Pull Box: November 14

NEWCOMICSDC The battle with Kobra has been a long-winded maze of a story, but it’s been fun. There certainly seems to be something strange going on, as all of these plans are so… basic. Attacking Gotham in various locations. Poisoning the water supply. All of them are strange and almost boring, as if it’s an elaborate diversion-after-diversion play. Perhaps Two-Face isn’t quite the knight that we all think he is in this story? HM Hawkman continues to be the universe-trotting adventure book on shelves, today. Now, Carter Hall has a crazy ship that can ride Zeta Beams, that he created for himself in the past. Another cool toy for him to rediscover his incredible past. I actually wish I could read this whole arc, right now, because it’s been that interesting to me. MM An insane ending that sets up another book in the series, as Mister Miracle still seems trapped, albeit willingly, in this Universe. A Universe of death and destruction. And a universe of love and family. He chooses to bear the burden of being Highfather for the love of his life, and his children. A future he had never seen until now. That I can believe, because the love of Scott Free and Big Barda has endeared for years, and it’s certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. PM And like that, this Plastic Man series is over. And as much as I love Plastic Man, I’m a little relieved. This whole series just seemed to fall apart at the end. The art was spotty, at best. The story made very little sense, with plots thrown in for whatever reason. It was honestly a bit of a half-hearted mess to me, but I can’t quit the stretchy goof, so I had to stick it out. At least we have The Terrifics to treat Plastic man right. SM Rogol Zaar has been such an unlikable, hate-filled villain that for once, I would have liked to see Superman do what must be done. He’s an unstoppable killing machine that has committed genocide throughout the Universe, and it’s unforgivable. Now, Zod comes into play, and he’s certainly willing to do what’s necessary to exact revenge on the world that he so dearly loved. FL Having The Flash on his own adventure with Iris really brings things back to a more light-hearted fun romp than it has been the last few months. Barry seems to have some more pep in his step, which is really important for The Flash. With that in mind, who could have massacred Gorilla City in such a way? Grodd is in control of the Still Force, so perhaps he used that somehow? I suppose we’ll find out, soon. THOR A small, fleeting tale of Thor’s thousands of years of history. This one was very personal, and rightfully yet another glimpse into the harrowing journey that made Thor worthy of one of the most powerful weapons in existence. I would love for more bits and pieces like this, particularly with this charming artist attached, as it was full of life and character. FF It’s so great to have the Fantastic Four back in the Marvel Comics Universe. The petty squabbles over merchandising, and just general uncaring in regards to the books that birthed these many characters has been frustrating for the last… decade, basically. They’re called “Marvel’s First Family” for a reason, and how Marvel would push them aside so easily was upsetting. But, it’s nice to see them back in the fold, once again. CGR This was a fun, crazy, insane arc for a character that was conceived in ridiculous fashion. But, through great writing and surprisingly solid story-telling, managed to stick it out and become his own thing. The Cosmic Ghost Rider. I’m sad to see this was such a short book, but for 5 issues, it was some of the most fun I’ve read in a comic, with crazy timelines and futures galore that were generally just great to read. GGPR Having Jason and Trini switch powers really made this book a little more fun, and light-hearted. It loosened up some of the real-life drama that it’s been touching on with its many relationships. That’s certainly appreciated. Though, I’m still very curious as to how their school papers were uploaded and such? Did they have signal on that planet to do that? How did that even happen? Why didn’t they answer that?!
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Pull Box: November 7

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Grant Morrison writing a main-canon Green Lantern book is a GL fan wet dream. His insanity meshes so well with the many alien worlds that are infinitely present through the universe of Green Lantern, and it’s going to be an insane ride. It’s the first issue, and we’ve already seen that Doctor Manhattan rewrote the Book of Oa, and there’s a yellow Hal Jordan doppleganger being built to fight the Green Lantern Corps. That’s quite a start.
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Ok, Drowned Earth just infinitely more interesting. The stakes are higher with Black Manta and the Tear of Extinction, and now the Legion of Doom has invaded the Hall of Justice with only a broken and paralyzed Batman to guard the totality. Man! That’s awesome! What’s even better is Jarro calls Batman his Dad, and that’s so damn adorable, I can’t even stand it.
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There’s a massive conspiracy that has been shaping up throughout Batman’s Rogue’s gallery since Tom King took over and as pieces fall into place I’m getting excited to see where it’s going. Penguin is working with Bane in Arkham, but seems to have his own agenda. And that Flashpoint Batman is still there at Bane’s side… so damn mysterious. I think we’re going to start getting into the nitty-gritty of this conspiracy, as it’s pretty obvious Bane hired KGBeast to shoot Nightwing, as well.

