Pull Box: January 16

A new villain! Or is she a hero? Victorious and her purpose is still up in the air, but she is most certainly a tool for one of Doctor Doom’s many schemes. This one saw her act as a lure for Galactus, most likely as some sort of display of power for Latveria, though he doesn’t exactly need it. It’s nice to see the team back in action together, though. It’s also much appreciated that they didn’t forget the history between Franklin Richards and Galactus, one of my favorite pairings from Marvel in many years.

This lead-up to Detective Comics #1000 is so fascinating. It’s such a strange mystery, with all of Batman’s past on display. His origin, being picked apart by a ruthless creature that knows his story as well as he, himself, knows it. It’s still unclear, but if I had to wager a guess, this is most likely a returning Clayface, who vanished to keep Cassandra safe after he was manipulated and turned into a weapon against Gotham City. Perhaps he blames Batman for all that’s happened to him? We’ll find out soon enough.

The Deathbringers have returned. But that’s the least important thing that happened this issue. Carter Hall slipped through time to a Krypton on the brink of destruction, meeting his past self, Catar-Ol, as he witnesses the death of his world. The realizations about Kal-El and Kara, and their past interactions with each other were beautiful in a way, connecting those characters in a way that feels fresh and new. One of the best things this book has done from the start is manipulate the past of the DC Universe in such effortless ways, and it’s fantastic.

That slight detour that Wonder Woman’s arc took us on has diverted back to the Otherkind, and it immediately picked up. The Otherkind are invading Earth and its realms at an alarming rate, taking root in the tales and whispered stories of the Magical World. Unknowingly, Man-Bat is helping spread the word, as he’s the odd man out in all of this. The rookie to the world of demons and evil… naive to its many nuances. The addition of S.H.A.D.E. and the numerous magical heroes and villains across the DC Universe is adding so much flavor to these books, and I love it.

As per usual, no one listened to Superman when the time was right, and now they’re all just realizing that, yes, Jor-El is a crazy person who has manipulated things for years in his own favor. I’m honestly a little sad about the Jonathan Kent time-skip thing because he was actually an endearing kid-hero, who was fun to read and actually believable in his wonder and amazement at everything. Hopefully the new Jonathan, albeit older and more serious is still a good read.

This was considerably better than the first issue, but only slightly. It took forever to get moving, and something about the story just doesn’t sit right with me. It feels off, and uninteresting for a Batman story. Even with The Batman Who Laughs, and The Grim Knight, two interesting parallel versions of Batman at its disposal, it uses them sparingly, going for spectacle and attempts at mystery. I’ll give it one more issue to wow me, and we’ll see what happens.

Gemini finally makes their move, manipulating Psych, who was manipulating Flash for Gemini. It sounds way more confusing than it really was. It’s interesting how these new Force Users are so adept at using their powers. They’re skilled in the way that Flash is skilled with the Speed Force, as if they’re meant to have these powers, and they’ve finally found their proper host. Now, in the next issue, it looks like we’ll get a full breakdown of the history of speed force, and these new forces themselves. That could change Flash comics forever, if it’s done well enough.

A bit of an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise fantastic arc, this did exactly what it needed to do. It put Ares down, while also putting him on a quest to find Athena and the other Gods, who seem to be scattered to the winds. Aphrodite is now with Diana, who seems lost in all the confusion of the Greek Pantheon ascending to the Earthly plain once again. I think that soon enough we’ll be heading back to Themyscira. With the Gods in the winds, perhaps the whole world will be heading to Themyscira soon enough?

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First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home Drops!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the sequel to the wildly successful Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new film sees Peter Parker taking a school trip to Europe where he’s recruited by Nick Fury to stop an international terrorist in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei as “MJ” and Aunt May. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio while Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. New additions include comedian J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar as Dimitri, with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders signed on to join the sequel as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th. You can also hit the jump to check out the first official poster for the film.

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Several Notable Projects at Fox Cancelled

While not much of a surprise, it’s been reported by Daniel Richtman that the much-talked-about Disney and Fox deal will close in less than two months. With that timetable, several long-time and notable projects on the Fox Studios schedule has been cancelled. This includes Gambit, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man, and X-Force.

This will officially make the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants the last Marvel property films to release from the studio. Let’s hope they go out on a high note.

Lady Sif Series for Disney+ In The Works

According to a report from Discussing Film, Marvel Studios is potentially developing a Lady Sif TV series for the Disney+ streaming service. Kevin Feige is said to be producing the show, with Jaimie Alexander potentially reprising her titular role as Lady Sif.

It’s placement in the timeline is still very much unknown, and Alexander’s busy schedule with Blindspot is sure to make things difficult. Given that each series of Disney+ has been a mini-series, though, it’s not entirely off the table for the actress.

Full Trailer for The Punisher Season 2 Drops

Netflix has released the first full look at what is certain to be Frank Castle’s last go-around on the streaming service, with Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2. After being given a second chance at the end of the first season, Frank comes across Amy Bendix, an obscure character from the comics in need of his help, giving him reason to pick up his guns once again.

