Pull Box: July 18

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THOR
This book has been so ridiculous. It’s lighthearted in a way that’s refreshing for Thor after the incredibly emotional ride that was Jane Foster’s tenure. Thor’s dysfunctional family at the heart of it all, as they slowly mend fences to bring an end to a war that’s raged on for actual years in comic book time. And now, with Hela restored to glory, Thanos steps in to break up a wedding? I love it.
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This was a surprising follow-up to Bruce Wayne’s heart getting broken by Catwoman. Batman is out of his element, being emotionally damaged once again by opening himself up, and he takes it out on those around him, particularly the villains at his disposal, and now Bruce Wayne must pay the price, having his mistake put directly in front of him, and forced to confront his demons. Yet another interestlingly personal story for The Dark Knight.
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Luthor’s plan is still so elaborate, and while it’s starting to take shape, and we’re getting answers for some questions, it’s still such a mystery. So, the baby was a reincarnated Turtle, fully attuned to the Still Force, the opposite of the Speed Force, and one of the mysteries of the Multiverse past the Source Wall. But, how does Luthor know so much? What is he trying to accomplish? Still so many questions!
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That was not the ending I was quite expecting for Book One. It was a bit all over the place, with even more questions than answers. Fights that should have raged for more time were over in the blink of an eye, and the pacing was all over the place. Not the best ending, but hopefully it at least sets up more stories in the future for this world that they’ve created. This world of Monsters and Men.
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Honestly, I feel as if this entire event, which has been fantastic, was building to that incredible splash page of the Rangers teleporting to their Command Center, like brightly colored shooting stars across the sky. Then, to see all these incredible Rangers in one place… it actually gave me goosebumps. That’s the reason I’ve been so into this story, and it’s finally coming to the beautiful climax I’ve been expecting.

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Aquaman Den of Geek Cover Revealed

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After yesterday’s fantastic theatrical poster, Den of Geek has revealed their SDCC issue cover for Aquaman, and it gives us our first glimpse at plenty of new characters, including Ocean Master, Vulko, Black Manta, and King Orm.

You can hit the jump to check out the cover in full.

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First Poster for Aquaman Debuts

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Warner Bros. has revealed that Aquaman is now on Twitter, and alongside it, we get our first official poster for the upcoming film, as well as confirmation of a trailer this Saturday at SDCC. The poster is beautiful, with Jason Momoa on a rock surrounded by the denizens of the deep, and the tagline “Home is Calling” along the top.

I can’t help but get excited by all this information from Aquaman as this is shaping up to be something very special. We’ll find out once and for all on Saturday. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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First Look at The Fisherman King in Aquaman

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look at one of the seven Kings of Atlantis, with the first being The Fisherman King, played by none other than Djimon Hounsou, who was recently added to the cast of Shazam! as the Wizard after Ron Cephas Jones was forced to depart. Also pictured are the Fisherman Queen (Natalia Safran), Princess (Sophia Forrest) and a royal guard.

“After the fall of Atlantis, some of the kingdoms evolved and some devolved,”explains producer Peter Safran. “This is one that evolved. This is a kingdom that’s primarily artistic and cerebral, with poets and philosophers.”

Duncan Jones is Directing a Comic Book Movie

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The acclaimed director of genre films Moon and Source Code, took to his Twitter this morning to announce that his next project will be a comic book movie. He goes on to say we’ll learn more in a few days. With that timeline, it nearly eliminates Marvel from the competition, but things look good for DC. Could Jones be directing Green Lantern Corps? What project do you think he would be best suited for?

A little nervous about this, but hell, nervous is where the fun is! I’m going to be making a comic book movie next! A pretty special one. That’s the initial tease… Second tease to come in a few days!

Jones was one of the first directors approached for Man of Steel back in 2010, but passed on it, believing that Moon, the only film under his belt at the time, didn’t yet prepare him for such a large scale film. Now, with Source Code, the surprisingly great Warcraft, and Mute, on his resume, perhaps Jones feels now is the time? His cinematic sensibilities certainly line up with DC, and his eye for wonderful shots would make for some incredibly beautiful alien worlds alongside the Green Lantern Corps. Additionally, with Geoff Johns recently signing on fully as screenwriter, that could shape up to be something special.

First Official Shazam! Image Hits

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first official image of Zachary Levi as the title character in DC Entertainment’s upcoming Shazam! film. The image shows a transformed Billy Batson in full costume, alongside friend Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer (Stephen King’s It).

The costume is inspired by several different incarnations of the character, including his golden age cape, New 52 lightning bolt and hood, and animated incarnation gauntlets. It’s quite the detailed costume, and I can’t wait to see it in motion, as it’s sure to be even better with full effects. You can hit the jump to check out the image in full.

