REVIEW: Batman The Spirit

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batman-the-spirit-1_cover-artFrom 2007 DC comics published what is now one of my favorite crossovers ever. Two great comic icons in one great book. One thing I really like about this is it shows the similarities between Batman and the Spirit. There’s Gotham City and Central City, Commissioner Gordon and commissioner Dolan and so on. The story starts out with Gordon in Central city, it seems Jim and Dolan are old friends and they’re telling the tale of how the Spirit met Batman. Dolan and Gordon are headed out to a the Policeman’s Benevolent Association’s Annual Law-Enforcement Convention, on their way Dolan is intercepted by Poison Ivy and put under her spell, while Gordon is seduced by P’Gell. At the same time the criminals from both cities are having their own get together, soon Batman and the Spirit’s villains start working together. That’s alright though because it doesn’t take long for Batman and the Spirit to team up, though I do like that the Spirit doesn’t believe that Batman is real. They work well as a team, as you may have guessed and save the day. This book is really incredible, it’s must read stuff for Batman and Spirit fans. I guess I wasn’t the only one that liked it too because it pulled in the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue, Dave Stewart won the Eisner for Best Coloring and Darwyn Cooke won the 2007 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist. So yeah, it’s pretty good I guess.

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REVIEW: JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

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24131You may have missed this one coming out, but that’s becuase this direct to video movie was a Target exclusive. There are a few things that I’m not crazy about here, first and foremost is the designs. Some of them are alright (Batman, Bizarro, Solomon Grundy) but for the most part the designs seem to be heavily anime influenced and I for one don’t care for it. Also I’d say that it could be longer (it’s under an hour) but they do well with what they have, the story doesn’t seem rushed at all and really I don’t feel like it should have been longer. The plot itself is pretty great. The Legion of Doom (oh yeah they’re back from the Superfriends universe, complete with the swamp hideout) have a plan to freeze the world’s water. While battling with the JLA the villains plan is thwarted and Lex is frozen until a thousand years in the future. From there Lex gets a device that allows him to travel through time and he sets on a plan to rid the world of Superman and the Justice League. Overall this is a pretty great little movie. One of the better ones involving the Justice League for sure. Any DC fan will enjoy this one.

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REVIEW: Justice League: War

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Justice_League-WarI believe this is the newest comic storyline that DC has adapted into an animated feature. It takes the Justice League: Origin story from the New 52 reboot and basically adapts it. Personally I didn’t really care for the comic, though I’m not a big Justice League fan in general. There’s also been some changes to the DC animated cast, overall the changes are pretty decent except I don’t really care for the new Batman or Superman, and Shazam is pretty annoying, but what’s new there? It’s basically the origin story of the Justice League and a few of its members coupled with an invasion of Earth by Darkseid. All in all it’s pretty decent. I’m not crazy about much of this but somehow it all comes together to be alright. Green Lantern helps out with that a lot.

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REVIEW: Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox

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JLFlashpointDC’s newest animated movie is an adaptation of their Flashpoint event from 2011. Personally I was in general not a fan of it. I really liked a few of the side mini-series that came from it but over all I didn’t care for it at all. The movie isn’t much different. The animation style on it is awful, but overall you kind of get use to that as it goes on, however that doesn’t save the story from being just decent at best. I normally like alternative reality stories but Flashpoint just didn’t have it. Some DC fans may enjoy this but it’s certainly one of the worst animated movies that DC has done to date.

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REVIEW: Batman/Judge Dredd: Die Laughing

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DreddBatmanLaughingDie Laughing came out in 1998, it is the fourth and last (so far) crossover of Batman and Judge Dredd. As with the others it’s written by John Wagner and Alan Grant with art by Glenn Fabry, Jim Murray, and Jason Brashill. The art in this thing is awesome too, it’s the best since the first book, but not quite up to that amazingness, oddly though the second book in this (it came out as two books) seems to have slightly different, not quite as good art for some reason, but it’s close. Basically what happens is the Joker gets a hold of the belt from the first crossover that allows him to make a dimensional jump to Mega-City One, something goes wrong though and not all of him is transported. His body stays in Gotham City in a coma like state. While in Mega-City One the Joker quickly takes over a gang and frees the now captured Dark Judges. His plan is to get immortality for freeing them, and he does. Judge Death makes Joker a Dark Judge and as you can imagine chaos insures. Judge Anderson meanwhile jumps to Gotham to warn Batman, and Batman goes to Mega-City One to team up with Dredd and stop the Judges again. The book overall is really fun, it’s the best Batman/Judge Dredd crossover since the first one, and almost as good as that one. I’d highly recommend this one to any Batman or Judge Dredd fans.

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REVIEW: Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham

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Batman_The_Doom_That_Came_To_Gotham_1_This is one of the stranger Batman Elseworlds stories I’ve read, well stranger while still keeping it good that is. The Doom That Came to Gotham is a three book story that takes place in the 1920’s, most of your favorite Batman world people are in there, yet slightly different, in pretty clever ways too. Bruce Wayne seems a bit crazier than normal, even has a gun, which is very un-Batman. But all of that isn’t what really brands this story, what puts its mark firmly here is the heavy H.P. Lovecraft influence on everything. You’ve got Lovecraft type monsters and demons around every corner, it’s pretty damn crazy, and makes things hella entertaining. To go along with this is some wonderful art that not only captures the era nicely it also illustrates the Lovecraft monsters in a way that makes them nightmarishly real. If you’re into demons and very old horror tales then The Doom That Came to Gotham is a Batman story for you.

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REVIEW: Man of Steel

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man-of-steel-poster2Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, Dawn of the Dead) attempts to reboot the Superman movie franchise with Man of Steel. We haven’t had a great or even good Superman movie in a very long time and Snyder promised to deliver. I think I have to start out by saying I liked Watchmen, 300 and Dawn of the Dead a lot, those are the only Zack Snyder movies I’ve seen. On top of that Superman is my favorite super hero of all time. I think the fact that I like Superman so much is a good percentage of why I hated this movie so much. First the cast, which was mostly good. Henry Cavill, a guy that I’ve seen in nothing did a serviceable Superman, he wasn’t good, he wasn’t bad he was there. He looked good in the part but didn’t WOW me as Superman, as far as Clark Kent, more on that later. Amy Adams was Lois Lane, I love Amy Adams so much, she was a solid Lois Lane, not best ever but she was a quality Lane. Michael Shannon is a guy that is one of my favorite actors right now was a good Zod, again he didn’t WOW me in the part but he wasn’t bad. Diane Lane was a solid Martha Kent. Russell Crowe was Jor-El and Kevin Costner was Jonathan Kent, both were pretty underwhelming in these parts. I think I hated the way Jonathan Kent was written more than I did Costner played him. They made Pa Kent a fearful stupid hick without any of the down home country wisdom. Laurence Fishburne was Perry White I like Fishburne but it’s a big thumbs down on that one. The movie was over two and a half hours; there was no need for it to be that fucking long, especially since the first hour and a half was insanely boring. The CGI in the movie for the most part looked cartoony and bad, some of it was very good but bad CGI is always really bad. There are a ton of things that are so far wrong as far as the comic goes it’s insane. I don’t think anyone involved with this movie has ever read a Superman comic, the two things that stuck out the most for me were the fact that Lois just finds out who Superman is right from the start, hell reporter Clark Kent doesn’t even show up until the end. And Superman is a fucking murder in this movie. He’s not neck snapping Hal Jordon, he’s Superman, he doesn’t kill people so what the fuck was that?? The action scenes in the movie were awesome but they were far from enough to keep me from deeming this the worst Superman movie ever made.

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