Watch Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and Batman come together to form the Justice League in this new trailer.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is out November 2017.
The Flash #19
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Jesus Merino, Andy Owens (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
“SINS OF THE FATHER” finale! Wally’s quest for knowledge about his villainous father takes him and Barry Allen to the Australian outback and into the debt of Captain Boomerang, one of The Flash’s oldest enemies and the last person to see Wally’s father, Reverse-Flash, alive.
Warner Bros. has released a teaser video featuring the Flash in the lead up to the release of a new trailer for this year’s Justice League film.
Justice League is in theaters November 2017.
Mon-El and Hank Henshaw arrive carrying a comatose Supergirl, who was attacked by the Music Meister; when the Music Meister attacks Barry, both he and Supergirl wake up in an alternate reality that they have to sing and dance their way out of.
The Flash delivers a musical episode with guest star Supergirl in an entertaining episode that has its ups and downs.
The episode carries over from this week’s Supergirl which ended with a mysterious character putting Supergirl in a trance and then heading to the Flash’s Earth. And that’s the first meh part of the episode. If you didn’t watch Supergirl you might be lost as to what’s going on and this episode does an only ok episode explaining the situation. It also doesn’t help that Mon-El who also comes over from Supergirl has been a douche lately, so it’s hard to cheer for him.
But, the focus on this episode is the musical itself which spoofs from various other musicals and shows off how much of the two casts have a musical background. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramone, and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott all have a long history in musical theater. Then there’s guest Darren Criss as the Music Meister. That’s three Glee actors on this episode.
The songs are decent and singing not too bad. Valdes and Jordan caught me by surprise at their talent but I didn’t know their background. Gustin is a much better dancer than singer and Benoist shines as usual. Everyone has their moment and it’s cheesy fun and that’s the name of the game, fun.
The actual plot is groan-inducing mostly due to the ending which caused a massive eye roll from me. It’s almost as if the writers didn’t know how to end the episode so this is what they came up with. It also washes over how bad Mon-El is for Kara and impacts Supergirl more than it does The Flash. But, the episode ends with Gustin serenading Iris in a cute scene full of saccharin.
There’s some good and likely made fans clamoring for a musical episode happy, but when you pull back and really think about it all, the episode is all flash and little substance. Its worse crime is overlooking the caustic relationship between Kara and Mon-El fixing it with what feels like fortune cookie wisdom.
Overall Rating: 7.05
It’s a new week! We’ve got interviews, a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio tonight, reviews, and more lined up!
While you await all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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Gizmodo – Famed Comic Book Artist Bernie Wrightson Dies at 68 – Out thoughts are with his friends and family.
Kotaku – Scumbags Harass Woman For Working On Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Animations – Weird how it’s always the women this happens to… utter scum doing this.
Pacific Standard – Kelly Sue DeConnick Is Building a Future for Women in Comic Books – And being awesome while doing it.
Comics Alliance – ‘Flash’ Bosses Promise No Speedster Villain in Season 4 – The Rogues… please?
ICv2 – Marvel Planning Retailer Summit – Interesting move.
The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: About a Bull brings Irish myth to life – Free comics. Go read!!!
The Beat – A year of free comics – Mickey Zacchilli’s Space Academy 123 – More free comics. Go read!!!
Around the Tubes Reviews
The Beat – Coady and the Creepies #1
Talking Comics – Trinity #7
Desperate to stop Savitar and save his friends, Barry turns to the speed force for answers; H.R. gives Jesse some advice.
The Flash dives deep into the Speed Force as Barry decides he has to go save Wally and Jesse decides she wants to confront Savitar. It’s an interesting episode that goes deep into the mythos of the Speed Force as Barry explores it all and some interesting “fun” is put before us during the rescue mission.
It’s interesting in that the episode really explores the Speed Force and what it’s like inside. That’s something that’s been touched upon before but this feels like something new. What’s particularly interesting is that it’s all to teach Barry a lesson, which feels like that’s the point of a lot of things that happens. If it’s not Team Flash fighting a villain, it’s something to teach Barry a lesson. That’s the big focus here too. It’s to give him a push and put him on the path to eventually face Savitar, something we know is the big build of the season.
And if that’s not obvious then Jesse’s part of it all leads us to that point too. She decides it’s her turn to protect the city and confronts Savitar herself. This mainly leads to a revelation about the villain, the big point to all of that. It’s an interesting battle and gives Jesse some strength stepping up. That’s also emphasized in a statement of hers about fighting other villains. She’s experienced, we just haven’t seen it.
