Analog EP64: Just Enough Pouches To Be Useful

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for the biggest week of news in what seems like ages! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Captain Marvel, and Mary Poppins Returns, news on The Joker, and an awesome Nintendo Direct on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s 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: September 19

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Oh man, I was wondering where this issue was going and it got really intense, really fast. Nightwing has been getting to Batman, lightening him up and cheering him on after the heartbreak that’s consumed him. Patrolling together, just like old times, and reminiscing about the past, and it’s been fantastic. Now, Bruce has to deal with another blow, literally and figuratively. That was how you start a new arc, that’s for sure. Lastly, I would like to see Phantom Pharoah more often, please.
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Little by little, the Totality becomes less and less a mystery. It’s not an energy source, it’s a prison for the true wielder of the seven forces of the Universe, named Perpetua, and Luthor plans to harness those forces to further the Universe in his own image, using the Legion of Doom, and their natural abilities with the forces to bolster his plan. It’s complicated, and the Justice League truly seems out of their depth on this one, but they have the Totality, and now they have Starman, powered by the Totality itself, which could provide the answers they need. Damn, this is some fantastic writing.
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The ultimate trap sprung on Mister Miracle with everything leading to this. His fight with Orion lead to him creating a knife made out of the being that’s prophesied to kill Darkseid, and the trap was sprung on the Lordgod. That was incredible! Then, the true mastermind reveals himself! Metron! Oh man, this is getting so good. But with another world on the precipice, are we getting Mister Miracle in the main DC Comics continuity, now! Oh man, I hope so. I really hope so.
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Marvel’s future has become a mish mash of heroes and villains, with powers condensing into a point where they’re generally all focused on a few select players. The Punisher and Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Thor, Wolverine and Phoenix, and now Iron Fist and Doctor Doom. It’s always fun to see, but you can tell it’s almost become a cop-out for Marvel’s writers to create new and interesting combinations to amaze the readers. Hopefully they take a break with that for a while, as the future in Marvel is becoming more convoluted by the week.
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Book 1 was for Batman: Damned was a fine example of DC’s new Black Label imprint, and set the stage for quite the fantastic supernatural horror book as Batman and John Constantine unravel a hellacious mystery that begins wtih Bruce’s past, and ends with the death of the Joker. Or is he dead? Lots of questions in play here, with little in the way of answers, but that’s to be expected, because the journey is just beginning.

Cassandra Jean Amell Cast in Arrow Crossover

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It’s been reported that the annual Arrow crossover has gotten even more interesting with the addition of a supporting character to one of Batman’s villainous rogues. Cassandra Jean Amell (Mad Men), wife of Arrow star, Stephen Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries in the upcoming crossover. Nora Fries is, of course, the wife of villain Mr. Freeze.

While it’s been confirmed the villain won’t be making an appearance, this could set the stage for the villain in the upcoming Batwoman solo series, starring Ruby Rose. We should find out more when the Arrow crossover airs later this year.

Analog EP63: Look Who’s Talking, Babymouth!

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After a short break, the guys have returned to blow your faces off with news! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Henry Cavill controversy! A load of DC Universe news, our first look at Captain Marvel, and more on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s 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: September 12

