Okay, you had me at Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Justice League: Volume 1: Origin collects Justice League 1-6, originally published in 2011-2012 as part of The New 52 relaunch of DC Comics following the conclusion of the “Flashpoint” crossover storyline. Since then, beginning in 2016, DC has gone through a Rebirth, which I believe […]Read more "Justice League: Volume 1: Origin, by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams — a comic book review (the new 52!)"
I’m not really a fan of musicals. I know, I’m a Neanderthal. I love music, I feel I should add; I just don’t like it when characters in a story break into song. It jolts me out of the story, out of the fictive dream. It’s why I’m not a huge fan of the movies […]Read more "Watchmen: Season 1 — Premiere Episode “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” — a review"
I knew who Greg Rucka was before I purchased this novel. And, not for his work in superhero comics. No, Rucka was the author of a series of novels about a bodyguard named Atticus Kodiak. I read a couple of these about twenty years ago, and, as I recall, I liked them. Batman: No Man’s […]Read more "Batman: No Man’s Land, by Greg Rucka — a comic book novelization review"
I almost didn’t watch Pennyworth. You want reasons? Well . . . I knew it was developed by Bruno Heller, the British gentleman who also created the show Gotham for FOX. It’s not fair to let that sentence stand alone like that. It makes it sound like I didn’t like Gotham, which is not wholly […]Read more "Pennyworth: Season 1 — a review"
I very nearly washed my hands of this series early during the second season. I’ll explain why, and then let you know why I didn’t. I enjoyed Season 1 of Krypton, which did a deep dive into Superman’s science fiction roots by focusing on Kal-El’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), beginning at a time before Jor-El, […]Read more "Krypton: Season 2 — a review"
The right thing to write, I guess, is that this was a landmark series that forever changed DC Comics. Not to be a contrarian, but this limited-series of seven issues didn’t exactly rock my world. Was it good? Mos’ definitely. Was it great? Not by a long shot. That’s my review in a nutshell. Shall […]Read more "Infinite Crisis, by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Perez, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, and Andy Lanning—a comic book review"
This is a review of the novelization of the “Knightfall” storyline that spanned an entire year of Batman comics during 1993-1994. Actually, three separate storylines: “Knightfall”, “Knightquest”, and “KnightsEnd”. The novel itself was first published in 1994, some twenty-five years ago as I write this review. So . . . not exactly a timely review. […]Read more "Batman: Knightfall, by Dennis O’Neil — a book review"
I’ve read exactly one of Brad Meltzer’s novels. This was The Book of Lies, which attempted to tie the biblical story of Cain-and-Abel to the murder of Jerry Siegel’s father, and thus to the creation of the grandfather of all superheroes, Superman. From this, I knew he had a connection to the world of comic […]Read more "Identity Crisis, by Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales — a comic book review"
If you’ve had anything to do with any DC Comics property during the last eight years or so—including comics, video games and the CW shows—you’ve heard about Flashpoint. I think Flashpoint Batman was offered as an alternate skin in one of the Arkham games (probably Arkham Knight), and I really didn’t know what that […]Read more "Flashpoint, by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert — a comic book review"
What did I just watch? I mean, really. What was that? And why was it just so damned interesting? Doom Patrol is not the first show about unconventional superheroes, on television or at the movies. We’ve seen what kind of box office numbers Deadpool (a Rob Liefeld creation: Egads!!) is capable of generating. The Suicide […]Read more "Doom Patrol: Season 1 — a review"