Weekly Wonder Woman

Review: Wonder Woman #15/Justice League #15/Batwoman #15/Aquaman #15

Wonder Woman #15

As we head into the new year, for Wonder Woman, it seems an appropriate time to say, “Out with the old, in with the new.”

For starters, in Wonder Woman #15, not only do we have the much-heralded, full-on return of the New Gods to the DC Universe, we also have some new characters – including, naturally enough, a new relative for Wondy – and new powers for her as well.

But over in Justice League #15, the flip remark I made when reviewing Justice League #14 turns out to have been prophetic, too: Wondy has a new secret dating identity. Yes, ‘Diana Prince’ is back. Woo hoo!

Justice League #15

And since our Wondy seems to be getting some proper ‘screen time’ in the DC Universe for a change, this month, she’s also popping up in Aquaman for the first time since the nu52 reboot. Although, it has to be said, it’s a less than edifying experience for all involved. And it’s not just because of the usual Aquaman fish jokes.

Aquaman #15

And, just for fun, she flies a bit in Batwoman #15. Well, falls, flies, it’s much of a muchness. But it does give us the chance to ask a vital question that DC seems to have been posing for a couple of months now: is Wonder Woman a goddess? And to answer another vital question that DC seems to have been posing for even longer: do its writers really do any research?

Batwoman #15

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Random Acts

A Scarlett Christmas

Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber

Since one of the requests from the Christmas customer survey was for more pictures of Scarlett Johansson, I felt I should oblige with this festive one. It’s also got Liev Schreiber in it, which makes it doubly awesome.

And she’s sitting down.


Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and what can Santa Rob bring you for 2013?

Merry Christmas!It’s that time again everyone. Time for my annual year-end break which some crazy people have decided to call “Christmas”.

As usual, I plan on doing precisely no work over the Christmas break, beyond maybe a review of Wonder Woman #15 on the 28th or 29th, but I’ll be back with the news and more on January 7th or 8th. Some time around then anyway.

Survey time
As always, let’s take this as an opportunity to have a reader survey. What sorts of things would you like to see on this here blog in 2013? And what sort of things have outstayed their welcome? Anyone thought of a replacement for Sitting Tennant yet?

Leave your requests for more, less or the same below in the comments and I’ll decide what gets the chop and what stays alive when I get back. I’ll probably carry on as before, but you never know.

In the meantime, a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you all, thanks for reading (yes, even you lurkers) and a great big thanks as always to everyone who’s left a comment for livening up the place!

Sitting Tennant

The final ever Sitting Tennant!

Hebbie's Sitting Tennant

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

Toby's Sitting Tennant

It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Yes, it’s the final Sitting Tennant of 2012 and time to announce the winners of the 2012 picture competition. First, let’s tally up the points for December.

  1. Toby, Hebbie, Sister Chastity: 20

Yes, everyone wins in December! Isn’t that nice?

But since this is the December, it’s also time to tot up the points and work out who’s the overall winner of 2012. Win a full nine months of wins to her name, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that top of the picture pops for 2012 is Sister Chastity. It’s her second win and well deserved, after a couple of years of just being pipped at the post by others. A big round of applause to her, if you please!

But tis a sad day, because this marks the end after nearly five years of Sitting Tennant. There simply aren’t enough people feeling inspired enough to send in pictures of David Tennant sitting down any more, it seems. Would you believe it?

It’s been a great run and I’d like to thank everyone who’s ever contributed so much as a single photo to the competition over the years, but particularly those frequent contributors who’ve made it such a blast to run over the last few years, including Ms Rullsenberg, Toby, Sister Chastity, Erin C, Rachel, Sabine, Janice, Jaradel, Rosby, Persephone, Silohforever and Hebbie. Hey, do you remember this?

I’m not saying I’ll never publish another picture of David Tennant sitting down, but this marks the end of the competition at least. If you’ve any ideas for other competitions, or who else you’d like to see sitting down a lot, please let me know.

Those who have triumphed over the years will, of course, be remembered always:

  • 2009 – Sister Chastity
  • 2010 – Erin C
  • 2011 – Hebbie
  • 2012 – Sister Chastity

Sitting Board of Winners 2012
Hebbie, Sister Chastity

Sister Chastity

Sister Chastity

Sister Chastity, Shilohforever

Hebbie, Sister Chastity

Hebbie, Sister Chastity


Toby, Sister Chastity

Hebbie, Sister Chastity

Hebbie, Toby

Hebbie, Toby, Sister Chastity

What did you watch this month? Including The Killing 3, Arrow, The Wedding Band and The Hunger Games

It’s “What did you watch this month?”, my chance to tell you what I movies and TV I watched in the past month that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I’ve missed them.

As you can probably tell from the temporary retitling of this feature, it’s been a busy old time for me of late, which is why I haven’t been updating you on shows and why I haven’t been watching as many. Oh, and the Sky+ box as been doing lots of “PART-REC” and “RECORDING FAILED” and even deleting things I have recorded, including Young Doctor’s Notebook. That’s helpful, huh?

