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Gotham Citizen to President Over Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

A person who has spent some time in the fictional Gotham will be playing a major role in the second impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the impeachment trial.

With Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts declining to oversee the trial (Chief Justices preside over sitting Presidents), the duties fall to the Senate President Pro Tempore. That position has historically done that over impeachment trials for non-presidents.

Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. The Senator has appeared in five Batman films (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as well as voiced a character in Batman: The Animated Series. He’s also credited with being in My Wife is a Vampire.

Leahy has taken on numerous roles, depending on the film, though usually a politician. He’s been credited as himself in two films, Territorial Governor in Batman: The Animated Series, Board Member #2 in The Dark Knight Rises, and Senator Purrington in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we can’t say 100% that the Senator’s characters live in Gotham, he does spend a lot of time there.

Yes, the President Pro Tempore has spent time in Gotham and faced the Joker. We have little doubt he’ll have trouble facing objections during the trial.

The position of Senate President Pro Tempore is one of those that’s rather obsucre. A member of the Senate they’re third in line of succession to the President. The position is bestowed upon the longest-serving senator of the majority party. It is now held by Patrick Leahy who was once again sworn into the role on January 20, 2021 when the Democrats became the majority party in the US Senate.

Senator Leahy debuted in this new role today overseeing the first steps in the trial which included the swearing in the rest of the Senate and taking his own special oath as “judge” of the trial. The official trial will take place in a few weeks.

After today’s initial proceedings ended Leahy was taken to a hospital after an abundance of caution due to discomfort. He’s expected to resume his duties on Wednesday.

Review: The Other History of the DC Universe #2

The Other History of the DC Universe #2

In The Other History of the DC Universe‘s debut, writer John Ridley planted a flag with a raw, emotional, and blunt take on DC’s superhero history. The debut was not only a celebration of the history but it’s the type of reflection on it that we see today with our own real experiences. The comic didn’t examine it with rose-colored glasses, instead, it delivered a perspective and truth that stands up and feels justified. It was like a band-aid being ripped off to show a still festering wound. The Other History of the DC Universe #2 that direction with a shift of a focus to the Teen Titans.

Told from the dual perspectives of Karen Beecher-Duncan (Bumblee) and Mal Duncan, we’re taken from their early years in Metropolis through the history of their time with the Teen Titans and then Titans. I’m not personally too knowledgeable with either character, so Ridley’s take is just new history for me as a whole. Karen and Mal, like the first issue, show the white-centered team for what it was and don’t pull punches. Drama, drug use, abuse, these are some of the topics touched upon. But, it’s the second class citizen nature of Mal and Karen’s membership that really stands out.

Mal rightly comes back to the fact that as much as he was there for the team, the team was rarely there for Mal or Karen. They missed their wedding, they saw Mal as nothing more than a maintenance person, there feels like a rooted racist aspect of the team. When they initial met, the Teen Titans were hiding in one of Metropolis’ crime infested areas as if no one would care about anyone in these areas. We’re taken through the history of the Teen Titans, then Titans, as they break up and get back together, ignoring Mal and Karen throughout the years except when they could use their help.

But beyond the Titans, the comic is also an examination of the relationship of the two individuals. We get to experience their ups and downs. There’s high and lows with all of the human emotion one would expect. There’s drama throughout the education. While we’re teased the Titan’s drama, we get to experience Mal and Karen’s.

Ridley delivers what feels like a very interesting critique at DC as a whole. Not just the comics but the publisher itself. The comics feel like a graphic thesis paper on the depiction of minorities in literature and entertainment. This is a series that’s going to spur discussion for quite some time.

Like the first issue, The Other History of the DC Universe #2 has a graphic essay feel about it. Breaking from “traditional” comic layouts, the comic breaks from the usual panels that are expected. The result is a read that feels like journal entries enhanced with beautiful art. Giuseppe Camuncoli‘s layouts with Andrea Cucchi‘s finishes are impressive. The art is just amazing, along with the color from José Villarrubia and lettering by Steve Wands. There’s so much packed in with art that plays as homage to classic scenes and styles. There’s some pages that feel like they’re ripped from the original material, it all brings back memories.

The Other History of the DC Universe #2 is another fantastic and amazing issue. The series is calling out the failures of DC Comics’ history and the issues with its narratives. It’s impressive the publisher would do this at all. The fact it’s all at such a high quality is such a treat. Each issue feels like it’s a college level course in DC comic history. Time for all of us to get schooled.

Story: John Ridley Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli Finishes: Andrea Cucchi
Color: José Villarrubia Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Bloodshot #10

Project Rising Spirit is back and a team is coming together to stop them from whatever evil plans they might have.

