Pull Box: February 27

This entire time, this arc that has been an insane roller coaster of recollection and remembrance for Bruce’s upbringing and road to Batman… was a simulation. Created by Bruce to kill himself, every year on his birthday, he uses it to hone his skills and evolve. Getting better each and every year. That’s a level of dedication that I didn’t think Batman was capable of, but yet again he has shown why he’s the baddest dude in the DC Universe. The ending, with Batman’s goal of Absolute Zero becoming known gave me goosebumps, and the Epilogue was charming. Fantastic end to a fantastic arc.

This was such an incredibly masterful setup for the future of the DC Universe. So many of DC’s biggest stories have centered around the relationship between the Batman and The Flash, because the chemistry there is so real that they just make a great team. With the events of Heroes in Crisis becoming a focal point, as that mystery deepens and the big event for the year starts to unfold, The Year of the Villain, expect things to start to ramp up with mysteries and twists all over the place.

So, first off, all this time Amanda Waller has known the identity of Superman. That’s quite a crazy thing to think of, but she does understand his importance, as well as just how powerful he is. Not to mention calling down the wrath of the Justice League isn’t sometime she would like to do. But the threat of Leviathan, which seems to grow each and every week has forced her hand. Now, Sam Lam is possibly dead, just days after learning the truth about Superman and possibly re-thinking his stance. Attack after attack is happening, and things are getting pretty crazy, now.

Sneaky sneaky Honor Guest, manipulating Talia and playing along with her charade. It’s a clever plan, but she needs to make sure she plays it just right. Talia is wildly intelligent, and twice as dangerous. Add on the tech that her family discovered in the backyard, what looks like a laser shield of sorts and you have quite a predicament on her hands. The closer they get to the truth, the more danger they’ll be in with Leviathan as they become more and more of a threat across the DC Universe proper.

The pace of this issue seemed incredibly slow, but it was still yet another fun throwback to the days of comic books old. Mr. Terrific discovering his wife alive on another Earth, with the exact same circumstances as himself was quite the lucky break. I just hope that this ends up being a bit of a happy ending for the team. With that being said, I’m ready for the team to move on from Doc Dread and his Dreadfuls. That villain seems to have made his mark, and I would love for the team to take on some new threats.

This book really pulls no punches. Bringing out the darkest and dirtiest the world has to offer to show how truly terrible that future could have been. Thankfully, the Freedom Fighters seem like a competent team, prepared for many contingencies when it comes to their enemy. The evil German Plastic Man is still the most horrifying thing ever, and he just seems to get more and more creepy. I can only imagine how creepy he’ll be when he starts fighting again.

It was pretty obvious that King Kid had some tricks up his sleeve, but I wasn’t exactly exepcting it all to rush to the surface as soon as he saw them as Champions, turning into adults. The Seven Lands are of course still mysterious, but it seems we’re going to learn more about them pretty quickly given the next issue. I honestly wish we would have seen more on Mr. Mind and Doctor Sivana in this issue, though, as that cliffhanger last month was fantastic.

Doom’s trick was finally revealed… at least part of it. He plans to harness the power of Galactus as an endless energy source. That’s a bit old school of an idea for a villain like Doom to concoct, leading me to believe there’s a little more at play here. The confusion that Reed had on his face when Victor revealed the “Good Galactus” and Johnny and Ben backed him up was pretty priceless. I would certainly like more moments like that in upcoming issues of this Fantastic Four revival.

A slow-paced, emotional issue based around the caveman Gnarkk and Harley Quinn, finally give us a better idea of what happened here. Harley broke into Sanctuary to help Poison Ivy, and get help from Ivy. They’re friends, and lovers, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, Booster Gold, who has been on a considerable decline in the last two years, has finally snapped, and laid waste to everyone there. But, there’s still the mystery as to why this Wally was older than he should have been. Still, there are questions unanswered.

I’m starting to get fairly bored with this story, as it’s pretty convoluted and a bit ridiculous. Even for comic books. But, seeing them address the events of Justice League, with the Source Wall being torn down, and all of the New Gods being killed was certainly worth it. Darkseid was protected in the Ghost Sector, but how much longer can he keep the danger away?

That lawsuit business sure seemed to last a long time, didn’t it? That strangeness aside, it makes perfect sense and reassures the character of Veronica Cale that through all of this, all she wants is her daughter back. She spent years attempting to save her daughter, and when she finally does, she has to leave her behind in Themyscira. Now, with Themyscira destroyed through the paradox of Ares’ death, she’s lost, alongside the other inhabitants of the Amazon homeland. With the help of Aphrodite, Diana starts a new quest, and a fascinating new arc that could have some big repercussions in the future.


