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TV Review: Gotham S1E18 Everyone Has a Cobblepot

gotham cast While Gordon seeks information about the recent controversy with Commissioner Loeb, Fish’s allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher. Meanwhile, after an attack close to home, Bruce deals with the aftermath.

Gotham‘s latest episode shows the politics of work as Gordon gets rather dirty to get things cleaned up. The episode is a very interesting one where we see Gordon getting more in that gray area in order to survive.

The episode is really summed up at the end by a speech that Bullock gives to Gordon that really goes over the point of hour, but also foreshadows something to come.

Gordon’s journey is the most solid part of the episode, as the other half focuses on Fish and her ather odd journey. She deals with Dulmacher, but where that storyline is going, I seriously can’t tell. It better pay off, and right now I’m not confident it will.

The episode was a bit of a cliffhanger in a way, as the show is taking a month break. It’s not a shocking cliffhanger, but it is setting up what looks to be a solid final four episodes of the first season.

Overall Score: 8

Tom Ellis as Lucifer in New DC Comics Television Series

Tom EllisFor the upcoming television pilot for Lucifer, Fox and Warner Bros. have found their leading devil. Tom Ellis has been cast in the main role based on the DC Comics character.

Ellis has a long history on television series dating back to 2000.

Disillusioned as the ruler of Hell, Lucifer ditches his kingdom and heads for greener pastures—Los Angeles, California. To occupy his time, the fallen angel helps the LAPD take down criminals.

The character goes back to 1962 where he debuted in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65. He came to the forefront though when the character was added to Neil Gaiman’s run on The Sandman and then his own series.

The television series is one of many in the works based off of DC Comics series or characters. Supergirl is currently being worked on at CBS, and currently on television is Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine.

GroupOn Comics. 25 comics worth $100, or 50 worth $250?

groupon_comics_1GroupOn has a deal where you can purchase comic bundles through their site at a pretty impressive discount. For $24.99 you can purchase 25 Marvel or DC comics. $1 a comic isn’t too bad. For $39.99 you can get 50 comics, 25 from Marvel and 25 from DC (plus tax). All of this sounds wonderful, but when you start to actually look at claims, things get a bit…. odd and confusing.

The Marvel and DC 25 comic bundles say the comics are worth $100. If you buy the 50 comic bundle, the value is claimed to be $250. If the 50 comic bundle is just one of each of the Marvel or DC bundle, then where does the extra $50 value come from? Pretty sure that’s not how math works. I can maybe forgive the oddness thinking maybe they throw in some more valuable comics in that bundle.

Moving on, the package claims the comics are from the 1980s on from the publisher. That should give us pause even on the $100 value claim. The package contains 25 comics and the value is $99.99. So, according to this, the average value of the comics are $4 a piece. Retail cost of comics weren’t $4 until recently. So, if the package includes comics from the 1980s, how does the value come close to $100? It’s clearly not the cover value they’re going by.

The FAQ doesn’t really answer the questions above. So, I decided to role the dice to see what this package actually gets you, and if it’s as advertised. Stay tuned true believer!

Review: Gotham Academy #5

ga005So far in this series, the direction and overall story of the characters has been a bit convoluted.  it has focused on Olive Silverlock, a girl that is sequestered at a boarding school set in Gotham, and among the many mysteries that she and her best friend Maps have to investigate, they all seem to be somehow associated with the school’s North Hall.  The series has kept its readers guessing as well.  In a superhero setting that is arguably more realistic than others, Gotham Academy might have been the type to mix a bit of reality into the supernatural.  It becomes evident in this issue that it is not the case.  Instead the series takes a different approach and one which has never been tried before in comics, as the regular people in Gotham are portrayed as regular people from the real world, but that the superpowered nature of some is explained by supernatural explanations.

