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Nightwing: The Series Review

Nightwing: The Series was a Youtube series that was originally uploaded in 2014. If you do watch it, i will warn you before i start, it’s awesome that fans can make something this good – but don’t expect it to be The CW standard as you are setting unfair standards for hardworking fans. I will also warn you there are potential spoilers in this article but i will try to not give the plot away too much.

The first episode begins with Deathstroke turning up at an event and killing everybody. Now, Manu Bennett for me has already set the standards of Deathstroke and as much as I wanted to give Michael Tylo a chance, he’s just not Manu Bennett. However, he does a decent job of Deathstroke in the scenes with his mask on (which is the majority of the Deathstroke scenes.)

We see the beginning of Nightwing as a long ranger in this series, and Grayson is in fine form when he deals with his first bad guy. For me, Danny Shepherd does a stellar job as Nightwing and I would definitely suggest that with a ‘CW’ budget, he could easily set the standards of Nightwing in the Arrowverse. He’s a perfect casting for me and portrays Nightwing just as I would imagine him.

In the second episode we see the past, where Dick Grayson hangs up his shoes as Robin and becomes Nightwing. This includes our first sighting of Barbara Gordon (Lenna Karacostas), Bruce Wayne (Scott Kinworthy) and Jason Todd (Noel Schefflin). This shows the beginning of Nightwing, and the end of Robin. Again Danny does a stella job as Nightwing, and Scott is by no means the worst Bruce Wayne i’ve ever seen (he’s better than George Clooney and Val Kilmer at least) and does look how you might imagine Bruce to look.

We don’t see much of Jason Todd in the episodes compared to the other characters so at this point I wouldn’t want to judge him too much. However, Lenna is great as Barbara Gordon and again has just the look you imagine Barbara to have.

The next few episodes are where the story really gets going and we also get a taste of Joker from episode two through bit appearances in onward episodes too. I’m not sure if it’s on purpose but there is a feel that, Jake Taylor wanted to bring a bit of a Jack Nicholson/Heath Ledger crossbetween to his Joker and again is another actor in this fan series that does a great job.

The production values for a fan series are superb. Throughout most of the episodes you wouldn’t tell that this was not a TV production and for that you have to give deserved props to the crew that produced it. However, at 8-11 minute episodes per episode, it does feel hard to get into. For me, it might have been better to release it as one 60 minute long one-off show, which could have given a better ability to get hooked by the series.

It also felt that things were a little rushed at times, but with limited funds, time and resources you can’t blame the team for that. It’s a fan made youtube series and that’s what you get.

I would be very excited to see this series produced by The CW, but with the same actors and actresses, however with Manu Bennett as Deathstroke. I think it’s a powerful series and this Nightwing would slot right in to the Arrowverse with much ease.

My suggestion would be that you watch this yourself and see just how well the whole team have done in producing a well polished series with limited funds and with such short episodes.

You can check out the whole series as well as many other DC related videos on Ismahawk’s youtube Channel here.

DC World Report Of Heroes & Villains Fanfest London

Hi all here is my report for Heroes and Villains FanFest London!

 

So I was lucky enough to get myself a Media pass to Heroes and Villains Fanfest at the London Olympia .

