TITANS — Just when you thought Hawk and Dove couldn’t look cool

It’s melding the campiness of the characters with a realistic approach to the question, “How would Hank and Dawn look if they were in the real world?”

By RUSSELL BERGER

Last week we got our first official look at Brenton Thwaites as Robin [a.k.a. Dick Grayson] on the upcoming exclusive direct-to-consumer streaming service DC Comics will be launching next year [2018,] TITANS. It came basically unannounced that it would occur, and whenever something like that drops, it spikes interest in whatever it belongs to. Now, while I was a bit disappointed in the choice of stage that Dick would be in his “career” as a hero, I generally liked the costume design. It had a BATMAN V SUPERMAN style vibe to it, and felt– well, real.

Well, we knew that two of DC Comics‘ more underappreciated heroes would be appearing in the show, HAWK and DOVE, as Derek Lawrence of Entertainment Weekly had announced Alan Ritchson (Smallville) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) were cast as Hank Hall/Hawk and Dawn Granger/Dove in TITANS. The characters have their own cult following, and any die-hard DC Comics fan is going to at least know of them. I thought [even before the Thwaites reveal as Robin] that the biggest hurdle the show would have is presenting this two to the audience in a non campy way, and costume design would play a definite role in that. Continue reading “TITANS — Just when you thought Hawk and Dove couldn’t look cool”

Breaking: Disney, 21st Century Fox acquisition and the likelihood of a DOJ block

The DOJ will look at the wider scope, which is that this in all essence would form an entertainment monger, and has extensive “reshaping implications” on the landscape that almost weaponizes the industry in their favor.

By RUSSELL BERGER

For [roughly] the last two weeks– hell, even longer it’s been basic “acceptance” that Disney would be acquiring a large portion of 21st Century Fox‘s assets. Brent Lang of Variety reported earlier this week to expect a deal to be announced Thursday [today,] and I don’t think it’s wrong to just accept that it would be happening. And as we’ve found out today, Brookes Barnes of the New York Times confirmed it appears to be happening, Continue reading “Breaking: Disney, 21st Century Fox acquisition and the likelihood of a DOJ block”

Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 (SPOILERS)

Just from the two issues that Somar has been in, we see how she’s going to be someone to watch out for.

By RUSSELL BERGER

One concern I always had about a team book along the lines of HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS is how it features one lantern — Hal Jordan — in its title and how that would be balanced with incorporating the 7,199 other Green Lanterns. I know from Robert Venditti’s (writer) run on GREEN LANTERN [preREBIRTH] that he had a general handle on being able to keep Hal the focus while folding in characters like Kilowog, Salaak and Gorin-Sunn, but with some many other prominent secondaries, I worried even until last issue– until last. Continue reading “Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 (SPOILERS)”

DCEU — It appears JUSTICE LEAGUE did NOT spell the end

As a friend of mine once said, “If three billion dollars is a failure, then I want my bank account to be a failure.”

By RUSSELL BERGER

After what seemed like an eternity of hearing a death rattle; from “critics/bloggers” calling for Warner Bros. to “reboot” the DCEU to JUSTICE LEAGUE only reaching $600M globally as of yesterday [December 11th.] The world literally appeared to be crumbling around the DCEU fan base. Almost as if Steppenwolf, himself, had descended and was unleashing an unstoppable assault, but just like in JLhope never dies. Continue reading “DCEU — It appears JUSTICE LEAGUE did NOT spell the end”

Review: BATMAN #36 (SPOILERS)

Batman, Superman, Catwoman and Lois were the noodles, chicken, carrots and celery, and there was plenty of that. I’d argue an overabundance of that, and thus it lacked the broth.

By RUSSELL BERGER

I’m at the point on Tom King’s (writer) BATMAN run where it’s a like-hate relationship. I either like what he’s doing [one minute,] and then hate it the next. This issue was one of those where I wasn’t going to bother checking it out, but the immense fan reaction to it had me scratching my head, “Hmmm, am I missing something glorious here?”
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Review: OLD MAN LOGAN #31 (SPOILERS)

So seeing the SILVER SAMURAI really played into the Japanese tone of the issue, and made me realize how great a Logan movie would’ve been in the settings of like The Wolverine.

By RUSSELL BERGER

For nearly two months I’ve been intrigued by the cover of OLD MAN LOGAN #31, since the face of the Scarlet Samurai had been blurred out. But I absolutely love Mukesh Singh’s (artist) art, and the cover [even with a blurred face] was enough to make me want to pick up a Marvel book, which if we’re being honest, for the last 2 [or so] years have been either good or absolute trash– there’s been no in-between,

Old Man Logan – the man who was Wolverine – is up against a foe like no other…the Hand! Logan’s past comes back to haunt him when a former love drags him into battle with the Hand, who have bolstered their forces like never before. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Logan encounters the mysterious Scarlet Samurai! Will Logan be able to discover who she is and take down the Hand?

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Review: PAPER GIRLS #18 (SPOILERS)

“Jesus H. Christ!”

By RUSSELL BERGER

I’ve always found stories that work reality into their fiction some of the most interesting. I think that the way PAPER GIRLS has managed to fold the reality of the world’s history into the sci-fi spin zone has made this title one of the best that you could possibly find on the shelf every month. This arc is clearly coming to a close, and man-oh-man did it kick up the intensity meter ten fold.

Warning Sticker
Warning Sticker from BEST BUY circa 1999

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