In this issue both a vampire and a lizard man are explained in this way, and while it is not necessarily either Man-Bat or Killer Croc that are being referred to, it it still evident how people could make the mistake.  While this is the most noteworthy innovation of this issue, it is also the source of the main drawback, as minor as it is.  For the first time maps is shown talking in Dungeons and Dragons lingo, which is likely understood by most comic fans, but as this comic has the ability to reach out to mainstream interest, it also comes across as a bit heavy.  A couple or references would be fun, but it is risks becoming too niche in its references.

This series is still one of the standouts among the big two, and while others are being rolled out to compete with the success of this and Batgirl, it is evident that (while the newer series are not necessarily bad) that this is a step above.  The characters are approachable and the story is enchanting and engaging, and this series remains a success story and provides an example of how to do comics right.

Story: Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher Art: Karl Kerschl
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get?

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – DC Hires Ben Abernathy as Talent Relations Director – Congrats!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #15

Comic Vine – Amazing X-Men #17

Comic Vine – Aquaman #39

CBR – Arkham Manor #5

Comic Vine – Batman #39

Comic Vine – The Black Hood #1

Comic Vine – Chew #46

ComicBook.com – Criminal Special Edition

Comic Vine – Curb Stomp #1

The Beat – Curb Stomp #1

Comic Vine – Daredevil #13

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #2

Comic Vine – Deadpool #42

Comic Vine – Deathstroke #5

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #643

Talking Comics – Gotham Academy #5

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #5

CBR – Mister X: Razed #1

Comic Vine – New Avengers #30

Comic Vine – Rasputin #5

Talking Comics – Spider-Gwen #1

CBR – Spider-Gwen #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Gwen #1

The Beat – Spider-Gwen #1

Comic Vine – Suiciders #1

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

Comic Vine – Thor Annual #1

TV Review: Arrow S3E15 Nanda Parbat

arrowOn this episode of Arrow Malcolm is captured by Ra’s al Ghul and taken to Nanda Parbat. Because of his love for Thea, Oliver considers saving Merlyn. Ray is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit so he can save the city but Felicity fears he is heading down the same path as Oliver and tries to pull him out of the lab.

The episode is another forgettable one for me, though a lot happens. So lets take it a bit at a time. Nyssa is captured which gives her moments with Thea and Laurel. The Laurel one is a little heartfelt, but Thea is left on a cliffhanger for next week. Overall, it’s a bit meh, especially the Laurel part which I’ve almost totally blocked out just a bit after the episode ended.

The battle against Ra’s al Ghul continues which gets Merlyn captured, and then Oliver and John go after him. There’s some action, most of it is forgettable as well. I say most because the ending was absolutely memorable. It’s one rather interesting ending, and not something I expect at all.

The coolest parts of the episode involve Ray and Felicity. Ray is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit. And we finally get to see it “in the flesh” at the end. It’s a cool payoff, and so far, the Palmer/Atom storyline to me is the highlight of the season. More please! Spinoff please!

The episode is one I’d call a bridge. It sets up a lot for the next one, where hopefully more will happen.

Overall rating: 7

DC’s Vixens turn into Vinyl Sugar: Vinyl Vixens

Vinyl Sugar has announced Vinyl Vixens, a brand new collection full of dreamy intrigue! These statues stand on removable bases at over 9-inches in height and capture all the spark, sass, and attitude of your favorite female heroes and villains.

Though these DC Comic Vixens appear sweet at first, make sure you don’t put your guard down for too long. Keep your eyes peeled as we announce more Vixens from different universes throughout the year! These first three hit shelves in March.

Vinyl Sugar Catwoman Vinyl Sugar Harley Quinn Vinyl Sugar Poison Ivy

Batman: Arkham Knight – Gotham is Mine Trailer

As Scarecrow unites the Rogues Gallery, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, they bring all-out war as they try to take down The Dark Knight, and claim Gotham City as their own. The game hits shelves June 2, 2015.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

D4VE01cvrSUBWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett’s Picks

Top Pick: D4VE #1 (IDW Publishing/Monkeybrain Comics) – The digital comic comes to print, and hopefully more people will take a look and appreciate this series brilliance. It’s definitely a comic that’s been under the radar too long. The series is about a great robot war hero who is now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job.