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Franklin Richards is probably one of the coolest characters that Marvel has in their back pocket, but it’s most certainly he started to grow up, and become what we all really want him to. With that said, seeing where Reed, Sue, and the Future Foundation have been all the time was charming, and the sudden threat was built up wonderfully. Then the sudden twist with the arrival of everyone who has been a member of the Fantastic Four as their “extended family…” that was genius.
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Batman has quite the nose for trouble. He decides to latch on to a simple murder case to take his mind off things, and it turns out to be an elaborate plot for the return of Kobra in Gotham City. He either suspected something was amiss, or just has some sort of crazy luck. Either way, it’s interesting that this “ordinary man” that was murdered has an instense connection to Kobra, as if they were afraid of him, and what he knew. A good start to this new arc, that’s for sure.
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The adventures and memories in this Hawkman book have been so fantastic. The exchange Carter and Katar Hol was great, and the reveal of the next clue was fun. Each clue takes him further down a path, and now the path has lead him to the Microverse, with the Atom. This feels just like old times, with Ray Palmer and Carter Hall tackling a case together, exploring new worlds, and just being great friends. I’m actually excited for the next issue.
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That issue made far more sense than previous issues, and it even explained the story up to this point. There were some incredibly awkward transitions to be found, though, as well as some excellent reveals. The kidnapping was faked, but the Cabal is real, manipulating the Agent so that no one believes her about their existence. A pretty crafty story, and one that’s considerably better now that things are a bit less nonsensical.
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It is legitimately frustrating how horribly stubborn Barry Allen is. He goes up and down so often about what he wants for his life, that he just has no idea. If he wants to be with Iris, he needs to step up and stop being such a selfish child about everything that goes wrong. He’s a hero, with complications, and Iris understands that, particularly now that she has her pre-52 memories again. But, that ending was nuts! The original Trickster is back! After years of being dead, James Jesse is back! That should make things a little more interesting here.SM
The revelation that the Earth’s sudden appearance in the Phantom Zone was little more than an accident by S.T.A.R. Labs was somehow one of the best storytelling tools I’ve seen a comic book writer use in some time. It was subdued, and showed human error. It wasn’t a malicious villain set out to ruin Superman, or destroy the Earth. Just human error. But, now our heroes have quite the problem to address, and only Superman knows the extent of just how bad things are about to get, now that Rogol Zaar has aligned himself with the armies of the Phantom Zone.
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Political intrigue mixed with flashes and manipulation of a rarely used Wonder Woman villain? This is the kind of stories that I like to see happening. This is a fresh take, with Diana walking a tight rope of side-switching and shaky decisions. Artemis made the wrong choice, for the right reasons, but we’ll see where that gets her when she’s brought face to face with the Princess of Themyscira.

Pull Box: September 5

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After the many stories that have pushed Bruce forward into happiness and his future, it’s nice to see him reflecting on his past. After all that’s happened, it makes sense that Dick, his closest friend, would be the one to loosen him up slightly and lower his defenses. Be the one he shows the slightest bit of weakness to. And that was a beautifully charming way to see the Dark Knight let down his guard.
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Holy crap, that issue was full of so much awesome! The return of Starman! I’m freaking out! The Batman Who Laughs is still alive! What?! We finally were given answers to the mystery of the totality, but there are still so many questions moving forward, and Starman promises to give them. A strange coincidence, but a foreshadowing that doesn’t bode well for the team.

Loads of DC Universe News Revealed

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Last night, DC Entertainment hosted the first edition of their DC Daily News show that will air on their upcoming DC Universe streaming service, featuring Kevin Smith, and alongside it came plenty of news about the service and its upcoming features. The biggest of which came with the official release date of September 15th for the service to begin.

DC Universe will give fans access to a bevy of past comic books, animated series, films, television shows, and more – all featuring fan-favorite DC heroes. Hit the jump for more of the news revealed during the service.

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Pull Box: August 22

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The mystery of the fires have been solved, with a low level thug lighting them and blaming Superman to keep the boy scout occupied while they bring in shipments and commit other crimes. Pretty genius, really. With Red Cloud making her presence felt around the city, things should get a little hairy, and then throwing in the surprise ending with Lois being back on Earth and not telling Superman? That’s fantastic!
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That was a fast-paced conclusion to the battle with Karma, making it more about Batman’s possible insecurities and having to get over them than anything. The introduction of a new team of Outsiders made it more than worth it, though. Plus, a new villain in town, when we just had Karma, who I felt was a pretty great villain already? This is moving at breakneck speed post-No Justice, and it’s fun.
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This is one hell of a spooky book, and it’s fantastic. But the best part about all of this? Finally making Doctor Fate a villain! He’s been such a presence of balance in the DC Universe for years, refusing to truly get involved in the machinations of the world until it becomes absolutely necessary. Now, he’s truly broken with the Source Wall weakened, and gone full villain. It’s about time we finally get to see him unload his true power.
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Commander Cold is probably the best mystery in the Flash book, right now. His identity, and his motives are both still up in the air, but he still seems to genuinely want to help. It’s interesting, and seems to almost move in parallel to the Strength Force in some strange way. Seeing Hulk-Flash was also quite the sight, on top of the reveal of Iris getting her Pre-New 52 memories back. Things are getting pretty good in The Flash.
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Just like that, things in The Silencer have gotten much more complicated, and really brought themselves forward into the comic book world more. All it took was the, surprisingly natural, addition of magic to Leviathan, and suddenly this organization’s secrecy makes more sense to me. Seems more believable. Throw in the tension of Honor’s family getting closer and closer to her secret and you have a great issue.
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While I’m completely happy with the retro feel that this series has, and I love the characters involved, I really wish things would start to make a little more sense. This book hasn’t been the most kind in terms of answers for what exactly is going on, instead introducing new villains at inopportune times. But, maybe that’s the point? Maybe we’ve been introduced to the villains the whole time? It’s hard to say.
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That was a mighty intense battle between Gods, that got just a bit convoluted there at the end, with all of the hypertime nonsense. I’m glad that a new story is being set up, with Diana fighting her fellow Amazons, the Bana Mighdall. While it’s cool to see Diana in these different stories, it seems like her last several arcs were all fighting against Gods and beings that are “superior” to her. It should be a nice change of pace.

