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.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #682 & #683 Review

Back in 2012 I started reading Amazing Spider-Man properly read since I went to a college that was near a couple of comic book stores and one of the first stories I enjoyed reading was ends of the Earth since that it looked interesting for the cover. Spidey being bound with Doc Ock’s robotic tentacles and being held across the Earth and when I read the beginning page, I was interested even more for the fact that, Doctor Octopus was dying and that this was going to be his possible magnum opus.

The story begins with Spidey narrating about how it can be difficult to tell the difference between who are the good guy and the bad guy, in which we see Equinox a villain who has the powers of both Human Torch and Iceman all-in-one attacking firefighters and setting a building on fire. Spidey sees what is happening and he intervenes by hurling ‘Spider-Grenades’ whilst flying on a ‘Spider-Glider’. It turns out that the grenades are filled with a retardant gel that manages to encase him in a cocoon of some description. But during the firefighters trying to rescue one of their own, his foot snaps off, but the paramedics manage to arrive and preserve the foot in a box and Spidey helps the paramedics get to the hospital faster. At the hospital, the doctor tells Spidey that they will be able to reattach the foot thanks to the person who created the Cryo-Cubes since that they have been a help storing limbs and organs and he is taken back by this since that it was Peter he who had created the tech and then we see a few panels of the other tech that he has created over the past few issues. But he then brings up some other tech that he has his hands on, that being something to take down the Sinister Six.

In Horizon Labs, it turns out that Mayor Jameson wants to shut down the building with Jonah calling Max Modell a menace saying that he is also keeping tech could control and contain Spider-Man and that he wouldn’t turn it over. However, Hector Baez, who is their legal counsel says that they had destroyed the jammers so that they wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. Jonah then brings up that the jammers also created a 50ft Spider Creature in Manhattan during the events of Spider-Island, also them creating a time machine that created an alternate future that destroyed New York and that they have a monster working for them, that being Morbius the Living Vampire. Jonah then leaves and Max tells them that the can all go back to work.

At a hidden location underwater, Doc Ock announces to the Sinister Six, this incarnation made up of himself, Sandman, Chameleon, Mysterio, Electro and Rhino, that he is going to start his plan since that it is revealed that the X-Men, Defenders and Fantastic Four are either off world or in a different dimension. Chameleon asks him what about the Avengers and he says that he has studied them and has come up with countermeasures that he plans to use on them. He activates is ‘Octahedral’ and activates his plan, a network of satellites that have created a field around the Earth causing the Sun’s rays to be intensified across North and South America. Doc Ock spouts his reasoning for what he is doing, but MJ and Peter also notice this and Peter seems rather annoyed that even with the tech that he has created that it seems that Ock is a few steps ahead. He tells the world what he is doing, that being using his Octavian Lens can counteract the effects of global warming and thus help preserve the planet. He then says that he is sensing copies of his equations to people around the globe and he only wants to be able to be remembered for one thing, being able to save the Earth.

Back in New York, Peter motions to MJ that he is going off to deal with Ock and she tells him not to screw it up. He heads back to Horizon Labs and takes out of storage the parts he was working on to take down the Sinister Six but he gets interrupted by Max Modell. He asks what he is doing with the equipment and he says that he is running some tests with it, but Max has an inkling that the tech is for Spidey to deal with the problem that is occurring. Peter tells him that it is and Max wishes him luck with helping Spidey. We then cut over to Peter putting on a new costume but just small panels showing what it looks like. Over at the Avengers Mansion, the Avengers talk over the Ock’s plan with Iron Man saying that the math is right, but there seems to be a rather mix with the rest of the Avengers. But Spider-Man walks in saying that it’s time for them to act and says Avenger’s Assemble, revealing the new costume which seems to resemble armour and it looks amazing, ending part one.