The amazing event is run by James Frazier who also runs the Walker Stalker events and Stephen Amell, actor from the Arrow TV show.
I even met James for a sneaky free photo too.
I arrived at the London Olympia on the Saturday and got to go in at 9am with the early crowd and had a look around to get the feel of the layout and where each guest was located as they would be signing autographs and taking photos with the public plus a photo shoot area too.
The first person I was able to meet was the very talented artist Lord Mesa he was selling some great items of his work and even got a quick selfie with him.
Then as 10.30am approached all the guests were arriving at their desks ready for meeting the fans and and sign autographs.
The first I met was Maisie Richardson Sellers from Legends of Tomorrow then shortly afterwards Jesica Lucas from Gotham, Brandon Routh from Legends of Tomorrow and Superman Returns, Mehcad Brooks from Supergirl, Josh Segarra from Arrow, Robbie Amell from The Flash and Shantel Vanstanten from The Flash.
I got a few autographs to add to my huge collection from each plus some funko pops signed too as I have now got into these getting signed and they look amazing.
The best part was that I managed to get most of the guests to do a quick video shoutout to DC World my site I run which is a DC Comics fansite for all DC Comics news and is on all social media platforms and I have been running for three years now.
I also had some professional photo shoots too with some of the guests which I must say was smoothly run and only there for a few minutes, you got in a line to queue and as soon as you left the booth your picture was printed ready for you to take home.
There were also some amazing stage talks with all the guests throughout the weekend and got to see some of these too, my favourite was the Gotham
cast.
At one point I even done a live stream video walk around for about eight minutes showing my audience from around the world what was happening at this great event, its had hundreds of views and was a great thing to do for some people who maybe looking at coming to one of these events or who couldn’t make it.
Later that night I attended The Nocking Point wine party which is a wine company owned by the Arrow star Stephen Amell and this was a great night. We all got a unique glass to take home plus food and drink all night with some guests on stage talking and a band.
The best part was at the end I managed to ask someone running the event if I can take a bottle of the special wine home to which I was given a couple of full bottles plus 3 glasses, a nice heavy backpack on the way home but worth it and I’m saving to open them on a special occasion.
The next day on the Sunday I returned to Heroes and Villains but this time I was in full Clark Kent reporter mode.
I managed to get four interviews with a few guests on camera including Sean Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy and Mehcad Brooks from Supergirl, all have now been uploaded all to my YouTube channel and website, which you can view there. 
This day I also met Robin Lord Taylor and Drew Powell from the Gotham TV show and had photo sessions with them too, they were both great.
Overall the event was very well run and I had an amazing time, the autograph queues went quickly and the photo sessions were incredibly quick and the speed they was printed out was amazing. I will be returning next year and just awaiting the date announcement.
The Ticket collection on the Friday was very quick at will call and was amazed I was seen in minutes, no queues at all.
Overall Heroes and Villains Fanfest gets a 10 out of 10 by me and was a joy to go to.
I think a lot of other events could learn a thing or two from these guys.
A big thanks to all of my fans and supporters who I met too and even asked to have pictures with me, this felt amazing and can’t wait for more.
(All images and videos are property of Paul Edwards DC World. If you want to use then please link me to any posts)
Thank you all
Paul Edwards
DC World.

Wonder Woman Review

To start with the Wonder Woman movie had an amazing new DC Comics intro at the beginning which I loved and was very unexpected.


It has a great origin story as with every superhero movie and a beautiful setting too.


The directing was incredible and the style was unique for Patty Jenkins which I loved especially as it was a female superhero on the big screen.


The Fighting scenes on Themyscira and during the war parts were amazing.


Lots of great special effects and even a good few laughs in the course of the film which I liked, I think even as it’s a superhero origin story we are still allowed to have fun, which some superhero movies in this day still lack.


There were great plot points and the Amazing soundtrack which I must say the Wonder woman theme gave me chills when the scenes kicked it in throughout.


Anything that gives me that tingly feeling inside on screen deserves everything and for that I’m grateful.

Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman magnificently and couldn’t imagine anyone else playing this part, plus she is stunning.
Patty Jenkins has really turned around the female Superhero on film and this is one movie that was a long time in the making and coming.


I did feel like the final battle could have been more, but it was satisfying to see what we had.

However I am going to see this again on release day with my wife as she wants to see it too which is a first for a superhero movie to make her go, so I do feel that this is the female superhero film that appeals to both men and even more to women as maybe some superhero films nowadays appeal mainly to the male audience.
A strong iconic female role played brilliantly.


Overall I would rate this film 8 out of 10.

the art of the brick dc superheroes

An amazing looking exhibition is coming to London on the south bank this March and tickets are now on sale here on the website www.aotbdc.co.uk

The art of the brick exhibition is by Lego Artist Nathan Sawaya and he has made some amazing Lego designs all based in the DC Comics universe. Including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, The Joker and many many more and also a massive Batmobile over 5 meters long too.

You can see a video introducing this amazing event below and also a few pictures from other countries the event has been to.

I am lucky enough to be going to this event and will be writing a review at a later date.

