New Comic Books: January 17

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Issues such as this are exactly why comic books, comic book movies, and all of the like will never truly die. These characters are capable of inspiring, and being a light to children and adults the world over. They’re capable of putting smiles on faces, and even though they may not be real, they can still create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for those around them. This issue illustrated that beautifully, and truly captured the reason that Superman is, and always will be, the greatest hero.
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This seemed like a very short and inconsequential new book. Introducing new characters is great, but I can’t help but think this may have just been better suited to taking place in an issue of Suicide Squad. I do appreciate the throwback style that this book represents, with the large destructive 90’s-style monster hero. Hoepfully things can pick up in future issues, but I think this may need a bit more time and space to really open up and allow a story to be told.
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This was an interesting and unique story if ever there was one. An alternate dimension, or plane of existence where time passes differently, and an endless army of beasts, made by the sins of man is conjured forever. I honestly wasn’t expecting Bruce and Diana to go that route at the end, but given a few hours meant ten years there, it makes sense. Being so unsure if they would ever see the world again. I just hope that this doesn’t change things between Bruce and Selina. Their relationship has made some of the best stories these last several months.
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That decision has been building for months and months, with its slow-burn being one of the best in all of comics. The Mighty Thor has consistently delivered incredible art, with an amazingly fleshed out story, and this was no different. A forced intervention to convince Jane to let herself be saved, was emotional and tense. Her attachment to Mjolnir has been more than just power, it’s been an intense friendship between the storm and herself. It will be interesting to see if this changes things, or if Mjolnir is truly able to understand the sacrifice that Jane is making. Comics, man…

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New Comic Books: January 10

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I’ll always be a fan of a story that involves Booster Gold. Particularly a story where Booster remains the “Greatest Hero No One Has Ever Heard Of.” He’s the hero that has saved the multiverse and the timestream countless times, yet remains a nobody, not only in the world of the comics, but in comics itself. Additionally, it looks as if Zod is taking over the next several issues of many books, with him not only in the next issue of Action Comics, but Green Lantern Corps, as well. Interesting…
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Another new villain origin story for Wonder Woman. With her surge in popularity, they’re certainly filling out her rogues gallery in quick fashion. The Silver Swan seems to be an interesting villain with a tragic backstory, but it should be fascinating to see what sort of abilities the nanites in her bloodstream give her. Fingers crossed that she’s another unique addition to the world of Diana Prince, because Wonder Woman could certainly use some more iconic villains aside from Ares, and Cheetah.
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The fight between Flash and Captain Cold to open the issue was brutal, but they should have stretched it just a bit further. Little by little, things seem to be getting back to the status quo that we all know and love about the Flash. His relationship with Iris, and the hopeful nature of his character, and supporting cast. It’s been a dark last several months for Barry Allen, but it’s good to see his redemption coming to fruition.
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I’m not sure what it is, but first there was the charming issue of Batman with Superman, and their pre-marital squabbles. Now, this issue of Mister Miracle shows long-time couple Scott Free and Big Barda discussing their future while effortlessly dispatching much of New Genesis. It was a light-hearted and fun read, while the two New Gods eviscerated their own in an attempt to reach Orion, and it just further solidifed the notion that this book is fantastic.DM
I cannot overstate just now bat-shit crazy Neal Adams has become. He was always known for his over the top story telling, but these days his stories are just getting hard to follow. This book, while completely engaging and most certainly a Deadman story, is bonkers. Things are starting to come together in a way that actually makes sense, which is honestly the scariest part. One last note: the Spectre acting as a sidekick to Deadman in all of this is brilliant.
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Apparently it is a week of restoration for the status quo of classic DC characters, as the Guardians of the Universe have restored themselves to power, dedicating the remainder of their lives to the legacy that they have created in the Green Lantern Corps. It was a pretty amazing moment to see the Guardians in their robes once again, particularly with another old threat, the Darkstars, now looming under the control of the… well, the Controllers.

 

