into this game I had high expectations for the storyline because its obviously a story driven game. I’m pleased to say that it did not disappoint. The game starts off with our main character, Kay, stranded on a boat in the middle of a storm and suffering from Amnesia. Progressing through the game you begin to learn events from the past and it is not pretty. The story line tackles common and severe issues and the inability to cope. The way these problems are presented in-game is that different issues have turned each of Kay’s loved ones into real life monsters. Her little brother felt abandoned and alone because of severe bullying with no help in sight. Her parents had a strong growing resentment of each other, and her boyfriend was having internal issues of self-hatred. The story did not pull any punches with plenty of strong emotional scenes. In the end I did enjoy how each family member was represented and the message that change is nothing to be afraid of.

The overall game design of Sea Of Solitude is very impressive. First off the graphics are simple but that doesn’t hinder the beauty of the scenery at all. The ever changing environment never failed to impress. The soundtrack was pure bliss and was able to constantly match the mood of the story at every turn. The character design is one of my favorite parts of this game. Each monster was unique in their own way and represented the flawed characters perfectly. The voice acting had to be on point for a heavy story like this and it lived up to the challenge. The parental argument was so realistic I really did get caught up in the moment!

Unfortunately the gameplay is the weak point of this game. It is difficult for a story driven game to bring in the general gamer crowd without deep gameplay. I didn’t mind the gameplay, I actually did enjoy it but I can see why some are saying its too simple with no replayability. Overall I do think this is a good game and I think it is worth checking out if you’ve already experienced story driven games before, otherwise it might not be your cup of tea.

Superman #13 Review

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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Penciler: Brandon Peterson and Ivan Reis

Inker: Joe Prado

Colors: Alex Sinclair

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Release Date: July 10th, 2019

Think you know the history of Krypton and its destruction? Jor-El pleading with the Science Council. His plans to save the planet or at the very least, most of the Kryptonian race. The failure of those plans, ending with the survival of only one son of Krypton. Do you think you know the entire story? Think again. To paraphrase one of my favorite characters from a certain HBO show: “You know nothing.” That’s what Bendis has brought to the table – the secret history of Krypton and its destruction.

The issue opens with Jor-El dealing with the Science Council’s dismissal as he tries to convey the message of the upcoming global apocalypse. Not one to take no for an answer, he decides to reach out to a secret council of galactic governments – Oa, Rann, Tamaran, and Thanagar among them. This council reminds me of the Quintessence from Kingdom Come or even the Illuminati that appears in the books of another publisher (wink wink). Jor-El doesn’t get the help he desperately needed, but he does get a veiled threat in the form of a name – Rogol Zaar. For readers, this creates more questions than answers. What connection do Jor-El and this secret council have with Rogol Zaar? How does it relate to the timeline of events that we saw in Man of Steel? I’m not going to reveal much else of what happens in this issue so I recommend picking up a copy today.

The art duties were split between series regulars Ivan Reis and Brandon Peterson. I don’t think I need to sing the praises of Reis’ work any more than I already have in previous reviews. Readers can take one look at the cover to see how great his Superman is. The background is very busy, but my eyes are immediately drawn to the Man of Steel. The level of detail along with the colorwork is just amazing. I consider this my favorite cover of this current series. Now, Brandon Peterson has the majority of art responsibilities for the interior pages. I’m not well-versed in his work outside of Superman, much to my shame. His panels with the secret council are fantastic. There’s something unique about his style that I can’t quite put to words. It might be due to the fact that he colors his own work. Whatever it is…I am a huge fan of it.

This issue was a nice look into Bendis’ new history of Krypton, one that blends well with the classic origin of Superman. The story since the Man of Steel has been mysterious and a bit mercurial. It’s good to see some light shed on what Bendis plans to bring to us. I for one, am looking forward to future issues and the completion of this story.

