Analog EP58: Roller-Coaster… Of News!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a Pre-SDCC roller-coaster… of news! It’s not a train! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Spider-Man: Far From Home, a ton of pre-SDCC photos, and some excellent re-sequel (requel?) announcements on this week’s Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! We’ll be live-streaming throughout SDCC! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Aquaman Den of Geek Cover Revealed

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After yesterday’s fantastic theatrical poster, Den of Geek has revealed their SDCC issue cover for Aquaman, and it gives us our first glimpse at plenty of new characters, including Ocean Master, Vulko, Black Manta, and King Orm.

You can hit the jump to check out the cover in full.

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First Poster for Aquaman Debuts

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Warner Bros. has revealed that Aquaman is now on Twitter, and alongside it, we get our first official poster for the upcoming film, as well as confirmation of a trailer this Saturday at SDCC. The poster is beautiful, with Jason Momoa on a rock surrounded by the denizens of the deep, and the tagline “Home is Calling” along the top.

I can’t help but get excited by all this information from Aquaman as this is shaping up to be something very special. We’ll find out once and for all on Saturday. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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First Look at The Fisherman King in Aquaman

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look at one of the seven Kings of Atlantis, with the first being The Fisherman King, played by none other than Djimon Hounsou, who was recently added to the cast of Shazam! as the Wizard after Ron Cephas Jones was forced to depart. Also pictured are the Fisherman Queen (Natalia Safran), Princess (Sophia Forrest) and a royal guard.

“After the fall of Atlantis, some of the kingdoms evolved and some devolved,”explains producer Peter Safran. “This is one that evolved. This is a kingdom that’s primarily artistic and cerebral, with poets and philosophers.”

Pull Box: July 4

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All of this build. This incredible slow-burn to the only wedding in comic book history that I would be excited for. And it comes to a beautiful crescendo, and they can’t go through with it. Doubt in Catwoman’s mind tells her that Batman is too important, and if he’s happy, that Batman will fail. Her mistake is thinking that Batman’s misery is his only strength. But then comes the letter, from so long ago, where Bruce had confessed that he truly died long ago. What does this mean for the future? What about Bane and his gathering of villains at Arkham? Was the Thomas Wayne? What is going on?!
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The Cosmic Ghost Rider was easily one of the best surprises from the most recent run of Thanos books, so giving him his own solo title was a no-brainer. Then, having him go back in time to kill baby Thanos, only to have him take him to space to try to redeem the kid? That’s just ridiculous, and genius. This will definitely be a fun book to keep an eye out for. Hopefully there are some parallels to Cable and baby Hope, because if there’s one thing Marvel is good at, it’s hero and baby stories.
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Luthor has quite the elaborate plan in place. Manipulating these forces of nature such as the Still Force, and the Ultraviolet Spectrum to his own ends. In anyone else’s hands, it would be absurd, but against all odds, Scott Snyder pulls these threads together and it actually works. Justice League is one of the best things going in comics, and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
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Well, this ended in quite the crazy twist! The deal with Jor-El happened before the battle with Rogol Zaar, who destroyed the deep-space communicator in the Fortress battle, which only added to Superman’s grief and worry. The memorial to the city of Kandor was beautiful, and the cliffhanger that Superman had been setting the fires across Metropolis seems strange. Maybe it’s the alternate reality Jon? Even more questions, now!

New Aquaman Logo Revealed

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Aquaman director, James Wan, took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal an all-new logo for his upcoming DC Entertainment adaptation, and it’s quite a bit different from DC’s usual fare with brightness and crystal being the star here. Additionally, he revealed that we’ll see the first trailer for the film at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, starting on July 19th.

Aquaman will be joined at SDCC by Wonder Woman 1984, and Shazam! – both films are due out next year, so expect Warner Bros. to have a big showing in Hall H this year. Aquaman hits theaters on December 21st.

First Look at Aquaman Unveiled

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed a few new looks at this December’s Aquaman from DC Entertainment, and it looks fantastic. One of the many new stills reveals Aquaman nemesis, Black Manta (shown above), and you can hit the jump to see several more stills from the film, as well as two new covers.

The Aquaman cast includes Jason Momoa (Justice League) as the titular King of Atlantis, with Amber Heard as his wife Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Ludi Lin as Murk, Patrick Wilson as King Orm/Ocean Master, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.

