Bane: Conquest is a darkly entertaining story that takes the luchador of Santa Prisca away from Gotham and focuses more on his journey. In the second issue, Bane has been captured by a cult leader by the name of Damocles; while he is trying to find a way to escape he comes across an unlikely ally named Bruce Wayne.
BOOM! Studios is on a hot streak with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. If you haven’t read anything before issue nine have no fear, one of the most interesting stories in Power Rangers history starts here in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3This is a perfect set of issues to have even if you haven’t read any previous issues. Some very interesting sides of Goldar are shown that we haven’t seen before which is very nice to see because mostly everyone who remembers this character just remembers the villainous right-hand man who just yelled about how much he hated the Power Rangers. Tommy as always is interesting, but in a more human way. Seeing Tommy go through trauma after being cured of Rita’s spell feels more real rather than just being your normal teenage superhero with no problems after just one episode on television. You can see the frustration and maybe even depression in Tommy’s expressions and it’s actually very moving because it’s not something you would expect from a Power Rangers story. That’s the exciting part of this volume–it takes your childhood and brings it back in a more mature way without drastically changing what Power Rangers was originally to fans. Every Ranger has their personal issues unlike the show that didn’t focus too much on it. When anyone from the group had any problems, it felt like all they had to do was morph and they were all equally as powerful and brave. Billy was a coward for only a few episodes and when he’d morph he was a hero. In here you get to see that’s all changed and just because you have powers, doesn’t mean you’re not afraid.Power Rangers Volume 3 is a small collection consisting of issues #9 through #13. Each issue is powerfully written by Kyle Higgins and Steve Orlando and illustrated beautifully by Hendry Prasetya and Corin Howell. Each comic feels like magic. There’s never been a more interesting story in Power Rangers history. Every fan growing up fantasized about stories like these. One thing Power Ranger fans love is a new Ranger making their debut as a part of the team or seeing a Ranger become a new Ranger and in these issues we get that, but with some exciting and dramatic events where Tommy lends his Green Ranger powers to the the team and now each member is now a team of green Power Rangers. Absolute genius writing, and who would have ever thought of doing something like that? Volume 3 also introduces probably the most interesting character in Power Rangers history, and that’s Lord Drakkon the new evil White Ranger.
Injustice 2 was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2017. There’s not many side scrolling fighting games anymore that really are any different than the rest. Injustice 2 changes that in a big bad way by keeping the same fighting style, and also adding some deep cut characters like Swamp Thing and Doctor Fate.
The mechanics are just as great as the first game and the customization is truly next-level entertainment. I’ve been playing a good amount since the release of the game and when I play online I still find new customization items on characters every time. It brings tons of individuality for players to express themselves. One character in particular that got a lot of love is Green Lantern. He has shaders to change his color of his suit and even his constructs, and if that wasn’t enough for you they also threw in the symbols of every other Lantern Corps to replace the Green Lantern Corps symbol so you could match your color. I’m disappointed in the White and Black Lantern shaders and constructs however. The White Lantern suit is mostly blue for some odd reason even though it’s nothing like that in the comics and the Black Lantern contructs are almost white to might as well keep the White Lantern shader.
Another thing that is a little disappointing is that not everyone has the best shaders at all. Cheetah and Swamp Thing are an example. They have mostly browns or an ugly light pink it’s really distracting and quite ugly. I think everyone should have the same amount of shaders with the same colors. If someone wants to be a red or green Captain Cold then they should be. But instead Batman and Superman get the best variety. The game also introduced “Multiverse” which in a way is like most phone games where certain levels are timed and if you miss out on them then they’re gone until who knows when. The good thing about the Multiverse is that they’re about 6 or 7 of them with a series of levels to complete and when accomplished they award you with items for whoever the challenge was for. I actually find myself playing Multiverse more than I’ve ever played online.
Online multiplayer is just filled with players who prefer to spam moves just to get their ranks up and show almost no interest in playing the game for fun, but that’s online for every game. Ranked is a place where you’ll find terrible spam players but that has nothing to do with the developers. “Player Matches” are where you’ll find a ton of lobbies and players just looking for fun competitive gaming.
Main issue with this game is the actual story. The games graphics are great and very realistic, but the faces that were chosen for them are just hideous. This is the first time I’ve ever seen an unattractive Bruce Wayne. Black Canary looks exactly like Kaley Cuoco who plays “Penny” on the Big Bang Theory. GOOGLE IT and tell me I’m wrong. Just like in the first Injustice where Lex Luthor looked exactly like Bruce Willis, it was insanely distracting.
