New Comic Books: August 30

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A bit of a late post this week, but it was a relatively small week in terms of releases. While Marvel had the overall biggest, at least as far as hype is concerned, DC took the week again with a fantastic Darkseid special on the week of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday.

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This was a nice, fun read. No real stakes, but the banter between the two hawkeyes was great. Having the various villains such as Taskmaster and Bullseye be ripped across different times was a genius idea to introduce some witty remarks between them all. So far, the Generations line has been a fun line, and a great way to further introduce the Legacy line.

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All the Mister Miracle love the last several months has been great, and now the addition of the Black Racer made it even better. This was another great love-song to the king, Jack Kirby, and it did not disappoint.

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Truthfully, I was not expecting this arc to go the way that it has, but it’s been a welcome addition to Wonder Woman’s Rebirth story. Giving her the choice to use her DNA as a cure of hundreds of diseases afflicting millions of people? That’s a personal choice that most heroes don’t have to deal with, but Diana would be the one. I’m curious to see where this goes before the next massive arc begins in a few short months.

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This was the absolute pinnacle of the Jack Kirby special issues. A grim, dark read with a focus on the tyrannical Darkseid. The art was fantastic, and reminiscent of Kirby at times, with a fantastic portrayal of the villain. Making the hero of the story a gutsy human, fueling a small resistance on Apokolips was a great choice, and making for an incredibly engaging story. Absolutely my recommendation for the week.

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The finale to Secret Empire was everything we were promised, and more. The restoration of real Steve Rogers from his somewhat prison inside of the cosmic cube, along with Kobik herself, was expected, but still a fantastic moment. Seeing Captain America in his scaley outfit felt like old times, and sets up the Legacy items wonderfully. Even the art in this issue was a dramatic improvement to the rest of Secret Empire. This was the best ending to an event Marvel has created in quite some time.

 

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Happy 100th Birthday to The King, Jack Kirby

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Today marks the 100th birthday of one of the single-most influential people in the history of modern pop culture, Jack Kirby. While often not being given as much credit as he deserves, Kirby pioneered new art styles in the field of comics, and helped create some of the most important characters in all of comic books.

He co-created the Fantastic Four with Stan Lee, the superhero team that saved Marvel from bankruptcy long ago, on top of countless other mainstream Avengers. He created the Inhumans, the New Gods, and a near endless library of who’s who in comics everywhere. Without him, we wouldn’t have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor would we likely have the DC Extended Universe, either. Happy 100th Birthday, to the King… Jack Kirby.

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.

New Mister Miracle Comic Announced

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Mister Miracle is an incredible character that few know much about. He was created by the legendary Jack Kirby, after a fallout with Marvel over creator rights, and had the epitome of 70’s style kaleidoscope comics, with space adventures and all kinds of ridiculous ideas at play. Born Scott Free, Miracle is an escape artist who after being imprisoned on Darkseid’s home planet of Apokolips, due to his “New God” status, escaped and made it home safe to his family on New Genesis.

Written by Tom King, most recently of the notable Vision book with Marvel, and groundbreaking Omega Men for DC. King has shown a prose in his tragic writing that few writers these days are able to emulate. Art is being handled by Mitch Gerads of The Punisher and Sheriff of Babylon. The title launches its 12-issue run this August.

Head over to PASTE to check out an interview and first look at the title.

Injustice 2 Character Roster

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So, in about 2 weeks, Injustice 2 finally hits store shelves and basically fulfills a wish I originally didn’t expect to see. The first Injustice title is an all-time favorite for me and my wife, and we had a ton of fun with friends and each other playing through this incredibly amazing game. Now, the sequel is being released and it looks even better than the first, with new characters, a new story, and now we even get character customization!

In preparation for the release of the game, Netherealms has been releasing a ton of roster information with character unveiling trailers and move-sets being released for the entire roster (that we know of). I have decided to take on the daunting task to collect all of them, outside of YouTube, so hit the jump and check out the entire roster for Injustice 2: Every Battle Defines You!

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