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.

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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.

Batman: The Animated Series Heads to Blu-Ray

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At this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. has announced that the legendary Batman: The Animated Series is headed to Blu-Ray in late 2018. There are currently no details on the set, but it’s expected to take on many of the same processes of the recent Mask of the Phantasm re-release.

The biggest question remaining will be whether or not the Blu-ray release will follow the strategy of coming out in a series of volumes, or as a complete series box-set.

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.

First Look at Batman Ninja

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After the announcement of Batman Ninja from the creator of Afro Samurai, New York Comic-Con has given us our first look at the anime crossover. A poster released at the convention shows Batman, covered from head to toe in an epic shogun armor, with a stylized logo at the bottom.

Footage was also screened at the convention, though it has yet to make its way online. In the footage, Batman and his fellow characters are flung through time into feudal Japan, where they wage war in a hyper-stylized fashion, using a blend of 2D and CGI animation. Batman Ninja will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2018. Hit the jump to look at the full poster.

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New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

Analog EP28: Ooky Spookys

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The guys are back for a supremely spooky episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
This week, Josh, Theo, and Bovi give their recommendations for the spoopy season, and talk about the DC Extended Universe, Batman Ninja, Men in Black, and more! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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Batman Ninja in the Works from Afro Samurai Creator

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Warner Bros. is developing an anime Batman film, set for release in 2018 by Afro Samurai creator, Takashi Okazaki, according to a listing for an upcoming New York Comic Con panel. Batman Ninja is said to be an “eye-popping addition to the Batman animated legacy.” Which, if his previous work is any indication, will absolutely be true.

Okazaki is listed as the character designer for Batman Ninja, with Junpei Mizusaki as director. Leo Chu and Eric Garcia are both listed as “English-language screenwriters,” ensuring the film’s English voice-cast release.

New Comic Books: September 27

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Weeks like this are the reason that I love comic books so much. So many surprises, great endings, new beginnings, and fantastic starts. This week was filled to the brim with some of the best stories that comics have told in years. It’s a great time to be a fan of comic books, right now, as DC and their continued run of wonderful events such as Metal, and the upcoming anticipated Doomsday Clock have forced Marvel to up their game exponentially. Not since Civil War have I been this excited about a Marvel event, with Legacy recapturing the magic that used to make Marvel the “House of Ideas.”

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Even Diana is back on track, now! Wonder Woman tackling with Darkseid as he attempts to kill the Old Gods, and steal their energy. That’s going to be a hell of a ride. James Robinson is one of the best writers in comic books, and the art was amazing. That Diana looked like Gal Gadot was a bonus, making things feel more fun and alive. I’m excited for this arc.
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Can we please just get past the Negative Speed Force, already? I’m glad to see Kid Flash back in the fray with Barry, but these “horrible” powers are really getting old. I know that Bloodwork, who was actually a great, quick antagonist was just to help him get a hold of them, and I hope that now we’re on the right path to Barry inevitably entering the Speed Force to get his real power backs.
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A good way to end one of my favorite arcs in quite some time. A battle between the Green Lantern Corps and these Kirby-inspired cosmic golems was where it always ended. That the Highfather got involved, and John Stewart got to be a sniper to take one out was always just a bonus.
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Tim Drake has always been truly the greatest Robin. Dick’s strength lied in his independence, and ability to lead without Batman. Tim’s has been his ability to truly strengthen Bruce. That was evident in his origin here. Now, the Tim Drake of Tomorrow seems to have a different view-point, so it should be interesting to see where truly leads.
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This Metal tie-in wasn’t quite as great as Red Death. Murder Machine’s back-story was sad, with the death of Alfred, but he just wasn’t quite as dynamic a character for an evil Batman. Little by little, though, we keep learning more and more of what brought the Dark Knights into existence, and lured them to our world, though.
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There was never going to be any way that Thor could defeat the War Thor without revealing herself to Volstagg as Jane Foster. But, that didn’t make it any less an emotional moment for her character. This almost felt the most Jane Foster we’ve seen of Thor herself during her run. Perhaps Mjolnir is letting more of Jane in. Maybe she’ll save her from the cancer spreading throughout her body?
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Of course the lesson that Miles learns is about how personal the role of Spider-Man is. That no matter how hard he tries, he can never fully distance his personal life, from the life of Spider-Man. No matter how hard he tried, Peter Parker could never do it, either. It’s a consequence of being a hero, and it was a great lesson for him to learn, even if it was the most uneventful of all the Generations adventures.
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The Generations line has been wonderful, but this was on a completely different level. The prescient message that was said, and the strong characters and themes. It was obvious that Sam would have the largest shadow before him, but I wasn’t expecting him to live an entire lifetime. Start a family, and inspire Captain America himself. It was something else entirely, and completely changed the way I was thinking the Generations titles were happening. It wasn’t time travel, it was a message.
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Holy shit. That was fantastic. That was the best single issue of a comic book that Marvel has put out in the last 20 years. The resurrection of Wolverine, the impending resurgence of the Fantastic Four, and the coming of the celestials. It all feels so… Marvel. So wonderfully Marvel. A Marvel that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Maybe this really is Marvel’s Legacy…
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Jor-El’s experience was immensely tragic, and the obvious intervention of Doctor Manhanttan sets up so much for Doomsday Clock. This event is going to be something special, and I can’t wait. DC’s events are the best in comics, right now. They encapsulate everything that’s great about the medium, and what it allows.

