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.

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New Trailer for Detective Pikachu Now Online

Ryan Reynolds and Legendary have shared the second full trailer for the upcoming CG/live-action hybrid film, Detective Pikachu. The new trailer gives us plenty more footage, and even plot with an explanation to how our titular Detective gets into his current predicament.

While the new footage shows a visually stunning film, it’s still up in the air how the audience at larger will take it. Fortunately, fans seem to be embracing the insane character designs, pointing to quite the possible success when Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10th.

Pull Box: February 13

That ending was the most ridiculous, comic book thing I have ever seen and was not something I ever expected. This arc has been long and twisting, recalling many of the most important people throughout the life and career of Bruce Wayne and Batman. It’s been a perfect way to explore the past of Detective Comics, the book that started it at all as we approach the 1,000th issue. But to ask if I ever saw the evil kid-Bruce thing coming? No, that one was a little far out of left field for me. But kudos to the creative team here for sticking to their guns to create a memorable, and original story.

When the Deathbringers arrived, I expected them to just be those three giant robots. Then thousands of Hawkmen flew out and started destroying London, and the stakes suddenly seemed exceptionally high in the book. It’s obvious that Xanadu is going to figure out how to bring all of Carter Hall’s past lives back, including Ktar, the leader of the Deathbringers, who will prove indispensable in defeating them for the final time. My only wonder if where Hawkman will go after this? I truly hope that it stays an adventure book in the vein of Indiana Jones. That’s where he seems most comfortable.

Doctor Fate has gone sufficiently crazy, and become the evil threat to all of reality that he has always been set up to be. Who are these mysterious Lords of Order that he seems to have aligned himself with? We’ll find out soon, I’m sure. But meanwhile, the magical community is in pieces, with the remaining refugees thinking they had escaped to a separate dimension only to find out the worse had been yet to arrive. The Otherkind are a terrifying villain, but to find out that they’re mere pawns for a larger game is insane. Lastly, kudos to Man-Bat for scientifically working out magic to help save the day in a way, with the mysterious boy from earlier in the series, who seems like he will prove invaluable in the fight.

Jonathan Kent had one hell of an adventure, that’s for sure. Being ripped through a black hole to encounter the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3… as an eleven year old? Not high on the list of things I would enjoy doing. But, the well-timed arrival of Mongul, just so Superman had someone to take his frustrations out on was perfect. Mongul hasn’t truly been a threat in quite some time, particularly against a powered-up, frustrated Clark Kent. Superman’s frustration over missing his son growing up, especially someone who is so family-first the way he was raised. That has to be nearly impossible to deal with as a parent.

An issue that focuses on the plight of Odin, just a few short months before the War of the Realms begins, was one of the most necessary things to have. While he’s completely unable to show it, because of his misplaced pride and narcicissm, Odin truly loves his children, and regrets the way fate has treated him and his family. Despite all of that regret, he’s unable to do anything to fix it, and the internal struggle that rages on inside him is the focus here, rightfully so. Another deeply personal issue of Thor, moments before the biggest event Marvel has had in years, begins. Well played.

Is it possible that Gotham Girl was behind the attacks on Sanctuary? The attack that took the life of Wally West? Or at least a Wally West. We’re still unsure how that twist works, to be honest. It’s not likely that Claire is behind that attack, as we’ll certainly learn the perpetrator in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. But, this new development is certainly interesting. The chemistry between Batman and Flash is some of the best in comics because of how different they are as heroes, yet just how similar they are as people.

