New Crisis #7 Homage

Over the last couple of months I’ve been watching Justice League Unlimited – I never saw the series when it was first aired so it’s been fun catching up with them recently. Just this morning I caught episode 10 where Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Supergirl travel to the 31st century and meet the Legion of Super-Heroes and, following the fight between Supergirl and the mind-controlled Legion and Lantern, it looks like Kara’s ended up in a bad way:

COIE 7 Homage Justice League United Series 2 Episode 10

That’s a clear homage as far as I’m concerned, so I’ve added it to the page with the others.

Underworld Unleashed Annotations Done

UU1Because nothing says Christmas like a tale of the devil trying to capture the purest soul in the DCU, I’ve brought over the annotations for Underworld Unleashed from the old site to this one; you can find them by clicking here or the link on the right hand side.

That brings me up to date with the old annotations I’ve done; anything from here on in will be brand new so will probably take me a little longer. Now, of course, I just have to decide which DC summer event from years gone by will be the next one to annotate . . .

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Review

Mrs Earth-Prime and I went to the five past midnight showing of the new Star Wars film last night and, after getting home at 3am, crashing out catching up on some sleep, here’s my review.

Be warned – this will contain spoilers so here’s a large picture you can scroll beyond if you want to read them.


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That’s No Princess!

Nice article on the BBC News website today about how difficult it is to find toys or action figures of female characters from popular films. The most recent example, as mentioned in the article, was the clear lack of Black Widow figures following this year’s Avengers movie – she plays a big role throughout and yet, no toy.

It’s a problem that needs to be addressed and will hopefully get better – I’m not a parent but I have two young nephews who are just getting into Star Wars and this weekend I was looking to pick something up for them. Tons of stuff from the earlier films and plenty of Kylo Ren stuff from Episode VII but Rey – one of, it not the principal character – was nowhere to be found.

However, and not wishing to make light of the subject, a couple of things did make me smile; first, this line:

Wonder Woman – the world’s most prominent female hero – is also not immune. She once disappeared from a set of Justice League sheets, ironically replaced by notorious bed wetter Aquaman.

Ha! Aquaman still gets no respect!

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Supergirl – Red Faced

Supergirl Red FacedPlaying catch up with the Supergirl series so only watched this episode last night.

It’s another solid entry in the series – Supergirl is recruited/forced to battle the new Red Tornado android to test its capabilities against insurgents, a test mandated by General Sam Lane (Lois and Lucy’s dad). Due to having already had a stressful day, Kara loses her temper, totals the Tornado and knocks some wiring loose allowing it to go rogue, something with General Lane blames her for.

There’s another parallel story – Kara needs to learn to control her temper both as Cat Grant’s assistant and as Supergirl, working out what’s really making her angry (the fact that she’ll never have a normal life) before being able to use that anger to her advantage. She and Cat bond a little more while Max Lord makes a short appearance, slowly growing his role as villain and yet potential love interest for Kara’s sister Alex. And then there’s the mystery about Hank Henshaw which the internet has already spoiled.

Like I said, another good episode – Supergirl grows a little more, General Lane is a xenophobic arsehole and Red Tornado makes his on screen début – but I did have a couple of problems with it, mostly about dear old Reddy.

Sadly, unlike any of the other aliens/bad guys featured to date on the show (or even Supergirl herself) Reddy looked like nothing more than a man in a suit:

Red Tornado

and not a very good one, either. Nothing about the character’s design said “android” – it was just a suit, a fact that was reinforced when Max Lord lifted the severed arm up as if it were made of polystyrene; the prop clearly had no weight to it. Reddy was described as a prototype, though, so I’m hoping if and when he returns, he’ll look a bit better.

And I’d put money on his return, as well, as despite Kara blowing him to bits at the episode’s end, Red Tornado has a long history of being destroyed and rebuilt which inevitably leads to scenes like this:

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Androids get all the love.