The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5-6 Review

Previously in The Master Race, Ray Palmer let out a crazy cult of Kryptonians, in which he was killed, but in fact size changed to the sub atomic level, like what Scott Lang did in Ant-Man. Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, aligned herself with the Kryptonian group. Carrie has now taken the mantle of Batgirl.

Issue five opens with riots happening through Gotham City as residents are wanting Batman to surrender to the Kryptonians so that they could be saved. In the sewer system, two of the Bat-Army members are taking the Flash, who had his legs broke by the Kryptonians, is sent to one of Batman’s secret bases and Barry asks if he can save then in which Batman doesn’t reply and we cut over to where the micro issue for last issue left off. Carrie and Aquaman are underwater where Carrie is now sporting a Atlantean diving suit surrounded by dozens of Angler fish, and she is narrating how much her life has changed over the years, but she says that this is the is the strangest that she has seen and we have a two-page spread of the two of them still standing on top of the shark, but this time they are also surrounded by Atlanteans all riding different aquatic animals.

Back up top Lara asks Quar why they are letting the humans do their work for him since that they would be able to do it quicker and more efficient but he replies with that he gave them a choice and not a demand. Lara then let’s slip that she has a baby brother that lives with their mother and this intrigues him and we get a quick shoot over to Wonder Woman over throwing down a deer.

Somewhere in the middle of a sea, Aquaman and Carrie fish out the Black Matter Superman, in which she uses a tuning fork, not saying where she got it from, she sticks it in and the casing starts glowing and cracking, meaning that Superman is still alive. Back in Gotham, Quar is overlooking the destruction that is happening in Gotham and is happy with what he is seeing. But then a large explosion happens and we see the Bat-Tank and narrates about fear, we then get a shot from inside the tank and we see Batman decked out in his bulky power armour, but the most frightening thing that we see in the bottom of the page is a panel of Batman smiling.

The micro issue for this comic is rather pointless as it focuses around Lara and Baal who are going around the place having fun, in which Baal throws a car that slightly resembles the cover of Action Comics that Superman debuted in. It is rather boring with Baal kissing Lara and then her decking him in the face and then her making out with him in the ‘Amazon way’.

Superman and Carrie head back to the Bat-Cave where they find Barry suspended by wires and cables where it looks like that he is using the speed through his arms. Superman wants to get answers on what had happened but Barry cuts him off and by saying that he doesn’t have time as he is trying to manipulate weather patterns and we get eight panels of him trying to speed away with his hands but he still is having some problems since he isn’t used to use his hands for speed and he tells Superman to wait to see what they have install for him. There is something that I did find weird with this and that was with the way that the artist drew Superman and that is it appears to be drawn much younger than what he should have been.

Back in Gotham, Batman has stopped his Tank and the rioters try to surround and climb up to Batman in which the Kryptonians find him and we then see Yindel activating the Bat-Signal in which we see a large green light engulfing the Kryptonians and we see lightning and rain starting to pour green through the light. Quar orders his followers to attack Batman, but we see the Kryptonians falling out of the sky. As it turns out Batman used his money to create clouds to disperse synthetic Kryptonite through Gotham, not just making the Kryptonians lose their powers but to give an advantage to the angry mob so that they can beat them up. Batman goes one-on-one with one of the Kryptonians but it appears that he is having some problems trying to move, but it turns out that there is somebody there for him. And we see Superman inside a power armour shielding him from the rain and showing my Batman and Superman are the Super-Friends.

Issue 6 opens with the continuing after effect of Batman’s synthetic Kryptonite raincloud as one of the Kryptonians is confused on what was happening to them and says that they will die and Batman asks Superman who is going to shut him up, but we don’t find out who since we now cut over to the angry mob and the group of Kryptonians. One of the rioters throws a rock at one of them and it turns out that they can bleed so that must mean that they can kill them and they start chasing them, right into the path of Commissioner Yindel blocking their escape saying that they are going to bring justice. It is a wonderful two-page spread especially at the bottom of the page where we see the lines of shielded police with the rioters in the foreground with weapons sticking out.

Back with the Super Friends, we find out that Batman decided to beat up the Kryptonian, by grappling him and then throwing him into Superman’s chest. Carrie reunites with them and is given to the keys to the Bat-Tank and that all from them for the time being as we cut over to Quar, who gets hit by a bolt of lightning and he keeps on with his mad projecting saying that he is better than him and so forth. But one of the Bat-Army snipes what appears to be using a sonic and the rest of the army in the adjacent building fire off their guns and it manages to do a lot of damage sending him into a wall, where Batman has a recording device projecting the state that Quar is now in, showing him in a weakened state. But then we cut over to the old tropes from the Dark Knight series and that is the political satire portion where news about Quar is being shared and all of them saying different things. But the most notable and parodied for today’s modern politics is the one of Donald Trump.

It also turns out that Lara and Baal were the only two Kryptonians that weren’t in the city at the time since that in the micro issue last put them in another part of the world and they decide to give them an upper hand, by taking out a rioter by crushing his head. Baal then uses what seems to be an energy release like the heat beam that Superman uses, however with the way that he is drawn it looks like that he is just standing still and firing multiple blasts where it just seems confusing. Carrie notices what Baal did, since that the multiple blasts took out a flying troupe of Batmen, but it doesn’t last long as Baal is able to wreck the Bat-Tank by just standing still. Baal starts chasing Carrie from the site and she gets cornered in an ally, but she has an ace in her utility belt. A small ball of Kryptonite which she loads up into a sling shot and hits him straight in the eye causing his face to start melting and he flies off in pain.