Pull Box: January 2

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Ever since its reveal in The Silencer, Leviathan has been revealed to be pulling the strings in the darkest parts of the DC Universe for years. Operating in shadows that the heroes didn’t even know existed, and manipulating weaknesses in their abilities and personalities for years. Now, they’re slowly starting to take control over several books, and becoming a legitimate threat to the world without anyone being any wiser. A slow burn villain is most certainly the best one, and with Red Cloud working with Leviathan, things should get much more interesting.
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The countdown to Detective Comics #1000 has been absolutely phenomenal. A personal story that recalls the well-known origin of Batman in unique ways, as each and every person that Batman loves is picked apart, one by one. Pushing him further and further to the depths of his soul to grapple with his own humanity and past. This is storytelling at its best, and I know it should culminate into one hell of a thousandth issue.
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This is such a unique and fantastic story. A murder mystery with a real message at its heart, that humanizes DC’s heroes in a way that they have never really explored. The mental health and psychological issues that comes with being a hero, and dealing with the loss and failure, and much more. It’s dramatic, with a genuine conflict that could legitimately affect the DC Universe moving forward. Real stakes for the heroes. It’s a wonderful change of pace.
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This was a strangely paced issue. Flash and Fuerza defeated the Sage Force demons, and stopped Cauldron in Corto Maltese, meanwhile Commander Cold is making himself more comfortable in Central City, and their cases are starting to crossover with each other. It’s obvious that Trickster is behind the Sage Force weapon, but how does he know how to manipulate it? That’s definitely the big question. JLO
There are a lot of mysteries at play here, and I’m starting to get a little worried that they may not pull together in the most cohesive way. At the very least, we know now that Darkseid is most certainly playing at something, finding Blackfire, Starfire’s Sister, in the ruins of Tamarand with a plan to manipulate the troubled worlds of the Ghost Sector. That should at least make this series more interesting.
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I really wasn’t expecting this turn of events, as Leviathan continues to one-up every single hero and villain across the DC Universe with a skilled manipulation that comics hasn’t seen in ages. It’s incredible. But, now I wonder… Did she kill honor? Are there plans to revive her with the Lazarus Pit? What is Talia’s goal, right now? Lots of questions, and the more Leviathan stretches into other books, the more excited I get for each issue of The Silencer.WW
A solid, albeit slightly uneventful issue for Wonder Woman. Of course the children that she rescued belonged to the Prime Minister, naturally drawing her to him. Aphrodite in the fray throws quite a few things into question, and I still say it’s the result of the Otherkind from Justice League Dark destroying the home of the Gods. Though, it could be something more.
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The Terrifics even get their own villain team! And it’s a crazy multiversal team! That’s awesome. Of course, the team would be miserable without each other at this point. The only friends they had were each other… now they’re forced to confront that fact. The Plastic Man interaction was certainly the most interesting, with Eel’s son, Luke, being introduced to the series, and his plastic abilities. I wonder if that will come into play in the near future?

Pull Box: November 28

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I’m not entirely sure how I never put it together. Clever writing, I suppose, with Miss Goode being on the hunt for kryptonite and looking her own ways to “protect” herself from Superman. Not attacking Batman to out herself. She’s immensely smart in this instance, with some fantastic foresight into keeping her identity safe, even from the readers, apparently. That was a fantastic, well-done twist if I had ever read one.
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The finale for Drowned Earth somehow managed to end on a high note, with a much more concise thread than I thought it would. Seeing all the fish League members was fun, but seeing Superman in a pirate jacket and eye patch was easily the best part. Particularly the eye patch, adorned with an S. I could see that look moving into the future, as well. But, I’m sure it won’t. Now with the Legion of Doom in possession of the totality, we’ll certainly get back to the main story now, as well.
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That was a fun, light-hearted arc, that brought Batman nearly back together with a friend he had lost to ages ago. The joy that they shared in the “Game” of it all was infectious, and even made me smile. The fact that the Fireflies were given the option to leave, and took it, and Two-Face didn’t even blame them? That was the best part, showing some great self-awareness in its writing.
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I love seeing the DC heroes in the future. The Kal Kent story was particularly great. It was a bit confusing at first, but once it came together, it was wonderful. Not to mention the fact that Damian Wayne becoming an immortal Batman after killing his Father is essentially canon at this point with how many times it’s popped up in these future books.
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Surprisingly, and yet also not, it looks like Harley Quinn was the attacker on Sanctuary, after all. But why? Why would she attack all of these innocent heroes that are all just trying to heal? Booster Gold is so beyond messed up and confused. Lagoon Boy is tragic, and scarred by what’s happened in his life, and Wally West has easily the most sad story in all of DC Comics, currently. Remembering his entire past life, and the loss of his children, he has no way to cope with the loss of two people that never existed on this world. That’s truly heartbreaking.
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This story is moving so slow, with little to no answers being given each issue, though we are only 3 issues in. The biggest mystery, of course, is why Darkseid is so invested in their success. Even posing a lowly refugee medic to heal Starfire and ensure she’s able to fight alongside them. It’s interesting, and those mysteries will certainly keep me coming back.
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The beautiful retcon that happened in this issue about Gorilla City and its roles in regards to the four forces, specifically the Sage Force, was great. A smooth change that just slid perfectly into place without sacrificing any history of the Gorillas, and even furthered the story along. Now, we know we’re searching for 3 other heroes, and we quickly met our first: Fuerza, avatar of the Strength Force, clearly. This should be interesting.
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Talia’s arrogance truly knows no bounds, as she thinks after all this time of endangering Honor Guest and her family, the Silencer, she would bend to her will and be pleased that Leviathan is back. Despite her constant pleas to leave her out of it. That she didn’t want to be back in that life. I hope that Honor kicks her ass in the next issue, and does what has to be done to get back to her family, and let them know that she’s safe.
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This was easily the best issue yet of The Terrifics. Fantastic art, great battle, with fantastic story-telling. This was wonderful, and really set the bar for the series moving forward. The shot of Mr. Terrific walking away with his mask blacked out aws particularly awesome, and I hope this artist sticks with them moving forward. He really brought things forward, and made the book far more dynamic.
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This new arc for Wonder Woman is certainly a strange one. At first, Ares seemed changed… for 2 pages. Now, he does the exact same thing he used to do, except his purpose is twisted and misguided. Then there’s the mythological creatures that have all been dumped into this world, and no one is sure why. Kidnapping Steve, and taking him to their mysterious leader? Who could she be?
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And with that, the Fantastic Four are officially back. While the Baxter Building has come and gone through numerous owners since they left, I think it’s even more fitting that they’re now at #4 Yancy Street. The street has such significance for the team, ever since their inception, and it’s a wonderful callback to their long and storied history to have things play out like this. Additionally the Fantastic Four have always been more level-headed than their peers, and the way they handled The Fantastix is certainly no different.
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The final issue of Marvel 2-in-One! I was surprised when it continued past the debut of the new Fantastic Four series, but I’m glad it was allowed to go on a bit longer. Tie up loose ends with Johnny and dealing with everyone betraying him. The fate of Rachna Koul and her sister. Just small details that were left upended the last several issues. And, sure enough… there they were. All addressed, and tied neatly into a little bow. A solid ending for a solid book.
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This is quickly becoming yet another fantastic addition to the Power Rangers mythos. The freedom that the medium of comics allows, letting us see Rangers from various teams together in times of need, and even introducing new Rangers and new world. It’s pretty great. Also, that ending was fantastic, and really made me excited for the next issue, with the Solar Ranger, as she’s now being called, charging the other Rangers for a fight.