Pull Box: August 15

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The first step to Bruce Wayne remembering who he is, and why he put on the suit has passed. He made a mistake with Freeze, and had to fix that mistake. Now that he has, he’s begun to move on from his heartbreak. How he’ll get past this, I’m not sure, but putting his old suit back on at least makes for one hell of a closing image for this issue.
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That was one hell of a set-up for a massive reveal! The entire Earth is a White Lantern! The Lanterns of Life… the entire planet, infected by Sinestro’s Ultraviolet Corps has used the power it needed to embrace to become something entirely different, and it is awesome. Things are still a little confusing with these seven forces, but we’re at least getting answers here and there, for what’s happening with them, and the Totality.
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Loki is playing so many sides on this war, but now that his brother is back in the thick of things, it’s quite clear where his allegiances lie. He obviously couldn’t help Thor for nothing, so he helped, and took his prize… a picture of their Mother, Lady Freyja. I would also very much like more adventures of Thor, King of Hel, Ruler of the Bloodstorm. That’s a Thor that I can supremely get behind.
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The fight with Drakkon and his armies was probably one of the best damn battle scenes I have ever read in a comic book and that is absolutely saying something. Lord Drakkon is so incredibly desperate, now. Rita was easily able to strip him of his powers, but in his desperation he’s about to wipe out the entire Universe, and it’s intense. It also makes me wonder when Tommy himself will come into play here, because he has to, right?

Pull Box: August 8

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This issue seemed short, but it was awesome. Everything got a chance to shine in some way. Batman, as usual, was a step ahead of everyone. Orphan showed her worth. Black Lightning proved he was fit to lead the team. Barbara even got a chance to show off her Oracle side, though she seems to be drifting away from Bruce, rebelling the way Dick did many years ago. I wonder if anything of will come of that, though…
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That was an incredible ending! I love when Hal just becomes Pure Will, because it’s such a dramatic visual. And it set up so many new stories. Carol Ferris is finally back, returning Hal to his status quo. New ring-slingers are coming into the fold, which will give us plenty of new characters. On top of that, Hammond disappeared as the God-Brain, and things are just moving forward in a great way, now.
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I love seeing Carter Hall interact with the various reincarnations he’s experienced over the years. While his costume is the same now, as it almost always has been, so many of these names are familiar. Hawkman has a rich history that’s never fully been explored, until now, and making it the backdrop of a fun, adventury story, was the best decision DC made for this book.
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There is quite the mystery happening here, and Plastic Man almost doesn’t seem like the right man for the job for this. But, he’s so damn fun to read that it really doesn’t matter. There’s also plenty of good messages going on in this book, with the little girl who hasn’t decided she’s a girl, and the team of ladies helping Eel O’Brien solve the murder case. It’s been a solid book so far, and with it now halfway to finished, hopefully they can stick the landing and make this an overall great book.
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This book is so much lighter without Barry’s brooding over whether or not he should tell Iris. Mirroring the show, it’s just much more delightful with her knowing his secret. On top of that, I feel like there’s going to be a big reveal about Commander Cold is, his real name, I mean. Then with the new Forces at work, things should get pretty crazy the next few weeks, which The Flash really needed to freshen up.
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This gave us absolutely no answers, but it did give us a bit more character developmenton Rogol Zaar, and a moved the story forward, with the Justice League falling down one by one from the Phantom Zone. Most likely their weaker genetics not meant for the insane conditions in the Zone. It’s interesting, though, that Rogol Zaar wouldn’t take on Superman one-on-one again, though. Choosing to seek out an army to invade the world instead. But, with him not being the one to move the Earth… who did?
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This is the beginning of what looks like it will be an interesting arc for Wonder Woman. Characters she doesn’t usually interact with, and a new, otherworldly villain. It’s always fun to see Diana interact with the Gods, representing the connection that she has that most other DC heroes, don’t. It presents new opportunities and interesting ideas, and this is no different.
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It’s nice to see Marvel’s First Family finally coming back. It was only a matter of time that that emptiness became a hindrance for the House of Ideas, and now that Marvel has regained the film rights to the Fantastic Four, things can finally get back to the way they’re supposed to be around here. That was a great start, and the moment with Ben and Alicia made me smile and get goosebumps. It’s about damn time.

