Pull Box: September 12

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Franklin Richards is probably one of the coolest characters that Marvel has in their back pocket, but it’s most certainly he started to grow up, and become what we all really want him to. With that said, seeing where Reed, Sue, and the Future Foundation have been all the time was charming, and the sudden threat was built up wonderfully. Then the sudden twist with the arrival of everyone who has been a member of the Fantastic Four as their “extended family…” that was genius.
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Batman has quite the nose for trouble. He decides to latch on to a simple murder case to take his mind off things, and it turns out to be an elaborate plot for the return of Kobra in Gotham City. He either suspected something was amiss, or just has some sort of crazy luck. Either way, it’s interesting that this “ordinary man” that was murdered has an instense connection to Kobra, as if they were afraid of him, and what he knew. A good start to this new arc, that’s for sure.
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The adventures and memories in this Hawkman book have been so fantastic. The exchange Carter and Katar Hol was great, and the reveal of the next clue was fun. Each clue takes him further down a path, and now the path has lead him to the Microverse, with the Atom. This feels just like old times, with Ray Palmer and Carter Hall tackling a case together, exploring new worlds, and just being great friends. I’m actually excited for the next issue.
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That issue made far more sense than previous issues, and it even explained the story up to this point. There were some incredibly awkward transitions to be found, though, as well as some excellent reveals. The kidnapping was faked, but the Cabal is real, manipulating the Agent so that no one believes her about their existence. A pretty crafty story, and one that’s considerably better now that things are a bit less nonsensical.
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It is legitimately frustrating how horribly stubborn Barry Allen is. He goes up and down so often about what he wants for his life, that he just has no idea. If he wants to be with Iris, he needs to step up and stop being such a selfish child about everything that goes wrong. He’s a hero, with complications, and Iris understands that, particularly now that she has her pre-52 memories again. But, that ending was nuts! The original Trickster is back! After years of being dead, James Jesse is back! That should make things a little more interesting here.SM
The revelation that the Earth’s sudden appearance in the Phantom Zone was little more than an accident by S.T.A.R. Labs was somehow one of the best storytelling tools I’ve seen a comic book writer use in some time. It was subdued, and showed human error. It wasn’t a malicious villain set out to ruin Superman, or destroy the Earth. Just human error. But, now our heroes have quite the problem to address, and only Superman knows the extent of just how bad things are about to get, now that Rogol Zaar has aligned himself with the armies of the Phantom Zone.
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Political intrigue mixed with flashes and manipulation of a rarely used Wonder Woman villain? This is the kind of stories that I like to see happening. This is a fresh take, with Diana walking a tight rope of side-switching and shaky decisions. Artemis made the wrong choice, for the right reasons, but we’ll see where that gets her when she’s brought face to face with the Princess of Themyscira.

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Pull Box: August 29

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It’s an intensely small week for comic books this week, with only one book making it into rotation for the Pull Box. But, if you’re looking for some more recommendations, definitely check out the DC Universe crossover with Looney Tunes that hit this week for some surprisingly good story-telling.comics
This was an incredibly sub-par issue of Marvel 2-in-One until the end. Ben and Johnny without their powers, bickering until a crisis brings them back together, and then nearly getting killed. But the surprise? The arrival of the real Susan Storm. Ben and Johnny’s powers were restored because of her arrival, but how does that link up to the first issue of Fantastic Four? This timeline is a little confusing, so I’m hoping it gets resolved, soon.

Pull Box: August 8

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This issue seemed short, but it was awesome. Everything got a chance to shine in some way. Batman, as usual, was a step ahead of everyone. Orphan showed her worth. Black Lightning proved he was fit to lead the team. Barbara even got a chance to show off her Oracle side, though she seems to be drifting away from Bruce, rebelling the way Dick did many years ago. I wonder if anything of will come of that, though…
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That was an incredible ending! I love when Hal just becomes Pure Will, because it’s such a dramatic visual. And it set up so many new stories. Carol Ferris is finally back, returning Hal to his status quo. New ring-slingers are coming into the fold, which will give us plenty of new characters. On top of that, Hammond disappeared as the God-Brain, and things are just moving forward in a great way, now.
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I love seeing Carter Hall interact with the various reincarnations he’s experienced over the years. While his costume is the same now, as it almost always has been, so many of these names are familiar. Hawkman has a rich history that’s never fully been explored, until now, and making it the backdrop of a fun, adventury story, was the best decision DC made for this book.
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There is quite the mystery happening here, and Plastic Man almost doesn’t seem like the right man for the job for this. But, he’s so damn fun to read that it really doesn’t matter. There’s also plenty of good messages going on in this book, with the little girl who hasn’t decided she’s a girl, and the team of ladies helping Eel O’Brien solve the murder case. It’s been a solid book so far, and with it now halfway to finished, hopefully they can stick the landing and make this an overall great book.
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This book is so much lighter without Barry’s brooding over whether or not he should tell Iris. Mirroring the show, it’s just much more delightful with her knowing his secret. On top of that, I feel like there’s going to be a big reveal about Commander Cold is, his real name, I mean. Then with the new Forces at work, things should get pretty crazy the next few weeks, which The Flash really needed to freshen up.
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This gave us absolutely no answers, but it did give us a bit more character developmenton Rogol Zaar, and a moved the story forward, with the Justice League falling down one by one from the Phantom Zone. Most likely their weaker genetics not meant for the insane conditions in the Zone. It’s interesting, though, that Rogol Zaar wouldn’t take on Superman one-on-one again, though. Choosing to seek out an army to invade the world instead. But, with him not being the one to move the Earth… who did?
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This is the beginning of what looks like it will be an interesting arc for Wonder Woman. Characters she doesn’t usually interact with, and a new, otherworldly villain. It’s always fun to see Diana interact with the Gods, representing the connection that she has that most other DC heroes, don’t. It presents new opportunities and interesting ideas, and this is no different.
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It’s nice to see Marvel’s First Family finally coming back. It was only a matter of time that that emptiness became a hindrance for the House of Ideas, and now that Marvel has regained the film rights to the Fantastic Four, things can finally get back to the way they’re supposed to be around here. That was a great start, and the moment with Ben and Alicia made me smile and get goosebumps. It’s about damn time.

