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It’s a new week! We’ve got lots of news and reviews coming as we focus in on the end of the year and holidays. While you think about all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

How to Love Comics – IKEA Comic Book Storage Solutions [2020 Catalog Edition] – Some good solutions here.

Newsarama – CW Orders Nine More Batwoman Episodes For Season One – Cool.

Reviews

Austin Chronicle – The Hard Tomorrow
Talking Comics –
Marauders #1
Austin Chronicle –
The River at Night

TV Review: Batwoman S1E4 Who Are You?

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Batwoman fourth episode has a bit of a different focus as it shifts into the bad guy of the week territory. That tends to be the formula for The CW DC-based shows and generally has become predictable and a tad bit repetitive.

Magpie is the new villain and she comes off as a second rate Catwoman. Her entire focus is stealing jewelry and it isn’t until the end that there’s any depth to the character.

The bigger focus of the episode is Kate attempting to balance her life as Batwoman and her personal goings on. She’s dating but has issues dealing with that and donning the cape.

There’s potential here as far as the show goes is the greatest. There’s some solid territory to mine and it’s something for Batman that no films have really dived into well.

There are some revelations about what Katherine has been hiding and she’s forced to admit things to Kate’s dad. It adds to the chance that Alice is telling the truth about her being Kate’s missing sister. It also adds some tension to her family.

The episode gets the small details right. It finally hints that Kate is Jewish. It’s something the series has ignored for the first three episodes. It also has Kate not being smooth in the Batsuit. She misses a Batarang and causes damage. She doesn’t slide right into the role which is a nice touch.

The show actually finally shows some standout ideas as the end has Kate making a declaration as to what she’s going to do. It feels like a response that Batman would do more to help Gotham as Bruce but doesn’t. It puts the concept Kate can do good in both her roles and out of everything, this is what can really make the series interesting. Hopefully, it’s more than just a line and the team does something with it.

Overall Rating: 7.2

TV Review: Batwoman S1E3 Down Down Down

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In the third episode of Batwoman, the city awaits for another visit from who they think is Batman; Alice continues to taunt Kate; Mary gets an unexpected new friend; as Batwoman faces a new enemy, Kate realizes she must make a decision.

The third episode of Batwoman picks things up a bit as the dance between Alice and her father and Kate continues. But the real focus is a former friend of Bruce and Kate who’s out for revenge.

That plotline is a bit mixed. It gives a distraction from the Alice storyline but the decision to act against Bruce due to “Batman’s return” feels a bit rushed and not fleshed out. We get a Riddler reference but overall it’s all a bit meh.

Ruby Rose continues to improve in her acting. While her delivery is still a bit cold, there’s at least some variant in her delivery of lines and scenes. Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox has his moments and shows off a lot of entertainment factor. He feels a bit like a few other actors and characters we’ve seen on CW shows but he brings some subtle humor to the episode. Nicole Kang still feels like the underused actor and while there’s glimpses of her Mary of being a bit more than a bratty socialite, she’s used here mostly to push Kate’s story and relationship with her ex Sophie.

Rachel Skarsten continues to be the standout of the show. There’s something about her delivery and every scene that’s entertaining. She runs circles around the others on the show and as a first season villain, she’s the highlight of the series.

Though Skarsten as Alice and the dynamic between her, Kate, and their father is interesting, the dance is a bit old. Not enough emphasis is delivered as to why Kate doesn’t just turn her in and let the truth come out that way. The show never quite makes the case as to why it’s doing what it is.

We do get a more proper Batwoman costume on this episode and it’s not a bad adaptation from the comic version. It beats what we’ve seen the last few episodes in the proto version that never quite worked and didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

The episode is just ok continuing the series rather dull delivery of the material. It’s not good and it’s not bad. It just is. The hour at times feels like a chore thought the last this episode and the previous less so than the debut. Batwoman underwhelms in what should be a much higher quality show and makes one wonder if the magic of The CW’s DCTV might be waning.

