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Meet Detective Eddie Thawne in New Featurette for The Flash

The CW has debuted another new featurette for “The Flash” which reveals even more new footage from the upcoming pilot and includes an interview with star Candice Patton. In addition, the video profiles Detective Eddie Thawne, played by Rick Gosnett, who may one day become the notorious villain Professor Zoom should the source material hold true. Check out the video below!

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“The Flash” arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who, along with Geoff Johns, wrote the pilot episode which was helmed by “Arrow” pilot director David Nutter. Grant Gustin will star as the titular hero along with Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison? as Barry’s mother Nora Allen and many others, including John Wesley Shipp, from the original “The Flash” TV series as Barry’s father.

“The Flash” will premiere on Tuesday, October 7 on The CW.

Comic Book Review – Aquaman #29

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Context
Is the new creative team living in the shadow of Johns and Reis or are they finally picking up some steam of their own?

Story
I have been reading this title since its relaunch under the talented hands of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Their work was spectacular even if the title seemed to suffer from some story drift (sorry for the pun) near the end of their run. When the title transitioned to Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier I was excited. Two creators whose work I had enjoyed in the past will surely be able to continue this character’s upward momentum. Unfortunately I have been underwhelmed so far.

Jeff Parker’s writing seems confined and safe – something I have not noticed from him before. I don’t know if this is due to some editorial mandate or Parker’s own trepidation following the likes of Johns. The transition seemed smooth enough and Parker is for the most part not jettisoning the good things about the character’s revival. This issue’s story, however, will seem very familiar to any regular reader of the title. A nosy scientist betrays Aquaman and inadvertently opens a rift allowing monstrous creatures to threaten Atlantis and the surface world. We have been here before and fairly recently in fact.

What I am missing in particular is Parker’s humour. Even Johns injected a sense of self depreciation into the character. A fitting addition since Aquaman is usually the butt of jokes anyway. Parker is, after all, writing the terrific Batman ’66 title that oozes with self mocking. The end of this issue gave me a little hope. I am not terribly excited about the identity of the big bad since you know this is the classic misunderstood fight trope. I did particularly enjoy the winged serpentine woman and hope she will develop into a worthy adversary for Aquaman. Parker needs to be free to bring his style and energy to this title.

Art
Here again I feel like the current artist is trying to be too much like the previous fan favorite. Paul Pelletier’s art always looked like Alan Davis and John Byrne had a love child. He has smooth, sleek lines on solid, well positioned figures with expressive faces. You can see some of his style shine when the story stays in the slower parts of the book. Mera’s expression when she opens the door is particularly nice. Unfortunately, once the action starts, the pencils and colors remain in a singular style that makes my eye rush through the panels – nothing to see here just a smash fest.

In the major fight scene Pelletier struggles when the panel is filled with rubble and rough textures. It is hard to see where one monstrous creature ends and the next one begins. You have to work to differential between the different surface textures – even between a minotaur (hair), a cyclops (skin) and a crab monster (hard shell). I think this is made worse by a color palette that stays within a few shades of one tone throughout the battle. Norm Rapmund’s inks on the final page seem to clear up some of the clutter better than Parson’s do during the balance of the book.

Sometimes the artist’s figures can come off stiff while in action but then you get a shot like the serpentine woman beckoning the big bad through the portal – full of expression and emotion. I would like to see this creative team approach the story in such a way that will work with the artist’s strengths. I just don’t know if the art needs a better supporting cast or if Pelletier is just better suited to a book with a sleeker environment like Green Lantern or Superman.

What to look for
Is there enough here to believe that these talented creators are beginning to move in their own direction?

What might put you off
How long can we wait until these guys make this title their own?

Recommendation
Although I see a spark of hope here, I am getting a little tired of treading water (that pun was intended.) I am not too interested in seeing a poor man’s version of those who came before. I like these creators, just not what they have done together with this title.

Credits
Title Aquaman
Issue Number 29
Publisher DC

Release Date 3/26/2014
Writer Jeff Parker
Penciller Paul Pelletier
Inkers Sean Parsons and Norm Rapmund (pg.20)
Colorist Rain Beredo
Letterer Dezi Sienty
Editor Chris Conroy

Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff

‘Justice League: War’ Is Next DC Animated Movie

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Comic-Con News: Since the Flashpoint event cleared the way for the “New 5,,” it only makes sense that DC and Warner Animation have chosen to follow up the new DC original animated feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, which debuts at Comic-Con, with Justice League: War, which is due out in 2014 and will be based on the first “New 52” Justice League story arc, Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
 
PR specialist Gary Miernau
tweeted the news about Justice League: War and added some key details such as the fact that Vegas star Jason O’Mara will voice Batman, while Shemar Moore of Criminal Minds will do the same for Cyborg.  While having two Justice League releases in a row sort of breaks the pattern of previous DC/Warners Animation releases, the fact that the two stories are connected was undoubtedly part of the reason for the scheduling, as was an underlying need to pump up the image of the Justice League supergroup that Warner Bros. is hoping to develop into a live-action blockbuster that will be able to compete with Disney and Marvel’s already established Avengers movie franchise.

New Team on ‘Justice League’

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DC has announced that Ivan Reis and Joe Prado are now the ongoing art team on Justice League, beginning with issue #15 in December.  The new series, which launched as the flagship in the "New 52" makeover of the DC line, had a high-ranking duo as its creative team for the first year: Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Co-Publisher Jim Lee.  Since then, Gary Frank and Tony Daniels have been handling the art on an interim basis.  Now DC has assigned a new team for the long term.