New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

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I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

Analog EP22: I’m a Cyborg!

Josh and Theo are back with another geeked out episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
The history of comic book events, Justice League reshoots, Captain Marvel, and much more fill out this episode of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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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.

Adam West’s Final Outing as Batman Has a Release Date

The late, great, Adam West had one final voice-gig in the can before his passing earlier this year. Now, Best Buy has listed October 17 as the release date for the animated film Batman Vs. Two-Face, a sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader, which takes place in the world of the 1960s Batman TV series that Adam West helped popularize.

The film also features William Shatner as the voice of Two-Face, which would have been inspired casting in the original series, as well. Julie Newmar and Burt Ward are both expected to reprise their roles as Catwoman and Robin, respectively.

Batman: The Enemy Within Full Trailer

Telltale Games has released the first full trailer for their upcoming sequel, Batman: The Enemy Within, and it gives us a better idea of what to expect from the villains of the story, both new and old. The Riddler is clearly the star here, with a more brutal take on the character, very reminiscent of the current War of Jokes and Riddles arc in the Batman comic series.

The Joker, and Amanda Waller, both seem to play prominent roles in the upcoming title, as well. Time will tell when Batman: The Enemy Within launches on August 8th.

DC Reveals Masks for Upcoming Batman Day

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DC Comics’ 3rd annual Batman Day is on September 23rd, and in celebration of the day, they’ve revealed 3 separate Batman masks to be given out at retailers across the country, as well as Harley Quinn mask, because Harley has been added to the day, as well.

The masks include three different artistic renditions of Batman’s cowl, based on the style of John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert, and Jim Lee, with each being drawn by Ryan Sook. As well as the Harley Quinn mask to honor her now shared celebration with the Dark Knight, with art by Yancey Labat. Hit the jump to check out all the masks in full.

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Analog EP20: Lots of Dinosaurs

Josh and Theo are back, sans Bovi, for the Analog Season 2 premiere! We’ve got a new look, and a new intro, and even a bologna sandwich! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The Valiant Universe, John Cena, DC Universe news, and a slew of Persona updates kick off the latest season of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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New Comic Books: August 2

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Pretty straightforward, lackluster week of comics this week, as DC ruled with all the releases. Honestly, even in that regard, they were generally a bit underwhelming, as many of DC’s arcs seem to be in a state of flux before the big one starts in just two weeks, with Dark Knights: Metal.

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The second issue in the historical arc, celebrating America was considerably more grim than the first. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much, but I applaud the writer’s will to show the horrors of war for the what they are: horrors. Now that we’ve gotten that breather out of the way, I’m excited for the next arc to start with Superman encountering Parallax.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles has been a brutal read for Batman fans, with a younger, more inexperienced Batman, facing trial after trial, in an attempt to save his city from a never-ending battle of wits between two supervillains. This issue was especially dark, as we saw, not only what was happening in Gotham, but what Batman was willing to do to stop it. Coming within inches of murdering Deadshot to stop the five day spree that took hundreds of lives.

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I hadn’t read Justice League up to this point, but I figured a new arc, with future comic book children is definitely a great place to start. Stories like this are always fun, with revelations about parenthood, and great character design taking center stage. The story still seems a mystery, but given what we’ve seen so far, this should be an interesting twist on our heroes’ future.

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This was a legitimate touching tribute to the greatest to ever draw comics, Jack Kirby. The first of many Kirby specials that DC will be releasing focused on Orion, and his brother Kalibak. Two characters that haven’t been given the attention they truly deserve in recent times. This was a fun read, and the final short story, with Lonar the Wanderer, was especially great for fans of Jack Kirby.

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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Andrea Romano Retires

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Warner Bros. Animation casting director, Andrea Romano, has retired, after 33 years in the animation industry. Romano is best-known as one of the key people in the DC Animated Universe titles, working on everything from Batman: The Animated Series to the upcoming Young Justice: The Outsiders. She’s the one responsible for Kevin Conroy’s Batman, and Mark Hamill’s Joker. Tiny Toon Adventures, to DuckTales.