New Comic Books: September 20

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A bit late this week on the new comic books, as there was a bit of a hold-up on the week’s biggest title: the first of the Dark Knights, The Red Death. I assure you, though, it was absolutely worth the wait. Plenty of great books this week, with almost no misses, after the huge week that was last week.

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So many mysteries still! We have yet to learn who Sovereign is, and how the future was carried out. Why did Diana abandon her son? Who are these kids, really? There are still so many questions, and I’m dying to know all of the answers. Depending on how still ends, I would be open to seeing the kids getting their own spin-off book, truthfully. They’re interesting characters, with wonderful story threads.

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This was an awesome start to the Dark Knights, and the explanation that the Multiverse would filter out darker universes is an interesting choice narratively. It opens up limitless possibilities. Also, that scene with Batman racing into the Speed Force with the Flash on his hood was straight out of Mad Max, and it was fantastic.

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Captain Phasma is such an interesting character to me. Not just because of her incredibly badass armor, but because of her unknowing ability to be so serious, but still a source of wit in all of her stories. I would read any story that involves Phasma. I guess I should pick up that prequel novel, soon.

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This entry to the Generations lines was uniquely charming, with great, retro-styled artwork, and a fun and lighthearted tone at its core. It didn’t have the heavy stakes that a few others have had, or the grand battles. In fact, Kamala basically fulfilled her duty by writing a story for the Daily Bugle, which certainly made it unique among its peers in the Generations line to this point.

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I can basically get down with any of DC’s main heroes fighting Deathstroke. In fact, I’d be fine with Deathstroke fighting himself. That being said, the build-up to a showdown between Superman and Deathstroke being so personal was great. Dedicating an entire issue just to what would start their fight is just good storytelling.

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Batman has always been known for his best laid plans, and this was no different. That Kite-Man would become the key player to success not only in the story itself, but this entire arc, has been wonderful. Now, we’re finally nearing the “shocking” conclusion to the War of Jokes and Riddles, and I can’t help but wonder where it’s headed.

New Comic Books: September 13

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What a hell of a week for comic books! Metal, Secret Empire, the identity of Mr. Oz, Flash, Wonder Woman… and with all that, Hal Jordan still takes the cake with his delightfully fun race through space. Mister Miracle continued its wildly confusing run, and Darkseid was a baby, used as a gun! I love comic books.

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This was a fun filler-arc, but at the end of the day it was clearly just a filler arc. There were no real lessons learned, or any serious revelations. The only major thing to come out of this, is the possibility of a new enemy organization being built up by Dr. Revere and the now-power-addicted soldiers. The next arc, Children of the Gods, is what we’ve been waiting for the last several weeks, and this should be pretty great.

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Greg Capullo’s art is so next-level that he can elevate any story. Even one as confusing as this. I’m hoping things come together in a way that makes sense. It’s impressive how well Snyder laid the groundwork of the mantling, and how important Bruce’s time-traveling adventure after Final Crisis was. The Dark Knights look horrifying, and seeing them in the DC Universe is going to be a hell of a ride.

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The first Metal tie-in was a great amount of fun. Having Damian get his ass handed to him so decisively, but still being able to use his intelligence was a nice consolation for the kid, and the interesting team-up was a good mix. This should be a fun read for the next couple of months, as Metal gets in full swing.

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I’m genuinely glad that they gave us a final resolution, at least in some ways, as to the fate of Hydra Cap. I genuinely hope he doesn’t become a main-stay in Marvel, though. While he was interesting in Secret Empire, I can easily see him quickly becoming more of a nuisance, and red herring in Marvel’s writing. Some of the other fall-out is interesting, as well. Nick Fury selecting Frank Castle, while making up for his sins. Black Widow faking her own death. It should be fun to see how the heroes move forward from this.

