Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

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Halloween Month: The Invaders #31 Review

A few months ago, I had decided to try and do another theme month and the one that came to my mind was to do Halloween theme and when I was in Durham I found a retro toy stall on the market and I found the first comic to kick off this month as The Invaders meet Frankenstein.

The cover for the issue is rather cool, with Captain America and Namor getting swatted by Frankenstein, who is wearing a blue Nazi uniform. But the thing that I find weird about the cover is that The Human Torch looks to be smaller than either Cap or Namor.

The issue opens with Spitfire cleaning the Invaders mansion in which she knocks over a hatbox and discovers a hat of a Gestapo officer and she then tries it on for then to notice Captain America standing in the doorway. Spitfire is slightly shocked about the sudden appearance of Cap and he says that the hat was a souvenir that The Torch had and Cap regales the tale of how they had gotten the hat. He, Namor and Bucky were travelling to Switzerland, but Spitfire interrupts on what happened with them heading to a neutral country and what had happened to the Torches and Cap continues saying that they had received word that there was possible Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps and the Human Torch and Toro went off to see what happened. But since they had wrapped up the investigation in England, they still didn’t hear anything back from them and they headed to Switzerland to see what had happened.

When they got there, the village where the Torch was near and they find it to be rather deserted but the lights are on in the building, but just as they said that the two of them are swarmed by the villagers with one of them saying, ‘let me drive the stake through their demon hearts’ making me think of the time where Captain America fought against Dracula in Avengers Assembled. Namor comes to their rescue and the villagers note that he is strange looking for his feet and his ears. But Cap tries to calm the villagers by asking if they have never heard of him or Namor, but the villagers then notice that in the moonlight that they recognise who they are. Cap theories that they attacked them since they were unfamiliar and the villagers say that they were attacked by ‘horror beyond all comprehension’.

The villagers inform them on what has happened recently with graves being robbed, two fire demons (which was Human Torch and Toro) that were heading towards Castle Frankenstein, and that a monster had left the castle and had murdered several villagers. The villagers had then decided to mount an assault but when they noticed the jet coming over the town they turned their focus on them. Cap doesn’t seem to believe the part about the monster and tells the towns folk who the demons were and says that they are going to Castle Frankenstein to investigate and tells the villagers to go back to their homes. But the villagers refuse to do so and inform them about Dr Basil Frankenstein and says that he consorts with the Devil, making me think more of the Invaders meet Doom than Frankenstein, and they say they are they only know how to deal with him.

Cap and Bucky reach the Castle and they manage to find an open window and make their way in and discover that the information about Nazi’s being in Switzerland being true and then they get ambushed by a group of Nazis’ from behind a secret wall, confirming more about my theory of it being the Invaders meets Doom.  Cap and Bucky manage to beat up the soldiers but they don’t notice a lumbering officer coming up behind them to reveal Frankenstein. Cap goes to punch Frankenstein but it appears to do nothing, but Frankenstein then starts beating up the two of them and then we see Basil Frankenstein and his assistant Kitty being wheeled in and Cap takes advantage of the distraction. But that comes up rather short since Basil gives the creature a command to attack them and he manages to knock them both out and we see them being bound.

Cap wakes up and finds himself being bound on a table, Bucky chained to a wall and we see that Toro is there as well who is also chained but he has been doused in chemicals that don’t allow him to flame on. Basil and his monster arrive in the room and he commands the creature to remain where he is until the need him and Cap asks him the basic questions on why the Nazi uniform and what happened to the Human Torch. But Basil first decides to inform him on the creature first and says that his ancestor was Victor Frankenstein and says that he created the first monster, and we get an editor’s note that this is in the same continuity as the events of Monster of Frankenstein. He then goes on to say that he started to appreciate more of his family’s heritage and secrets. Then we get more information on Kitty and we find out that she is in fact Japanese. Basil says that she is a surgeon from Japan and she has been acting as his hands for surgery because of a laboratory accident. They then give them the reasoning why they are doing it and it is an experiment to win the war by having an army of Frankenstein’s that would be unstoppable. Then they revealed the reason why Cap is strapped to a table and that is since Basil is paralysed he wants a new body and he decides to place his brain inside of Cap’s body.

When they wheel in Cap’s body to the laboratory, Cap discovers the Human Torch inside a large bubble. Cap tries to talk to Torch, but he can’t hear him and Basil tells him that he can’t hear him or flame on. Basil then says that he has needed Torch all of this time because he needs his ‘Android Energies’ since that this version of the Human Torch is an Android and he plans on improving on the prototype of Frankenstein with Torch’s technology. Back down at the town, the resident notice lights coming from the Castle and they decide to march up to there in a mob, but Namor tells them to stay where they are, but they don’t listen to him, so he decides to use his strengths to get to the Castle before the mob and he discovers what has happened, with Cap being strapped to a table and Torch in a bubble but this time it appears that Torch could be dying.