Pull Box: October 31

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The Fantastic Four are back together. But, before that, Ben Grimm rightfully so had some grievances with his best friend and closest confidant. The questions that Ben had for Reed throughout this entire issue were all valid, but it still seems wrong to me that, at the end of it all, Reed left them behind to try make Victor Von Doom, of all people, a better person. I hope that Reed has learned a lesson through all of this… that the Fantastic Four are truly stronger together. Not just as a team, but as characters.
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I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be yet another fantastic collection of short Batman stories. Always a delight to read, they touch upon many of the failures of Batman, and really bring him back to being a normal person in a suit… albeit an extremely talented and intelligent normal person. This was definitely worth the read for any fan of Batman.
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This was one hell of a fantastic event, that worked perfect for Halloween and setting up Wonder Woman as more of a magical force in the Justice League than before. Not only did it deepen her understanding of magic, but it also set up two major conflicts for the awesome team, with Circe manipulating them the entire time, and the Otherkind now being unleashed upon Olympus. Both of those are going to make for some awesome reading in the near future.
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The first Terrifics Annual, of many I hope, was pretty great. Another collection of short stories, one of them was even fairly spooky for Halloween, as well as some back story, and tragic origins. We learned the history of the Tom Strong message, and even the origin of Java, who was recently outed as Doctor Dread, making his story all the more ominous in this instance.
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This event is interesting, but something about Aquaman and Atlantis has always felt off to me. The stakes don’t feel as high as Witching Hour, and the villains aren’t as interesting. The most interesting thing happening here was the addition of Black Manta as a Legion of Doom representative that’s betrayed the Earth to the aquatic invaders. Maybe as it continues, it’ll get a little more interesting, but I won’t be holding my breath. Zing.

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In two issues, Heroes in Crisis has managed to humanize damn near every hero and villain in the DC Universe in a way I’ve never seen before. With the exception of Booster Gold, who has continuously been made out to be a psychopath in many respects. This is just another example, and the mystery of who killed all of the heroes at Sanctuary seems to be quite a conundrum, because they’ve done so little to show the murder itself, but followed multiple possible murderers. I actually wish I could read this entire run right now, because I’m that curious.

First Look at The Monitor in Elseworlds

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We recently got our first look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman, and now we have an official look at actor LaMonica Garrett (Designated Survivor) as Elseworlds‘ Mar-Novu, aka The Monitor. The Monitor is described in the upcoming event as “a cosmic being of infinite power.” The Monitor oversees the safety of the Multiverse in the comics, defending it from his rival, the Anti-Monitor.

Details on his involvement in the crossover are still sparse, but it certainly makes for an exciting mystery before the December air-dates of the Arrow crossover. Hit the jump for a look at the official image.