Overall Rating: 7.0

TV Review: Batwoman S1E2 The Rabbit Hole

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In the second episode of Batwoman, Jacob Kane and the Crows up the stakes; Kate continues to look to Bruce Wayne’s legacy for guidance as Luke Fox inadvertently gets pulled into Batwoman’s vigilante heroics; Sophie and Kate are forced to team up.

The second episode of Batwoman is interesting if not a bit dragged out. Much like the first episode, there’s something morose about the tone of the second. It’s slow and somewhat predictable but builds on aspects of the debut and improves in many ways.

While still serious, Ruby Rose is a bit more entertaining in her acting. Things aren’t quite as flat and there’s some subtle things she does in her delivery and movements that’s intriguing. Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton, Kate’s stepsister, has a bigger role. Her character is playing an interesting aspect in the series as an exploration of the definition of family. Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox gets some acknowledgment as far as his family as well. Though it’s not dived into too much, it’s a nice touch. It plays into larger themes of the show and especially Kate’s relationship with her own father played by Dougray Scott. Rachel Skarsten‘s Alice is still the standout. The “reveal” that she’s Kate’s sister comes a bit too soon in the show and doesn’t deliver the emotional punch it should. The show does leave enough out there to create doubt of her identity.

Still, the show creates an interesting dynamic with Kate struggling with what to do with a villain who might her sister. That gets more complicated with the fact their father is also in pursuit and in denial that it’s his daughter.

Meagan Tandy‘s Sophie Moore is still the most interesting thing of the show though frustrating at the same time. Kate’s past relationship with her is present and the fact Sophie is now married to a man becomes more intriguing. The show acknowledging the bisexuality exists is nice, or there could be deeper denial at play as well with Kate being an out and confident gay woman and Sophie is still struggling. That’s the frustrating part but also potential further down the road in the show. But, as a whole, it’s nice to see the complicated reality of sexuality in real life.

There’s much improved in the second episode of Batwoman though some of the aspects such as Alice and Batwoman’s interaction is a bit predictable and frustrating. The show has touches of greatness and other moments not so much. Much like the debut, there’s potential there and it’s a show that has at least found a voice of its own, both for good and bad.

Overall Rating: 7.0

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Art exhibit showcases Native American comic book heroes – This could be very interesting to check out.

Deadline – ‘Marvel’s Helstrom’ Cast Revealed With ‘Homeland’, ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ & ‘The Royals’ Alums For Fiery Hulu Series – Some interesting casting and character descriptions.

Newsarama – CW’s Batwoman Debuted with 1.8 Million Viewers – Kind of a mixed result.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Coffin Bound #3
The Beat –
Commute
Newsarama –
Hellmouth #1
Comics Bulletin –
Ruby Falls #1
CBR –
Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

TV Review: Batwoman S1E1 Pilot

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Kate Kane returns to Gotham when a gang targets her father and her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore. Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, is gone and Gotham is facing increasing lawlessness. That’s the base of Batwoman, the latest entry into The CW‘s DCTV.

Ruby Rose suits up in the iconic role, donning the cape as Batwoman. Much speculation and nervousness has surrounded the show. Batwoman has become both an LGBTQ+ icon but also one of the few Jewish characters in comics. How much the show would lean into the many aspects of the character remained a mystery but the show has no problem in putting at least some of her out there.

At the center of Kate’s return is trying to save her ex-girlfriend. A woman she was expelled from the military due to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” It’s an aspect of the comic character that was forward for its time and still has an impact today. The acknowledgment is there and it’s an important part of this version’s history.

Also present is the strife with her father Colonel Jacob Kane played by Dougray Scott. His history is teased but not quite as clear as to how closely it aligns with that of the comic counterpart. Where the show takes this relationship may become key as even in this first episode it’s a bit by the books and breaks little new ground.

Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox is her tech guy and he too adds little for emotional depth. His role is one we’ve seen on every CW show.

