New Comic Books: October 18

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This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
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After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
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The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
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You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.

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New Comic Books: October 11

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Honestly, this issue was a bit bland and didn’t do much in the way of furthering any sort of story aside from his relationship with Wally, and lack of relationship with his co-worker Kristen. However, the end is where things kicked into gear. Meena has finally revealed herself, in a black costume no less, to Barry. Suddenly, I’m interested in The Flash again.
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Tim Drake’s escape from Mr. Oz’ prison was a bit more anti-climactic than I expected it to be. He just hacked the computer and then left. The meat here is definitely all of the reveals about Tim’s future, or at least one possibility of it. And the possible introduction of Connor, now? Oh, man… things are really starting to heat up across the DC Universe as little by little, the status quo is both destroyed, and rebuilt, over and over again.

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The story, and the trap slowly begins to take shape in this issue, and just as the first two, it’s trippy and paranoid as all hell. What this team is doing with this character is incredible, and the trip that they’re taking us all on has been immensely gratifying. I only hope they’re able to close the trap well enough.
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Jor-El, or Mr. Oz as it were, is certainly playing dirty in this psychological war of sorts with Superman. His motivations are still so clouded, I’m just not sure what his end-game is. Does he want to save Superman, and Jonathan, or does he want to destroy them on some crazy death-world? On top of that, how does Mr. Oz connect to Doctor Manhattan’s plans with Doomsday Clock? Still so many questions.

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Diana mixed with Apokolips, mixed with Greek mythology makes for a truly engaging story. I’ve always preferred Wonder Woman stories with a touch of mythology, as she’s one of the few heroes you can mix those stories with beautifully, so it’s always a treat. Now I question if Diana finding her twin brother, Jason, is a ruse to lead the enemy there, or truly a reunion for Brother and Sister.
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A supernatural and demonic Ragman in the vein of Haunt is honestly exactly what I wanted, and I never even knew it. On top of that, this was a pretty great read, especially for spooky halloween-time, right now. Ragman doesn’t get a lot of love, but he’s a cool character, so it’s fun to see him getting his due here with his own solo series.

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I am so completely and absolutely infatuated with how good Dark Knights: Metal is. This is the most ridiculous, and comprehensive comic book event I have ever seen with Scott Snyder pulling characters from the darkest of holes in the DC Universe. On top of that, Greg Capullo’s artwork has been some of the best of his career, with the world-weary heroes at the Oblivion Bar being so beautifully detailed, and obviously tired from battling an endless horde of evil. This is top-notch story-telling, and I’m so in love with it.
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What a tricky issue! There were a lot of interesting twists and turns here, but it’s still not quite explained what could be tricking Hal, if he is indeed being tricked, into thinking that Superman was Parallax. I just to have to also comment on how incredibly charming it was to see Superman and Hal interact with each other. Not even in a situation, just talking with each other, like old friends do. This looks like it will be another great arc for the Green Lantern Corps.

First Look at Constantine The Animated Series

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Warner Bros. Animation and CW Seed have posted a first look at the Constantine Animated Series announced this weekend at New York Comic-Con, and it looks fantastic. The first clip features Matt Ryan returning to voice his occult counterpart, and making a deal with an ancient demon to keep the peace.

The clip is gory, action-packed, and animated in a way that very much resembles his Justice League Dark incarnation. Perhaps this will be set in that world? Though, it’s more likely that this will continue to follow in the trend of being set in the CW-Verse.

Final Justice League Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Justice League before the film’s release in just over a month. Superman returns in a beautiful and brightly colored, hopeful dream, while the rest of the team fights in an Apokoliptian wasteland in what many have surmised to be Chernobyl.

There’s quite a bit of new footage, though much of it is jump-cut, not giving us much in the way of things to work with plot-wise. The fate of this film is still very much in the air, as I can’t help but keep getting more and more excited.

First Poster for Constantine Animated Series

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Fans of the NBC live-action Constantine were more than a little perturbed when the show was cancelled right as it started to find its footing. However, The CW has announced that Matt Ryan will return to the role in animated form for a new CW Seed series. You can hit the jump for a look at the full first poster, and below for a complete synopsis.