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Pull Box: October 24

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That was actually a good twist involving Two-Face. It was Two-Face at all that killed the mysterious Karl Twist… it was Harvey Dent. The righteous man gone off the grid from his secondary personality. Now, with all of that, Two-Face is working with Batman and the GCPD to stop Kobra. We even got a small nod to The Silencer in there, with that mention of Leviathan. That was very cool.
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There’s something fishy about this entire Lois and Jon situation. I feel as if this isn’t going to be the real Lois Lane, or she’s been brainwashed by Jor-El or something. It’s strange. With that said, the looming threat of Ms. Goode at the Daily Planet creates an insane amount of tension every time her and Clark are around each other, now. Even after Batman took her kryptonite. That’s called good writing.
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Once again, DC has thrown together an unlikely team of heroes, and given them pretty fantastic chemistry. While this team doesn’t quite have the chemistry of the Justice League Dark, they work well together in unique ways, and that’s awesome. Throw in a mysterious destiny regarding the Multiverse and it makes for a pretty incredible book, even though it’s only two issues in.
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This was a fast-moving issue that moved the Rogue’s in general further, with Trickster already reuniting with the original Trickster, and now Heat Wave losing his scars and remembering his old ways. Iris embraced her old memories, adn the Flash finally accepted his path. It looks like The Flash is destined to get back to its old, fun status quo, and that’s great. The real mystery now… who is Commander Cold?
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For once in this book, it genuinely looked like Silencer was going to lose this fight while trapped in Quietus’ body, but through sheer luck of timing, she made it out alright. With her enemy in pieces on top of that. But unfortunately, her husband is getting closer to the truth of her double-life, and even worse, Talia Al-Ghul has been brought back to life… again.
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It was pretty obvious from the last issue that Doc Dread was Java, given his conniving dealings and attempts at stealing away Sapphire from Rex. Now, we have confirmation, and his plan has already been stopped by Tom Strong and the Terrifics, whom I honestly hope stick together for a while, as they seem to make a fun team, that acts as a nice throwback to the days of Doc Savage, and heroes of that ilk.
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This entire issue was more about building the story, and introducing new characters and ideas, and that’s completely fine. I was, admittedly, starting to get a bit lost with a lot of the new terminology, but it was instantly explained and implied what it all is, and that’s some great story-telling. I’m also glad that new “evil Ranger” turned out to not be evil after all, to avoid treading old paths. A new villain sounds like a good idea.

Pull Box: October 17

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As far as crazy warped character fights go, that was pretty badass. Doctor Doom, loaded with the Starbrand, Iron Fist, powers of the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Spirit of Vengeance. Against Thor, who is already a god, the All-Father, loaded with the power of the Phoenix. That’s probably the high point of these fights, because I can’t think of any other way it will cooler than that.
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That was the most brutal fight, and it was so well deserved. Batman is out for blood with Nightwing injured permanently, and KGBeast deserved nothing but brutality. That Batman broke his neck using his grapple gun without killing him shows far he’s willing to go. The fact that this was set to the back-drop of a terrifying children’s book made it all the more effective.
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Space Kraken! Jarro! Volcano Man! I love this book. Scott Snyder clearly has so much fun when he’s writing, creating these incredible moments and throwbacks to villains and styles of story-telling that have since gone out of style. Justice League is his magnum opus in that style of writing, that’s for sure. We even get a nice break from the Legion of Doom with this new Drowned Earth event, and that’s refreshing.
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Each issue this team just gets better, and their abilities flourish and get even cooler. Bobo finally remembered that he’s the damn Nightmaster, and not just a smart chimp with a sword, and it made for a cool moment. Deadman has essentially joined the ranks, and that’s amazing. I’m just waiting on Kirk, aka Man-Bat, to find his calling amongst all of this. Constantine is the grizzled veteran, and Zatanna is the main character, with Wonder Woman leading the charge. That formula has made this event awesome, with the Witch-Mother, Hecate, being quite the villain on the level of Nekron for me, at this point.
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Drowned Earth seems like it’s going to be a small event, but still fun nonetheless. It’s nice to see the Justice League getting these focused events for each hero, as it helps shape their newer personas in this more lighthearted Justice League. Wonder Woman has her Witching Hour, and now Aquaman has his Drowned Earth. Throw in Ocean Master joining forces to fight back the threat (just like Circe… hmm) and you have a unique, fun story, that I’m quite cool with.
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So, Dick now goes by Ric Grayson. A delinquent who’s hellbent on being his own, new person. But a past like Nightwing’s can’t just be ignored, and it won’t be. I dig the buzzed head look, though, as it seems to suit him in a way that’s fresh and ages him in a good way. The cop taking on the mantle could be the reminder that Grayson needs to get his suit back, and the reins of his life, but we’ll see.

The CW’s Elseworlds Crossover Poster Revealed

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Stephen Amell has released the official Elseworlds poster on his Twitter account for The CW’s three-night superhero crossover event. The poster reveals that destiny will be rewritten with Amell and The Flash actor Grant Gustin switching roles in the upcoming romp through the multiverse.

