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DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 14th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

DTC_Cv974Action Comics #977 Superman recaps his own story pretty well, but what isn’t explained is that Lois Lane has gone to rescue her father from a firing squad in a hostile country where the US military aren’t able to go. Oh, and Superboy is with her. It’s a ridiculous concept, but Friendly nonetheless. 6.5/10

Detective Comics #974 Batwoman just killed Clayface, who was trying to reform himself (and currently failing thanks to the machinations of the Victim Syndicate). This issue deals with the aftermath of that fateful action, but is still Friendly  enough to pick up. 7.8/10

The Flash #40 Grodd is back and wants the Speed Force. A bunch of people are trying to help Grodd against the Flash, and shit is hitting the fan. The comic is frenetic, yet Friendly, and worth reading. 7.7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38 Hal Jordan and Kyle Raynor were sent to a planet to investigate an illegal mining operation, and found that Zod and his family were responsible. Then they got their asses handed to them. The comic is Friendly, and quite an interesting read, 7/10

New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #20 The newly renamed series kicks off a new era in the team’s career as they face off against a new threat. It’s as Friendly a place to start as you’re going to get now, and it is worth picking up if you’re half interested in the series. 7.8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #19 Bizarro has developed a super intelligence level after he died and was resurrected – but have Red Hood and Atemis noticed? Read this Friendly-ish comic and find out. 7/10

Suicide Squad #35 The first part in a new arc is as Friendly a starting point as you’re likely to find. 7/10

Titans #20 The Titans have disbanded, and Roy Harper is going against Intergang alone (accidentally) as he works to eliminate a drug supply chain. A Friendly issue that follows the teams as they live their separate lives. 7.7/10

Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman and her newly discovered brother have just come off slightly worse for wear against the Silver Siren, a former friend of Diana. As a concluding part of the story this is still accessible enough for you to pick up and enjoy

Preview: The Flash #40

The Flash #40

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part two! Gorilla Grodd is after Central City’s Speed Force, and The Flash is on the run! But the one thing Barry Allen can’t outrun is the truth…and his nemesis knows a terrible secret about the Fastest Man Alive.

DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 31st’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


DTC_ANN_Cv1Deathstroke Annual #1 Leaning heavily on the previous events in the series, this isn’t the easiest annual to just pick up and read, but it does give you a sense of where the series is at currently, so in that sense it’s almost Friendly6.7/10

Detective Comics Annual #1 The origin of Clayface (re)told! This issue is very Friendly for new readers, and is also perhaps the best comic DC have put out all week. Exploring the tragic fall of Basil Karlo as he transforms into the monster Clayface, Batman is seldom seen here, instead becoming a bogeyman in the dark as we watch a man turn into a monster. 8.7/10

The Flash Annual #1 Wally West (the red headed Wally) was lost in the timeline for the entirety of the New 52, and now he’s back – but the world doesn’t remember him. This annual focuses a little on the fallout of a previous story in The Flash, but there’s no recap needed as the relevant details are all included. The annual itself tends to center around Wally West’s journey and sets the character up for the next year or two (or more) with some cool Speed Force moments to quench your thirst for Flash action. Yes, this is Friendly, and it’s also worth checking out if you’re interested in the Scarlet Speedster. 8/10

SLNCR_Cv1Harley Quinn #36 It has been a long time since I read this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but once you figure out that Harley has somehow been infected by the Man-Bat serum, you’ll find this Friendly enough if you do want to read it. I was reminded of why I haven’t missed the series, however. 5/10

The Silencer #1 A new character from the events of Dark Nights Metal, and thus no recap necessary (I say that because I have no idea where the original appearance for the character is – it could well be this issue for all I know). The comic’s Friendly, though with little obvious to tie in with Dark Nights Metal. Worth a read if you enjoy John Romita Jr’s art. 7/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Infinity Countdown Prime #1 leads advance reorders; Doomsday Clock #3 tops comics reorders – For those that enjoy the horse race.

KPAX-TV – Kalispell man copes with autism and loss with comic books – Always nice to see stories like this.

My Fox Boston – Local ‘superhero’ opens new comic book store in Lexington – Yay to new comic book shops!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Abbott #1

IGN – Dark Nights: Metal #5

Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #5

IGN – The Flash Annual #1

Comic Book – Hungry Ghosts #1

IGN – Phoenix Resurrection #5

IGN – Star Wars: DJ: Most Wanted #1

Talking Comics – Vinegar Teeth #1

Preview: The Flash Annual #1

The Flash Annual #1

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Howard Porter
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“FLASH WAR” prelude! The biggest Flash story of 2018 starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who’s conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive-and he’ll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally’s old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world…A major turning point for the Flash family that sets the path for earth shattering stories in 2018!