Book your tickets on the website.

www.aotbdc.co.uk

 

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Batman Noir The Killing Joke Review by Ross McFadyen

Batman Noir, The Killing Joke

by Rosswhatever on Twitter @rosswhatever
Recently I decided to go out and buy The Killing Joke hard cover but while I was searching for it I stumbled upon Batman Noir: The killing Joke, the book stood out on the shelf, it was completely black and white and caught my eye. The front cover was amazing; Brian Boland’s art was complemented by the black and white. The cover made me go to the counter and buy it.
I had never read The Killing Joke at this point and the moment I started reading it I fell in love with it, Alan Moore’s story is brilliant and full of depth that explores The Joker’s backstory and shows the readers how strong Jim Gordon is, even after being pushed almost to limit. I really cannot fault Moore’s attempt at Batman, it had a great story structure, the characters where wrote well and I thought that the Joker’s tragic backstory was brilliant.
Brian Bolland’s art works extremely well with Moore’s writing, the characters look great and the locations make Gotham look like a dark and troubled place to live, the fairground was one of my favourite locations because it was drawn with so much depth and shows the audience how much Bolland cares about the art. The Joker looks extremely creepy but before he becomes the joker he looks like a caring guy and I love that the same face can be drawn with so many different expressions and look totally different. I am glad that I picked this version of the book up because the black and white convey the darkness of the story and the art to the reader so well making the book look beautiful.
I love The Killing Joke so much and this version looks absolute great on a shelf especially next to other black and white hard covers but also stands out well against the colour hard covers. I would recommend Batman Noir: The Killing Joke to any batman fan or collector because it is simply amazing and is up there with Moore’s best work and the drawings are a piece of art, the art is worth the cost of the book alone.

 

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The Flash Season 2 review

Out now on DVD, BluRay and Digital release is The Flash season 2.

Here is my review of this amazing second season.

As season 2 begins its set a little while after the wormhole event that ended in season one. Barry, The Flash is a lot more emotional  and not his self and not the Barry we saw in season one because of the tragic consequences in the shows first season finale. We get to see some series regulars like Captain Cold and Heatwave and a few more too and with Diggle from Arrow coming to help catch a Killer Shark, the main villain of this season is ZOOM! Harrison Wells returns but a version from Earth 2, yes we get to explore Earth 2 and the story opens even more exploring Wells and his Daughter Jesse (Quick) with a hidden lair of Zoom and someone in an Iron Mask being held there which we find out in the finale of the season. As always some funny stuff going on with Cisco as he and Caitlin meet their doppelgangers from Earth 2 with Joe West and also Barry Allen meets Barry Allen?? Iris West meets her Brother Wally West and spends some time in the show this season. Later in the season an event at Star Labs sees Wally and Jesse caught in a blast from the Particle Accelerator, will anything come from this in season 3? Barry gets to be in the Speed force and meets his mother again for some emotional scenes as always. Also a crossover with Arrow again this season meets Hackman and Hawkgirl being helped by the both of them against Vandal Savage from Legends of Tomorrow. The season has some Amazing special effects and the story gets stronger with some funny parts and emotional, the Reveal of the Villain Zoom will take you all by surprise and also who is in the iron mask. The seasons finale will grip you as Barry faces off with Zoom and what Barry does in the end will change Everything for everyone and will now lead us into season 3.

I loved this season and thought it was better than the first and look forward to season 3.

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by Paul Edwards

DC World

Twitter @_DCWorld

Arrow season 4 review

Here is my review of Arrow season 4 now out to own on DVD, BluRay and Digital.

Arrow season 4 begins as Oliver and Felicity are on a getaway together and the seasons main Villain Damien Darhk starts to stir up things in Star City causing Oliver to come back to help Team Arrow. There is also some growing tension between Diggle and Oliver during this season. Laurel wants to take Sarah’s body to Nanda Parbat to bring back from the dead using the Lazarus Pit but has some strange repercussions as to which Oliver calls in some Magical help from John Constantine as a special appearance. We also get a crossover episode with Barry Allen aka The Flash again this season and was a great event helping Hackman and Hawkgirl. Diggle finds his brother and has some trust issues along the way maybe some HIVE issues? Another special appearance too as Oliver Queen calls in some more help this season by none other than Vixen to help track down Damien Darhk. Cupid also makes an appearance too but not as we knew her and Laurel Lance has a devastating episode near the end of the season, no spoilers!! We also get to finally meet Felicity’s Father and also ends up helping Team Arrow along the way. As the finale arrives we see Oliver finally Take down Damien in a battle to the end. Building to to the season finale the show was slow to start and picked up midway and had some great surprises and guest stars and the ending could of been better I felt. Heres to Arrow season 5 and where it heads towards and hopefully some exciting times ahead.

Arrow season 4 is out now to buy at all good retailers and online too.

