New Comic Books: January 17

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…

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Analog EP37: New Year…

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New Year, Same Analog! The guys are back with the first new episode of 2018! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture can throw at us.

To start the year, Josh, Theo, and Bovi share their hopes and dreams for 2018, as well as a few tiny morsels of news about some random happenings in the world of geek! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Marvel Moving Forward with Black Widow Film

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After years of fan requests and outcry, Marvel Studios has announced it’s moving forward with a standalone Black Widow film, starring Scarlett Johannson. While still in the early stages, Variety has revealed that the studio has added screenwriter Jac Schaeffer, who will provide the script for the solo film about the Russian spy-turned-Avenger.

“Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer,” according to Variety’s sources, “and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a [Black Widow] writer.” This is some of the best news to come out of the Marvel camp in a while, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

 

New Comic Books: January 10

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I’ll always be a fan of a story that involves Booster Gold. Particularly a story where Booster remains the “Greatest Hero No One Has Ever Heard Of.” He’s the hero that has saved the multiverse and the timestream countless times, yet remains a nobody, not only in the world of the comics, but in comics itself. Additionally, it looks as if Zod is taking over the next several issues of many books, with him not only in the next issue of Action Comics, but Green Lantern Corps, as well. Interesting…
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Another new villain origin story for Wonder Woman. With her surge in popularity, they’re certainly filling out her rogues gallery in quick fashion. The Silver Swan seems to be an interesting villain with a tragic backstory, but it should be fascinating to see what sort of abilities the nanites in her bloodstream give her. Fingers crossed that she’s another unique addition to the world of Diana Prince, because Wonder Woman could certainly use some more iconic villains aside from Ares, and Cheetah.
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The fight between Flash and Captain Cold to open the issue was brutal, but they should have stretched it just a bit further. Little by little, things seem to be getting back to the status quo that we all know and love about the Flash. His relationship with Iris, and the hopeful nature of his character, and supporting cast. It’s been a dark last several months for Barry Allen, but it’s good to see his redemption coming to fruition.
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I’m not sure what it is, but first there was the charming issue of Batman with Superman, and their pre-marital squabbles. Now, this issue of Mister Miracle shows long-time couple Scott Free and Big Barda discussing their future while effortlessly dispatching much of New Genesis. It was a light-hearted and fun read, while the two New Gods eviscerated their own in an attempt to reach Orion, and it just further solidifed the notion that this book is fantastic.DM
I cannot overstate just now bat-shit crazy Neal Adams has become. He was always known for his over the top story telling, but these days his stories are just getting hard to follow. This book, while completely engaging and most certainly a Deadman story, is bonkers. Things are starting to come together in a way that actually makes sense, which is honestly the scariest part. One last note: the Spectre acting as a sidekick to Deadman in all of this is brilliant.
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Apparently it is a week of restoration for the status quo of classic DC characters, as the Guardians of the Universe have restored themselves to power, dedicating the remainder of their lives to the legacy that they have created in the Green Lantern Corps. It was a pretty amazing moment to see the Guardians in their robes once again, particularly with another old threat, the Darkstars, now looming under the control of the… well, the Controllers.

 

First Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation has released the first official trailer for the upcoming animated feature, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it’s clearly going to be a hilarious shakedown of superhero film culture, that is way too meta. After the team jokes that no one wants to see them, they just want to see Wonder Woman, they then follow up with a joke about Aquaman getting a film, as well.

This is definitely going to be one to watch, as it’s quite a surprise for the year. Hopefully it remains a pleasant one.

 

Injustice 2 Introduces Enchantress

Injustice 2 just keeps rolling with the character releases, and now WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have revealed a new trailer revealing our first look at gameplay for Enchantress. Her move-set looks fluid and graceful, with many of her moves and details resembling her Suicide Squad character.

Enchantress will arrive on January 9 for players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #3, and will be available as a standalone purchase beginning January 16 from the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Steam, and Microsoft Store.