But that’s not all that is happening, it appears that the ‘Android Energy’ is being transferred to Frankenstein and it is changing the monster into a new form giving it a larger design. The villagers storm the castle and Basil tells the guards to butcher them, whilst Namor uproots a power pole and throws it through the skylight of the lab, managing to break the bubble that encases Torch and he manages to flame on and frees Cap. Basil commands Frankenstein to recapture Cap and Torch rescues Bucky and Toro. Torch has an idea that he wants to try out with Toro and it turns out that Frankenstein is afraid of fire, but Torch doesn’t want to hurt the monster, however Namor ignores him and punches him full force in the face and we see sparks flying off the monster after crashing into a machine. But after that punch, Torch notices something about the monster and we see tears on a close-up of the face.

The creature turns his attention away from The Invaders and switches his focus towards Basil and Kitty and he grabs them both. The reasoning about this would be when Namor punched him into a machine, it created a short circuit that disabled the brain implant. He takes the up to the roof of the castle and the creature finally speaks and says that he will return to the grave that spawned him and will take them both with him to the grave, and they jump off the Castle and they manage to land in the town where the villagers discover the bodies. The Invaders discuss what had just happened but the villagers come through and they say that they now must destroy the Castle so that no more monsters can be created, but Torch disagrees with the mob and he manages to absorb the flames of the torches. He then informs them that he is an android and he makes it his mission that he will keep the Castle intact as a monument to Frankenstein since that the creature was the one that stopped Basil from creating more monstrosities. The issue ends with Cap ending the tale saying that Castle Frankenstein is still standing but Spitfire asks why the Torch should defend the Castle and if he has asked him. But Cap just replies by asking if she should ask him.

Overall this issue is just rather strange, but it does have a lot of the tropes that come from the Frankenstein movies. I do hope to try and find more classic stories to review in the future mainly because the next issue of the Invaders sounds interesting that being The Invaders and Thor crossing paths.

Batman: Battle of the Cowl #1 Review

Following the events of Final Crisis, Darkseid had ‘killed’ Batman, in fact Batman managed to travel through time. But that meant that Gotham was without a Batman and thus more and more villains came out of the woodwork and try to take over control. And this is the story on how three former Robin decide to see who would take up the mantle of the Bat.

The story opens with Red Robin, Tim Drake, and Squire (a UK counterpart for Robin) who are on patrol where they stumble up on a group of Joker’s goons where they find them already wrapped up in rope with a note saying, ‘I am Batman’. Red Robin tells them that they are running late and we see them riding off on a Bat-bike where Red Robin narrates more about what has happening but the most important is that Nightwing and Batgirl forming The Network where we see in the smaller panels we see a lot of supporting characters with, Knight, Wildcat & Black Canary, Man Bat & Katana and Batwoman with Batgirl where they are all trying to help the GCPD with stopping the riots from happening. Red Robin helped Huntress by knocking out Professor Pyg goons, where he then informs Nightwing that they have a problem and he then informs the readers that Nightwing has started to be more like Batman since he ‘died’ by becoming cut off from his emotions and becoming unapproachable.

We then cut over to a prisoner transfer bus where it halted by a double- crossing guard and we see a masked individual standing in front of the bus where we see that Black Mask has stopped them. This seems to confuse one inmate since that he thought that Black Mask was dead. This is true since that Roman Sionis was dead and a new Black Mask had taken his place and in the main series that follows this we find out that the person behind the mask is Jeramiah Arkham. A lot of the prisoners seem rather sceptical about Black Mask leading them since that he wants them for his plan and one prisoners decides to step out of line in which he gets a harsh discipline. Black Masks has him killed with a chemical implant with what appears to be the prisoners head being attacked from the inside causing it to rot like a corpse. Croc asks him the reason for doing this in which he says that Batman is dead and then Arkham Asylum blows up. Going into this it seems rather strange but it does make Black Mask seem to be the bigger threat in the story since that the inmates that were going into Arkham are useful since that you have Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Victor Zsasz since that Zsasz is rather psychotic.

Outside the GCPD reporters badger Gordon for answers asking if the GCPD have given up with the amount of gang’s that have sprung up but he ignores them all except for one, that comes from the Riddler. At this point in the Batman stories, I believe that Riddler had decided to step out of crime to focus on becoming a Private Detective of sorts. He asks if Batman is dead but before he can answer Bullock draws his attention to the Bat-Signal which was shining with a new icon of the cowl with R.I.P ripped into it.