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.

Marvel’s Return of the Fantastic Four Trailer Drops

Marvel Comics has released a new trailer detailing the return of the First Family, the Fantastic Four, this August. The new Fantastic Four series is written by Dan Slott with art by Sara Pichelli and covers by Esad Ribic.

“Celebrate the Fantastic Four with a view into their past and a look towards the future, from their debut in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic 1961 issue to their much-anticipated return in August’s upcoming new series from Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer), Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man: Miles Morales), and Esad Ribic (Infamous Iron Man, Marvel Legacy, Secret Wars)!”

Hit the jump for a look at the cover to issue #1, and our first look at Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, together again in all new costumes.

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Pull Box: March 14

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That was the absolute best way to reintroduce newer readers to General Sam Lane and his tensions with Superman, while also creating a new arc involving Hank Henshaw and the inevitability of the corruption of Superman’s Kryptonian technology. I’m not sure where that story is going, but it’s sure to blow up in Superman’s face in some crazy way.
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There are so many moving pieces to the story taking place in Detective Comics right now, but like a game of chess, each piece is vital to the endgame, and it’s looking to be a great story. Batwoman and the Colony, the fall of the Knights Program and Batman’s unraveling trust, Tim’s interactions with Ulysses Armstrong. These are all leading to something bigger, and better, and it will be fun to see where it leads.
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The thought of Zod and his family playing possum against the Green Lantern Corps, and then just absolutely laying waste to an entire squad of Lanterns is insane. That was one of the most brutal beatdowns I have ever seen a Green Lantern endure, and seeing Zod and Hal Jordan fight each other at full strength is going to be quite the sight.
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That was easily the most somber and straightforward issue of Mister Miracle, and it was a joy to read. I’m honestly hoping that this is all, in some way, canon, and Jacob being a New God becomes a thing that affects other books in some way. The back-story for Barda and Scott was nice, and the way they named their son was fitting, given their history together. Definitely a beautiful read.
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This is easily one of the best stories Flash has had since Rebirth started. Grodd is a believable villain with a great plan, full of twists and turns. Each time we think the Flash Family might have gained the upper hand, it was still always part of his plan. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, because it’s sure to be a good one.
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The new, more powerful, Jason is definitely an intriguing player in all of this. Given the hint of the Greek Pantheon from the past, it’s probably going to be the Old Gods that gave Jason his newfound abilities and golden armor, but it’s still too hard to tell at this point. The biggest takeaway from here? Darkseid is getting desperate, and invading A.R.G.U.S. headquarters seems like a hell of a risky thing to do.
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Now that is how you introduce a kick-ass multiverse-trekking story. Such an interesting plot, with one of the most insane multiversal twists I have ever seen. Doom becoming Galactus and swallowing the entire universe?! That is anime level crazy, and I absolutely love it. It’s stories like this that make me miss the Fantastic Four.

New Comic Books: February 14

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This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
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It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
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This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
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It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
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First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
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The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
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Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
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This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
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Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
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I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

Noah Hawley Working on a Doctor Doom Film for Fox

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While closing out the panel for FX and Marvel’s Legion last night, showrunner Noah Hawley spoiled a bit of unexpected news.

“Because I’m at Comic-Con,” the Fargo creator said. “I wanted to let you know about a movie I’m developing for Fox. The first word is ‘Doctor.’ And the second is ‘Doom.’”

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Hawley is developing the film, as well as looking to direct. Hawley has no feature directing credits on his resume but previously directed an episode of Legion, and two episodes of Fargo.

Fox Sets Dates for Six New Mystery Marvel Films

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20th Century Fox is going all-in on their recent success with their comic book franchises, and added six tentative dates for upcoming mystery Marvel films. With three planned releases already, including The New Mutants on April 13, Deadpool 2 on June 1, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2.

The new dates include: June 7th and November 22nd in 2019, March 13th, June 26th, and October 2nd in 2020, and March 5th in 2021. A few of those will most certainly be X-Force and Deadpool 3, as well as possibly the rumored Fantastic Four reboot, the second in a few short years.

Rumor: New Fantastic Four Movie in the Works

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It’s still just a rumor, but it’s a pretty obvious rumor to come to pass. Fox is purportedly in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise once again. The plan this time, though, takes things in a completely different direction, as it’s expected to be more kid-friendly, with the film seen through the eyes of Franklin and Valeria Richards, the children of Reed Richards, and Susan Storm.

After Josh Trank’s catastrophic failure of a film, the studio has now tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to write a treatment for the reboot. Seth Grahame-Smith also wrote the initial screenplay of the 2015 reboot, however Trank decided to go with his own screenplay, leaving Smith uncredited. While the family friendly direction, a la The Incredibles, could be immense fun, I’m going to stay cautious with this one.