The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3-4 Review

Previously in The Dark Knight III, Batman had returned after years of absence but it turned out that Carrie Kelley was the Batman. Lara and Wonder Woman were disagreeing about where Lara should be. Ray Palmer ended up releasing the residence of the bottled city of Kandor, but it turns out that it was all a trap where a Kryptonian cult killed the residence and then shrank Palmer and is presumed dead. But it turned out that at the end of issue 2, Bruce Wayne was still alive.

The issue opens with Bruce walking into a room narrating about Carrie, and shows that he cares about her. We then continue more narration but also being cut in with clips with news articles of incidents happening over world with the possible invasion from the Kryptonians. Carrie asks if that these attacks mean that if he was no longer dead, and he replies that he doesn’t know since that he doesn’t know what kind of ‘horror’ this is yet. We then get a video of Quar preaching that the Earth is over their end of depression and he then breaks the back of what appears to be a reporter or just a random person and he falls from the sky. Quar then preaches about what happened to Krypton and says that his group was like a dandelion and he then gives one of his ‘children’ a seed that he ingests and the child then divebombs towards the Kremlin and he blows up into what appears to be nuclear explosion. Quar then preaches more about what his children can do and he wants the people of Earth to bow to them as New Gods. In the Batcave, Bruce says that they can’t do this alone and we continue to a two-page spread with panels of news talking about what the Kryptonians had did and how people are dealing with it. But we also get a portion of Bruce and Carrie walking through the snow heading towards the Fortress of Solitude.

Inside the Fortress, Bruce tells Carrie on why Superman is in this state saying that he gave up after the battle with Brainiac and the near destruction of the planet and Bruce whacks the Superman popsicle with a hammer. Bruce then tells Superman that he needs his help since that he is in barley and condition to fight and that the world needs his help. But there is still no reaction from the popsicle. Carrie then chimes in saying that they are wasting their time with him and says that his people are about to enslave the Earth and Carrie goes to leave where we then see crack wound effects and Superman is out of the ice asking about his people and Bruce goes on to show what they were doing.

The micro issue for this is about Green Lantern where we first see him in this weird alien design finding out that that Earth needs his help. We then see Quar wives talking around the Sphinx and Hal appears before them. The wives wonder why he is there and then realise that he is a Lantern and they start coming on to him and manage to trick him into using he ring hand and then one of them blasts off Hal’s hand and takes hand and runs off leaving Hal in the desert.

Back is some city, possibly Gotham, Quar’s children are talking about making the people worship them. Bruce and Carrie are heading back and Bruce notes what Carrie did with Superman making him break out of his popsicle but she isn’t taking credit for it. Some of Quar’s children then head into space and take out satellites. Lara sees Gotham starting in flames and Baal asks if she is not afraid, but she replies saying that she is more curious about Kandor and not afraid. Quar appears and says that his son wasn’t talking about Kandor but of her. Baal says that she is afraid of herself and that she shouldn’t hold herself to her own rules and Quar pretty much starts to brainwash her. We then get a page of Superman falling to his knees with tears in his laser firing eyes.

We then cut over to an emergency meeting with heads of different countries and there deciding whether to start a war with the Kryptoinans but they are undecided but Bruce has his army assembled in the Batcave where he says that he is too easy. Carrie questions it and Bruce replies saying phony bosses will react before they do but there is a new piece that they see that there could be a chance that the world could see a global surrender. Quar and his followers break into the UN meeting in the Pentagon where he wants to get his answer from the world but that gets interrupted by Batman appearing on a screen where he tells him to go to hell with all the screens repeating him saying hell. Quar questions him and Superman appears telling them that ‘you heard them’. Quar then rants a bit about that how he would spend ‘thousands of centuries in thousand hells than be trapped in the glass cage’. He then spits at him and says that he need to be punished. Superman then notices something behind him when a voice says that he is a traitor to his race where it is revealed to be Lara, ending the issue.

Issue four opens with Ray Palmer not dead and apparently at some sort of possible sub-atomic level. Back in Washington, he tells Lara that she is making a mistake and tells her that the world needs protecting but Quar asks her if she agrees with him. She does agree that the world is beautiful but that the ‘ants’ that run it are destroying it. 0ne of Quar followers or possibly Quar asks Superman why he would allow people to do this and he says that he refuses to put himself above humanity and then Lara blasts him through the Washington Memorial. Lara asks him to make a choice but he replies saying that he won’t hit her back, so she whacks him straight into the Lincoln Memorial. Lara keeps asking him to make his decision but Baal tells her that he has already made his decision.

In the Batcave Carrie is having enough of this and suggest that they go help him, but Bruce says that they can’t but suggests that there is one person that can help but they won’t and we find out that Lara beat up Superman for hours, ending it at the Fortress of Solitude where we see a blood trail leading to the door. Superman heads back to the Fortress and we see Quar’s cult following him there where he yells out to Earth that their champion has fallen and puts him on trial for treason. Superman tries to plead to Lara but she just stares at him and the cultists give their passing of the guilty verdict and Quar encases him in Black Matter and they blast the Fortress with their eye-beams. Quar then says that he is going to move onto Gotham and that if Batman doesn’t surrender in 36 hours he would kill them. In the Jungle, we back with Wonder Woman saying that they made her decision and that she doesn’t agree with then and that she doesn’t agree with Bruce and destroys the communicator that Bruce gave her.