What is interesting is Kate falling into the role of Batwoman. Her discovery of her cousin’s secret identity falls short in a cold emotional scene. Sadly it comes off as too distant and doesn’t resonate. It highlights Rose’s flat performance. It works well for the military aspects of the character but beyond that, it borderlines unlikeable. This isn’t a character I want to route for beyond stopping the bad guys. The fun we see in the other DC based CW shows isn’t present.

The show picks up slightly as Kate dons the cape but that’s mostly due to Rachel Skarsten‘s Alice. As a villain, she brings a certain flair to an otherwise cold and unemotional show. She has a Joker like quality enhanced due to the seriousness and blandness of everyone else involved. Unfortunately, the reveal of the character is delivered too soon in the series and again lacks an emotional punch.

As a debut, the pilot for Batwoman has potential but falls short of the fun or excitement of previous CW DC shows. Its different tone may be the cause of that as it’s so different from the rest. The show’s last ten minutes is where the potential is as we learn more about Sophie and we see the result of the return of “Batman” around Gotham. The show has the fundamentals but it takes too much of Gotham’s dour tone to heart. Even Batman, and Batwoman, can enjoy themselves.

Overall Rating: 7.0

NYCC 2019: Warner Bros. Television Brings Watchmen, Castle Rock, Batwoman, Riverdale, and more

Warner Bros. Television Group returns to New York Comic Con (NYCC) in 2019 with three new series and four returning favorites. On Friday, October 4, HBO presents an exclusive screening of Damon Lindelof’s eagerly anticipated series Watchmen, in advance of its Sunday, October 20, premiere at 9/8c on HBO. The NYCC debut screening will be followed by a Q&A session with series stars and executive producers. Saturday, October 5, brings the season two world premiere screening of Castle Rock, with a cast and producer panel session. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, the series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and WBTV returns on Wednesday, October 23, to Hulu.

On Sunday, October 6, WBTVG will bring Kate Kane out of the shadows with the latest addition to The CW’s Arrow-verse, Batwoman, which premieres later that night at 8/7c on The CW. In addition, Sunday’s WBTV block will include back-to-back cast and producer panel sessions with the residents of Riverdale (returning Wednesday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW), the resident aliens of Roswell, New Mexico (returning midseason on The CW), and the continuing mysteries of Manifest (which returns midseason on NBC), TV’s #1 new scripted series of last season among Adults 18–49. Fans will also be treated to a screening of the debut episode of Harley Quinnthe adult animated series voiced and executive produced by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, which is coming soon to DC UNIVERSE.

Exclusive autograph signings for participating series will take place at the Javits Center on the day of the relevant panel. Warner Bros. Television follows New York Comic Con’s private autographing lottery drawing, which opens in mid-September.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

  • 3:45–5:45 p.m. Watchmen Exclusive Pilot Screening and Q&A –– Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, HBO’s upcoming series Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own. From the co-creator of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s new series is set in contemporary 2019, where roughly 30 years have passed since the original Watchmen story. Please join producers and series stars for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of the HBO series, followed by a panel discussion. Watchmen premieres October 20 and airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO. Become a fan of Watchmen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WatchmenHBO and follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @watchmen.  Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

