Batwoman Series in the Works at The CW

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We know that The CW will be introducing Batwoman during this year’s annual Arrowverse crossover, but it’s now been confirmed that she’ll be getting her own solo series in 2019. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) is penning the pilot, and she will be executive producing the series alongside DC veteran and production juggernaut, Greg Berlanti.

“Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet: in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
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Pull Box: July 11

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Hawkman is only 2 issues in, and it’s a fantastic throwback to the old Hawkman books, with nods to many of his past lives and incarnations, as well as new additions that make perfect sense in hindsight. His new visions, and memories of the past, interspersed with the revelations from Dark Knights: Metal and his role in all of that, is making for quite the interesting story.
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This issue was more fun that it had any right to be. Hammond playing mind tricks on the Lanterns, Orion, and Zod, just so everyone would be happier was so damn adorable I couldn’t even stand it. Plus, the multi-layered plan of distraction after distraction is something so very John Stewart. Only he could concoct a plan like this that relies on so many moving parts and potential variables.
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This was as goofball as it gets for Plastic Man, bordering on Mister Miracle levels of weird. But it was still charming as hell to see Eel O’Brien impersonating essentially every major pop culture character he’s missed in the last decade. The story here isn’t taking shape too quickly, but there are plenty of mysteries. Such as the inclusion of Man-Bat? That’s a strange pick to fight Plastic Man. We’ll certainly learn more in later issues, though.
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A solid first issue for Brian Michael Bendis on his own full-run Superman book. Superman’s biggest battle currently is with himself, and his loneliness. Desperately trying to hold close to the memories of his family, knowing that currently he could never find them. A few big takeaways: Martian Manhunter seemed strange in their conversation. He seemed genuine and his point was valid, but there was something off about it. Additionally, how did Rogol Zaar get the Earth into the Phantom Zone?! The entire planet?! That’s a big question for the next issue.
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That was a hell of an issue that resolved the Flash War in a satisfying way, and set up so many new plot threads and crazy surprises. The new threat from the 31st Century seems intense, and with time travel not possible anymore, who knows how things could shake out from here. The biggest, and best surprise? The return of Bart Allen, aka Impulse! He even has his Impulse costume! That’s so great, and makes me so happy!
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After all of that, Jason was the key to defeating the Dark Gods, after all. I wasn’t expecting him to be feigning control by them, but he seemed more clever than any of us thought. Then, he sacrificed himself to save the world, and fix Diana’s mistake. The only downfall of this issue is the lack of future plots it set up, as the end of the Dark Gods could have certainly set up some future stories, yet they opted to not go that route.

Pull Box: July 4

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All of this build. This incredible slow-burn to the only wedding in comic book history that I would be excited for. And it comes to a beautiful crescendo, and they can’t go through with it. Doubt in Catwoman’s mind tells her that Batman is too important, and if he’s happy, that Batman will fail. Her mistake is thinking that Batman’s misery is his only strength. But then comes the letter, from so long ago, where Bruce had confessed that he truly died long ago. What does this mean for the future? What about Bane and his gathering of villains at Arkham? Was the Thomas Wayne? What is going on?!
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The Cosmic Ghost Rider was easily one of the best surprises from the most recent run of Thanos books, so giving him his own solo title was a no-brainer. Then, having him go back in time to kill baby Thanos, only to have him take him to space to try to redeem the kid? That’s just ridiculous, and genius. This will definitely be a fun book to keep an eye out for. Hopefully there are some parallels to Cable and baby Hope, because if there’s one thing Marvel is good at, it’s hero and baby stories.
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Luthor has quite the elaborate plan in place. Manipulating these forces of nature such as the Still Force, and the Ultraviolet Spectrum to his own ends. In anyone else’s hands, it would be absurd, but against all odds, Scott Snyder pulls these threads together and it actually works. Justice League is one of the best things going in comics, and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
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Well, this ended in quite the crazy twist! The deal with Jor-El happened before the battle with Rogol Zaar, who destroyed the deep-space communicator in the Fortress battle, which only added to Superman’s grief and worry. The memorial to the city of Kandor was beautiful, and the cliffhanger that Superman had been setting the fires across Metropolis seems strange. Maybe it’s the alternate reality Jon? Even more questions, now!