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Pull Box: June 6

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This was an intensely strange issue. Batman seemed almost uncaring for the hostage that Joker had, which is very unlike him. Additionally, the way he played into the Joker’s plans the entire time were just… strange. As if there’s a deeper plan at work, here. King’s run on Batman has shown him as a master planner in almost any situation, having come out ahead of the deepest of scrapes, and I can’t imagine this will be any different.
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Yet again, Bendis gives us more questions, with even fewer answers. The story is clearly moving forward, but we’re moving forward in the dark. Just following along, and waiting for things to reveal themselves. It’s admittedly a nice change of pace for Superman, who’s usually pretty black and white. I said it last week, I’ll say it again now: I really hope we get some answers as to what exactly is going on here, because it’s all very high up in the air, right now.
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This is an interesting addition to the New Age of Heroes books, as this seems to be the first one that really seems affected by Dark Knights: Metal in more ways than just “the dark multiverse created me.” The stakes here seem real, and incredibly high in comparison to the more personal stories they’ve been telling in the other books. I’m actually quite interested to see where this goes. They already wiped out several of the “new” characters they introduced, so they’re clearly not playing games.
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After a great setup for the Dark Gods, this felt anti-climactic in some way. The monoliths are so incredibly intimidating, but the first Dark God we’ve met, Karnell the God of Love, seemed like more an underling than a God. At least we now have an explanation for where they’ve come from, with the events of Dark Knights: Metal affecting damn near every book in the DC Universe. The Dark Gods are remnants, ripped away from the Dark Multiverse unwillingly. That alone makes things quite interesting, as it leaves the door open for Diana’s heart to steer the ship and help them back to their world, if they’ll allow it.
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It’s interesting that this one Pink Ranger from Drakkon’s guard would be able to outwit these younger Power Rangers so easily. It speaks to how much they’ve grown in the main Mighty Morphin Power Rangers book, that they can somewhat keep up with Drakkon himself. I also can’t see the story with Matthew ending in a good way. He’s reckless, and completely misunderstood the situation that happened to him, which of course he did. Who would ever believe that their friends, all of them, are Power Rangers?JL
This new Justice League feels so fresh, so different. It’s all the same characters we love, with the famous animated series lineup back in action together, but it all feels so new. The threats here feel real, and with Lex Luthor forming a new Legion of Doom right alongside the new Justice League, there’s the potential for all of this to be just what the world of comic books needs, right now. Scott Snyder is on a roll that hasn’t been seen since Geoff Johns during Blackest Night, and I haven’t been this excited about a book since then, either.

New Comic Books: January 31

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

New Comic Books: November 15

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At first, as this Cyborg-centric story started to unfold, I began to worry that things for our heroes were about to make an abrupt about-face, with them suddenly having the upper hand against these villains that have been made to be unbeatable. Seeing Cyborg, who has been sidelined and mutilated this entire story, get his due, was satsifying, but the rest seemed off. Then, as if expected, it was revealed to be a ploy. A trick to allow the Justice League to spread the darkness of Barbatos across the galaxy, and the status quo still remained, with our heroes unaware of just how badly beaten they’ve truly been.
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Admittedly, I thought that the Mangog’s ridiculous appearance was too much for me to get past as a believable threat in this world. A vicious creature sent to brutally murder Gods wouldn’t look like that, would it? Well, my concerns were quickly brushed aside as one of the most brutal beat downs I’ve seen in comics in years went down and the War Thor was murdered handily. That was intense, and suddenly it’s starting to feel like Thor is headed for a soft reboot of sorts.
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I still find it wonderful that Superman is the one who ends up in the most trouble in this situation, and his less-experienced, and non-super-powered family members all come out taking control of their situations. Lois being a fury is still a great bit of story-telling, and Jon being the leader of the Hunger Dogs is hilarious. But, the fires of Apokolips being snuffed out is sure to have some serious ramifications not only for the planet, but for the universe, as well. Darkseid is regaining his power, and soon he’ll return to the world he called home.
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It’s always been an unspoken fact that The Batman Who Laughs is the most intimidating and dangerous of the Dark Knights. He’s an amalgamation of Batman and his greatest foe. All the skill of a fully-fledged Batman, without the moral compass. No emotional baggage to weigh him down, or horrifying war that pushed him to where he is, today. He simply is. That makes him, by far, the most dangerous of them all, and an obvious choice by Barbatos to lead the Dark Knights into battle against the Multiverse.
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Charming moments like Talia telling Batman that she likes his “betrothed” after she stabbed her in the back and bested her in combat will never not be funny to me, in any context. I’m glad DC is taking their time with the story of Bruce and Selina. Their marriage is one of the few big things left in comics that have never happened that we’ve been waiting for years to see, and it deserves to be built up to, and brought to a head, much in the way a normal marriage would. If there’s anything Batman deserves at this point, it’s a sense of normalcy, in anything that he does.

