Star Wars Month: Star Wars Empire #29

The issue opens in the past, twenty-one years before the Battle of Yavin, on the planet of Jabiim where Anakin Skywalker and a group of Clone Troopers are ordering a group of Rebels to stand down but it looks like that he is tapping into his ‘darker side’ by force chocking one of the revels and his eyes turning red in the process. We then cut to the present as the Rebels of Jabiim are overlooking an Imperial prison where they see that the prison is managed by a skeleton crew and even thought that there is a ATST there, but it isn’t manned. Nolan, our main Jabiim Rebel signals for his group to start their attack and manage to take out a Stormtrooper and their numbers seem to outnumber that of the Empire’s troops.

Throughout the attack, Nolan narrates what has happened to his planet with the fact that the planet had perpetual rain and due to the Empire strip mining the planet for material and causing the planet to start slowly dying. Nolan orders the destruction of a communications tower, but an Imperial Officer manages to get out a message for the base to be scrambled and two TIE Bombers start unloading over base attacking the Rebels, but as well as Stormtroopers. One of the Rebels tells Nolan that they should retreat but he says that they could use this chaos that they have caused as their advantage but help comes in the form of a X-Wing, with a familiar looking Astromech on, and the pilot manages to destroy both Bombers. A smaller ship also lands along with the X-Wing and the Rebels seem to be rather cautious about who is here to help.

The ramp lowers and out comes Princess Leia, who asks for them to lower their weapons and asks to see Nolan. At first, I wasn’t sure who this person was since that I had barley read any of the Dark Horse publications for Star Wars and it seemed weird to see her wearing a purple jumpsuit. The Rebels then surround the pilot and we see it to be Luke Skywalker, Nolan tells the Rebels to stand down and that they are their guests but some of the Rebels seem to be rather unsure about them. A bit later, one of the Rebels tells Nolan that some of the captives have decided to join his Rebel teams and Leia is impressed with the way that Nolan has been as a leader and Nolan says that he got his leadership points from his father, since that he was an unshakable leader. They then start talking about the planet and Nolan says that they had spent the better part of two decades trying to get their freedom and that they are close to their objective. Leia intervenes asking if he wants more troops, but it’s not troops that he needs help, that being them to help their people forget about the past and he tells them what had happened with the Republic and a Jedi and then later with the Separatists/Empire and they need to go down a new path so that they can have a future. Leia says that they are willing to show the difference between the Empire and Alliance so that they can save Jabiim.

In space, two X-Wing pilots, Wedge and Hobbie, are talking about how they should be doing a sweep of the area since that the orbit that they are in is covered in debris and it would make it easy for the Empire to make an attack whilst they are on the planet. Hobbie seems to be nervous about what could go wrong and Wedge brings up that there could be something that could spook the Rebels there and make them trigger-happy. They then get a communique from the somebody with the name/ codename of Dantels who says that they are going into the HQ and that they will give them coordinates when they get there.

Back on Jabiim, Hesz seems to be uncertain about the Rebels being here and feels annoyed being kept out of the loop and Nolan apologises for keeping him out of the loop but if word came out that he was seeking help from the Rebels that there would be problems that might come from their group and it does. Duane, who used to be led by Nolan’s father. He seems to be annoyed by this idea but Nolan asks from him just to listen to what Leia has to say. Leia starts her speech to the Rebels but she gets interrupted by one of the who asks what she really wants from them and she replies that she wants what they want, the end of the Empire’s oppression and that she doesn’t want them to lose their homeworld like her. Whilst Leia is giving her speech, a woman that she was with when she landed (I don’t know her name since that it isn’t said through the issue) starts talking to Luke and Luke basically goes on about how weird the past six months have been since that we went from daydreaming of leaving Tatooine and now he’s part of the Rebel Alliance and he doesn’t want to let Leia down since it seems to be hitting him strong. The woman tells Luke to relax and that he’ll be back to shooting imps down. A guy that they were also with tells him that he had become a beacon for the Rebels since he was the one that dropped the torpedo to destroy the Death Star.

The man then tells Luke that he is up and Leia tells the Rebels that he blew up the Death Star and that his full name is Luke Skywalker, which seems to enrage the Rebels, asking if it was the same as Anakin Skywalker and Luke then blurts out that his father was Anakin. The Rebels then surround the two of them and Luke goes to use his Lightsaber, but Leia stops him from using it and Nolan and Hesz try to calm the rest of them and Hesz says that they are mad because the only thing that they hate more than the Empire was a Jedi that stabbed them in the back. Nolan tells Duane to stand down, but Duane isn’t listening to him since that he and the rest of the Rebels want justice and blood. In Space, Wedge and Hobbie get word from the ground for them to leave Jabiim orbit or get shot down ending with them not knowing what to do.

