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The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Wattpad Stories

Fugitive by 8lydia14m99

Red Petals by music_ally

YouTube Videos

Dad Vs The Internet by It’s Alex Clark

PUSHEEN’S VALENTINE #pusheensvalentine by Jess the Dragoon

Comics

The Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (DC Comics)

Movies

Tolkien Trailer #1-(2019) J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic posted by IGN

SHAZAM!-Aquaman Sneak Peak by DC

Books

Brother’s Keeper: A Surreal Short Horror Story by Richard Denoncourt

Contract Killer (The Short and Scary Series) by Cathy Pace Matthews

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Some more recommendations you might enjoy. The following are my opinion and do not reflect any organization or person.

DC Comics

Young Justice #2

The Adventures of the Super Sons #6

Action Comics #1007

Justice League Annual (2019) #1

Heroes In Crisis #5

Justice League #16

Justice League #17

These are available wherever DC Comics books are sold, such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon. If you’re looking for reviews of these and many others comic stories, you can check out the Caped-Joel YouTube channel.

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Side Effect by Cal1018 (ongoing story): A new drug hits New York. Everyone loves it, but it comes with a serious cost. Those who didn’t take the drug must now face the aftermath.

Multiverse Mystery | Justice League #15 by Caped Joel (review): The Justice League continues their investigation into the multiverse. This time a team looks into what is hidden in the Thanagar vault.

Crimson Trails by Shreya_VA (ongoing story): Aaron wakes to find his sister leaving the house. She soon vanishes without a trace. He must locate her, but his only clue is a necklace left by their mother. What is the connection?

Joe Rover eBooks are available at Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and many other online retailers.

Reign of the Supermen | Review

DC Comic’s movie Reign of the Supermen picks up where The Death of Superman movie left off–namely with Superman dead. But, the four new Supermen (Cyborg Superman, Visor Superman/Eradicator, Superboy, and Steel) have already arrived. The story deals with deciding who is Superman. Along the way, they must deal with a dangerous threat.

First off the animation was pretty good. It followed the recent animation style the other DC animated movies have been using. I like how it is a mix of realistic and comic book (or animation) styles; the characters seem cartoon-like but also have a slight human/real quality to them. 

The characteristics of the four Supermen followed their comic book versions well. Superboy is the slightly annoying teenager and Steel is a serious/mature inventor. Cyborg Superman still has that ability to pass himself off as Superman while at the same time making you feel uneasy. Eradicator had that machine logic coldness to him. 

At first, I was a bit disappointed that the movie didn’t follow the comic series closer; but in the end, I was glad it was a new story. I was glad to see that they didn’t destroy Coast City like in the comics–for a bit I thought it might have a happier ending, but then they flipped things at the last second (like after the final battle was over–you think everything is fine, but it’s not). 

I enjoyed the Easter Eggs of them showing the comics’ cover art as the news article photos. During a montage showing the four Supermen as they saved the day, various news articles were shown and the pictures with the article were copies of the Reign of the Superman cover art.

It was kind of a let down to see that Cyborg Superman wasn’t as much of a “big bad” as he was in comic. For most of the movie, he is just a pawn to the real threat. He does finally rebel and become the threat, but he just didn’t have that same uneasy, scary nature he did in the comics. In the movie, he was more of a crazy person than this hate filled man that seemed incredibly powerful. In the comic, people were scared of Cyborg Superman. In the movie, he was just a pawn.

img_2674I liked how Lois had more of a part to play in the movie version. She, as you would expect, was right in the middle of everything. You could say she was the main character and the four Supermen were just supporting characters. 

I also liked how the movie staff managed to develop the four Supermen’s characters in such a small time. I felt like I knew Superboy and Steel by the time the movie was over. I didn’t know everything about them, but enough to like them. I would have liked it if they were given more screen time though. I really hope there are some Steel and Superboy movies coming, even just one for each or something–maybe a new take on the Bloodlines series.

The ending left me unsatisfied though. I’m going to spoil a part of it here, so skip this if you want.

