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DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #2

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2020

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DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #2 comic reviewMetropolis High School‘s dance may not be a typical teenage experience, but it turns out to be a pretty typical night for the DC Super Hero Girls when Livewire attacks, taking over the auditorium’s sound system, and forcing the kids to keep dancing.

There’s quite a bit of fun here leading up to Livewire’s appearance including Zatanna‘s obsession with creating the perfect evening, Supergirl‘s reluctance over attending, and Wonder Woman‘s forceful attempts to arrange dates for herself and her friends. Writer Amanda Deibert and Erich Owen even work in the reluctance of the shier students to hit the dance floor without little push.

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Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2019

in Home Video

  • Title: Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray reviewAdapted from the comic book mini-series, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brings the Teenage Mutant Turtles to Gotham City on the trail of the Shredder (Andrew Kishino) and the Foot Clan who are on a crime spree which Batman (Troy Baker) has just become aware. The movie offers the obligatory misunderstanding pitting Batman versus the Turtles for a time before realizing they are both on the same side and need to team-up to stop Shredder and his new business partner Ra’s al Ghul (Cas Anvar) who plans to use the Ooze to destroy Gotham.

While the animation isn’t quite up to snuff with some of DC’s better animated movies, I do appreciate the story sticking with Batman’s classic design and the look of both the Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul work pretty well (even if I can’t say the same for some of Batman’s other villains who are brought into the plot when Ra’s mutates Arkham Asylum as a distraction for Batman and Turtles). Some of the mutations work better than others (such as the joke made at Poison Ivy‘s expense).

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Batman: The Animated Series Batgirl Gallery Statue

You can pre-order your own Batman: The Animated Series Batgirl Gallery Statue for the low, low price of $40.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2016

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2The new threesome of Batgirl, Black Canary, and the Huntress put aside their differences and work together to learn more about the new hacker who has adopted Babs’ old moniker of Oracle. For Batgirl this means a lecture from her father (who in new DCU following DC Rebith apparently doesn’t know the identity of the young redhead under the cowl).

After getting Huntress to put aside her more murderous tendencies the group begins to work fairly well together. Saving a member of the local mafia at least gives the woman a place to start, but it looks like it will be quite some time before they uncover just who the new Oracle is and what they want.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2016

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1Following the events of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batgirl and Black Canary chase down Huntress whose vengeance over mobsters has criss-crossed their search into the new criminal Oracle. The comic’s events turn the adversaries into reluctant partners in the search for both Oracle and Fenice (whose snake soldiers are likely to give the gals trouble over the next few issues).

I really wanted to like this issue but there’s simply too much that doesn’t work for me starting with the art of Claire Roe and ending with the implausibly quick turnaround for Babs and Dinah to align themselves with a murderer. Throw in the fact that apparently none of their secret identities is actually secret and the comic’s lead arc is off to a very shaky start.

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