MGM and Columbia Pictures has released the first official trailer for Fede Alvarez’ adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The film acts as a follow-up to David Fincher’s critically acclaimed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so it has some mighty large shoes to fill.
In addition, newcomer Claire Foy (The Crown) has some large shoes to fill, as well, following star-making turns from both Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara as lead character Lisbeth Salander. We’ll find out how they do when the film hits theaters this November.
That was quite the incredible plan. Not only did it make sense, but it was ridiculous and created a moment I feel like I’ve never seen before. A Galactus-sized Emma Frost, releasing all the Power Cosmic and bringing life to a dead universe. That’s insane. The revelation that their artificial Sun was Johnny Storm, with his abilties enlarged by the Power Cosmic was almost tragic in a way, but it was totally made up for by his survival, and his passing of the Power back to Norrin Radd, aka Silver Surfer, so that he could catch up to the love of his life, Emma Frost. That was just great story-telling full of unexpected twists.
I am honestly not sure what to make of this. Brian Michael Bendis has first crack at a DC title and he leaves it on a cliffhanger, doing nothing than introducing a couple of new characters to the Superman mythos. That seems a bit counter-intuitive for a writer with so much pomp and circumstance arriving on the scene of a new company. I suppose I’ll just have to wait until the next issue to find out a little more of what’s going on. With that said, it’s nice to see Superman on a bit of a change of pace since Rebirth started.
That was so awesome. Admittedly, I didn’t feel the sense of crazy unexpectedness that I was supposed to with their plan of charging the seed, and forcing the other Titans to eat their brethren, but the pay-off was still worth it. And by pay-off I mean the New Justice League, as well as the prospect of Justice League Dark featuring Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, and Justice Leagye Odyssey with Cyborg finally taking his rightful place as leader of a team. The changes happening in the main DC books have been great, and Snyder is single-handedly making comics fun again.
While not giving us much in the way of answers, or plot points, this issue of Doomsday Clock did wonders to set the political tone for this version of the DC Universe. The Superman theory has created an artificial arms race across the planet and set the wheels of war in motion, and truthfully, the metahumans of the world, at least the truly powerful ones, like the Justice League, seem almost less than concerned. It’s strange, but once again, the pace of this book is crawling like a snail with almost no answers in sight. Things have to pull themselves together quick if we’re all going to make sense of this.
The little moments between Damian and Selina were great in this book. They worked well to bring together two characters that should honestly seem a little closer as their methodologies are more in line with one another, but they just hadn’t been given the chance. Now, things have pushed the two together, and I think it will work well for both of their characters. The star of this, though – was an unseen Joker, who single-handedly wiped out an entire sect of the League of Assassins searching for an invite to the wedding of the decade. The build-up for his invasion of Bruce and Selina’s marriage has been slow and incredible.
That was a fantastic ending to a fantastic story, with the OMAC Arc coming to a massive conclusion, and setting up the future for so many characters. Batwoman no longer has the shadow of the Colony over her, but her Dad still remains. Red Robin and Spoiler are going on what sounds like a timeline hopping road trip adventure, and two of the greatest Batgirls are training together. Lastly, Clayface is alive! Holy crap, that’s amazing! Heartbreaking, but amazing. I can’t wait for the inevitable moment Cass and him see each other again. What a way to end a story… setting up so many more.
Hector Hammond is such a strange character. I see this going badly for the Green Lantern Corps with such a powerful telepath on the battlefield. But, that’s not even the craziest twist in this issue! Guy Gardner choosing to join the Darkstars. There’s something fishy going on there. It just seemed like such a throwaway moment for something that should have been huge. John Stewart proved himself ever the tactician, as well. Even showing a bit of arrogance in the face of Zod. That was pretty awesome for a character who hasn’t been given much time to shine since Rebirth began.
Scott Snyder has a knack for making you think that things are going well. That the heroes are coming back and could actually pull this off. But, out of nowhere, it’s all undone, and that hope is swatted down like a fly. I thought that the multiple leagues would save Colu, and Earth would be spared, but unfortunately that’s not how things went. Now, with one issue left, the Omega Titans are surrounding Earth, waiting for the Trees to fully bloom, and the planet to be absorbed by the victor.