The micro issue for this comic is good, but boy does the cover show how bad of an artist that Frank Miller is by having both Lara and Wonder Woman posing in mid-air kneeling forward but having their heads tilted backwards so that we can see their faces. The main plot for this story deals with Carrie and Lara, with Lara wondering why she is here and saying that she is going to be the chosen on of her death, but that is interrupted when Wonder Woman making the save, by binding Lara with the Lasso of Truth, which Lara easily snaps. They get into a fight and it comes to an end when Wonder Woman knocks Lara down trying to get through to her, but it is to no avail as she just flies away.

Back over with the Super-Friends, Batman notes that the Kryptonite Rain has started to disperse but Batman thinks that they won’t attack them again since he has sent fear into them. Superman says that he is going to finish them, but Batman rejects the idea stating that he wants them to lick their wounds and know what fear is. But Quar makes a parting shot with an eye beam that is aimed straight at Batman, and it doesn’t look good for our Dark Knight as on the final two pages as a EKG goes underneath the panel ending with Batman flat-lining and Batman final words of No Hospitals and for him to tell Carrie something.

Over all I found these two issues to be better than what the previous issues. But the most important thing that I like about this is the fact that it reunited Batman and Superman as friends which is something that I’m surprised that Frank Miller would have agreed to since that in DK2 and All-Star Batman and Robin where the two of them seemed to be opposites and not what their main continuity where there have been friends and have trust in each other. Next year I will continue looking at DK3 as I will review the final three issues as well as a possible look at The Last Crusade.

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Justice League/ Power Rangers #6 Review

Previously: The Rangers and League team up to fend off Lord Zedd’s and Brainiac’s forces where the Rangers get their Power Coins back. Plus, we find out what had happened to Alpha-5 as he was a prisoner of Brainiac and the two have a narrative over the course of the last few pages which causes Alpha to use Zedd’s growth grenades and turns himself into a giant to fight off against the monsters attacking the UN.

The issue opens with the battle continuing outside of the UN and Alpha manages to knock out a monster, but that ends up nearly killing fleeing civilians, but Wonder Woman and Superman manage to get underneath the monster to stop it from falling. Alpha apologises for what he has done, but the Rangers pass it off since that Alpha is new to punching monsters and Jason says that they need to get Angel Grove away from here and Flash says that he will get it away, but the Rangers notice something wrong with the city. The Command Centre wasn’t in the bottled city, and we find out that Zordon is around the neck of Lord Zedd who appears to also be commanding the Zords.

Batman informs the B-Team that they are being overwhelmed by the combination of Drones and Putties and asks for when Cyborg and Billies plan is going to happen and they say that their idea seems to have worked and Cyborg tells him to let the Drones come. The Drones start massing around Cyborg and it appears that Brainiac has taken control of him again. Brainiac says that he is going to destroy Cyborg to see how he works, but Billy says that he isn’t going to do it since that they have a surprise install for him, a Trojan Horse that manages to delete Brainiac and all the Drones in the process. With Brainiac down this means that the Rangers can retrieve the Zords back, giving them an advantage against Lord Zedd.

But it looks like that Zedd isn’t happy about the current predicament, with his ally being deleted, the Rangers reclaiming the Zords and seeing Alpha facing off against a monster. He uses two of his growth grenades and he turns himself giant sized. Green Lantern seems shocked that he can do this, even though it was shown that he had used to grow his monsters and seeing Alpha use one at the end of the last issue. But Wonder Woman brings up the more important point, that being he had made himself a larger target. But just as they decide to take him on, Zedd blasts them with a bolt of magic and they fall out of the sky and Batman notices Superman falling out of the sky and he runs over to him to save him from being stabbed by the staff, but the Megazord manages to make the save and they notice where the Command Centre was and rip it off and hands it to Alpha to keep it safe.

Zedd tries to fight off the Megazord, but that goes as well as to be expected and it just punches him back. The Rangers having the upper hand and draws the Power Sword and they go for the finishing move but Zedd manages to repel the Megazord off with his magic staff and he manages to shrink down. Wonder Woman manages to see where Zedd is running off to and Kimberly teleports out to take him down, with the most comical way to take out a villain, a boxing glove arrow that she kept from her Justice League disguise. Later, the Rangers and the League set up to get Angel Grove back into its correct place and they just make a joke about moving the city a little bit to the left. They use Brainiac’s ship to revert the city back to its proper size and we see the Megazord standing over the city.

Even further later, the Rangers and League are in the Juice Bar where Batman manages to intimidate Bulk and Skull. They order a round of drinks and Batman tells the waitress to leave the bill with him and Zach interrupts him saying that he can’t pay for the drinks since that the money that he is using won’t be legal tender, for the fact that it is a $100 bill with Lex Luthor’s face on. At the Command Centre, the Rangers and League say their goodbyes as Zordon is able to open a dimensional doorway to get the League back to their universe. Kim asks Batman if she can keep the Boxing Glove arrow and he says yes, hopefully Oliver Queen will have some back up arrows, and Billy gives them a gift of their own in the form of Communicators so that the League can call them for help and vice versa. The League departs and we see Alpha walking off from the team and we have ourselves a cliff hanger ending. Brainiac is still alive and living inside of Alpha-5.

Overall this series has been a rather good crossover between the two franchises since that we got to see the teams start off at differences, but then a reasonable and rational discussion got them on the same page. The villains seemed to be a good pairing as well since that Zedd had gave Brainiac a good incentive for teaming up with him, that being able to get him to another multiverse and start taking cities from the planets that exist there. Plus with the now lingering threat of Brainiac still being in the Rangers universe means that there are plans to have a sequel series that I’m hoping will be out in the next few years.

Batman: Battle of the Cowl #1 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Justice League/ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.