Justice Society: World War II

by Alan Rapp on May 18, 2021

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  • Title: Justice Society: World War II
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Justice Society: World War II Blu-ray reviewAfter some lean years where DC Animated had decided to explore the clusterfuck that was the New 52, things appear to be getting back on track. It’s amazing how easily and well DC can do when they make the Flash (Matt Bomer) the heart of the story (see Justice League: The New Frontier and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). And, thank god, the creators of the film knew enough to keep the character’s gorgeous simplistic design rather than the eyesore DC has been pushing on readers for nearly a decade now.

While fighting Brainiac (Darin De Paul) with Superman (Darren Criss), the Flash accidentally races so fast he enters the Speed Force and winds up in Germany. During World War II. On an alternate Earth. On this world, alongside the Allied troops, a group of heroes is fighting off the Nazis including another Flash (Armen Taylor), Wonder Woman (Stana Katic), Hawkman (Omid Abtahi), Steve Trevor (Chris Diamantopoulos), Hourman (Matthew Mercer), and Black Canary (Elysia Rotaru).

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Hawkman #21

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2020

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Hawkman #21 comic reviewAfter being exposed to the energy of the Dark Multiverse, Hawkman has become lost as the persona of Sky Tyrant (the Earth 3 equivalent of Hawkman) is now in control (although Carter Hall’s consciousness still exists) and apparently picking fights with giant Hawkpeople guarding dangerous power that should not be unleashed. Follow that?

Hawkman #21 features appearances by Hawkwoman, the Atom, and Adam Strange working on the problem of how to bring their version of Hawkman back to reality. However, most of the comic just deals with a deranged version of Hawkman fighting a giant version of Hawkman.

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Hawkman #1

by Alan Rapp on June 16, 2018

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Hawkman #1 comic reviewHawkman has a long and convoluted comic history. The new series from writer Robert Venditti and artist Bryan Hitch hopes to add to the character’s history while making some sense out of the reincarnated warrior who has been everything from an Egyptian prince to a space cop from Thanagar. The best attempt to merge and make sense of the character’s colorful backstory was in JSA more than 10 years ago, but attempts to make the character a mainstay in the DCU since then have had mixed success before fizzling out.

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Death of Hawkman #2

by Alan Rapp on November 10, 2016

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Death of Hawkman #2Death of Hawkman #2 highlights separate storylines of the mini-series two leads. On Rann, Adam Strange tries to prevent his adopted home from retaliating after an attack everyone assumes came from Thanagar. Because the victims of the attack included his father-in-law, Strange finds no solace at home while trying to argue reason over rash action.

There’s also a mystery for Strange to solve involving who altered his Zeta-beams and was masquerading as the hero while he was trapped on Earth. To get to the bottom of that, however, he’s going to need some help.

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Death of Hawkman #1

by Alan Rapp on October 7, 2016

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Death of Hawkman #1For the first issue of a new mini-series entitled Death of Hawkman there’s not much Hawkman. Aside from the first few panels featuring Hawkman and Adam Strange post-battle nearly the entire comic shifts to Earth days prior and Adam Strange being trapped and unable to reach Rann when it comes under attack from Thanagar.

Although there’s far less Hawkman than advertised (and I’m not even sure which version of the hero we’re getting her following DC’s Rebirth reboot), Death of Hawkman #1 is actually quite a bit of fun. While I’ve never been that big a fan of Adam Strange, writer Marc Andreyko presents a story of the scientist turned hero that is a pleasant surprise.

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