Young Justice: Outsiders Gets Premiere Date

DC Universe has revealed a new teaser trailer for the much-anticipated new season of Young Justice: Outsiders, and with it comes our official premiere date of January 4th, 2019. The teaser trailer also reveals that Darkseid will play a role in the upcoming season, but what to end, we’ll have to wait to find out.

This will mark the first new episode of Young Justice in several years, and to say fans are excited would be quite the understatement.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment have officially announced LEGO DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players in a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC universe. The game will allow players to create their own villain, and go on their villainous escapades.

In the game, the Justice League has disappeared, replaced by mysterious impostors calling themselves the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems, and it’s up the villains to foil the schemes of the so-called heroes from an alternate universe. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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Pull Box: March 28


Metal has been my favorite comic event in almost a decade and the ending most certainly did not disappoint. It was just as grand and batshit crazy as the rest of the series, and the future that it set up is unlike anything the DC Universe has seen. The source wall, a long-standing barrier around the multiverse itself has been broken, and it’s only a matter of time before the fun repercussions of Metal start to truly take hold. Metal set up Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League in epic fashion, and I can’t wait to see where it leads. This was the end of an era, as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo part ways, but they made their last hurrah the most epic thing they could imagine, and it stuck the landing.
Stories that involve Brother Eye just instantly have this tone to them, that elevates them to the next level. This is no different. Tim is faced with a choice, but he still believes in Bruce, and the symbol that Batman represents for hope in Gotham. Having the activation of Brother Eye be the catalyst for the eventual murder of Batman by the Colony, and Tim possibly being able to stop it is a pretty great way to move this forward, and show the reason that Tim is forced to step into the role, after letting his mentor down.
This issue was straightforward and stuck simply to asking some of the biggest questions we’ve had in Doomsday Clock. Who is the new Rorschach, and how did he come to be working with Adrian Veidt? The answer is tragic, and depressing. A long story of growth and a sort of triumph in the face of mental adversity. Reggie is more connected to the story than he knows, and his path after disappearance of Doctor Manhattan is proof of that.
That was a brutal-ass fight, but in the end a feint by Zod led to the Green Lanterns falling directly into his trap. He lost the battle, but now has the means to win the war, with direct intel against every major military in the Universe. That’s a genius military move, the likes of Krypton’s greatest general doesn’t often get credited for. Slowly but surely, Zod is building himself as a credible threat to not just Superman, but the entire Universe, and eventually the Justice League.
Curing Grodd to defeat him was absolutely genius, but of course the genius madman had one last trick up his sleeve. This was another great example of a hero using their experience with a villain against them, as Barry thought about various science things throughout the issue to block out Grodd, while simultaneously concocting a plan to defeat him. A rare example of writers showing just how smart Barry really is, which doesn’t get touched upon often.
Adding Deathstroke to the mix with the Silencer is literally the best thing that could have happened to this character. This issue was a fun throwback to the 90’s full of gunfights and crazy explosions, and adding the DC Universe’s most deadly assassin will just up that throwback-feel tenfold. The Silencer has quietly been one of the more solid “New Age of Heroes” books and I hope it holds up.
Yet another throwback for the New Age of Heroes, as The Terrifics is a fantastic example of classic space-faring fun with cosmic implications. Even the characters they’ve chosen are a throwback. I’ll say it every issue, but Plastic Man doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit. He’s a fun, interesting hero that’s managed to differentiate himself through sheer personality alone, and it is fabulous.
We’re finally getting the showdown we’ve been asking for for months! Wonder Woman against Darkseid. While he’s not yet full power, he’s still a match for most. The wild card here is Jason, Diana’s brother. I can’t shake the feeling that he and his new armor will play a factor in the defeat of the New God. Perhaps the “giants” he saw were Zeus and the other Old Gods? Not actually dead at Darkseid’s hands? An interesting theory…
I managed to catch up on all of this just in time for the Shattered Grid crossover, and it started off in epic fashion. Drakkon manipulating Ninjor, and possibly killing Tommy in this universe? The implications of the death of Tommy would be insane, thanks to the massive effect he has on the future of the Power Rangers in the prime universe, so it will be interesting to see where this leads, if he is in fact dead, or if this leads to him becoming the White Ranger.

Ava DuVernay Directing New Gods Film for DC


That is the craziest headline that I thought I would never write. Ava DuVernay made history last week as the first black woman to helm a $100 Million+ tent-pole film with A Wrinkle in Time, and now she’s set to join the DC Universe as she is in talks to direct a New Gods film.

New Gods is based on the popular Jack Kirby creation, but is said to not be tied to the DC Extended Universe for the time being, so we’ll see what interesting film gets made.

New Comic Books: August 30


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Happy 100th Birthday to The King, Jack Kirby


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


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


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


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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