First Look at Krypton’s Brainiac

SyFy has revealed an absolutely batshit, and insanely awesome look at the big-bad of their Superman prequel series, Brainiac, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something so perfect from this series. Ever since that first trailer was leaked, I had hopes. But this, is better than anything I could have ever imagined.

Check out the trailer above for our first look at the ancient Superman villain, and be amazed. Krypton will premiere Wednesday, March 21st on SyFy.


New Comic Books: February 21


A heavy tale filled to the brim with fantasy tropes and beautiful, vivid imagery. This is going to be a very interesting read over the next few months. Wonder Woman acting as the emissary to a forgotten world of Faerie folk, and dark creatures, with Batman acting, as always the detective, in a tale of murder and what is sure to be betrayal. Definitely recommending this book.
A strong lesson for Jon ended in tragedy, but with a hint of hope. It was sad to see Superman’s failure to coerce the species to save themselves, but at the very least, they will go on without the burden of their current religion forcing them to choose their planet over life. Another beautiful contained story for Superman, which seem to be the norm for the Big Blue Boy Scout, right now.
Damage is such a short but sweet read. This issue was action-packed from start to finish, and felt like an action film inside of a cinematic universe. The addition of the Suicide Squad felt perfectly at home with Damage, and the ending with Wonder Woman appearing to take him on left it one hell of a cliffhanger that had me itching for the next issue. Nice job!
The last Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as the others, but this time we get Swamp Thing compressing dead bodies into a fertilizer bomb with Wild Dog, so that’s definitely something, I suppose. We also got some vinyl toys for Wonder Wife and Father Bruce (but not a Milkman Man), which I hope eventually become a real thing. I would absolutely buy that Trinity.
Everything about Batman and the Signal just screams Static Shock to me, and that’s honestly an absolutely amazing compliment. The metahumans in Gotham being created by the Nth Metal is interesting, and the implication of Duke’s role in the world Post-Metal is such a mystery. I know there are still a lot of questions that The Signal has to answer, but I hope we get them soon.
That was easily one of the most incredible starts to an arc I have ever read. Poison Ivy went from a normal villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, to an absolute God in less than half an issue. So many mysteries already, with such an incredible build already taking place. Batman just topped my list of must-reads all over again. Man, Tom King is on a roll.
This slow burning tale of tragedy has been one of the best in comics, and it’s coming to a glorious head with the death of Jane Foster. Mighty Thor has been the pinnacle of Marvel comics for a couple years, now, and it just keeps getting better. Such a beautiful tale that cycled back and forth between past and present so flawlessly, outlining why Jane Foster makes her eventual choice. Just beautiful.

New Comic Books: February 14


This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

New Batman Ninja Trailer Released

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new trailer for Batman Ninja that features the debut of the English voice-cast as well as the final release date for the much-anticipated film, set for May 8th, on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital.

Batman: Arkham Origins‘ Roger Craig Smith returns to the role of Batman for the upcoming film, with Tony Hale as the Joker. Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) supply the voices of the antagonist & protagonist’s closest allies – Catwoman and Harley Quinn, respectively – while Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) provides the voice of Gorilla Grodd. Other voice actors include Bat-family members Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing and Alfred, and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Red Robin.

Geoff Johns Confirms Doom Patrol in Titans


Writer, and head of Creative with DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns, has confirmed that the Titans won’t be alone in their live-action debut on DC’s streaming service, as episode 5 will feature the introduction of the Doom Patrol. The Doom Patrol is a superhero team consisting of many of DC’s more eccentric characters, made popular by Grant Morrison in the early-90’s.

Beast Boy was an original member of the Doom Patrol, so it’s possible that factors into their inclusion, but with Hawk and Dove also joining the Titans, it’s looking to be a haven for lesser known live-action debuts of DC characters.

Alex Garland Interested in a Swamp Thing Film?


During a Reddit AMA recently, fan-favorite genre writer/director Alex Garland was asked which comic book property he would love to take on if given the chance. His answer was surprising, but would be incredible: Swamp Thing. Garland is the well-known writer of Dredd, and director of Ex Machina, and the upcoming Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman.

Warner Bros. attempts at developing a Justice League Dark film have fallen flat as several directors have left the project following disputes with the studio, and constant delays. Garland would be a fantastic choice to polish the script, and bring the film to life with its many incredible characters.