Damn, what a start to the Flash War! Having the old, brave Iris who will do anything to protect her family back has already instilled a new energy into this book. The initial basis for this was really seeming like Wally acting more like a child than the seasoned veteran that he truly is, but they brought it back at the end with the prospect of saving Wally’s children, who were pretty great parts of the older DC Universe. I can just imagine a crossover with the Super Sons.
Just like that, The Silencer’s cover is blown to her son, and he’s absolutely going to think she is the coolest damn person in the world. As per usual, Deathstroke is playing all the angles in an attempt to end the war within Leviathan, but it would seem he may have placed his trust on the wrong side. We’ll have to see where it all ends up, but it’s sure to be brutal, with a lot of bullets.
That was a sad ending to a really fun story. The team has a name, and little by little they’re starting to work together more cohesively, and befriending each other in some pretty great ways. This team has real chemistry with each other from a character standpoint, so it’s pretty easy to see why they’re such great reads. I’ll say, though, after 4 issues of exposition, it’ll be nice to get into a good size arc with these fantastic characters. Especially Plastic Man.
That took a turn I wasn’t expecting. So, the armor was meant for Diana all along, that makes sense. Now, in a twist of fate, Wonder Woman is swept away by the Star Sapphires at the most inopportune moment, while Jason, who is clearly being groomed for greater things, is left to defeat the Dark Gods, on his own. It would seem the Fates knew much more than they let on with Jason.
Skinny and bearded Booster Gold was, for some reason, one of the best things I have ever seen in a comic book. This was a great ending to a story that was so insane, that it had to end in this insane, tragic way. Booster Gold carries the weight of so many of his unknown adventures, but it was interesting to see him actually reveal this one. To tell Batman and Catwoman of his “gift” and how wrong he was, and how the world was changed. Because of one, life-altering gift.
I think I may be done picking up Damage. This book continues to suffer, and the random addition of Gorilla Grodd working with Poison Ivy was a bit much for me. It’s sad when the two-panel piece of character development with Ivy turning back into Pamela is more interesting than the starring character. He’s just so flat, and while I’m supposed to root for him, and be sympathetic, I just can’t get behind him as a character.
I cannot handle how amazing Starro is as a character in this book. Adding him to this series was the most inspired choice anyone could have ever made, and it’s all the better for it. This story is moving a lot slower than expected, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I was hoping for a little more crazy character interaction. The Lobo and Beast Boy exchange was only a taste, but it was a great one. Pretty much the highlight of this entire issue, so hopefully there’s more where that came from.
The art and storytelling in this book is so beyond comparison. It’s like reading a fairy tale, as it should be. What’s most interesting is that in this world of magic and war, Batman seems more at home than Wonder Woman. Diana is so obsessed with keeping the peace between these people that she seems almost blinded, glamoured as it were, by the entire realm. Blind to its mysteries. But Bruce is seeing through trick after trick, mystery after mystery. Each issue, more questions mount, with fewer answers given. Hopefully things start to pull themselves together soon.
An interesting premise gives this a good shot at being an interesting book, but yet another team up out of the New Age of Heroes seems a bit redundant. Additionally, nothing is going to be better than The Terrifics. Though, it’s very possible that they could link up eventually, as I think that was Tom Strong in the Museum with the Challengers? I can’t be sure, until I get better acquainted with the history. Let’s see how the next few issues fare and go from there.
Thus concludes The Mighty Thor. The War of the Realms is finally imminent in one of the most slow-burning stories I’ve ever seen in comics. Jane Foster still has a role to play, but it would appear that, starting next month, the Odinson will return to his rightful place as the eventual King of Asgard. I have no idea how that will happen, but it’s sure to be an interesting book. I’m just hoping the creative team sticks around for a bit longer.
Shattered Grid just keeps piling on the hopelessness. Each time the Rangers start to make strides toward evening the odds, Drakkon just pulls two more steps ahead, gathering more power and defeating more Rangers. It’s interesting that Drakkon spent so much time with the Zeo Rangers, where Tommy was a leader, and at his most beloved. It shows his weakness, but also belies a lot about his character and the regret over the choices he made in his own past.