Review: The Flash Annual #1

Following the events of 2016’s DC Universe Rebirth one shot, the pre-Flashpoint Wally West is back and trying to re-assemble the pieces of his former life. Meanwhile in the 25th century, someone with powers derived from the Speed Force has vandalized the Flash Museum. This last bit is a prelude to the forthcoming Flash War event which seems like it could be a lot of fun. Unfortunately it doesn’t start until May making this issue a bit premature in terms of its release date.  

I was surprised by how much I liked the artwork since Howard Porter’s style usually isn’t my cup of tea. He and co-artist Christian Duce do a good job of making things look cool and speeding along the story at a brisk pace.

Unfortunately Joshua Williamson’s script doesn’t live up to the high standard set by the art. This also surprised me as I really like what he did with the character in the first Flash Rebirth trade. It’s not so much that it’s badly written but that its spread thin. There are too many splash pages and double page spreads and this only serves to dilute the story. It feels like Williamson was running behind on his deadline and make up the page count in a hurry. He’s good enough that it doesn’t quite feel like a pinup book but I don’t feel that what we’re given justifies paying an extra $2.

If you’re going to buy this make sure you get it in print rather than digital and the impact will be substantially less on your phone or tablet

How good of a starting point this is for new Flash fans depends on who you are. If you’r an older reader and grew up with Wally West as your Flash, then you could use this to get up to speed with what he’s been doing since Flashpoint. I think you’d be better served with a copy of DC Universe Rebirth and Flash Rebirth, but this is certainly a more cost and time effective option. If you’re a fan of the TV show or Ezra Miller’s portrayal in the Justice League movie, then you’ll probably be confused as the entire focus is on a character you’ve never seen before (both Barry and New 52 Wally are there but they don’t have much to do). The most frustrating thing about this book is that I really want to read Flash War but I have to wait another three months. While I understand that this is to allow people to have a taste before the books go up for pre-orders I feel like starting to read the main Flash title now would be like running in place.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter, Christian Duce Cover: Howard Porter
Story: 5.5 Art: 7.5 Average: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 24th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

BG_Cv19_dsAction Comics #996 If you don’t like time travel, and the confusion that an average story will cause when there’s a convoluted way of explaining things, then avoid this. It’s just far enough gone in the arc that  a concise recap isn’t going to happen – at this point you’re better off waiting for a new arc. Unfriendly. 6.25/10

Batgirl #19 It’s been awhile since I picked up this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but because this is the first part of an arc it’s Friendly.  6.5/10

Blue Beetle #17 Blue Beetle fights a weird zombie thing. It looks really cool, but seeing as how I’ve missed a few issues I’m not sure on the specific plot details, and that unfortunately leaves this as an Unfriendly comic. 6.25/10

Detective Comics #973 You’ll get just enough of a sense of what’s happening here with the comic – and it’s one you really should be reading. Friendly8/10

The Flash #39 Another comic that, somewhat inexplicably, I’ve missed a couple issues of. Thankfully with a new arc kicking off in this, the 700th issue of The Flash, you’re able to jump right in to a Friendly issue once you find out that Iris West recently found out Barry Allen’s secret identity. 8.2/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 So even after reading the vast majority of the series, I wasn’t aware of the depths of the Green Lantern Corp’s history; thankfully it’s not as important beyond what’s given to you here through dialogue and exposition. The comic itself doesn’t need a recap (yay for the first part of an arc), and is quite Friendly8/10

SSQUAD_Cv34Suicide Squad #34 If you’ve ever seen Star Trek, then you’ll know of the Redshirts. Those guys who just go on a mission to die? Well this is the second part of a tale about a Redshirt in the Suicide Squad who is convinced he’s going to die. Oddly Friendly, and remarkably enjoyable – especially if you can find the previous issue.