Inside in the Batcave, Nightwing is staring at Batman’s Cowl in the glass and poses in front of the costume where Red Robin says that one of them should take up the mantle of Batman, but Nightwing reminds him that they have already discussed this, but he gets informed that there is already somebody that has beaten then to wearing the cowl and that they have experience. Nightwing questions him in what he means and brings up the evidence that he has found including a Batarang and Bat-Rope. We cut over to a page spread with this new Batman wannabe standing atop a gargoyle and for a design it did make me think that it was going to be Azrael since that the costume does remind me slightly of the costume that he wore during the Knightfall story arc. In the smaller panels, we see this new Batman attacking gang members and we see that he is using a lot of force since that we see him throwing Batarang in the eyes of some gang members. Nightwing goes through some evidence of the notes that are left from the scenes of the ‘Batman’ attacks but Tim decides to do something more drastic and decides to don the cowl and become a Batman.

Nightwing then starts training against some dummies in which he manages to break the head off and Alfred manages to catch it and he asks if he has something to say. Alfred asks to talk about Bruce’s legacy, that for him to take up the mantle of Batman, but he refuses and says that he has already been over this decision with Tim and Oracle contacts him to inform him on what has happened with Arkham and then we cut over to the top of the Asylum with Nightwing talking with Gordon about what has happened and Gordon comes up with the notion that it could have been an inside job. But Gordon think that it just seems weird since that there were hundreds of inmates that just disappeared without a trace, but Nightwing has an idea with that being that they are all being kept under control. But there is something that I am surprised that hadn’t been brought up and that would be the dead body that was left near the entrance since an inmate did try to step out of line and was killed by Black Mask. The only thing that I could think of would be that Black Mask had the body be disposed of. Meanwhile underground Black Mask is rallying his army on Arkham Inmates and they find out that they are going to start their assault tonight.

Back up top we get Tim narrating about the Network and we see Catwoman dealing with some criminals and then she spots a person dressed in a Batman costume going across the rooftops which catches her attention. In the next page, we see Tim in a Batman costume which appears to be the 1970’s costume with the blue cape and cowl. He continues his narrations saying that he is going to focus on tracking down the Other Batman and it appears that he had found something, but that something isn’t known to us as we then cut straight over to the harbour with Black Mask’s army attacking what appears to be Two-Faces thugs and we see Zsasz ripping the head off one, Croc eating one and Poison Ivy binding two.

Meanwhile, we see that Damian has ‘borrowed’ the Batmoblie to impress a girl, who I don’t think was given a name in the issue, and after accidently turning the GPS system back on Oracle manages to contact him and then sends Girl out of the roof via ejector seat. Oracle tells him to wash the car and stay out of Nightwing’s way but as he is about to reply to her Killer Croc rams the car and causes it to be flipped over. Oracle asks Huntress and Blackhawk to go out and rescue Damien, but they can’t get there quick enough however Nightwing says that he will go and get him. Damien manages to get out of the Batmobile, which is down bogged down in a marsh-like area where he is trapped between Poison Ivy and Killer Croc and Ivy suggests that Croc should eat Damian. We also see that Croc had ate Girl and Damian tries to bargain his way out of Croc eating him, but Croc goes for the bite and we see Damian being swooped up by Nightwing who flies in hang-glider. Damian asks if he was going to keep this quiet and he replies says ‘We’ll see’. But that could be up in smoke as some sort of projectile hits the glider and the two of them are sent crashing down inside an abandoned building.

Inside the building, Damian is the first to get up and he goes over to see if Nightwing is alright and manages to get him away until another explosion, possibly from the glider, sends them flying and a group of masked armed thugs enters searching for the duo. Nightwing tells Damian to stay out of site and we see Nightwing possibly surrendering to the thugs, who then try to kill Nightwing, but one of then gets riddled with bullets and in the final page we see the Second Batman, dual wielding guns with explosions that remind me of Power Rangers where monsters would explode behind the Rangers, and he tells them that he is Batman ending the issue.

Overall the first issue is a rather decent opening since a lot of the issue focuses around one major point. That being Nightwing’s reluctance of donning the Cape & Cowl since that he was the first to be trained by Batman, but he doesn’t want to and he wants to be his own hero, which is why he dropped the mantle of Robin and became Nightwing. I like the idea of Tim becoming Batman since that he and Batman have somethings in common, that being they are detectives and that Tim was able to deduce Batman’s identity. Plus with Tim taking the mantle of Batman for just the series we wouldn’t see him taking the mantle again until the New 52 in which he takes the mantle of Batman Beyond during the Future’s End story arc.

