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.

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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.

New Comic Books: October 11

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Honestly, this issue was a bit bland and didn’t do much in the way of furthering any sort of story aside from his relationship with Wally, and lack of relationship with his co-worker Kristen. However, the end is where things kicked into gear. Meena has finally revealed herself, in a black costume no less, to Barry. Suddenly, I’m interested in The Flash again.
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Tim Drake’s escape from Mr. Oz’ prison was a bit more anti-climactic than I expected it to be. He just hacked the computer and then left. The meat here is definitely all of the reveals about Tim’s future, or at least one possibility of it. And the possible introduction of Connor, now? Oh, man… things are really starting to heat up across the DC Universe as little by little, the status quo is both destroyed, and rebuilt, over and over again.

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The story, and the trap slowly begins to take shape in this issue, and just as the first two, it’s trippy and paranoid as all hell. What this team is doing with this character is incredible, and the trip that they’re taking us all on has been immensely gratifying. I only hope they’re able to close the trap well enough.
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Jor-El, or Mr. Oz as it were, is certainly playing dirty in this psychological war of sorts with Superman. His motivations are still so clouded, I’m just not sure what his end-game is. Does he want to save Superman, and Jonathan, or does he want to destroy them on some crazy death-world? On top of that, how does Mr. Oz connect to Doctor Manhattan’s plans with Doomsday Clock? Still so many questions.

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Diana mixed with Apokolips, mixed with Greek mythology makes for a truly engaging story. I’ve always preferred Wonder Woman stories with a touch of mythology, as she’s one of the few heroes you can mix those stories with beautifully, so it’s always a treat. Now I question if Diana finding her twin brother, Jason, is a ruse to lead the enemy there, or truly a reunion for Brother and Sister.
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A supernatural and demonic Ragman in the vein of Haunt is honestly exactly what I wanted, and I never even knew it. On top of that, this was a pretty great read, especially for spooky halloween-time, right now. Ragman doesn’t get a lot of love, but he’s a cool character, so it’s fun to see him getting his due here with his own solo series.

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I am so completely and absolutely infatuated with how good Dark Knights: Metal is. This is the most ridiculous, and comprehensive comic book event I have ever seen with Scott Snyder pulling characters from the darkest of holes in the DC Universe. On top of that, Greg Capullo’s artwork has been some of the best of his career, with the world-weary heroes at the Oblivion Bar being so beautifully detailed, and obviously tired from battling an endless horde of evil. This is top-notch story-telling, and I’m so in love with it.
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What a tricky issue! There were a lot of interesting twists and turns here, but it’s still not quite explained what could be tricking Hal, if he is indeed being tricked, into thinking that Superman was Parallax. I just to have to also comment on how incredibly charming it was to see Superman and Hal interact with each other. Not even in a situation, just talking with each other, like old friends do. This looks like it will be another great arc for the Green Lantern Corps.

Final Justice League Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Justice League before the film’s release in just over a month. Superman returns in a beautiful and brightly colored, hopeful dream, while the rest of the team fights in an Apokoliptian wasteland in what many have surmised to be Chernobyl.

There’s quite a bit of new footage, though much of it is jump-cut, not giving us much in the way of things to work with plot-wise. The fate of this film is still very much in the air, as I can’t help but keep getting more and more excited.

New Justice League Trailer on Sunday

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Warner Bros. has shared the day we’ll finally receive the last Justice League trailer before the film’s release in November. The official Justice League Twitter shared the image above, which you can see in full after the jump, confirming the trailer’s Sunday release date.

On top of that, we even know the time, as the trailer will drop at 9am EST/6am PST. Justice League hits theaters November 17th.

Joss Whedon Gets Justice League Writer Credit

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While we know that Joss Whedon stepped into the director’s chair to fill the void left by Zack Snyder after his departure, Snyder will still be the sole director credit on the film. However, thanks to Warner Bros., we also know that Joss Whedon will be receiving a writer credit on the film for his contributions to the screenplay.

Warner Bros. Fall Movie Preview lists credits of many of its biggest films, and the Justice League section boasts “Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon,” confirming that Whedon’s input was large enough to warrant a credit up to this point.

 

Introducing Black Manta

Black Manta is the first character to be joining the roster of Injustice 2 from the second fighter pack, and he looks like he’s going to be a great addition. Black Manta is the arch-nemesis of Aquaman, a hero who has been severely lacking the presence of any villains from his own gallery of rogues.

His moveset looks fast and fluid, with his ability to fly and launch projectiles looking especially useful for players. Also, his exit is most certainly the best in the game up to this point.

Justice League Reshoots Removing Cliffhanger Ending

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Slash Film has gotten their hands on one heck of a scoop, claiming that the currently ongoing reshoots for this November’s Justice League are completely removing a cliffhanger ending from the film. The ending in question saw the arrival of Darkseid on Earth, setting up the sequel for the film. However, given the current state of DC’s film slate, it makes sense to leave that reveal for later.

Wonder Woman star, Robin Wright, who played Antiope, is being brought back for flashbacks in the film, that will show the origin of Steppenwolf, and his arrival. What are your thoughts on the update, and now lack of Darkseid. Given the upcoming slate, this could be quite a blessing, to have such a large shadow still looming over the DCEU, much like Thanos in the MCU.

Funko Unveils New Justice League Toys With Mystery Character

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Funko has unveiled more Justice League toys, including the full lineup of excellent looking Mystery Minis, as well as four new Pop! figures. The Pop! figures include Wonder Woman and Cyborg holding a Mother Box, Mera, and a combo pack with Aquaman and Batman in his tactical suit.

The big takeaway, though, is with the Mystery Minis, as they reveal a new mysterious character (seen above). Initial speculation has it pegged as Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, but as of now, it remains a mystery. Hit the jump to see the full lineup of unveiled toys.

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Justice League Cosbabies Revealed by Hot Toys

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Hot Toys had a big weekend with Justice League, after revealing their incredibly detailed 1/6 scale figures, they’ve also revealed a full set of Cosbaby figures. The figures stand approximately 10-11 cm. tall, and come with accessories such as Superman’s magnetic heat-vision eyes.

The figures are available as a set or individually, and consists of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Mera. No release date has been set, but they’ll be available in Q3 or Q4 2017. Hit the jump to check out the full line.

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New Justice League Poster Unveiled Ahead of Hall H

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Today is set to be a massive day for fans, as Warner Bros. Hall H panel at SDCC will be giving us plenty of good stuff, with the biggest most likely being a new trailer for Justice League, which opens in November. Jason Mamoa has teased more unknown announcements, as well, including a rumored Green Lantern appearance.

In celebration of the panel, today, DC Entertainment has released a new poster for Justice League featuring the five primary members of the team in a pose extremely reminiscent of the iconic Alex Ross. You can hit the jump to view the poster in full.

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