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Preview: Lois Lane #5 (of 12)

Lois Lane #5 (of 12)

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As Lois delves deeper into a mystery whose answers could shake the entire DC Universe to its core, the Question hunts the people responsible for an attempt on the famed reporter’s life. But do they want her dead because of what she knows or to stop her from finding out more?

Lois Lane #5 (of 12)

Wonder Woman Celebrates 750 Issues this January with a 96 Page All-Star Collection

Longtime favorite DC storytellers team up with acclaimed new voices in a celebration of the Amazon Princess Diana as the publisher revealed details today for Wonder Woman #750, scheduled to hit comic book stores and participating online retailers on January 22, 2020.

Wonder Woman #750 is a 96-page tribute to one of pop culture’s most enduring heroes, containing stories from writers such as legendary Wonder Woman writers Greg Rucka and Gail Simone, as well as fan-favorite scribes Vita Ayala, Marguerite Bennett, Jeff Loveness, and current Wonder Woman writer Steve Orlando. They’ll be joined by a variety of new WW storytellers, including Kami Garcia (Teen Titans: Raven, Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity), Shannon and Dean Hale (the upcoming Diana: Princess of the Amazons), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass).

Featuring a stunning cover from Catwoman writer/artist Joëlle Jones, artists include Colleen Doran, Jesus MerinoWonder Woman Rebirth’s Nicola Scott, Elena Casagrade, and Gabriel Picolo, with more artist announcements to follow.

Participating comic book retailers will have something extra special for hardcore collectors and ardent Wonder Woman fans alike. A collection of comics’ most popular and talented artists will render a series of variant covers for this momentous issue, depicting the Amazon Princess in different eras from the 1940s to present day:

  • 1940s variant cover by Joshua Middleton
  • 1950s variant cover by Jenny Frison
  • 1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell
  • 1970s variant cover by Olivier Coipel
  • 1980s variant cover by George Pérez
  • 1990s variant cover by Brian Bolland
  • 2000s variant cover by Adam Hughes
  • 2010s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Wonder Woman #750 is a 96-page prestige format one-shot comic book, debuting in comic book stores and participating online retailers January 22, 2020, for $9.99.

Wonder Woman #750

TV Review: Stumptown S1E4 Family Ties

Stumptown

Stumptown‘s fourth episode picks up on the third with Dex trying to protect her client and baby from an abusive and slimy real estate mogul. That also pits her against Artie Backs, her former mentor when it comes to private investigation.

The episode is a good one and interesting in that it explores a lot of the different characters.

First, there’s the main story featuring Dex and Artie. Cobie Smulders is fantastically pitted against Donal Logue. The two actors just work against each other so well and the playful competition is great. There’s a ratcheting up of actions against each other and it’s just an entertaining tête-à-tête. There’s also some depth added to Artie that while he’s scummy, there’s more than just being a stereotypical private investigator. Hopefully, we’ll get more of Logue in the series as he’s just amazing in everything he’s in.

There’s also a story having to deal with Detective Cosgrove. A prisoner escapes and we learn a connection to Cosgrove’s past but also to Grey and his friend that was murdered. The series gives the storyline a decent amount of the show’s time and in doing so again gets us away from the Dex show and being just another police detective show. Stumptown has been smart in its use of its secondary characters and teasing their history.

The episode wraps up all of the various plot threads in satisfying ways either concluding them or taking them to the next level. The episode is a key one taking the secondary characters and putting them front and center, a lot of the characters. It’s a show that really is about the full cast delivering an entertaining hour and one of the best new shows of the year.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Stumptown S1E3 Rip City Dicks

Stumptown

In hopes of becoming a certified private investigator, Dex seeks mentorship from veteran PI Artie Banks; Hoffman grows suspicious of Grey after evidence proves that he has a connection to a victim in his case.

Stumptown has been fun the first two episodes and the third gets more entertaining with the addition of actor Donal Logue as Dex’s mentor Artie.

Cobie Smulders as Dex delivers something really entertaining in her delivery. Logue goes toe to toe with her in the screw-up/sarcastic department and every scene has me wanting Logue to be a regular. There’s a great chemistry there that somehow has upped the game of the episode.

What’s great about Artie is that he pushes Dex in various ways but a specific scene that triggers Dex’s PTSD really brings it all home. There’s such depth to the character that’s teased out and part of her without it being on display at all times. Instead, scenes like this remind us Dex is more than just PI wannabe.

Grey’s storyline of his murdered friend moves along as well. It’s solid that the series has something strung out throughout the season instead of just delivering a standard weekly one and done storyline. It helps bring in other characters and give them something more to do than just being the background for Dex.

