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July 2, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #10/Justice League #10/Ame-com #1-3

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Wonder Woman #10

Justice League slipped a week again, hence the late arrival of the review Wonder Woman review. Sorry - blame DC and Geoff Johns.

Anyway, where last we left Wonder Woman, she was down in the Land of Death, about to be hoist by her own petard - her golden lasso, in fact. What happened next?

Well, I was surprised, that's what, since rather than what we might all have been expecting based on Brian Azzarello's writing so far, we instead got an old-school Wonder Woman conclusion to this part of the story. Which is odd.

Meanwhile, back in Justice League #10, we find out that actually, yes, Geoff Johns has been reading Wonder Woman, since we get our first bit of continuity so far. And over in the new, weekly Ame-com - which is a digital-only series based on a series of statues (no, really) - Wonder Woman wears relatively few clothes and swears a bit too much for a title clearly aimed at young girls who like Disney princesses.

Follow me after the jump to find out more.

The cover of Justice League 10

Ame-com #1

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July 2, 2012

Review: Line of Duty (BBC2) 1x1

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In the Line of Duty

In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, BBC2. Available on the iPlayer

Well, if I'm going to start watching UK dramas again, I guess BBC2 - and a drama written by Jed Mercurio and starring the wonderful Lennie James (from Jericho et al), no less - is a good place to start. Line of Duty is a police complaints procedural that looks at an investigation into a top cop's apparently spotless, amazing record to see how he manages it. Along the way, we get to see how the Met now deals with complaints - both officially and unofficially - while watching the police investigating themselves in a (to use a cliché) game of cat and mouse.

And while it's actually pretty good, there's a faint whim of the ridiculous throughout, to the extent you're sometimes not sure whether it's being serious, being deliberately funny or is simply having trouble taking itself seriously.

Here's a trailer followed by the first four minutes or so. You'll see what I mean about not knowing whether it's supposed to be ridiculous or not from the the second video.

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July 2, 2012

Review: Anger Management (FX) 1x1-1x2

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Anger Management

In the US: Thursdays, 9.30pm, FX
In the UK: Not yet acquired.

So how do you want to be remembered when you die? Do you want to go out with a bang or do you want to fade away?

Charlie Sheen seemed dead certain to be going for option a. After a catastrophic public meltdown that saw him chucked off Two And A Half Men, one of the US's top-rated comedy shows, he seemed to be going pellmell towards even further collapse. And then…

…he signed up for Anger Management, an FX sitcom. Well, surely that was going to be like petrol to a forest fire - an even greater disaster in the making.

Except not. Anger Management is a fairly traditional sitcom in which Charlie Sheen plays Charlie, a former baseball player turned anger management therapist who has some - but not much - difficulty dealing with his patients, another therapist (Selma Blair) who is also his best friend with benefits, his ex-wife and his daughter, as well as dating in general.

And while there are a couple of meta-moments about his firing from Two And A Half Men at the beginning of the first episode and while in many ways this is the same womanising Charlie of that sitcom, this is not the Charlie Sheen you might have been expecting. This is a Charlie Sheen who can talk coherently, intelligently, sensitively about issues and resolve them like an intelligent adult.

Boy is it dull, even if FX is trailing it as something of train wreck. It seems Charlie Sheen went with option b.

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