Michael Bay in Talks For Lobo


According to The Wrap, divisive action-director, Michael Bay, is being tapped to direct a live-action Lobo film for Warner Bros. The film is set to be the studios attempt at combating Deadpool and his succcess, so the often vulgar Bay would be a perfect choice to direct an R-Rated film about the Main Man.

Bay has met with DC to discuss the project and give writer Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) notes on the initial screenplay, which he’s currently re-writing. Afterwards, the studio will give it to Bay as a bid for the project.

First Teaser Trailer for Tom Hardy’s Venom

Sony Pictures has shared the first teaser trailer for Venom, starring Tom Hardy. The trailer gives us our first proper look at Hardy’s interpretation of Eddie Brock, as well as his attempt at a New York accent, but it doesn’t give us much in the way of Venom himself.

We get a shot of the symbiote, in the hands of what appears to be a corporate guy, played by Riz Ahmed (Star Wars: Rogue One), insinuating he’s not Carnage after all. As well as our first look at 4x Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Marilyn, Blue Valentine) in her mystery role, as well. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this film, but hopefully it gets cleared up in the months to come.

New Comic Books: February 7


I really was expecting them to break down Bruce and Selina’s relationship. The pieces were there to pull the trigger, even though it was the wrong choice… but they made the right choice. Having Bruce and Diana aware of their mistake, and choosing not to make it, was absolutely the right one. Another test of love passed for Batman, inside of a unique and interesting story. Well done.
The continued parallels between the destruction of Krypton and this new planet, Galymade, are intensely coincidental. Not to mention, I’m sure that Superman will realize just how similar this “Man of Science” is to his own Father, whose attempts at saving his world were futile. This was a fun read, that illustrated well just how much Jon is like his Father, and is destined to be an amazing Superman.
Every issue of White Knight, Batman grows more and more unstable as control of the city of Gotham is wrested from his clutches. He can feel everything unraveling, little by little, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. This has been such masterful writing, with such an incredible plan that Jack Napier has launched, as we learn more about what his intentions are for Gotham, and just what it means to him. This is easily one of the best mini-series DC has released in years.
Having never read Mother Panic this was a bit different from what I expected, but Milk Wars is proving to be a great crossover between imprints. Not one you’d expect to see too often, but fun pairings of characters with real chemistry. That’s the hardest part of making such different characters click, is the chemistry. They’ve aced it both times so far. Let’s see if they keep it up.


First Full Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer

Marvel Studios and Netflix have debuted the first full trailer for season 2 of Jessica Jones, which is already set to debut just over a month from now, on March 8th. The second season is set to put a spotlight on Jessica’s origin, and what happened to her after the mysterious death of her family.

The trailer also gives mention of a sidekick, so maybe we’ll be seeing Hellcat this season, as well, which would be great. There are still plenty of surprises as these trailers usually only give away scenes from the first few episodes, so there’s plenty of mystery left to uncover.

New Full Deadpool 2 Trailer

20th Century Fox released a new full trailer for Deadpool 2 that gives us a load more action, with plenty of news looks at the new and returning faces in the film. We get some action with Josh Brolin’s Cable, as well as Domino, Colossus, as well as some shocking faces, such as Terry Crews playing an unknown character.

The trailer is fantastic, and definitely pushes the hype train for this much anticipated sequel further. The month of May is going to be stacked with some of the best comic book films of all time, that’s for damn sure.