After the battle, all the people change back into humans. I’m thinking, “Whoo, they’re all right!” but they remained motionless and one person, the girlfriend of one of the affected people, stays crying. It then changes to six months later and everyone is happy. There is no mention of hundreds of people dying or a memorial being set up or stories of people getting out of the hospital; it’s just Lois and Clark eating and the audience finding out that Lois and Wonder Woman are going to have a Girl’s Night Out. It then shows everyone being excited that Superman is alive. It just made me feel like, “WHAT?!” It was like, “Oh, yeah, uh, hundreds of people died but that’s okay, everything is awesome now.” It just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth and left me feeling like things were unresolved. The movie had been great up till then. Now I’m just kind of left feeling “uh…what?”

I did enjoy the end credit scene. It was hilarious. Green Lantern’s “Who left the front door open” line just made it even better.

Overall, the movie was really good. I felt like the plot kept to the comics but added to it. The animation and music was enjoyable. The acting and characters were believable. I’d been waiting for DC to do this movie pretty much since the series came and it didn’t disappoint. Other than the fact that I wish Superboy and Steel would have gotten more airtime, and I would have liked Cyborg Superman to have been more of a threat, I was glad I bought the movie. My main problem was the ending and how they just kind of swept the pervious scene under the rug. It made it feel unresolved. 

I have to give the movie an 8/10 maybe 8.5 if I’m being generous. I really liked the movie. I had a great time; I’ll probably watch it again (and again most likely), but there just was some strong issues that stopped it from being a 9.5. It would have gotten a higher score if they would have resolved the final scene in some way.

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Arrowverse Elseworlds

Before I start, I’d like to say if you haven’t seen the Elseworlds crossover event: you should. You can watch it free on the CW app (not sponsored).

Over the course of the last few days (Dec 9-11), the CW aired the Elseworlds crossover event. The three-parter once again brought Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl together. And this time (spoilers again) they took on a Monitor. This Monitor gave a reality bending book to some seemingly random person. The Monitor as it turns out was testing the worlds of the DC Multiverse because of a “crisis” and someone more powerful than he was coming *cough* Anti-Monitor *cough*.  After the heroes and their friends “defeat” the Monitor, the credits announce that “Crisis on Infinite Earths” was coming Fall 2019. 

After I saw the announcement, I started to wonder if that meant Flash and Supergirl were going to end. In the story “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (spoilers), Barry and Kara die. In fact, in part three they were suppose to die but Oliver talks the Monitor into sparing them because they are true heroes and an inspiration to everyone. Throughout the whole crossover, all the characters (but most notably Green Arrow) kept talking about how inspiring and heroic Flash and Supergirl are. That kind of sounds like they’re setting up for a series finale. Also, Flash in 2019 would be on its 6th season and Supergirl would be on its 5th. The powers that be might see this as a good time to end the shows before they become stale.

On the flipside, when Oliver demanded that the Monitor save Barry and Kara, the Monitor asked him what he would give up in return for their safety, which we never saw in the crossover. It could be that once again Barry and Kara are about to die, but Oliver sacrifices himself and Arrow (which would be on season 8) would end. And with the introduction of Batwoman, and her storyline being set up for a series, the CW might be looking for some space.

Of course, the CW could really go wild and do what the “Crisis” did in the comics and reboot everything. They could reboot the Arrowverse into something else. In the comics, the “Crisis” brought all the universes into one world. Maybe there’ll be a new Arrowverse where they’re all together–one that’s a combination of the DC Universe and Arrowverse. Considering the popularity of the Arrowverse, I doubt they’ll completely get rid of it.

What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Super Sons Returns

I was looking through my YouTube feed trying to find something to watch during my break time when I came across Caped Joel’s video on the Adventures of the Super Sons series. I thought it had been cancelled, so I clicked on the video. Yeah, it turns out it is still cancelled but they are doing a short run to finish up what was already done.

It’s a shame that the series is ending because it was great to see Robin (Damian) and Superboy (Jon) team-up. It’s like reading a Batman and Superman comic only more…uh, teenage. The two aren’t young version of Batman and Superman; they have their own personalities; but at the same time, it kind of makes you feel like this is how Batman and Superman would have acted towards each other if they’d meet as teens. You feel like you’re reading a comic from “the good old days” but also reading a “modern” story.

It’s really entertaining to see what kind of mischief, misadventure, and more traditional heroics the two get involved in. The two make a great team and the stories are well written and well drawn. I hope DC will bring the series back one day in some form.

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