  • 3:30–5:00 p.m. Castle Rock Season Two World Premiere Screening and Q&A –– J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s hit psychological horror series returns! Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine forestland. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Panelists include series stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Elsie Fisher, along with co-creator and showrunner Dustin ThomasonCastle Rock premieres Wednesday, October 23, only on Hulu. Become a fan of Castle Rock on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CastleRockHulu and follow the show on Twitter at @castlerockhulu.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Now that the Gargoyle King has been revealed, The Black Hood is dead and Hiram is in jail, can Archie and the gang have a normal senior year? Riverdale returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con to discuss the new mysteries of season four, including the shocking finale flash forward and what it means for Jughead and the others. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich, plus executive producer Roberto Aguirre-SacasaRiverdale returns for season four October 9, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Riverdale: The Complete Third Season is now available on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CWRiverdale, and follow the show on Twitter at @CW_Riverdale.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • 11:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m. Manifest Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Last season’s breakout hit drama returns with more heart-pounding mystery and answers to some of season one’s biggest questions! When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Join the series cast and executive producer/creator Jeff Rake as they delve even further into the mystery of Flight 828, and offer a special sneak peek at some exclusive new footage! Manifest’s second season will air midseason on NBC, and is produced by Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television. Become a fan of Manifest on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NBCManifest and follow the show on Twitter @NBCManifest.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • 12:10–1:00 p.m. Roswell, New Mexico Special Video Presentation and Q&A –– Following the shocking season one finale where Max used his powers to resurrect Rosa while not realizing that he was sacrificing his own life in the process, join the Roswell, New Mexico team as they return for a second appearance at New York Comic Con! In season two, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019. In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defense, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles and Tyler Blackburn, along with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie, Chris Hollier and Julie PlecRoswell, New Mexico will return midseason on The CW. Become a fan of Roswell, New Mexico on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CWRoswellNM and follow the show on Twitter @CWRoswellNM.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • 1:05–1:30 p.m. Harley Quinn Screening –– Catch an early look at this upcoming adult animated action-comedy series coming soon to DC UNIVERSE. Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Spiderman: Far From Home), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Chris Meloni (Happy!), Jim Rash (Community), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and so many more. Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. Check out DC UNIVERSE yourself at https://www.dcuniverse.com/join.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • 1:35–2:45 p.m. Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A –– Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Batwoman stars Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, The Meg, XXX: Return of Xander Cage), Rachel Skarsten (Reign, Fifty Shades of Grey, Lost Girl), Meagan Tandy (Survivor’s Remorse, UnREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage, The Sun Is Also a Star), Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks) and Dougray Scott (Taken 3, Hitman, Mission: Impossible 2). Marcos Siega (You, God Friended Me, Blindspot) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Arrow, The Flash). Batwoman premieres October 6, airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Based on characters from DC, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Become a fan of Batwoman on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CWBatwoman and follow the show on Twitter @CWBatwoman.  The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • Black Lightning, Katy Keene, Legacies, Prodigal Son and Titans — In addition, Sunday’s Warner Bros. Television Block will also include an exclusive presentation of new footage from the upcoming seasons of Black Lightning (returning Monday, October 7, at 9/8c on The CW), Katy Keene (premieres midseason on The CW), Legacies (returning Thursday, October 10, at 9/8c on The CW) and Prodigal Son (premiering Monday, September 23, at 9/8c on FOX), as well as the current second season of Titans (now streaming on DC UNIVERSE).

Diamond Select Toys On Sale Now: Bruce Lee, Batwoman, B9 and More!

It’s the last days of summer, and Diamond Select Toys has gone all-out! This week, a whopping 13 items have shipped to comic shops across North America, from licenses as diverse as Marvel, DC, Godzilla, IT, Lost in Space, John Wick and Nightmare Before Christmas! With a variety of items to choose from, at a variety of prices, there’s something for every kind of collector! It’s the best of all worlds!

Bruce Lee Select Yellow Jumpsuit Action Figure (Item #MAR192442, SRP: $29.99)

DC Comic Gallery Green Arrow PVC Diorama (Item #APR192526, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Batwoman PVC Diorama (Item #MAR192440, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama (Item #FEB192438, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1 Godzilla 1999 (Item #MAR192452, SRP: $9.99)

IT Vinimates Pennywise Vinyl Figure (Item #APR192524, SRP: $9.99)

John Wick Gallery Chapter 1 PVC Diorama (Item #MAR192443, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Iron Man Half Scale Resin Bust (Item #FEB192444, SRP: $150.00)

Lost in Space Retro B-9 Electronic Lights & Sounds Robot (Item #APR192530, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Mr. Sinister PVC Diorama (Item #MAR192447, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama (Item #FEB192447, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack in Chair Coffin Doll (Item #MAR192449, SRP: $74.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sleigh PVC Set (Item #MAR192450, SRP: $124.99)

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