New Comic Books: January 3

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After a lengthy hiatus thanks to life, getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then the holidays, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled comic book programming. It was a short week, with Batman dominating the shelves this week for me, and all of his stories being pretty damn great.BM
This seemed like it was going to be a straightforward “Batman helping a kid with the same origin as him” story, but then it took that crazy dark turn and suddenly became an origin story for what could eventually become the most personal villain Batman has ever had. A child, mentally troubled, with the names of Bruce’s parents etched into his face after Batman’s failure to solve the puzzle. That’s one hell of an origin.SM
This Super Sons of Tomorrow story was short but incredibly sweet. It was cool to see Jon working with the Teen Titans, and the future Tim Drake not only getting a new suit and rad codename, Savior, but also his redemption, as well, after he sacrificed himself to save the very person he was trying to kill the entire story. The biggest question now is left at the very end, when Savior is falling through the timestream, and sees every DC event that’s been wiped out. Zero Hour, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and so many more. Is he going to be the key to restoring the universe?SIG
This has the potential to be an interesting read. The implication is that in METAL, when Duke’s powers awakened, they reacted with a metal in the water supply of Gotham that gave other kids that also matched biologically in some way, meta abilities. This opens up a whole slew of story-telling options for the Bat-family, and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes. I will say, though, that the metas, and even Signal himself, seem very Static Shock-like. Not a bad thing, but just an observation in the way the story seems to be progressing.WK
This is such an incredibly well-written story that my mind can’t fathom how remarkable it is. The origin of Neo-Joker, as the second Harley is calling herself, is absolutely tragic. The way Joker treated her, though, makes complete sense as to why she’s behaving the way she is. He saved her life, and she has to re-pay the favor by saving the Joker from Jack Napier. On top of that, Napier is forcing everyone closest to him away from Batman’s life. This Batman is darker, less caring, and more driven to brutally stomp crime out, so this plan is incredible. We’ll see how it all plays out.

 

Analog EP35: Probably Not Manman

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New Comic Books: December 7

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Another minimal week for comic books, as many of the larger events have gone on a brief hiatus for the Holidays. Metal is back next week (but I won’t be, more on that this week), which is great. The big two of Superman and Batman were a large focus this week, with the lone exception being the bonkers Neal Adams-penned Deadman.

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The status quo of Superman and Lex Luthor finally nears its completion, with Lex turning his back on the symbol of hope that is Superman’s S logo. On the other hand, Apokolips is ruled by Superman, and he guides the cursed planet to a new and brighter hope of being lead by its people. This accomplished a great deal of large story points, and that’s the best thing a story like this can hope for.
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This was absolutely one of the greatest comic books I have ever read. It was so charming, and put the friendships and relationships that drive Batman and Superman on full display in the most wonderful and realistic fashion. The two complete opposite heroes put their hearts on their sleeves when they were alone with the ones they love and it made for such an amazing, and truly funny moment. This is absolutely a must-buy for any one who is fan of either of these characters.
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These Neal Adams Deadman books are absolutely batshit insane, in both the best and worst way. They’re wildly confusing with the art being all over the place and the story moving at breakneck speed. Once you’re able to slow the story down it makes more sense, and becomes a masterpiece. The inclusion of all of these mystical characters, such as Etrigan, the Phantom Stranger, and the Spectre are all making this more and more interesting.
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This book is such a wonderfully written piece of Elseworlds that I wish it was released bi-weekly, and forever. This world is rich with such interesting character design, and progression that seems all too natural. Now, the second Harley is Neo-Joker and Jack Napier is geniusly pulling the string, but to what end? His intentions are to ruin the Batman, of course, but does he really want to save the city, or destroy it? So many questions. As the Hatter would say, “curioser and curioser.”

Batman Ninja Debut Trailer

Earlier this year, it was revealed that an epic adaptation of the Dark Knight from creators Junpei Mizusaki, Takashi Okazashi, and Kazuki Nakashima, titled Batman Ninja. Now, its first trailer has hit and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.

The incredibly original animation includes Feudal Japan inspired Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, Gorilla Grodd, and more. Warner Bros. is set to release the film next year and will include both the subtitled original Japanese version and an English dubbed version when it lands on Blu-ray.

New Comic Books: November 29

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After being unable to hit up comic books last week due to a combination of getting married, and the crazy holiday schedules, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, and it was a small week! A super small week, in fact. Marvel had no books, and all of DC’s large-scale events, such as Metal and Doomsday Clock were both on hiatus, so not much happened this week.GL
Moments like the touching one when even John Stewart was enthralled with the joy of a child taking flight are the mark of a fantastic writer. In that moment, it re-humanized John, and even managed to make the two rogue Guardians sympathetic to the reader. Now, the return of the Controllers throw a wrench into a lot of things. I’m hoping that we can stay on course with the incredible writing that Hal Jordan has been given the last several months, and that this arc doesn’t undo the fantastic arcs that all the Lanterns have gone through.BM
That was a hell of an annual, and an incredible way to solidify the ever-present romance that’s been at the forefront of the main line Batman book for months. Seeing the relationship between Bruce and Selina blossom so beautifully, and end in a way that Bruce would never have thought to see come to fruition was tragic, and beautiful, both at the same time.
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This was one hell of a sullen and mysterious tale. The twist of Batman being a fictional character, but made real by the boys mind was done in a great way, but leaves a lot of questions. Not to mention, the mysteries about why “Alfred” would never be allowed to keep his nephew, or never agrees to see him at his home are also built up well. I’m actually excited to read the next issue of this alt-Batman.

DC Films to Introduce the Legion of Doom Across Several Films

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Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”

It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.