Pull Box: June 27

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That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
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I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

Pull Box: June 20

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The last issue before the wedding, and it’s just what we really needed. A heart to heart between Catwoman and the Joker. Two villains, with Batman from the start. Both, trying to save Batman in two completely different ways. Their gossip about the past, and the villains they called friends. Catwoman is a hero, now. With friends who truly care about her well-being. Joker is a villain to end all villains, with nothing and no one. Just how he wants it. there was something almost tragic about the two of them talking, and it was fantastic.
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Already so many questions! The formation of the Ultraviolet Corps is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in years, and the mystery of who that baby is, is going to be ridiculous. Lex Luthor clearly is several steps ahead of everyone, but the reason is still a mystery, as well. This has already been a great read, but the questions just keep stacking up on top of one another. Hopefully, we get at least one answer, soon.
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As hard as he tries, Red Hood will always be a great confidant to Batman. Batman trusts him, even with the life of his fiancee. While this seemed the most throwaway of the Wedding Prelude books, it was also the most charming. Interestingly, the Joker story was still pushed forward, bit by bit. That’s culminating into quite the build for a crazy event.
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Rogol Zaar is clearly a formidable foe, but he’s new to Earth and the effects that a yellow sun has on Kryptonian physiology. He could barely control its effects on himself. The fight was brutal and great, but the real revelation is the identity of the person appearing in the Kent family kitchen being Jor-El. Is this Doomsday Clock Jor-El? Another Jor-El? Does Doomsday Clock not affect Man of Steel? There are a lot of questions. Because Clark seemed more than calm in the face of all of this.
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This is coming to a pretty grand conclusion, with a shocking twist that now makes perfect sense. King Elatha, thought murdered, was still alive and opening the causeways. Freeing his folk, and helping them to remember, but in his quest he has unleashed an ancient evil, and now the world will pay the price. This looks to be a pretty grand battle, and I hope that the final issue pays off as much as the rest of the story has.

Pull Box: June 13

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This was a great way to get back to basics with The God of Thunder. Now that Jane Foster is no longer Thor, the Odinson must prove himself worthy once again, and he must do this all the while trying to rebuild a destroyed Asgardia. The moment where Juggernaut revealed himself as a the avatar of a God to fight the God of Thunder was fantastic. Cain Marko seems to have really supplanted himself in the face of pop culture lately, and it’s pretty great.
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The Council of Reeds has returned with a more personal task to complete: No More Dooms. Victor is given yet another task to redeem himself in the face of his rival, and once more he fails the test. I want to hope that this quest with Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm would help show him the his virtue even more, but it looks like it may end up with the opposite effect. The big thing here? His memory revealed that Reed and Sue are still alive, with their children, traversing the cosmos.
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This one had less repercussions than the other Prelude to the Wedding books, but it was still a fun read. Batgirl has proven herself time and time again in the face of adversity, being easily the best of the Bat-Family. But, the big takeaway is the reveal that Harley Quinn is looking for the Joker during his pre-wedding rampage. Probably in an effort to stop him from ruining her friend, Catwoman’s big day. But, who knows?
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There were some great revelations and unity happening in this book. Just like Wonder Woman wearing Element X in Dark Knights: Metal created the New Gods, Hal Jordan wearing it created the Darkstars. Both wishes made on a darkened universe that were twisted and warped. It’s a fantastic way of pulling things together and unifying the universe, Post-Metal. Also, the personal story of Guy and his Father, being saved by Arkillo in a show of friendship was great. Those two have real chemistry, and it elevates the book even more when they’re together.
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As this series has gone on, it’s gotten less confusing, and more charming. Showing more of the mundane work that goes into Wars between planets full of Gods. Like peace summits, and small moments. It was amazing to see Kalibak pull out a pair of glasses because he needs to see the terms. It was a bit predictable in the end, with Jacob Free, the son of Big Barda and Mister Miracle, being the biggest bargaining chip, though not one that they put on the table.
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Hawkman has always been one of the richer characters as far as lore is concerned. His past allows him to work in more mythical things, like the introduction of Gorilla City into the history of the Earth, trade-routes and such. Not to mention the reveal of a Kryptonian Hawkman, as well as a Hawkman from the planet Rann, and the confirmation that the Thanagarian Hawkman was one and the same. All through reincarnation. With the history of DC Comics at its feet, this should be a fun read.
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Yes! Oh man, it’s so nice to have Eel O’Brian back in his own solo story. Plastic Man is one of the best heroes in all of comic books, and I missed his plucky humor so much. He’s so nonsensical. It was smart to re-tell his origin story for newer fans as he’s a bit older of a character who hasn’t been explored much in the last 20 years. But, now he’s back! And I could not be happier about it. On top of that, Gail Simone was a perfect choice to write the character.
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And the race is on! I can’t help but side with Wally West on this one. Barry Allen has lost things, but he always still remembers those pains, and exactly how they were taken from him. Wally’s children, his entire past, was taken from him and he never even knew it. That was Barry’s fault. It’s tragic that this is happening, but things are building to quite the head in the world of The Flash.
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This was some seriously heartbreaking writing. Kandor has been a mainstay in Superman lore for years, and its destruction – the murder of millions of Kryptonians trapped in a bottle for centuries is simply tragic. And it showed. The loss that Superman and Supergirl felt was real, and their anger and panic showed on the page. That was the masterful writing we’ve been looking out for with Bendis and he finally broke it out here.
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First off, Jason seemed to fit in pretty well with the rest of the Justice League. I could very well see him filling in for Diana on a Justice League International team, or something along those lines. Next, King Best is one of the most throwback villains I have seen in quite some time. He’s massive, styled like the 60’s villains of old, and honestly already quite the delight of a villain. This is a great new rogue for Wonder Woman if he manages to stick around.

