Justice League vs. Teen Titans

The latest original DCU animated movie is Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and it does what it says on the tin. It also tries to do more, which is admirable, but I thought its reach exceeded its grasp. There’s just too much in this movie for it to be called a success, although a lot of what they were trying to do I wanted to see. I’m talking mostly about the generational themes. This is the first appearance of the […]

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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout Announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a new entry in their Lego DC Comics Super Heroes direct-to-video movie line. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout has an adorable concept. Batman (Troy Baker) needs a vacation, so Nightwing (Will Friedle) and Batgirl (Sarah Hyland) take him out of town. The Justice League agree to watch over Gotham while he’s gone, and they have their hands full when the Joker (Jason Spisak), the Penguin (Tom Kenny), Harley Quinn […]

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Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers

Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers, edited by Hazel Newlevant, is dedicated to capturing the experiences of female gamers, whether engaged in video games or tabletop role-playing. As with any anthology, the quality here varies widely, but even as a non-gamer, I found a number of thought-provoking concepts presented, most revolving around the idea of using imagination to reinvent oneself, of fantasy as a valuable tool for change or discovery. Molly Ostertag’s opening piece perfectly captures this idea, in […]

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Goldie Vance #3

Some readers were concerned about the actions of girl detective Goldie Vance in the first issue. Goldie “borrows” a car in the course of an investigation, and there was consternation over the lack of consequences for her. Well, this is the time to remember that the story is four issues long, since this is the issue where the pigeons come home to roost for Goldie, with repercussions that extend beyond her to her father. His boss, the hotel owner, has […]

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Next Resident Alien Title Announced

Resident Alien is one of those consistently entertaining comic series that doesn’t get talked about because it isn’t flashy and event-driven — it’s just a good read with suspense and interesting characterization. As written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse, it’s about an alien, stranded on earth, who winds up pretending to be a retired small-town doctor and solving murders. The setting of Patience, Washington, allows for a quirky cast, particularly his Native assistant, and the authors being […]

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Ten years ago, Neil Gaiman wrote a short story called “How to Talk to Girls at Parties“. Set in the 1970s, it’s narrated by a teen boy being taken to a party by his more experienced, charming friend, and most of it is a monologue about how uncomfortable the narrator feels about almost everything. (Very appropriate for the age!) Girls are alien to him, in every sense including the literal. The appeal of this story is the language, glorious in […]

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DC Super Hero Girls Come to DVD

Warner Bros. Animation has announced that the DC Super Hero Girls, the branding program with toys, dolls, and books featuring younger, cuter, more covered versions of DC female heroes, will have a movie released in August. DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year is due out August 23 on DVD with an earlier Digital HD availability date of August 9. Like the other products, this direct-to-video movie is aimed at girls 6-12. The teen characters attend Super Hero High, […]

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Batman: The Killing Joke Cartoon Gets Theatrical Release

Well, it’s a one-night-only special, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Fathom Events will be running the upcoming original animated film Batman: The Killing Joke in selected US theaters on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 7:30 and 10 PM (local time). The “social screening event … will include exclusive-to-the-evening presentations before and after the film rolls.” The movie can be bought on Digital HD the next day, or on Blu-ray or DVD a couple of weeks later. The special features […]

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