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Comic Review: Justice League of America Vol. 1: The Extremists

Justice League of America Vol. 1: The Extremists collects issues #1-6 and is written by Steve Orlando. Art is by Ivan Reis

The Story (aka From the Publisher)

It’s a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad spin off. From the wreckage of the deadly clash of the world’s greatest–and the world’s worst–heroes comes a brand new Justice League of America made up of some of the most unlikely heroes to ever join the League!

Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis bring together the Ray, the Atom, Vixen, Killer Frost and more in what is one of the most offbeat and compelling lineup the Justice League of America has ever seen. Featuring epic battles and personal struggles, this is a League like the the world has never seen before!

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Comic Review: Justice League Vol. 7 – Darkseid War Part 1

Comic Review Justice League Vol. 7 Justice League Vol. 7 is written by Geoff Johns and collects Justice League issues #39-46 and Free Comic Book Day 2015: DC Comics Divergence #1.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Geoff Johns pits the heroes of the DC universe against the might of Gods in the seventh volume of the best-selling series! The Justice League came together to stop the forces of Darkseid from destroying Earth five years ago. Now the ruler of Apokolips returns, but sets his sites on the world-shattering Anti-Monitor. Will the combined might of the Justice League be enough to protect the Earth from the collateral as Gods fight?

Searching for Purpose

As the graphic novel begins, Wonder Woman recalls being an adolescent girl and discovering something that washed up on shore from the human world. She asks her mother, “What’s out there?” In her narration, Wonder Woman says, “I was searching for something.” The following panels depict an adolescent Aquaman, Green Lantern, Superman, and Batman, all asking a similar question: “What’s out there?”

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Scandal 2.4: Beltway Unbuckled

scandal-season-2-the-jasmine-brandThe last episode ended with Abby and David having a drink together and then sleeping together. When we first see them in this episode, they are in bed again. In Abby’s bed, and we learn that they never go to David’s apartment. Maybe because of the Beautiful Mind wall of Olivia Pope.

Fitz has been sleeping on the couch in the nursery, much to Mellie’s disapproval. Not because he is not sleeping in their bed with her, but that he’s sleeping on the couch in the nursery and is messing it up. There are other bedrooms, she reasons.

Senator Davis brings a couple of Olivia who will be the client-of-the-episode. Their college student daughter has gone missing. Harrison discovers that the missing daughter is also the Beltway Unbuckled bloggess. She blogs about her evenings out with Washington elites. While a hospital in Rhode Island faxed a picture of a girl they think might be the missing girl, Olivia is a crime scene. The girl at the crime scene is the missing girl.

Huck works his magic and learns that the girl was at a State Department party the night she disappeared. It turns out that the girl was left in the ditch alive and had been there for a least five hours. The team eventually figures out that Kurkistan diplomat Alexander Lavich was the last one with the girl and killed her.

Olivia goes to Cyrus to ask him to get Alexander’s immunity revolted so that justice can be had. Cyrus doesn’t want anything to do with Olivia. He just wants her out of the White House before Fitz sees her.

Fitz does not want to seek immunity because he may need the air space if they decide to strike East Sudan. In the meantime, Olivia’s stages a protest outside the White House with the missing girl’s parents, demanding justice for their daughter.

tumblr_mchrwth2W41r0re1to1_250Mellie calls Olivia and offers to help. Mellie joins the protest and makes a statement to the press. Fitz and Cyrus are speechless and baffled that the two women are working together. Cyrus calls Olivia and asks her to meet him at a restuarant. Olivia is taken to his table, and then quickly and quietly the place clears out. Fitz and numerous Secret Service agents come into the room. They have a Liv-Fitz convo, with it ending Fitz telling her that he is letting her go, because that is what she wants. After he leaves, Olivia breaks down and cries.

Here are other things that happened in this episode:

  • David Rosen is using Abby to get information about Olivia. Abby breaks into David’s apartment, sees the Olivia-wall, and is okay with it.
  • Huck goes to AA meeting and gets a soberity coin, which means that he did not kill that guy in the last episode.
  • Mellie demands a “seat at the table, like on the campagin.”
  • Verna, the Supreme Court Justice, has cancer and is getting chemo treatments. Verna thinks that Olivia is making a mistake by trying to keep distance between her and Fitz. “You are poking the bear.”
  • Quinn is trying to figure out why Olivia does what she does. Harrison tells her that Olivia saved him.

David is able to track down phone calls made by Quinn’s former boyfriend to Hollis Doyle’s secruity office. David gets an appointment with Hollis and tries to figure out what the connection may be. Hollis entertains him for a little bit, but then tells him that if he wants to know he will have to come back with a warrant. Who is Hollis Doyle?

The missing girl’s father is not happy about the way things are going. Huck sees something in the father that is too familiar. Huck tells him, “Don’t do it. Don’t go to the hardware store, gun shop . . . .It’s not worth it.”

And Huck is right, it is not worth it. But Huck’s sense of justice gets the better of him. While the father does not seek revenge against Alexander, Huck does it for him. We see Huck before his AA group confessing what he had done, saying, “I don’t know if I can go back.”

As the episode ends Hollis is holding a meeting in his office. In attendance? Verna, Mellie, Cyrus, and . . . . Olivia. “I hear we have a David Rosen problem,” she says as we walks in the room. “That we do,” Hollis says.

The mystery of the connection between these five people has just got crazy! It’s like D. C. version of the Justice League.

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