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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-29-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on The Doomsday Clock #1, Cross #1-6, Rick and Morty #32, Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #5, Kaijumax Season Three #5, and more… be warned, as always, there may be spoilers…

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Tick. Tick. Tick. Goes The “Doomsday Clock #1” On The Wednesday Run

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future.”

That’s what Steve Miller expertly told us, in the 1976 Steve Miller Band mellow release titled “Fly Like An Eagle”.  The song went to number 2 on the US Billboard Charts and the lyrics about time ceaselessly moving forward while we worry about life and death and freedom of the soul in the present tense, has since become quite famous.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

That’s the general sound effect for a clock, an apt aural representation of time, of course. But any reader of comic books knows that the Tick. Tick. Tick. sound is also the noise a bomb makes – right before it’s detonated.

Interestingly, today’s long anticipated release of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock #1, the first issue of a twelve issue monthly series, plays on all three of the “time” and Tick outcomes. And all for various reasons:

The future the DC Comics Universe!

The past of DC Comics publishing!

The critical and commercial bomb that the Doomsday Clock series could be!

The best kind of art takes risks, right? Doomsday Clock #1 is a huge risk – and we all can’t wait to dive right in!

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Road To Justice League: Long & Winding & Obstacle Filled

The road to the about-to-be-released Justice League film has been a long and winding one.

Long and winding and fraught with bumps and pitfalls and massive industry, cultural, commercial and familial obstacles.

Resiliently plowing through these numerous impediments, Warner Brothers has finally made good on a long-standing promise to showcase the greatest heroes of pop culture on the silver screen – the comic book visages of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, the Justice League, together for the first time.

Sort of.

It’s actually not technically the first time the Justice League has been together on screen. There have actually been numerous iterations of the group over the years. But the road taken for this particular Justice League, is an interesting one indeed.

To get to here, let’s take a quick look back at there, and all the previously mentioned hazards that nearly conquered the world’s greatest superheroes.

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The Flash S03 E01: “Flashpoint”

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In the final moments of the last episode of the last season, The Flash did the unthinkable, the impossible, the only thing he thought he could/should do. He traveled backward through time and saved his mother from the murderous Reverse-Flash – he changed time. And when he returned home in the present, everything was different, and maybe not a good kind of different. Meet me after the time-bending jump for my thoughts on “Flashpoint!”

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Get Born Again & Again & Again With Multiple REBIRTH #1’s On The Wednesday Run

Superman Rebirth 1 coverLast week, DC Comics released DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a comic that made this very Wednesday Run column, which you can check it out right here. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is a quadruple-sized revamp of the DC Universe, following the last four-plus years of “New 52” continuity.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to look it up on Wikipedia.

Suffice it to say, the fortunes (namely market share) for DC Comics have dwindled in comparison to Marvel Comics the last few years – and stories had taken a turn away from all the things that fans loved in DC Comics to begin with: legacy, love, and hope.

DC Universe: Rebirth #1 aimed to bring all of that back to the publishing company’s monthly comic books with a weekly roll-out of brand new first issues.

Today, the proof is in the pudding with a multitude of those issues finally being released! Follow me after the jump as the DC Universe gets re-birthed!

Instead of ending all of their monthly titles and re-starting them with brand new #1’s like they did with the launch of the “New 52”, DC Comics seems to have taken a page out of the Marvel Comics way of marketing: release new, fanfare series, in dribs and drabs. Calling it “Marvel NOW!”, this maneuver is generally a bit of a slow play and has been a great, albeit, well-used strategy for Marvel over the last few years.  We’ll see how successful it is for DC Comics in the longer scheme of things.

That said, there are new stories and new status quos for some of DC biggest heroes in the offing. Follow me after the jump for today’s samplings for you to choose from!

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Everything Old Is New Again With DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 On The Wednesday Run

DC Universe Rebirth #1Nearly five years ago, DC Comics, in one of their annual summer event series, did away with decades of comic book publishing history, continuity and brilliant stories with the unthinkable.

To both the horror and the delight of fandom, the company ended every title they published, starting them up again with brand new #1 issues. Over a span of weeks, fifty-two new titles would be released, an unprecedented move in the industry, designed to start everyone – characters and readers alike – from scratch.

It must be said, for every great new title, there was also a handful that underperformed.

Nearly five years later, in lieu of declining sales and market share, the committee of editors, writers and artists that make up the captaincy of DC Comics, decided something was missing from their line of publications.

Today, we get the big event that will fix it all. Today, we get DC Universe: Rebirth #1.

Follow me after the jump for the whys and wherefores, which I’ll keep spoiler-free!

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The Flash S02 E13: Welcome to Earth-2

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This is it, this is the episode of “The Flash” we have been waiting for since Jay Garrick first showed up, or maybe since we first saw his helmet last season – Barry and Team Flash are going to Earth-Two! Meet me after the super speed and extradimensional jump for my thoughts on “Welcome to Earth-2!”

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The Flash S02 E12: Fast Lane

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As the Flash joins forces with Harry Wells to close the breaches to Earth-Two, they run afoul of a new super-villain – Tar Pit. Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on “Fast Lane,” and more of the drag racing Wally West.

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Put your back into it: Avengers The Vibranium Collection reviewed

Sometimes bigger is better. And sometimes it’s really, really better. That’s the idea behind the massive, oversized collection Marvel has been releasing the last few years. Roughly the height of of IDW’s Artist Edition collections and the width of a slightly smaller Marvel Omnibus, we’ve seen Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection, X-Men: The Adamantium Collection and Marvels: The Platinum Edition Collection. I’m the proud owner of that last one, it being the fourth time I purchased the seminal Kurt Busiek/Alex Ross story (after a softcover version, a signed hardcover, and then the 10th anniversary reissue). This is literally a tome, expensive yet well worth the money.

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The Flash S01 E12: Crazy for You

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Even superheroes and their support staff get lonely. Barry Allen AKA The Flash and Kaitlin Snow, both recently not doing well when it comes to their love lives, go for a night on the town to forget their problems. Unfortunately things don’t go as well as they could or should. The problems are just starting, with the debuts of Peek-a-boo and Linda Park, the continuing threat of the Pied Piper, the mystery of Firestorm, a surprise first look at one of the Flash’s most dangerous enemies, and more. Meet me after the super speed jump, for my thoughts on “Crazy for You.”

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