10 Years of In Third Person: My Comic Book Phase

I was late to the comic book party. Though characters like Batman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Ninja Turtles have played an integral role in my life throughout my existence, I experienced them primarily through other forms of media, such as TV, film, and video games. For most of my life, this was enough.

Around the time Steff started reading comic books, I joined her as well. Between two omnibuses and a copy of All New X-Men Vol. 1, I began my quest to catch up on decades of stories I missed while keeping up with the current threads. Much of my journey was documented on In Third Person, right down to the moment where I bailed out from the scene.

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Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game Review

Who runs Gotham? Of course, we all know it’s Batman, but that’s not going to stop his rogue gallery from trying. In Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game by Wizkids, you play as the villains as they try and build their crime empire while taking over the city. Of course, Batman won’t just give it to you, as he has a knack for showing up at the most inopportune times to clean up the streets. Is it worth your time to square off against rival bad guys and the Dark Knight himself?

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I Love Teen Titans Go!

I woke up early one morning in a Florida hotel room. With some time to kill before Steff and I we continued on with our vacation, I turned on the TV and flipped through the channels. By the time we were both dressed and ready to go, I struggled to rip myself away from the screen. I had just discovered Teen Titans Go! and I didn’t want to stop.

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Merideth and David Finch Make their Wonder Woman Debut

Jumping off of its pages with a striking art style, juicy stories and a powerful heroine that demands respect, Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang rocked my socks in a huge way. That series immediately became one of my favourites and converted me into a huge fan of the character. I have since tried to track down more Wonder Woman content by other creators, though none of their works have captured my imagination like Azzarello and Chiang.

I wish they could have stayed with the Amazonian princess forever, though their run concluded with issue #35. Picking things up at issue #36 is Merideth and David Finch. Based on their debut outing, are we in for a new Wonder Woman dynasty?

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DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite Review

Following up on the success of the original, DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite is a stand-alone game that is fully compatible with is predecessor. While the core gameplay is the same, this set contains new character cards and a new main deck; all of which have new abilities. For newcomers, is this the version you should start with? And for those who already own the original, is this worth adding to your collection?

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Review

Over the years, Batman has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. But in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, he faces his most imposing challenge yet: Father Time. No, that’s not the name of a B-list villain, but the actual passage of time itself. In this book, a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne dons the cowl for the first time in a decade in order to protect Gotham once again from evildoers. Does he still have any gas left in the tank?

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Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth Review

After catching up on her brilliant New 52 run, I was at a loss for where to continue my adventure with Wonder Woman. Despite her longevity, her books are oddly scare on store shelves or at major online retailers. Forget about tracking down the best Diana Prince books based on popular opinion, it’s been hard to find anything at all to read. Eventually, I tracked down Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti, which is the second of their five Wonder Woman books.

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Harley Quinn #5 Review

After a sub-par fourth issue, I was hoping that the start of the Syborg saga would be a return to form for the court jester of Gotham. Instead, Harley Quinn #5 is a disaster. The now-predictable scene where Harley makes an idiot out of herself isn’t funny at all. She’s once again been pushed into a sidekick role when she just started breaking out as a solo star. The guy she’s working for is an awful character all around. The action stinks. Save for the art in the dream sequence, which earns a nod for looking cool, I don’t have anything nice to say about this one. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series going forward.

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DC Universe: Legacies Review

DC Universe: Legacies is the tale of a common man who grew up living in the DC Universe. As a child, Paul Lincoln saw the advent of the original Justice Society of America and grew up to watch the universe unfold from there. Now an old man, he recounts those stories of superhero heroics and how they connect with his own life. It’s a novel approach to retelling the rich history of a comic book juggernaut, though it also proves to be one with inherent flaws.

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