I shall miss so many aspects of this industry – particularly the people I’ve worked alongside, and all the fun that happens on both side of the glass. From the bottom of my heart, I extend my sincere gratitude to every actor, producer, director, engineer and colleague that has helped make this run so incredible.

Ben Affleck Signs on for 3 More Batman Films

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Massive news, as a source within Warner Bros. is reporting that Ben Affleck has signed on to star as the Dark Knight in 3 more films, alongside Matt Reeves. The last if the trilogy set to lead into a Batman Beyond film, which will lead Batman into the future of the DC Extended Universe.

While there were initial contract issues, it seems that it’s all been worked out, with Affleck’s age playing a factor, as well expected it to. Does the news of a Batman Beyond film get you as pumped as I am? Because that sounds awesome.

Analog EP19: Justice Yay

It’s the season finale of Analog! Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back to cover Comic-Con! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

The most kickass news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con! Trailers, news, rumors, and more about the coolest upcoming movies and TV shows! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

New Comic Books: July 26

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It was a wonderful week for comics, as Marvel put out the best issue yet of Secret Empire. Meanwhile, DC continued their trend of having multiple releases each week for me. They’ve mastered their release schedule, and it makes each and every week awesome.

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It’s shocking to me just how good this book gets with each and every issue. As long as you take it with a grain of salt, and assume it’s a standalone story that will most likely not have as deep a repercussions as you think, it’s fantastic. This winding road, full of twists and turns has been great. The fight between Natasha and Castle was great, and her sacrificing herself to spare Miles’ soul was heartbreaking after all she’s done. To cap it off, the moment with Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America one last time got my heart racing.

 

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This short but sweet story for Wonder Woman has been a great read, filled with gorgeous art, and a nice palette cleanser since Rebirth started. Seeing Wonder Woman deal with smaller, more personal situations was a nice change of pace, and her love for children is something I will never get tired of seeing put on the page.

 

 

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Action Comics finally drifted from its throwback status to give us a pretty great twist, with Zod using the enemies of Superman to his own ends to free his family. Still for nefarious reasons, of course, but it was a good change of pace for the villain. The mystery of Mr. Oz and his infatuation with Jon seems to be getting deeper, and we’ll know more as Doomsday Clock approaches, which I cannot wait for.

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The most satisfying part of this story, was seeing Iris murder Eobard Thawne in the hopes that he doesn’t show up for a long while. He’s been a recurring villain to the Flash for so long, at this point, that it’s almost felt lazy, and I was glad to see him ripped from existence like that. The entire status quo of The Flash has been changed, with Iris knowing who Barry is, Reverse-Flash being dead, and now an entirely new arc about to begin. I honestly can’t wait.

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The inevitability that was the war between the Green and Yellow Lanterns came to a screeching halt. The thing that pisses me off the most? I didn’t see that John Stewart had a plan, either. Of course he did, though. That’s what he does. Imbuing the yellow rings with a green impurity? That’s such a genius writing move! It’s nostalgic, and such a great obstacle for the Sinestro Corps to overcome. Now, with Soranik going full Sinestro, it’ll be great fun to see her as a legitimate villain and enemy of the Corps.

SHADOW

This book has been so great to me. Two of my favorite characters, crossing over in a story so ridiculous that I can’t help but love it. The moment where Gordon threw back to Knightfall was great, and the dynamic between Shadow and Batman seems to shift with every page, in the most organic ways. My only issue is with Joker’s motivations throughout this, as he seems to be up to something, but I can’t quite put my finger on what.

Wonder Woman 2 in 2019

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Warner Bros. has announced that Wonder Woman 2 has been set for a December 13th, 2019 release date, setting the film as a fabled holiday release. Wonder Woman has become the summer’s highest domestic earner, and a runaway success, so it’s only natural that the film be fast-tracked.

Geoff Johns and director, Patty Jenkins, have already revealed that they’re working on the script, which is rumored to once again be set in the past, this time during the Cold War, which could give us answers as to why Wonder Woman had already turned her back on being a hero during Batman v. Superman. Stay tuned as we learn more.

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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