Main Infinite Crisis Annotations Posted

IC01CoverAFinished off the annotations for Infinite Crisis this afternoon – well, the main series anyway – so have posted them. You can find them in the link on the right hand side.

I need to copy over the stuff from the old site about the Collected Edition and the tie-ins which I’ll make a start on this week and then update the links within the notes.

Then I need to finish off scans from the Collected Edition and look at incorporating new notes on the Infinite Crisis Aftermath series (particularly the Battle for Bludhaven) and the Brave New World one-shot. I had all good intentions to do those years ago but never got round to it. This new site’s as good a time as any, I guess.

Stay tuned – more stuff coming soon.

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Britain Needs This!

I don’t think I’ve been so excited for a new TV series since . . . well, since a heck of a long time ago, to be honest.

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I’ve long been a fan of the Evil Dead films (the originals anyway – that recent remake? Not so much) and having seen the trailer for this series leaves me wanting more. There’s a nice little featurette here which clearly shows the cast enjoying themselves but while the show is due to start towards the end of October in the States, it has yet to get a UK release.

I don’t care who picks it up – hell, I’m even watching Fox because it has the excellent Agent Carter – but someone here in our little island needs to be showing this soon.

Supergirl’s Red Tornado

I’m looking forward to the new Supergirl series – from the trailers that I’ve seen, it looks to be a lot closer in tone to Flash than Arrow or even Man of Steel (which is seriously no bad thing.)

However, the newly released image for Red Tornado who appears on the show has me feeling . . . less enthusiastic.

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My Red Tornado’s is from the satellite era Justice League of America and looks a little . . . brighter:

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Still, I guess we wait and see, right?

The Paybacks #1

Paybacks 01Picked up a copy of The Paybacks #1 from Dark Horse last week on the strength of the ad and the write up in Previews a couple of months ago.

And I’m glad I did, too!

The basic premise is that being a superhero is expensive and, to pay for all the “wonderful toys” costs money. As we all know, cash is hard to come by these days so heroes will take out loans in order to maintain their lifestyle / obsessive crime-fighting habit. Trouble is, being on the side of the angels isn’t exactly renowned for monetary rewards – these people do it for the warm glow it gives them, right? But if there’s no money coming in, then the loans don’t get repaid which is where The Paybacks come in – “the world’s first and best super-repo team” as the inside cover has it.

The team is split into two with the first team’s target being the London based Archibald Primrose III, aka Night Knight who has a stately manor (complete with butler) and a cave beneath it stuffed full of gadgets – yeah, they went there. Elsewhere, the remaining members are trying to track down Battery, a key part of the Command, the world’s greatest superhero team.

Night Knight gets alerted to the presence of the team by his butler while he’s out apparently saving the Queen from the mirror-based villain Reflectoid:

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While apprehending the Night Knight (eventually) works out just fine, the mission to get to Battery is less successful with most of the second team’s members being killed off screen before we’ve even met them. Which is a shame as with names like Destroyladon and Sister Mary Frankenstein, I want to know more.

The tone of this issue is light with jokes aplenty, both dialogue and visually and, as it’s mostly set up and introduction the characters are mostly broad brush strokes, the mysterious Driver being the one who gets most to do as he links both teams’ stories, but there’s plenty here to entice me to a second and further issues.

All in all, a splendid first issue from writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with art by Geoff Shaw, coloured by Lauren Affe.