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Batman #37

by Alan Rapp on December 28, 2017

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Batman #37 comic reviewI thoroughly enjoyed Batman #36 which focused on the relationships of Bruce Wayne and Catwoman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and Batman and Superman. Somehow, this issue is even better. Bringing the foursome together for a night out at the Gotham Fair (on super-hero night no less) proves to be one of the most enjoyable comics I’ve read all year.

With the men and ladies both trading clothes, the humor is great as Lois and Selina get to know each other better and Bruce and Clark enjoy themselves (and compete) while Mr. Wayne gears up for his impending nuptials. Honestly, I’ve been very lukewarm to the idea of a Batman and Catwoman wedding, but this issue sells me on the idea (especially if we get more comics like this!).

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Batman #36

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2017

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Batman #36 comic reviewOkay, this is pretty good. Kicking off a new arc, writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann tackle the issue of Batman‘s impending wedding to Catwoman, and his friendship with Superman, from the perspective of both the Dark Knight Detective and the Man of Steel. While both are attempting to get to the bottom of their latest cases (which will end up linked by the end of the issue) each has to deal with the women in their lives asking why one hasn’t talked with the other about the wedding.

The two storylines run parallel, at times side-by-side as both men struggle to explain the other. In an issue where each tries to explain how fundamentally different they are, the creative team perfectly illustrates how just the opposite is true. Along the way they’ll also tackle issues like Catwoman’s trustworthiness and Superman’s super-secret identity.

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Race Against Crime
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Justice League Action - Race Against Crime TV review

Who is faster, Superman (Jason J. Lewis) or the Flash (Charlie Schlatter)? DC has milked this controversy for decades since the pair’s first race 60 years ago. We’ve seen races in multiple comics as well as on television in Superman: The Animated Series‘ “Speed Demons.” “Race Against Crime” follows the basic format of stories like this as the world gathers to watch the pair race only to see a super-villain interfere and stop from having a true winner ever declared. This time around that villain is Lex Luthor (James Woods) who takes advantage of the tracking technology to bleed speed from both racers and siphon it into his own armor allowing him control of both speed and time.

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Plastic Man of Steel
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Justice League Action - Plastic Man of Steel TV review

What’s Superman (Jason J. Lewis) to do when Lois Lane (Tara Strong) uncovers his secret identity? In a variation of a story we’ve seen played out in multiple formats over the years, “Plastic Man of Steel” sees Clark Kent call on Plastic Man (Dana Snyder) to stand-in for the Man of Steel to throw DCU’s best reporter off the story. Even if the sudden appearance of Lex Luthor (James Woods) is unexpected, and throws a temporary wrench into the charade, Plastic Man proves up to the challenge as the Plastic Man of Steel.

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Justice League

by Alan Rapp on November 15, 2017

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  • Title: Justice League
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Justice League movie reviewBuilt from the worst foundation possible laid by the disastrous Man of Steel and the trainwreck which was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s a wonder that Justice League is even watchable let alone entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, the latest from “visionary” director Zack Snyder is beset with multiple problems, but thankfully being a dumpster fire isn’t one of them. Despite issues with character, plot, editing, acting, and cinematography, Justice League does produce a flawed yet entertaining film bringing DC heroes together against a common threat. It’s not the follow-up to Wonder Woman DC fans were hoping for, but it’s a fair bit better than I expected from Zack Snyder and company.

The threat chosen by the four (count them four) credited screenwriters is the film’s first major obstacle. A C-List villain at best, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a poor stand-in for the more imposing Darkseid, is almost entirely forgettable while his plans for uniting three disco cubes to destroy the Earth is goofy as hell. At least his legion of fear-eating Parademons gives someone for Batman (Ben Affleck) to hit (as the Dark Knight is pretty impotent against the big guy).

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