Destiny 2 Review

When Bungie announced this game a lot of my friends and I had rather mixed feelings about this game since that we did have a lot of problems when it came to the first game and we were worried that there was going to be problems that carry over. But lucky enough it seemed that some of those worries were gone.

The story is one of the better things about this game since that in the first game, there was barely a story since that it seemed to be up in the air and developed in some pieces of lore, but with this it starts out strong and it keeps on going. Dominus Ghaul is an interesting villain since that his story is well developed over the course of the cutscenes that we see since that he has his own agenda. Knowing of the existence of the Traveller and the powers that it can give to the Guardians and he wants that power for himself. Then we have the aftermath from the opening when your Guardian is ‘killed’ by Ghaul and is trying to get through the assault in the City, there is so much dread and the possibility that all is lost. But once you meet Hawthorn that is when there seems to be the start of hope in the game.

The rest of the story is rather interesting since that the first few parts is mainly getting the Vanguards back together to come up with a plan to take down Ghaul but there are all the usual Destiny fetch/destroy/defend missions along the way. For the rest of the story there were other things that I did like and the most enjoyment that I did have was with Cayde-6 and Failsafe on Nessus since that a) finding out what Cayde-6 got into the trouble he did with a Vex Teleporter and b) being introduced to Failsafe, the Exodus Black’s Computer for the fact that she is rather unique because of her personalities. But the best thing about the story is the penultimate and final mission in which the plan goes off, with some small hiccups along the way but it is some of the most beautiful looking missions that they have made since that the penultimate you get to fight on Ghaul’s command ship where it is about to absorb Mercury to take out the Sun and it shows a lot of the amazing design that they put into the Sun as well as the detail on the Almighty is rather spectacular.

However, the ending that they did for this is handled better than what happened before since that this had resolution. Being able to defeat Ghaul with all your abilities back that he had taken away from the beginning and then when you think that he is defeated the ending cinematic shows something that was bat-shit insane. That being Ghaul creating a weird astral form in which he tries to get recognition from The Traveller, since that throughout the game Ghaul’s main quest has been trying to get the Traveller acceptance for to be given the same powers as the Guardians. But unfortunately, that doesn’t go well for him as the Traveller, who is also bound in a chain-like cage, but it manages to break out of it and destroys the Astral Ghaul. But that wasn’t the end of it, just like with movies a post credit scene appears several Vex Pyramid ships, with one of them seeming like it was a Mother-Ship leading to mean that this would be the first DLC content that we will be having.

The rest of the game is rather alright. The new areas are designed rather well and each have their unique parts. Another thing that I do like are the Lost Locations in which are hordes of enemies that are hiding Loot.

But I did have some problems that I do have with the game and rather currently it has been down to it still being a relatively a new game and that has been a lot of the connection problems that has been plaguing. As a personal experience when I was playing the day after the first weekly reset I was plagued with five connection problems when I was playing Crucible with my friends. This caused me to even show up on the enemy team at times or even leaving the game, which was rather weird.

But one of my major problems that I have with this game are the Nightfall Strike, but not for the same reason why people have been having problems with. My problem comes with the Strike being set to a 10-minute time limit, in which I do find it to be rather pointless. It can be done but it does make it rather harder and more complicated for some players to do since that you would need to do multiple things on top of the actual Strike. I think that it would have been better if they had the time limit set to the Prestige mode for the challenge since that does give it more of a challenge. Hopefully there could be some changes coming to the Nightfall since that this does make it rather stupid.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the Leviathan Raid yet but hopefully in the next week, I may put something in to cover that.

Overall I did find this game to be quite the step up from where I did leave the first game and I do plan on playing through the entirety of this game. 8/10.

Justice League/ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 Review

Previously in Justice League/MMPR, Lord Zedd had teamed up with recurring Superman/ Justice League villain Brainiac where they head back to the Power Rangers universe where Brainiac steals the city of Angle Grove for his collection. Meanwhile the Rangers and the League came up with a plan to travel back to their Earth by creating a wormhole and plan on attacking Zedd and Brainiac on two fronts with one team invading Brainiac’s ship and another protecting Earth. But when the team attacking Brainiac’s ship, Cyborg starts getting took over by Brainiac.

