Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #1 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and James Harren– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
May 1, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-1-Yasmine-Putri-horror-variant-coverOne of the most exciting books to come out this week comes to us from DC Comics and it’s the latest horror injected miniseries they are doing. There are a lot of great first issues that have come out this week, but DCeased #1 is the comic book that caught my attention and I had to have it. To be perfectly honest, it was Yasmine Putri ‘s movie variant cover that really caught my attention as they did a parody of 2017’s IT movie poster with The Joker as Pennywise and Robin as Georgie. In the issue, the Justice League has just defeated Darkseid and all of his minions or so they think they have defeated him, but Batman notices that Cyborg is missing. When Darkseid returns to his home planet, he activates the anti-life equation and when he is returned to Earth, the equation links itself to all digital devices and begins turning the citizens into rabid zombies. Now, it is up to Superman and co. to try and figure out how in the heck can they stop this virus before it’s too late. For more information on the comic and anything else DC related, you can find out by visiting their website here.

DCeased_01_preview1What I truly love about this story is that they take what all of society is addicted to and they make it our worst nightmare. To avoid being infected, you have to avoid all forms of social media and television. Darkseid has literally sent the world into the dark ages if you think about it because how are you going to get the news if you can’t use your phone, tablet, or TV? As simple of an idea as it is, it was definitely a smart route to go because we are always exploring the dangers of technology and we always have through films and comics. I feel as though this comic starts right where Justice League 2 the film would have ended if that was still going to be a thing for the DCEU. Darkseid was going to be the main villain and this definitely explores the aftermath and how we are foolish for thinking we’ve won the war. The artwork to the comic was definitely phenomenal and I can not wait to see what they bring to the table in issue #2. This could definitely be one heck of a ride moving forward. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Detective Comics #1000 (2019)
Alvaro Martinez, Joëlle Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev, Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Steve Epting, Tony S. Daniel, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, Doug Mahnke, Becky Cloonan, – Artist
Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Kevin Smith, Christopher Priest, Dennis O’Neil, Geoff Johns–Writer
March 27, 2019
DC Comics

Detective-Comics-1000-DC-Comics-Bruce-Timm-1940s-Variant-CoverWhen you think about huge accomplishments in various arenas of entertainment, they are numbers that allow you to feel that you’ve had a successful career like 100 films acted in or if you’re Gene Simmons of Kiss then it’s the 10,000 women that you’ve slept with that is more important than 50 gold records. In the comic book world, if you can reach 100 issues then you’ve made it, but if you can make it to 1000 like Detective Comics then that is the most successful character of all time. That is where we are at this week with Detective Comics #1000 which was the comic book that introduced us to the caped crusader himself Batman back in March of 1927. It has been 91 years since the release of that comic book, but they’ve finally made it to 1000 and they brought the firepower with names like Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, and even Kevin Smith a lifelong fan of Batman contributes to the comic. We check out some amazing stories that touches upon his past, present, and future with an appearance by the Arkham Knight and we even get to see a look at all the villains and all of the people that have worked with Batman over the years as well. For more information on the issue, please click here to go to DC’s site.

XlNpBzYwOne of my favorite stories in the comic features Bruce Wayne and the Penguin as old men and in the story Penguin is trying to convince Bruce that he’s always known his secret. One of the obvious other favorites is the one with every single Robin and anyone else that was involved with the caped crusader. The story was a little confusing at first as to why they were doing, but the artwork is just phenomenal in it. That is definitely one of the selling points is how amazing and unique the artwork is in this comic with all the different artists that are on board. Every single one has it’s own unique flare, but they are all Batman stories to the core. One of my favorite stories in the comic that was a little different was The Legend of Knute Brody which was written by Paul Dini and it’s this tale of the dumbest criminal in the history of Gotham, but somehow this guy gets rehired every single time. The last story definitely had me pumped up to want to read the next issue and you never know I just may. This was a strong week for comic book issues, but I just felt that this was a no brainer. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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COMIC TITLE: Wonder Twins #1 (2019)
Stephen Byrne – Artist
Mark Russell –Writer
February 13, 2019
DC Comics

wonder twinsWhen it came time to pick what comic book I was going to review this week for Comic Book Of The Week, it was a tough decision. There were so many great releases this week like the Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #5, Army Of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, but for this week I had to go with a DC title that I was curious and excited for in the new Wonder Twins #1. The comic was written by Mark Russell (Judge Dredd: Under Siege) and illustrated by Stephen Byrne (Justice League America). The duo from Planet Exxor are in some kind of trouble back on their home planet that Superman agrees to help them out by bringing them to Earth for a fresh start. They are a unique pair of twins with Changeling type powers that are odd when you tell people what they are. Nonetheless, all they want to do is belong in school which is growing to be challenging as well as doing their best at their new job at the Hall of Justice. That will be put to the test when Mr. MXYZPTLK pays their dimension a visit. For more information on the Wonder Twins and anything else DC related, just click here.