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Pull Box: July 11

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Hawkman is only 2 issues in, and it’s a fantastic throwback to the old Hawkman books, with nods to many of his past lives and incarnations, as well as new additions that make perfect sense in hindsight. His new visions, and memories of the past, interspersed with the revelations from Dark Knights: Metal and his role in all of that, is making for quite the interesting story.
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This issue was more fun that it had any right to be. Hammond playing mind tricks on the Lanterns, Orion, and Zod, just so everyone would be happier was so damn adorable I couldn’t even stand it. Plus, the multi-layered plan of distraction after distraction is something so very John Stewart. Only he could concoct a plan like this that relies on so many moving parts and potential variables.
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This was as goofball as it gets for Plastic Man, bordering on Mister Miracle levels of weird. But it was still charming as hell to see Eel O’Brien impersonating essentially every major pop culture character he’s missed in the last decade. The story here isn’t taking shape too quickly, but there are plenty of mysteries. Such as the inclusion of Man-Bat? That’s a strange pick to fight Plastic Man. We’ll certainly learn more in later issues, though.
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A solid first issue for Brian Michael Bendis on his own full-run Superman book. Superman’s biggest battle currently is with himself, and his loneliness. Desperately trying to hold close to the memories of his family, knowing that currently he could never find them. A few big takeaways: Martian Manhunter seemed strange in their conversation. He seemed genuine and his point was valid, but there was something off about it. Additionally, how did Rogol Zaar get the Earth into the Phantom Zone?! The entire planet?! That’s a big question for the next issue.
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That was a hell of an issue that resolved the Flash War in a satisfying way, and set up so many new plot threads and crazy surprises. The new threat from the 31st Century seems intense, and with time travel not possible anymore, who knows how things could shake out from here. The biggest, and best surprise? The return of Bart Allen, aka Impulse! He even has his Impulse costume! That’s so great, and makes me so happy!
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After all of that, Jason was the key to defeating the Dark Gods, after all. I wasn’t expecting him to be feigning control by them, but he seemed more clever than any of us thought. Then, he sacrificed himself to save the world, and fix Diana’s mistake. The only downfall of this issue is the lack of future plots it set up, as the end of the Dark Gods could have certainly set up some future stories, yet they opted to not go that route.

Analog EP56: It’s What’s For Dinner

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The guys are back from a brief, technical hiatus, and they’re better than ever! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The trailer for Mandy, casting for multiple Spider-Man films, DC Universe updates, and more on this weeks episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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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!

New Details on DC Universe Revealed

DC Entertainment has revealed a new trailer and website, giving us plenty more details on their upcoming streaming service, The DC Universe. The service will feature original programming, such as Titans, Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn, as well as all past animated and live-action DC films and television series, and even include a comic reader giving fans first access to the latest DC Comics releases.

The beta sign-up is officially open on the website, so head over and get signed up for your chance to be the first to give it a try.

Pull Box: June 27

NEWCOMICS

THOR
That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
FLASH
I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
MOS
This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

First Look at Kristen Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984

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Director Patty Jenkins has taken to Twitter to share yet another look at the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, this time spotlighting Kristen Wiig’s Barbara Ann Minerva, who will eventually become Wonder Woman’s arch-rival, Cheetah. She’s sporting some very 80’s inspired clothing, and looks fantastic, adding even more excitement to this upcoming film.

Everything we’ve seen from Wonder Woman 1984 has looked fantastic and I can’t help but be more and more excited by the changes taking place within the DC Universe.

Kelsey Grammer In Talks for Doom Patrol

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That Hashtag Show is reporting that Frasier and Transformers: The Last Knight star, Kelsey Grammer, is being eyed to take on the role of The Chief for the DC Universe upcoming adaptation of Doom Patrol. The casting is still in early talks, but that would certainly be some fantastic casting for a very deep character.

Eccentric, brilliant, paternal, and mysterious. The Chief is a noted scientist, wealthy investor and, of course, leader of The Doom Patrol. The Chief rescued each member of his team from horrific accidents, nurtured them to health, resuscitated their self-esteem and sent them into the world to defend a populace that sees them as little more than freaks. His disarming manner does little to conceal a steely determination and unwavering devotion to defending Earth from Evil’s oddest entities.

Analog EP55: Anime Smash Brothers

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The gang is back from a brief hiatus with a full rundown on E3, plus tons of other news! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Halloween, and Spider-Man. A metric ton of DC Entertainment news, and even some shit that’s just plain fucking goOoOod on this week’s Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Pull Box: June 20

NEWCOMICS

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The last issue before the wedding, and it’s just what we really needed. A heart to heart between Catwoman and the Joker. Two villains, with Batman from the start. Both, trying to save Batman in two completely different ways. Their gossip about the past, and the villains they called friends. Catwoman is a hero, now. With friends who truly care about her well-being. Joker is a villain to end all villains, with nothing and no one. Just how he wants it. there was something almost tragic about the two of them talking, and it was fantastic.
JL
Already so many questions! The formation of the Ultraviolet Corps is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in years, and the mystery of who that baby is, is going to be ridiculous. Lex Luthor clearly is several steps ahead of everyone, but the reason is still a mystery, as well. This has already been a great read, but the questions just keep stacking up on top of one another. Hopefully, we get at least one answer, soon.
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As hard as he tries, Red Hood will always be a great confidant to Batman. Batman trusts him, even with the life of his fiancee. While this seemed the most throwaway of the Wedding Prelude books, it was also the most charming. Interestingly, the Joker story was still pushed forward, bit by bit. That’s culminating into quite the build for a crazy event.
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Rogol Zaar is clearly a formidable foe, but he’s new to Earth and the effects that a yellow sun has on Kryptonian physiology. He could barely control its effects on himself. The fight was brutal and great, but the real revelation is the identity of the person appearing in the Kent family kitchen being Jor-El. Is this Doomsday Clock Jor-El? Another Jor-El? Does Doomsday Clock not affect Man of Steel? There are a lot of questions. Because Clark seemed more than calm in the face of all of this.
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This is coming to a pretty grand conclusion, with a shocking twist that now makes perfect sense. King Elatha, thought murdered, was still alive and opening the causeways. Freeing his folk, and helping them to remember, but in his quest he has unleashed an ancient evil, and now the world will pay the price. This looks to be a pretty grand battle, and I hope that the final issue pays off as much as the rest of the story has.