Analog EP76: Down With The Sickness

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a short but sweet (and really sick) episode of Analog. Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
A “special” look at Captain Marvel, announcements for the Mattel Universe with Barbie Fury, sadness abounds for MIB 23, and more! Bovi even gets to talk about wrestling! Yay! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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Pull Box: January 9

The War of the Realms is finally on its way, and we’re getting a peek behind the curtain of the unsung heroes of War that gather information, and spy on enemies such as Malekith. The growth of Roz Solomon as a hero, and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (now Agent of Wakanda) has been one of the bigger character pieces throughout the last several years of Thor, and arguably one of its biggest successes. The tragedy that follows her drives her now, and has really helped her flourish into a greater role behind the scenes.

Are we finally gaining traction on the return of the previous universes across the DC Multiverse?! They just said that “this universe is not the first!” That could mean so many things, but the constant restoration of the DC status quo cannot be ignored in this case. Mystery on top of mystery abound here as the entire universe is united against the Justice League for the destruction of the Source Wall. Thanks, Batman.

That was a wildly interesting issue. Though, when Tom King and Mitch Gerads are together, nothing but the weirdest stories are in order, and it’s great. With only one page of spoken dialogue, we’re in Batman’s head as he awakens in what is most certainly some sort of nightmare. The good thing? We’re finally back on track somewhat with Flashpoint Batman as Bruce finally remembers what’s happening. But what made him forget? This is an intense story with so many crazy mysteries in play.

I figured that the Green Lantern vs. God thing would be a ploy, but if anyone would be willing to go there, it would be Grant Morrison. Unfortunately, it was a ploy for a planet eater to trick the Earth into complacency while he fattened up the planet and its population to eventually consume it. Clever. This version of Hal Jordan is much more of a “Space Cop” than any other instances, being more grizzled and utilizing more aggressive tactics. Even going so far as to kill the slave trader, though he certainly deserved it.

This moved so quickly, and in such insane fashion that it was hard to really pull it all together. But being so quick moving, and being a thing that involved Impulse in any capacity, made it a hell of a lot of fun. The quick introduction to Young Justice, and the re-emergence of several younger characters for no apparent reason was a bit strange, but in the world of comics, anything is truly possible. Hopefully Bendis is able to slow that pace down just a bit, though.

Yoshi’s Crafted World Gets Trailer and Release Date

Nintendo has released a new story trailer for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title, Yoshi’s Crafted World. The game was revealed back in 2017, and ended up as a no-show for 2018. Now, however, the game has its own release date, set for March 29th.

While the trailer is, of course, light on actual plot, it serves as a great introduction to the charming band of Yoshi that the player will be controlling when Yoshi’s Crafted World releases.

First Trailer for Osomatsu-San The Movie

Avex Pictures in Japan has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Osomatsu-San The Movie, and in typical fashion, it’s packed to the brim with gags and absurdity. No one could have predicted the success the revival of the Showa-era gag comic would see after its 2015 reboot, but nonetheless it’s been a wild success story.

Osomatsu-San The Movie opens in theaters across Japan on March 15th, with no word on a North American release date.

Luke Wilson Cast in Stargirl

It would appear the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Stargirl, is certainly going to have quite the star-studded cast with The Wrap confirming that Luke Wilson (Bottle Rocket) has been cast as Pat Dugan, aka S.T.R.I.P.E., the stepfather of Stargirl. Dugan was a hero as a teenager, with the codename Stripesy. Dugan is the pilot of the S.T.R.I.P.E. armor, which stands for Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer. In the comics, Courtney became Stargirl after learning about her stepfather’s heroic legacy, and he donned the armor to look after her, and help her grow.

“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s,” said Geoff Johns. “And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”

Barbie Movie Officially Announced with Margot Robbie

According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Mattel have finalized a partnership, with Margot Robbie also on board as co-producer via her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, as well as star as the titular character in an upcoming adaptation of Barbie.

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” said the Academy Award-nominated actress in a statement. “I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

New Look at Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios has released a Special Look at the upcoming Captain Marvel adaptation during last night’s National Championship game, offering loads of new footage of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury as they prepare to battle the Skrulls, and combat their invasion of Earth.

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th.

First Official Trailer for Carmen Sandiego Drops

Netflix has released the first official trailer for the upcoming stylish reboot of the classic PC game and animated series, Carmen Sandiego. Starring Gina Rodriguez as the titular thief, we follow Carmen in a new story as she abandons villainous organization V.I.L.E. after realizing the danger they harm to regular people.

Rodriguez will also be playing the classic thief in a live-action film for Netflix, as well, so this should be quite a fun adventure leading up to a big film later this year.

Analog EP75: New Year, New Sixth Day

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back from the holiday hiatus, ready to ring in the New Year! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The first trailers for Hellboy and Men in Black International, loads of casting for Stargirl, as well as premiere dates for Doom Patrol and Stranger Things 3! The guys even talk Aquaman, and the first look at the live-action Aladdin on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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First Trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Drops

The Pokemon Company has released the first trailer for Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, showing off the film’s CG animation, a first for the franchise. The film is part of The Pokemon Company’s “Mewtwo Year” – a year-long celebration of the Legendary.

Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution hits theaters in Japan on July 12th, with no word on a North America release date as of yet.

Pull Box: January 2

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Ever since its reveal in The Silencer, Leviathan has been revealed to be pulling the strings in the darkest parts of the DC Universe for years. Operating in shadows that the heroes didn’t even know existed, and manipulating weaknesses in their abilities and personalities for years. Now, they’re slowly starting to take control over several books, and becoming a legitimate threat to the world without anyone being any wiser. A slow burn villain is most certainly the best one, and with Red Cloud working with Leviathan, things should get much more interesting.
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The countdown to Detective Comics #1000 has been absolutely phenomenal. A personal story that recalls the well-known origin of Batman in unique ways, as each and every person that Batman loves is picked apart, one by one. Pushing him further and further to the depths of his soul to grapple with his own humanity and past. This is storytelling at its best, and I know it should culminate into one hell of a thousandth issue.
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This is such a unique and fantastic story. A murder mystery with a real message at its heart, that humanizes DC’s heroes in a way that they have never really explored. The mental health and psychological issues that comes with being a hero, and dealing with the loss and failure, and much more. It’s dramatic, with a genuine conflict that could legitimately affect the DC Universe moving forward. Real stakes for the heroes. It’s a wonderful change of pace.
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This was a strangely paced issue. Flash and Fuerza defeated the Sage Force demons, and stopped Cauldron in Corto Maltese, meanwhile Commander Cold is making himself more comfortable in Central City, and their cases are starting to crossover with each other. It’s obvious that Trickster is behind the Sage Force weapon, but how does he know how to manipulate it? That’s definitely the big question. JLO
There are a lot of mysteries at play here, and I’m starting to get a little worried that they may not pull together in the most cohesive way. At the very least, we know now that Darkseid is most certainly playing at something, finding Blackfire, Starfire’s Sister, in the ruins of Tamarand with a plan to manipulate the troubled worlds of the Ghost Sector. That should at least make this series more interesting.
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I really wasn’t expecting this turn of events, as Leviathan continues to one-up every single hero and villain across the DC Universe with a skilled manipulation that comics hasn’t seen in ages. It’s incredible. But, now I wonder… Did she kill honor? Are there plans to revive her with the Lazarus Pit? What is Talia’s goal, right now? Lots of questions, and the more Leviathan stretches into other books, the more excited I get for each issue of The Silencer.WW
A solid, albeit slightly uneventful issue for Wonder Woman. Of course the children that she rescued belonged to the Prime Minister, naturally drawing her to him. Aphrodite in the fray throws quite a few things into question, and I still say it’s the result of the Otherkind from Justice League Dark destroying the home of the Gods. Though, it could be something more.
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The Terrifics even get their own villain team! And it’s a crazy multiversal team! That’s awesome. Of course, the team would be miserable without each other at this point. The only friends they had were each other… now they’re forced to confront that fact. The Plastic Man interaction was certainly the most interesting, with Eel’s son, Luke, being introduced to the series, and his plastic abilities. I wonder if that will come into play in the near future?

Stranger Things 3 Teaser and Premiere Date

Netflix kicked off the New Year with a teaser trailer, poster, and premiere date reveal for the highly anticipated Stranger Things 3. The teaser and poster don’t reveal much about the upcoming season, outside of its Summer 1985 setting, which should give us a nice change of pace.

Stranger Things 3 will hit Netflix on July 4th, making for quite the binge-worthy addition on a national holiday here in America. You can hit the jump to check out the first poster for the upcoming season.

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Happy New Year From Ph LEVEL

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It’s been a slow last two weeks for news, so I’ve been taking the time to unwind, and reflect on 2018, and with a lot of plans in the pipeline for 2019, it should be an incredible year to come. Have a safe and Happy New Year, and ring in 2019 with family & friends!

Thank you for following, and look forward to a fantastic 2019 with fun stuff to come!

Josh Awards 2018

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Every year, as a way of cataloging my thoughts for the year, and keeping a record of my favorite stuff, I recollect my favorites into categories, and host my own personal awards. Dubbed the Josh Awards for 10 years, now, it’s always one of my favorite personal projects and this year is quite possibly my favorite one, yet.

Hit the jump to check out my favorites in various categories throughout the year 2018, as we head into a new year, set to be my biggest yet.

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Pull Box: December 26

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It’s the day after Christmas, and there’s only one major comic book release this week. It just so happens to be a fantastic, extra-large wedding special for the Fantastic Four. A series of stories that pulls it all together in touching fashion, including a trip back to the origin of the First Family, albeit with a strange twist that may get called upon in the future. The real star here, though, was the wedding itself. With Reed revealing that he had created a Time Displacement Device to stop time around the ceremony while the inevitable shenanigans happened. This time involving Galactus, which was called back just earlier in the issue! Pretty great story-telling, admittedly.