The trailer is great, and packed to the brim with ultraviolence that the character is already known for. Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2 hits Netflix on January 18th.

Pull Box: January 9

The War of the Realms is finally on its way, and we’re getting a peek behind the curtain of the unsung heroes of War that gather information, and spy on enemies such as Malekith. The growth of Roz Solomon as a hero, and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (now Agent of Wakanda) has been one of the bigger character pieces throughout the last several years of Thor, and arguably one of its biggest successes. The tragedy that follows her drives her now, and has really helped her flourish into a greater role behind the scenes.

Are we finally gaining traction on the return of the previous universes across the DC Multiverse?! They just said that “this universe is not the first!” That could mean so many things, but the constant restoration of the DC status quo cannot be ignored in this case. Mystery on top of mystery abound here as the entire universe is united against the Justice League for the destruction of the Source Wall. Thanks, Batman.

That was a wildly interesting issue. Though, when Tom King and Mitch Gerads are together, nothing but the weirdest stories are in order, and it’s great. With only one page of spoken dialogue, we’re in Batman’s head as he awakens in what is most certainly some sort of nightmare. The good thing? We’re finally back on track somewhat with Flashpoint Batman as Bruce finally remembers what’s happening. But what made him forget? This is an intense story with so many crazy mysteries in play.

I figured that the Green Lantern vs. God thing would be a ploy, but if anyone would be willing to go there, it would be Grant Morrison. Unfortunately, it was a ploy for a planet eater to trick the Earth into complacency while he fattened up the planet and its population to eventually consume it. Clever. This version of Hal Jordan is much more of a “Space Cop” than any other instances, being more grizzled and utilizing more aggressive tactics. Even going so far as to kill the slave trader, though he certainly deserved it.

This moved so quickly, and in such insane fashion that it was hard to really pull it all together. But being so quick moving, and being a thing that involved Impulse in any capacity, made it a hell of a lot of fun. The quick introduction to Young Justice, and the re-emergence of several younger characters for no apparent reason was a bit strange, but in the world of comics, anything is truly possible. Hopefully Bendis is able to slow that pace down just a bit, though.

Luke Wilson Cast in Stargirl

It would appear the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Stargirl, is certainly going to have quite the star-studded cast with The Wrap confirming that Luke Wilson (Bottle Rocket) has been cast as Pat Dugan, aka S.T.R.I.P.E., the stepfather of Stargirl. Dugan was a hero as a teenager, with the codename Stripesy. Dugan is the pilot of the S.T.R.I.P.E. armor, which stands for Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer. In the comics, Courtney became Stargirl after learning about her stepfather’s heroic legacy, and he donned the armor to look after her, and help her grow.

“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s,” said Geoff Johns. “And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”

New Look at Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios has released a Special Look at the upcoming Captain Marvel adaptation during last night’s National Championship game, offering loads of new footage of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury as they prepare to battle the Skrulls, and combat their invasion of Earth.

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th.

Pull Box: January 2

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Ever since its reveal in The Silencer, Leviathan has been revealed to be pulling the strings in the darkest parts of the DC Universe for years. Operating in shadows that the heroes didn’t even know existed, and manipulating weaknesses in their abilities and personalities for years. Now, they’re slowly starting to take control over several books, and becoming a legitimate threat to the world without anyone being any wiser. A slow burn villain is most certainly the best one, and with Red Cloud working with Leviathan, things should get much more interesting.
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The countdown to Detective Comics #1000 has been absolutely phenomenal. A personal story that recalls the well-known origin of Batman in unique ways, as each and every person that Batman loves is picked apart, one by one. Pushing him further and further to the depths of his soul to grapple with his own humanity and past. This is storytelling at its best, and I know it should culminate into one hell of a thousandth issue.
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This is such a unique and fantastic story. A murder mystery with a real message at its heart, that humanizes DC’s heroes in a way that they have never really explored. The mental health and psychological issues that comes with being a hero, and dealing with the loss and failure, and much more. It’s dramatic, with a genuine conflict that could legitimately affect the DC Universe moving forward. Real stakes for the heroes. It’s a wonderful change of pace.
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This was a strangely paced issue. Flash and Fuerza defeated the Sage Force demons, and stopped Cauldron in Corto Maltese, meanwhile Commander Cold is making himself more comfortable in Central City, and their cases are starting to crossover with each other. It’s obvious that Trickster is behind the Sage Force weapon, but how does he know how to manipulate it? That’s definitely the big question. JLO
There are a lot of mysteries at play here, and I’m starting to get a little worried that they may not pull together in the most cohesive way. At the very least, we know now that Darkseid is most certainly playing at something, finding Blackfire, Starfire’s Sister, in the ruins of Tamarand with a plan to manipulate the troubled worlds of the Ghost Sector. That should at least make this series more interesting.
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I really wasn’t expecting this turn of events, as Leviathan continues to one-up every single hero and villain across the DC Universe with a skilled manipulation that comics hasn’t seen in ages. It’s incredible. But, now I wonder… Did she kill honor? Are there plans to revive her with the Lazarus Pit? What is Talia’s goal, right now? Lots of questions, and the more Leviathan stretches into other books, the more excited I get for each issue of The Silencer.WW
A solid, albeit slightly uneventful issue for Wonder Woman. Of course the children that she rescued belonged to the Prime Minister, naturally drawing her to him. Aphrodite in the fray throws quite a few things into question, and I still say it’s the result of the Otherkind from Justice League Dark destroying the home of the Gods. Though, it could be something more.
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The Terrifics even get their own villain team! And it’s a crazy multiversal team! That’s awesome. Of course, the team would be miserable without each other at this point. The only friends they had were each other… now they’re forced to confront that fact. The Plastic Man interaction was certainly the most interesting, with Eel’s son, Luke, being introduced to the series, and his plastic abilities. I wonder if that will come into play in the near future?