Marvel Comics has released a new trailer detailing the return of the First Family, the Fantastic Four, this August. The new Fantastic Four series is written by Dan Slott with art by Sara Pichelli and covers by Esad Ribic.
“Celebrate the Fantastic Four with a view into their past and a look towards the future, from their debut in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic 1961 issue to their much-anticipated return in August’s upcoming new series from Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer), Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man: Miles Morales), and Esad Ribic (Infamous Iron Man, Marvel Legacy, Secret Wars)!”
Hit the jump for a look at the cover to issue #1, and our first look at Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, together again in all new costumes.
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This was a beautiful end to a beautiful story arc. This is honestly one of the best ways to a story like this ending that I have ever seen. The thought that Thanos is so strong-willed and powerful that just the thought of never becoming his future self erases his self from existence. It was instantaneous… no drama, no waiting with baited breath. It was quick, and a solid ending for an fantastic story.
THAT. WAS. AWESOME. Call me gullible, but never in a million years would I have expected Ulysses Armstrong to take control of a newly created Brother Eye, and recreate OMAC. That was such an incredible reveal for the Rebirth introduction of OMAC. That absolutely blew my mind. I knew this story was going in some pretty great places, but the Colony is being destroyed from the inside before it even had a chance to get going, and that’s pretty great.
The return of the Darkstars! It’s been quite a while since the Darkstars were able to make an impact on the Green Lantern Corps, but their build-up, between this book and even the ending pages of Metal, has made them already a formible and intimidating enemy. The story of Tomar-Tu almost seems to have been tailor-made for this, as well… like this is what they’ve been working towards with him from the beginning of Rebirth.
Thus far, Sideways is the weakest of the New Age of Heroes books, with his story taking longer than the others to really kick into gear. On top of that, he also feels the most distant from the rest of the DC Universe, with all of his supporting cast being new to the world. Hopefully things change in the next issue or so, and it starts to ramp up a bit more.
A lot of good loose ends tied up here at the end of this arc, and the splash page with the entire Flash family running together legitimately gave me goosebumps. It’s build-up and satisfying moments like that, that make comic books worth it with these larger than life characters. Now, we’re inching closer to Flash War, and I can’t wait.
It’s been such a mystery to what end Darkseid has been trying to hard to reach Themyscira, but it was a bit of a let-down that his entire goal was to turn the Amazons into Parademons. It’s entirely possible there’s more to his plan here, but so far this isn’t quite what I expected. At least the fight between Diana and Darkseid was brutal as hell. That was perfect.
Neil Gaiman is set to achieve a life-long dream with his adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s classic fantasy series Gormenghast alongside Akiva Goldsman of FreemantleMedia which is currently working with Gaiman on American Gods. Considered to be one of the finest works of fantasy in the last century alongside J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, it follows the inhabitants of a castle as vast as a city cut off from the rest of the world.
Two of the books were turned into a four-part BBC miniseries in 2000, that starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Christopher Lee. Since then, Gaiman has expressed interest in adapting the property with the support of Fabian Peake, the author’s son.
Metal has been my favorite comic event in almost a decade and the ending most certainly did not disappoint. It was just as grand and batshit crazy as the rest of the series, and the future that it set up is unlike anything the DC Universe has seen. The source wall, a long-standing barrier around the multiverse itself has been broken, and it’s only a matter of time before the fun repercussions of Metal start to truly take hold. Metal set up Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League in epic fashion, and I can’t wait to see where it leads. This was the end of an era, as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo part ways, but they made their last hurrah the most epic thing they could imagine, and it stuck the landing.
Stories that involve Brother Eye just instantly have this tone to them, that elevates them to the next level. This is no different. Tim is faced with a choice, but he still believes in Bruce, and the symbol that Batman represents for hope in Gotham. Having the activation of Brother Eye be the catalyst for the eventual murder of Batman by the Colony, and Tim possibly being able to stop it is a pretty great way to move this forward, and show the reason that Tim is forced to step into the role, after letting his mentor down.