New Comic Books: January 31


I’m a sucker for John Romita Jr.’s artwork. It’s so engaging and characteristic. He’s one of the best comic artists in the world today, in my opinion, and his art seriosuly brought this book to the next level. To think there’s been an assassin in the DC Universe this entire time, that operates on such a next level of secrecy that her entire existence has never been mentioned. That’s an origin that I can get behind.
The Flash War seems like it should be a fun event, particularly because The Flash has so few events to begin with. It’s nice to see Wally West moving on with his life, and taking steps to get back to where we’ve always known him to be. I will say that the addition of Zoom as the big-bad in Flash War was a bit of a let-down, given we JUST finished dealing with Reverse-Flash, who practically is the same character with a different back-story.
This was a delightfully weird book with some intensely unique story points that really set it apart from anything I’ve read… probably ever. Milkman Man was fantastic, and the Doom Patrol and Justice League’s relationship already seems to be off to a great start, with some shockingly good chemistry between some vastly different characters. This is going to be a fun few months while these two worlds collide.
It’s always nice to revisit such incredible stories, and the origin of Clayface from acclaimed actor Basil Karlo is still one of the greatest origins among Batman’s Rogue’s gallery. This was yet another example of how timeless these stories truly are. They can be revisited in any era, and work beautifully, and tragically.
This issue of Metal was probably the most uneventful, but it did build on just what exactly the plan for the Dark Knights is. I have to wonder though, is it truly Barbatos that is in charge, or is it the Batman Who Laughs, who seems to genuinely be the puppetmaster behind all of this. We also finally found out the reason behind Plastic Man’s egg form, who was most likely living on the other Earth with Mister Terrific, and is sacrificing himself every second to fight the dark. Hopefully he’s able to free himself soon, because I would love to see him make an impact.

First Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer

Marvel Studios has unveiled the first official trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, hitting theaters on July 6th. Continuing what seems to be a trend with the Ant-Man films, this looks unlike every other film Marvel is releasing, and seems to be far more grounded, albeit with a lot of sizing shenanigans now that Giant Man has debuted in Captain America: Civil War.

It will be interesting to see where Ant-Man and the Wasp fits among the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it releases just two months after Avengers: Infinity War.

New Comic Books: January 24


This was a fitting end for The New Order, and the speech that Jake gave to his Dad was exactly where I knew this was all going. Without Batman, Dick immediately changed his views on the world, and took action to right what he thought was wrong. Without Dick, Bruce would have done the same. They’re two heads to the same coin, and it all made perfect sense. I like when things have a complete and happy ending, and this was fulfilling, albeit a bit rushed at the end.
Suddenly, The Flash is running on every single cylinder imagineable, and the reveal that we’ve been waiting for all along was so much more satisfying than I ever could have imagined. Grodd is back! But he’s been the mastermind behind Black Hole this entire time?! That’s incredible, and I absolutely cannot believe I never put that together. I can’t wait for the next issue, because after puttering along the last several months, The Flash is back to its rightful status.
The fight between Wonder Woman and Silver Swan was way more brutal than I imagined it would be. It was a good introduction for a semi-formidable new rogue for the Amazon warrior. The real news here, though, is the side-story of Darkseid, laying low in the Amazon forest as he amasses an army and regains his Mother Boxes across the Earth. It’ll be great to see if the return of Darkseid shakes DC Comics as a whole, as it truly should.
And thus, everything that we thought would be prevented by future Tim Drake came to fruition. The moment that Batwoman made the wrong decision, or perhaps the right one, that split the Batmen and caused his future to come to pass. It’s been fun having Clayface as a hero and ally to Batman, but it was only a matter of time before he became a weapon used against them. The fallout from this choice should be interesting in the months to come.
The time travel shenanigans that Booster and Superman have been in have been crazy, but this precursor to a war between “New Krypton” and Earth with General Zod at the helm is some meaty stuff. Traveling decades into the future with the planet still under Zod control assumes that they were not completely defeated during that war, so it raises a lot of questions as to how this war will take place.
Even more foreshadowing to a New Krypton war with General Zod in a completely different book. They’re really pushing Zod as a threat to the universe, which is interesting given how he usually stays put inside Superman’s pages. This should be a pretty hefty event in the coming months, and I hope all this fantastic build-up pays off.
The third issue of Doomsday Clock gave us answers to some pretty intriguing questions. Particularly, what the hell are the Mime’s weapons and how are they actually things. Well, it appears they’re invisible. It also gives us a look at the new Rorschach under the mask, and follows some pretty crazy twists and turns with its characters. This has been one hell of a slow burning book, so hopefully things can pick up soon, and we get more answers.

Ron Cephas Jones in Talks for Shazam


The Wrap is reporting that actor Ron Cephas Jones (Luke Cage, This is Us) is in final talks to portray the wisened Wizard, Shazam, that bestows Billy Batson with the ability to transform into the mighty warrior. Shazam is scheduled to begin filming next month and is currently slated for an April 5, 2019, release date.

The leads for the feature film include Asher Angel as a teenage Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as his mystical alter ego, Shazam, and Mark Strong as the villainous Doctor Sivana.