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by Paul Edwards

DC World

Twitter @_DCWorld

 

New DC Rebirth Comic Reviews by Alex Knight

As our regular feature here are the latest Comic reviews on DC Rebirth from Alex Knight, each week he writes up his reviews on his favourite Comic releases and there are plenty more titles available too. You can also follow Alex on Twitter at @apknightable

Feel free to comments post below.

Comics dated 7/9/2016

Supergirl #1

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Steve Orlando has been given a potentially very hot property in Supergirl, considering the current CBS series in her name has piqued the public’s interest in an otherwise maligned character. So it’s a pleasant revelation to see that Orlando treats Kara as a moody teen-ager that’s a fish out of water instead of the bang crash superhero/villain fight that is so common in first issues.

Moody teen-ager probably isn’t the best descriptor of Orlando’s portrayal. For someone who literally crash landed on a planet after having already mostly been raised on Krypton, unease and frustration are natural bedfellows. Compounding this is the knowledge that despite being technically older than her cousin she’s so having to catch up with his knowledge within a much shorter time frame. These feelings of alienation and loneliness are explored throughout the issue to emotional effect. Kara can do good and help people, yet it’s outside of those moments where she’s really struggling.

Despite all this angst, a bubbly undercurrent runs through Supergirl #1, primarily aided by Brian Ching (art) and Michael Atiyeh’s (colours) depiction of Supergirl and the world around her. Their art is poppy and cheerful with a John Romita Jr vibe which counterbalances well against the personal issues Supergirl has. The way that flashback scenes to Kara’s life on Krypton are closed provide a good change of pace in an issue that otherwise has to deliver a significant amount of exposition.

Supergirl #1 decides that if you’re going to reading you’d much rather understand why rooting for her should be your main priority. For this the issue does remarkably well, acknowledging that although she’s practically invincible the things she can’t fight provide her the most difficulty. Coincidentally the best Superman stories are in that vein too, so I’ll be following the next issue to see how it progresses!

 

Aquaman #6.

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The buildup for the past five issues had come to this climax, with Aquaman being taken by the U.S. Government, Mera busting him out amid international tensions rising in Chesapeake bay. Dan Abnett has written Aquaman into a bit of a pickle, and whilst the conflict between the two main heroes ends relatively as expected, the same can not be said for the villains of the piece.

That being said there are several stellar character moments that Abnett provides, showing how well Arthur Curry and Mera work together to kick ass. For superman fans there’s a bit of bad news- it’s a “Superman plays government lackey-but-not-really” issue. In all honestly it’s not too much of a problem, since Aquaman and Mera need to tag team laying a beat down on someone and very few can take that kind of punishment. I also have to admire the attempts at weaving international politics into a book like this, I for one won’t get tired of seeing the ongoing attempts at uneasy diplomatic relations.

Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessey and Gabe Eltaeb are the trio behind bringing the rumble on dry land to life. Inspiration for the depiction of scales and musculature are heavily influenced by Kelley Jones (check out his Swamp Thing run in the back issues box if you can) with a colour scheme that harkens back to Aquaman’s golden age. With exaggerated posing the drama is elevated through the dynamism of each hit and crunch.

Aquaman is turning out to be an absolute treat, with everyone involved in making this book clearly having fun portraying the characters as they should be. That is, fun and absolutely badass. Whilst this is the end of one arc it does nicely set up the next story, and I absolutely can not wait to see what Abnett and Co have in store for us.

 

Superman #6

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Superman’s back in town! After last issue had Lois Lane in the Hellbat suit fighting off the Eradicator (barely, however) the main man in red and blue is back. Well the Eradicator finally be defeated? Will Jon and Lois be safe? Only by purchasing this book will you find out!

Patrick Gleason and Peter J Tomasi had great success with the father/son dynamic in ‘Batman & Son’, so it’s only reasonable that their Superman and son book should work as well too. By co-plotting the issue their vision is clearly in sync and it shows on every page. Introductions of classic aspects of Superman mythos arise in organic ways with sincere joy throughout. The story in this issue is the conclusion to the reintroduction of

Patrick Gleason, John Kalisz and Mick Gray are penciling, colouring and inking this issue respectively. Their matched style echoes golden age Superman stories with bright colours, bold lines and minimal etching. Considering the current Superman is the pre reboot one, their work provokes a certain level of nostalgia. Their depiction of everyone is full of optimism and really sell the idea of the more compassionate and loyal man he really is. Additionally their paneling provides the action great run ups for money-shot pages, pushing the plot forward and drawing the reader in from the moment go.

