Pull Box: July 4

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All of this build. This incredible slow-burn to the only wedding in comic book history that I would be excited for. And it comes to a beautiful crescendo, and they can’t go through with it. Doubt in Catwoman’s mind tells her that Batman is too important, and if he’s happy, that Batman will fail. Her mistake is thinking that Batman’s misery is his only strength. But then comes the letter, from so long ago, where Bruce had confessed that he truly died long ago. What does this mean for the future? What about Bane and his gathering of villains at Arkham? Was the Thomas Wayne? What is going on?!
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The Cosmic Ghost Rider was easily one of the best surprises from the most recent run of Thanos books, so giving him his own solo title was a no-brainer. Then, having him go back in time to kill baby Thanos, only to have him take him to space to try to redeem the kid? That’s just ridiculous, and genius. This will definitely be a fun book to keep an eye out for. Hopefully there are some parallels to Cable and baby Hope, because if there’s one thing Marvel is good at, it’s hero and baby stories.
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Luthor has quite the elaborate plan in place. Manipulating these forces of nature such as the Still Force, and the Ultraviolet Spectrum to his own ends. In anyone else’s hands, it would be absurd, but against all odds, Scott Snyder pulls these threads together and it actually works. Justice League is one of the best things going in comics, and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
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Well, this ended in quite the crazy twist! The deal with Jor-El happened before the battle with Rogol Zaar, who destroyed the deep-space communicator in the Fortress battle, which only added to Superman’s grief and worry. The memorial to the city of Kandor was beautiful, and the cliffhanger that Superman had been setting the fires across Metropolis seems strange. Maybe it’s the alternate reality Jon? Even more questions, now!

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Pull Box: June 6

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This was an intensely strange issue. Batman seemed almost uncaring for the hostage that Joker had, which is very unlike him. Additionally, the way he played into the Joker’s plans the entire time were just… strange. As if there’s a deeper plan at work, here. King’s run on Batman has shown him as a master planner in almost any situation, having come out ahead of the deepest of scrapes, and I can’t imagine this will be any different.
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Yet again, Bendis gives us more questions, with even fewer answers. The story is clearly moving forward, but we’re moving forward in the dark. Just following along, and waiting for things to reveal themselves. It’s admittedly a nice change of pace for Superman, who’s usually pretty black and white. I said it last week, I’ll say it again now: I really hope we get some answers as to what exactly is going on here, because it’s all very high up in the air, right now.
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This is an interesting addition to the New Age of Heroes books, as this seems to be the first one that really seems affected by Dark Knights: Metal in more ways than just “the dark multiverse created me.” The stakes here seem real, and incredibly high in comparison to the more personal stories they’ve been telling in the other books. I’m actually quite interested to see where this goes. They already wiped out several of the “new” characters they introduced, so they’re clearly not playing games.
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After a great setup for the Dark Gods, this felt anti-climactic in some way. The monoliths are so incredibly intimidating, but the first Dark God we’ve met, Karnell the God of Love, seemed like more an underling than a God. At least we now have an explanation for where they’ve come from, with the events of Dark Knights: Metal affecting damn near every book in the DC Universe. The Dark Gods are remnants, ripped away from the Dark Multiverse unwillingly. That alone makes things quite interesting, as it leaves the door open for Diana’s heart to steer the ship and help them back to their world, if they’ll allow it.
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It’s interesting that this one Pink Ranger from Drakkon’s guard would be able to outwit these younger Power Rangers so easily. It speaks to how much they’ve grown in the main Mighty Morphin Power Rangers book, that they can somewhat keep up with Drakkon himself. I also can’t see the story with Matthew ending in a good way. He’s reckless, and completely misunderstood the situation that happened to him, which of course he did. Who would ever believe that their friends, all of them, are Power Rangers?JL
This new Justice League feels so fresh, so different. It’s all the same characters we love, with the famous animated series lineup back in action together, but it all feels so new. The threats here feel real, and with Lex Luthor forming a new Legion of Doom right alongside the new Justice League, there’s the potential for all of this to be just what the world of comic books needs, right now. Scott Snyder is on a roll that hasn’t been seen since Geoff Johns during Blackest Night, and I haven’t been this excited about a book since then, either.

