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TV Review: The Flash S3E3 Magenta

The Flash Season 2Magenta, a new meta who can control metal, terrorizes the city. Meanwhile, Barry and Team Flash reunite with Earth-2 Wells and Jesse, who has the powers of a speedster, but Wells is concerned about her safety and wants her to stop using her powers.

The Flash has a fun third episode bringing back two familiar individuals in Harrison Wells and his daughter Jesse. Jesse is now the speedster we knew she’d become and there’s some solid humor in the fact Wells figures out that Barry has messed up the timeline, which we’re still learning about.

There’s some bits about whether Jesse should use her powers and this Wells seems a bit more protective and cautious. Now, we don’t know all the differences between the old version and this one and I’m hoping we find out more down the road if there are differences.

We also get a new villain in Magenta whose powers are rather familiar and that part is ok. There’s some serious issues touched upon with her, but unfortunately those aren’t explored enough. It’s a bit of a bump in the episode talking about mental health but not really going all the way in discussing it.

It’s a decent episode and there’s fun in seeing Jesse figure out her powers and Wally reacting to that. There’s some interesting things there and seeing the male character not having powers is a good thing. We know Wally will eventually get there, it’s just a question of when.

There’s also Dr. Alchemy running around and we get a touch of that in the episode as well. I’ve got some guesses as to who he is and we’ll see!

The episode is good, not necessarily great, but there’s something about it that’s fun and it gets back to the energy of the previous season and episodes. Here’s hoping Jesse and Harrison stick around because they definitely add something to the series.

As usual, The Flash races along at its entertaining fun pace, one of the strongest things for the show.

Overall Rating: 7.95

Rebirth Review: Comics Released 10/12

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.

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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


ac_cv965_dsAction Comics #965 This Friendly once you accept that the two people at the center of the book, Clark and Lois, aren’t from this world. They’re the same characters from before the New 52, but due to circumstances beyond their control, they’ve got to step into the lives of their now disappeared counter parts (Superman and Lois Lane – there’s already a Clark Kent). It’s an interesting concept, and a story focusing on Lois shows a less super side to their lives.

All-Star Batman #3 is very good,but completely Unfriendly to new readers. If you’ve been reading the series so far, however, you’ll be fine.

Batgirl and the Birds Of Prey #3 This really isn’t a bad comic, provided that you’re at least partly familiar with the previous events – specifically why there’s a Oracle and a Batgirl, because that crucial detail is missing this issue, which ales this decidedly Unfriendly.

Deathstroke #4 I have a feeling that this story will be far better read as a trade, but even if you were to start here, you’ll find it Friendly enough.

hjglc_cv5_open_order_varDetective Comics #942 The finale of a multi-part, multi-comic crossover that ends strongly, but it’s an Unfriendly place for new readers

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 Having no idea what this series is about, the second issue was actually a lot more Friendly than the first for me. An entertaining comic that focuses on several students at a Gotham boarding house who’ve set up a detective club – think in a similar vein to Scooby Doo. I didn’t expect to like this.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 There’s two ways to look at this comic, an depending on how you approach it will approach it’s accessibility. If you just want to read a story about Hal Jordan being awesome and kicking ass, then this is the place to be; but if you want to know why he’s kicking ass beyond the fact he has to stop the Yellow Lanterns, you’re a little out of luck. I’m not giving this a rating for that reason.

New Super-Man #4 You can jump on board here and be able to have a half-decent Friendly comic, just about, but it’ll be so much better if you start at least an issue ago.

nsm_cv4_dsRed Hood And The Outlaws #3 Is actually more Friendly than the last issue. There are moments that may not make sense, but by and large… you can jump right in here and enjoy the story.

Suicide Squad #4 Is a chaotic mess that somehow still explains just about what you need to make the fourth issue Friendly. That Suicide Squad #4 is also hugely entertaining in a popcorn action flick kinda way is a pleasant bonus.

Supergirl #2 Another comic this week that falls right in the middle of the Friendly/Unfriendly line. There are aspects that welcome newer readers, and just as many that will cause confusion. We’re only two issues in, so if you’re even a little curious about Supergirl, pick both issues up.

Superwoman #3 The advantage to reading as many of the DC comics as I do for this feature means that I tend to forget what happened in previous issues. Rather than going back and rereading them to catch myself up, I use my poor memory to judge  how accessible the comics are. Unfortunately, in cases such as this fls_cv8_dswith Superwoman I don’t recall too much of the previous issues, making this comic a tad Unfriendly.

The Flash #8 Although this wraps up the current Gospeed focused arc, there’s actually a decent amount of the comic that’s Friendly to new readers, and the set up for the next tale is also well done. You could do much worse than starting here with the series.

Wonder Woman #8 An interlude into the current stories that delves a little into the past of Dr. Minerva. It’s an interesting foray into the past, but not the most Friendly place to start (that’s not an unfriendly rating, but rather a friendly comic that doesn’t feature Wonder Woman at all).


Preview: The Flash #8

The Flash #8

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Covers Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant cover by: Dave Johnson

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” part eight! When Godspeed brings his killing spree to Iron Heights, Barry Allen must protect his own Rogues Gallery—including his mother’s killer—from the deadly speedster! Luckily, The Flash has some help from Wally West, the newly christened Kid Flash!