On Earth, an emergency conference had started at the NATO Headquarters where they are discussing the events that have transpired with Angel Grove disappearing with some of the world leaders believing that it must be down to another country before they are interrupted by Wonder Woman who tells them that they are dealing with something beyond their capabilities. But the world leaders aren’t listening to her and try to apprehend her since that it is the correct thing to do in these situations. She tries to get closer to the President of America and security tries to shoot her but as we already know Wonder Woman can deflect bullets with her bracelets. She then tells them that she won’t risk the life of innocent people and she tells them her name and that she is from another Earth and that she knows what happened to Angle Grove and that her friends will be able to tell them what can happens. But we then get a bit of a weird line saying that she absorbed their bullets and since they only shot once, they could have shot her again when she would have been unaware, but that could just be me. The Rangers are introduced to NATO in their disguise costumes and they inform them on what has been happening and who is behind it and they are going to need help from NATO by setting aside their differences and readying their armies for a fight. I think that it is rather great that they used Wonder Woman for this role as being a peace maker for this since that is something that her character has had a lot of experience with especially when it came with Themyscira and the Rest of the World since Themyscira had been protected from the outside world for thousands of years.

The rest of the League on Earth are out searching for Lord Zedd’s and Flash is searching for him and not having success by his 11th lap, however on his 12th he managed to find him creating monsters with them resembling a Tibetan Worm and what seems to be a scorpion.  In Space, John Stewart informs Wonder Woman that the attack is beginning and that says that Brainiac is starting his attack with an army of drones and we see them coming towards Earth and John tries to thin the heard a bit by wielding a shield and club. On the ship, the Rangers and Superman seemed to be rather shocked with the events that have happened when Billy stabbed Cyborg when he got overridden by Brainiac but he manages to get back up. Superman manages to hold Cyborg in place and Batman decides to do something rather drastic and tries to reboot him to get out Brainiac’s programming since that it appears that Batman has been studying Cyborg’s system. I did find this to be rather weird since I don’t think that this has been up done before or at least brought up in the current continuity, but since that I haven’t read anything from Justice League or any Cyborg stories since Volume 2 from the New 52. Superman asks if that rebooting will work but he just ignores him. A spark erupts from Cyborg and it looks like that it has worked. He informs them that Brainiac has launched his attack and asks what Batman had done to him, in which Billy says that Batman had rebooted him and possibly purged Brainiac’s system out of him. Also, this reminds me of something else that has been a recurring segment through the history of Justice League and that has been the countable times in which Batman has done something that has annoyed members of the Justice League.

Further into Brainiac’s ship they manage to find Brainiac’s ‘Trophy Room’ where they were able to find Angel Grove rather quickly. Trini seems to be taken quite away with this seeing numerous bottled cities and Superman reassures her that they will be taken back to their universe and that they will be all rehomed. Batman interrupts the saying that they need to get to Earth to help against the assault but Cyborg informs them that there is still somebody on board and we see that person is Alpha-5, who has been kept rather close to Brainiac. Brainiac seems to be rather enjoyed by this since that during his time he has never came across another being that has achieved sentience. Brainiac starts preparing something, possibly creating a link, to find out what makes Alpha want to work with Earthlings. Alpha says that he wants to work with the Rangers since that they are doing good things yet Brainiac thinks that this is flawed, but Alpha then questions Brainiac about him destroying planets and taking cities where he says that he is consuming their knowledge for him alone. But Alpha asks him what else he does since to him he thinks that what he is doing is rather selfish and that he is only doing it for himself. I do think that bringing this up is rather useful since that with all the information that Brainiac has, there could have been a time where his information can be useful to help protect worlds and help improve technologies, again like before I’m not sure that has happened before or with the different version of Brainiac.

On Earth, Brainiac’s forces are attacking the NATO Headquarters and the armies, Wonder Woman and the Rangers start defending until help can get from the other team. Back on Brainiac’s ship, Superman asks who Alpha is and they say it’s a friend and that they aren’t leaving without him. Superman says that he will go rescue him and tells them to get back to the Javelin and he promises that he will be back with his friend. He manages to break into the room that they are in and he tries to get to Alpha, but Brainiac manages to stop him rather quickly and reveals that he has something to stop Superman, and pulls out a large chunk of kryptonite to try and weaken Superman. But this is to no use when a sword pierces through Brainiac and the Rangers start chopping up him up into pieces. One slight thing that bugged me is the colouring for Zack, possibly due to the lighting of the room it makes him look like his costume is purple/red instead of black. Batman seems to be rather annoyed that their friend that the saved was a robot and Cyborg says that they should leave, but Billy realises something and asks Cyborg to firewall Brainiac’s arm so that they can use it to get Angel Grove back in its place.

