Fans of DC Comics’ own “Hellblazer” and the relatively new “Constantine” title will be excited to learn that the NBC series “Constantine” will debut this evening. I snagged the logo and show poster for you to dig into and then we can discuss this in a little more detail.
Synopsis: The series will focus on John Constantine, a dark magician who is struggling with his past sins as he tries to protect humanity from a gathering supernatural threat. c/o Wikipedia.
Wow that was probably the briefest premise for a television show that I have ever shared with you readers. So yeah, Constantine is a dark mage and pretty much a bit of a knob with the occasional feeling bad about his actions as readers of the titles he has appeared in can attest to. I’ve been reading his often wayward adventures since he first appeared in “Swamp Thing” so many years ago and while “Hellblazer” was often a bit edgy of a read. That title ended with #300 and he resurfaced in both “Justice League Dark” and his own titled “Constantine” book. Fans of the mythos also saw Keanu Reeves portray a non-British, black haired “Constantine” in a feature film which was pretty not good. Let’s see how this new show pans out. I admit he does look more like the character in the poster below. Continue reading Airing Tonight: “Constantine” (10/24/2014)→
The other day Fox announced that “Gotham” was green lit to go to series and this show will feature the pre-history time of the city, its villains and a young, recently orphaned Bruce Wayne. It really looks interesting and earlier today it was reported that the CW Network has given the go ahead to the “Arrow” spinoff of “The Flash” along with a Vertigo Comics tale “iZombie”. I’ve little background on iZombie personally but know that Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen made an appearance on “Arrow” about a month ago during a two-part episode that left you with a cliffhanger that will surely be the perfect setup for a pilot episode. Check out the proposed costume that Grant is sporting below. I like it actually.
Since I had blogged about the DC Comics relaunch of titles last month, I decided that perhaps this is something that should be looked into for the Blog readers a little more often when it is possible to do so. That being said I snared the first two issues of a new six-issue mini-series called “My Greatest Adventure”. It’s a revisit to an anthology title that ran way back in 1955 and offered readers the first appearance of The Doom Patrol in 1963. The Doom Patrol was a great group of misfit characters who have gone through many different series and incarnations over the years and in this new title, the group’s most popular member Robotman continues his adventures. The series also hosts short tales about Garbage Man and Tanga (who is an alien from a faraway place). I’ve put together some quick thoughts about the second issue for your enjoyment.
Issue #2 Overview: Serialized Adventures Of Robotman, Garbage Man and Tanga
Robotman: With the zombies taken care of we learn how Cliff fuels or “feeds” his Robotman body. Apparently it can consume and turn anything into the energy that it needs to keep functioning. I liked how he was not some endless supply of energy and hence totally unstoppable. The chance of his running low at the wrong time makes for interesting storytelling. This tale finds our hero heading to Zanzibar for more answers about what is causing them to exist and instead finding a lot more trouble. It will be interesting to see how he gets out of this one for sure. Matt Kindt writes and Scott Kolins draws.
Garbage Man: The mystery of Garbage Man continues to develop and when one is in Gotham City can Batman be far away from the action? No he cannot. So we end up finding the caped crusader directing his attention to the creature and lining out some more of the circumstances behind the monsters secret identity. Garbage Man also meets his former life assistant and she does not handle it well. She just cannot believe it is him and while he explains a bit of what he thinks happened she runs. It’s at this point that The Batman shows up and he aims to find out what the creatures motives are in his usual fashion. I guess the big fight is next issue before they come to terms of some kind. Story and pencils by Aaron Lopresti with inks by Matt Ryan.
Tanga: We left Tanga in a frozen state just as some nasties prepared to do her in but at the last moment she was back. There were a lot of sweeping space scenes which I felt wasted storytelling space in such a short few pages but it’s made up for with the introduction of some other alien races so more about Tanga and her missions will likely be revealed. I will stick around and see what comes of it. Kevin Maguire does the story and art.
Closing Thoughts: So far the order of preference of the stories are the same as how they are presented in the title. Robotman is the clear winner with Garbage Man generating enough of my curiosity to be a close second. Tanga is showing that there might be some promise here and I guess by next issue she will have me enjoying her story much more. The artwork by all the creative teams in this title is spot on and definitely what I like to see. Nice work.
Since I had blogged about the DC Comics relaunch of “The New 52” titles last month, I decided that perhaps this is something that should be looked into for the Blog readers a little more often when it is possible to do so. That being said I snared the first two issues of a new six-issue mini-series called “My Greatest Adventure”. It’s a revisit to an anthology title that ran way back in 1955 and offered readers the first appearance of The Doom Patrol in 1963. The Doom Patrol was a great group of misfit characters who have gone through many different series and incarnations over the years and in this new title, the group’s most popular member Robotman continues his adventures. The series also hosts short tales about Garbage Man and Tanga (who is an alien from a faraway place). I’ve put together some quick thoughts about the first couple of issues for your enjoyment.
Issue #1 Overview: Serialized Adventures Of Robotman, Garbage Man and Tanga
Robotman: Having not followed any of the Doom Patrol’s adventures in a number of years I was happy to find their most popular member getting some solo screen time in this new title. Robotman was always pretty cool as he was a robot with a man’s brain and with that in mind found that the same crap that bothers a regular person bothers him, he is just more invulnerable to the other stuff around him. Interesting to learn how he operates in a clandestine fashion and manipulates computers and any social media reference to his activities so they don’t show him doing any of the heroism. He runs an adventure agency which is more of a detective agency to the public who needs his help and is assisted by Maddy Rouge (I will guess this to be Madame Rouge from the original Doom Patrol comics storylines). This particular quest leads him into the path of zombies and his programming doesn’t let him harm humans so he is in a bit of a bind even if their dead. Dare I say “Oh the humanity”? I guess that was better than saying how this left off on a “Cliff” hanger. Matt Kindt writes and Scott Kolins draws.
Garbage Man: Our story begins with the creature known as Garbage Man floating to the bottom of a river and then it’s all recollection from its mind about how it ended up in this predicament. We see a marriage falling apart some obvious corporate nastiness and the value of one’s friends. The creature comes to and makes it to the banks of Gotham City where it begins a new quest for some answers and while the tale is just beginning it is here that it ends for the readers. This was my first exposure to the character that apparently starred in “Weird Worlds” with the Tanga character in the next segment. I’ve never read “Weird Worlds” before so cannot discuss much about it even though I know Lobo was a part of it if I am not mistaken. Story and pencils by Aaron Lopresti with inks by Matt Ryan. Continue reading An Overview Of DC Comics: “My Greatest Adventure” Issue #1→