This issue was straightforward and stuck simply to asking some of the biggest questions we’ve had in Doomsday Clock. Who is the new Rorschach, and how did he come to be working with Adrian Veidt? The answer is tragic, and depressing. A long story of growth and a sort of triumph in the face of mental adversity. Reggie is more connected to the story than he knows, and his path after disappearance of Doctor Manhattan is proof of that.
That was a brutal-ass fight, but in the end a feint by Zod led to the Green Lanterns falling directly into his trap. He lost the battle, but now has the means to win the war, with direct intel against every major military in the Universe. That’s a genius military move, the likes of Krypton’s greatest general doesn’t often get credited for. Slowly but surely, Zod is building himself as a credible threat to not just Superman, but the entire Universe, and eventually the Justice League.
Curing Grodd to defeat him was absolutely genius, but of course the genius madman had one last trick up his sleeve. This was another great example of a hero using their experience with a villain against them, as Barry thought about various science things throughout the issue to block out Grodd, while simultaneously concocting a plan to defeat him. A rare example of writers showing just how smart Barry really is, which doesn’t get touched upon often.
Adding Deathstroke to the mix with the Silencer is literally the best thing that could have happened to this character. This issue was a fun throwback to the 90’s full of gunfights and crazy explosions, and adding the DC Universe’s most deadly assassin will just up that throwback-feel tenfold. The Silencer has quietly been one of the more solid “New Age of Heroes” books and I hope it holds up.
Yet another throwback for the New Age of Heroes, as The Terrifics is a fantastic example of classic space-faring fun with cosmic implications. Even the characters they’ve chosen are a throwback. I’ll say it every issue, but Plastic Man doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit. He’s a fun, interesting hero that’s managed to differentiate himself through sheer personality alone, and it is fabulous.
We’re finally getting the showdown we’ve been asking for for months! Wonder Woman against Darkseid. While he’s not yet full power, he’s still a match for most. The wild card here is Jason, Diana’s brother. I can’t shake the feeling that he and his new armor will play a factor in the defeat of the New God. Perhaps the “giants” he saw were Zeus and the other Old Gods? Not actually dead at Darkseid’s hands? An interesting theory…
I managed to catch up on all of this just in time for the Shattered Grid crossover, and it started off in epic fashion. Drakkon manipulating Ninjor, and possibly killing Tommy in this universe? The implications of the death of Tommy would be insane, thanks to the massive effect he has on the future of the Power Rangers in the prime universe, so it will be interesting to see where this leads, if he is in fact dead, or if this leads to him becoming the White Ranger.
That was the absolute best way to reintroduce newer readers to General Sam Lane and his tensions with Superman, while also creating a new arc involving Hank Henshaw and the inevitability of the corruption of Superman’s Kryptonian technology. I’m not sure where that story is going, but it’s sure to blow up in Superman’s face in some crazy way.
There are so many moving pieces to the story taking place in Detective Comics right now, but like a game of chess, each piece is vital to the endgame, and it’s looking to be a great story. Batwoman and the Colony, the fall of the Knights Program and Batman’s unraveling trust, Tim’s interactions with Ulysses Armstrong. These are all leading to something bigger, and better, and it will be fun to see where it leads.
The thought of Zod and his family playing possum against the Green Lantern Corps, and then just absolutely laying waste to an entire squad of Lanterns is insane. That was one of the most brutal beatdowns I have ever seen a Green Lantern endure, and seeing Zod and Hal Jordan fight each other at full strength is going to be quite the sight.
That was easily the most somber and straightforward issue of Mister Miracle, and it was a joy to read. I’m honestly hoping that this is all, in some way, canon, and Jacob being a New God becomes a thing that affects other books in some way. The back-story for Barda and Scott was nice, and the way they named their son was fitting, given their history together. Definitely a beautiful read.
This is easily one of the best stories Flash has had since Rebirth started. Grodd is a believable villain with a great plan, full of twists and turns. Each time we think the Flash Family might have gained the upper hand, it was still always part of his plan. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, because it’s sure to be a good one.