Overall, I did like this issue, since I didn’t know much from the Dark Horse franchise I did feel a bit out of the loop since that there were two characters that I didn’t know and I still find it curious on why Leia was wearing a purple jumpsuit. Hopefully I will find the rest of the parts for the series since that I am rather curious about how they get off of Jabiim and also what Anakin actually did twenty years ago.

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Review

When it was announced that this game was going to be released, I was over the moon since I was a big fan of the first game since it had a completely new story and that it wasn’t just a movie tie in cash grab like what LEGO Avengers Assemble was (though from the looks of the season pass for the game, we do have movie as well as show tie-ins).

The story for the game is rather well done, Kang has taken cities from other worlds and timelines and formed his own world, Chronopolis, and it is up to a combination of Avengers, Guardians and Inhumans to take Kang down and try to restore the world back to their original places. A lot of the story is rather easy to go through and it took me a few hours to complete but the first few missions seemed to be a rather slog to go through since that with the help of trophies, it took me about an hour and a half to get through the first two missions, but from there it gets a bit faster paced. However, when it gets to the end of the story I found it to be rather underwhelming since all you do is fight Kang as a giant Captain America. Back in the first game you had heroes and villains teaming up to take down Galactus swapping between the groups to create a portal and manage to defeat him. But even that ending doesn’t see you being able to defeat Kang as his forced fiancé/wife, Ravonna, managed to get a hold of his Time Crystal and turned him into a baby. But it looks like that in the post credit scenes, not only in their films but now games Marvel are throwing them at us, Ravonna now called Terminatrix comes through along with what looks like an alternate version of Kang saying that they need to pretty much fix time, along with a second scene with Baby Kang getting a hold of his Time Crystal.

The hub world is rather well done since that all the different eras and place are well done. Being able to travel through the areas are rather simple by accessing fast travel spots, which also unlocks areas where to get collectables and characters or by travelling on a rail system that gets around the city rather fast. Plus, with the open world there are a lot of challenges to do which I do find to be rather fun, though a bit repetitive since that it is just destroying things to either rescue people from grunts or just rescuing them from being trapped. But there are two things that I have found to be rather annoying about the open world, the first is that there are still a lot of bugs with the game since that when I tried to do two challenges a race and mission for A-Bomb) they didn’t seem to work properly. The race had me crash into a piece of the road and it wouldn’t let me even move from the spot and the mission for A-Bomb glitched at the very end and I had to move on to do more of the story. Hopefully there will be more patches for the game to make sure that these are resolved, but going back to the missions for characters, the ones that I have done, are some of the laziest things I have seen since that all of them are defeating wave of enemies after another and I think that the only one that I have seen that doesn’t do this is a one for J. Jonah Jamerson where you have to take a picture.

The character selection for the game is pretty good since that there is a wide variation of characters since that there are different timelines since being able to use characters from 2099 and other universes. The only thing that I am rather disappointed about it is that the game is missing that is the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, something that was rather a big part for the story which is rather disappointing, but the only thing that I could think of why they aren’t there and that is the X-Men have moved to somewhere else in America and the Fantastic Four are in space. But it is disappointing not to see them there.

One of the new things that I do like about the game is the Grandmaster Mode in which we can have a four-person multiplayer mode in which one version you can play in which you can collect the Infinity Stones and use their abilities against opponents, it’s a fun mini game mode.Overall, I found this to be a okay game, but I don’t think that it deserves the 9/10 ratings that I have seen for the game since that there are some problems that the game has, lack of X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, the underwhelming ending to the story and the minor glitches. One more thing that I did think that they did well for the game was they fixed the flight controls and it makes it a lot more better being to fly a lot better. There is something that I do like about this game that I think will do well for another LEGO franchise, that being the Batman series since that DC does have their own multiverse in which we could see their different timelines and alternate Earths into a world sort of like Chronopolis and if Brainiac wasn’t the villain for the third game, it would have made a better choice for a villain for that idea.

Rating 7.5/10

House of M #1 Review

When I started reading Marvel comics properly I started reading around the time that Avengers vs X-Men had started and at the end of that Hope and the Scarlet Witch used the Phoenix Force for something good and that was to make more mutants. This had me a bit confused when I finished reading the issue and I decided to do some research and read up on what happened in House of M, and a few years ago I picked it up and thought that it was okay but the ending is what makes it good for shaking up the Marvel universe. So, let’s see how this all started by looking at House of M #1.

The cover for it is alright, it’s just the Avengers and X-Men standing on what appears to be either a cliff or possible on top of peak or in crumbling city. However, the alternate cover is a lot more better as it features Scarlet Witch and her face and hands breaking away from her body, almost as if she is losing her mind and control of her powers.

