Ep. 124 – Elseworlds – Beware My Power Part I & II

Week 3 of Green Lantern Month here at the DCAU Review sees the Good Brothers taking a trip to the Elseworlds with a review of  2011’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series premiere episode “Beware My Power.” The hosts talk about some of the origins of this series including its’ tie in with a much-ballyhooed live-action film and why this show didn’t get the chance it deserved, including peg warming action figures at Toys-R-Us! On to the show, Cal & Liam talk about the choice to introduce the newly-minted Red Lantern Corps as the main antagonists, how executive producer Bruce Timm’s character designs translate into 3D animation, an extraordinary amount of nods to a galaxy far, far away and why the most recognizable voice of the episode is both the most jarring, and best choice for this episode! Plus they discuss if they think they may cover more of this show in the future and preview next week’s episode of Green Lantern Month all on today’s new DCAU Review!

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Bonus Ep. 11 – Batman The Adventures Continue: Red Son Rising Part III & IV

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This week’s Bonus Episode picks up right where the Good Brothers left off in Episode 9, with their continuing coverage of the Batman The Adventures Continue digital-first series. The hosts talk all-things “Red Son Rising” Parts 3 & 4, including their pros and cons on the DCAU “Death in the Family” story, what they like and what they would’ve done differently, how this impacts the DCAU as a whole, how they believe the story has to resolve itself, whether or not this cheapens Tim’s storyline and predictions on which, if any unseen characters will appear in the final two chapters! Plus which panels will stick with the hosts for a long time!

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Ep. 123 – JL – Hearts and Minds Part I & II

Cal and Liam continue their month celebrating Green Lantern with Justice League‘s second season episode titled “Hearts and Minds” which reveals more about the DCAU’s GL Corps and about John Stewart’s past. The Good Brothers discuss a plot that may have been better served in another DCAU series, visuals that are sure to impress with additional discussion on the use of CGI with the standard digital animation which two characters should have their own buddy-cop team-up show, the main antagonist’s familiar voice, why John doesn’t like to use constructs and what they think of this look for Kilowog. The hosts also dig into the most powerful music of the episode and discuss what the ultimate theme may or may not be. All of this, plus a preview for next week’s Elseworlds tale and much more on this episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 122 – STAS – In Brightest Day…

As announced on last week’s episode, the Good Brothers are mixing things up for the month of September, reviewing a month of Green Lantern episodes featured all across DC animation in honor of the Green Lantern’s 80th anniversary. Kicking off the month, the hosts are covering the first appearance of the Green Lantern in the DCAU with Superman: The Animated Series episode “In Brightest Day…” which features fan-favorite Kyle Rayner. Cal and Liam discuss the episode in detail, including how it feels like a backdoor pilot for an unfulfilled Green Lantern animated spin-off, the soaring and memorable GL theme used throughout, whether or not this would’ve been better served in two parts and their thoughts on the DCAU GL uniforms. Plus, they discuss the mashup origin given this Kyle Rayner, the myriad of Easter Eggs, and whether or not this episode makes an actual lasting impact on the DCAU based on how the GL character evolves.  The hosts also preview which GL will be featured on next week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 121 – Elseworlds – Night of The Batmen!

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The fifth Saturday of August 2020 gives the Good Brothers a chance at reviewing an Elseworlds tale from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. This week’s episode titled “Night of The Batmen!” reveals what would happen if Batmen was put on the injured list for a time and a few other heroes had to cover for him. Cal & Liam briefly recap the origins of this lighter take on Batman and then talk about the incredibly earworm-y opening musical number, the various homages to different Batman designs, Aquaman’s buffoonish characterization, anfuncovering some of the legendary voice-actors portraying some of the heroes. They also talk about a character featured who just so happened to this week make his triumphant return to comics in Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s “Three Jokers” miniseries, which voice actor should always be cast as one particular character and a sneak peek at what’s coming up on the schedule for the exciting month of September! All of this and more on a brand-new DCAU Review!

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Bonus Ep. 10 – DC DirectRospective Part I

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Cal and Liam are back with another Bonus Episode, this time they’re breaking up the normal comic reviews and instead of doing a retrospective on the 22-year legacy of DC Direct/DC Collectibles. In this first part, the Good Brothers highlight their favorite series based on specific artists’ work. From hyper-realism to exaggerated steroid-infused cartoons the hosts cover a vast array of styles and artists from some of the most legendary artists of all time. The hosts also give a preview for the upcoming part two and also give their pick for one figure that’s missing from one of their favorite lines that they think should’ve been produced

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Ep. 120 – BTAS – Terror in the Sky

It’s episode 120 of the DCAU Review and the hosts are still reviewing the OG DCAU show with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Terror in the Sky” which officially ends the Man-Bat/Langstrom saga. Cal and Liam discuss some similar plot beats to “On Leather Wings”, how this episode uses music animation and plot to create a  truly memorable action scene, attention to detail within the designs, the many different expressions of the Man-Bat,  the range of acting asked of Kevin Conroy, and once again bring up how to rate an episode with a mystery plot point. The hosts also reveal which episode won their fan choice poll for next week’s Elseworld’s episode.

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Bonus Ep. 9 – Batman The Adventures Continue: Red Son Rising Part I & II

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Bonus Episode 9 is upon us and that means another review of the latest offering from Batman: The Adventures Continue miniseries. This week the Good Brothers will be reviewing “Red Son Rising Part 1 & 2” which deals with the untold story of Jason Todd Robin and how he came to be. The hosts discuss the entire story, where they may have diverged from the original DC continuity, a speculation on the origin of the newest character “The Straightman,” a debate on which issue has had the best artwork so far and the ever-popular continuity discussion. Plus find out how you can help pick our topic for one of this month’s regularly scheduled episodes!

