World Comic Book Review

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22nd May 2022

Justice League – Power Rangers #1-2 (Review)

Justice League – Power Rangers #1-2
DC Comics, Jan-Feb, 2017
Writer: Tom Taylor

Comic book crossovers are focused on cross-selling. But this is plainly obvious in the case of “Justice League – Power Rangers” #1 and 2. Both DC Comics’ “Justice League” superhero group concept, and “Power Rangers” (owned by creator Haim Saban) feature in upcoming movies. Perhaps this title is intended to drum up interest in the forthcoming movies among fans. In any event, the premise is so far-fetched that only self-conscious irony saves it.

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Superman #15 (Review)

Superman #15 (review)
DC Comics, March 2017
Writer: Peter J TomasiThe cover to this issue of “Superman” depicts the globally-famous caped and omnipotent superhero clutching, all of all things, a masked rabbit, and resolutely facing into a powerful wind. Around him are the damaged indicia and equipment his apparently defeated colleagues. These absent ones are other superheroes, residing within American publisher DC Comics’ common ecosystem of characters, created so as to allow all of them to interact with each other.

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Injustice: Ground Zero (Review)

Injustice: Ground Zero
DC Comics, December 7, 2016-ongoing
Writers: Christopher Sebela, Brian Buccellato

In the spring of 2013, the Interactive Entertainment division of Warner Bros. (which owns DC Comics) and videogame developer NetherRealm Studios jointly developed and published a 3D Fighting-genre video game titled “Injustice: Gods Among Us” for a variety of hardware platforms. The game pits DC Comics’ most popular characters against each other in a series of one-on-one fights, using the backstory of an alternate timeline in which DC Comics’ paramount character property, Superman, has built a totalitarian government and put the entire planet under its control, while a small insurgent group consisting of other heroes, led by DC Comics’ other paramount character property, Batman, mount opposition.

While the video game was thin in terms of storytelling (as expected of a Fighting-genre videogame), DC Comics released an “Injustice: Gods Among Us” comic book series that serves as a prequel. The comic book series was fairly substantial, with the final chapter being released on September 2016, long after most gamers lost interest in the video game. With such a hefty back read, this comic book prequel can be inaccessible to a new reader, and will be an incomplete read to someone who is not interested in picking up and playing the video game (as the video game technically serves as the conclusion to the story.)

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The Oppressive Stink: Justice League #1 Rebirth – Directors’ Cut

“Justice League #1 Rebirth – Directors’ Cut” DC Comics, December 2016 Writer: Bryan Hitch Most people have heard of London’s famous river, the Thames. Another prominent river in London was called the Fleet River (Fleet Street, the home of London’s newspaper industry, is named after the Fleet River). During Roman times, the Fleet River was … Read more