Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Oct. 28th, 2015


In case you needed to know, Dick's response to Barbara's monologue is, "Yeah...you're right."   This is just...legitimately bad, and pretty much indefensible.   This issue could have played out in any number of ways.  It's about the marriage of longtime Batgirl supporting character Alysia Yeoh--it could've just been about Batgirl trying to keep the wedding day from exploding while dealing with some criminal threatening Burnside.   (Or to be honest, the opening is adorable as all hell so it could've just been about the wedding and I'm pretty sure Batgirl's current target audience would've been all about it.)  It features Lucius Fox, so it COULD have been about briefly bringing him out of retirement as Batwing for a team-up between the two.  Or if it just HAD to feature Dick Grayson, you could've done one of those neat comic books where a villain they're dealing with today is one they dealt with when they first met, or when they first realized they had feelings for one another, and at the same time had Dick show up WITHOUT acting like he didn't lie to any and everyone he cared about by faking his death to infiltrate Spyral for Bruce's sake.  That was something I was looking forward to him dealing with like a real person, rather than swooping in like a ginormous tool. 

There's LITERALLY no reason for him to have acted this way, and he's never been this emotionally insensitive or insecure before.  I'm lost, and can't think of any real reason why he would act this way...save that the creators let the shoujo-y tone of the comic go to their head and forget that Dick has an actual life and characterization that exists outside of this series.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Oct. 21st, 2015

If you can't guess what happens, Fisk is killed on the next page.  This is actually pretty frustrating, as a storyteller.  This whole story was meant to be about how righteous people have to live within the law--even when it'd be more convenient for them not to.  Steve Rogers, "A Good Man", literally dies for this ideal.  Red Wolf actually has the chance to kill him but changes his mind because he learned the value of working for an ideal, and what's good and just rather than placing himself above the law...only for Natasha to just pop up and go "lol fuck that".  And Red Wolf's cool with it, which is the really maddening part.  If the point is to set up that these two are on the same side but won't always get along due to a difference in ideology, I get it.  But if its just "I could have done that", then it raises the question of why didn't Red Wolf just put a bullet in him to begin with. 

Either way, 1872's ending sets us up for what I was always hoping for: Steampunk Avengers. Bring it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arrow Five Point Review: The Candidate

It worked for Flash (sorta), now let's see Arrow.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Flash Five-Point Review: Flash of Two Worlds

I'm about to try something.  Let's see if it sticks.

On Jay Garrick:  The shadowy character from the end of season one stands revealed.  Of course, longtime comic fans already know who this is, but the writers found a concise enough method of introducing him, Earth 2, and the multiverse in forty minutes.  It's also good that the show didn't immediately segue Jay into the "mentor" role.  Certainly, it's the ultimate place for him, but it's flat out illogical for Barry to accept a new "mentor" after recently learning the last guy who tried to help him be a better Flash was not only a traitor, but the person who murdered his mother and irrevocably altered the course of his life forever.  Having said that, Jay's "But I'm not him" line when Barry confessed all of that to him was great--it's the kind of directness that fits someone of his years/experience perfectly, and gave viewers a perfect summation of the direction of his character.  He's NOT Thawne--he's one of Barry's oldest allies and greatest friends...and hopefully he'll still be on that path when the season ends, rather than doing some silly sacrifice to make the end of the season have some drama.

Overall, the only strange thing about the Earth-2 Flash...is that he doesn't have any superspeed.  It's possible this is a reference to Jay having been retired when Barry first met him in the comics, but it still felt "off".  That said, it DID give Barry an extra reason not to believe him, and since presumably he won't just leave him de-powered the entire season, gives the show a chance to make the first time we see a second "good" speedster be a powerful high note for season 2.

On Patty Spivot: This episode also had the introduction of Detective Patty Spivot, a character who's been a part of Flash comics since the late '70s.  She's a little different from her comic incarnation (who was a CSI just like Barry), but the change makes perfect sense for this universe--Joe West was in need of a new partner after the events of season one, and the "Metahuman Task Force" is most likely a thing they writers don't intend on getting rid of so it should probably grow past just a single person.   And of course her issues with Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard gives an extra layer of dramatic importance when they eventually bring the Rogues back as a whole later in the season.  Lastly, the show was looking a tad unbalanced in terms of a male/female ratio, so it's good to have a (hopefully) series regular to help make it a tad more even. Now to just wait on Jesse Quick.

On Cisco:  What's happening with Cisco is undoubtedly going to concern a lot of fans of the show.  Essentially, he's developing the metahuman abilities his comic self possesses, which will lead to him becoming the superhero "Vibe".  Originally a character that would've landed on any random "Lame DC Superheroes" Top 10 list, a reboot by Flash scribe Geoff Johns turned Vibe into a character who could track down multiversal disruptions on his Earth, making him central to the team's mission this season if they're going to start finding all the characters from other worlds that are currently finding their way onto this Earth so freely.   Hearing his reasoning for being afraid of his powers was slightly off-putting, though: he's afraid of them because he got them from Professor Wells?  But, Barry got his powers from Wells, and even if he was an evil jerk, Wells did a lot of good before he finally showed his true self.

Still, whether he likes it or not, "Vibe" is coming.  The only real question is are they going to put him in costume this season or wait until season three.

On Professor Wells: Speaking of Wells, it was actually refreshing to see him back on the show.  Tom Cavanagh was one of the best parts of season one, and although it was cathartic to finally see his character get his well-deserved comeuppance, the Reverse Flash is too much of a central rogue to just eliminate him entirely.  Now whether this is the real Wells (doubtful) or Thawne, and how he got back at all after being erased from existence are other questions that hopefully will play out with the rest of this season.

On Professor Stein: There sure are a lot of Professors on this show, but one supposes that makes sense on a series that's basically about a bunch of super-science.  Anyway, at the tail end of the episode Stein collapsed, seemingly into a coma.  This is going to have something to do with Firestorm, and to field a guess most likely it'll lead to Jason Rusch returning to help re-make the Firestorm Matrix. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Oct. 7th, 2015

Even though Secret Wars is still ongoing, Marvel October can't be stopped!   Let's see what things look like (another) eight months into the future over at the House of Ideas, along with what's going on in the world of Batman, DC's newest character with an ongoing Telos, and more!