Robert J. Baden

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Nightwing 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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The only survivor of the Flying Graysons, a high-wire circus act that was renowned throughout the world, Dick Grayson is the one-time sidekick and legal ward of Bruce Wayne before striking out on his own.  Having an estranged relationship with Bruce and trying to fill in for him during his disappearance, Dick has since been a strong ally of Gotham City in general and the Batman Family in particular.  A cop by training, an acrobat by past affiliations, and a superhero by choice, he is Nightwing.


 

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grifter52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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A Special Forces soldier-turned-con artist is caught up in the secrets of an alien invasion of Earth, forced to live the life of a criminal in order to fight against those infected by the extraterrestrials. His own brother believes him to be a terrorist, and his girlfriend believes he is insane and out of control. Cole Cash moves from city to city to find his answers the only way he can. Alone in the world and hesitant to trust anyone who comes into his life, he is not only a drifter, but a full-time Grifter.


 

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Green-Lantern-Corps-v2-152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Throughout the universe, they are known as keepers of the peace, coming from a diverse background to guard against the darkness.  Their ability to overcome fear and hardship has given them their station in the universe, allowing for them to call upon their will for power and guidance.  From all walks of life, for better or worse, they are what stands between the innocents of the galaxies and the forces of evil.  They are the Green Lantern Corps.


 

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TMNT slideWe’ve all heard the news about Bay’s work on a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature, and how he plans on changing their origins significantly—which has resulted in much ire by the hardcore geeks out there.  We all know about his work on the Transformers films during the last 5 years.  Well, for those of you who haven’t yet heard, he’s also planning on directing a live-action version of yet another 80s’ cartoon classic: the Thundercats.  There’s very little information about it, since most of the focus seems to be geared on his Ninja Turtles flick, but I’m beginning to see a pattern with these films that I just don’t like: they’re nothing like their source material.

 

Wonder Woman cheesecakeThis isn’t new or even surprising, but people—specifically women in this instance—tend to be sexualized and exploited for marketing purposes that just do not make sense to me.  I’ve never claimed to be the stereotypical “guy” and don’t enjoy a lot of things have been described as “manly,” and so I just do not understand why women are exploited as eye candy for various products and services.  A woman scantily clad in a bikini is not going to make me enjoy Mountain Dew any more than I already do.  But, the thing that really annoys me—and impacts me personally—is the portrayal of women within geek culture, and especially within comics.


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Superboy 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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A cloned superweapon who is destined to change the world with his powers, Superboy is rambunctious and uncertain of his future and his past.  He trades favors with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in order to earn his freedom, but at the cost of his humanity and self-worth.  A teen who was grown in a lab with a seemingly important connection to the Ravagers, he is the one Kryptonian who is believed to be able to defeat out-of-control metahumans.  He is Superboy.


 

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Young JusticeThe second time a television show has been made around a young superhero team within the greater DC universe, Young Justice is about several former sidekicks coming together to act as a support team for the greater Justice League.  Heroes band together to take on some of the worst of the worst in the DC universe, but that doesn’t keep them from having fun throughout the series.  These young whippersnappers are ready to take on the world to prove they’re worthy of a larger role in the superhero community, but their eagerness produces some problems.


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The Legend of KorraNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
 

 


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It is decades after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the latest Avatar, Korra, is training in the various elements.  Deciding to go to Republic City to learn more from the Airbenders—and to make a bit of a difference in the metropolis that is the capital—Korra encounters several individuals, including those who are distrustful of benders.  She continues to train, so that she will be ready to not just be the Avatar, but to be a legend.  The show airs on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Nickelodeon.

 

 


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Deathstroke 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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A metahuman who bills himself out as the best there is, a one-man killing machine who will take down anyone regardless of their gender, age, or affiliation.  A man who can instill fear in even the most steady of persons. An assassin of the highest caliber and with the best training.  The one, the only, the slightly insane, Deathstroke.
 

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spider-man diesThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

Throughout comics, there are certain moments that stick out, certain events that just remain with the reader as an anchor point, a defining situation that resonates for years, even decades, to come.  These moments not only help to define the comics that we read, but also our relationship with said comics; we become more interested, we become more invested, or we become more disillusioned by them.  The two of us have seen many such events in our day, but these four moments are the most memorable for us, the ones that stand out the most and define our involvement and enjoyment for reading comics.

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