Adventures of the Super Sons #12

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Peter J. Tomasi, writer

Scott Godlewski, pencils & inks

Protobunker, colors

Rob Leigh, letters

Recap

In the previous issue, The Super Sons continued their fight against Rex and his gang of neophyte alien villains. Rex gets the upper hand, and he gains control of The Hypercube.  He traps Damian and Jonathan in a Nowhere Dimension and then threatens to expedite his plans to overthrow Earth and all other galaxies. In the final issue of this 12-issue maxiseries The Super Sons meet the living essence of The Hypercube, “The Cube.” The Cube has been in existence as a bystander since the beginning. It created Rex and his kid-gang of villains to be a part of a story; however, Rex quickly went rogue and became evil. Super Boy and Robin obtain help from The Cube to escape the Nowhere Dimension and defeat Rex. 

The charm of this series has always been the relationship between Damian and Jonathan. Damian is a snarky know-it-all, which makes him assume the worst in people. Jonathan is overpowered and naive, which makes him overlook their vulnerabilities. Together, they are a wonderful and interesting team. This final issue highlighted these dynamics perfectly. Super-Boy’s desire to protect humanity leads him to ask The Cube to bring The Puppeteer back to life (see issue #1 of this series). Damian’s knowledge of tech and organized thinking leads to their escape from The Hypercube. 

Another strength of the series is the pace and creativity of the story. The art supports the pacing of the exposition and has been strong throughout. This issue had several highlights.  The escape from The Hypercube highlights a dynamic panel that pictures Robin and Super-Boy bounding through an energy blast. Later, the depiction of the hand-to-hand combat between the Super-Sons and Rex is exciting and builds on the emotion of the reader. I was especially satisfied with the sidekick Damian lands to the head of Rex during the sequence. 

Final Impressions

This series has been a frolicking, romp-through-space adventure for the Super-Sons. In this final issue, Tomasi builds in a narrative that both ties up the loose ends in this series and sets up the potential for future stories. I highly recommend this issue and the entire series for fans of Jonathan and Damian.

Who is going to be the new Batman writer for 2020?

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At the end of 2019 we will see Tom King leave the main Batman title but it leaves the question. Who will write the next cape crusader next?

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Vanessa Kirby Rumored for Catwoman Role in Matt Reeves Batman Movie

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We have hit the half way point in 2019 and that means we inch closer to the production of THE BATMAN. So we can expect a bunch of casting news and it starts with CATWOMAN!

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Justice League #27 Explored & Explained

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DCeased #3 Review

Writer: Tom Taylor

Pencils: Trevor Hairsine

Inker: Stefano Gaudiano

Colors: Rain Beredo

Letter: Saida Temofonte

Release date: 7/3/19

Tom Taylor and company are back with the latest installment of this year’s most terrifying comic, DCeased. This issue opens by answering the cliffhanger from the previous issue and one that may surprise many, but after first succumbing to the Anti Life equation, Batman is now dead. Alfred being the one to put him down with a shotgun blast to the heart at point blank range. I’m not sure if this was Tom’s intentions, but I took that as a bit of foreshadowing for the rest of the issue.

We’re quickly reminded of just how vast the threat of the new Anti-Life equation is when were taken to Atlantis. We learn that the virus can now travel though blood of the infected, even worse is that blood is coursing through the ocean, infecting all in its path. Zombie Sharks have never been a more chilling thought, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen a panel as grotesque yet beautiful as when (Redacted) tore their own face apart. One moment that does come close though is when we see an Anti-Life Clayface rampaging through the streets.

The Story does an amazing job showcasing Superman’s emotional weaknesses. He could easily overpower a city full of zombies if needed, but you get to see him dealing with people who are close to him that adds a psychological anchor. This is greatly highlighted as Clark makes his way to his hometown of Smallville. As we see Clark approaching the basement door we all know what’s inside, this doesn’t make the reveal any easier to digest.

Overall this is an amazing book. The artistic team does a great job highlighting the fact that this is a horror comic by making each zombified character as monstrous as one could imagine. Anything can happen in this Elseworld story, and Taylor never gives you the impression that anybody is safe. One last thing I’ll add is how badass the newest Green Lantern Dinah Lance is, and I can’t wait to see her go all out. DCeased #3 comes out July 3rd so don’t miss out! Grab yourself one of the beautiful horror variant covers that come along with it.

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