In the micro-issue this revolves around Carrie now under the mantle of Batgirl and is basically covering the fallout about the civilians wanting to Batman to submit to the Kryptonians. But the cool thing that did come from this was Carrie throwing a device into the sea and it summons Aquaman on a large Hammerhead Shark and he tells her to get on.

Back on Gotham City Hall, a protest is breaking out with the citizens wanting Batman to surrender. In Commissioner Yindel’s office she monologues off about what has been happening, first that it has been over seven hours since that the power grid went down, she got a bottle of booze and that she realises that now the GCPD is useless and that it took Gotham City twelve hours to realise it. Back in the Batcave Carrie is injecting something into Bruce to help him get around and Bruce gives Carrie a mission. This happens in the micro-issue and he gives her a graduation present, which we also see in the micro-issue. We the see some of the news talking about what happening in Gotham and we also see Flash running in to help but he then gets his legs broken by somebody but he is then rescued by one of Batman’s army. On top of the GCPD, Yindel talks about the people being like ants and other things but Batman appears behind her and gives her the opportunity to do the right thing.  The issue ends back with Ray Palmer saying that ‘maybe he can fix this’.

I think that these issues have been rather well done. Having Carrie be the one that helps snap Superman out of his disappointment slump was good and the whole brainwashing that has been done to Lara is rather interesting. But we are only halfway through the series and I think this is the point on where it starts to go a bit sideways.

Justice League/ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4 Review

Previously in the Justice League/Power Rangers comic. Lord Zedd attacks the Command Centre and Zack manages to hold him off by teleporting them through a damaged teleporter. This leads Zack to wind up on the DC Universe where Zack is confronted by Batman, which Zack thinks is Lord Zedd’s monster. This then leads the Rangers to come in for back up to help Zack but Batman has the Justice League to call on. This then calms down when the two sides start to talk things out. We then find out what happened to Zedd and that he then aligns himself with Brainiac when he gives him a proposition to take cities in the Power Ranger universe and they also manage to get the Zords away from the Rangers to do this and it also leaves the Rangers stranded in the DC Universe. The Rangers and the League then head to Switzerland to get help from CERN to open a wormhole to take them back to their dimension.

The issue opens with Billy and Cyborg going over the calculations to see if their plan can work and Zack asking Kim for an update. She says that she doesn’t understand it much but that they are making progress. Zack seems to be rather worried about what Zedd and Brainiac could be doing on Earth and that before they headed here he got into a fight with his parents and he hopes that he wants to fix that. Billy and Cyborg finally finish their equations and say that they can create a hole but it would be random where it would take them. One of the scientists then say that if they have a link to their world they can fix where they will go and Tommy has the answer, that being he still has his Dragon Dagger. Billy then brings up that they can’t activate the rift underground since that it could have a fatal collapse if an accident was to happen. Wonder Woman suggest that they should move the Hadron Collider elsewhere and the scientist says that they can’t just move it and that it is seventeen miles long. Wonder Woman says that they will be careful and that he and Superman will lift it with Green Lantern can hold it in place. Green Lantern manages to hold the Collider and Wonder Woman and Superman start pushing it into SPACE.

In the Javelin, Tommy hands the Dragon Dagger to Green Lantern who places it in the middle of the Collider to act as an anchor and they all head into the portal, hoping that they can survive the trip. They manage to arrive back in the Power Ranger’s universe and we see that Brainiac has already started the process of converting Angel Grove into a bottled city. The League tells the Rangers that they can’t do anything now and just wait, but Zack heads off to the dome to see if there is anything that he can do and he manages to see his parents. He tries to apologise from what happened that morning but they couldn’t hear him and the city gets transformed and we see where the events from issue one start to take place. The Rangers are devastated to see their home being taken away from them and Superman tries to comfort Zack saying that he knows what he feels as his own home was destroyed and a city taken by Brainiac. Superman says that the bottled city will be on Brainiac’s ship and it is also located in low orbit. The Rangers want to get up there but Cyborg first objects saying that they are powerless, since they no longer have their coins, but Batman says that they are not. He then says that once that he takes a city he then destroys the planet and that they don’t have long to rescue them.

Wonder Woman then says that they will need to create two teams, one team to attack Brainiac’s ship and the second team to do defence on Earth, Batman agrees with this and says that he brought somethings to help from the trophy room in the Tower. Jason gets the sword of Azrael, Zack gets an axe and Kim gets Green Arrow’s bow. But not only do they get weapons but they also borrowed costumes as well from other characters from DC with Red Hood, Lex’s armour, Katana, Hawkgirl, Prometheus and I think Black Lightning. Batman leads the attack force on the Brainiac’s ship and Wonder Woman is leading the defence on Earth and Superman says that he is going to be the distraction by attacking the ship.