All of that is good and then things drop in the last ten minutes or so when everything comes together. That takes a really good and entertaining episode into great. There’s something so good about the twist. It all really adds to both characters in so many ways.

And that ending! I’ve got the power.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Stumptown S1E2 Missed Connections

Stumptown

Dex is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman whom he recently met, but she quickly learns that the task is not as simple as it seems: Dex and Grey’s history unfolds.

The second episode of Stumptown is an interesting one with a case that juxtaposes nicely with learning more about Dex and Grey’s past.

A wealthy individual pays Dex to find a girl he clicked with and while I expected one thing, it turns out to be something completely different. In a good way. Then there’s a revelation of Dex and Grey’s romantic(ish) past.

The two together share a theme of relationships of the unhealthy type. And each is that in their own way. It’s an interesting framing of it all and a step above the usual procedural detective show.

There’s also the laying out of a deeper story involving Grey, one that’s unexpected and adds a narrative that’ll thread through multiple episodes in a “big bad” sort of way.

The episode does a solid job of focusing on characters. At times it feels like the case is secondary to it all. That’s a good thing. The series is focused on its characters first and everything else second which makes it stand out from the pack.

Stumptown continues to be a fun hour of television and is a solid comic live adaptation.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Preview: Lois Lane #4

Lois Lane #4

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Renee Montoya wants answers. But can she handle the truth of what Lois Lane has uncovered? The questions pile up as Lois meets with both Renee and the original faceless detective, Vic Sage.

Lois Lane #4

TV Review: Stumptown S1E1 Forget It Dex, It’s Stumptown

Cobie Smulders in Stumptown

Dex Parios tries to stay out of trouble while working as a private investigator in Portland, Oregon. Stumptown is based on the comic series by Greg Rucka, Matt Southworth, and Justin Greenwood. Rucka is given writing credits and al three have producing credits.

Starring Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, Stumptown establishes the character as flawed in so many ways. The series gives us a likable character who’s at the same time an asshole. But, what the series intelligently does is adds to the character’s depth slowly as the first episode unfolds.

We learn about Dex’s PTSD, her caring side when it comes to her brother, and her loyalty in many ways. The series allows the viewer to connect the dots and only verbalize it when another character might.

The episode also delivers a solid whodunnit. There’s some twists and turns that some may easily figure out but it reveals itself well. Then there’s the humor of it all. Small jokes like a broken cassette or the car not starting adds depth and laughs. Smulders delivers laughs with a deadpan delivery.

The comic focus on a crime story with each arc with some great characterization. The show does what it needs to as far as giving us hour-long crime stories. So far so good with that.

The supporting cast is fantastic with Jake Johnson as her friend and sounding board Grey McConnell. Michael Ealy is a welcome addition as Detective Miles Hoffman, and Camryn Manheim is a welcome surprise as Lieutenant Cosgrove. Then there’s Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Dex’s brother with Down Syndrome who helps add a heart to the cold Dex.

The show too does a solid job of spotlighting indigenous characters in the first episode and hopefully beyond. Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird stands out as the head of a casino and mother of Dex’s former love interest. In the comic, Dex is bisexual and while that’s not apparent in the first episode, Smulders has said it’s something in the show. So, that’s a nervous wait and see.

The first episode of Stumptown is a solid start that captures the feel of the comic and shows what having the original creative team involved can lead to. In some ways, it’s a by the book detective show but it has a lot of personality to it and delivers an entertaining hour. It stands out as one of the best new shows of the television season.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Preview: Lois Lane #3 (of 12)

Lois Lane #3 (of 12)

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Jon Kent surprises his mother with a visit to her hideout in Chicago with big news that ties directly into the events of SUPERMAN #15, also on sale this month. While Lois must deal with her now-17-year-old son making life-changing decisions, the two Questions-Renee Montoya and Vic Sage-try to understand their own confusing continuity.

Lois Lane #3 (of 12)

Preview: Lois Lane #2 (of 12)

Lois Lane #2 (of 12)

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Famed writer and reporter Lois Lane never worries about speaking truth to power-so what’s she hiding from the most powerful man on the planet (and her husband), Superman? Investigating a widening international conspiracy, Lois puts herself in the crosshairs with backup from an unlikely new ally from the streets of Gotham City.

Lois Lane #2 (of 12)

Review: Lois Lane #1

Lois Lane gets the spotlight in this new twelve issue max-series. It’s good, it’s really good.

Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Mike Perkins
Color: Paul Mounts
Letters: Simon Bowland

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