Bloodshot #10 kicks off “One Last Shot“, a solid starting point for new readers and a new story arc that should have long time fans excited.

Story: Tim Seeley
Art: Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E1 The Time of Two Engines

Snowpiecer Season 2 "The Time of Two Engines"

When the first season of Snowpiercer ended, the train was met by a mysterious second train. The impact was massive in numerous ways completely changing the dynamic of the world and what we know. “The Time of Two Engines” kicks things off with an episode full of action, tension, and a dance to show who’s in control.

Snowpiercer 998, cars strong vs. Big Alice, 40 cars long. The immediate impact by the introduction of this “super train” is seen right away. Snowpiercer’s power is generated by its movement. With it dead on the track, that’s no longer an option leading to the immediate threat of lack of power and the train and its people freezing. Its systems have been shut down as well, hijacked by the larger train. Big Alice shows its strength with an ability to give and take the live of Snowpiercer and the people within. And Big Alice has demands.

The train, which should be prepared like Snowpiercer, opens with a list of demands. Why do they need this items?

So many questions are raised within the first few moments of the newest season of Snowpiercer, not just by the demands of Mr. Wilford and his train but also some of its inhabitants. “The Time of Two Engines” is all about setting things up for the new season and showing who holds what cards and where the power lies.

The new train creates a massive dynamic change as well.

The tail is no longer the tail. It’s now the border between the two trains and groups. The tail is now one of the most important pieces of real estate in all of the trains. It’s a zone of defense. It’s a zone to prepare offense. The tailies are now the first line of defense against whatever Big Alice has waiting for them.

The episode is a fascinating one as the two worlds combat each other dealing with their new reality. Mr. Wilford wants his train back exclaiming Melanie stole it. Melanie exclaims there’s a new dynamic for the train and the people within and Wilford’s vision no longer works. The scenes between these two are full of information fleshing out the character of Mr. Wilford giving us a solid idea as to what type of person he is.

The episode is a dance between forces and personalities. Melanie representing Snowpiercer. Mr. Wilford representing Alice. Caught in between are the inhabitants of each train. The most intriguing factor is Melanie’s daughter, alive, she works for Mr. Wilford as his Engineer.

“The Time of Two Engines” is a hell of a start to the season. It takes the series in a whole new direction with a new, logical threat, while not missing its underlying themes established in the first season. It’s the strongest episode of the series so far and points to a fantastic season.

Overall Rating: 9.0

Review: Redfork

After a run-in with the law, ex-con Noah returns to his coal-mining hometown to find it in economic decline and riddled with drug abuse. But, there’s something far more sinister in the coal mines than the evil corporation exploiting the town and its people.

Story: Alex Paknadel
Art: Nil Vendrell
Color: Giulia Brusco
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier

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The Marksman Repeats in First as Wonder Woman 1984 Drops to Third

The Marksman

The Marksman nailed the target by again placing in first place for the weekend box office. The film earned an estimated $2 million in its second weekend. That brings the film’s domestic total to $6.1 million. The film hasn’t opened internationally yet.

In second place was The Croods: A New Age which has found an audience in these rough times. The film earned an estimated $1.8 million after nine weeks bringing its domestic total to $41.8 million. Internationally, the film added $3.2 million to its grosses over the week to bring its earnings to just under $98 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $139.8 million.

Wonder Woman 1984 slipped to third place after last week’s second. The film earned an estimated $1.6 million in its fifth week. Domestically, the film has earned $37.7 million so far. Internationally, the film grossed $4.4 million over the week to bring that total to $110.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $148 million.

In fourth place was News of the World which earned an estimated $810,000 to bring its domestic total to $9.7 million.

Monster Hunter also earned an estimated $810,000 to bring its domestic total to $10.2 million after six weeks. The film earned around $850,000 over the week to bring the international gross to $7.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a little over $18 million.

Over the weekend, films grossed $8,835,800 from 17 films and 14,939 according to initial numbers. That’s down from the previous weekend’s $11.3 million from 18 films and 12,566 theaters. This weekend saw an average gross of $591.46 compared to the previous weekend’s $899.73.

Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #7

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton

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Movie Review: 76 Days

76 Days

January 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China. 76 Days is a documentary directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, and “Anonymous” taking us into the region and giving us a look at their struggle against the deadly pandemic. The film takes place through four Wuhan hospitals beginning a few days after lockdown.