The issue opens with Scarlet Witch in labour giving birth to twins and we see her later in bed surrounded by fellow Avenger members celebrating their births. But the celebrations get cut short when Professor Xavier comes in telling Wanda to put it back and that she doesn’t have any children. Wanda tells him no but Xavier keeps telling her to put the world back, which Wanda then does, through Xavier’s possible help, as that reality comes crashing around them and we see Wanda collapsing saying that she had killed the Avengers, one being her husband, with these events happening during the events of Avengers: Disassembled.

We find out that Xavier has returned to Genosha to rebuild a haven for the mutants where Magneto is also there. He tells Magneto that Wanda’s abilities are getting out of control and she doesn’t seem to be getting any better and they can’t keep on psychically putting her to sleep. Magneto apologises to Xavier saying that this is all his fault since that it was his fault that he put his children through all this mess so that they now can’t have a normal existence and he just floats away into a possible exile.

In New York City, Ms Marvel, Wonder Man and Falcon have been invited to the new Avengers Tower and question why they have been requested. Meanwhile at the top of the tower, the X-Men have landed and we see that for this X-Men team consisting of Beast, Emma Frost, Cyclopes, Wolverine, Kitty Pride and Colossus. Cyclopes asks Wolverine why the Avengers have invited them here but he tells him to wait a few seconds but it appears that Emma knows, but I don’t know since that in my copy the bottom of the page seemed to be cut off since that there seems to be half a panel that is missing and in a good two-page spread we see the Avengers with Xavier roughly in the middle and Kitty running over and hugging him. Cyclopes asks why he is here since that apparently there was a rift between them. Xavier then explains that he had gathered the two team together to discuss the fate of Wanda.

Back over in Genosha, Pietro is looking after his sister where Magneto asks him why he is here and he reveals to him that the Avengers and X-Men plan to kill her and he isn’t happy about it at all. But Magneto thinks that this could be the right idea since that it would a way to stop her powers from going haywire. But Pietro pledges that he will protect her from both him and the Avengers. But Magneto asks him what he would do and Pietro then breaks down at his father’s feet as he is slowly realising that there isn’t anything that they can do.

Back at Avengers Tower there seems to be a split decision on what they should do with Wanda since that there are members of the Avengers that think that this rather inhumane since that they are still dealing with a person that most of them would call friend. Emma asks Xavier, as he is the most powerful psychic on Earth, if he can help her, he replies saying that he wouldn’t have had to arrange this meeting if they had. Emma then turns her attention to Doctor Strange asking if he might have been any help with the mystic arts, but apparently, he is still looking into finding a solution. Captain America says that they should let Doctor Strange continue looking into a mystic cure but some of the X-Men think that it would be a waste of time since that they are fighting against the clock. Emma comes up with the suggestion that it should be up to a vote, which makes sense since that she was a part of the Avengers, but she is also considered to be a threat to the mutants as well as humans. But the vote doesn’t happen as both teams still are at heads with each other with the Avengers having their reasons to not want to kill Wanda, with Wonder Man’s previous relationship and Janet and her having a sister connection. This then leads to the idea that they should ask Wanda what they should do, which is a good and stupid idea since that this would mean that they could get her to do the old Star Trek motto of ‘The Needs of the Many’ or she could just use her powers and destroy all of them in one fell swoop.

They head to Genosha where they discover something more worse, Wanda isn’t in her bed or even on Genosha and then all Hell starts to break loose as when they start trying to find where Wanda is, Xavier goes missing. Emma discovers where Xavier is, luckily, he is still in Genosha, and they head out where they have a location, which leads them to what appears to be a church. Doctor Strange still hasn’t sensed Wanda since that in the past she has used mystic patterns but this time he isn’t sensing anything what so ever, but Emma is certain that they are inside. Spider-Man’s senses start to go off as they head into the church and we get something rather different for the series as we get two-pages of just images without text and Spider-Man seeing a white light. After the next page of the light getting bigger, we see Peter waking up to the sound of a baby crying and a woman saying that it is his turn, and as we see it turns out that Peter is now married to Gwen Stacey, ending the issue.

For a first issue, I do really like it since that it brings up a lot of problems that have happened in previous stories. But the thing that I do really like that was explored for the issue was dealing with an issue that was close to the not only the Avengers but also the X-Men and from what I remember, I don’t think that had happened at that point.

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.

Halloween Month: Helsing #1 Review

For the past few years I have been massing comics on my Comixology app thanks to free comics that I have massed and one of them was a comic called Helsing and I originally thought it was going to be a rather bad comic, but after re-reading it a few times when I have been at work, I was wrong about it. I have always been a big fan of vampires and Van Helsing so I thought why not decide to review the first issue of Helsing from Zenescope.