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Bloodwork is a pretty broken villain, with such a ridiculous power that he seems like he could take on the entire Justice League. However, this was a pretty solid case for Barry to solve, and hopefully it starts to lead him back on the path to removing the Negative Speed Force from his system. I feel like the Negative Speed Force has somewhat run its course, but at the same time, we haven’t fully explored the exact powers that it’s given to Barry.

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Somehow, whenever an issue of Green Lantern involves Hal Jordan interacting with his Dad in some strange, cosmic way, it always makes for a fantastic issue. This was no different. The Fall of the New Gods arc has been some of the best in comic books, right now, and it’s showing no sign of letting up. I’m excited to see where it goes next, with Hal out-running Omega Beams in the vacuum of space, the Highfather in the back seat.

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Another delightfully retro addition to the short but sweet Generations line. These great, standalone stories have been some of the best Marvel has put out in years. It’s possible that this Legacy thing might work out for them, if it ends up being anything like how wonderful this has been to read. It also made me miss Mar-Vell, strangely enough. However, Carol Danvers is a fantastic Captain Marvel. Maybe bring back Captain Kree?

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We’ve been waiting for the true name of Mr. Oz for so long, but it somehow fell almost flat for me. It wasn’t a surprise, as I had figured out several months ago that the logical conclusion was Jor-El, and the back-drop of his revealing himself felt too forced. I feel as if Superman had dealt with far worse, and seen far worse than was presented to him here. Perhaps when we learn more about what Jor-El has been up to, it will piece together in better ways. Regardless, it’s at least nice to have a mystery solved.

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Such a mystery taking place in this book! Who do you trust? Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? It’s such an interesting spin on such tragic and troubled characters, that come from such a fantastical life. The war between New Genesis and Apokolips is being manipulated, but by who? Tom King and Mitch Gerad are so far above the rest of the indsutry right now, that it’s absurd.

 

New Comic Books: September 6

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Not exactly an impressive week of books this week, but there were some gems throughout. Captain Phasma gets her first standalone book, and the conclusion to the Ballad of Kite Man takes the cake for book of the week. Justice League’s future-kids story is also getting pretty deep.

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A bit of an underwhelming ending to a short arc that had a lot of potential with Superman vs. Sinestro for what was essentially control of Parallax. The cool thing about this arc is the set-up for future issues of another title, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in the near future. It did, however, reveal the things Superman most fears, so we can expect to see a few of them, soon.

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This was heavy, and emotional in all the best ways. The connection these future-children have to their would be parents is so strong, and well thought out. This is some wonderful writing, and the twist that they think Wonder Woman is the villain, in which she may possibly be is interesting. There’s absolutely a lesson to be learned for young Hunter, though. That’s for sure.

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The Ballad of Kite Man has been the most heartbreaking thing I have read in a comic book in a long, long time. His tragic backstory, and making him not only a joke character, but his whole foundation that of being a joke to everyone around him… that’s genius. Gut-wrenching genius. The War of Jokes and Riddles has been an alright arc, but Kite Man has been beautiful in the most tragic of ways.

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This was so much better than it should have been. I already loved Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, and this explanation as to her escape from Starkiller, and introduction to the incredible BB-9E were great to read. This was a fantastic expansion on a character that I really need to learn more about. Maybe I should pick up that new novel that just came out…

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The Generations line has been a lot of fun, and while I was expected another trip to the past, this trip to the “far-flung future” was a lot more refreshing for young Riri Williams. There were no stakes, just exploration and inspiration, and that kind of thing is needed from time to time.

Leo as The Joker?

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The Hollywood Reporter has been on a roll with their sources the last several weeks for the upcoming plans that Warner Bros. has for its slate of DC films, but this latest scoop is the hardest yet to believe. Sources say that Warner Bros. is hoping the Scorsese-production deal on its Joker origin film will lure Leonardo DiCaprio to the role of the Clown Prince of Crime.

The studio is going all-in with trying to make an award-worthy film, and looking for an A-List actor to pick up the role, most likely hoping to piggy-back off of The Dark Knight fame. Reports add that current-Joker, Jared Leto, is extremely unhappy with plans for there to be two Jokers, and has expressed as much with the studio and his agents.

Scott Snyder Pledges Metal Salary to Harvey Relief

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Acclaimed writer, and lead for DC Comics’ Dark Knights: Metal, Scott Snyder, has pledged his entire salary for scripting duties on Dark Knights: Metal #2 to relief funds for Hurricane Harvey. The issue is due out September 13th, and you can hit the button below to donate to the Save The Children Foundation for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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