The crossover will start with The Flash on Sunday, December 9th continuing through Arrow on Monday, December 10th, before it all comes to an end in Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11th. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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Pull Box: October 10

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Something about Batman in this case seems looser than usual. There’s more arrogance in the way he talks. A more knowing rapour with his confidants, and a trust in himself that seems strange given what’s happening in the main Batman book. But, it’s nice and it certainly works here. The mysteries with Kobra, Karl Twist, and Two-Face, as well as what Jim Gordon has to do with them seem interesting with little in the way of answers so far. Just a trail that we’re following alongside Batman.
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Something about seeing Hawkman and The Atom together again gave me actual goosebumps. Two of the oldest friends in all of comic books, these two have seen the brightest and the darkest times, and it was great to have them work together again. Hawkman has been a fantastic read so far, and it just keeps getting more fun as the adventure gets more crazy.
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Plastic Man is not the smartest hero in the world, but this book has made him down right dumb. He’s a low IQ gangster who seems to have not been in the hero business for very long, yet in this universe, he’s just been stuck in an egg form for several years. Unless this is meant as a prequel to all of the other stuff. Which is entirely possible. The only issue is the number of sub-plots that don’t seem to be getting much attention. The Cabal. Pado. Granite Janet. A little too much happening at once.
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Rogol Zaar is a very imposing villain, and despite his minimal origin he’s already made enemies of some of the most powerful and intelligent people in the Universe. And he seems to just keep making that mistake over and over again. When he does finally get defeated, it’s going to be in the most decisive way, and that will be quite satisfying to see.
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These new forces latching onto the Rogue’s have made each of them so far infinitely more relatable and sentimental. It’s allowed us all into their minds, and shown that the Flash’s villains are more than just one-note bad guys. They’re real people that were pulled into a world of advanced technology, and broken pasts. I wonder which force will be next, with Mick Rory, aka Heatwave taking on the Sage Force?
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Now that Lord Drakkon is all handled, it’s nice to see Go Go Power Rangers getting back to basics, exploring its relationships and character development with a younger team of Power Rangers. This book has always seemed more emotional and raw in a way, and it’s a lot of fun to read. Now with power shenanigans happening, it can get even more weird and fun.

First Look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman

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The first official image of Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2) as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, from the upcoming Arrow crossover has leaked online, and it’s something to behold. The costume is incredible comic accurate, and seeing it in motion should be pretty fantastic.

The crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl begins shooting soon, with an early December air-date, and sets up Batwoman for her own solo series, which is expected to debut in 2019. Hit the jump to check out the image in full.

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Pull Box: October 3

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This is the most perfect event series for the Halloween season, with Wonder Woman’s growing sensitivity to magic, and the Source Wall surrounding the multiverse open, the Goddess of Magic, Hecate, has a door to our world and she’s finally ready to take it after the human world snuck through and stole her magic. For an event that seems like it would be confusing, this is pretty concise, and I appreciate that.BM
That was a somber, slow-moving and tense issue that really drove home the importance of getting revenge on the shooter of Dick Grayson, aka KGBeast, and finding out who really paid him. The true mastermind. When Batman gets intense, he becomes a man on a mission, and he’s unstoppable, and it makes for some phenomenal reading. This was no exception. The finale to this is going to be explosive, if the tension in this issue was any indication.
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After several issues of insane mysteries and questions galore, the members of the Justice League were given a moment of reflection. Focus on their new home, the Hall of Justice, and its many perks. The “domains” or quarters for each member were particularly fun to follow along, as each one was infused with the character and past of each of them. Coupled with the many cameos from the Hall, and this made for a fun, light-hearted issue.
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Just the idea of Thanos as The Punisher is so ridiculous that it’s great. Throw in crazy Cosmic Ghost Rider, slipping back and forth between sanity and the like, and you have a pretty great story. While I was expecting something just bonkers in a fun way, this story has taken a turn that I wasn’t expecting, and it has exceeded my expectations by far.
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I’m not sure what compelled me to read this, but I’m glad I did. This is such a strange crossover for Batman and The Maxx, and the story is already ridiculous enough, but somehow it all just works. It’s insane that Batman can crossover with damn near any character and have it work in ways that shouldn’t make sense but just do. Magical beings, street thugs, supernatural creatures, and even psychotropic mind monsters like The Maxx just all work.