The documentary opens with a gut punch as family is torn apart from each other. It delivers a visceral start of a raw and emotional journey the world has been experiencing for over a year. The film focuses on the struggles of the people of Wuhan in the earliest days of the outbreak. It’s the stories at the humans at the center of ground zero attempting to survive and do their best in impossible times.

76 Days

Early on we’re takento a hospital as it needs to hold back the hoards of individuals attempting to seak treatment. The film feels like a zombie horror film as the hopsital staff are clad head to toe in protective gear and individuals bang on the door looking for treatment and refuge. It’s a surreal segment that doesn’t feel real taking us into the city’s lockdown and extreme measures from there. 11 million people on the frontline of the crisis.

The film might take place across the world but its struggles are universal. The pain clear. It’s hard to not tear up at as the phones of the deceased ring and messages are sent. To not cry as individuals recount the dead and family they’ve lost.

It also highlights the efforts of so many to fight the disease in its early days and the complete chaos of the situation. They were up against impossible odds constantly adapting and learning what they were up against. A year later, we’re in much of the same situation as the disease mutates and tests the world’s abilitiy to fight back once again.

76 Days

The humanity on display is inpsiring. Doctors and nurses scrambling to fight for patients, some of who have little fight in them. Some cut off from their family, these medical soldiers adopt their patients becoming their surrogate families in these trying times.

But what’s amazing is, this is a city clearly at war with a force it can’t see. This feels like a battle for survival. It’s amazing to watch this and reflect on the laxidazical response by so many in so many other regions.

But the film goes beyond that showing the impact on others. A woman faces a C-section alone as her husband isn’t allowed to attend the birth due to the risk of disease. Beyond that we see the struggle of the same family to bring their child home during a pandemic. We see the lines of food being handed out to keep individuals at home. There’s the amazing level of work put in to disinfect so much regularly. Often reminding workers of those lost to the disease and how it doesn’t care about age or class.

76 Days

But, the film constantly comes back to the struggle within the hospital. The hurdles are far more than I ever realized beyond the disease itself. Patients with different needs. Patients with different dialects. Some take to the internet filling them with misinformation. Some suffering from other diseases like dementia. It all comes together to make the battle that much more difficult.

This is a war film. There are losses and death. There is trauma that will live with individuals for years. For 76 days the city and its people struggled. It’s a struggle the world continues to experience with no end in sight.

President Pro Tempore, Third in Line of Presidential Succession, Batman Fan and Actor

patrick leahy dark knight

It seems the geeks have inherited the Earth, but when it comes to American politics, comic geeks (and geeks in general) seem to be the ones in charge. President Obama is an admitted comic book fan, having read and collected Spider-Man and Conan. former Congressman Grayson is a comic fan who has often quoted comics and used them in political speeches. Recently elected Senator Jon Ossoff has had thoughts on Star Wars and anime. And, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez regularly streams on Twitch and plays video games.

The Senate once again has a new number two, who also happens to be a Batman fan. The new President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate is Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont). Leahy was sworn into the position on January 20, 2021, as the Democrats regained the Senate Majority. This is the second time he held the position. Leahy previously held the role starting in December 2021 after the passing of Senator Inouye. He held the position until January 2015.

The President Pro Tempore is a position created by the Constitution, and is the chamber’s second-highest-ranking official, after the Vice President. Basically, that person runs things when the VP isn’t around. By tradition, the Senate unanimously elects the most senior senator in the majority party to fill the position, which also makes the person third in the line of succession. While the position has played a bigger role in the past, its duties have lessened over the years.

Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. The Senator has appeared in five Batman films (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as well as voiced a character in Batman: The Animated Series. He’s also credited with being in My Wife is a Vampire.

That fandom and those appearances have also raised some eyebrows. Senator Leahy has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection. We’re sure being in movies and those policies are not related at all…

Nonetheless, it’s another example of comic fans dominating politics.

Get a first look at Invincible: The Animated Series

Robert Kirkman‘s new comic-turned-show Invincible (starring Steven Yeun) comes to Amazon Prime Video on March 26th!!!!! The series will debut with three episodes and then a new episode will debut each Friday through the first three episodes. Each episode will also feature a Twitter discussion by the cast, crew, and creators using the hashtag #InvincibleFriday.

The series is based on the comic by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker that was published by Image Comics and Skybound. The character debuted in Tech Jacket #1 in 2002 and the Invincible series debuted in 2003 and ran for 144 issues ending in 2017.

The animated series features an all-star cast including Steve Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantsoukas, Mae Whitman, Michael Dorn, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, and so many more.

The first full length trailer for the show will debut in the coming weeks.

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