Part two begins as a flashback two weeks prior to the Doc Ock’s plan where he sent out Chameleon, Sandman, Rhino and Electro out to recover countermeasures for the Avengers from different parts of the world. Chameleon gets an old set of Iron Man’s armour, Sandman and Rhino retrieves a prototype device that the Leader had created to use against a Hulk and Electro gets the Fang of Jormungandr to use on Thor. Back in the present, an emergency G8 summit is on with world leaders and some of the worlds smartest people to go over the science behind Doc Ock’s latest invention with even Professor Stephen Hawking saying that the science is sound and if they help him launch more of his satellites it could end the threat of global warming. Former Vice President Gore takes the floor to talk but he is then interrupted by Spider-Man along with Captain America and Thor where he says what they are doing is completely insane since that they forget that Doc Ock is a psychopath that uses giant octopi. Gore asks why they are there and Thor says that he is here representing Asgard in these matters and that Spider-Man is in his council. Spidey continues saying that Ock is a mad scientist and that they are just helping him build his weapon that could be a doomsday device. Gore responds saying that he sees that this is a way to end global warming and sees that there are no other worries that counteract this decision and then Spidey punches him in the face, shocking a few world leaders in the process.

Spidey then reveals that Gore was in fact the Chameleon in disguise and Cap asks how he knew that it was Chameleon and he replies that it was an idea that he borrowed from Daredevil and set up an audio system keyed to recognise his specific heartbeat. Ock then chimes in from his Octahedral where he apologies for his deception, and says that due to Spider-Man’s interference he plans on taking drastic measures, this being using his satellites to teach them all a final lesson. Spidey contacts Iron Man saying that Ock had taken the bait and Iron Man says that he can try and backtrack the signal but the satellites start to change frequency’s and he says that it could be very bad. Horizon Labs starts a teleconference with the summit and they say that they may have some information regarding the energy signature off tech that they had developed for their old Space Station. However, it isn’t known if they had got the rest of the information as all their power goes out with Max thinking that Doc Ock may have set off an EMP and tells them all to go outside. But it turns out that it wasn’t the evil Doc Ock that did this but the evil Mayor Jameson who had cut off all the power to Horizon Labs because he wants to protect New York from scientists, even though New York had been attacked a few hundred times by different villains (plus that time when Jameson got turned into a Spider), and he says that he only care about making New York safe and the rest of the world can fend for itself.

Back at the summit, Iron Man informs Spidey that he has good and bad news, the stealth technology that he is using is revolutionary, but he can’t track where his base is at. To top off on the bad news even more is that the new shield that is in place in the upper atmosphere is having a different effect and he says that it could change everything. The leaders are getting news in about all the new information and it doesn’t look good for Spidey, the Ock chimes in saying that he could have turned up the heat again but this time he decided to give them the carrot instead since that he still wants to have some good come with his name and gives them a 24-hour ultimatum or it’s the stick again and he also asks for the release of the Chameleon. The summit releases Chameleon and Spidey is annoyed at this but this seems that it could also be part of a back-up plan.

An hour later the Sinister Six meet up along the Mediterranean Coast with most of the team in a one of Ock’s robots and Chameleon questions why they are meeting here and Sandman says that they would like to keep their secret base a secret and Mysterio says that he has a kick me sign on his back, and Chameleon realises he has a tracer on his back and the Avengers followed him to the rendezvous. Inside the Quinjet, Widow tells them that they have been spotted and Spidey tells them that the plan is to overwhelm them since that they have the numbers advantage and Red Hulk likes this plan. Sandman tells them that he sees seven of them and but Otto reassures them that they can’t lose since that this is their day, the day the Sinister Six reign supreme and we get an awesome two-page spread of the Avengers descending on the Sinister Six.

Red Hulk goes after the robot whilst the rest go after the remaining members. Hawkeye shoots a net arrow at Mysterio but it looks like, to him, that it didn’t work as it dissolves into what looks like candy. Hawkeye seems shocked at this but Spidey reassures him that it worked since that his helmet can filter out Mysterio’s tricks. Electro manages to take out the Quinjet possibly even taking out Widow. He manages to knock down Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, but when he tries to mow through Spidey, it fails and Electro goes out of his electric form and reminds Electro that he has brought a God with him and Thor manages to absorb him into his hammer and casts him out somewhere. Thor says that Electro will no longer bother Midgard but Rhino comes up behind him and stabs him with the tooth from the Midgard Serpent. Iron Man says that he’ll help Thor after he has dealt with Ock, however Ock has his own tricks by being able to shut down his suit with the help of future Starktech. Cap and Sandman fight it out with Cap trying to convince him on returning to the Avengers, but he isn’t paying attention to his request and takes him out with sand. He then throws a cryo-cube at Cap freezing him in ice. Red Hulk then gets taken out with a blast from an Alpha/Gamma Disruptor which can shut down the brain activity of Gamma-irradiated creatures. Spidey is the last Avenger standing, but not for long as he tries to use Ock’s tech against him but Ock has upgraded himself shocking Spidey into defeat and the Sinister Six standing triumphant ending part two.

