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Titans #1

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2016

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Titans #1Clad in a new costume, Titans #1 continues to focus on the return of Wally West. Working with his old teammates once again, Lilith attempts to see into Wally’s mind and find some trace of the person responsible for removing him from reality.

It appears DC isn’t going to introduce Dr. Manhattan any time soon. However, Titans #1 does reintroduce a classic Flash villain who seems genuinely ready to take responsibility for wiping Wally out of resistance. Is Abra Kadabra just Manhattan’s beard, or does the futuristic magician honestly believe he is responsible for shifting Wally out of existence (and all the other New 52 changes)?

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Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2016

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  • Title: LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
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LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City BreakoutAnother lukewarm entry to the LEGO DC Super Heroes line, Justice League: Gotham City Breakout features two separate stories. First, Nightwing (Will Friedle) and Batgirl (Sarah Hyland) convince Batman (Troy Baker) to finally take a vacation leaving Gotham City in the hands of Superman (Nolan North). The trip to visit his old teacher Madame Mantis (Amy Hill) unveils a plot by Deathstroke (John DiMaggio) and Bane (Eric Bauza) to use a normally peaceful underground tribe to take over the world. While providing its moments, the adventure begins to drag during its second-half.

The other storyline features Superman having more trouble with the super-villains of Gotham City than he expected. Tricked by the Joker (Jason Spisak), Superman accidentally causes a break-out at Arkham Asylum. Even calling on the help of Cyborg (Khary Payton) and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), the heroes struggle to stop the chaos eventually allowing Robin (Scott Menville) to show them what crime-fighting in Gotham is all about.

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Titans: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on June 16, 2016

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Titans: Rebirth #1Wally West‘s return to the DCU continues in Titans: Rebirth #1. After being pulled back into existence by Barry Allen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Wally gets a spiffy new costume and sets out to find his old teammates: the original Teen Titans. Of course this is problematic as none of his old friends knows who Wally is.

At first mistaking him for a threat, the group attempts to put the speedster down. But as each member comes into contact with their former ally a spark of recognition (hey, I’m not above using a pun when appropriate) brings back memories of their forgotten friend.

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2016

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  • Title: Justice League vs. Teen Titans
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Justice League vs. Teen TitansThe latest home video release further exploring the characters and world introduced in Son of Batman sends the uncompromising Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan) to the Teen Titans in hopes that Robin may be able to learn teamwork and trust. Borrowing a little from Damien’s time with the Teen Titans prior to the New 52 reboot, writers Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett choose to give their spin on a more classic Trigon (Jon Bernthal) story. As with the previous movies, the story lacks the Robin/Red Robin rivalry from the comics, but certainly entertains.

With both heroes and villains being possessed by a demon threatening to break into their world, Raven (Taissa Farmiga) reveals the truth about herself and her father to her teammates Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), and Starfire (Kari Wahlgren). When Raven is captured and multiple members of the Justice League are possessed by Trigon it falls on Robin and the Teen Titans to save the day.

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Batman: Bad Blood

by Alan Rapp on March 7, 2016

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  • Title: Batman: Bad Blood
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Batman: Bad BloodBatman: Bad Blood is the third straight-to-DVD movie in the series that began with 2014’s Son of Batman. Following the events of Batman vs. Robin, the third movie continues to adapt previous comic storylines (this time both Dick Grayson‘s temporary stint as Batman and the events of “Leviathan“) while growing Batman’s supporting cast. Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Bad Blood begins with Batman‘s (Jason O’Mara) disappearance from Gotham while saving new vigilante Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) from an attack by the League of Assassins led by the Heretic (Travis Willingham).

Realizing Gotham needs a Batman, Nighwing (Sean Maher) takes on the mantle of the Bat while working along with Batwoman and Damian (Stuart Allan) to keep Gotham safe while investigating Batman’s whereabouts. Like most of Grant Morrison’s later work, “Leviathan” is messy, over-complicated, and flawed. DeMatteis takes the best aspects of the story, boiling it down, and merges it with Dick and Damian’s entertaining time as the Dynamic Duo.

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