Back on Earth, the Earth team is still fending off the attack by Brainiac and Superman drops down and hands the remaining Power Coins to the Rangers and they morph and are rejoiced to see that Alpha is alive. Jason asks that if they got the city back and they announce that they got it back and that Billy has an idea that but he and Cyborg need some time to figure out how they can do it. Jason brings up that they can’t risk summoning the Zords again but they will try to fight off against the armies and try to bide them time. But Zedd continues to say that he will destroy the planet and tries to throw his growing bomb on a monster, but Flash manages to not only intercept the throw but also knocked out the monster. He speeds off to Alpha and asks him to keep the growth bomb safe and out of the way. But Brainiac contacts through a drone to give him the bomb but Alpha says that he isn’t going to and he starts to stand up for himself, which isn’t something that we see that much from Alpha and he drops the bomb in front of him and we see growing to the size of a Zord and attacking one of Zedd’s monsters, ending the issue and with one issue left it is all to play for.

Go-Go Power Rangers #1 Review

A few months ago, Boom Studios revealed that they were going to be releasing a second on-going series but this one focusing on the early days of the Rangers and it turns out that it is set pretty much after the events of the first fight with Goldar.

The issue opens, as I said in the introduction, with the Rangers fighting against Goldar just as they formed to Megazord for the first time. A lot of the dialogue in the first page is mainly caption boxes with the Rangers communicating between each other talking about how cool the Megazord is. After the battle, the Rangers are seen on top of the Megazord admiring the view and Trini asks Jason if he is okay since that he just seems to be staring off in the distance and he replies saying that though they won the battle the war is just starting and that things will never be the same again.

We then cut to three months before the event called ‘Arrival Day’ we see Jason training in the Juice Bar when we see Ernie asking why he is there. He replies saying that he was getting in a morning workout and Ernie replies saying that it seems that he is training for something but doesn’t know why he would be. Jason tells a tale when he was at camp a kid named Brandon had made a bow and arrow and when he was going to test it out, a bully took it off him and snapped it in two. Ernie says that it wasn’t his fault but then it is revealed that he was the one that did it, and that he is making sure that when there are bullies around that he would be there to stand up to them.

At the high-school, Jason and Zack meet up where the just generally talk and we see what Zack is also good at and that is being able to make friends with pretty much anybody, from people in band, to teachers to some of the hottest girls. Outside, Trini and Billy are walking inside where Billy where he asks her about if telling a crush about their feelings if the chance of dating would increase and she replies saying that the odds of rejection and utter humiliation. But as Billy goes to talk more with her he gets hit by a water balloon thrown by Bulk along with Skull. Inside Jason and Zack see the aftermath of the water balloon and we are introduced to a new character, Matthew Cook, who tells Billy that he would get the Football team to tape Bulk up to a goalpost, but Billy says that isn’t necessary so Matthew decides to give him his hat.

This whole section seemed to be rather interesting since it really did give more character to the Rangers since that looking back at the television series the Rangers didn’t seem to have much of a diverse character design. I really like the idea that Jason used to be a bully, but then he realised that what he was doing was wrong and I would like to see this be more developed. Zach seemed to be nearly the same as his counterpart in the show. But the one character that seems to be improved more is with Billy since that they have been involving the possible relationship between him and Trini, but it is sad to know that it wouldn’t work out since the events of Power Ranger Pink, where Trini ends up with Zach, which seemed that it came from the current storyline from the Mighty Morphin comics and it is something that I like.

On the moon, we see Rita conversing with Goldar, Squatt, Baboo and Finster, who are ready to serve her and tell her that her putties are awaiting her commands. She says that this time they won’t be attacking blindly and then bring up the two prisoners that they have, who broke he out of the dumpster, two NASDA astronauts with one of them asking them to be freed. But Rita says that he has no need to worry since that she has no plans on harming them but she does require information on Earth from them.

At the Juice Bar Jason, Zack, Billy and Trini are meeting up and wondering where Kimberly is at and Trini knows where she is and Jason seems annoyed that she isn’t here and they start conversing about the battle that they had yesterday. Billy seems slightly on edge that somebody may have noticed them but Zack brings up that there a lot of people that are still shell shocked about the events that had happened and Billy then brings up that people were jumping at loud noises. Zack then brings up that they should at least morph and help with the clean-up, but Jason disagrees saying that it would be a bad idea since that there will be a lot of soldiers and reporters there trying to find out who they are and since that he is the leader of the team, he thinks that this is the best decision for the team, but Zack speaks up wanting to know if they can trust Zordon and Trini also brings up points with her and Billy’s mothers becoming over protected and wanting to know where they are and what they are doing. Jason tries to think of excuses to help them cover their Ranger duties but is then interrupted when Alpha calls saying that they are needed in the Command Center and then tells Trini to contact Kimberly.