This is a bridge episode as I’d describe it. It doesn’t stand on its own a whole lot, instead propelling a lot of plot points forward and adding some depth. It’s the episode where details that couldn’t be added to other episodes are fit in. It’s not bad, it’s just not great either. The Speed Force moments are interesting, but at their heart it’s something we’ve seen elsewhere. The fight with Savitar didn’t feel all that special either.
The episode gets us from point A to point C, but it being point B, it’s not all that exciting.
Overall Rating: 7.00
The Flash #18
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Jesus Merino, Andy Owens (CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
“SINS OF THE FATHER” part one! With his superhero career finally underway, Wally West must learn the truth about his father, Daniel West, the long-lost villain known as Reverse-Flash. To retrace his steps, Kid Flash and The Flash must travel to the most dangerous place in the DC Universe: Belle Reve Prison!
While training with Barry, Wally starts to have visions of Savitar, which he hides from the team; a dangerous secret threatens Barry and Iris’ happiness.
The Flash ended last week with some twists and turns and of course things can’t be happy for even an episode. Barry and Iris spring the news of their engagement and Wally is dealing with his Savitar sightings. That’s the chunk of the episode, either folks talking about the engagement and reacting to it and Wally being an arrogant dick.
While I generally like Wally on the show and thought he provided a different perspective, there’s been an arrogance and cockiness to the character that has had me not quite cheering for him. This episode shows off why that’s the case as we learn more about Savitar and his Kid Flash connection.
All of it really shows off the issues with Wally as a character and emphasizes the differences between Barry and him. One is someone who accidentally got his powers and has been working on making himself worthy and the other thinks he deserves the powers. It’s pretty in your face, but how Savitar fits into it all really pushes that narrative over the top. There’s also some circular logic to it all that I’m still trying to wrap my head around.
Though we should be happy for Barry and Iris, that too is tainted. There’s why Barry did it which is revealed later in the episode but there’s the fact that Barry didn’t “ask” for Joe’s permission, a rather outdated idea that doesn’t really fit with Iris’ character in some aspects, but also emphasizes that Iris hasn’t really stood out on her own yet. She’s a prop piece for Barry and Joe, for them to react to or have to save. Where’s the independent and successful Iris? We used to see her in her job, but that has gone away enhancing the issue that she doesn’t stand on her own and is only a part of the ensemble.
The end of the episode is where things really stand out though. We get a shock moment that visually is fantastic but is a bit hollow in how it resonates and people react. It really sets the show in an interesting direction and ups the threat factor but considering who it happens to, can’t say I’m too sad to see it happen.
Overall Rating: 7.05
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone planning on getting? Sound off in the comments below!
While you decide, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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WhatCulture – 8 Underrated Comic Books That Deserve Their Own TV Show – What do you think?
CBR – Inhumans: Marvel Casts Its Live-Action Black Bolt – But, but, but, everyone (except us) reported Vin Diesel was cast all those years ago!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Talking Comics – Darkness Invisible #1
Comic Attack – Divinity III: Stalinverse #3
Talking Comics – The Flash #17
The Beat – Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers #0
Flash and the team must find a way to stop Grodd and his army of gorillas when Grodd brings the battle to Earth-1; Jesse Quick decides she she wants to stay with Wally on Earth-1.
The Flash continues last week’s episode focused on Grodd with the build up to an attack on Central City, a flip on last week’s attack on Gorilla City.
When we left last week we were left with the idea that the future has been changed because Team Flash stopped Grodd from attacking Earth-1. But, we’re never really given a reason why they should think that. Grodd could attack at some future time. So, yeah, it’s a little weird that they’re happy about it all.
But, as it was clear from the teases Grodd figures out how to hope Earths and attacks. But, in the build up there’s a lot of focus on Team Flash and their happiness. Wally and Jesse talk things over and her staying and telling her father. The two Wells don’t get along. Iris and Barry go all lovey dovey. It’s cute, but when people are happy, you know bad things are about to go down. But, before I get to that, the Wally/Jesse relationship isn’t working for me. There’s a chemistry that’s missing and they feel like friends. Barry and Iris there’s some chemistry despite the damsel in distress Iris plays a lot of the time.
But lets get to Grodd.
Computer generated gorillas actually look good here. We get to see Grodd’s forces, he attempts to use some strategy, though seems to really suck at it (but he’s a genius we’re told!), the fx are cool. The battle itself is really underwhelming. There’s not much as far as action and the day is won through a last minute hail mary that you wonder what would happen if it doesn’t go well. For what should be an amazing battle, it’s all a little underwhelming. We’ve seen better fights between Flash and Zoom for instance, and the gorilla army is wasted.
An episode that should have been one of the strongest of the season is a bit of a let down for me. Too much time is wasted in the build up and the payoff just doesn’t work. The end however, sets up some very interesting things to come.
Overall Rating: 7.05