The cover for this issue is rather decent, showing out titular characters brandishing a crossbow with what appears to be a silver arrow with one hand and a stake in her other hand. The other covers are okay with one cover appearing to be possible Dracula on one cover, an action shot. But there are two covers that are rather bad with one of them being a swimsuit variant from C2E2 and a cover that has Liesel standing, with her back facing the reader and her legs spread apart showing off her butt.

The issue opens with a text recap on what happened to Liesel Van Helsing previously for people who are just jumping on to the series, which I do think is a nice idea. Basically, it says that she was trapped in a dimension called the Shadowlands where she was stuck there for a century, but she managed to find a way out and is now living in the modern day fighting against evil along with other characters from the previous series. The story begins with Liesel looking over a new schematic of what appears to be a gun, along with a stake as well as three people walking through a graveyard. Liesel narrates throughout going over what she is doing, that being creating a new weapon to deal with vampires and that it takes a few attempts to get it right. The vampires meanwhile start resurrecting a corpse and we see Liesel coming up behind two of them stabbing them through the back piercing their hearts. The lead vampire notices who she is and he tries to run away from her but she manages to pull her new gun on him and fires, shooting a large stake, as well as seeing her creating the special stake round with a few special capsules. The stake pierces the vampire by punching a hole through his chest thinking that he is okay, but he then spontaneously combusts. Liesel narrates that she created additions to the stake with having two separate vials on the round with one being silver and the other being a concoction that mimics UV light causing him to burn from the inside. But she then remembers that the vampires had resurrected a corpse and that she should go and take care of it.

I should also talk about Liesel’s costume that she wears for the issue. Her costume consists of a black and red corset, a black duster jacket, short pants with fishnet stockings with boots and topping it off a top hat with goggles. I do like the costume since that it does go with the motif of her being adapted for steam-punk.

After dealing with the vampires she heads back to her house where she discovers a package that we see that is addressed to her, but she just ignores it and she gets a text from somebody named Hades and she realises that she had forgot that she was supposed to meet up. She then narrates on how much dating has changed in the past few centuries since its went from courting and marriage pursuits to texting and sending selfies. She arrives at the address he sent her and it turns out to be a cupcake shop. And we then get a few rather confusing panels with Hades relaxing on a chair with relaxing his feet on another chair and then in the next panel there are two seats at the table with Hades sitting up properly. The two of them converse over why he picked the cupcake shop, then she asks him why he keeps flipping between accents, in which we find out that he had abandoned the underworld and lived life on the surface. But she then asks him a rather weird question, that being how many people he has killed and they go off on a weird tangent and she then leaves with her saying that she doesn’t think that they should see each other but then that seem to then be changed and he asks to go and see his favourite film but she says no and leaves the shop. But then Hades gives us a number of people that he has killed that being 300,507 and that the last that we will see of Hades for the rest of the issue.

Liesel, now back at her home, she is reading a book and she then gets a phone call from a person called Sela, who used to live with her but had moved out, and they have a catch up and Liesel brings up the package that she had found when she came back from her testing. But she then realises that it has her name on it so she decides to open it up and she finds a book in it that seemed to have made her happy and she hangs up the call from Sela, in which it turns out that the book was in fact the Journal of Abraham Van Helsing, her father.

This then leads to a story heading to a flashback focusing on a take from the journal. We see a man dressed in brown coat with a green suit vest walking down a busy street in what appears to be New York and Abraham narrating about taking down a person, called Walt Melville as it appears that Melville is a vampire. Melville tires to light a pipe and the man that we saw walking down the street gives him a hand with the light and he walks into a hotel. The man then jumps through a window, that being on the second floor, wielding a stake in his hand and stabs Melville through the chest but something appeared to be rather different than what has happened before. The mist that usually appears from the hole didn’t appear and the Melville had become a mist form and it then escaped him. But that is how tale had ended since that it appears that the journal had some missing pages. Liesel annoyed with this throws the journal on the ground, something that she was happy to have, then notices that there was a bookmark in the book with the name of a bookshop that’s in Rome.

This then leads Liesel to take a Red-Eye to Rome to find out who had sent her the journal and we just see her still wearing civilian clothing. But we then cut over to outside the Coliseum decked out in her Vampire Hunting gear. The issue ends with three women in white dresses noting the arrival of Liesel, with one saying the reckoning has begun.

Overall with the issue I did like it, the only thing that I found to be a bit of a disconnect was the segment with Hades, it seemed to be rather different from the rest of the issue and I think for new readers it would seem like a weird thing. However, with that being rather weird, this does make me want to read the rest of the series as well as diving to previous instalments from Zenescope since that it isn’t often that I read from other franchises besides DC or Marvel or Boom! Studios.

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.