I have really liked this story and I will be back at a later date to continue the story.

Shadowland: Review

When I started reading comic books, it could have been either Amazing or Superior Spider-Man, where I was introduced to Kingpin’s fortress the Shadowland and there was something that I always wanted to know. Where did this building come from? From what I knew going into this was that this was set after the events of Siege and that HAMMER and the Dark Avengers were being replaced back with SHIELD and the Avengers reforming.

We begin the story in Japan where members of The Hand, a mystical ninja thieving assassins group that has had run ins previously with the Avengers and the X-Men. But here they are talking about Matt Murdock and how their plans are coming into motion. We also get a bit of backstory as well for new readers and the reason why Daredevil is leading them, with the Hand coming to him to lead them and he decides to try and use them for good. But that then changed when his old rival, Bullseye, destroyed a city block killing over 100 people and since then Daredevil and the Hand have started to push the limits to keep the peace.

We then cut over to a prisoner transport where Bullseye is being transported to the Raft and Bullseye starts planning his escape. He manages to distract the guards with telling a tale about The Sentry but then he starts foaming at the mouth and the guards try to save him but this appears to be a ploy and he manages to grab the defibrillator off one of the guards and zaps them in the face. He lands the transport on top of a building and we see Shadowland with Moon Knight, Spider-Man, Punisher and Kingpin looking out at the building from different parts of New York and Kingpin remarks: I think we’re ready to begin.

In Avengers Tower, Thor starts talking about Shadowland and says that no good will come of this. Luke Cage and Danny Rand start talking about Daredevil, commenting on how he seems to become judge, jury and possibly even executioner. Iron Man and Captain America join the conversation with Cap saying that with the changes that have been happening that it is creating a power vacuum and Iron Man saying that even though Shadowland looks ominous that Hell’s Kitchen does have somebody looking after them. Luke then says that this seems to be rather crazy that he has a crazy ninja death cult also watching them and Danny remind them that this isn’t the old Matt anymore and he brings up something rather nervous about what he has heard at the soup kitchens. Apparently, people in Hell’s Kitchen have been disappearing so Iron Man and Cap give them the go ahead to talk to Matt to get some sense into him. Luke asks them if he says no and Cap replies saying that it would be unwise.

Bullseye manages to get his costume on and starts killing the Hand outside of Shadowland and he calls out Daredevil for a fight and we see Daredevil’s new costume, an all-black version of his old costume with possibly a newly designed DD on his chest. Bullseye calls him out on putting Shadowland here saying that he is over-compensating. But Daredevil calls it a monument for all that he had failed to save, but Bullseye just simply ignores that and the two, with Daredevil backed by the Hand, start fighting, with Bullseye running off. Luke and Danny notice what is happening and go to give Daredevil a hand, but he stops them and asks them if they will swear allegiance to the Hand where they reply no and he tells them to stay out of his way. Bullseye manages to hold off the Hand rather well but he starts to get his arse kicked once Daredevil shows up and he manages to dislocate one of Bullseye’s arms. Daredevil also notes that Bullseye is deadly with bit hams so he then dislocated his other arm, but things seem to be looking even more grim as Daredevil picks up one of Bullseye’s scythes. Luke and Danny see where this is going and they try to intervein, but it was too late. Daredevil stabs Bullseye, killing him ending the first issue.