Pull Box: December 26

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It’s the day after Christmas, and there’s only one major comic book release this week. It just so happens to be a fantastic, extra-large wedding special for the Fantastic Four. A series of stories that pulls it all together in touching fashion, including a trip back to the origin of the First Family, albeit with a strange twist that may get called upon in the future. The real star here, though, was the wedding itself. With Reed revealing that he had created a Time Displacement Device to stop time around the ceremony while the inevitable shenanigans happened. This time involving Galactus, which was called back just earlier in the issue! Pretty great story-telling, admittedly.

Doom Patrol Teaser and Premiere Date Revealed

DC Universe has given us our first teaser trailer for the upcoming streaming series, Doom Patrol, as well as a series of character posters, and even a premiere date: February 15th, 2019.

Doom Patrol stars Joivan Wade (The First Purge) as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) as Robotman, Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Negative Man, Timothy Dalton (Doctor Who) as Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby (Drop Dead Diva) as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) as Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as Mr. Nobody. You can hit the jump to check out the fantastic character posters for the team.

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Into The Spider-Verse Gets Its Own Christmas Album

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After making a joke about its existence in the film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is getting its own Christmas album. A Very Spidey Christmas is available to purchase digitally and stream today, December 21st, with performances from the cast of the film including Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, and Shameik Moore.

 

  • Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
  • Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
  • Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
  • Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
  • The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

You can hit the jump to listen to the first two songs from the album.

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Stargirl Casts Its Injustice Society

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The cast of Stargirl continues to grow, with the focus now on the Injustice Society and its group of villains, according to Deadline. Neil Hopkins (LOST) will play Lawrence “Crusher” Crock, aka Sportsmaster. Joy Mosmanski (The Following) will play his partner-in-crime, Tigress. Lastly, Nelson Lee (Blade: The Series) will portray the mastermind behind the Injustice Society, Dragon King.

The cast for Stargirl has filled out nicely, with several characters seeing their live-action debut on the series. That alone should make it quite the can’t-miss series when it debuts in late 2019.

First Hellboy Trailer Now Online

Lionsgate has shared the first official trailer from the upcoming Hellboy reboot, from director Neil Marshall (Doomsday). The trailer is filled with cheesy jokes, and monster action, and looks like it’s going to differentiate itself fairly well with the classic Guillermo Del Toro films.

Hellboy stars David Harbour as the titular demon, Ian McShane (American Gods) as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as Nimue aka the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) will play the elder witch Ganeida, and Daniel Dae Kim (LOST) is playing Major Ben Daimio.

Pull Box: December 19

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A surprising callback to an older issue on Tom King’s run, this culminated in a way I wasn’t expecting. It started out usual enough, and quickly became something else, with small twists here and there. How they’ll bring this all back around is the question. On top of that, this break from the main story, right as Thomas Wayne appears in the Batcave? Come on! The next issue cannot get here fast enough.
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A timely reboot for a team that is meant to stand in for America itself, the Freedom Fighters are most certainly a direct response to the uptick in Neo-Nazi and fear-mongering movements across the world. While it won’t have a big impact, it shows strong resolve of DC Comics to release this book and stand for something. On top of that, it already seem like it’s going to be a fitting continuation with new takes on classic characters, and I am all for that.
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Oh man, that was amazing! Shayera and Katar Hol are alive?! But, is it really them? What secrets are they holding in regards to the Totality, and what is their plan with the Martian Keep? And, how does Starman fit into all of this? He seems linked to the Multiverse on several levels, with his overwhelming power linked to the source wall itself. So many questions! Every time we get answers, more questions come together. It’s brilliant.
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After years of build-up, the slowest burn I have ever seen in an event, The War of the Realms is finally on its way. The Avengers are slowly getting roped into it all, and Thor has become more ruthless on his search for answers, and a strategic advantage against Malekith, the mastermind of the war itself. With the Angels defeated, and Angela now in the fray, things have evened up a bit, but they are still several steps behind.
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While Lord Drakkon was probably one of the best overall villains in Power Rangers history, there is certainly something unnerving about Praetor. His ability to get into the heads, and invade the minds of the Rangers is something new to them, and should prove to be quite the problem in the coming issues. The realization that the Solarix is a piece of the Morphin Grid was a fascinating piece of writing, though. As if the Grid could potentially be tangible, in some corner of the Universe. Now, that could be fun to explore.