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Arrow TV show is a hit; Batman #13 review; Superior Spider-Man nears

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012

Matt Price and Kyle Roberts discuss the Arrow TV series; the Superior Spider-Man comic book; the Batman Live arena show; and review comics including Batman #13, the return of the Joker.

  • TOPIC 1: ARROW A HIT

Last Wednesday’s premiere of “Arrow,” based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, was the most-watched show on The CW in three years, attracting 4.02

million viewers.  The show stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, who becomes Green Arrow in the comics.  DC plans a comic-series tie-in, also called “Arrow.”

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY: DID YOU WATCH ARROW?

 

 

  • TOPIC 2: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN?

Marvel announces a new chapter in the Spider-Man saga with the new series “Superior Spider-Man,” launching as part of Marvel NOW! in January.

The all-new ongoing series is by the creative team of writer Dan Slott and artist Ryan Stegman.  Marvel’s being cagey as to whether or not this new Spider-Man is Peter Parker or someone else.

“There may be a new Spider-Man here, doing things in a new and different way, but you’re going to see the Spider-cast reacting to this,” said writer Dan Slott in an interview with Marvel.com.

 

TOPIC 3: BATMAN LIVE ROCKS OKC

“Batman Live” opened its Oklahoma City stand Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

The show, which continues through Sunday, features stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences set in a three-dimensional Gotham City landscape.

An all-ages Batman adventure filled with acrobatics and theatricality is the focus the show, which is written by former Tulsan Allan Heinberg.

 

* VIDEO: REVIEW FILE

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1: (5 slides) Rick Remender, John Cassaday

 

Former Oklahoman John Cassaday returns to monthly comics with Uncanny Avengers 1, the kickoff of the “Marvel Now” initiative.  He’s been missed, and he’s back to form here, compellingly crafting this tale of a new Avengers team formed in the wake of Avengers vs. X-Men.

Rick Remender, most recently of Uncanny X-Force, is the writer, and he has an interesting lineup of Avengers and X-Men working together to stem the tide of anti-mutant feeling.

With Professor Xavier and Cyclops not in position to make the most of carrying out Xavier’s dream of peaceful mutant-human coexistence, Captain America is looking for a new hero to be the standard-bearer for mutantkind.  He recruits Havok, Cyclops’ brother, to lead the new team, which will find itself up against one of Marvel’s deadliest villains in short order.

 

 

  • Batman 13 (5 SLIDES) – Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo

The Joker returns in Batman 13, the first part of “The Death of the Family,” and it’s an instant classic, moody, creepy and dark.  Batman

is caught off-guard by the chilling reappearance of his deadliest foe, who has some new tricks up his sleeve and an entirely new look.

A chilling backup story focusing on Harley Quinn only adds to the overall intensity of the package.   It’s written by Snyder with James Tynion IV with art by Jock.

This comic is well-done in each department, with colors and lettering adding to the ambience created by artist Greg Capullo working from Scott Snyder’s story.

The Joker has returned to retrieve his face, removed by the Dollmaker back in the New 52 Detective Comics No. 1.  And his goal is to take out Batman’s “family.”  The Joker says Batman’s allies have made him soft, so he’s going to kill them all, so that the city can have the Batman it deserves.

Snyder and Capullo have started strong with a Batman story that is truly unsettling.

 

  • Batgirl 13 (5 Slides) : Gail Simone, Ed Benes

 

“Batgirl” #13 is marketed as a prologue to “Death of the Family,” with a special die-cut cover.  And it is, but just so fans don’t get too up in arms, the part that directly ties into “Death of the Family” is about one page.

Still, it’s a well-done issue, as Batgirl faces off against Knightfall in an action-packed story drawn by Ed Benes.  Knightfall is an intriguing new villain to Batgirl’s rogues gallery; the rich, privileged Cherise Carnes faced a tragedy not unlike Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson, but her reaction to it sent her to the opposite end of the spectrum.  Also, James Gordon Jr., put to use so well in Scott Snyder’s “Detective Comics,” continues to lurk in Barbara’s life here.

 

 

 

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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