The attack force of Batman, Cyborg, Zack, Trini and Billy board onto the ship and Billy finds a console for Cyborg to interface with and he manages to find their Power Coins. Cyborg calls in Superman to retrieve the Coins where he manages to do it with ease and Zack starts to morph when he gets blasted, by Cyborg. More correctly Cyborg being infected by Brainiac and he then blasts Batman. Billy then morphs and tries to tell Cyborg to fight the control but Brainiac’s influence seems to be stronger and Billy, apologising, stabs his staff through Cyborg ending the issue.

This seemed to be an alright issue, seeing the Rangers at a bit of a low point not knowing what is happening to their world and also giving a reason what happened during the beginning of issue one, which I really had no clue in what happened then. Hopefully with two issues left the story continues to be interesting.

Batman/ The Flash: The Button Review

Back when Rebirth started over a year ago, the original Wally West returned to the DC Universe after been mysteriously taken away after the Flashpoint event. When he returned, he brought back a mysterious ‘Button’ with him and gave it to Barry and since then he and Batman have spent their time trying to find out what it means.

Part one begins in Batman #21 with the issue starting out in Arkham Asylum as some of the inmates are watching a hockey game and Saturn Girl, who has been imprisoned in Arkham Asylum since the beginning of Rebirth, says that ‘they’re going to kill him’ and ‘Superman won’t come. Our friends will die. The Legion will die’, this could be leading to things that could be happening later in this book or more likely for the Superman books.

In the Batcave, Batman has images of the ‘Button’ over several screens as well as watching the hockey game that is going on. We then get a two-page spread of 18 panels where it cuts between Batman playing with the button in his fingers and the fight that is happening at the hockey game. We get then another two-page with the same number of panels but in this Batman throws the button on the table where he also has Psycho-Pirates mask and a small spark comes off the button and hits the mask and it then a lightning bolt hits Batman knocking him back. Batman then sees an image of his Flashpoint counterpart, who is Thomas Wayne, in that universe. He then contacts Flash and tells him what had just happened and says that he will be there in a minute since that he is dealing with a Samuriod Invasion.

Batman notice a blur and believed that it was Flash but he is wrong and we then get another two-page spread where we see Reverse Flash, Thawne, punching Batman. Thawne then exposits about himself and that a power had called out to him and he was resurrected. Batman goes to punch Thawne but he vibrates out of the way and beats up Batman. HE knocks him around for a few seconds but Thawne’s attention gets drawn away when he notices something, the letter that Thomas Wayne gave to Barry to give to Bruce, and he destroys it inform of him. Batman tells him to get out of his cave but Thawne says that he can’t throw him out since that when he can blur nobody can touch him. But during that time Batman jabs a Batarang in his foot and has him anchored into place and starts punching him. Thawne manages to knock Batman backwards and manages to get free of the Batarang and he tells Batman that he can’t win, but Batman knows that and all he has to do is wait eleven seconds. They exchange punches more and the eleven seconds go by and Thawne punches Batman again. Thawne picks up the Button and teleports away and then is immediately teleported back where it looks like that he has been attacked by something and just he just says ‘I saw God’.

Flash arrives at the Batcave and apologises for being late where he said that he stops off at the hockey match to see if he could have saved the guy but it was too late. And the issue ends with Batman being beaten up and Thawne’s skeletal body.

Part two starts continues in Flash #21. It opens with the another returning character from the Rebirth issue with Johnny Thunder on the rooftop asking where ‘Thunderbolt’ is and he is then dragged back into the hospital/facility by orderlies. We then get back to the story with Flash setting up a crime scene in the Batcave in a two-spread cutting with narration as well as black silhouetted images of Thawne punching Batman. Barry then give some background information for the readers about Eobard Thawne and notes that the person that killed his mother is dead. Flash then explains about how the Speed Force works with different with him and Thawne but the energy that was covered with Thawne wasn’t his own, but with his energy wave and questions if that in the future if he kills Thawne.

Barry runs over to Alfred and asks him if he has had any luck, but he replies that all of the Batcave’s surveillance equipment was damaged and Barry believes that it was due to Thawne’s lightning.  Barry questions Bruce on what happened and beings up more information about Thawne including that he may have been killed during travelling through time and space and wonders if he was forced back to the cave. Bruce brings up some questions of his own and Barry answers them truthfully Bruce then brings up that they have had no luck identifying the blood with the different agencies that they have at hand.

Barry brings up of what Bruce saw in the previous issue and he says that it was a ghost but then says that it was his father and he was wearing the cape and cowl. Barry then brings up that it sounds like that he was describing the Flashpoint Batman. Bruce brings up that he felt the same thing as a child when he was with his father with the way that he could carry himself and that they also had the same voice. Barry apologises for this since that Flashpoint was his fault and that it left them vulnerable to the changes that have happened. Bruce tells Barry that this isn’t his fault and that this was going a lot longer than Flashpoint and that there has to be something that they have been missing during their investigation. Barry brings up that there is something that is missing and that is the Button that Thawne took with him, it wasn’t on his body. Bruce brings up that Thawne being drawn to it wasn’t a coincidence. Barry then brings up that with Bruce seeing the ghostly image of Flashpoint Batman he had also been seeing images of Thawne but also saw an image of the Helmet of Mercury, worn by Jay Garrick the Golden Age Flash.