Issue two begins with Moon Knight narrating about Shadowland and what Daredevil has done since he set up his new residence. He also talks about how criminals have moved out and headed to other places, but the ones that the hand had took, nobody knows what has happened to them, so he swallows a balloon and smashes the cab that he drives to alert the Hand who take him to their jail. Meanwhile with Luke and Danny they are openly talking about Daredevil and what they should be doing about him since that he did kill Bullseye, with Danny saying that it could be taken as self-defence but Luke says that it is murder plain and simple. They keep talking about what they should do and a fight breaks out and one of them tries to stab Luke but the knife just snaps and Kingpin walks in and the room clears out. They ask him why he is there and Kingpin replies that he wants to take down Daredevil.

Inside Shadowland, Tarantula is talking with Daredevil and he asks Tarantula what he wants. He replies saying that wallowing in guilt isn’t necessary but Daredevil responds saying that he doesn’t feel anything. Tarantula asks him if he needs anything and he replies that he needs reinforcements since that the Hand are pretty much just cannon fodder. Tarantula questions this decision since that with HAMMER out of the picture there shouldn’t be that much of a need, but Daredevil plans on expanding the area of control. He tells him to put a call out to all costumed heroes that they are invited to join the Hand saying that if they are not with us that they are against them.

In Midtown, Lady Bullseye gives Kingpin an ancient scroll that lets him summon the Zugaikotsu warrior to be under his command who is apparently the most ancient enemy of the Hand and is also to be feared. Kingpin recites the text from the scroll and Lady Bullseye says that nothing happened but he tells her to listen to what is approaching them and the window that they are standing inform of shatters. The Zugaikotsu asks why he has been summoned where Kingpin tries to get a masterpiece speech out, but he cuts him off and he says that he wants vengeance.

Back at the Shadowland White Tiger is waiting warning that this place is a no-go for civilians, however it is revealed that Luke, Danny, Shang Chi, Missy Knight and Colleen Wing are wanting an audience with Daredevil. Daredevil thinks that they have reconsidered but Danny reveals that it was a ruse just to try and talk some sense into him. But he isn’t having any of it, but Missy pretty much goes off on him, Colleen tries to calm the situation down. Daredevil also brings up that his ninjas are under a no kill order where Missy brings up that he had killed Bullseye where he responds that he is a mad dog that needed to be put down. Colleen then says that he has forgotten all about the justice that he had when he was a lawyer but he retorts back saying that justice is what they make it. Daredevil starts getting sick of their lectures and brings up all the negative things that have happened in the past few months/ years with Green Goblin being put in head of National Security and making Bullseye as an Avenger. But then Spider-Man appears out of a window in Shadowland where he tells him that a black costume always ends rather badly.

In a different part of Shadowland, Moon Knight finds himself imprisoned where he finds some NYPD Swat members. He regurgitates the balloon that he swallowed in issue one and it turns out that he smuggled in a lock pick and he manages to get out of his cell to gather intel. But this gets cut rather short when he starts to hear something coming underground. One of the prisoners says that it sounds like a dinosaur but Moon Knight says that it is something that is much more worse, and we see that the Zugaikotsu is in fact the Ghost Rider, who starts wreaking havoc. Back up top one of the Hand tells Daredevil that they have been breached and Daredevil thinks that this is a plot that was set out by Luke and co, but Danny tries to put some sense through him, but he isn’t having it and he has the Hand attacking them and to take them dead or alive, ending the second issue.

Issue three opens, with Moon Knight and Ghost Rider fighting off the prison of the Shadowland and Knight asks Rider what he is doing here since that his plan had now went out of the window. Rider says that he is being played by somebody and he is going to find out who is behind it. Rider drives off and the prisoners are set free, but Moon Knight stays there and decides to suit up. Back up top, Daredevil lifts his no kill ban and we see the Hand battling the heroes. Danny and Shang Chi keep trying to talk sense into Daredevil and Danny tries to punch Daredevil but he manages jumped up high and tries to smack them down but they manage to get out of the way. They continue sparing and Daredevil manages to take down Shang with a cross armbar. He then goes to try and take down Danny but Spider-Man manages to knock him back into his throne and tries to web him but he manages to get out of the way where Daredevil introduces a new member to his roster, Typhoid Mary who uses her abilities to burn Spider-Man. With the team at their lowest point and Daredevil giving the order to take their heads, The Punisher appears and manages to give the heroes a chance to escape.

