Superman

Action Comics #1006

by Alan Rapp on January 9, 2019

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Action Comics #1006 comic reviewThere’s a moment in Action Comics #1006, a single page of panels from artist Ryan Sook, that gets to the heart of Superman by elegantly showcasing his compassion, nobility, and gravitas. On a single page writer Brian Michael Bendis delivers what was lacking in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (and the subsequent DC movies) – Superman’s humanity. This is a hero.

The latest issue continues the “Invisible Mafia” arc as underground gangsters hope to stay under the Man of Steel’s radar while Superman comes into conflict with Red Cloud who attacks Superman’s new pal Melody Moore and is met not by malice by from Metropolis’ hero, but a sincere offer of help. This is a hero.

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Supergirl – Elseworlds (Part 3)

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Elseworlds (Part 3)
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Supergirl - Elseworlds (Part 3) television review

Although apparently it will be the last we see of him for awhile, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) gets quite a bit of screentime in the the “Elseworlds” finale as Hoechlin does double duty as both the Man of Steel and the new form of John Deegan (Jeremy Davies). As with the previous two episodes, Part 3 gives us more nods and winks at both Crisis of Infinite Earths (which apparently will be next year’s big crossover) and other famous moments of our heroes climaxing in the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) circling the globe (Superman: The Movie) so quickly they begin to burn themselves out of existence (Crisis of Infinite Earths). The visuals work quite well, even if the logic of the entire segment seems pretty shaky on multiple levels.

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Arrow – Elseworlds (Part 2)

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2018

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  • Title: The Flash – Elseworlds (Part 2)
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Arrow - Elseworlds (Part 2) television review

“Elseworlds” continues as Barry (Grant Gustin), Oliver (Stephen Amell), and Kara (Melissa Benoist) head to Gotham City in search of the person responsible for the changes to reality. Who they find is Batwoman (Ruby Rose). As with Part 1, this episode has plenty of Easter Eggs for DC Comics fans including John Wesley Shipp in his classic Flash costume appearing in a vision (not unlike the Flash did in Crisis on Infinite Earths). The episode also cements a couple of points that, up until now, the Arrowverse has been coy about discussing: Batman exists on both Earths, although he’s been absent from the Gotham City of Earth-1 for quite some time.

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The Flash – Elseworlds (Part 1)

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2018

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  • Title: The Flash – Elseworlds (Part 1)
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The CW begins its latest crossover event on The Flash with Part 1 of “Elseworlds” as Barry (Grant Gustin) and Oliver (Stephen Amell) awake to a reality where they have each other’s powers and skills and everyone treats Barry as Oliver and vice-versa. The goofy Freaky Friday set-up provides some humorous moments such as Oliver struggling to deal with the affections of Iris (Candice Patton) and Barry getting some long-waited payback. There are nagging issues here in how quickly both are able to get up to speed, but the episode’s idea that the abilities/skills are inherent to them and just need to be tapped into does the bare minimum to gloss over the plot hole. Also troubling is Team Flash’s reaction to the pair. While throwing them into the pipeline allows for a nice escape sequence, and offering a reason to tie-in appearances from both Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), you would think that Barry and Oliver (who still have their own knowledge) should have been able to prove who was who simply by talking things through.

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The Death of Superman

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2018

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  • Title: The Death of Superman
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Death of Superman Blu-ray reviewThe Death of Superman marks the first time DC’s animated division has remade a straight-to-video movie (the events from the Death of Superman storyline were originally covered in Superman Doomsday). Even though it unfortunately takes place in the New 52 version of the DCU, The Death of Superman is an improvement over the previous efforts focusing on the events leading up to Superman‘s (Jerry O’Connell) battle with Doomsday, his relationship with Lois Lane (Rebecca Romijn), and the death of the hero. The other Supermen (who will appear in the sequel) are foreshadowed here as well.

The best of the New 52 Justice League movies (likely because the story came decades before this version of the DCU that DC Comics has already decided to distance themselves from), The Death of Superman feels a bit incomplete with only half the story told, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’m not a fan of either the design nor performance of Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, but he’s a marginal player here.

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