New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

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I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

Justice League Reshoots Removing Cliffhanger Ending

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Slash Film has gotten their hands on one heck of a scoop, claiming that the currently ongoing reshoots for this November’s Justice League are completely removing a cliffhanger ending from the film. The ending in question saw the arrival of Darkseid on Earth, setting up the sequel for the film. However, given the current state of DC’s film slate, it makes sense to leave that reveal for later.

Wonder Woman star, Robin Wright, who played Antiope, is being brought back for flashbacks in the film, that will show the origin of Steppenwolf, and his arrival. What are your thoughts on the update, and now lack of Darkseid. Given the upcoming slate, this could be quite a blessing, to have such a large shadow still looming over the DCEU, much like Thanos in the MCU.

Teagan Croft Cast as Raven in Titans TV Show

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Deadline is reporting that Australian actress, Teagan Croft (Home and Away, The Osiris Child), a relative newcomer to acting, has landed one of the lead roles in the new live-action Titans TV series from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros Television.

Croft will play Rachel Roth, a.k.a. Raven, on the series, indicating a much younger direction for the character, possibly even the team, than we had initially expected. Titans is set to premiere on an upcoming DC Entertainment streaming service, that still remains quite a mystery up to this point.

Analog EP20: Lots of Dinosaurs

Josh and Theo are back, sans Bovi, for the Analog Season 2 premiere! We’ve got a new look, and a new intro, and even a bologna sandwich! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The Valiant Universe, John Cena, DC Universe news, and a slew of Persona updates kick off the latest season of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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New Comic Books: August 2

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Pretty straightforward, lackluster week of comics this week, as DC ruled with all the releases. Honestly, even in that regard, they were generally a bit underwhelming, as many of DC’s arcs seem to be in a state of flux before the big one starts in just two weeks, with Dark Knights: Metal.

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The second issue in the historical arc, celebrating America was considerably more grim than the first. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much, but I applaud the writer’s will to show the horrors of war for the what they are: horrors. Now that we’ve gotten that breather out of the way, I’m excited for the next arc to start with Superman encountering Parallax.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles has been a brutal read for Batman fans, with a younger, more inexperienced Batman, facing trial after trial, in an attempt to save his city from a never-ending battle of wits between two supervillains. This issue was especially dark, as we saw, not only what was happening in Gotham, but what Batman was willing to do to stop it. Coming within inches of murdering Deadshot to stop the five day spree that took hundreds of lives.

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I hadn’t read Justice League up to this point, but I figured a new arc, with future comic book children is definitely a great place to start. Stories like this are always fun, with revelations about parenthood, and great character design taking center stage. The story still seems a mystery, but given what we’ve seen so far, this should be an interesting twist on our heroes’ future.

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This was a legitimate touching tribute to the greatest to ever draw comics, Jack Kirby. The first of many Kirby specials that DC will be releasing focused on Orion, and his brother Kalibak. Two characters that haven’t been given the attention they truly deserve in recent times. This was a fun read, and the final short story, with Lonar the Wanderer, was especially great for fans of Jack Kirby.

Funko Unveils New Justice League Toys With Mystery Character

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Funko has unveiled more Justice League toys, including the full lineup of excellent looking Mystery Minis, as well as four new Pop! figures. The Pop! figures include Wonder Woman and Cyborg holding a Mother Box, Mera, and a combo pack with Aquaman and Batman in his tactical suit.

The big takeaway, though, is with the Mystery Minis, as they reveal a new mysterious character (seen above). Initial speculation has it pegged as Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, but as of now, it remains a mystery. Hit the jump to see the full lineup of unveiled toys.

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Analog EP19: Justice Yay

It’s the season finale of Analog! Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back to cover Comic-Con! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

The most kickass news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con! Trailers, news, rumors, and more about the coolest upcoming movies and TV shows! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Justice League Cosbabies Revealed by Hot Toys

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Hot Toys had a big weekend with Justice League, after revealing their incredibly detailed 1/6 scale figures, they’ve also revealed a full set of Cosbaby figures. The figures stand approximately 10-11 cm. tall, and come with accessories such as Superman’s magnetic heat-vision eyes.

The figures are available as a set or individually, and consists of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Mera. No release date has been set, but they’ll be available in Q3 or Q4 2017. Hit the jump to check out the full line.

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DC Entertainment Confirms Flashpoint & More

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During their Hall H presentation, Warner Bros. got the ball rolling strong, showing a montage of logos for upcoming DC Entertainment properties. The list includes films we knew were coming, as well as confirmation of others, and even a few surprises.

Suicide Squad 2, and Wonder Woman 2 were both confirmed. Along with Shazam, The Batman, Justice League Dark, and Batgirl. The big surprise, though? Flashpoint, the line-wide prelude to the New 52 reboot has been confirmed as in development at Warner Bros. No further details are available, but we should know more in the coming months after Justice League.

Extended Comic-Con Justice League Trailer

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a new, extended trailer for Justice League during their Hall H presentation loaded with new footage and story points, as well as our first look at Steppenwolf, and Themyscira in the film. The trailer is action-packed with moments, and does a great job of building hype for the film.

It even leaves us with a bit of a tease at the end, with a mystery figure approaching Alfred and him hoping that the figure’s appearance is “not too late.” Justice League hits theaters on November 17th.

New Justice League Poster Unveiled Ahead of Hall H

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Today is set to be a massive day for fans, as Warner Bros. Hall H panel at SDCC will be giving us plenty of good stuff, with the biggest most likely being a new trailer for Justice League, which opens in November. Jason Mamoa has teased more unknown announcements, as well, including a rumored Green Lantern appearance.

In celebration of the panel, today, DC Entertainment has released a new poster for Justice League featuring the five primary members of the team in a pose extremely reminiscent of the iconic Alex Ross. You can hit the jump to view the poster in full.

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Better Look at Justice League’s Mother Boxes

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Today is the first full day of SDCC, and with it, we’ve been given a massive influx of cool shots from the show floor. One of the coolest, is by far the first look at the three Mother Boxes, that will be the focus of this year’s Justice League. Each Mother Box is different in design, and guarded by an individual “faction”- Humans, Amazons, and Atlanteans. The Human Mother Box has already bonded with Victor Stone at this point, creating Cyborg, and Steppenwolf is searching for the other two.

Hit the jump to check out our first look at all three Mother Boxes.

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Hot Toys Teases Justice League Figures

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Hot Toys is most famous for their incredibly detailed 1/6 scale figures, and now you can add the full Justice League roster to that lineup, as well. The upcoming line of collectible figures will include all six members of the Justice League, as well as a “Tactical Suit” variant of Batman.

The toy selection for Justice League keeps growing and growing as the months roll on, and it will be great to see what fun merchandise we get out of this juggernaut. Justice League hits theater on November 10th.

New DC Entertainment Intro Officially Released

Anyone who saw Wonder Woman (you have seen it, right?) was also greeted with the official new intro for the DC Entertainment Universe, with a very nostalgic Justice League Unlimited feel, it signaled a shift in the way of thinking for DC films.

After a bevy of fan requests for the studio to release the intro officially, we finally have a good HD look at the beautiful piece of footage. Check it out above, and maybe you’ll be seeing it on Ph LEVEL a bit more in the near future, with something I’m currently working on.

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced an incredible new box set, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Universe animated original films. The box set will include all 30 DC animated films under the banner, as well as a ton of special features, 5 animated shorts (hopefully the DC Nation shorts are included), and several collectible items.

It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library. We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.

Hit the jump for a complete list of the included films, as well as a first full look at the promotional image for the box set (seen above).

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