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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Arrow Crossover Event Officially Titled Elseworlds

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The CW and DC Entertainment have confirmed that this year’s upcoming Arrow crossover event will be officially titled Elseworlds. The event will kick off with The Flash on Sunday, December 9th, then Arrow on the 10th, and Supergirl on the 11th. Additionally, we have confirmation that LaMonica Garrett will appear in Elseworlds as The Monitor, the omnipotent cosmic being that cares for the Multiverse, and combats its greatest enemy, the Anti-Monitor.

Additionally, George Pérez, one of the Monitor’s co-creators alongside Marv Wolfman, will create a sketch of Garret’s take on The Monitor, as he “plays a prominent role in the crossover’s story.” This crossover is shaping up to be quite the endeavor for The CW team.

Jeremy Davies Cast in Arrowverse Crossover

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The cast for the upcoming annual Arrow crossover just keeps getting bigger, as we now know the villain of the piece. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Davies (LOST) has signed on to play John Deegan, “a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats.” This is most certainly a new take on John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, famous for villainous turns in the JLA, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

What’s interesting is that this also confirms a Gotham City setting for a good chunk of the crossover as our heroes attempt to stop Doctor Destiny.

Pull Box: September 19

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Oh man, I was wondering where this issue was going and it got really intense, really fast. Nightwing has been getting to Batman, lightening him up and cheering him on after the heartbreak that’s consumed him. Patrolling together, just like old times, and reminiscing about the past, and it’s been fantastic. Now, Bruce has to deal with another blow, literally and figuratively. That was how you start a new arc, that’s for sure. Lastly, I would like to see Phantom Pharoah more often, please.
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Little by little, the Totality becomes less and less a mystery. It’s not an energy source, it’s a prison for the true wielder of the seven forces of the Universe, named Perpetua, and Luthor plans to harness those forces to further the Universe in his own image, using the Legion of Doom, and their natural abilities with the forces to bolster his plan. It’s complicated, and the Justice League truly seems out of their depth on this one, but they have the Totality, and now they have Starman, powered by the Totality itself, which could provide the answers they need. Damn, this is some fantastic writing.
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The ultimate trap sprung on Mister Miracle with everything leading to this. His fight with Orion lead to him creating a knife made out of the being that’s prophesied to kill Darkseid, and the trap was sprung on the Lordgod. That was incredible! Then, the true mastermind reveals himself! Metron! Oh man, this is getting so good. But with another world on the precipice, are we getting Mister Miracle in the main DC Comics continuity, now! Oh man, I hope so. I really hope so.
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Marvel’s future has become a mish mash of heroes and villains, with powers condensing into a point where they’re generally all focused on a few select players. The Punisher and Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Thor, Wolverine and Phoenix, and now Iron Fist and Doctor Doom. It’s always fun to see, but you can tell it’s almost become a cop-out for Marvel’s writers to create new and interesting combinations to amaze the readers. Hopefully they take a break with that for a while, as the future in Marvel is becoming more convoluted by the week.
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Book 1 was for Batman: Damned was a fine example of DC’s new Black Label imprint, and set the stage for quite the fantastic supernatural horror book as Batman and John Constantine unravel a hellacious mystery that begins wtih Bruce’s past, and ends with the death of the Joker. Or is he dead? Lots of questions in play here, with little in the way of answers, but that’s to be expected, because the journey is just beginning.

Cassandra Jean Amell Cast in Arrow Crossover

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It’s been reported that the annual Arrow crossover has gotten even more interesting with the addition of a supporting character to one of Batman’s villainous rogues. Cassandra Jean Amell (Mad Men), wife of Arrow star, Stephen Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries in the upcoming crossover. Nora Fries is, of course, the wife of villain Mr. Freeze.

While it’s been confirmed the villain won’t be making an appearance, this could set the stage for the villain in the upcoming Batwoman solo series, starring Ruby Rose. We should find out more when the Arrow crossover airs later this year.