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Batman #50

by Alan Rapp on July 6, 2018

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Batman #50 comic reviewThe wedding day finally arrives in the over-sized Batman #50. While the main story features the bride and groom to be getting ready for the big event, the comic is a standout for a series of full-page art by various DC artist capturing Batman and Catwoman over the years. My favorites of these are the classic 70s and 80s pages from José Luis García-López and Jason Fabok, the classic 50s look from Andy Kubert, the fun Spidey pose from Rafael Albuquerque, and the longing in Becky Cloonan’s page. My only real complaint is that Bruce Timm isn’t included (although Ty Templeton‘s take harkens back to that style).

Surprising absolutely no one, DC Comics gets cold feet at the last moment and calls off the wedding between the two characters with each leaving a note for the other that remains unread. Despite their plans, and DC’s huge build-up to the event, the wedding never takes place.

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Batman Beyond – Meltdown

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2018

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Batman Beyond - Meltdown TV review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the future for another episode of Batman Beyond. The show made a name for itself with a variety of new or redesigned villains, but in “Meltdown” Batman Beyond pulls in a fan favorite from Batman: The Animated Series. With Derek Powers‘ (Sherman Howard) radiaion sickness growing less and less manageable, he turns to a new scientist who believes she can successfully transfer her boss’ brain to a new body without his affliction. Prior to putting himself on the line, however, the need a volunteer for the experimental procedure. Enter Victor Fries (Michael Ansara).

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The Man of Steel #3

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2018

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The Man of Steel #3 comic reviewWhile Man of Steel continues the thread of Superman investigating the number of arson attempts that have sprung up over Metropolis in recent weeks, and even features a fun cameo from Batman who startles Fire Inspector Melody Moore, the crux of the issue continues to be the lead-up to Superman encounterin Rogol Zaar.

Once again, we see more flashbacks that suggest (but don’t confirm) that Zaar was responsible for hastening the destruction of Krypton. Learning that a Kryptonian still lives has led the villain to Earth and to the Fortress of Solitude where we he make a lasing impression on Superman by destroying the bottled city of Kandor. A piece of Superman lore that has been reused often over the years, its destruction (and Superman’s failure to protect it) sends a definitive message about what kind of villain the Man of Steel is dealing with.

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Justice League #1

by Alan Rapp on June 9, 2018

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Justice League #1 comic reviewWriter Scott Snyder and artist Jim Cheung relaunch the Justice League with a first issue that throws the reader into a battle between the Neanderthal army of Vandal Savage and the Justice League. Several DC heroes as shown, and others are mentioned as the group fights across the world on multiple fronts. However, the true danger lies not on the ground but from the skies.

There’s much to like here include the classic nod to the Justice League meeting in the Hall of Justice. This new version also has the Martian Manhunter as the chairman of the league, using his telepathic abilities to connect the heroes around the globe and, when necessary, bring the core members together in a psychic board room. I’m also pleased to see that the core group includes another female hero, besides Wonder Woman, in Hawgirl.

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Batman Beyond – Black Out

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2018

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Batman Beyond - Black Out television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the future for another episode of Batman Beyond. With Wayne-Powers and Foxtecha up for the same lucrative contract involving the building of a new lunar station, Derek Powers (Sherman Howard) enlists the help of a corporate saboteur known as Inque (Shannon Kenny) to cripple the competition. After getting his butt kicked twice by the shape-shifting mercenary, the new Batman (Will Friedle) is forced to return home and regroup. It will take both Dark Knights (with Bruce wearing the familiar goggles and hat of his childhood hero) to fight off the villain after she sneaks into the Batcave.

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