The new, more powerful, Jason is definitely an intriguing player in all of this. Given the hint of the Greek Pantheon from the past, it’s probably going to be the Old Gods that gave Jason his newfound abilities and golden armor, but it’s still too hard to tell at this point. The biggest takeaway from here? Darkseid is getting desperate, and invading A.R.G.U.S. headquarters seems like a hell of a risky thing to do.
Now that is how you introduce a kick-ass multiverse-trekking story. Such an interesting plot, with one of the most insane multiversal twists I have ever seen. Doom becoming Galactus and swallowing the entire universe?! That is anime level crazy, and I absolutely love it. It’s stories like this that make me miss the Fantastic Four.
This has been a great arc so far, with such an interesting and unique story that I don’t think I’ve ever read with these characters. It’s so fascinating because it seems like Batman is one step ahead of Ivy, but we’re not sure where that step is leading, because we’re on the same page as Ivy in this instance. I can’t wait to see what Bruce has planned with Harley, since she’s “exactly what [he] was expecting.”
Bizarro is such an up and down character, but Bizarro World will always be the best. The addition of a Boyzarro now makes it even better, and it should be fun to see the adventure these two go on. It’s obvious they accidentally brought him back on their excursion, and now Bizarro is going to go on a journey to get his Not-Son back.
That twist at the end! That was fantastic! This series just keeps firing on all cylinders, and I have no idea who to trust anymore. Nightwing is definitely playing something, because he would never betray Bruce like that, but Barbara is always the more emotional one, hence her not going along with the plan. The truth about the Fries family and the Waynes wasn’t what we thought, but Neo-Joker is still one of the deadliest villains that Batman has ever had. Such an incredible issue.
This was a fitting end for The New Order, and the speech that Jake gave to his Dad was exactly where I knew this was all going. Without Batman, Dick immediately changed his views on the world, and took action to right what he thought was wrong. Without Dick, Bruce would have done the same. They’re two heads to the same coin, and it all made perfect sense. I like when things have a complete and happy ending, and this was fulfilling, albeit a bit rushed at the end.
Suddenly, The Flash is running on every single cylinder imagineable, and the reveal that we’ve been waiting for all along was so much more satisfying than I ever could have imagined. Grodd is back! But he’s been the mastermind behind Black Hole this entire time?! That’s incredible, and I absolutely cannot believe I never put that together. I can’t wait for the next issue, because after puttering along the last several months, The Flash is back to its rightful status.
The fight between Wonder Woman and Silver Swan was way more brutal than I imagined it would be. It was a good introduction for a semi-formidable new rogue for the Amazon warrior. The real news here, though, is the side-story of Darkseid, laying low in the Amazon forest as he amasses an army and regains his Mother Boxes across the Earth. It’ll be great to see if the return of Darkseid shakes DC Comics as a whole, as it truly should.
And thus, everything that we thought would be prevented by future Tim Drake came to fruition. The moment that Batwoman made the wrong decision, or perhaps the right one, that split the Batmen and caused his future to come to pass. It’s been fun having Clayface as a hero and ally to Batman, but it was only a matter of time before he became a weapon used against them. The fallout from this choice should be interesting in the months to come.
The time travel shenanigans that Booster and Superman have been in have been crazy, but this precursor to a war between “New Krypton” and Earth with General Zod at the helm is some meaty stuff. Traveling decades into the future with the planet still under Zod control assumes that they were not completely defeated during that war, so it raises a lot of questions as to how this war will take place.
Even more foreshadowing to a New Krypton war with General Zod in a completely different book. They’re really pushing Zod as a threat to the universe, which is interesting given how he usually stays put inside Superman’s pages. This should be a pretty hefty event in the coming months, and I hope all this fantastic build-up pays off.
The third issue of Doomsday Clock gave us answers to some pretty intriguing questions. Particularly, what the hell are the Mime’s weapons and how are they actually things. Well, it appears they’re invisible. It also gives us a look at the new Rorschach under the mask, and follows some pretty crazy twists and turns with its characters. This has been one hell of a slow burning book, so hopefully things can pick up soon, and we get more answers.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.