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.
PHASMA
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.
THOR
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.

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New Comic Books: October 11

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FLASH
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.

METAL
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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Dark Knights Revealed

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DC Comics has unveiled a first look at the Dark Knights, the stars of their upcoming METAL series. From left to right: The Murder Machine, the Red Death, the Devastator, the Merciless, the Drowned, and the Dawnbreaker. Not pictured: The Batman Who Laughs.

The character design is very reminiscent of the Dark Judges, from Judge Dredd, which is absolutely a good thing. METAL hits stores next month, while each Dark Knight will have their own #1 title starting in September.

Better Look at Justice League’s Mother Boxes

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Today is the first full day of SDCC, and with it, we’ve been given a massive influx of cool shots from the show floor. One of the coolest, is by far the first look at the three Mother Boxes, that will be the focus of this year’s Justice League. Each Mother Box is different in design, and guarded by an individual “faction”- Humans, Amazons, and Atlanteans. The Human Mother Box has already bonded with Victor Stone at this point, creating Cyborg, and Steppenwolf is searching for the other two.

Hit the jump to check out our first look at all three Mother Boxes.

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Hot Toys Teases Justice League Figures

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Hot Toys is most famous for their incredibly detailed 1/6 scale figures, and now you can add the full Justice League roster to that lineup, as well. The upcoming line of collectible figures will include all six members of the Justice League, as well as a “Tactical Suit” variant of Batman.

The toy selection for Justice League keeps growing and growing as the months roll on, and it will be great to see what fun merchandise we get out of this juggernaut. Justice League hits theater on November 10th.

New DC Entertainment Intro Officially Released

Anyone who saw Wonder Woman (you have seen it, right?) was also greeted with the official new intro for the DC Entertainment Universe, with a very nostalgic Justice League Unlimited feel, it signaled a shift in the way of thinking for DC films.

After a bevy of fan requests for the studio to release the intro officially, we finally have a good HD look at the beautiful piece of footage. Check it out above, and maybe you’ll be seeing it on Ph LEVEL a bit more in the near future, with something I’m currently working on.

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced an incredible new box set, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Universe animated original films. The box set will include all 30 DC animated films under the banner, as well as a ton of special features, 5 animated shorts (hopefully the DC Nation shorts are included), and several collectible items.

It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library. We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.

Hit the jump for a complete list of the included films, as well as a first full look at the promotional image for the box set (seen above).

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