TV Review: The Flash S3E2 Paradox

The Flash Season 2Barry realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert and is surprised by Julian’s immediate disdain for Barry.

The Flash races along with an episode full of time traveling antics that will probably make your head hurt. There’s divergent timelines from divergent timelines. But, what’s Barry to do? Try to fix things, which might make it worse? Or, just leave them be? Should his friends know what has changed? That’s the quandary of the episode.

And the episode’s main entertainment is seeing what has changed and what remains the same. There’s a new co-worker Julian Albert who really dislikes Barry and adds a new level to the “who’s the Flash” aspect of the show. It’s something that’s been missing as more and more people learn Barry’s identity. So returning that aspect to the show is long overdue. Plus, Julian feels like an anomaly. He’s a character I have no idea what he’ll turn in to.

Then there’s some other things back like Rival and Dr. Alchemy who have some sort of bigger plan that’ll play out this season. I’m positive it’ll involve Zoom somehow and alternate timelines and am really looking forward to it.

But, there’s other fun things too. We get some Vibe action and one more thing I’m not ruining. The episode continues to lay the groundwork for the season which looks like it’ll be speedy entertaining fun.

Overall Rating: 8.15

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Dorbz: DC

New DC Dorbz are coming! Green Lantern Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Sinestro!

Be on the lookout for the limited chase editions: White Lantern Batman and White Lantern Flash from the battle with Black Lantern Corps, and glow-in-the-dark Green Lantern!

Check out a special Blue Flash and its glow-in-the-dark chase, only at GameStop!

Each chase has a 1 in 6 rarity! They’ll be in shops this November.

TV Review: The Flash S3E1 Flashpoint

The Flash Season 2Season 3 begins with Barry living his dream life and no longer having to be the one saving the city now that Kid Flash has taken over that duty. But soon disaster strikes.

The Flash kicks off its third season with a world changed. For those who don’t remember, the second season ended with Barry as the Flash back in time stopping Zoom from killing his mother. That prospect excited fans of the comic who know that event led to the new-classic event series “Flashpoint” which saw a ripple effect due to his actions.

This first episode is muted in some ways with Barry figuring out the world around him. Things have absolutely changed. There’s a new Flash. Iris vaguely knows who he is. Joe is not the same cop and the rest of his teammates are in different roles. Finally, there’s a new Flash fighting for the city.

Is this a better life though? Barry knows the differences but his memory is failing as the life he had never happened and those memories are erased. It’d eventually get to a point he was no longer the Flash and this version of the world would be permanent. But, is this the right life for Barry? Should he go back and change things back? Can he? This is the dilemma Barry faces and what we the viewers are teased with throughout the episode. Tragedy begets tragedy though and a decision is eventually made.

Which leaves us a bigger question… can things actually be fixed? Can we ever go back to the world that was? Will things always be slightly off? We’ve been teased Barry’s actions will have lingering and long effects on his world and the series. His actions to save his mother have changed the series from a superhero romp into a tragedy.

I’d like to have seen more of the “Flashpoint” world myself and a hell of a lot is packed into the hour, that’d be my biggest complaint about the episode. But, it takes what is a pretty epic story and condenses it for television, making it work.

This third season kicked off with different and is relying on more than speed to keep everyone on their toes. While it’s far from perfect, this debut is a hell of a lot of fun and really intriguing.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Preview: The Flash #7

The Flash #7

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Covers Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant cover by: Dave Johnson

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” part 7! Still reeling from Godspeed’s devastating attack, the beleaguered Flash realizes that to defeat this menacing new foe he must take away the Speed Force power from Central City’s new citizen speedsters. There’s only one problem: they don’t want to give it back.


Around the Tubes

mask-rev01-coverThe weekend is almost here! What is everyone doing, anything geeky? 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.

Around the Tubes

The Hollywood Reporter – Stars Getting Rich Off Fan Conventions: How to Take Home “Garbage Bags Full of $20s” – Probably the most buzzed about story yesterday.

Comics Alliance – ‘Arrow,’ ‘Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ Crossover Confirms Dominating Big Bad – This could be interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Comic Vine – Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #941

Talking Comics – Frostbite #1

Comic Attack – M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1

Newsarama – Star Trek: Waypoint #1

Around the Tubes

bmbreb_cv1_dsIt 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.

Around the Tubes

The Washington Post – Why Banned Books Week is increasingly a good thing for graphic novels – A good read.

Newsarama – Is Wonder Woman Queer? ‘Obviously Yes,’ Says RUCKA – Um, duh?

DC Entertainment – DC Super Hero Girls Join Forces with Fifth Harmony – This is interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Blue Beetle #1

Newsarama – Detective Comics #941

Comic Vine – The Flash #6

Newsarama – Frostbite #1

IGN – Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

Preview: The Flash #6

The Flash #6

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant cover by: Dave Johnson

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” part 6! You’ve seen glimpses of him. You’ve witnessed the carnage he’s unleashed on Central City. Now meet Godspeed, the super-speed serial killer who murders speedsters and steals their powers. Barry Allen is going to need help!


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