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Gotham Weekly Discusses Two Weeks of Batman Comics

This week on Gotham Weekly, our hosts battle some slight sound issues to talk about the past two weeks of Batman family comics.

Included in this episode is:

Batman #16 by Tom King and David Finch
Nightwing #14 by Tim Seeley and Marcus To
Batgirl #7 by Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
All-Star Batman #7 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay
Detective Comics #950 by James Tynon IV, Marco Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 by Julie and Shawna Benson, Chloe Roe
Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 by Scott Lobdell and Miko Colik

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TV Review: Powerless S1E3 Sinking Day

powerlessbigAfter the ream loses a client due to Van’s incompetence, Emily tries to clinch a deal with Atlantis; Van’s father gives him a chance to redeem himself; Teddy and Ron are convinced that new employee Alex is a superhero.

The third episode of Powerless continues to show improvement as the series finds its footing and this third episode brings the funny with a twisted humor mostly at display in the beginning.

I panned the first episode of Powerless. I hated it, really really hated it. That was to a point I almost didn’t watch the second episode. But, like the second episode this third one continues to improve and it’s clear the writers are getting a better sense of their characters and vision for the show.

The core entertainment of the show isn’t Vanessa Hudgens’ Emily Locke, it’s the trio of Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk, and Ron Funches as Teddy, Jackie, and Ron. The trio are nailing it when it comes to the comedy of the show and the writers are giving them solid material to work with. This episode displays a bite with running jokes about race and nationality and does so in a way that’s actually funny. Hudgens does show improvement too as her enthusiasm is dialed back making her character fit in a bit more with the rest of the ensemble.

The episode itself is goofy workplace comedy that mixes the company’s need to get a big client after losing Ace Chemicals (yes the company that created the Joker, with clown joke included), with the new employee who might be a superhero, and jokes about Atlantis. It all comes together and works in a non-groundbreaking but still entertaining way. The show is generally safe, though shows it might not always play it as such in the future.

The third episode improves on the second which was a massive improvement on the first. I’m hoping we see more of this as the show mixes a workplace comedy with nerd cred. While it looks like the writers are getting that down they’re also allowing its actors to begin to shine and doing that by delivering entertainment material to work with.

Overall Rating: 6.95

DC Comics Has Teased a Looney Tunes Smash-up

Jonah Hex. Yosemite Sam.

Martian Manhunter. Marvin the Martian.

Lobo. The Road Runner.

Batman. Elmer Fudd.

Yes please!

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the kitchen #1 coverThe weekend is almost here. Some of the GP crew have a long weekend, which is good, because at least one of us has to write a review for a certain Canadian Mutant who has a movie coming out soon… Snikt.

While you wait for work to end and the weekend begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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BoardGameGeek News – Codenames to Get Disney/Pixar and Marvel Comics Editions in Q4 2017 – Very Cool. The Marvel edition could be really fun.

JoBlo – Kevin Smith set to develop Todd McFarlane’s Sam & Twitch for BBC America – Yes please!

The Outhousers – DC Announces New Wonder Woman Day – Woo hoo!

Newsarama – Report: Movie Adaptation of Vertigo’s’ The Kitchen Gets Female Director – Such a good series.

 

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Talking Comics – Super Sons #1

Preview: Superman #17

Superman #17

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A/CA) Sebastian Fiumara
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“DARK HARVEST”! Jon and Cathy go deep into the woods of Hamilton to find a horror that hungers for the new Superboy!

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Preview: Batman #17

Batman #17

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Finch
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“I Am Bane” part two! Barricading himself within the walls of Arkham Asylum still might not keep Batman and his allies safe from Bane’s assault. Which one of Bruce’s loved ones will be torn from him next?

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Review: Harley Quinn #14

harley_cv14_dsThis weeks issue of Harley Quinn was full of all the things I love about the way Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have been taking our favorite maybe sheroes story arcs. There were some growing pains and a sense that they were trying to shove too much into one issue but, not only did it all work itself out but, it has fueled the issues that followed. Palmiotti and Conner are kicking ass at defining who Harley is now, not only have they excelled at giving her agency, purpose, and focus but, they’ve managed to tackle some pretty serious social and relationship issues. They have also managed to serve up a healthy dose of girl power and sisterhood reminding us all that women really do kick ass. Despite her often psychotic and fractured actions, Harley Quinn has returned to being the penultimate “you don’t own me” bad ass boss chick role model that we got a glimpse of before.

Harley Quinn #14 starts off with a glimpse of what Ms. Berkowitz has in mind to help the Mayor solve his homelessness problem and it’s not only shady but, scary. We also discover more about how Harley pays the bills and, runs a crew. There’s something kind of empowering about the way she handles herself and her gang with her own hero for hire and , bad ass for kicks business ventures. If that’s not enough excitement for you there’s also a what’s in the tunnels story arc that’s about to take off. We’re treated to a front row seat as the insects come out of the dark, into the light and set loose their dark lord. Harley in her usual trouble maker with a heart uses some trickery to get this alien arsehole out of her hood to keep her home turf safe. But, she ends up needing help from an unlikely and new source in order to do battle with what promises to be a wrathful return.

The writing is on point as usual. There are multiple storylines going on but, hey are clear lines letting the reader know where the storylines switched over. There are also some killer social commentary quips and undertones that make the story touch on the readers humanity. The writers were even nice and clever enough to take a jab at Sunkist Stalin number 45 himself. I was also impressed that when the shizz hit the fan, Harley thought about all of the female heroes she could call to help out with their alien overlord problem.

Khari Evans and John Timms split the drawing duties for this issue with Alex Sinclair serving up some killer, mood appropriate color. It’s a really pretty comic, full of detail, providing a feeling that the scene is just as important as the words.

Overall this issue of Harley Quinn brings together some A-team level storytelling and artwork. Everything fits together and the words complement the art which aids in the ability of reader to get sucked in and enjoy the ride. This was a solid set up for a new arc and, a good precursor for the arcs that will follow. I appreciated the story and, enjoyed that it had a mildly political subtext with a good, relatable, entertaining tale dominating the forefront. It was a blast to read and I look forward to not only watching this story arc play out but, discovering what other arcs are lurking in the wings waiting for their chance to have a full fledged story arc of their own. Wherever this team decides to go I’m here for it and have full faith in their ability to keep us all wanting more.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner Art: Khari Evans, John Timms, Alex Sinclair
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

DC comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

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tws_cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you get? What’s you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Breaking news: only 30% of the news on comics news sites is actually about comics – And we’re about 70%.

TechCrunch – Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy – This is pretty cool and if you want some storytelling tips, they are some of the best at it.

Arizona State University – The rise of graphic novels – This is a pretty cool event.

Newsarama – Coming Soon: DC Comics Commercials In Movie Theaters – About time. We pitched this idea years ago.

The Comichron – Exclusive: Comichron’s provisional Direct Market comics sales rankings and market shares for 2016 – Some interesting initial data.

 

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Newsarama – Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Daredevil #17

Talking Comics – Deathstroke #12

Atomic Junk Shop – Doctor Crowe #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #8

Newsarama – The Wild Storm #1

Preview: The Wild Storm #1

The Wild Storm #1

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.

And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body-is the only person who can save him.

What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, RED, PLANETARY) returns to DC to curate Jim Lee’s WildStorm world, with this debut issue resetting the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and others.

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Preview: Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Batwoman: Rebirth #1

(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A) Ben Oliver (A/CA) Steve Epting
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”!

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