New Comic Books: November 8

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Betrayal! I was expecting a much different story than this for Wonder Woman’s long-lost brother, Jason. But it would seem the mystery as to why he’s sided with Grail will be answered in the next issue. It’s almost heartbreaking, as Diana has obviously been alone for so long, and just realizing recently that she’s never actually been back to Themyscira, and that she’s been alone all this time. I can only imagine how it felt for her to realize she no longer was.
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I did not see that coming. Meena using her Speed Force abilities to take the Negative Speed Force from Barry was surprising, but it’s absolutely a welcome sight, and now we can move past that boring story. Now, we can get back to The Flash being more fun and light-hearted, and not being so emo and beating himself up constantly. These constant attempts to make him more like Spider-Man don’t seem to be working out, so they need to go back to making him The Flash.
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This story has been such a complete trip, full of such heavy emotional baggage. It’s finally addressing the story of the New Gods, and their children, and how it would truly affect them emotionally from a realistic standpoint. With that in mind, it’s been hard to piece everything together, but things seem to be coming together in a way that is slowly starting to make sense in the context of this distressing story.
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Leave it to Hal Jordan to be the most inspiring in the face of complete destruction. Unafraid to face the entire might of all of his enemies at once, made using pure spectrum energy, and still he fights on. It makes sense that he lost, of course, but still. The introduction of Element X inside the Mother Box in Cyborg, and him being the key to opening the doorway to the Multiverse is also great. Hopefully we get to see some new alt-universe heroes kicking the Dark Multiverse’s ass. That would be one hell of a war.
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The way Metal has twisted so many aspects of Batman’s history and lore has been so fluid and masterfully done. The realization that Batman surrounds himself with birds, like the bird tribe, to protect himself from the dark, and subconsciously keep himself from realizing his destiny? That was one of the most incredibly written pieces of comic book lore I have read in years, and added a completely new dimension to this amazing story.
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That was a tragic, almost abrupt ending to the Oz Effect. It also sets up Jor-El as helping Superman in Doomsday Clock next year, which given how powerful Doctor Manhattan is, will absolutely be necessary. I’m anxiously awaiting our first look at Manhattan in the world of DC Comics, and how the universe will be changed because of his appearance. His manipulations behind the Multiverse have changed so many things, that it will be fascinating to see the reverberations of this.DC
That was a fantastic conclusion to this story. The irony and beauty in the downfall of Future-Tim being Tim’s trust in his friends and teammates was wonderful. The set-up for Batwoman dropping the ball, and betraying the Bat-Family was beautifully done, and I’m so anxious to understand how this happens, as it’s meant to happen very soon. “Sooner than [Tim] could possibly imagine.”

 

Justice League Set to Have an After-Credits Scene

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Justice League star, Jason Mamoa, let slip that Warner Bros. has had a change of heart in regards to post-credits scenes, spilling the beans that Justice League will have its own. “They do,” the actor said, confirming that fans will need to wait for the final scene. “You’ve gotta sit through the whole thing and go through the credits. I forgot that it was in the script. It’s fantastic.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the after-credits scene could be, but it was rumored to be something that Zack Snyder had shot. Perhaps that Deathstroke footage could see the light of day, after all?

New Comic Books: November 1

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The art in this issue was insanely beautiful, and delaying the ienvitable fight between Selina and Talia was a smart move to bring up the tension, and take Batman out of the equation. That Batman is fighting to restore Selina’s honor, by getting the charges against her dropped makes sense, specifically if he plans to legally marry her. You know, with the criminal thing…
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The idea of Lois Lane being a one of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies is both ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and just another reason that I love how unpredictable comics can be. This issue answered a good question, as well, proving that Luthor was using Superman, knowing full well that he was the real prophet of Apokolips, and bringing him to his side at just the right moment. I’m truthfully still mostly interested in seeing how Jonathan takes to the new world, as this should be his first time off-planet and on Apokolips.