Barry heads out if he finds anymore updates for Bruce but instead he decides to go to The Watchtower instead where we see the Lost and Found that houses the secured artefacts that the League have collected, which seems to have the Beetle that Ted Kord uses in the Blue Beetle series and also what appears to be Martian Manhunters costume. Barry goes on to say that he wishes that he put the Button here when it showed up. We then get a flashback from when Wally returned where he says that when he was outside time he felt a presence and he tried to see what it was but he couldn’t, but he then says that they are waiting to attack for some reason. Barry then narrates more saying that the force that was more powerful than Darkseid was watching them so Barry decides to use his Cosmic Treadmill. Barry plans on using it to follow the radiation that is on the Button but does have some worries about using it since that the last time he used it, he created the Flashpoint timeline.

But before he can do that he is interrupted by Batman who wants to come along with Barry since that it is still also his case. But Barry is concerned for him since that there is a lot of strange things when travelling through the Cosmic Treadmill but Batman says that he is aware of the dangers as he has also travelled through time before. They start travelling throughout time, with Batman attached with a Batclaw, and they start noticing points in alternate timeline with the formation of the Justice League but Flash brings up that he thinks that the images that they are seeing ARE from their timeline. A time-storm appears and Flash starts running faster but they still get hit and are sent into a different timeline.

The two land in a new timeline inside a cave and the Cosmic Treadmill is destroyed. But Batman notices something familiar about the cave, that being it looks like the Batcave. Flash tries to tell Batman about where they are but he gets cut off when he notices a gun in a case. He then asks Barry where they are but instead of Barry responding we get Thomas Wayne. We end on a page of both Batmen and the tears forming in his eyes being able to spend one more moment with his father.

Part three continues in Batman #22. The issue opens up with this time focusing around the Flashpoint timeline with Thomas Wayne’s Batman narrating basically covering what happened in Flashpoint. But since that this universe was meant to disappear when Barry returned to create the New 52 timelines, he came to the assumption that someone had kept their universe on Life support. He then notes that the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman has still been raging but they had a truce going on as they send their soldiers to take him out. But as he is doing this it then leads him to see Flash and Batman crash into his cave during the end of the last issue. Dr Wayne asks Flash what is going on since that he thinks that having Bruce here is a trick or cruel joke. But Flash says that this isn’t a trick but he grabs Flash by the throat and tries to punch him. 

Flash explains to Dr Wayne on what has happened and he too has come to the belief that somebody is behind Flashpoint being still intact. Flash then finds something more distressing and that is that doing a vibration of this Earth it turns out that it is the same timeline that they had come from. Dr Wayne asks Bruce why he won’t look at him but Flash intervenes saying that he needs a minute to re-build the Cosmic Treadmill but Dr Wayne brings up a small problem, that being Aquaman and Wonder Woman’s soldiers are here. Dr Wayne tells them that he is going to hold them off with a gun, but Bruce knocks the gun out of his hand and says that they are all leaving together and asks is he has any precautions but he responds saying that that his mother was the one that thought ahead so they decide to use fists instead. Bruce then brings up the letter that Barry gave him and the end of Flashpoint and says that he has a lot of questions for him and Dr Wayne too has questions.

We then get a two-page spread with the Batmen fighting against the warriors and Barry finishes building the treadmill. Batman beats up the final warrior and Dr Wayne asks if he remembers what he said when he fell down the into the cave as a child and he remembers since that he was whispering so that it didn’t want to scare the bats. The next page we see something similar to the destructions of the multiverse in Crisis on Infinite Earths and Flash realises what is going on. Batman tells Dr Wayne that the letter that he got was the best thing that he had ever got and that he even tells him that he is a Grandfather. Flash warns Batman that the Treadmill is at full power but Batman wants Dr Wayne to come with him, but he pushes Batman onto the Treadmill and Dr Wayne tells Flash to save his son but they both plead for him to join them as the light eclipses Wayne Manor. Dr Wayne delivers a speech basically summed up for Bruce to leave the mantle of Batman and let it die with him. The treadmill disappears and we see the light now eclipsing the Batcave and Dr Wayne running straight to it.

Back in the Cosmic Timestream Batman asks if there is a way back but Flash says that there is no way back to that universe. Barry then says that he doesn’t know why the Button’s trail lead them there but all he knows is that they need to keep on moving. Batman brings up that the Button appeared in his cave and brought his father to him as well as wondering who sent it and why they sent them to the Flashpoint Universe. Flash then says that he doesn’t know but that Wally told him that somebody had stolen time from them to hurt them and that they sent them to the Flashpoint Universe to hurt them even more. But before Flash can continue Thawne speeds past them and Flash seems surprised but Batman notes that Thawne still has the Button so that this is Thawne before he dies. Barry tells him to stop and that if he doesn’t he will die. However, Thawne doesn’t stop and he now knows who the power of the Button belongs to and it ends with him saying ‘They’ve never faced someone like me’ ending the issue.