Teen Titans #16 A standalone story focusing on Starfire, Raven and Beastboy. No prior knowledge of recent events is needed, making this Friendly issue an ideal one to pick up for those curious about the team. 7.8/10

Wonder Woman #39 Wonder Woman’s newly discovered brother isn’t fond of living in the shadows, while a newly restored Darksied (honestly didn’t know he’d been gone) is gathering power in the Amazon rain-forest. Meanwhile Wonder Woman is about to fight an enhanced banshee like enemy with whom she shares a history. Kinda Friendly, quite good. 7.5/10

 


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

Diamond Select Toys’ Toy Fair Sneak Peek: Pacific Rim, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel and More!

Every year, the International Toy Fair in New York delivers a score of toy-related images onto the Internet, many of them items that are being seen for the first time. Diamond Select Toys will have a slew of new products – and even a few new licenses – at the show this year, which runs from February 17-20, and now they’re giving us a sneak peek! Check out new action figures, statues, banks, busts, dolls, vinyl figures and Minimates from Pacific Rim, The Predator, Kingdom Hearts, Batman: The Animated Series, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios and more!

Batman Animated Ra’s Al Ghul Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Demon’s Head has arrived! One of Batman’s oldest villains joins his rogues gallery as part of DST’s bust line based on Batman: The Animated Series! Featuring his distinctive appearance from the show, this approximately 6-inch resin bust of Ra’s Al Ghul is ready to pounce on a pedestal base inspired by the architecture of Gotham City. This bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB182293, SRP: $59.99)

Also Coming Soon:

Clayface Bust (Item #DEC172270, SRP: $59.99)

Killer Croc Bust (Item #JAN182370, SRP: $59.99)

Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Nananananananana bat-bank! DST’s detailed and affordable line of vinyl banks based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with a new character — Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl! The purple powerhouse is now a 7-inch vinyl bank, with a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base. With the authentic likeness of actress Yvonne Craig and collectible-quality sculpting and paint applications, this bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JAN182371, SRP: $22.99)

DC Vinimates Injustice Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The DC Vinimates line returns to the world of DC Comics-inspired video games with three vinyl figures based on the world of Injustice!  Batman, Black Manta and Harley Quinn each feature their game-specific outfits, with Black Manta wielding twin daggers and Harley Quinn packing a pistol. Each Vinimate stands approximately 4 inches tall and is sculpted in a block-figure style. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182295, SRP: $9.99)

Black Manta Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182296, SRP: $9.99)

Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182297, SRP: $9.99)

Also Coming Soon:

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182373, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Catwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182374, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182375, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Supergirl Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172256, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Martian Manhunter Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172257, SRP: $9.99)

DC Gallery Arrow TV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! You have failed this city! The Green Arrow brings his brand of justice to the DC Gallery line with this sculpture of Oliver Queen from the CW TV series Arrow! Based on Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the character on the show, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows him drawing an arrow from his quiver atop a Starling City rooftop. This sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

PVC Diorama   SRP: $45.00

Also Coming Soon:

DC Gallery Flash TV Series PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182372, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Supergirl TV Show PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172255, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Justice League Movie Wonder Woman PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172251, SRP: $45.00)

Femme Fatales Gallery Dawn Executive Goddess PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s business time! The ever-changing Dawn, star of Joseph Michael Linsner’s comic books of the same name, returns to the Femme Fatales PVC statue line with this 9-inch sculpture of her in her Executive Goddess attire! You’ll have your fingers crossed for a hostile takeover once you get this statue onto your conference table! Made of high-quality plastic with collectible-quality paint applications, this statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joseph Michael Linsner, and sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #FEB182299, SRP: $45.00)

Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to return to the Kingdom! The second series of Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures brings fans new, beloved Disney characters as well as characters created for the Kingdom Hearts series of games! Three sets of figures arrive in Series 2, including Roxas with Donald Duck and Goofy, Pete with Chip and Dale and a Soldier, and Aqua with Goofy in his Birth By Sleep Outfit! Action figures range from 2 to 7 inches tall and feature multiple points of articulation. Each set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen! (Item #SEP178688, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The toy story continues! The Vinimates line dives deeper into the world of Kingdom HEarts with three new 4-inch vinyl figures based on the hit video game series. Organization 13 Mickey Mouse, in his black coat, is joined by his old rival Pete, as well as Tron in his Tron-style outfit from Space Paranoids! Each figure is sculpted in the block-figure style, striking a pose inspired by the game. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Org. 13 Mickey Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182365, SRP: $9.99)

Pete Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182366, SRP: $9.99)