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Ep. 119 – BTAS – Day of The Samurai

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The Good Brothers take a break from all of the sci-fi man-beasts for a good old-fashioned revenge tale. The culmination to the Batman/Ninja plot comes to an end as the hosts cover “Day of the Samurai”, the follow up to the Kyodai Ken saga that started in “Night of the Ninja.” The hosts discuss a variety including the sepia-toned bookends of the Wayne/Ken story, inconsistent animation that leads to some high highs and low lows. The hosts also discuss the cultural sensitivity for the Japanese culture being refreshing, the fantastic music and where this episode improved over the previous Ninja episode. Plus, the thread throughout that they believe could’ve been expounded on, an appreciation of Eric Rodomski’s background images, why this Batman feels truer to the character than some recent live-action portrayals, practicing the “fatal touch” as kids, and a discussion on the latest unfortunate news out of DC Comics. A full scorecard and much more await on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 118 – BTAS – Moon of The Wolf

The unofficial Creature Feature month continues on the DCAU Review as the Good Brothers continue their month of Batman: The Animated Series coverage. This week our hosts review “Moon of the Wolf” which is based on a 1970s Neal Adams era Batman comic of the same title. Unfortunately for the hosts the comic seems to have been a bit more interesting as they quickly learn, due partly in fact to the return of Akom Production Co. as the team responsible for the animation. Other topics discussed include the lack of intelligence from each featured character, Bruce Wayne’s body dysmorphia, a soundtrack that introduces electric guitar for the first time to the DCAU soundtrack, speculation on the purpose of the cliffhanger ending, and a in-depth look at “Werewolfism.” Plus our hosts preview next week’s episode and highlight some connections from this episode to the larger DCAU continuity.

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Ep. 117 – BTAS – Tyger, Tyger

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Hard to believe we are already kicking off the month of August, but the calendar never lies, so the Good Brothers are kicking off the month with a return to where It all began, with Batman: The Animated Series episode “Tyger, Tyger.” The hosts discuss the H.G. Wells novel on which the episode is loosely inspired, the unsettling feelings one host has from some of the character designs,  a soundtrack that hits its spots where it has to, why it doesn’t make sense where this episode falls in production order, a struggle to find the moral of the story, and some Fleischer Superman vibes. Plus, a clinic in voice acting from the great Kevin Conroy, why there was no follow-up episode for Tygress, and a preview of next week’s episode on this week’s all-new DCAU Review podcast!

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Ep. 116 – Static Shock – Static in Africa

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The month of July draws to a close with one last review of an episode of Static Shock. This week’s appropriately titled episode “Static in Africa” finds Virgil Hawkins taking a trip to Ghana where he runs into another local superhero and his adversary.  The Good Brothers discuss Anansi’s folklore origins, as well as his connection to another DCAU hero. The hosts also discuss some of the poignant real-world topics touched on, where they wish the focus would’ve played out more, Static losing his jacket, the return of Liam’s #CapeMovement Corner, Osebo’s potential origins, and why this episode deserves a re-watch. Plus, the guys preview next week’s show and give a monthly roundup from this month’s coverage on this week’s all-new DCAU Review!

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Bonus Ep. 8 – Batman The Adventures Continue: The Darker Knight Part I & II

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As promised, the Good Brothers return with another Bonus Episode, this time with a review of the latest issue of Batman: The Adventures Continue, issue number 4, chapters 7 and 8, titled “The Darker Knight Part I & II.” Cal and Liam break down the lastest digital-first issue talking about the introduction of Azrael/Jean Paul Valley to the DCAU, possible origins for the mysterious “Mr. Wing” including a far-out headcanon from one of the hosts, discussion on why the artwork continues to blow the hosts away, the ongoing controversy regarding how this fits into DCAU-continuity including a bombshell revelation that changes one particular character’s past and future and discuss the brilliant cliffhanger that leads to issue number 5. Plus the hosts speculate on what and who we might see in the final two issues and talk about getting series one of the DC Direct Batman: The Adventures Continue in-hand and give a little preview for what they’ll be covering for August on the main show. All of this and more on this Bonus Episode of the DCAU Review!

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Ep. 115 – Static Shock – Gear

It’s episode 115 of the DCAU Review and the Good Brothers are once again reviewing a season 3 episode of Static Shock, with this week’s being “Gear” which marks the series premiere of Richie Foley’s alter ego of the same name. This week the hosts talk Static’s character growth, Richie’s least annoying appearance to date, Ebon’s voice influencing a John Mulaney stand-up bit and the inconsistent nature of his powers, the aesthetics of Static and Gear’s costumes, Cal coming to terms with the style of Static’s soundtrack, sneaky Milestone Comics Easter Eggs and much more! Plus Cal and Liam preview next week’s episode as chosen by the listeners! All of this and much more on this week’s new DCAU Review!

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Ep. 114 – Static Shock – Static Shaq

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Have you ever wanted to hear the Good Brothers discuss the NBA career accomplishments of Shaquille O’Neal? Well, you are in luck because this week’s episode reviews the Season 2 Static Shock episode “Static Shaq” where “Big Aristotle” makes his DCAU debut. The hosts talk about grading seasons 1 and 2 on a curve, the animation looking a little bit like a Robert Smigel cartoon, similarities to the Scooby-Doo/Globetrotters crossover and other Hanna-Barbera toons, and second-guessing if Shaq was actually the one to voice himself in this episode. Cal also doubles down on his issues with the soundtrack and the hosts discuss how they might have pitched a Shaq appearance if they had been in charge in 2002. All of this, a full scorecard, and a preview of next week’s episode on this week’s DCAU Review!

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