This all-new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

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First Look at Batman Ninja

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After the announcement of Batman Ninja from the creator of Afro Samurai, New York Comic-Con has given us our first look at the anime crossover. A poster released at the convention shows Batman, covered from head to toe in an epic shogun armor, with a stylized logo at the bottom.

Footage was also screened at the convention, though it has yet to make its way online. In the footage, Batman and his fellow characters are flung through time into feudal Japan, where they wage war in a hyper-stylized fashion, using a blend of 2D and CGI animation. Batman Ninja will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2018. Hit the jump to look at the full poster.

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Jill Scott Joins Black Lightning

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Entertainment Weekly has learned that Grammy-Award winning singer, Jill Scott, has joined The CW’s Black Lightning in the role of DC Comics’ villain, Lady Eve. In the comics, Lady Eve was a member of the Kobra cult, and it would appear that her on-screen origin, while a bit different, hints at that coming into play in the future.

“Eve will be the bridge between Tobias Whale and a secret group of corrupt leaders. Always a consummate professional, Scott’s onscreen alter ego presents herself in Freeland as the owner of a funeral parlor, but quickly becomes an adversary to Black Lightning”

Jill Scott also voiced Storm on the BET animated series for Black Panther, as well as Why Did I Get Married, 2012’s Steel Magnolias, and guest roles on Fringe and Being Mary Jane.

New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

New Comic Books: September 27

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Weeks like this are the reason that I love comic books so much. So many surprises, great endings, new beginnings, and fantastic starts. This week was filled to the brim with some of the best stories that comics have told in years. It’s a great time to be a fan of comic books, right now, as DC and their continued run of wonderful events such as Metal, and the upcoming anticipated Doomsday Clock have forced Marvel to up their game exponentially. Not since Civil War have I been this excited about a Marvel event, with Legacy recapturing the magic that used to make Marvel the “House of Ideas.”

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Even Diana is back on track, now! Wonder Woman tackling with Darkseid as he attempts to kill the Old Gods, and steal their energy. That’s going to be a hell of a ride. James Robinson is one of the best writers in comic books, and the art was amazing. That Diana looked like Gal Gadot was a bonus, making things feel more fun and alive. I’m excited for this arc.
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Can we please just get past the Negative Speed Force, already? I’m glad to see Kid Flash back in the fray with Barry, but these “horrible” powers are really getting old. I know that Bloodwork, who was actually a great, quick antagonist was just to help him get a hold of them, and I hope that now we’re on the right path to Barry inevitably entering the Speed Force to get his real power backs.
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A good way to end one of my favorite arcs in quite some time. A battle between the Green Lantern Corps and these Kirby-inspired cosmic golems was where it always ended. That the Highfather got involved, and John Stewart got to be a sniper to take one out was always just a bonus.
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Tim Drake has always been truly the greatest Robin. Dick’s strength lied in his independence, and ability to lead without Batman. Tim’s has been his ability to truly strengthen Bruce. That was evident in his origin here. Now, the Tim Drake of Tomorrow seems to have a different view-point, so it should be interesting to see where truly leads.
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This Metal tie-in wasn’t quite as great as Red Death. Murder Machine’s back-story was sad, with the death of Alfred, but he just wasn’t quite as dynamic a character for an evil Batman. Little by little, though, we keep learning more and more of what brought the Dark Knights into existence, and lured them to our world, though.
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There was never going to be any way that Thor could defeat the War Thor without revealing herself to Volstagg as Jane Foster. But, that didn’t make it any less an emotional moment for her character. This almost felt the most Jane Foster we’ve seen of Thor herself during her run. Perhaps Mjolnir is letting more of Jane in. Maybe she’ll save her from the cancer spreading throughout her body?
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Of course the lesson that Miles learns is about how personal the role of Spider-Man is. That no matter how hard he tries, he can never fully distance his personal life, from the life of Spider-Man. No matter how hard he tried, Peter Parker could never do it, either. It’s a consequence of being a hero, and it was a great lesson for him to learn, even if it was the most uneventful of all the Generations adventures.
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The Generations line has been wonderful, but this was on a completely different level. The prescient message that was said, and the strong characters and themes. It was obvious that Sam would have the largest shadow before him, but I wasn’t expecting him to live an entire lifetime. Start a family, and inspire Captain America himself. It was something else entirely, and completely changed the way I was thinking the Generations titles were happening. It wasn’t time travel, it was a message.
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Holy shit. That was fantastic. That was the best single issue of a comic book that Marvel has put out in the last 20 years. The resurrection of Wolverine, the impending resurgence of the Fantastic Four, and the coming of the celestials. It all feels so… Marvel. So wonderfully Marvel. A Marvel that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Maybe this really is Marvel’s Legacy…
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Jor-El’s experience was immensely tragic, and the obvious intervention of Doctor Manhanttan sets up so much for Doomsday Clock. This event is going to be something special, and I can’t wait. DC’s events are the best in comics, right now. They encapsulate everything that’s great about the medium, and what it allows.