Part four continues in Flash #22. The issue starts off with Flash and Batman chasing down Reverse Flash whilst a mysterious person narrates on watching what is happening and hopes that Barry can save them like what he did with Wally. Flash tells Thawne to stop but he ignores him and heads forwards from them. Thawne then says that he is going to do something more worse to Barry bit Batman tells him that he can hear somebody call Flash’s name but Barry passes it off as just the Speed Force distracting, but Batman says that the vision of his father was real. Thawne then intervenes saying that he has a new plan and that was that he is going to make Barry his son. But then something happens and then the Cosmic Treadmill starts breaking up and Batman tells him that they need to land somewhere. Flash tries to get Thawne but a rip opens and Thawne arrives in a new reality.

Thawne calls out the entity that drew him there and says that he cannot be erased by anyone, but then the figure appears and starts to attack Thawne causing what happened to him in the events of Batman #21. Back to Batman and Flash they are slightly adrift in the Speed Force and Flash can’t speed up, but Batman tells him to listen to the voice. Flash seems hesitant about it since that he doesn’t know where it can take them but Batman says that they have no other choice. The voice then says that his name is Jay and a large sound happens where the voice narrates ‘at last, I’m free’ and we see jay Garrick return and he manages to rescue Batman and Flash from the Speed Force.

They arrive back on their Earth and Flash asks if Jay was the one that killed Thawne but Jay says that he didn’t and reiterates his name and that he is a friend of Barry’s. Flash questions him and Jay replies saying that they had took everything from and that he doesn’t know how or why they did it and he tries to get Barry to remember his name. But unfortunately, Jay disappears in a blue light with Batman saying that he is not here.

They then head to a graveyard with Bruce talking about how that Barry was the only other person that he knows that has suffered losses the same way he has. Barry then brings up if that this whole problem was a plan of Thawne’s by creating time ruptures and having people taken out of realities. But Bruce brings up that he is dead but Barry brings up that maybe his death was the start of it. But even though that Thawne is dead, it does mean that the case is still open and that they are still going to be pursuing it. Barry says that he is going to do another autopsy on Thawne to try and find more evidence and Bruce brings up that what has happened to them can’t have been an accident.

Later that night Bruce is staring out of the window where the Bat-Signal appears but he seems to be more distracted about the words that his father said to him and it seems that he doesn’t want to answer the call. Back to the different world, we see The Button being picked up by a mysterious figure who starts narrating about why his ‘perception of time distress them’ and finishes saying that ‘we’re all puppets Laurie’ and that ‘he is a puppet that can see the strings’. The issue ends with an epilogue that features the button with it slowly being zoomed in but then when we zoom out and see Superman’s symbol and ends with a quote: there are poisons that blind you and poisons that can open your eye’s- August Strindberg. This then teases the possible next part of the story: Doomsday Clock that happens this November.

Overall I like this four-part series. I like that we finally got a bit more story from the events of the Rebirth one-shot and building more of the Watchmen being incorporated into the DCU. I am looking forward to see what happens in the Doomsday Clock and I think that I may pick up the first issue up when it comes out.

A Small Family Business

It’s not often that I got to see plays or small productions but I was given the chance to see one of my friends in a production called A Small Family Business.

 

I thought that the story for it was rather interesting. It’s about a businessman called Jack McCraken who has started a new job working in his step-fathers company. He then stumbles on finding out that his company has had their products being shipped off and then rebranded putting them out of money, so he gets in contact with a private investigator, Benedict Hough, to find out who is behind it and he manages to get more information on the company’s entire operation. He and his family try to decide to bribe him but it turns out its more than they all thought. In the end though it did seem to be rather rushed with Hough trying to take the money from Poppy, but he is then killed off by Sammy in defence of her mother.

The acting from the cast was rather mixed. To get over the bad first I thought that the actresses playing Tina and Harriet seemed to be the most weaker of the cast. There were sometimes where I thought that Tina didn’t seem to project herself as much as the rest of the cast, and I thought that Harriet seemed to be slightly flustered with her lines. Next, we have Des who I thought had more of the sadder story for the production since that all he wants to do is cook and leave his wife, Harriet, to live his dream since that she really doesn’t like him. Cliff and Anita were a good couple in the show since that it turns out that they have a pretty open marriage. But out of the two of them Anita seems to be the more interesting one since that she is been linked with Rivetti Brothers, who she has been having affairs with and also revealing some kinks as well. Benedict seemed to be the one that seemed to be play off being a villain rather well and when he gets killed off in the end it seemed to be rather pleasing form the cast and the audience. The Rivetti brothers were alright with all of them having different personalities and all played by the same actor. Poppy was good in the show as she seemed to be more of the common ground that she wants to provide the best for her family.  But the best about this production were two characters, the first is Roy who seemed to be the more bumbling comedic character and the actor did an amazing job at the role. But the best was Jack who pretty much stole the show. For me he reminded me a lot of Rik Mayall, in the way that he looked, the way that he carried himself in scenes and more importantly the way that he put over his dialogue. It was a really good performance and could see the actor becoming rather popular in the future.

