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.

FLASH

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.

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Avengers: Infinity War D23 Footage Description

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While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.

You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.

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New Comic Books: May 31

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Another slower week for comic releases as we start to approach San Diego Comic-Con, and many of the large event releases throughout August. It was a great week for reading, at least, as what books there were, were fantastic. Great twists, charming origin stories, and some absolutely mind-boggling art this week.

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Naturally, my recommendation for this week, is Wonder Woman Annual #1 – which consists of a series of short stories about Diana of Themyscira. The first is, by far, the most charming. We’re back to the moment Diana revealed herself to the world, and Supermand and Batman quickly take notice. Both attempt to spy on her at the military base, and much to their dismay, she instead finds them, in a fantastic scene. The art and characterization in this story alone is what made this my recommendation for the week.

The other few stories are hit and miss, with the kaiju story being particularly a hit, with beautiful artwork, and a small, personal story about Diana rescuing the child of a giant monster.

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Now that The Button has concluded, we’re suddenly back to a more personal Flash story, as a surprise visit from Multiplex, after a surprise visit from Hal Jordan, after a surprise party all happens with 4 pages. The entire fight, Barry is struggling in his head about whether to tell Iris the truth about who he is. It’s a rare moment, to stay so strictly in a heroes head, and it makes the story feel incredibly personal to Barry Allen and his struggle.

The real takeaway here, though, is the final page. After getting Iris back home safe, Wally opens the door, and lo and behold… the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne. Already back from the dead. That somewhat takes away from the power of the Button event doesn’t it?

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The only Marvel read this week is the 3rd installment of the primary Secret Empire event, which is pulling no punches, at this point. Steve Rogers is going back and forth between save Supreme Leader, and caring politician like a light switch, while the heroes bicker and split in an attempt to save the day. We saw much more of the mysterious other Steve Rogers, who I’m going to call it now, is navigating his own head. The blue glow of the world they’re in closely resembles that of the Cosmic Cube, and I could see that twist happening.

My favorite moment in this book came at the end, though. Fred Myers, aka Boomerang, had started his own restaurant, and facilitated a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. Late that night, he steps into the bathroom to reveal a landmine. Finally, in a shocking, but totally-makes-sense twist, the Punisher reveals himself to have aligned with Hydra. Proudly hailing, with a Hydra/Punisher skull variant adorned across his chest.

New Comic Books: May 3

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This week is a bit smaller week in terms of the number of books to read, but there are some pretty major books that were released this week. Major events in both publishers were pushed forward, with Marvel surprisingly doing a great job with their latest, Secret Empire, at least in terms of originality.

With that in mind, let’s get this short but sweet rundown rolling!

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We’re going to get the big one out of the way here, because Secret Empire is shockingly good. Really good. Like, really, really good. After Captain America’s history is re-written by the Cosmic Cube to have secretly been an agent of Hydra all along, Steve Rogers slowly and methodically takes the reins of the entire world. Manipulating defense agencies, and his fellow Avengers. Captain Marvel is trapped outside an impenetrable shield around Earth, along with the rest of Alpha Flight Initiative.

However, our story follows a small resistance band, led by Hawkeye, and the AI of Tony Stark. It’s a surprisingly personal story that does a great job of showing just how quickly Hydra was able to take the world with Rogers at the helm. Throughout the title, we’re shown glimpses of Captain America still being a good man at heart, albeit a man who works for a terrorist organization. It’s definitely worth a read, even if you’re like me, and generally hate Marvel’s events. They’re usually convoluted, and just not well-written, but something felt different about this one, and I would definitely recommend it.

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The other major event being pushed forward, DC’s The Button,  was also on display this week, with the Flash and Batman being taken by the cosmic treadmill to the world of Flashpoint, which is being mysterious held aloft by an unknown presence. Batman confronts his father, Thomas Wayne, the Flashpoint Batman, and the two fight together, reminiscing about Bruce’s childhood while fighting off the goons of Aquaman and Wonder Woman of that alternate history.

I was expecting a lot more revelation from this book, but instead, the status quo is just reset again. They arrive on Flashpoint, which is still standing. Then, whatever is holding the universe together begins to unravel. Thomas Wayne opts to stay behind after Flash fixes the treadmill, but gifts his son with one last piece of advice. Don’t Be Batman. Words that will most likely reverberate through the mind of Bruce Wayne, sparking something in the future. After they get the treadmill working, they find Thawne, running through time with the Button still in his hand – a point before he is killed by the mysterious god.

I honestly feel like this could have been done in a different way. Unless the encounter with Thomas Wayne was a set-up for something bigger. They could’ve just jumped on the treadmill, and just watched time unravel around them, catching up to Thawne and the button from the start. It seemed counter-intuitive, but I’m still incredibly vested in this story, and can’t wait for next week.

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The other DC title I’m reading this week is much more personal. The town that Lois and Clark live with their son, Jon, is starting to fall apart at the seams. Many of the residents are revealing themselves to be not at all what they seem, and Lois is on her own. Superman, Jon, Batman, and Damian have all disappeared, and after Lois is confronted by the townspeople, she breaks out her souvenir from the moon: the Hellbat gauntlet, and proceeds to kick-ass as only Lois could.

This story is so immensely interesting, and it’s been such a slow burn in so many ways. Superman is easily the strongest book in the Rebirth lineup, with both it and Action Comics being great reads, with a ton of revelations about the universe itself.