Heartfelt enthusiasm eminates off every page, and for good reason, this book is a surefire winner in every way, and although it’s the conclusion to a great arc it’s still a solid entry point for potential readers. Superman is back, and it’s like he never left.

The Latest Comic Reviews by Alex Knight

As always here some of the latest DC Comics reviews from this weeks releases by Alex Knight who you can also follow on twitter, link below, feel free to post views too.

 

Detective Comics #939

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One of the best surprises to come out of the Rebirth series has been the motley crew in Detective Comics. Of course Batman is still involved, but he certainly takes a back seat to Kate Kane and her band of batish-vigilantes. After finding out that the government killer drones were sent by none other than Kate Kane’s own father (somewhat unsurprising considering the military connection) there turns out to be one additional problem the team hasn’t considered.

James Tynion IV brings a round-table approach the utilising every team members strengths. From the silent care of Cassandra Cain to the surprising break-out character that is Clayface, everyone bounces off each other in a pitch perfect manner. On a side note, whilst I am a large fan of hero back story and subsequently (but less so) continuity, it’s appreciated that the Jewish heritage of Batwoman is remembered but isn’t the focus. Likewise, moments that break the tropes of comics are much welcomed, as in this issue it comes in the form of Clayface inquiring about Tim Drake’s technical prowess. Tynion knows it’s the small moments that really develop characters, and it shows.

Eddy Barrows is on pencils with Eber Ferriera inking and Adriano Lucas on colours that help deliver a fantastic installment. Paneling and layouts are exploited by the spectre of Batman, whose symbol lurks over several pages. As “house style” goes this is pretty impressive, with personal style leaking out in several large panels focusing on the tight close-ups, helping dramatise dialogue. This series certainly hits the mark on portraying everyone as they should be, whilst also enjoying itself.

Jumping in cold to Detective Comics #5 might understandably be a bit confusing at times, but it is definitely manageable. That being said this issue is a great way of building up to what could potentially be a very personal end, should rumours surrounding recent art re-solicits be accurate.

 

Batgirl #2

 

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Batgirl continues to expand into building Barbara’s developing life in Japan, chronicling her navigation of cultural acclimatisation in addition to romantic and
superheroic pursuits. Following the Fruit Bat’s advice she seeks out a martial arts gym to take her into the tournament she needs to get to. But as you can imagine things don’t always turn up peaches and cream, Batgirl’s life being no exception.

Hope Larson focuses on several aspects of Barbara’s new life, splitting time equally between civilian life and what goes on under the cowl. To this end everything moves smoothly as background characters are established. Primary conflict is progressed from the first issue and ultimately it turns out that making personal mistakes isn’t region exclusive. It’s great to see another bat-character break from the mould and form a part of their identity that isn’t dictated by the Bat of Gotham. Whilst escaping influence is impossible, it’s healthy to see Babs willing to seek her own adventure and hopefully learn a great deal in the process. As a reader I’ll be happy to see it through.

Rafael Albuquerque brings his undeniable talent again to the table, demonstrating with Dave McCaig the brightness being a direct continuation from the “Batgirl of Burnside” run that preceded it. Every page pops with a spring in its step, proving a light and breezy affair that can still knock you for six with well timed pacing and colours.

The Batgirl of Singapore isn’t the catchiest of titles but this series is proving to be a great Rebirth kick-start for the character. Anyone interested in Batgirl will be glad that this series is as good as it is. Given time I’m sure a great back ground cast will develop and the Singaporean heroes will also get explored. It’ll surely be a fun ride.

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Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

 

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Oh reader, if you saw the Suicide Squad film and enjoyed it, I have to recommend getting the 1980s series written by John Ostrande and Kim Yale. This special issue is written by Ostrander and feels like its an issue that somehow got lost from that era.

John wrote those original issues as political black ops missions in the straightest sense. Well, as straight as can be when one of the core member’s main offensive weapon are literally boomerangs. This special takes that concept back to its core by establishing the end goal, making it politically relevant and having Amanda Waller convincingly play everyone out of the field. Even though it has a couple of the current roster showing their heads, make no mistake that this is the D lister group again where anyone (within reason) can get capped. It’s a refreshing reminder of what was and what could be, and as much as I enjoy Rob Williams’s work I would happily pay to see Ostrander write the Suicide Squad for the long run again.