Pull Box: September 26

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Today was an insanely massive day for comic books, with new releases from Marvel, Boom! Studios, and a ton of new DC releases. Hotly anticipated books aplenty this week fill the Pull Box, but because of how jam-packed we are, you’ll be able to find it all after the jump, just to save a little space.

So, hit that jump to check out all the fantastic new releases in the world of comic books this week! At least, in my opinion…

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Pull Box: August 22

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The mystery of the fires have been solved, with a low level thug lighting them and blaming Superman to keep the boy scout occupied while they bring in shipments and commit other crimes. Pretty genius, really. With Red Cloud making her presence felt around the city, things should get a little hairy, and then throwing in the surprise ending with Lois being back on Earth and not telling Superman? That’s fantastic!
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That was a fast-paced conclusion to the battle with Karma, making it more about Batman’s possible insecurities and having to get over them than anything. The introduction of a new team of Outsiders made it more than worth it, though. Plus, a new villain in town, when we just had Karma, who I felt was a pretty great villain already? This is moving at breakneck speed post-No Justice, and it’s fun.
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This is one hell of a spooky book, and it’s fantastic. But the best part about all of this? Finally making Doctor Fate a villain! He’s been such a presence of balance in the DC Universe for years, refusing to truly get involved in the machinations of the world until it becomes absolutely necessary. Now, he’s truly broken with the Source Wall weakened, and gone full villain. It’s about time we finally get to see him unload his true power.
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Commander Cold is probably the best mystery in the Flash book, right now. His identity, and his motives are both still up in the air, but he still seems to genuinely want to help. It’s interesting, and seems to almost move in parallel to the Strength Force in some strange way. Seeing Hulk-Flash was also quite the sight, on top of the reveal of Iris getting her Pre-New 52 memories back. Things are getting pretty good in The Flash.
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Just like that, things in The Silencer have gotten much more complicated, and really brought themselves forward into the comic book world more. All it took was the, surprisingly natural, addition of magic to Leviathan, and suddenly this organization’s secrecy makes more sense to me. Seems more believable. Throw in the tension of Honor’s family getting closer and closer to her secret and you have a great issue.
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While I’m completely happy with the retro feel that this series has, and I love the characters involved, I really wish things would start to make a little more sense. This book hasn’t been the most kind in terms of answers for what exactly is going on, instead introducing new villains at inopportune times. But, maybe that’s the point? Maybe we’ve been introduced to the villains the whole time? It’s hard to say.
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That was a mighty intense battle between Gods, that got just a bit convoluted there at the end, with all of the hypertime nonsense. I’m glad that a new story is being set up, with Diana fighting her fellow Amazons, the Bana Mighdall. While it’s cool to see Diana in these different stories, it seems like her last several arcs were all fighting against Gods and beings that are “superior” to her. It should be a nice change of pace.