First Look at Black Lightning’s Thunder

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It was only a matter of time before we had confirmation that Black Lightning’s daughters would be suiting up in the series, as well. They’re nearly as famous as he is, with several animated incarnations to speak of. Now, star Nafessa Williams has shared an official look at her Anissa Pierce in full costume as the heroic Thunder.

Williams also confirmed on Twitter than Thunder would be a lesbian like her comic book counterpart. Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. (after The Flash) on The CW. Hit the jump for a look at the full image.

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New Comic Books: January 3

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After a lengthy hiatus thanks to life, getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then the holidays, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled comic book programming. It was a short week, with Batman dominating the shelves this week for me, and all of his stories being pretty damn great.BM
This seemed like it was going to be a straightforward “Batman helping a kid with the same origin as him” story, but then it took that crazy dark turn and suddenly became an origin story for what could eventually become the most personal villain Batman has ever had. A child, mentally troubled, with the names of Bruce’s parents etched into his face after Batman’s failure to solve the puzzle. That’s one hell of an origin.SM
This Super Sons of Tomorrow story was short but incredibly sweet. It was cool to see Jon working with the Teen Titans, and the future Tim Drake not only getting a new suit and rad codename, Savior, but also his redemption, as well, after he sacrificed himself to save the very person he was trying to kill the entire story. The biggest question now is left at the very end, when Savior is falling through the timestream, and sees every DC event that’s been wiped out. Zero Hour, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and so many more. Is he going to be the key to restoring the universe?SIG
This has the potential to be an interesting read. The implication is that in METAL, when Duke’s powers awakened, they reacted with a metal in the water supply of Gotham that gave other kids that also matched biologically in some way, meta abilities. This opens up a whole slew of story-telling options for the Bat-family, and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes. I will say, though, that the metas, and even Signal himself, seem very Static Shock-like. Not a bad thing, but just an observation in the way the story seems to be progressing.WK
This is such an incredibly well-written story that my mind can’t fathom how remarkable it is. The origin of Neo-Joker, as the second Harley is calling herself, is absolutely tragic. The way Joker treated her, though, makes complete sense as to why she’s behaving the way she is. He saved her life, and she has to re-pay the favor by saving the Joker from Jack Napier. On top of that, Napier is forcing everyone closest to him away from Batman’s life. This Batman is darker, less caring, and more driven to brutally stomp crime out, so this plan is incredible. We’ll see how it all plays out.

 

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer

Arguably the biggest trailer release during my hiatus was the surprising unveiling of the first trailer for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the long-awaited animated film featuring the feature-debut of Miles Morales as Spider-Man.

The film looks visually stunning with an artistic style none were expecting from a large-scale film such as this. It’s absolutely worth checking out, and already one of my most anticipated films of 2018.

Shazam! Adds Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

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The long-standing supporting cast for Shazam!, arguably just as important as the title character himself is starting to finally take its full shape. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) has been cast as Freddy Freeman according to Deadline.

Grazer’s Freddy Freeman is said to be “Batson’s best friend and the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.” DC fans will know that Freeman eventually suits up as a hero himself, taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel Jr. in the comics. Shazam! is set to hit theaters in 2019, and also stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana, and Grace Fulton.

New Comic Books: December 7

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”

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.

DC Films to Introduce the Legion of Doom Across Several Films

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Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”

It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.

Jude Law Cast as Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel

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The cast of Marvel Entertainment’s much-anticipated Captain Marvel is slowly taking shape, and the studio is pulling no punches on big names for the film. Variety is reporting that Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) has been cast as Kree hero, Mar-Vell, the alien responsible for giving Carol Danvers her powers.

This casting is terrific, but rumor has it that Keanu Reeves was offered the role, but turned it down. Perhaps it’s for the best.

First Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Entertainment has followed up this crazy week of Avengers: Infinity War coverage with the first official trailer for one of the most anticipated films in cinematic history. Infinity War brings together our heroes from across the galaxy, with many of them interacting for the first time to combat the intergalactic threat of universal destruction at the hands of Thanos.

It’s an epic trailer that just barely seems to touch on anything in the film. It even holds back on Marvel’s usual depth of key scenes to draw the viewer in, knowing full well that everyone on the planet plans to see it in theaters.