Pull Box: August 1

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This could very well be one of the greatest issues of a single comic book I have ever read, culminating into one of the greatest endings and team reveals I’ve ever seen. Alternate Universe Guardians of the Galaxy with Cable, Jubilee, Ms. Marvel, Nova Rocket Raccoon (?), and Howard the Duck Juggernaut (!)… it doesn’t get better than that. That’s absolutely absurd and hilarious, an holy cow, amazing.
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This was a seriously Bruce Wayne-focused issue, and it’s always nice when we get those. Seeing the opposite end of the spectrum for the Dark Knight is always fascinating. Particularly when he’s interacting with other Gothamites from around the city. You can tell he wants to help these people with their problems, and stories, but can’t reveal too much about who he is, but in damning Batman, himself, so severely, is he hurting his ability to do his job in this city? We’ll find out, I suppose.
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That was easily the best issue of Justice League so far, and that’s saying something incredible. We finally have the answers. The plan that Luthor has been hatching and his motivation for all of this. No Justice was the setup for Lex Luthor, above all else, and Justice League is the follow-through. The door-knob itself still remains a mystery, but we’re closer to the truth. What is “Doom?”
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This has been the slowest issue in the last several issues for Mister Miracle, but I suppose having to decide whether to sacrifice your only child is kind of a “whole issue” decision. There’s a lot of pluck foreshadowing happening here, and I’m interested in seeing the true nature of a lot of it. Who is Funky? He seems like he’s going to be something a little more powerful than just the random friend of Scott and Barda. And how will the Life Equation play into all of this? I guess we’ll find out soon, as the end is finally approaching.

Jack Huston May be Up for Harvey Dent Role in The Batman

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Revenge of the Fans has been keeping a close eye on Matt Reeves’ adaptation, The Batman, and they may have quite a few scoops on the film. The first of which, is that Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) may be up for the role of Harvey Dent in the film. He was apparently for the role of Batman alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, but both have since dropped out of contention for that, as Reeves is looking for someone much younger, to loosely adapt Batman: Year One.

With that in mind, Ben Affleck will most certainly not be returning to the role, leaving it up for grabs for a younger actor to take the reigns of one of the biggest superhero franchises ever.