Overall I found this to be rather a new experience and it makes me want to experience more productions and I hope to see more this year.  

Edge of Spider-Verse #3 Review

Continuing off from a blog I did a few months ago we head back into the Edge of Spider-Verse and heading into the universe where Aaron Aikman is our Spider-Man.

The issue opens with the backstory of Aaron and how he became Spider-Man and in this universe, he is a molecular biologist who also branches into bioengineering and molecular chemistry and in secrecy he experimented on himself by cloning a Spider’s genes into his own genes and became Spider-Man. A cool part of this story of this story is that they give a backstory to his suit but also his villains, including one called Redeye. But the introduction to the main story opens with the introduction to Spider-Man’s latest villain called Naamurah.

Aaron is in his lab late at night working on a new batch of webbing to make it stronger the next time that he faces off against her. We are then introduced to the other main character of the issue Doctor Kaori Ikegami who is Aaron’s boss and we get a text dump about her. But the most important that we get is that it turns out that seven years ago her daughter, Hannah, was hit by a car and that she has been for the past ten years and during that time Aaron was supportive to her that they are to believe to be in a relationship. But then one day Kaori changed and she moved her daughter to a separate facility.

Aaron then spent time to devote to his time to find out who Naamurah is and he came up with a cunning plan to stop the nightmare but that gets put on hold for a bit when he gets a knock at the door where Kaori appears. And then she kisses him. She asks him to run away with her but he turns her down saying that he had to catch a redeye but she then changes her mood and then goes off on him saying that he doesn’t care about Hannah. He retorts saying that she didn’t want him to be involved with her daughter and then asks her if she is dead and Kaori flees his apartment. On the street, he thinks to himself that Spider-Man is going to attack tonight.

We then get a two-page spread of Spider-Man, mid-flight, and runs for a search to find where Naamurah and manages to save the victim. But during saving Naamurah manages to get the drop on him but she gets wrapped up in webbing. But when he finds out that the person that he has caught isn’t actually another person called Daarroh, and it turns out that Spider-Man knows who the person and that’s being a victim of Naamurah. Spider-Man then takes Daarroh to the research facility that he works at and it is revealed that the suit that he was something that seemed to be keeping the patient alive. Aaron asks if they still have the robotic suit and the doctor there says that they do as the police are picking it up in the morning. But since their expert in robotics is unavailable but it turns out that he is more help since that a part of the robot suit that was taken off the patient was a bio-engineered neural interface that Aaron had designed, to help Hannah.

 

In a workshop, Spider-Man confronts Kaori on where Hannah is where she replies that she isn’t there and that she is gone. She asks Aaron, not Spider-Man, to not hurt her for what she has done, but he interrupts her asking her about the neural interface, who Naamurah is and where Hannah is.  So, she then tells him the truth and that is she was successful with getting her daughter out of the coma but then something bad starts to happen. She starts to hallucinate that she can see somebody and that she ended up turning into Naamurah. She then tells him that she was forced to build more of suits for people and that she had turned them all into walking machines.

Spider-Man runs out of the room to try and do something and starts narrating to himself that this was his fault and that he is the only one that can save the world from this invasion. But as Spider-Man gets to the end of the corridor he is interrupted by Morlun, and it is led that he killed him and that his world is to be overrun by the walking machines created by Naamurah.

Overall this is a really good story that was made for this one shot, it gave a back story to character introducing his villains rather well.

Dragon Ball Chapter 1-2 Review

As a few people can tell from some of my past blogs over the past year, I am a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise. Around June or July last year I bought the first volume of the Dragon Ball manga and I really enjoyed reading it and I though why not review the first two chapters.

The opening of the story begins with an opening narration and we see out protagonist Goku riding on a log through a forest area. We then cut over Goku’s house where he is training with the log and he breaks it into firewood. He then goes on to say that he is hungry and tells his Grandpa, a ball, that he is going to get something and leaves. But as he is leaving a girl, Bulma, appears who seems to be looking for something and that it is close by. Back with Goku he decides that he wants to have fish and starts fishing with his tail and manages to get one.

Goku starts heading back home when he notices a car heading towards him and he thinks that the car is a monster that that is trying to steal his fish. It turns out that Bulma was in the car and she pulls out a gun and shoots Goku in the face but it turns out that it did nothing to him. Goku goes to attack Bulma but she manages to stop him by saying that she is a human. Goku is rather unsure about this and looks around her and he says that there is something different about her and she explains that she is a ‘cute li’l girl’ which surprises Goku. Bulma asks if he has ever seen a girl before and he replies that he hasn’t but his dead Grandpa always told him that if he ever met a girl to treat her nice. Bulma likes that idea but then Goku asks her why she doesn’t have a tail and she think that the tail that Goku has is a fake that he attached.