But since a load of shows have had their finales, now seems a good time to give my thoughts on those, at least.

First, the usual recommendations: 30 Rock, Arrow, Don’t Trust The B—– in Apartment 23, Go On, Last Resort, Modern Family and Peep Show. I’m adding Elementary and The Wedding Band to the list as well – more on that in a moment.

And here’s a few thoughts.

  • Arrow: Slowly been declining in strength and becoming more and more comic book in its implausibility. Geoff Johns’ introduction of Huntress to the show was just dreadful, too, with bad dialogue, bad acting and a script that was actually pretty detrimental to one of DC’s best-loved female superheroines. Still, Kelly Hu got to come back for a bit at least. And then we have John Barrowman as a ‘heavy’. HA HA HA! Still, the last episode was a bit of an up-tick in quality again, so all is not lost yet.
  • Dexter – So, hang on, Dexter literally thought he had a ‘dark passenger’? It wasn’t just a metaphor? Well, that’s just bobbins. Anyway, a distinctly uninspiring finale that at least wasn’t as ridiculous as last season’s and with a big surprise (or two) to boot. And at least the first half of the season was good because of Ray Stevenson and it was good to see Dokes back, even in flashback.
  • Don’t Trust The B—-: A variable three episodes with a real clunker and a couple of very funny ones. Glad to see them remembering that Chloe is supposed to be an evil b—–, too, not just kooky and a bit of a party girl. And a head nod to The Great Gatsby – you don’t get many of those these days. As always, too, full kudos to James Van Der Beek, who is really relishing playing… himself. And Dean Cain, too.
  • Elementary: So this is more of a guilty pleasure than because it’s a great show, but I do actually look forward to it now each week. It’s still working out what exactly a Sherlock Holmes mystery should be and no matter how hard they try, Joan Watson is still incredibly dull, but it’s good fun.
  • Go On: Unlike Community, the show still hasn’t worked out how to make its individual characters gel as a group, but it’s doing some nice work with at least some of the characters by themselves.
  • Homeland: So the season finally ended with two decent episodes in a row. While it was still a little daft, the finale had the right combination of thrills, twists and developments, none of which you probably saw/will see coming. Just about redeemed itself after a season of vastly variable quality.
  • The Killing 3: So the iPlayer deleted last weeks’ episodes before I had a chance to watch them (not letting me download them didn’t help). Again, this is just one of the reasons why I’ve had a hard time watching the three seasons of The Killing. Anyway, I watched the last two and was surprised by almost nothing. Seriously, I don’t get why people love this show so much. Okay, it’s well acted, but apart from its vibe and Sarah Lund, it’s daft, stupider than an episode of season two of Homeland and is just 1001 crime drama cliches. Or at least this season has been. It would have been more of a surprise if Sarah Lund had been able to ride off into the sunset happily. In particular, the criminal’s plan four episodes ago kind of relied on the police not being able to hit him even once with 30 rounds of ammunition… as he slowly sails under a bridge they’re standing on. Just silly. Bring back The Bridge.
  • Last Resort: Talking of daft and silly, that’s Last Resort. While having a few thrilling moments each episode, it’s also had some ridiculous matte work to help some of our heroes go to ‘the Philippines’ and we have had a daft series of abduction cycles for one character that’s worse than the Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Plus the stuff with the COB has been dreadful. Shame really, but at least it looks like they’re heading towards a decent ending.
  • The Mindy Project: Interesting to see some sign of work competency from Mindy, but the Zoolander-ish attack on midwifery was just bizarre. The Christmas episode was a bit dull, but had a good final 10 minutes.
  • Peep Show: While never quite hitting the delightful depravities of previous series and while feeling a little bit like we’ve been here before, it’s still a guaranteed source of laughter each week.
  • Vegas: I’m wondering what they promised Carrie Anne Moss when they asked her to star in this, because if it was ‘a lot of screen time and a decent role’, they were lying. Ditto Jason Mara. Over the last couple of episodes, we’ve had a very clunky ‘girl power’ episode and quite a dull Christmas episode. Such a shame after the initial promise of the pilot, but it’s still a relatively absorbing weekly watch.
  • The Wedding Band: While still a bit sexist and a bit ‘male gaze’, The Wedding Band is still proving to be an interesting subversion of the ‘bro comedy’ that plays with the sexist conventions and messes around with them. It’s not outstanding, but it’s enjoyable.

And in movies:

  • The Hunger Games: Despite being loved by the same demographic as Twilight, this is a very different, far more satisfying beast – a future dystopia heavily based on ancient Rome that sees kids take the place of gladiators in a high-tech country arena where they have to fight to the death. The always excellent Jennifer Lawrence is about 1,000,000 times better – and a better role model – than Kristen Stewart’s Bella, too. Give it a watch.

“What did you watch this month?” is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?