Comics Reviews: Superman 409, Action 569, DC Comics Presents 83, All-Star Squadron 47, Infinity Inc. 16

Superman 409 coverSuperman #409 – “The Sleepwalker From Krypton” – Craig Boldman/Curt Swan/Al Williamson

This one starts with a UFO hunter named Ferlin Nyxly tracking a possible alien spaceship out in the countryside. Apparently, Nyxly has encountered aliens a couple times before and tried to use their superior tech for himself, but was stopped by Superman. Nyxly finds the alien (well, it finds him after he falls off a cliff and almost breaks his neck) and he ends up stealing the alien’s ship, which can turn invisible. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 409, Action 569, DC Comics Presents 83, All-Star Squadron 47, Infinity Inc. 16”

Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 9

Xena title cardDeath in Chains – Director: Charles Siebert/Writers: Babs Greyhosky, Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster

This one starts with King Sisyphus preparing to welcome a very special guest to his castle … Celesta, the embodiment of Death. Sisyphus pissed Zeus off, so he sent Celesta to claim Sisyphus’s soul, but Sisyphus isn’t ready to go without a fight. He tricks Celesta into sitting down and captures her in a chair that has manacles hidden in the arms. Continue reading “Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 9”

Comics Reviews: Batman 385, Detective 552, Batman & the Outsiders 23, Firestorm 37, Vigilante 19

Batman 385 coverBatman #385 – “Day of Doom” – Doug Moench/Rick Hoberg, Chuck Patton/Alfredo Alcala

This one continues from last time, with Calendar Man fleeing the new subway tunnel ceremony after running into Batman. Jason (Robin) Todd has disobeyed Batman’s orders to stay home and sees Calendar Man taking off, so he follows. Batman was wounded by a mobster’s bullet, so he has to head back to the Batcave for treatment, but Alfred has told him Jason took off and he’s not happy. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 385, Detective 552, Batman & the Outsiders 23, Firestorm 37, Vigilante 19”

Comics Reviews: Flash 346, Green Lantern 189, Warlord 94, Jonah Hex 91

Flash 346 coverFlash #346 – “Dead Man’s Bluff” – Cary Bates/Carmine Infantino/Frank McLaughlin

Last issue, Flash’s lawyer (Cecile Horton) pulled a bold move in court, unmasking Flash to reveal him as Barry Allen in an effort to show he had a reason to use deadly force against Professor Zoom (since Zoom killed Barry’s wife Iris and was trying to kill his fiancée Fiona Webb). Unfortunately, when Cecile pulls Flash’s mask off, the guy underneath looks nothing like Barry Allen. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Flash 346, Green Lantern 189, Warlord 94, Jonah Hex 91”

Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 8

Xena title cardPrometheus – Director: Stephen L. Posey/Writer: R.J. Stewart

This one starts with Xena and Gabrielle’s camp being attacked by bounty hunters early in the morning. Xena takes care of the assailants (with Gabi sleeping right through the fight), but one of them gets a knife in the throat from his own guy. Xena does an emergency tracheotomy and she and Gabi take the guy to a nearby inn. Continue reading “Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 8”

Comics Reviews: JLA 239, Legion of Super-Heroes 11, Tales of the Legion 324, Tales of the Teen Titans 54, New Teen Titans 9

JLA 239 coverJLA #239 – “In the Shadow of the Ox” – Gerry Conway/Chuck Patton/Mike Machlan

This one starts with a very stylized parable about Anansi the Spider learning to share his wisdom with the world instead of hoarding it. We quickly jump to JLA Headquarters in Detroit, where Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash are grilling Aquaman on why he dissolved the old JLA and started a brand-new team. After some haranguing back and forth, the founders realize that these new recruits have the commitment to the League that the older heroes no longer do, so they give the new team their blessing. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 239, Legion of Super-Heroes 11, Tales of the Legion 324, Tales of the Teen Titans 54, New Teen Titans 9”

Comics Reviews: Superman 408, Action 568, DC Comics Presents 82, All-Star Squadron 46, Infinity Inc. 15

Superman 408 coverSuperman #408 – “The Day the Earth Died” – Ed Hannigan (plot), Paul Kupperberg/Curt Swan/Al Williamson

This one starts with Clark Kent having a nightmare about the world being ravaged by nuclear war. When he wakes up, Clark starts wondering why he hasn’t done something (as Superman) about all the nukes that are present on Earth. With his power, he could easily destroy them and make the world a safer place. He contemplates that while flying around as Superman and helping various people. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 408, Action 568, DC Comics Presents 82, All-Star Squadron 46, Infinity Inc. 15”

Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 7

Xena title cardThe Titans – Director: Eric Brevig/Writer: R.J. Stewart

This one starts with Xena going after a murderous bandit named Hesiod. After pounding his men, she loses Hesiod because Gabi (who Xena told to look after Argo) screwed up Argo’s reins so Xena couldn’t ride after Hesiod immediately. Continue reading “Xena Reviews: Season 1, Episode 7”

Comics Reviews: Batman 384, Detective 551, Batman & the Outsiders 22, Firestorm 36, Vigilante 18

Batman 384 coverBatman #384 – “Broken Dates” – Doug Moench/Rick Hoberg/Rudy Nebres

This one starts with the remnants of Dr. Fang’s gang contacting the Monitor (who’s apparently still doing contract work, even though Crisis has already started) to get rid of Batman so they can build up their organization in Gotham again. Monitor calculates that Calendar Man has a good shot at eliminating Batman and contacts him, but Calendar Man isn’t sure he wants the job. He considers himself a thief not a killer, and wonders if his life would be boring without Batman to challenge him. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 384, Detective 551, Batman & the Outsiders 22, Firestorm 36, Vigilante 18”

Comics Reviews: Flash 345, Wonder Woman 325, Green Lantern 188, Warlord 93

Flash 345 coverFlash #345 – “The Secret Face of the Flash” – Cary Bates/Carmine Infantino/Frank McLaughlin

This one opens in the far future, with the mysterious escaped prisoner from last issue breaking into a lab and using a time machine to head back to the mid 1980s. Apparently, historical records of the time (which are spotty) say that this dude did show up in the mid 80s and went after the Flash. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Flash 345, Wonder Woman 325, Green Lantern 188, Warlord 93”