The Black Hood #1 (Dark Circle Comics/Archie) – Archie is going dark and gritty with the relaunch of their former Red Circle line, now Dark Circle. The series is the launch of a new(ish) super hero line with some top notch creators behind it all.

Curb Stomp #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An unfortunate title for an otherwise good idea. The comic is basically The Warriors, but with a group of women.

Darth Vader #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic, and Marvel has knocked it out of the park so far with their relaunched Star Wars line of comics.

Fight Like a Girl #4 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The series is under the radar, and that’s too bad, because it’s really good. The comic follows a young girl who is fighting through video game like levels, including boss battles, to save her brother.

Gotham Academy #5 (DC Comics) – DC Comics’ saw a breath of fresh air with this series that focuses on some of the kids of Gotham. It’s a fantastic series that we wish we saw more of in the comic world.

Orphan Black #1 (IDW Publishing) – The popular television series comes to comics! The first issue adapts what’s come instead of adding upon what’s already happen. But, that’s ok! The more clones the better!

Princeless: The Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Two ass-kicking women is good. Even better, three ass-kicking women. The first issue returns to the fun, and socially relevant, that we’ve seen in the previous volumes. A fantastic series for kids and adults alike.

Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel) – The break out star of Marvel’s recent Spider-Verse storyline gets her own series. It’ll be interesting to see what we get, as well as where the series goes with the upcoming Secret War.

Suiciders #1 (Vertigo) – A new series by Vertigo? Yes please. This one has to deal with a earthquake ravaged Los Angeles which is now its own city where gladiator contests are held for entertainment.

George’s Picks

Top Pick- Batman #39 (DC Comics) This is the penultimate issue of “Endgame”. Part 5 of 6 of one of the best stories out in the market right now and one of the best Batman stories available. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo outdo themselves with each release and its the first book I grab when available. The art matches Snyder’s writing style perfectly and you can’t help but be sucked into the story of Batman and the Joker over and over again. Snyder/Capullo are definitely going full force with this and fans couldn’t be happier.

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Marvel) Now that Spidey is officially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it would be a good idea to pick up the current book and catch up. The story line is great so far with #15 starting a new story arc after the incredible event of Spider-Verse ending with #14.

Chew #46 (Image Comics) – This story is coming to end shortly so anyone interested should catch up now. Its one of my favorite books to look forward to with each release and the story gets better with each chapter. You get rewarded for paying attention and the art is some of the coolest out there.

Darth Vader #2 – (Marvel) Issue #1 had me wondering how a book focusing on a villain would work, but then I read Darth Vader #1 and realized how incredible Vader’s journey is going to be. Issue #2 should continue his first amazing story arc as we see Vader go to any lengths to take down anyone that opposes him. His story is as rich as any Jedi’s and you won’t be disappointed with the illustrations of all the elements of the Empire we don’t usually see in a Jedi story.

Thief of Thieves #26 (Image Comics) – The latest story arc starts here so new readers can jump on and have a great new book to add to their list. This book started out as Robert Kirkman’s, which he then passed on to Andy Diggle who has done an exceptional job with the story. AMC is rumored to make this into a TV series so there’s another reason to pick this book up.

 

Calista Flockhart Joins Supergirl as Cat Grant

Calista FlockhartCalista Flockhart is returning to television, and will be joining CBS‘s pilot for Supergirl as Cat Grant. In the television series, Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist, will be working as a personal assistant to Grant who has her own company, CatCo.

Flockhart break big as Ally McBeal who premiered on The Practice before getting her own series which ran from 1997-2002. This is her first step into the “comic” world of television or movies.

Catherine “Cat” Jane Grant first came to DC Comics in 1987 and was a gossip columnist for the Daily Planet. She was a potential love interest for Clark Kent, twisting up the Clark/Lois/Superman love triangle.

The character did appear in Lois & Clark, and Smallville, and also has appeared in some of the various animated movies and series.

(via Deadline)

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