VA-11-HALL-A Headed to Consoles

If you haven’t heard of Developer Sukeban Games  cyberpunk bartender simulation game, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, it’s alright. But, luckily, it is hitting consoles on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in early 2019. The game is gorgeous, with incredibly unique gameplay, and certainly worth a look for fan of late 80’s aesthetic.

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em’ up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life. In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws. But, this is not about those people. You are a bartender at VA-11 HALL-A, affectionately nicknamed “Valhalla.” Although it is just a small bar downtown, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories.

New Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation has debuted a new trailer for Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it gives us all new footage, with plot and we even get to hear Nicolas Cage finally play Superman in our lifetime. The movie sees the Titans try to bring Deathstroke on as a nemesis in order to get their own film adaptation.

The animated film will feature the voice cast of the series, including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. Additionally, Will Arnett will voice Slade Wilson, Kristen Bell is Jade Wilson, James Corden is Balloon Man, Halsey is Wonder Woman, Lil Yachty is Green Lantern, and Nicolas Cage will voice Superman. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies hits theaters on July 27th.

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Character Posters Unveiled

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A series of hilarious character posters for the upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies have been released that poke fun at the live-action Justice League. The posters feature the titans offering a bit of critique against their live-action adult counterparts, continuing the sarcastic marketing of the animated film.

The animated film will feature the voice cast of the series, including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. Additionally, Will Arnett will voice Slade Wilson, Kristen Bell is Jade Wilson, James Corden is Balloon Man, Halsey is Wonder Woman, Lil Yachty is Green Lantern, and Nicolas Cage will voice Superman. Hit the jump to check out all 5 posters in full.

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Teen Titans GO! Getting Its Justice League

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Warner Bros. Animation is slowly releasing the voice cast for its upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it’s Justice League is shaping up to be something special. Lil Yachty is set to play Green Lantern John Stewart, singer-songwriter Halsey will play Wonder Woman, and Nicolas Cage will finally get his chance to play Superman.

This is most certainly a ton of stunt-casting, but it’s going to make for one hell of a fun movie, which this is most certainly shaping up to be.

New Comic Books: February 14

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This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
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It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
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This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
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It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
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First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
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The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
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Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
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This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
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Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
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I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

New Comic Books: January 31

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I’m a sucker for John Romita Jr.’s artwork. It’s so engaging and characteristic. He’s one of the best comic artists in the world today, in my opinion, and his art seriosuly brought this book to the next level. To think there’s been an assassin in the DC Universe this entire time, that operates on such a next level of secrecy that her entire existence has never been mentioned. That’s an origin that I can get behind.
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The Flash War seems like it should be a fun event, particularly because The Flash has so few events to begin with. It’s nice to see Wally West moving on with his life, and taking steps to get back to where we’ve always known him to be. I will say that the addition of Zoom as the big-bad in Flash War was a bit of a let-down, given we JUST finished dealing with Reverse-Flash, who practically is the same character with a different back-story.
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This was a delightfully weird book with some intensely unique story points that really set it apart from anything I’ve read… probably ever. Milkman Man was fantastic, and the Doom Patrol and Justice League’s relationship already seems to be off to a great start, with some shockingly good chemistry between some vastly different characters. This is going to be a fun few months while these two worlds collide.
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It’s always nice to revisit such incredible stories, and the origin of Clayface from acclaimed actor Basil Karlo is still one of the greatest origins among Batman’s Rogue’s gallery. This was yet another example of how timeless these stories truly are. They can be revisited in any era, and work beautifully, and tragically.
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This issue of Metal was probably the most uneventful, but it did build on just what exactly the plan for the Dark Knights is. I have to wonder though, is it truly Barbatos that is in charge, or is it the Batman Who Laughs, who seems to genuinely be the puppetmaster behind all of this. We also finally found out the reason behind Plastic Man’s egg form, who was most likely living on the other Earth with Mister Terrific, and is sacrificing himself every second to fight the dark. Hopefully he’s able to free himself soon, because I would love to see him make an impact.

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.