Space Paranoids Sora Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182367, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll steal your powers, and your heart! This 9-inch sculpture of the X-Men’s Rogue is based on her famous Savage Land storyline, in which the power-absorbing mutant found herself stranded with Magneto in the Antarctic paradise. Based on Jim Lee’s artwork, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows Rogue in her distinctive outfit from the story, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #FEB182308, SRP: $45.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172278, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie Killmonger PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182376, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172277, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Punisher Version 2 PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182377, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Elektra Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll pierce your heart, and we don’t mean figuratively! This breathtaking sculpture of Marvel’s premier assassin is posed atop a marbled pedestal, holding her signature twin sais. Measuring approximately 16 inches tall, this 12-inch scale statue features detailed hand sculpting by Clayburn Moore, as well as high-quality paint applications. Statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 3,000 pieces! (Item #FEB182309, SRP: $150.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Premier Collection Cable Resin Statue (Item #DEC172279, SRP: $150.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection Cloth Dolls

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection is back, and it’s more deluxe than ever before! Two new releases take the line into new territory, with Snowman Jack — who includes a removable snowman costume, with hat and umbrella – and Lock, Shock and Barrel, the line’s first three-pack, with removable hat and masks! Each cloth-costumed figure looks like it stepped off the movie screen, with multiple points of articulation. Lock, Shock and Barrel measure approximately 5 inches tall, and Jack measures 16 inches tall with doll stand.

Snowman Jack Doll (Item #FEB182304, SRP: $79.99)

Lock Shock Barrel Dolls (Item #FEB182305, SRP: $74.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Turn your shelf into a nightmare! The cast of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas continues to populate DST’s line of resin busts. Featuring the movie’s most popular characters atop diorama bases, the line continues with villain Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington’s dog, Zero. Oogie measures approximately 7 inches tall atop a pedestal inspired by his lair, while Zero stands approximately 4 inches tall atop a pile of books and a jack o’lantern. Each bust is limited to 3,000 pieces and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Joe Menna!

Oogie Boogie Bust (Item #FEB182306, SRP: $59.99)

Zero Bust (Item #FEB182307, SRP: $59.99)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cancel the apocalypse! Three new Jaegers are joining the fight against the kaiju menace, and each giant robot is cooler than the last! The mysterious Obsidian Fury with his twin blades, Guardian Bravo with his mace, and Titan Redeemer with his whip each measure between 7 and 8 inches tall, and each features approximately 16 points of articulation, plus interchangeable parts that are exclusively available to the specialty market! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JAN182369, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

The Predator Movie Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Predator is back, and it’s all brand-new! Shane Black’s new take on the Predator franchise is joining the Predator Minimates line, and this box set includes four figures from the upcoming film that are exclusive to comic shops and specialty stores! Each Minimates mini-figures stands approximately 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and feature fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB182298, SRP: $24.99)

Preview: The Flash #39

The Flash #39

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“The Perfect Storm” part one! In the 700th tale of THE FLASH, Barry Allen wants to make amends to the people he’s hurt, but Gorilla Grodd has other plans! If Grodd’s shocking attack on Central City wasn’t enough, the reason why-and how it connects to everything The Flash has faced since the Speed Force Storm-will rock our hero to his core…and change everything he thought he knew!

TV Review: The Flash S4E11 The Elongated Knight Rises

A familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City; Ralph must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry is detained by his trial; Barry searches for the strength to keep is optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances.

The Flash shifts a bit as Barry is sidelined in jail but there’s still villains to take care of. A classic villain is back, along with his mom, and it’s Ralph to the rescue to stop the bad guys.

The episode’s a good one and the shift to Ralph as a focus of the superheroic antics actually works well. It’s different but what’s fascinating is that it shows how much the show has shifted from Barry-centric to an ensemble.

The biggest change for the episode with Ralph being the center is the introduction of a lot more humor. The character is very Jim Carey-esque in the delivery at times and it really works. I’ve never expected the character to work in live action and I’m wrong in that department. The episode also has helped him grow with understanding his powers and eventually a new costume. It’s a Ralph stepping up episode.

Then there’s Barry. Here’s in jail now and instead of doing a “woe is me” focus, the series has decided to use the opportunity to actually tell us more about Barry’s father’s time in jail. There was hint of that in the last episode but we get our first taste here. It’s an interesting direction and really smart of the series.

With the main character sidelined, The Flash seems to have gotten better?! A really solid episode that has me excited to see what’s next.

Overall Rating: 7.85

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