Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doctor Who - Listen

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) enlists the help of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to test a theory that no one is ever alone. Given the nature of the universe, The Doctor believes that some unseen creature has perfected the ability to hide and observe unseen. It is this creature whom you are addressing to when you thing you are talking to yourself. Their journey is complicated when Clara throws the TARDIS off-course by reflecting on her bad first date with Danny (Samuel Anderson) leading her to meet the man as a scared young boy (Remi Gooding) decades before as well as Danny's great-grandson, a time traveler lost at the end of the universe.

Smallville Season Eleven: Chaos #2

The second issue of Smallville: Chaos focuses on the misadventures of Lois Lane and Superman dealing with being trapped on a parallel Earth under control of the Manhunters while back home Lex Luthor capitalizes on the Man of Steel's absence to put his plan into action.

The storyline involving Eclipso continues as well, but it's not given much space to develop and feels somewhat neglected given the focus on various other storylines happening here. We do get more of Booster Gold in action, stepping in to be the hero of the hour in Superman's absence along with Hank Henshaw (although neither appears ready to step into Superman's shoes just yet). Sadly don't get more of Zatanna this time around.

The main takeaway from Smallville Season Eleven: Chaos #2 seems to be that no matter what Earth Superman may find himself living on, his dead computerized father is still a giant jerk. For fans.

[DC, $3.99]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beware the Batman - Games

The return of Humpty Dumpty (Matt L. Jones) isn't pleasant for Batman (Anthony Ruivivar), Katana (Sumalee Montano), Gordon (Kurtwood Smith), Mayor Grange (CCH Pounder), or Tobias Whale (Michael-Leon Wooley), all of whom awake to find themselves kidnapped and trapped in the middle of some diabolic game involving a murder mystery and plenty of traps and twists for each of the participants to solve.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairest #29

The latest issue of Fairest splits its attention continuing to examine Reynard's misadventures with the angry family of the beautiful farm girl he bedded in their barn (who may not be quite as much of Deliverance cliches as the previous issue suggested) and the continued clamor of the various Fables of The Farm over the five available glamours which will soon be up for grabs in the coming lottery.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Assault on Arkham

Purposely made to resemble the look and tone of the Arkham Asylum video games (which are more fun to play than watch) and featuring the New 52 version of the Suicide Squad (widely regarded as DC's worst comic over the past three years), Batman: Assault on Arkham is something of a mixed bag. The character designs are drab, the character interactions are particularly one-note, and the logic of the script is rather weak (sending Task Force X into Arkham not to find a dirty bomb but to retrieve a questionable source of information).

The straight-to-DVD movie does offer us Kevin Conroy reprising the role as Batman, but the rest of the voice cast, while not awful, is quickly forgettable. The squad itself is made up of Deadshot (Neal McDonough), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale), the least impressive version of King Shark possible (wasting the talents of John DiMaggio), a particularly slutty Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), the argumentative Captain Boomerang (Greg Ellis), the rather nondescript Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito), and the quickly-dispatched KGBeast (Nolan North) whose unfortunate early exit is rather disappointing.