Pull Box: July 25

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It made sense to focus more on a de-powered Ben and Johnny, rather than the escaped Doom and the doctor that’s lead them all the way here. Now that the cat’s out of the bag about the rest of Marvel’s First Family, they can focus on the eventual surprise reveal, that the family has returned and tracked their friends, restoring their powers after they’re in the same universe.
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It’s nice to have Action Comics back, and the focus put on what’s happening with these fires. It’s also nice to see Superman fighting a new villain, The Red Cloud, after all of the throwback villains we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in Superman stories. It should be fun to see how this all plays out with so many new characters to focus on, so many side-stories to worry about in the life of Clark Kent.
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That reveal for the true identity of Karma seemed incredibly anti-climactic. It would make sense that Batman, of all people, could piece together a fragment of his own memory from a single detail. He’s Batman. Of course he can. But it still seemed a bit boring. That Karma is focusing on the Bat Family is a bit more interesting, as the team that Batman has formed has become such an important factor in his motions the last couple of years. How will they factor moving forward?
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We finally got a backstory about Marionette and Mime. Two of the mysterious characters in this one-off story. Though, we still don’t quite know how Mime’s abilities work exactly. We at least now know their relationship. Now, they’ve also captured the Comedian, after he laid waste to villains below the streets of Gotham, and the Joker has decided to tag along with our two mystery characters. That is a partnership sure to cause some serious violence and trouble.
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John Stewart’s plans are always the best to witness unfold. They’re so elaborate and subtle, they nearly always catch his opponent off-guard, and it’s great. This was no different, with the Darkstars falling right into his trap, and removing a key piece from their arsenal: their teleportation. Without it, the untrained Darkstars are ripe for the ass-kicking, as there’s no way Tomar-Tu could hope to best the Greatest Green Lantern in a one-on-one fight.
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I’ve been so excited for these Justice League spin-offs and this absolutely did not disappoint. Wonder Woman leading a magic-based Justice League with Swamp Thing, Bobo the Detective Chimp, Zatanna, and Man-Bat? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read and it absolutely works. I’ll read anything with Swamp Thing, especially when he’s working with the Justice League, so this is going to be quite a ride.
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Wally West is the Flash that many of us grew up with. He was the Flash of the 90’s, and is regarded by many as the best Flash. He’s the real Fastest Man Alive, and the most punished character is all of comics. Erased from existence, then brought back with no memories, only to discover an entire family, and entire past has been erased from existence. It’s the most tragic story in all of comics, right now.
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I really have no idea why I love this book so much. It reminds me of the books that got me into comics so long ago, like Spawn, Youngblood, WildCATS, etc. It’s great. The villains and seamless backstory are great, and Honor, aka The Silencer is a fantastic new character addition to the DC Universe. I would love to see her mixing it up more with the wider universe after her story follows through with its arc.
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That was a wildly confusing story. A new villain was introduced, and then immediately revealed himself, while the heroes dealt with even more confusing things happening to each of them. I’m not entirely sure where this is going with the Tom Strong thing, but it’s implied that the Terrifics were transported to another dimension? Right? Maybe? I haven’t been this confused since the beginning of Mister Miracle, and that managed to find its footing, so hopefully this will, too.
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I do enjoy these personal stories of Wonder Woman, her enemies, and her unending love for all life. It’s one of the things that makes Diana so great. She takes a different approach from the other heroes, and despite being a member of the Trinity still finds time to visit those she believes are worthy of redemption. To better them, and their lives, despite anything they could have done. It’s truly inspiring.

Front-Runners for Detective Pikachu Emerge

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It was recently confirmed that a live-action adaptation of the popular Great Detective Pikachu was in the works, after the success of Pokemon GO. Since then, Legendary has announced a partnership with The Pokemon Company to bring it to the screen, and Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) would direct the film.

Now, it’s come to light a few of the front-runners the studio would like to land for the film. Those names are… ridiculous, to say the least, with Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne Johnson, all in line for the role. It would appear they’re still going for that gruff voice.

New Death Note Poster

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Netflix has released its second new character poster for their upcoming Death Note adaptation, and this time we get a full look at Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get Out) as L. Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

Death Note is the story of Light Turner, a boy who discovers a notebook dropped to Earth by a Death God, who goes on a crusade to rid the world of evil, forcing him into a head-on collision against a brilliant but eccentric detective named L. Hit the jump for a full look at the poster.

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