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.

Tim Miller Set for Neuromancer

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Deadline is reporting that we finally have a bit of forward motion on the adaptation of William Gibson’s bar-setting cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. Tim Miller (Deadpool) has been attached to the adaptation. In 2007, Joseph Kahn (Torque) was attached. Later, Vicenzo Natali (Cube) was going to direct. It’s been a long journey for the novel that launched the career of Gibson, and started its own genre.

Tim Miller is currently working with James Cameron to launch a new Terminator trilogy, so to say this is still on the back-burner is an understatement, but at least we have some news.

New Comic Books: August 9

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It was a pretty week for comics. DC launched a new groundbreaking book, and Marvel continued their streak of great Secret Empire entries. But those weren’t even my pick for the week, as DC’s space cops have finally taken back the crown.

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Yay! After the wonderful throwbacks we’ve been getting for months of Superman stories, we’re finally back to a semblance of status-quo between the relationship of Superman and Lex Luthor. The thought of them teaming up is cool, but the two of them having a fist-fight for the ages is even better. Superman con

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I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite stories for the next several weeks. The Green Lanterns, fighting a Kirby-esque villain alongside the New Gods with fantastic art to boot. Stories like this are the reason that Green Lantern is my favorite hero, and why I will always say that with the write story, he’s the best character in all of comics. This was awesome.

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Tom King and Mitch Gerads hasve been an all-star team for the last year and a half, and this is no different. The story seems to be out there, but is absolutely engaging and going to be just as interesting as his Vision story last year. It’s been a while since Mister Miracle and Big Barda have been the focal point of their own story, so I can’t wait for more.

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It pains me how good Secret Empire has actually been. I’ve never been a fan of its art, but the story has been wonderful, which is very much not Marvel-like in the case of comic books. This issue was an about-face from its usual brutal fashion, with a bit of hope finally being granted to the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Slowly, the mysterious story of shirtless Steve Rogers is starting to make a bit of sense, as most likely happening within the cosmic cube itself… at least that’s my theory.

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Giving the Flash a new power-set, and further fueling the fire that Barry Allen is his own worst enemy is genius from a story-telling perspective. Barry has been grappling with his personal demons and responsibilities as The Flash for quite some time, and it’s coming to a head in a really slow-burn sort of way, and it’s been a lot of fun to read.

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.

Marvel Legacy Reviving Value Stamp Program

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If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.

Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!

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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.

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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.

Ready Player One Debut Trailer

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The first film on the docket for Warner Bros. Hall H presentation was the Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of Ernest Cline’s acclaimed pop-culture laden novel. The film stars Tye Sheridan as a player in a virtual world named OASIS where the youth of the world has retreated after the world has become more desolate.

The trailer is loaded with cameos, like The Iron Giant, Kaneda’s bike from Akira, and the DeLorean from Back to the Future. It’s a treat for fans of all fandoms, and definitely one to keep an eye on.

Dark Knights Revealed

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DC Comics has unveiled a first look at the Dark Knights, the stars of their upcoming METAL series. From left to right: The Murder Machine, the Red Death, the Devastator, the Merciless, the Drowned, and the Dawnbreaker. Not pictured: The Batman Who Laughs.

The character design is very reminiscent of the Dark Judges, from Judge Dredd, which is absolutely a good thing. METAL hits stores next month, while each Dark Knight will have their own #1 title starting in September.

New Comic Books: July 19

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While not a jam-packed release week for new comics, everyone brought their A-Game with some fantastic stories that ran the gamut as far as what their goals really were. Ranging from tragic story, to educational fare, it was a great week for readers.

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The second installment of the War of Jokes and Riddles seemed incredibly confusing, at first. I wasn’t sure where it was going, but at the end, when all the pieces fit into place, the origin of Kite-Man had unfolded before me. The tale was tragic, and unsettling. A fitting origin to the best running joke in all of comics. If you’re a fan of Kite-Man and his ridiculous antics, I would absolutely implore you to read this, my recommendation for the week.

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The other DC book this week is on the absolute other end of the spectrum. Superman and the Kent Family decide to unwind with a nice family trip across the Continental United States, educating each other on the history of our country, and instilling the merits of kindness and good in those that they meet. Even helping a wounded veteran secure a part-time job with their kindness. It was a feel-good book that was great to read after the tragic origin of Kite-Man.

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And with that, we have our best issue of Secret Empire. Twists relating to the Hydra mole, and the shocking destruction of the resistance home-base. Alliances were shifted all over the board in this tense and emotional issue, and it made for an overall fantastic read.

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My last book for the week was one I was absolutely looking forward to, as Volstagg has taken up Ultimate Mjolnir and become the War Thor. Venting his frustrations and unleashing hell on the army that made him, the War Thor laid absolute waste to the armies of Muspelheim, and it was badass in every sense of the word. With Jane Foster’s Thor inching closer to succumbing to her cancer, will we see Jane become Thor permanently?

DC Comics Announces Gotham City Garage

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DC Comics has announced a new digital-first series, titled Gotham City Garage, Penned by writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with a rotating roster of artists lined up and Brian Ching illustrating the first issue. Gotham City Garage will tell the story of an alternate universe where Lex Luthor reigns supreme over an idyllic Gotham city that’s been renamed “the Garden.” Subversion is squashed by an elite team led by Batman, as secret-Kryptonian, Kara Gordon, leaves the walls and forms a biker gang to combat the fascism of Luthor.

Along the way, she meets Harley Quinn, Big Barda, Wonder Woman, and more. Gotham City Garage launches digitally August 16th, with the first issue hitting print in late-October. Hit the jump for a full look at the cover.