New Comic Books: November 15

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At first, as this Cyborg-centric story started to unfold, I began to worry that things for our heroes were about to make an abrupt about-face, with them suddenly having the upper hand against these villains that have been made to be unbeatable. Seeing Cyborg, who has been sidelined and mutilated this entire story, get his due, was satsifying, but the rest seemed off. Then, as if expected, it was revealed to be a ploy. A trick to allow the Justice League to spread the darkness of Barbatos across the galaxy, and the status quo still remained, with our heroes unaware of just how badly beaten they’ve truly been.
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Admittedly, I thought that the Mangog’s ridiculous appearance was too much for me to get past as a believable threat in this world. A vicious creature sent to brutally murder Gods wouldn’t look like that, would it? Well, my concerns were quickly brushed aside as one of the most brutal beat downs I’ve seen in comics in years went down and the War Thor was murdered handily. That was intense, and suddenly it’s starting to feel like Thor is headed for a soft reboot of sorts.
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I still find it wonderful that Superman is the one who ends up in the most trouble in this situation, and his less-experienced, and non-super-powered family members all come out taking control of their situations. Lois being a fury is still a great bit of story-telling, and Jon being the leader of the Hunger Dogs is hilarious. But, the fires of Apokolips being snuffed out is sure to have some serious ramifications not only for the planet, but for the universe, as well. Darkseid is regaining his power, and soon he’ll return to the world he called home.
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It’s always been an unspoken fact that The Batman Who Laughs is the most intimidating and dangerous of the Dark Knights. He’s an amalgamation of Batman and his greatest foe. All the skill of a fully-fledged Batman, without the moral compass. No emotional baggage to weigh him down, or horrifying war that pushed him to where he is, today. He simply is. That makes him, by far, the most dangerous of them all, and an obvious choice by Barbatos to lead the Dark Knights into battle against the Multiverse.
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Charming moments like Talia telling Batman that she likes his “betrothed” after she stabbed her in the back and bested her in combat will never not be funny to me, in any context. I’m glad DC is taking their time with the story of Bruce and Selina. Their marriage is one of the few big things left in comics that have never happened that we’ve been waiting for years to see, and it deserves to be built up to, and brought to a head, much in the way a normal marriage would. If there’s anything Batman deserves at this point, it’s a sense of normalcy, in anything that he does.

First Gotham by Gaslight Trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming DC Universe animated film, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, is now online, giving us our first look at the crisp animation and stellar voice-acting of the steampunk thriller. In the film, Batman is created in a Victorian-era Gotham City to combat the rising threat of Jack The Ripper as he stalks the city at night.

The film features Bruce Greenwood reprising his role as Batman from Batman: Under the Red Hood and Young JusticeBatman: Gotham by Gaslight is set to release next year.

New Comic Books: November 8

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Betrayal! I was expecting a much different story than this for Wonder Woman’s long-lost brother, Jason. But it would seem the mystery as to why he’s sided with Grail will be answered in the next issue. It’s almost heartbreaking, as Diana has obviously been alone for so long, and just realizing recently that she’s never actually been back to Themyscira, and that she’s been alone all this time. I can only imagine how it felt for her to realize she no longer was.
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I did not see that coming. Meena using her Speed Force abilities to take the Negative Speed Force from Barry was surprising, but it’s absolutely a welcome sight, and now we can move past that boring story. Now, we can get back to The Flash being more fun and light-hearted, and not being so emo and beating himself up constantly. These constant attempts to make him more like Spider-Man don’t seem to be working out, so they need to go back to making him The Flash.
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This story has been such a complete trip, full of such heavy emotional baggage. It’s finally addressing the story of the New Gods, and their children, and how it would truly affect them emotionally from a realistic standpoint. With that in mind, it’s been hard to piece everything together, but things seem to be coming together in a way that is slowly starting to make sense in the context of this distressing story.
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Leave it to Hal Jordan to be the most inspiring in the face of complete destruction. Unafraid to face the entire might of all of his enemies at once, made using pure spectrum energy, and still he fights on. It makes sense that he lost, of course, but still. The introduction of Element X inside the Mother Box in Cyborg, and him being the key to opening the doorway to the Multiverse is also great. Hopefully we get to see some new alt-universe heroes kicking the Dark Multiverse’s ass. That would be one hell of a war.
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The way Metal has twisted so many aspects of Batman’s history and lore has been so fluid and masterfully done. The realization that Batman surrounds himself with birds, like the bird tribe, to protect himself from the dark, and subconsciously keep himself from realizing his destiny? That was one of the most incredibly written pieces of comic book lore I have read in years, and added a completely new dimension to this amazing story.
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That was a tragic, almost abrupt ending to the Oz Effect. It also sets up Jor-El as helping Superman in Doomsday Clock next year, which given how powerful Doctor Manhattan is, will absolutely be necessary. I’m anxiously awaiting our first look at Manhattan in the world of DC Comics, and how the universe will be changed because of his appearance. His manipulations behind the Multiverse have changed so many things, that it will be fascinating to see the reverberations of this.DC
That was a fantastic conclusion to this story. The irony and beauty in the downfall of Future-Tim being Tim’s trust in his friends and teammates was wonderful. The set-up for Batwoman dropping the ball, and betraying the Bat-Family was beautifully done, and I’m so anxious to understand how this happens, as it’s meant to happen very soon. “Sooner than [Tim] could possibly imagine.”