Analog EP27: Looney Tunes or Lunatic?

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The boys are back in town! The gang is all back together, plus several more Bovis join the team. Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The Punisher, IT: Chapter 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, plus the age-old debate of Anime vs. Video Games takes center stage on this episode of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Amy Jackson Cast as Saturn Girl in Supergirl

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It appears that the upcoming season of Supergirl is headed to the 31st Century, as Legion of Superheroes co-founder, Saturn Girl has been cast in the 3rd season of the hit series. Actress Amy Jackson has been cast to play the telepathic hero.

Amy Jackson is an accomplished Bollywood actress, making her American debut. The third season of Supergirl premieres October 9th.

Crisis on Earth-X Announced for The CW

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Warner Bros. Television and The CW have announced that this year’s 4-part crossover event for the CW DC Universe is titled Crisis on Earth-X. Details on the event are slim, but we know it will be airing on November 27th-28th, and feature a dark alternative universe of sorts, as well as the wedding of Barry and Iris, given the promotional poster.

You can hit the jump to check out the full poster, released by The CW across the shows’ respective social media platforms.

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Introducing Raiden, and Black Lightning

WB Games and NetherRealms have released a new trailer, introducing the move-set and Ultimate for Raiden, the second new character in the Character Pack 2 DLC for Injustice 2. Alongside the introduction of Raiden is a Premium Skin for the character that transforms him into the DC Comics hero, Black Lightning.

Their moves are about what you’d expect, but the Ultimate is where the magic happens, with this being one of the coolest in the game to this point. Raiden and Black Lightning will join the Injustice 2 roster next month.

Matthew Vaughn Confirms Man of Steel 2 Talks

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While it’s been rumored for quite some time, Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class) has finally confirmed that he is in talks to direct Man of Steel 2 for Warner Bros. While doing press for his upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle, he revealed his love for the character, and that talks have happened.

I am planning another Kingman, I’ve written the treatment and some of the scenes…I don’t know what I’m going to do next but I have had chats about Superman, I love Superman. “If somebody asks me to do Indiana Jones, most of the superheros or Star Wars the fanboy in me can’t help but be excited.

So, while Vaughn may be busy, Man of Steel 2 isn’t on the docket for Warner Bros. for quite some time. It’s likely his schedule will have freed up considerably when that time rolls around.

Shaun Sipos Cast as Adam Strange in Krypton

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It looks as if Krypton is set to be a far more interesting show than first thought. We haven’t had much in the way of promotion for the series up to this point, but at least this is something. According to Deadline, Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries, Rampage) has joined the cast as Adam Strange, the Warrior of Two Worlds, and one of DC Entertainment’s more fun and cosmic characters.

This small-screen take on the DC hero is described as, “a world-weary human, who finds himself stranded on Krypton as the unlikely mentor to Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather.” It’s likely at this point that Strange may already be in his world-rescuing alter-ego at this point, but time will tell when Krypton premieres in 2018.