Goku then asks how she caught this monster in which Bulma replies that she it is in fact a car and that people make them. Goku then offers to take Bulma back to his house and she accepts, but Bulma also makes a note to herself that she could use Goku’s strength. At Goku’s house he announces to his ‘Grandpa’ that he has a female in the house and Bulma looks on curious and then notices that Grandpa is a Dragon Ball. When Bulma picks it up Goku start to get annoyed with her but she then brings up the reason what she is doing and reveals that she has two other Dragon Balls. She then explains to him that she found the first one in her cellar and had no idea what it was and no-one else did either so she stated getting doing research into them and that an old story that when the all seven balls are gathered they can summon, with a chant, Shenlong the Dragon God who can grant the person any wish but only one. Bulma then explains that she is going to use the wish to get a lifetime supply of strawberries but then reconsidered to get a super-cute boyfriend.

She asks Goku to hand over the Dragon Ball but Goku says no so she decides to give Goku the opportunity to feel her butt… however Goku questions this and then Bulma asks if he can help her gather the rest of the balls since that his Grandpa told him to be nice to girls and he then accepts saying that he isn’t going to give her the Dragon Ball. The two of them embark on their adventure and Goku asks her how they are going to find the other Dragon Balls and she reveals that she has created a radar that can track them. But Bulma then asks an important question and that is what Goku’s name is, he then asks her in return and Goku laughs since that in Japan Bulma’s name means bloomers. Bulma throws out a capsule and reveals a bike and Goku still thinks that she is a witch and they ride off into the distance.

Cutting to twenty minutes later Bulma takes a quick break to pee and she goes a bit of the way out and she manages to get captured by a dinosaur and asks Goku to tie himself up to a tree. Bulma yells at him to rescue her and he manages to release himself and uses Bulma’s bike to help to him get up take out the dinosaur and manages to also save Bulma by throwing his Power Pole straight through her arms.

 Chapter two begins with Bulma and Goku stopping of the night in a remote location and Bulma throws another capsule to reveal a house where Goku again thinks that she is a witch, showing very much of Goku being a recluse. She then notices that Goku smells and give him a bath and she then tries to pull his tail off but he then takes the brush off her and starts cleaning himself, and Bulma freaks out.

Bulma then goes into the bath and starts talking about Goku and how they are pretty much different sides and she then notices him staring at her. She asks what he is looking at and wonders why she has an extra butt and she tells him that they are her breasts and that when he gets older he’ll like them. She then asks him how old he is and when he says that he is younger than her she calls him a voyeur.

Afterwards they get food and Goku learns that he doesn’t like coffee or the food that Bulma has so he decides to head out and get his own food, a wolf which he eats all by himself. They both head to sleep and Goku thinks that being able to sleep on a futon is going to be fun but Bulma has other ideas. Goku then says that he used to use his Grandpa as a pillow and Bulma isn’t going to be a pillow. Bulma then asks Goku what happened to his parents and he says that he doesn’t know and thinks that they abandoned him in the woods and that Grandpa has found him and decided to keep him. Goku then asks if Bulma was abandoned because of her chest butt but she says that the reason she is here was because she is on summer vacation and that she is taking advantage of her time off to search for the Dragon Balls but she now only has 30 days left to do so.

In the morning, Goku wakes up before Bulma and he decides to sleep with her by laying his head between her legs… this sounds the start of a different sort of story. He seems to not get comfortable and pats down Bulma and the removes her panties and is shocked to reveal that she doesn’t have any balls. However, when Bulma wakes up to Goku’s panicked reaction she thinks that he was going on about the Dragon Balls and discovers they are still there and tells Goku to stop having nightmares ending the second chapter.

Overall this is a good start for the series since that the opening builds up the story about the Dragon Balls and starts building up some of the characteristics between Bulma and Goku. I may do a review of some more chapters of the series later on so be on the lookout later in the year.

My Thoughts So Far- Dragon Ball Super

I am a fan of Dragon Ball. I watched it as a kid, I’m watching it today as an adult today in the form of Dragon Ball Super and that is what I am here to discuss.

I started watching the series half way through the Universal Tournament Arc that pitted Universe 7 against Universe 6 and I really like it, even though that the ending for the arc was rather stupid since that Hit, who had beaten Goku and Vegeta, threw the final fight costing Universe 6 the tournament. For me it was a good way to introduce a new status quo for the series since that for the entirety of Dragon Ball we just had one universe that was split into four different quadrants and the only time that we ever saw the different races was in the Otherworld Tournament and we never saw them again since then. With introducing the multiverse into Dragon Ball, it did bring back the idea of using other races. So, after this arc we are then have a few filler episodes where it appears that Vegeta could die but of course that turned it be rather stupid. But this then lead into the next arc which I was looking forward to Future Trunks.