Guys Vasquez and Carlos Rodriquez provide the art with Gabe Eltaeb on colours. As issues go their work is pretty but generic with mostly consistent facial expressions. Their moment to shine does arise when Boomerang is forced into action, showing how well they and Ostrander understand his character. Action runs smoothly and with a deft hand at compression, utilising the increased page rate to achieve its full potential.

Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special is a fantastic treat of Ostrander’s capability to still throw in surprises to an old formula that still hasn’t lost any of its relevance. I just wish there were more issues coming so DC could keep him back for good.

 

By Alex Knight

Follow on Twitter @apknightable

Latest Comic Reviews from Alex Knight

As always Alex Knight will be weekly posting Comic reviews to share on the latest DC Comics titles and Rebirth issues. Here are some of this weeks and feel free to comment below.

 

Comics dated 24/8/16

Section 8: Six Pack and Dog Welder “Hard Travelin’ Heroz” #1

 

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Amongst the glut of rebirth titles it is admittedly strange to see a book being released as though it were still in the 2000s, prior to the New 52. Six Pack and Dog Welder is a follow on title from last year’s All Star Section 8, in turn a spin off from the popular series ‘Hitman’ by Garth Ennis and John McCrea. This series follows the lives of literally the worst heroes ever, a raging alcoholic with a heart of gold and delusions of grandeur (Six Pack) and Dog Welder, who…. welds dogs to people. Six Pack is considered the leader of Section 8, whose current task is to find a suitable mission for the group. Not withstanding the fact that there is not even a full roster of the sub -standard heroes…

Garth Ennis seems to have been given free reign in these miniseries, and that is clear to see in both the tone and how every character behaves. Veering from trademark pitch black comedy to solemn tragedy at a hairpin notice, fans of Ennis’ previous work will not be let down in this issue. It isn’t the most accessible for new readers but it appears as though that is the intention. Whilst Rebirth was an attempt to bring both new and old readers, Six Pack and Dog Welder is unapologetically for readers in the know. If you are in the know, this issue his all the right notes.

Art is provided by Russ Braun and colours by John Kalisz. Following on from John McCrea in a suitably grimy and gritty way, the surviving members of Section 8 rendered as the scumbags they are. In a suitably 90s/early 2000s fashion, the superheroines in contrast are portrayed as strong but attractive. This works perfectly as whilst Six Pack is lamenting his current situation the women are simply having a girl’s night out in the scummiest bar in Gotham. This all beings to veer wildly off course as a mysterious stranger arrives and the conclusion of the issue is brought to a head.

It’s fantastic that Ennis and Braun are back at DC and this miniseries brings back all the favorites. It’s no secret that Ennis had a general disdain for capes, and it’s fun seeing how out of character he writes Starfire just generally to draw fun of of them. I’d heavily recommend anyone with even a passing interest check out Hitman and All Star Section 8. This miniseries should be a treat, so check it out.

 

Wonder Woman #5: The Lies Part 3

 

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Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp bring the lead up to bigger and dramatic things in Wonder Woman #5. Creepy horror lurks at every turn when Steve Trevor gets chosen as a cultist plaything as Diana and Cheetah still to locate the source of why exactly she’s been locked out of Paradise Island. Meanwhile, Etta Candy seeks out a long lost friend to help locate Steve and Diana.

Rucka accelerates the proceedings again after a slower issue last month, whereby second-act exposition is delivered enticing everyone towards the end goal. All may not end in a fully clear fashion, but it would be disputing if all the cards were shown. Significantly moving on from the New 52 era aspects of both lead cheaters, Steve no longer feels like a bit player appealing more as an actual military leader than a lovesick lackey for the main woman. Both characters also display their fair share of lament with optimism for the future, which one would suppose is not only a metaphor for their relationship generally but also a commentary on how Wonder Woman had been treated since the not-quite-reboot 5 years ago. Whether the metatextual comment is accurate or not it’s one that many are likely to share.

Liam Sharp absolutely dominates on the art front, being creative with panels and empty space and incorporating them with visceral horror. The portrayal of the big bad echoes a sinister reflection of everything the Amazon represents. Their culture is primitive and based around masculinity, their lair is situated in dark tunnels and they revel in the dark. The level of detail sharp brings to each page helps focus the action and dialogue, heavy steeped in earthy browns and greens thanks to colourist Laura Martin.

Wonder Woman is continuing is fine run of form with Rucka at the helm, and the next entry of ‘The Lies’ should be another sold entry into Wonder Woman’s modern golden age.

 

By Alex Knight

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