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.

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New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

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

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

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

New Comic Books: June 7

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A short week, and a few classic comebacks for me, personally. Well, one classic comeback, as I start to take on the daunting task of catching up on my favorite comic as a kid, Spawn. The two big-guys for DC have new books this week, and Marvel’s lone release I’m interested in stepped up its action and weirdness in a big way.

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My recommendation for the week is absolutely Batman #24, with an intensely personal and revealing conversation between Batman and Gotham Girl showing Bruce’s thoughts on him ever hanging up the cowl. After his Father told him to stop being Batman, we were all wondering where it would go, but now we have our answer. It’s not going to happen, but that doesn’t mean Bruce can’t be happy. After a romp around the rooftops with Catwoman, Bruce reveals he bought the diamond he took back from Selina in their first meeting, saving it for the right time. He pulls out a ring, and in what is the most longtime coming moment in all of comics, pops the question.

The bad news? This happens the issue before the fabled War of Jokes and Riddles begins. Which we have been teased with in other books for months.

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The other big one for DC is still on a roll right now, as well. Superman continues to feel like a throwback book for me, and Manchester Black (and now Superboy Black) are just upping the nostalgia factor by ten. We finally get Black’s motivations for all the secrecy, and methodical manipulation of Jon, and his big plan to turn Jon into the “justice-dealing” killer he thinks Superman should be. Overall, another great entry into the continuing rise of Superman among the ranks for me with his Rebirth titles. There has yet to be a single miss since his re-launch.

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Marvel’s only big release for me, Black Bolt #2, almost didn’t get read this week. The first issue was slow, boring, and light on any kind of story. This next issue? The complete opposite. The art was incredible and engaging, with a load of exposition, and fantastic action sequences. Black Bolt has instantly become one of Marvel’s strangest titles, and if it keeps up this pace, it will absolutely not disappoint.

SPAWN

When I was a kid, Spawn was my favorite hero. He was edgy, and cool, and his toys were the most kickass thing you could own when you were a 12-year-old. Since those years, a lot has happened in the Spawn mythos, and while I occasionally try to jump back in, I’ve never been able to fully immerse myself. Well, now the time seems right for me to catch up, and really dig in. Really remind myself why I loved this character and this series. It’s going to be a long road, since I had no idea what was happening in this issue, but I’ll get there.