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.

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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New Justice League Trailer on Sunday

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Warner Bros. has shared the day we’ll finally receive the last Justice League trailer before the film’s release in November. The official Justice League Twitter shared the image above, which you can see in full after the jump, confirming the trailer’s Sunday release date.

On top of that, we even know the time, as the trailer will drop at 9am EST/6am PST. Justice League hits theaters November 17th.

Analog EP28: Ooky Spookys

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The guys are back for a supremely spooky episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
This week, Josh, Theo, and Bovi give their recommendations for the spoopy season, and talk about the DC Extended Universe, Batman Ninja, Men in Black, and more! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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Tom Welling Wants to Join The Flash

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Tom Welling took a much-needed break from television after his ten-year run as Clark Kent on the fan-favorite CW hit, Smallville. Now, he’s returning to the small screen with a role in the FOX series, Lucifer. But, it looks like the actor is a bit interested in returning to the role he made his own for years.

In an interview with Nuke The Fridge, Welling expressed his interest in possibly guest starring on The Flash with its vast multiverse making it ripe for the choosing with nostalgic actors. “I am willing to go on The Flash and I have a few ideas on how it can happen if the network asks me. In fact, I think I can make it happen,” said Welling.

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.

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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New Image of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in Justice League

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Warner Bros. has released a new Easter Egg-filled image of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in the upcoming Justice League film. The image, seen above, shows Barry Allen in his lab, surrounded by monitors of his vital signs, and renders of his suit and mask.

The image even finally confirms that Barry is a Rick and Morty fan, hinting at his great taste! How many easter eggs can you spot in the image? Hit the jump to see the image in full.

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New Comic Books: September 13

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What a hell of a week for comic books! Metal, Secret Empire, the identity of Mr. Oz, Flash, Wonder Woman… and with all that, Hal Jordan still takes the cake with his delightfully fun race through space. Mister Miracle continued its wildly confusing run, and Darkseid was a baby, used as a gun! I love comic books.

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This was a fun filler-arc, but at the end of the day it was clearly just a filler arc. There were no real lessons learned, or any serious revelations. The only major thing to come out of this, is the possibility of a new enemy organization being built up by Dr. Revere and the now-power-addicted soldiers. The next arc, Children of the Gods, is what we’ve been waiting for the last several weeks, and this should be pretty great.

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Greg Capullo’s art is so next-level that he can elevate any story. Even one as confusing as this. I’m hoping things come together in a way that makes sense. It’s impressive how well Snyder laid the groundwork of the mantling, and how important Bruce’s time-traveling adventure after Final Crisis was. The Dark Knights look horrifying, and seeing them in the DC Universe is going to be a hell of a ride.

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The first Metal tie-in was a great amount of fun. Having Damian get his ass handed to him so decisively, but still being able to use his intelligence was a nice consolation for the kid, and the interesting team-up was a good mix. This should be a fun read for the next couple of months, as Metal gets in full swing.

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I’m genuinely glad that they gave us a final resolution, at least in some ways, as to the fate of Hydra Cap. I genuinely hope he doesn’t become a main-stay in Marvel, though. While he was interesting in Secret Empire, I can easily see him quickly becoming more of a nuisance, and red herring in Marvel’s writing. Some of the other fall-out is interesting, as well. Nick Fury selecting Frank Castle, while making up for his sins. Black Widow faking her own death. It should be fun to see how the heroes move forward from this.

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Bloodwork is a pretty broken villain, with such a ridiculous power that he seems like he could take on the entire Justice League. However, this was a pretty solid case for Barry to solve, and hopefully it starts to lead him back on the path to removing the Negative Speed Force from his system. I feel like the Negative Speed Force has somewhat run its course, but at the same time, we haven’t fully explored the exact powers that it’s given to Barry.

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Somehow, whenever an issue of Green Lantern involves Hal Jordan interacting with his Dad in some strange, cosmic way, it always makes for a fantastic issue. This was no different. The Fall of the New Gods arc has been some of the best in comic books, right now, and it’s showing no sign of letting up. I’m excited to see where it goes next, with Hal out-running Omega Beams in the vacuum of space, the Highfather in the back seat.

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Another delightfully retro addition to the short but sweet Generations line. These great, standalone stories have been some of the best Marvel has put out in years. It’s possible that this Legacy thing might work out for them, if it ends up being anything like how wonderful this has been to read. It also made me miss Mar-Vell, strangely enough. However, Carol Danvers is a fantastic Captain Marvel. Maybe bring back Captain Kree?

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We’ve been waiting for the true name of Mr. Oz for so long, but it somehow fell almost flat for me. It wasn’t a surprise, as I had figured out several months ago that the logical conclusion was Jor-El, and the back-drop of his revealing himself felt too forced. I feel as if Superman had dealt with far worse, and seen far worse than was presented to him here. Perhaps when we learn more about what Jor-El has been up to, it will piece together in better ways. Regardless, it’s at least nice to have a mystery solved.

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Such a mystery taking place in this book! Who do you trust? Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? It’s such an interesting spin on such tragic and troubled characters, that come from such a fantastical life. The war between New Genesis and Apokolips is being manipulated, but by who? Tom King and Mitch Gerad are so far above the rest of the indsutry right now, that it’s absurd.