During the escape, the heroes find that the streets are now full of people out on the streets looting and fighting leading Danny to believe that the dark powers that are in the Shadowland are corrupting the surrounding area. Back with Kingpin, Lady Bullseye brings up more about the scroll as well as the fact that the Ghost Rider doesn’t like to be used by people and he will be heading for him. But that is all a part of Kingpin’s plan since that even if the Rider comes after him he is protected because of the scroll and he plans to get the Hand’s magic off the Rider.

Inside Shadowland, Daredevil finds out that Ghost Rider was in their prisons where they find out that all the prisoners had escaped and Daredevil believes that it was all a ruse to free the prisoners. Mary then brings up that they ran away from the fight but he then brings up that they will regroup and come after him. Tarantula brings up the negatives that bring up since that they were here to protect the people of Hell’s Kitchen and they seem to be going up against the Avengers. Daredevil then says that they need more fighters and Daredevil tells Mary to bring a shovel with them as they plan of finding a new champion, meanwhile Moon Knight watches them from the rafters. In a graveyard somewhere, the Hand dig up Bullseye’s corpse and they plan on using it for something, but that’s not all that happens. Elektra is back and she is now aligned herself with Daredevil.

In Harlem, the heroes regroup and they are talking about how this new Daredevil is a lot different to the old one that they knew. Spidey asks if that this could be an imposter, I think that this could also have to do with Secret Invasion where the Skrull Invasion took over the world posing as heroes and villains. Punisher then brings up the negativity that ben coming off and Colleen saying that it has gotten worse. But Punisher then brings up something more worrying for the team and that is that he plans on killing Daredevil. Master Izo then appears through a window, saying that it may be too late and that it is his fault on what happened since that he was the one that sent Daredevil to the Hand. He then informs them about what the Hands plan is for Daredevil and that is they were going to use him as a vessel for the Beast of the Hand. The page ends with Daredevil, Typhoid Mary and Electra carrying the corpse of Bullseye with the interpretation of the Beast of the Hand.

Issue four opens with the Hand and Electra are in an access tunnel and Electra kills the Hand members there, leading to reveal that she was placed as a mole and brings in the heroes who are now joined by Wolverine, but Missy and Colleen have left. Electra questions why he is here and he replies that he has had his own run in with the Hand and they start planning on what to do.  Back with Kingpin he is overseeing the destruction that is happening around Hell’s Kitchen and he says that this is a transition period between the old and the new. Lady Bullseye is getting impatient about not getting to kill anyone but Kingpin tells her to wait.

Inside Shadowland, the heroes are devising a plan to get to Daredevil and Wolverine asks if there is anyone that they should be worried about and Elektra beings up that they have Bullseye. Luke asks if he is still alive since that he and Danny saw Daredevil stab him. But Elektra says that they have different plans for him and that they were going to use him as the vessel for the Beast of the Hand. Spidey’s spider-sense goes off and Izo says that it is the will of the Beast. Elektra then explains more about the Beast and it influence saying that it is one the one that is creating the negativity around Hell’s Kitchen and Izo says that the evil will soon envelop the world. Punisher asks why they just don’t shoot him and Elektra says that if it was that simple she would have already killed him. Danny asks if Matt is still in there and Izo says that he could be still in their but the influence of the Beast has him trapped in a living nightmare.

The Hand starts the ritual to resurrect Bullseye, but as it starts the caster gets killed with a scythe, thrown by Elektra. Daredevil calls her a traitor and has the Hand attack them, but this is also a diversion as Punisher throws a stun grenade to have Wolverine get up close and stabs Daredevil through the chest with his claws. But Daredevil with his superhuman strength manages to pull out Wolverine’s claws and then throws him into a column. Punisher starts shooting at Daredevil but he manages to dodge the bullets. Typhoid Mary uses her abilities to destroy the gun, but Spider-Man manages to stop her from using her powers when he webs up her head and ties her to the rafters. Daredevil manages to grab Spidey with his billy club and the two of them get into a fist fight and Spidey manages to get the upper hand and gives the heroes a chance to free Daredevil from the influence of the Beast. Elektra tries to get through to him by reminding him that they were taught by Stick to resist the Beast but he forgot to. Daredevil then says that there is no Murdock and he manages to throw them all off and says that there is only the Beast, ending issue four.