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Green Lantern: Earth One Announced

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Admittedly, the Earth One line of graphic novels for DC have been quite hit and miss. Meant to serve as original interpretations of popular heroes origins, they haven’t been the most quality stories. The art has truthfully not disappointed, though. Now, we’re getting Green Lantern Earth One, in March 2018, from the creative team of Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, and Jordan Boyd.

The graphic novel will retell Hal Jordan’s origin story and this version of the hero will be an Astronaut for Ferris Galactic, that discovers one of the rings of the Green Lantern Corps while on a job. It’s then he begins to rebuild the Green Lantern Corps, and go on various space-faring adventures. Hit the jump for the full cover, and a few quotes on what’s planned to make this new story unique.

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New Comic Books: July 12

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This was just another example of the wonderful throwback that Action Comics has become. A great issue, with fun and interesting match-ups in a battle of heroes vs. villains. Zod was cold and brutal, probably the most interesting he’s been in years against Superman. Putting all the heroes, and even a few villains into the Phantom Zone should make for some interesting story-telling soon. Especially with one of those villains being Cyborg Superman, the actual mastermind behind this plan.

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We finally got back to form on the Flash, this week. Opening with a vision of the future, and Barry proving how little he’s been there for the people he loves, despite loving them more than his duty as the Flash was genius. Then, just like the Phantom Zone, Flash gets put in the Negative Speed Force! Which was also great, and spurred on Barry taking on some insane transformation into a Black Flash-esque speedster. I’m legitimately looking forward to the next issue, now.

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These prelude books have been some of the most confusing things I have read from DC in quite some time. They make sense in certain ways, with some mysteries that I’ve had coming to the forefront quite well, but it’s still such a conundrum. The build-up to that money shot at the end was so worth it. I can’t wait to see all the evil Batmen of the Dark Multiverse step through the void and tear some shit up. This event may not make much sense, but it has some serious potential to be a lot of fun.

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Wonder Woman has been another shining example of how great Rebirth is. This issue started off so personal, giving us a glimpse into Diana’s past and her thoughts, and how she handles the world of War and Destruction that she’s a part of. Then, we’re thrust into what seems like an innocuous event with friends, that quickly turns dangerous with a bomb under the table! That is grade A cliffhanger material for a comic.

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Well, that was intense. What a week for DC Comics. Not only did they have the only good books this week to read, but they were all spot-on. The alliance between the Green and Sinestro Corps has crumbled before our eyes in spectacular fashion, with Soranik scarring Kyle for the lie about Sarko, and now the murder of Romat-Ru being made public. This was an intensely emotional book for the Green Lanterns, and I’m so pumped, because it seems like it’s been a while since the Green Lantern books have been on a truly great path.

Joker: White Knight Coming This Fall

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DC Comics has unveiled a first look at the upcoming graphic novel, The Joker: White Knight. The new book sees Joker’s insanity cured, and hi begin a heroic crusade against Batman, himself. However, this crusade is a newly reformed “Jack” partnering with an equally reformed Harley Quinn, attempting to bring The Dark Knight to justice through legal means.

The line Batman rides between ‘noble vigilante’ and ‘overzealous oppressor’ will always be shifting as our own society changes.  We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?  Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper.

The Joker: White Knight hits comic shop shelves on October 4. Hit the jump for a look at the full cover page, and a peek inside.

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New Comic Books: July 5

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Last week was such a massive week for comics, that it’s only natural this week would feature next to nothing. Marvel had no major reads this week, and DC only featured 2 of the Trinity in their solo books. Simple week, with admittedly some lackluster stories going on, as things start to wind up in anticipation of the rest of the summer.

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My recommendation for the week, Batman #26, continued the prelude to the War of Jokes and Riddles, as Bruce talks about the mysterious event in more detail, and recounts it to Selina Kyle. The Riddler and Joker have concluded they both want to kill the Batman, but can’t allow the other to do so, and as such, have started recruiting the other rogues to their sides, leaving dead in their wake. It’s a somber, slow-moving story that is clearly building up to a head. It will be interesting to see where it leads to the rest of the summer.

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Likewise, we have the polar opposite in Superman #26, as Clark remembers his experience as a child with Jonathan Kent teaching him to make better decisions instinctively, and Clark attempting to learn to do the same with Jon. This one had few interesting quirks about it, and showed a realistic take on trying to reason with your children as a parent. Especially, I would imagine, if they can do what Jon can, and have Damian Wayne as a, quote-unquote, friend. It’s worth reading if only to see the continued growth of Jonathan Kent, who is quickly turning into a fantastic new character for the Rebirth series.

New Comic Books: June 21

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This week was immensely short on new comics, but it made up for it with two fantastic titles that were both satisfying, heartbreaking, and shocking. One from each major publisher this week ensures it’s a pretty even race, and for once, I’m recommending a Marvel title for the week.

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My book of the week is Mighty Thor #20, which sees the representatives of the Congress of Worlds, head to the land of dwarves, where light elf refugees have made home. This issue focuses heavily on Volstagg, for good reason. After a Muspelheim attack on the refugees leaves the team separated, Volstagg attempts to rescue some children, but gets lost. They get attacked, and before his very eyes, the flames of Muspelheim turn the kids to ash. The others find him, naked, and bathed in the only thing that can quell Muspelhaim flame: Fire Goblin blood. At the end of the issue, the Ultimate Mjolnir is shown, calling out to Volstagg, as he grabs it, and becomes the War Thor! Volstagg is the War Thor! I’m not sure why none of us saw this coming, but man, it was satisfying to see Volstagg get his due.

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Another satisfying book this week, with the Manchester Black and the Elite arc coming to a close. Superboy defeats Black, and sends his consciousness into a cow, which is fantastic. Not only that, but we see Jon fly, and everything seems to actually work itself into a happy ending. Overall, this was a great throwback arc for the big blue boy scout, and I hope to see more like it in the future.