Meanwhile at make out spot, Kimberly and Matthew are they start talking and about some of the most recent events, with Matthew bringing up the events of when Goldar attacked and with the stuff that has been happening, the first thing that is on his mind is ‘Where’s Kimmy’ and it shows that he does care a lot about her. He asks her if they still want to be together and she says that she does but just as they start to make out Trini blocks them telling her to get to the Command Center. She apologies to Matt saying Trini was texting her and he seems to be rather cool with it believing that it is just girl’s stuff and he asks her if she is going to help him study for the Trig test and is about to take her home, when she then says that they don’t need to leave right now. I think that the best thing about this scene is that it showed that Kim being in a relationship with somebody else that Tommy Oliver and I think that this could create a rather good story down the line, depending on what they already have penned down since that it doesn’t look like at this time that we could be seeing Matthew in the Might Morphin series.

At the Command Center, Zordon informs to the Rangers that he believes that Rita is going to begin another attack and brings up that the Astronauts that accidentally freed her, still haven’t made it back to Earth and are imprisoned in her castle. Jason brings up the fact that if they are imprisoned there, then they need to go and rescue them, but Zordon says that this is a bad idea since that Rita is far too powerful and that the castle is well guarded. Jason then brings up a good point saying that it was Zordon that gave them the power to fight against Rita’s forces and that they want to take the fight to her. With the possible news of them travelling to the Moon it gives them some mixed feelings with Zack acting like a giddy child, which i like to think what his reaction was like when they were in the Megazord scenes in the beginning describing them as ‘Space Ninjas’. Jason have a spontaneous plan in his head and says that if they get teleported in quick and they get out fast they know they can do it. Leading up to the team heading to the moon, Trini talks to her mother on the phone with her being annoyed about breaking curfew and Kim texting, Matt probably, that she wasn’t going to make it over to his. Billy still doesn’t want to head to the Moon but Zack reassures him that he is going to do great when they get there and we see the team morph into their Ranger costumes in a good page spread, but I do think that it could have been laid out better with the Rangers in their suits since that you have three on one side, Jason in roughly the middle and Kim in the end by herself.

On the moon, the Rangers discover Rita’s Palace, Kim stares off at the Earth and wishes that she could share it with Matt, but Jason says that they need to protect their friends by not telling them what they do, but just as he finishes saying that Kim warns him and they are surrounded by Putties and I don’t mean ten or fifteen, I mean a legion of Putties. Jason manages to clear a way to get them inside of the Place and tells the team his plan, for them to go and rescue the Astronauts whilst he goes and secures them an exit route, beating up the Putties and being on the lookout for Rita. Kim seems worried about him being on his own, but Zack reassures her that he would be fine.

The Rangers manages to find the Astronauts, but there is a challenge before them in the form of Goldar, but Zack and Billy manage to distract him long enough for Kim and Trini to save the Astronauts and make a hasty exit. As they get away from Goldar they realise that the corridor that they were travelling down had disappeared, but Trini also brings up that Jason is still no longer around. Over to where Jason is and we see him confronting Rita but we see that she outmatches him with ease and we see her throwing him through a wall right in the path where the other Rangers are. The issue ends with Rita, with her followers, knowing all the Rangers real names and gives them a proper introduction but also a warning that they have made a terrible mistake.

This end is rather good since that it does show Rita to be a lot more powerful than what she was in the show, possibly on par to the new version that we got in the latest film. The artwork throughout is good and constant with each of the designs for Rita’s main circle well designed as well since that they see to be more menacing, even Squatt and Baboo who were comedic villains from the show.

One final thing that I do like about this is that with each of the Rangers got their own biography page, which isn’t what you see much nowadays in comics. They give you the basic description of the characters, but it seems to be done in the same way a year book would be done, with having likes, dislikes and a quote, but I am not 100% sure since I am not American or from a country that uses yearbooks, so if anybody could help me out on that note it would be rather enlightening.

Overall, I did rather enjoy this first issue, but I did find that the opening scene to be rather weird with it then time skipping three months prior, but with the way that the panels lead into each other it doesn’t seem that there would have been a time skip. But nonetheless it is a good read and I wonder what events that the creative team have for the rest of this story.

Dragon Ball Chapter 3&4 Review

Last time in Dragon Ball, Bulma and Goku met up by a freak accident and we were introduced to the reoccurring plot device in the franchise, the Dragon Balls. Also, we see Goku’s power and naivety as well showing that he can take down a large Dinosaur/Dragon but also not knowing modern things, but that is down to his nomad upbringings. So, let’s see what is install for the duo this time.

