It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Kotaku – Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign Lives On In South Korea – Well ok then.
CBR – DC’s Secret Six in the Works as TV Series at CBS – That’s an interesting station for the series…
Newsarama – Top Cow and Skybound’s The Darkness, Nailbiter, Think Tank, Thief of Thieves in Development for TV – Is anything not being developed at this point?
Publisher’s Weekly – A Record 250,000 Fans Mob New York Comic Con 2018 – That’s a lot of people.
The Beat – The Winners and Losers of New York Comic Con 2018 – Agree? Disagree?
The Comichron – Heroes in Crisis leads first reorder chart for October – Remember, no one wants to read events. That’s why they top the charts.
The Beat – Bastard
Newsarama – Murder Falcon #1
Comics Bulletin – Sparrowhawk #1
Star Trek Discovery has wrapped up the first half of its first season and we’re diving in to discuss the controversial addition to the Star Trek universe. What did that cliffhanger mean? Is the show too dark? What’s it saying about the state of the world? And why isn’t this on television!? We’re talking all of that and more when we’re joined by guest Sarah Rasher.
Sarah Rasher began their Starfleet career by founding their high school’s Star Trek club, which doubled as a Gay-Straight Alliance. Now, in addition to being totally obsessed with Star Trek Discovery, they are embarking on yet another rewatch of Deep Space Nine. When not overly invested in Star Trek, Sarah works in education research and blogs about competitive figure skating at thefinersports.com.
Why go see Thor: Ragnarok on the movie screen when you can have the cast perform the movie for you live courtesy of The Late Late Show With James Corden.
Revealed at Comic-Con 2016 by Executive Producer Bryan Fuller. Get a sneak peek of the newest ship in the “Star Trek” universe. Star Trek: Discovery premieres January 2017 on the CBS Television Network with the premiere and all subsequent episodes available exclusively on CBS All Access.
At the CBS Upfront presentation, CBS unveiled the logo for the new Star Trek television series within the first-ever promotional video for the highly-anticipated program.
The show premieres in 2017.
Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected enemy as she risks everything – including her life – to stop Non and Indigo from destroying everyone on Earth.
CBS‘ Supergirl wraps up her first season as she takes on Non and Indigo in freeing the people of her city and then thing escalate. That issue is resolved rather quickly which is interesting and definitely caught me off guard.
But that false ending (in a way) is just the end of that plan, and instead there’s a bigger plan out there, kind of a scorched Earth policy by Non and Indigo.
That leads to a big showdown that has ok action and a meh ending.
The episode is really about its heart which is shown just before the battle as Kara/Supergirl realizes she might not return from the fight, and the end of the episode where Kara deals with Cat and then her friends. That’s where they show does best I think and here it’s cute and sweet in a way.
The episode has some good and some bad and feels a bit anti-climactic and the resolution to the battle with Non is just ok.
But, the end of the episode is really cool in that it sets up a possibly exciting second season if the show is back. There’s a mystery, a job change, some relationship stuff. A lot is wrapped up and a lot is set up!
Supergirl sputtered a bit, but this episode had more than enough to show off why this show is fantastic and why it’s needed on the air. Here’s to a super first season and hopefully a super second one.
Overall rating: 7.6
Kara must devise a way to free her friends when Non and Indigo employ mind control to turn all of National City’s citizens into their own army.
CBS‘ Supergirl last week gave us the beginning of the end game for the first season as National City was enslaved by Non with a mysterious signal that turns individuals into zombies.
To use the zombie brainpower to solve issues. Yes, Non’s big plan is to use crowdsourcing to solve Earth’s problems….. yes this was a weapon that was created in the hope it could be used to save Krypton, but yeah. Even the weapon is kind of cute in a way.
Beside the master plan, the episode is actually good. The stakes feel high as Non and Indigo team up to take on Supergirl and the few folks she has to help here.
There’s some really horrible parts, like Superman being enslaved (the excuse given is eye rolling, as well as the lack of his actually being used). There’s some silliness absolutely, but, the episode feels like there’s some pretty heft battles going on and even though there’s lots of space in the battles, lacking a feel of an epicness to it, the episode still feels pretty big in the battle.
The first season is wrapping up and this story arc has done a good job at setting itself up. Here’s hoping it sticks the landing. Not a super strong episode, but it’s entertaining.
Overall rating: 7.8
The Flash arrives in National City from an alternate universe. He teams up with Supergirl to battle the villains Livewire and Silver Banshee, in exchange for Supergirl’s help finding him a way to return home.
CBS‘ Supergirl gets a friend in the Flash as the hero from The CW crosses channels and Earth’s to join Kara for a team-up episode that has them taking on Livewire and Silver Banshee and having a great time while doing so.
The last couple of episodes folks have been untrusting of Supergirl, but this episode puts that at the center and has the city make a decision as to where she stands, so there’s a solid use of that storyline.
Before I get to the excellent, I have to ask, is Livewire’s music the same as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man!?
But, what’s really fun is Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist working together after a rather short stint on Glee together. The two have fantastic chemistry and what’s truly amazing is that they bring back the fun to a series that has missed it a bit for a few episodes. There’s such an energy in this episode it’s kind of hard to not smile and giggle at the jokes and enthusiasm of its two leads. The fun explodes off the screen and Benoist is back to her adorkable fun self.
There’s the plot as well having to do with Kara and James, which I will say I am not a fan of the two. There’s something storywise that just doesn’t work for me at all.
But, the episode is beyond fantastic nailing things in every way possible and creating a fun enjoyable episode that’s fun in every way. The title of the episode is “Worlds Finest” and it might have been the show’s finest yet
Overall rating: 9.6
J’onn J’onzz reveals the details of meeting Kara and Alex’s father, Dr. Jeremiah Danvers, and assuming Hank Henshaw’s identity. Meanwhile, Kara considers confiding her secret to someone new; and Siobhan plots to bring Kara down.
CBS‘ Supergirl bounces around the present and past as we learn the history of Martian Manhunter as well as Supergirl. The episode does a great job of intertwining the two’s history. The show is entertaining filling in some blanks as to the two characters’ history. And the solid about that is that it really frames the two as immigrants trying to assimilate to their new world.
In the present the fallout from the revelation that Hank Henshaw is really J’onn J’onzz is being dealt with and the fact he might be a threat to national security and the objective of the DEO is at the center. The episode really is a bunch of interrogations and the flashbacks. And together it’s all really good with some decent resolution.
There’s also some things dealing with Siobhan who is seeking revenge against Kara for getting her fired. That part of the story is ok, but the bigger is a reveal at the end that deals with her.
The episode overall is pretty decent and very entertaining. It does a great job of diving into the past and giving the characters a more fleshed out background and history. The revelations and small details add wonders to them, but also fills in blanks for us viewers too. The themes explored as well feel relevant and something many of us can relate to.
A solid episode overall that is simple in execution and focus.
Overall rating: 8.3