 

First Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Poster and Trailer Tease

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Warner Bros. has released the first official poster for this year’s upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies animated film, as well as a trailer tease video on the film’s official Twitter account. The first trailer is set to launch tomorrow, and with a large fan-base among kids and adults, the film is expected to be a reasonable success.

Maybe we’ll be surprised, just as with the Lego Batman Movie. Only time will tell. Hit the jump to see the trailer tease and full poster.

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New Comic Books: November 15

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

New Comic Books: November 8

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Betrayal! I was expecting a much different story than this for Wonder Woman’s long-lost brother, Jason. But it would seem the mystery as to why he’s sided with Grail will be answered in the next issue. It’s almost heartbreaking, as Diana has obviously been alone for so long, and just realizing recently that she’s never actually been back to Themyscira, and that she’s been alone all this time. I can only imagine how it felt for her to realize she no longer was.
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I did not see that coming. Meena using her Speed Force abilities to take the Negative Speed Force from Barry was surprising, but it’s absolutely a welcome sight, and now we can move past that boring story. Now, we can get back to The Flash being more fun and light-hearted, and not being so emo and beating himself up constantly. These constant attempts to make him more like Spider-Man don’t seem to be working out, so they need to go back to making him The Flash.
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This story has been such a complete trip, full of such heavy emotional baggage. It’s finally addressing the story of the New Gods, and their children, and how it would truly affect them emotionally from a realistic standpoint. With that in mind, it’s been hard to piece everything together, but things seem to be coming together in a way that is slowly starting to make sense in the context of this distressing story.
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Leave it to Hal Jordan to be the most inspiring in the face of complete destruction. Unafraid to face the entire might of all of his enemies at once, made using pure spectrum energy, and still he fights on. It makes sense that he lost, of course, but still. The introduction of Element X inside the Mother Box in Cyborg, and him being the key to opening the doorway to the Multiverse is also great. Hopefully we get to see some new alt-universe heroes kicking the Dark Multiverse’s ass. That would be one hell of a war.
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The way Metal has twisted so many aspects of Batman’s history and lore has been so fluid and masterfully done. The realization that Batman surrounds himself with birds, like the bird tribe, to protect himself from the dark, and subconsciously keep himself from realizing his destiny? That was one of the most incredibly written pieces of comic book lore I have read in years, and added a completely new dimension to this amazing story.
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That was a tragic, almost abrupt ending to the Oz Effect. It also sets up Jor-El as helping Superman in Doomsday Clock next year, which given how powerful Doctor Manhattan is, will absolutely be necessary. I’m anxiously awaiting our first look at Manhattan in the world of DC Comics, and how the universe will be changed because of his appearance. His manipulations behind the Multiverse have changed so many things, that it will be fascinating to see the reverberations of this.DC
That was a fantastic conclusion to this story. The irony and beauty in the downfall of Future-Tim being Tim’s trust in his friends and teammates was wonderful. The set-up for Batwoman dropping the ball, and betraying the Bat-Family was beautifully done, and I’m so anxious to understand how this happens, as it’s meant to happen very soon. “Sooner than [Tim] could possibly imagine.”

 

Justice League Set to Have an After-Credits Scene

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Justice League star, Jason Mamoa, let slip that Warner Bros. has had a change of heart in regards to post-credits scenes, spilling the beans that Justice League will have its own. “They do,” the actor said, confirming that fans will need to wait for the final scene. “You’ve gotta sit through the whole thing and go through the credits. I forgot that it was in the script. It’s fantastic.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the after-credits scene could be, but it was rumored to be something that Zack Snyder had shot. Perhaps that Deathstroke footage could see the light of day, after all?

New Comic Books: November 1

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The art in this issue was insanely beautiful, and delaying the ienvitable fight between Selina and Talia was a smart move to bring up the tension, and take Batman out of the equation. That Batman is fighting to restore Selina’s honor, by getting the charges against her dropped makes sense, specifically if he plans to legally marry her. You know, with the criminal thing…
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The idea of Lois Lane being a one of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies is both ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and just another reason that I love how unpredictable comics can be. This issue answered a good question, as well, proving that Luthor was using Superman, knowing full well that he was the real prophet of Apokolips, and bringing him to his side at just the right moment. I’m truthfully still mostly interested in seeing how Jonathan takes to the new world, as this should be his first time off-planet and on Apokolips.