 

Justice League Set to Have an After-Credits Scene

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Justice League star, Jason Mamoa, let slip that Warner Bros. has had a change of heart in regards to post-credits scenes, spilling the beans that Justice League will have its own. “They do,” the actor said, confirming that fans will need to wait for the final scene. “You’ve gotta sit through the whole thing and go through the credits. I forgot that it was in the script. It’s fantastic.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the after-credits scene could be, but it was rumored to be something that Zack Snyder had shot. Perhaps that Deathstroke footage could see the light of day, after all?

Rocksteady to Unveil Superman Game Next Week?

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Rocksteady Games is responsible for one of the most beloved comic book video game trilogies of all time with the Batman Arkham series, and rumor has it they’re taking their skills to the Man of Steel next. “Game Informer cover game will be revealed next week,” the source claims. “It will be Rocksteady’s Superman game. The scale and the ambition of the game is massive, you all will be blown away by the details. Can’t wait to see your reaction, lads.”

Rumors have persisted of Rocksteady’s next game for quite some time, with things ranging from The Flash, to Green Lantern, even Justice League.

New Comic Books: November 1

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The art in this issue was insanely beautiful, and delaying the ienvitable fight between Selina and Talia was a smart move to bring up the tension, and take Batman out of the equation. That Batman is fighting to restore Selina’s honor, by getting the charges against her dropped makes sense, specifically if he plans to legally marry her. You know, with the criminal thing…
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The idea of Lois Lane being a one of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies is both ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and just another reason that I love how unpredictable comics can be. This issue answered a good question, as well, proving that Luthor was using Superman, knowing full well that he was the real prophet of Apokolips, and bringing him to his side at just the right moment. I’m truthfully still mostly interested in seeing how Jonathan takes to the new world, as this should be his first time off-planet and on Apokolips.

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This is already one of the best books in comics, right now. So many mind-bending and perfect story-twists that make so much sense. Two Harley Quinn’s, with one of them being good, and other an actual lunatic? The rich profiting from Batman’s War on Crime with him being unaware? They’re all perfect, and make an unbelievable amount of sense, but it’s only now that they’re being explored. With the Joker at his most intelligent, no less.

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It figures that The Devastator, the most frightening and intimidating of all the Dark Knights would be the one with the most good intentions in his back-story. Simply trying to stop a deranged and let loose Superman from furthering destroying his world, he infected himself, just as his world was about to crumble. Something about this Bruce still felt almost good in a way, albeit tragically corrupted. The Dark Knights have all been so different from one another, it’s fascinating. Now, only one remains… the Batman Who Laughs.
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DC has done an incredible job at pitting the Justice League against their Dark Multiverse counterparts, and it seems as if every time the League starts to gain any traction, they’re immediately shot down. I suppose that’s what happens when they’re fighting a bunch of Bruce Wayne’s, but it’s been entertainment nonetheless. METAL has done a great job at building itself up as hopeless, and it’s getting hard to see how the heroes are going to come out of this one.
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I’m an absolute sucker for Deadman. He’s one of my favorite heroes, with so many ups and downs in his personality. He’s often-times more of a lunatic than a hero, and it’s always fun to read. Neal Adams is a legend, and seeing him take on one of my favorite characters in that classic Neal Adams “everyone is bat-shit crazy” style is certainly satisfying. Throwing Batman into the mix? Well, that’s just icing on the cake at that point.

Classic Batman Theme to Appear in Justice League

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We already knew that Joss Whedon had entrusted scoring duties for this month’s Justice League to the legendary Danny Elfman, and the hope that we would hear Elfman’s classic Batman theme in the film was stoked. Well, hope no more, as Elfman has confirmed its inclusion. Keep in mind, rumors have been rampant of Elfman re-working pieces of the classic, but he states that it is the classic theme in and of itself.

“No, you will not hear a new theme for Batman. You’ll hear Batman’s theme… Hans has done some wonderful, driving, rhythmic stuff, but there has only been one theme and it is the Batman theme.

Now, I did use the theme that Hans composed for Wonder Woman, the one that he wrote originally and used a bit – maybe – from John Williams to Superman, just maybe, we’ll have to see,” said Elfman.