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This is already one of the best books in comics, right now. So many mind-bending and perfect story-twists that make so much sense. Two Harley Quinn’s, with one of them being good, and other an actual lunatic? The rich profiting from Batman’s War on Crime with him being unaware? They’re all perfect, and make an unbelievable amount of sense, but it’s only now that they’re being explored. With the Joker at his most intelligent, no less.

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It figures that The Devastator, the most frightening and intimidating of all the Dark Knights would be the one with the most good intentions in his back-story. Simply trying to stop a deranged and let loose Superman from furthering destroying his world, he infected himself, just as his world was about to crumble. Something about this Bruce still felt almost good in a way, albeit tragically corrupted. The Dark Knights have all been so different from one another, it’s fascinating. Now, only one remains… the Batman Who Laughs.
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DC has done an incredible job at pitting the Justice League against their Dark Multiverse counterparts, and it seems as if every time the League starts to gain any traction, they’re immediately shot down. I suppose that’s what happens when they’re fighting a bunch of Bruce Wayne’s, but it’s been entertainment nonetheless. METAL has done a great job at building itself up as hopeless, and it’s getting hard to see how the heroes are going to come out of this one.
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I’m an absolute sucker for Deadman. He’s one of my favorite heroes, with so many ups and downs in his personality. He’s often-times more of a lunatic than a hero, and it’s always fun to read. Neal Adams is a legend, and seeing him take on one of my favorite characters in that classic Neal Adams “everyone is bat-shit crazy” style is certainly satisfying. Throwing Batman into the mix? Well, that’s just icing on the cake at that point.

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Two METAL tie-ins in a single week. This was absolutely a good week for comics, with the Justice League finally taking on the Dark Knights, and us getting a twisting look at The Merciless. On top of that, we also received two books linking us to Doomsday Clock. DC is full speed ahead on both events, and it’s making for some great reading.

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This started out alright, though it wasn’t that engaging. Then, it just kept getting better and better. More twists came alongside more light on the history of the Merciless. The entire issue setting up a love story between Diana and Bruce of Earth -12 (negative twelve), only to have it ripped away, revealing that Bruce killed his Diana to keep his helmet, and take his power. This issue set up the Merciless as one hell of a thread to the league, and our Earth.
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I would read an entire graphic novel starring Baby Darkseid. The way DC has handled his story has been so full of mystery and random twists. Stories that are being hinted at, but not shown. It’s actually refreshing to see it done in such a fresh and interesting way. I’m also invested in the fate of Wonder Woman’s brother, Jason, who seems fated in a way to die. We’ll see how this all turns out, but I don’t see good things in his future.
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Metal Tie-in! This is one of my favorite overall arcs since Blackest Night, and I’m having an unbelievable amount of fun with all of this. This was a pretty straightforward set-up for the fight we’ve been waiting for, as each member of the Justice League takes on their respective Dark Knight. So, to say I’m excited about it is an understatement. Not to mention there was some groundwork laid for the future of the Flash, which has needed a shot in the arm for quite some time.
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That Tim Drake would be the most dangerous Batman is not a surprise. That he would be so arrogant about it, knowing full well just how much better he is than the rest of the family is what’s surprising. This was a wonderful issue, and seeing the team react so happily to Tim’s return was great, not to mention the chemistry between them all was fantastic. I’m legitimately excited for the next issue because now we’ve introduced Brother Eye to the Rebirth universe, and everything is awesome!

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The truth of it all is revealed, and now Superman truly knows that Jor-El, aka Mr. Oz, is behind all of the insanity in the world. How that was not obvious is beyond me. This is the most kid-like we’ve seen Jonathan in a long time, being so trusting of someone that claims to be his Grandfather. It makes me wonder, though… why did Doctor Manhattan save Jor-El? Was this all part of his game? So many questions before Doomsday Clock.
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I really wish that Hal Jordan would spend some more time on Earth, interacting with his more grounded villains. It’s cool to be cosmic and space cops, but sometimes all I want is the emotional impact of Hal trying to put his life back together with Carol. The status quo across the DC Universe with the heroes and their significant others is so different from what it’s always been. I would love to get back to what it once was.

New Comic Books: October 18

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This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
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After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
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The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
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You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.