Our story follows up from the end of the last chapter with Bulma annoyed at Goku for waking them up early, so he decides to go outside and train for a bit lifting large boulders and crushing them. However, when he goes to lift one up it turns out that it is in fact a turtle and not a boulder. The both are shocked, especially Goku because he thought that she had turned into it because she was slow in taking her time. Bulma comes out of the house to see what the commotion is and discovers that Goku is conversing with a sea turtle.

The turtle asks them for a bucket of seawater to drink and then explains to them why they are here. He says that he went looking for mushrooms and has been lost in the woods for the past year, and Bulma gives him the bad news that being he is still travelling in the wrong direction and that he is 120 kilometers from the sea. Goku says that he will take him to the sea, but Bulma says that they only have 30 days left for their quest so he decides to take him on his own and leaves Bulma behind. Bulma then says that she doesn’t need Goku, but then she realises that she forgot to get Goku’s Dragon Ball from him, but notices something rather worse, a large Dinosaur walking around in the back ground, so she decides then to quickly pack up and join them.

On the way to the sea, a Tiger Bandit spots the trio heading straight towards them and he tries to take Turtle to eat. Bulma wants Goku to give him the Turtle, however he doesn’t and he keeps on taunting the Bandit so the Bandit decides to use force and take the Turtle from them both. He manages to dodge his attack and Bulma tells him to get on the bike, however Goku continues fighting managing to land on the tip of the Bandit’s sword and gives him the Rock, Scissors, Paper move and he manages to defeat the Bandit. Bulma then realises how strong he is and they continue their diversion to the sea, which then end up reaching.

Turtle is happy that he has arrived back at the sea and asks them to stay where they are so that he can go and get them a reward for their generosity. They wait for Turtle to return with their reward and Bulma notices something coming to them from the ocean and Goku says that its Turtle and that he can see somebody riding on him. As Turtle gets closer to them, they notice that it is an old man.

Chapter four opens with the Goku asking who the old man is and he introduces himself as Kame-Sen’nin- The Turtle Hermit (more commonly known as Master Roshi in the dub). He asks the Turtle if it was both that helped him, but he replies that it was just the boy, so Roshi (which I am call him for the rest of the reviews of this) is going to give him a gift. He calls for the Immortal Phoenix but it doesn’t show up and Turtle reminds him of a previous problem that occurred between the two of them and Roshi remembers the problem but he comes up with an even better gift and summons the Kinto’un (or the Flying Nimbus again called in the dub and what I will be calling it). The cloud appears and Goku asks how he can eat it and Roshi tells him that he doesn’t eat a magical cloud but rides it. Bulma seems rather perplexed by this wondering about Turtle Hermits and magical clouds and Roshi then tells him that only a person with a pure heart can fly on the Nimbus and when he tries to jump on the cloud he falls straight through it.

Goku jumps on the cloud and starts flying around the place all giddy and childlike when Bulma chimes in asking for a reward too but Turtle tells Roshi that it was Goku that helped him. But Bulma reminds him that she was the one that gave him seawater to drink. Roshi says that he only has one magic cloud but he asks to see something of hers in exchange and that being her panties. Turtle complains to Roshi about his perverted ways but Bulma agrees to show him her panties and we get a bigger surprise when we see Bulma pulling up her nightie to see that she isn’t wearing any panties and she has just flashed Roshi and Turtle without realising.

Bulma then asks Roshi for her favour and he starts to decide on what she may want to see, but what she does see is hanging from his neck, the three-star Dragon Ball, and Roshi says that he found this 100 years ago on the ocean floor. Roshi asks if the thing is valuable, but Bulma believes that they are getting the ball for free as her reward for flashing Roshi. But Roshi didn’t say that they could have it… until Bulma flashes him again where he gives them the Dragon Ball and they head back to the house. Bulma goes to put some clothes on and then she realises that her panties have been in the house the entire time and she then realises what she had done. Goku then chimes in saying that he was the one that took off her panties and she unleashes her rage on him and shoots him with a gun, which he manages to survive because Goku.

They pack up to continue the rest of the journey and Bulma says that if Goku pulls a stunt like that again, she will kill him and then brings up that they would be able to get around more faster with them being on the Flying Nimbus together. But when Bulma gets on the cloud the same that happened to Roshi happens to her as she falls through the cloud face first. She wonders why she can’t board it thinking that being too beautiful and thinks of it being a sin so she now must ride her bike instead of on the cloud. Maybe one day she will be able to ride the cloud in some way.

Overall, I think that this is a good bit of filler whilst still exploring the story. The introduction of Roshi was done well and we see the tropes that come from Japan representing older men as rather perverted towards younger women, but as his character has grown now in Super I’m glad that he is now behind this. And next year we will be carrying on with the adventures of Goku and Bulma to see where their adventures will take them next in their quest for the Dragon Balls.