 

New Comic Books: September 6

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Not exactly an impressive week of books this week, but there were some gems throughout. Captain Phasma gets her first standalone book, and the conclusion to the Ballad of Kite Man takes the cake for book of the week. Justice League’s future-kids story is also getting pretty deep.

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A bit of an underwhelming ending to a short arc that had a lot of potential with Superman vs. Sinestro for what was essentially control of Parallax. The cool thing about this arc is the set-up for future issues of another title, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in the near future. It did, however, reveal the things Superman most fears, so we can expect to see a few of them, soon.

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This was heavy, and emotional in all the best ways. The connection these future-children have to their would be parents is so strong, and well thought out. This is some wonderful writing, and the twist that they think Wonder Woman is the villain, in which she may possibly be is interesting. There’s absolutely a lesson to be learned for young Hunter, though. That’s for sure.

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The Ballad of Kite Man has been the most heartbreaking thing I have read in a comic book in a long, long time. His tragic backstory, and making him not only a joke character, but his whole foundation that of being a joke to everyone around him… that’s genius. Gut-wrenching genius. The War of Jokes and Riddles has been an alright arc, but Kite Man has been beautiful in the most tragic of ways.

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This was so much better than it should have been. I already loved Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, and this explanation as to her escape from Starkiller, and introduction to the incredible BB-9E were great to read. This was a fantastic expansion on a character that I really need to learn more about. Maybe I should pick up that new novel that just came out…

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The Generations line has been a lot of fun, and while I was expected another trip to the past, this trip to the “far-flung future” was a lot more refreshing for young Riri Williams. There were no stakes, just exploration and inspiration, and that kind of thing is needed from time to time.

Joss Whedon Gets Justice League Writer Credit

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While we know that Joss Whedon stepped into the director’s chair to fill the void left by Zack Snyder after his departure, Snyder will still be the sole director credit on the film. However, thanks to Warner Bros., we also know that Joss Whedon will be receiving a writer credit on the film for his contributions to the screenplay.

Warner Bros. Fall Movie Preview lists credits of many of its biggest films, and the Justice League section boasts “Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon,” confirming that Whedon’s input was large enough to warrant a credit up to this point.

 

New Comics: August 23

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It was a pretty great week for reading, with several new titles debuting this week, and a couple wonderful stories progressing further. Particularly the Jack Kirby-inspired Green Lantern story happening in the current arc, that I can’t seem to help but just absolutely love.

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The penultimate issue of Secret Empire was pretty straightforward, with the heroes dealing the deathblow to Hydra itself. We all figured out that Shiny Steve was inside Kobik, but it’s still a mystery if she’ll bring him back, and how our heroes will even react to that. The Taskmaster and Black Ant moment was by far the best, knowing full well that mercenaries are only in it for themselves, and recognizing the thunder of Thor’s hammer was essentially a signal that the tide was shifting.

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I do love fun books like this. Witnessing The Mighty Thor partnered with the Odinson of old to battle Apocalypse was a lot of fun. However, discovering that in the new Marvel Legacy, Odin was married to the Phoenix Force, and loved her even… well, that was quite the discovery indeed. In fact, it was even enough to get me excited for Marvel Legacy proper.

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I can’t help but feel as if this is meant to be more of an in-between arc for something bigger. The Negative Flash idea is cool, and with Barry forced to work around life with an entirely newer and more dangerous powerset, it shakes things up quite a bit from a story perspective, but I still just can’t shake this feeling. Barry has always been resourceful, so we’ll see just how he gets himself out of this one.

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Once again, I am reminded why Green Lantern is my favorite. This arc has been so fantastic, with the Kirby inspiration, beautiful art, and subtle tie-in to Dark Knights: Metal. I’m so in love with this arc because it’s been so much fun, already. Now we’re getting a race between Hal Jordan and Lightray in the next issue? You heard the man: all systems go.

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So, the New Order is essentially the upcoming FOX tv show, The Gifted, but instead of mutants, it’s metas, and Nightwing is leading the charge. I can get on board with this. A lot of questions still remain, but we’re able to put a lot of pieces together just from what we’re given in this issue. I’m a little perplexed as to who the mother of Nightwing’s child is, though. Supergirl? Starfire? Who knows with that cliffhanger ending?

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A lot of twists in this issue, with The Stag revealed to be an army, and not an immortal. Not to mention his plan to destroy Shamba-La, rather than use its power for his own ends. But where does that leave The Joker? This has been a great detective story so far, with two of the greatest detectives, and it’s nearing its conclusion in pretty dramatic fashion.

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The issue started off well enough, with Superman and Lex getting back to their roots. Lex transforming into Darkseid the more he used the Apokaliptian tech was a crazy moment, but the real star of this issue was the end. The revelation that it was Mr. Oz who supplied The Machinist, appearing before Lex and striking his ego back down to size. Next month, we finally get his identity, after what seems like ages.

Katee Sackhoff Cast as Blacksmith in The Flash

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Season 4 of The Flash is shaping up to be something special, with numerous new villains stepping into the light, and some big-name genre actors behind them. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that genre-star Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) will be appearing in episode 5 of season 4, as Amunet Black, aka Blacksmith.

Blacksmith runs the underground black market in Central City, dealing in paraphernalia for other villains after she separates from her husband and fellow supervillain, Goldface, and steals his golden elixir. The elixir gives her the ability to fuse a metal suit to her body, as well as different forms of matter.