Issue five opens with the NYPD trying to protect themselves from the rioters from Hell’s Kitchen. But we then cut over to the mayor of New York, J Jonah Jameson, where he is being informed about what is happening in Hell’s Kitchen and that it is spreading through Manhattan and he asks where the Avengers are during these events. Outside Shadowland Foggy Nelson is trying to climb up the fortress but falls off but is saved by the Ghost Rider.

Daredevil stands triumphant over the heroes and he plans on killing them, but he is interrupted by the arrival of the Ghost Rider and the two of them get into a fight, where Daredevil manages to get the upper hand. The Rider tries use one of his abilities but it appears to be ineffective and Daredevil manages to drain the hell-fire from Ghost Rider. White Tiger drags in Foggy and she wants to kill him in front of Daredevil. Daredevil tells her to hold off and that he wants to kill Foggy himself. Foggy tries to get through to Matt which appears to be working and Elektra tells Danny to charge up his chi to deliver an attack. White Tiger tries to warn Daredevil what is happening but Izo manages to knock her out and says that after this is done, he has questions on what happened to Black Tarantula, since that he hasn’t been seen since Daredevil came up with digging up Bullseyes corpse.

With his guard down Danny manages to punch Daredevil, but Daredevil says that a chi punch wouldn’t be enough to stop him. But Danny brings up this point and that the chi wasn’t meant to kill or damage him, but it was meant to heal him and Daredevil starts convulsing from the healing attack and he asks Elektra to kill him.

We then get something rather cool and that we get to see inside of Matt’s mind to when he was a kid and he is scared, but a voice says to him, ‘Don’t come crying to me’ and it is revealed to be his mother, who turns out to be a nun. But when he calls her mom, she doesn’t want to be called that since that she never wanted him and left him and his father, who was an alcoholic as his penance. He then sees a vision of his father who is pretty much a dick towards him. But just as he seems to be going further down into misery a vision of Elektra appears and tells him that this is the beasts doing and that he can free himself, but he is scared. She tells him to be a man and hands him a sword and Daredevil stabs himself through the chest, killing himself and the beast in the process.

Foggy asks Matt to hold on and Danny says that he can still feel a glimmer of life in him but Elektra tells them to let him go. We then see that the evil energy that was emanating from the Shadowland has now stopped. Spidey frees Wolverine from the debris and Danny tells them that the riots have stopped but tells them that the fires are still burning and that they need to go out and help them. But Foggy then notices something missing and that is that Matt’s body is missing, but we then see Elektra with Daredevils mask.

Later that night, Kingpin’s helicopter lands in the Shadowland where Mary asks why he is here and he brings up that he was once asked to lead the Hand and he has decided to take up the offer but Mary says that she is leading them but he just laughs it off saying that she has always been working for Kingpin and he says three words, which turns out to be a trigger phase that unlocks her secret fourth personality. We then see more members of the Hand are swarming the fortress, now dressed in black and Kingpin basks in his victory.

The final two pages are good as we see Matt Murdock entering a church where a Priest is shocked about him being there as he is about to close for the night and he asks him to hear his sins. The Priest tells him that he will since that he doesn’t think that he will be around tomorrow and he asks him when his last confession was and Matt tells him that it has been too long, ending the series.

So, this was one of the first of a few graphic novels that I picked up when I started reading comics and I think that this is a rather intriguing story. But when I got into finding about more of the story there were more issues that went with the story, that weren’t apart of the graphic novel since that they were apart of other ongoing series. I do wish that they were apart since that it does feel like that there are gaps since the last that we see of Moon Knight in this is him watching over Daredevil and co discussing on increasing their number, then Black Tarantula disappearing plus the Avengers only in the book for two or three pages. It did feel that this was an incomplete story, but it still was interesting.

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.