Pull Box: July 25

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It made sense to focus more on a de-powered Ben and Johnny, rather than the escaped Doom and the doctor that’s lead them all the way here. Now that the cat’s out of the bag about the rest of Marvel’s First Family, they can focus on the eventual surprise reveal, that the family has returned and tracked their friends, restoring their powers after they’re in the same universe.
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It’s nice to have Action Comics back, and the focus put on what’s happening with these fires. It’s also nice to see Superman fighting a new villain, The Red Cloud, after all of the throwback villains we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in Superman stories. It should be fun to see how this all plays out with so many new characters to focus on, so many side-stories to worry about in the life of Clark Kent.
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That reveal for the true identity of Karma seemed incredibly anti-climactic. It would make sense that Batman, of all people, could piece together a fragment of his own memory from a single detail. He’s Batman. Of course he can. But it still seemed a bit boring. That Karma is focusing on the Bat Family is a bit more interesting, as the team that Batman has formed has become such an important factor in his motions the last couple of years. How will they factor moving forward?
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We finally got a backstory about Marionette and Mime. Two of the mysterious characters in this one-off story. Though, we still don’t quite know how Mime’s abilities work exactly. We at least now know their relationship. Now, they’ve also captured the Comedian, after he laid waste to villains below the streets of Gotham, and the Joker has decided to tag along with our two mystery characters. That is a partnership sure to cause some serious violence and trouble.
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John Stewart’s plans are always the best to witness unfold. They’re so elaborate and subtle, they nearly always catch his opponent off-guard, and it’s great. This was no different, with the Darkstars falling right into his trap, and removing a key piece from their arsenal: their teleportation. Without it, the untrained Darkstars are ripe for the ass-kicking, as there’s no way Tomar-Tu could hope to best the Greatest Green Lantern in a one-on-one fight.
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I’ve been so excited for these Justice League spin-offs and this absolutely did not disappoint. Wonder Woman leading a magic-based Justice League with Swamp Thing, Bobo the Detective Chimp, Zatanna, and Man-Bat? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read and it absolutely works. I’ll read anything with Swamp Thing, especially when he’s working with the Justice League, so this is going to be quite a ride.
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Wally West is the Flash that many of us grew up with. He was the Flash of the 90’s, and is regarded by many as the best Flash. He’s the real Fastest Man Alive, and the most punished character is all of comics. Erased from existence, then brought back with no memories, only to discover an entire family, and entire past has been erased from existence. It’s the most tragic story in all of comics, right now.
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I really have no idea why I love this book so much. It reminds me of the books that got me into comics so long ago, like Spawn, Youngblood, WildCATS, etc. It’s great. The villains and seamless backstory are great, and Honor, aka The Silencer is a fantastic new character addition to the DC Universe. I would love to see her mixing it up more with the wider universe after her story follows through with its arc.
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That was a wildly confusing story. A new villain was introduced, and then immediately revealed himself, while the heroes dealt with even more confusing things happening to each of them. I’m not entirely sure where this is going with the Tom Strong thing, but it’s implied that the Terrifics were transported to another dimension? Right? Maybe? I haven’t been this confused since the beginning of Mister Miracle, and that managed to find its footing, so hopefully this will, too.
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I do enjoy these personal stories of Wonder Woman, her enemies, and her unending love for all life. It’s one of the things that makes Diana so great. She takes a different approach from the other heroes, and despite being a member of the Trinity still finds time to visit those she believes are worthy of redemption. To better them, and their lives, despite anything they could have done. It’s truly inspiring.

Complete Batman: The Animated Series Heading to Blu-Ray

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Warner Bros. Animation has announced that one of the most famous animated series of all time will be heading to Blu-Ray on October 16th. Batman: The Complete Animated Series will include the entire run of the series, as well as both animated films, Mask of the Phantasm, and SubZero.

The box set will cost $113, includes 10 Blu-Ray discs, as well as three exclusive three Funko mini-figurines of Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker and seven lenticular art cards. Only 30,000 copies of the box set are being produced. You can hit the jump for a full look at all of the incredible special features included, as well.

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Pull Box: July 18

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This book has been so ridiculous. It’s lighthearted in a way that’s refreshing for Thor after the incredibly emotional ride that was Jane Foster’s tenure. Thor’s dysfunctional family at the heart of it all, as they slowly mend fences to bring an end to a war that’s raged on for actual years in comic book time. And now, with Hela restored to glory, Thanos steps in to break up a wedding? I love it.
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This was a surprising follow-up to Bruce Wayne’s heart getting broken by Catwoman. Batman is out of his element, being emotionally damaged once again by opening himself up, and he takes it out on those around him, particularly the villains at his disposal, and now Bruce Wayne must pay the price, having his mistake put directly in front of him, and forced to confront his demons. Yet another interestlingly personal story for The Dark Knight.
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Luthor’s plan is still so elaborate, and while it’s starting to take shape, and we’re getting answers for some questions, it’s still such a mystery. So, the baby was a reincarnated Turtle, fully attuned to the Still Force, the opposite of the Speed Force, and one of the mysteries of the Multiverse past the Source Wall. But, how does Luthor know so much? What is he trying to accomplish? Still so many questions!
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That was not the ending I was quite expecting for Book One. It was a bit all over the place, with even more questions than answers. Fights that should have raged for more time were over in the blink of an eye, and the pacing was all over the place. Not the best ending, but hopefully it at least sets up more stories in the future for this world that they’ve created. This world of Monsters and Men.
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Honestly, I feel as if this entire event, which has been fantastic, was building to that incredible splash page of the Rangers teleporting to their Command Center, like brightly colored shooting stars across the sky. Then, to see all these incredible Rangers in one place… it actually gave me goosebumps. That’s the reason I’ve been so into this story, and it’s finally coming to the beautiful climax I’ve been expecting.