The story follows Batman and Superman reuniting to defeat the ultimate threat that is Braniac. This caught me by surprise because the universe with the murderous Superman I guess is the main universe for Injustice. I thought this was more of an earth 2 kind of world and the universe with the not so murderous Superman would be the main Injustice world. Any time you read a comic book where they head to another world it’s always the main character who goes evil and then at the end it’s back to normal with your hero saving the day and putting the evil one away. So already I was not interested in the story and as it progressed I was wondering how characters like Green Lantern or The Flash would be a part of this story and WHY IS GREEN ARROW A PART OF THIS UNIVERSE! They took him of all heroes but nobody else. Why did they even need him. They went so far into taking him from another universe instead of I don’t know maybe SUPERMAN! Anyways another issue is all it takes for the gang to get back together is an “I’m sorry I was an accomplice to murder of millions and a 10 year old.” and all is forgiven.
This story had a great concept and a great roster to go a long with it, but it was so poorly executed it ultimately affected the the way you see these characters. The first games story made the biggest impact and when I played that story for the first time and that opening scene ended my jaw dropped so hard I got rug-burn on my chin. This game is not bad though at all its just the story that lacks in areas but it is a good game. I give the story a 6/10 and the rest of the game like gameplay, multiverse, customisation a solid 9/10. I’m still playing this game and will continue to play this game for a long time.
Injustice 2 #1 from start to finish is one exciting book; it takes place in various locations and features various characters. Don’t let the thought of that drive you away though — even though there are multiple stories to follow in this issue there’s a good amount of time spent with each story to ensure you understand who each person is and what is yet to come in future issues.
After the fallout with Dr. Polaris, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are contacted by Corps Leader Jon Stewart. Baz and Cruz are then transported to Mogo against their will to meet with the Green Lantern Corps for the first time.
Overall this is an exciting book even though it’s not as action packed as the last issue. Spending more time with Simon and Jessica with the Corps I think is needed and should probably have the pace next issue as well. Ronan Cliquet’s illustrations really impress in this book especially when there’s so much going on in a single panel. Humphries writing again does great at making Simon and Jessica seem more like real people rather than just your average comic book characters.
The conclusion of Batman #21 had everyone in shock as The Reverse Flash vanished for an instant and upon his return he claimed he saw “God” before what looked like something sucked away his life force and he died. This book opens with the crime scene in the Batcave and already im hooked in. A lot of great writing in here which I thought would be an tough to follow since Batman #21 was so well written..
This books got a few emotional scenes that make you remember who Batman and Flash are under those masks. While staring at Thawnes corpse Barry looks up and simply says “its over mom”. That line alone was like if that chapter of Barry Allen’s life was finally closed and you felt that relief yourself when you read it. Josh Williamson and Howard Porter really do an amazing job at opening up the DC Universe giving you a gorgeous visual of what exactly has been taken from time.
This being a Flash book doesn’t seem to hold back from really diving into Bruce Wayne’s character. We’ve all seen Bruce’s parents get gunned down so much that we’ve become so used to it that we have no emotional sadness to feel for him. Seeing it so much doesn’t have that same effect as it did when we first seen it so when we hear Bruce talk about his parents being dead it goes through one ear and out the other.
This book really brought that feeling back in a big bad way. Batman has a wonderful moment with Flash when he tells him that after the button had that reaction to the Psycho Pirates mask, he saw his fathers ghost. When Barry asks him how could he recognize him as his father in a Bat suit? Bruce gives the perfect response with “I would know him anywhere” then explains how his father carried himself a certain way and even recognized his voice. This panel alone shows you just how much his parents meant to him and he’ll never forget a single thing about them.
And if that wasn’t enough for you after Bruce and Barry travel through time and end up crashing and landing in a familiar cave, Batman instantly recognizes it as the place his dad found him when he was a kid, and it looked like it did when he first started patrol. Batman thinks he went back in time, but he sees Joe Chills gun and knows they never recovered it from that night at the crime scene of his parents. Bruce hears a voice behind him and discovers that they are in Flashpoint and Bruce is reunited with his father Thomas.
This ending was so emotional especially after Reverse Flash destroyed his fathers letter he wrote him in Flashpoint. This was easily one of my favorite Batman stories of all time. None of this was expected and im itching for the next issue.