111I have to say one thing almost immediately and that is that I thought that this was the most entertaining comic from beginning to end that just provided me with so many laughs. You have all heard the legends of their powers and to see it actually happen and the reactions from guys like Batman is just absolutely priceless. If you are looking for a fun comic book to take your focus away from all the dark comics and the overly infused with action comics that are being released then this is the one to check out. So, I definitely think that with what I just wrote that I was a huge fan of what Mark Russell wrote in this comic. He knows how to mix in the humor in just the right places and it certainly pays dividends for him because I’ll be coming back for more. Stephen Byrne also does a terrific job with the artwork and some kudos is well deserved for the work that he put in because he brought them to life. I just thought a lot of the reactions were just illustrated perfectly like when Batman found out what their powers were. His reaction was absolutely priceless so with that being said, go and pick this one up. Check out my grades for the comic below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Prince_BatdanceI usually never repeat an artist when it comes to Soundtrack Saturday only because I wanted to try and see how many different soundtracks and artists I could go without repeating. Today, I am going to make an exception because the world lost yet another talented musician and Icon in Prince. 2016 or at least the first quarter of it has to go down as one of the worst as far as losing icons is concerned. So for today’s soundtrack Saturday track, I am going to use a track from the Batman (1989) soundtrack that was recorded by Prince. The song I chose for today is the song Batdance which is one of the most famous tracks off the soundtrack. The track just showcased why Prince was such a genius and was so ahead of everyone at that time. Like David Bowie, Prince was also not afraid to experiment with his music and it’s evident with elements of Hip Hop mixed with his brand of pop/dance music and samples from the film. Not to mention, the incredible guitar solo during the opening moments of the track. Enjoy the track which is still iconic to this day and never forget him. R.I.P. Prince (1958-2016)

There are those rare occasions in cinematic history where the soundtrack is almost 100% better than the films. What I have for you for today’s Soundtrack Saturday tracks is one of those rare occasions. In 1997, Warner Brothers Pictures released the atrocious film Batman & Robin which starred George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnell as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. It was one of the worst movies that I had ever seen and all of Arnold’s lines are just stupid. The one thing that was sort of a saving grace for the film was the film’s diverse soundtrack which featured tracks from R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Soul Coughing, R.E.M., and today’s featured band The Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins provided two tracks for the soundtrack with today’s track being The End Is The Beginning Is The End (the other track is The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning). Billy Corgan said this about the track, “At one point I found myself going, “I can’t write a song about Batman, I’m in an alternative band.” And I thought this is stupid, if I can write a song about Batman and it serves the purpose, which is to make it happen and connect with the movie, and connect with something that is unique and original, then, why not? For me, it was a great kind of artistic thing to do because it was very freeing. I wasn’t talking about myself or trying to represent the Smashing Pumpkins. I was trying to represent Batman.” He later explains that his Batman that he envisioned when writing the track was the darker version of Batman that appeared in the 1940’s. Check out the track below:

superman vs batmanIt’s funny how something will leak online and it will lead to the company releasing the trailer early for everyone to see. I have to admit that I didn’t like watching the pirated version of the trailer because you could barely make out the good stuff like who was talking in the trailer. Fortunate for us, Warner Brothers has officially released the trailer for every one to enjoy and I have to be honest that I am not 100% impressed with it at all. Ben Affleck looks cool in the trailer, but what is with Metal Batman with eyes that glow? I have another question, is he Arnold Schwarzenegger or something asking Superman if he bleeds like he is facing the Predator. Don’t get me wrong because there is some really cool imagery in this film like the statue with false God written on it, the day of the dead picture, or how about Jesse Eisenberg’s voice saying that “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us, they come from the sky.” That is some powerful stuff right there coming from the man who plays Lex Luthor. This is only the first trailer so I’m sure that another one will come out that wows me even more later on, but ‘m still not 100% sold on the film as of yet. Check out some of the imagery and the trailer below:

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jay and bobIt’s been a little while since we last did a Super Sunday film and we apologize for that. We’ve been a little busy, but we have returned with something good for all of you to enjoy and laugh at. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Clerks) made quite the career playing the dynamic weed smoking duo Jay and Silent Bob in live action films. Well, now the duo has returned in cartoon form in Jay And Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Things are changing in Red Banks, New Jersey for the duo as the city is getting set to open up dispensaries, so the duo is trying to figure out exactly what it is there going to do when the future arrives. After securing some free cash, Silent Bob buys some scratch tickets and he hits the big jackpot which leads the duo to form the superhero duo Bluntman and Chronic as the duo decides to fight crime for a living. The film also stars Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) as Lipstick Lesbian, Kevin Conroy (Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm) as The Mayor Of Red Bank, Neil Gaiman (Beowolf) as Albert the Butler, Ralph Garman (Ted) as Dickhead, Ben Gleib (The Book Of Life) as Newsgroup, Paul Hipp (Face/Off) as Ring Wearing Alien, Tara Strong (The Fairy Oddparents) as Cocknocker, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Zack And Miri Make A Porno) as Bluntgirl, Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) as Dante Hicks, and the film was directed by Steve Stark (Smodimations 2-D ).

jay and bob 2This film is definitely very interesting and it’s sort of a parody film because they constantly reference various other superheroes through the film. They parody everyone from The Green Lantern, Captain America, Mr. Freeze, Dr. Octopus, Bane, and one of the scenes from Batman 1989. We all know that Kevin Smith is a comic book nerd so it’s only logical that after teasing us with Bluntman and Chronic for years that he finally made a film. This film is definitely not suitable for children as it has a lot of gay references and you can obviously see that with some of the names of the characters in the film and the language isn’t suitable either. What is funny is the origin stories of all the villains in the League Of Shitters is almost all identical in the way the story ends except for its leader. If you love everything ever done that involves Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith together as Jay and Silent Bob then you are definitely going to enjoy this film like I have. I know Bluntman and Chronic don’t exactly fit into the DC or Marvel Universe, but I figured that Kevin Smith was such a fan that it was worthy enough to be included as a Super Sunday review. The film is only 65 minutes in length which is nice and it’s available to watch on Netflix right now. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.