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This is already one of the best books in comics, right now. So many mind-bending and perfect story-twists that make so much sense. Two Harley Quinn’s, with one of them being good, and other an actual lunatic? The rich profiting from Batman’s War on Crime with him being unaware? They’re all perfect, and make an unbelievable amount of sense, but it’s only now that they’re being explored. With the Joker at his most intelligent, no less.

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It figures that The Devastator, the most frightening and intimidating of all the Dark Knights would be the one with the most good intentions in his back-story. Simply trying to stop a deranged and let loose Superman from furthering destroying his world, he infected himself, just as his world was about to crumble. Something about this Bruce still felt almost good in a way, albeit tragically corrupted. The Dark Knights have all been so different from one another, it’s fascinating. Now, only one remains… the Batman Who Laughs.
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DC has done an incredible job at pitting the Justice League against their Dark Multiverse counterparts, and it seems as if every time the League starts to gain any traction, they’re immediately shot down. I suppose that’s what happens when they’re fighting a bunch of Bruce Wayne’s, but it’s been entertainment nonetheless. METAL has done a great job at building itself up as hopeless, and it’s getting hard to see how the heroes are going to come out of this one.
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I’m an absolute sucker for Deadman. He’s one of my favorite heroes, with so many ups and downs in his personality. He’s often-times more of a lunatic than a hero, and it’s always fun to read. Neal Adams is a legend, and seeing him take on one of my favorite characters in that classic Neal Adams “everyone is bat-shit crazy” style is certainly satisfying. Throwing Batman into the mix? Well, that’s just icing on the cake at that point.

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Two METAL tie-ins in a single week. This was absolutely a good week for comics, with the Justice League finally taking on the Dark Knights, and us getting a twisting look at The Merciless. On top of that, we also received two books linking us to Doomsday Clock. DC is full speed ahead on both events, and it’s making for some great reading.

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This started out alright, though it wasn’t that engaging. Then, it just kept getting better and better. More twists came alongside more light on the history of the Merciless. The entire issue setting up a love story between Diana and Bruce of Earth -12 (negative twelve), only to have it ripped away, revealing that Bruce killed his Diana to keep his helmet, and take his power. This issue set up the Merciless as one hell of a thread to the league, and our Earth.
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I would read an entire graphic novel starring Baby Darkseid. The way DC has handled his story has been so full of mystery and random twists. Stories that are being hinted at, but not shown. It’s actually refreshing to see it done in such a fresh and interesting way. I’m also invested in the fate of Wonder Woman’s brother, Jason, who seems fated in a way to die. We’ll see how this all turns out, but I don’t see good things in his future.
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Metal Tie-in! This is one of my favorite overall arcs since Blackest Night, and I’m having an unbelievable amount of fun with all of this. This was a pretty straightforward set-up for the fight we’ve been waiting for, as each member of the Justice League takes on their respective Dark Knight. So, to say I’m excited about it is an understatement. Not to mention there was some groundwork laid for the future of the Flash, which has needed a shot in the arm for quite some time.
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That Tim Drake would be the most dangerous Batman is not a surprise. That he would be so arrogant about it, knowing full well just how much better he is than the rest of the family is what’s surprising. This was a wonderful issue, and seeing the team react so happily to Tim’s return was great, not to mention the chemistry between them all was fantastic. I’m legitimately excited for the next issue because now we’ve introduced Brother Eye to the Rebirth universe, and everything is awesome!

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The truth of it all is revealed, and now Superman truly knows that Jor-El, aka Mr. Oz, is behind all of the insanity in the world. How that was not obvious is beyond me. This is the most kid-like we’ve seen Jonathan in a long time, being so trusting of someone that claims to be his Grandfather. It makes me wonder, though… why did Doctor Manhattan save Jor-El? Was this all part of his game? So many questions before Doomsday Clock.
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I really wish that Hal Jordan would spend some more time on Earth, interacting with his more grounded villains. It’s cool to be cosmic and space cops, but sometimes all I want is the emotional impact of Hal trying to put his life back together with Carol. The status quo across the DC Universe with the heroes and their significant others is so different from what it’s always been. I would love to get back to what it once was.