This arc was one of the first arcs I paid full attention to for some of the first part of the arc and then I think that it seemed to get rather long-winded. In this arc, Future Trunks heads back to the past since that in his timeline a new enemy has emerged and all from what we knew was that this enemy was Goku or a Goku look-a-like. Future Bulma manages to create the fuel needed to travel through time but in the end Goku Black nearly stops this from happening but Trunks manages to head back in time where on arrival he is discovered by Kid Trunks who tells his mother that a Time Machine has appeared and she then informs that Trunks has returned. After Trunks recuperates he sees Goku thinking that it was Black but Bulma manages to stop him and he then informs them on what has happened in his timeline, that a new threat had emerged and he had taken Goku’s body and this interests both Vegeta and Goku who decided to help.

Throughout the arc there were a few things that I did really like. The first was the relationship that blossomed between Trunks and Mai in the future was well handled. There was a lot of feelings for the pair especially when Trunks thought that Mai died before he went through time. But when he discovers that Mai is still alive they start to have more feelings towards each other and in the end, they end up having an actual relationship in the end in their safe universe at the cost of a second Mai and Trunks also being in that timeline. The second thing that I liked about this arc was the way that Trunks was learning about this new universe and what had happened since he left, including finding out that Krillin had married Android 18 and had a kid with her and that Gohan had retired from fighting. This seemed to rather annoy Trunks since that in the future Gohan was his mentor but after seeing what his life had been like now he understands why he retired.

But we then get to the worst about the series and that was the villains of the series that being Zamasu and Goku Black, who ended up being the same person. They were both rather annoying and preachy characters portraying beings of being justice and good when they ended up just causing chaos and disorder.  Then the second thing that I did rather hate about this arc was that it did show more of Goku’s intelligence and how he ended up forgetting a lot of things that could have helped them such as the Mafuba Jar and that it ended up getting destroyed and he also forgot the seals for the jar to seal Zamasu in the jar. But in the end they were able to get rid of Zamasu by bringing the Zeno from this timeline and he destroyed the planet and then Goku did something good and rescued him to then have the Zeno from the current timeline could have a playmate.

Unfortunately we then get into the more bad traits from Goku in this latest arc for the Universal Survival where he suggests to the Zeno’s to host a tournament to battle people from the different universes. The only person that is happy about this is Goku since that he gets to fight against strong opponents but it turns out there is a price to this. The universes that lose this battle royal are going to be destroyed and Goku doesn’t seem to care that much that other people’s lives are at risk just because somebody wanted to fight. Then in the exhibition matches the rest of the universes find out that Goku was behind this they are all pissed at him. But one thing that I like about this was that Bergamo pleading his case to rest of the Gods and to the Zeno’s to recede the idea of the destruction of the universes and he does but that comes with a price and that is if Bergamo can beat Goku they won’t destroy the universe but if Goku was to go too soft in the fight they would just destroy them right there. But in the end Goku wins the match but then one of the members of Universe 11 called Toppo who challenge to a fight with Goku and Toppo is owning him but the fight is called due to the Grand Priest and Toppo brings up that there is a warrior in their universe that is stronger than himself (who is shown fighting Goku in the opening credits of the arc). But when Goku and company return to the Kai home world Beerus berates Goku for his negligence which is true, its Goku’s fault for arranging the tournament and that if they fail to win it their Universe is going to be destroyed.

So now it’s up to them to recruit a team to take on the rest of the universes and I got to say when I saw the team line up I thought it was okay, except for one. First, we have Goku, Gohan and Majin Buu who took place in the exhibition which is a good idea since that now the rest of the Universes do know who they are and the techniques they use. Next, we have Vegeta another good choice since that he is another fighter with a god energy to put against the other competitors and Vegeta’s warrior spirit could help him here. Then we have Krillin and 18 another good duo since that Krillin has had experience with tournaments and 18 was the finalist in the last world tournament who only lost to extort Mr Satan. Next, is Piccolo and Tien Shinhan another good duo since that they have been up against a lot of tough opponents along the years as well as battling against the Freeza’s warriors in the second arc. But then we have two wild cards the first is 17, who has barely been seen in the show and I think the last time that he was seen was for a brief moment on during the Kid Buu arc where he is a Park Ranger and we don’t know much on what has happened to him since then. But the most wild of all wild cards is Master Roshi who’s last big fight scene was against Freeza’s army and I still think that there could be a better choice to replace him and that is in Otherworld and his name is Pikkon for the fact that he was one of the strongest fighters from his quadrant and I think that the only reason why he isn’t referenced is because the writers forgot about him which is rather annoying since that Pikkon would be stronger than Roshi, 17 & 18 and possibly even Piccolo.

Hopefully when the actual part of the arc starts maybe something good might happen but I don’t know. But I do hope that after this arc they start doing more world building since that I know that there are a lot of people who are curious, like myself, about what life is like in the different universes and the only time that we’ve actually seen anything from a different world was the episode where we saw Hit take out a guy and we also see that Frost is wanted. I would like to know what it’s like on the Saiyan home world in where Cabba comes from and to see what has happened since he was able to reach the Super Saiyan transformation and what had changed.