Joshua Rivera

Thanks to everyone who came out to Wits last night! We had an amazing time stepping into and out of our element. You were incredible!!!

It was also really great getting to meet and perform with Steven Yeun! Look out for our forthcoming split 7" this fall with the songs “Glenn” and “Shovel Love” on it.

If you missed the show, do not fret. Once it is mixed and mastered, it will be aired on the radio and on the internet to be enjoyed by everyone.

Now we must get back to writing album #6.

Much love.

-Justin.

What makes “Hannibal” special is the way that it has pulled off a trick many adaptations aspire to but few accomplish: To create a universe that is true to its source but so uniquely its own that—even if you are familiar with the canon—it remains impossible to guess where it’s headed next. It’s exciting, unsettling, and thoughtful television at its very best.
—  Joshua Rivera, reviewing Hannibal Season 3 in Season 3 of ‘Hannibal’ continues to be one of the best shows on TV (businessinsider.com,  2 June, 2015)

The stellar season of Flash wraps up with a string of unabashedly fun episodes and a helluva cliffhanger. Like its protagonist, the show bolts out the gate at top speed while giving viewers a taste of something readers have known for years: while he isn’t a part of the Trinity, Flash is secretly the most important character in the entire DC universe. Comic creators use his stories to introduce or popularize ideas that are integral to comics as a whole. In 1956, DC did something crazy with the intro of Barry Allen, essentially the first reboot in comics. Thanks to Flash, heroes have begun to come back in big ways, with the birth of Allen effectively marking the start of the Silver Age. The sci-fi plot device of parallel universes has become one of the most well-worn tropes, getting its start with Flash. The Flash of Two Worlds establishes Earth-2 as the world where all Golden Age characters reside and starts a trend in which creators introduce new Earths to tell stories that deviate greatly from everything that has come before. Eventually, it gets out of hand, with far many universes for fans to keep track of; to resolve this, DC brings the Multiverse to an end in Crisis on Infinite Earths. What does this have to do with Flash? Everything, as Allen plays a crucial role, one that leads to his heroic death. It’s a bit poetic, if not tragic: the hero who starts the Silver Age dies at its end. Then, Wally West takes on the mantle of his mentor, a huge landmark and canonization of what’s still seen as a cornerstone of DC: legacy. Its heroes are ideas, larger than life and bigger than any one person. They’re all symbols proudly carried by multiple people. Families form around them, bearing the Man of Steel’s shield or Batman’s signature bat-symbol like coats of arms or noble banners in a mythic tapestry going back more than 75 years. It’s been a long time since a live-action superhero story has been able to pull something spectacular off: with the feeling that anything could happen next. Again, the Fastest Man Alive heralds a watershed moment for comic books. “Run, Barry, run.“

The Flash is the Best DC Superhero, by Joshua Rivera.