Pull Box: June 6

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This was an intensely strange issue. Batman seemed almost uncaring for the hostage that Joker had, which is very unlike him. Additionally, the way he played into the Joker’s plans the entire time were just… strange. As if there’s a deeper plan at work, here. King’s run on Batman has shown him as a master planner in almost any situation, having come out ahead of the deepest of scrapes, and I can’t imagine this will be any different.
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Yet again, Bendis gives us more questions, with even fewer answers. The story is clearly moving forward, but we’re moving forward in the dark. Just following along, and waiting for things to reveal themselves. It’s admittedly a nice change of pace for Superman, who’s usually pretty black and white. I said it last week, I’ll say it again now: I really hope we get some answers as to what exactly is going on here, because it’s all very high up in the air, right now.
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This is an interesting addition to the New Age of Heroes books, as this seems to be the first one that really seems affected by Dark Knights: Metal in more ways than just “the dark multiverse created me.” The stakes here seem real, and incredibly high in comparison to the more personal stories they’ve been telling in the other books. I’m actually quite interested to see where this goes. They already wiped out several of the “new” characters they introduced, so they’re clearly not playing games.
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After a great setup for the Dark Gods, this felt anti-climactic in some way. The monoliths are so incredibly intimidating, but the first Dark God we’ve met, Karnell the God of Love, seemed like more an underling than a God. At least we now have an explanation for where they’ve come from, with the events of Dark Knights: Metal affecting damn near every book in the DC Universe. The Dark Gods are remnants, ripped away from the Dark Multiverse unwillingly. That alone makes things quite interesting, as it leaves the door open for Diana’s heart to steer the ship and help them back to their world, if they’ll allow it.
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It’s interesting that this one Pink Ranger from Drakkon’s guard would be able to outwit these younger Power Rangers so easily. It speaks to how much they’ve grown in the main Mighty Morphin Power Rangers book, that they can somewhat keep up with Drakkon himself. I also can’t see the story with Matthew ending in a good way. He’s reckless, and completely misunderstood the situation that happened to him, which of course he did. Who would ever believe that their friends, all of them, are Power Rangers?JL
This new Justice League feels so fresh, so different. It’s all the same characters we love, with the famous animated series lineup back in action together, but it all feels so new. The threats here feel real, and with Lex Luthor forming a new Legion of Doom right alongside the new Justice League, there’s the potential for all of this to be just what the world of comic books needs, right now. Scott Snyder is on a roll that hasn’t been seen since Geoff Johns during Blackest Night, and I haven’t been this excited about a book since then, either.

Pull Box: May 30

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That was quite the incredible plan. Not only did it make sense, but it was ridiculous and created a moment I feel like I’ve never seen before. A Galactus-sized Emma Frost, releasing all the Power Cosmic and bringing life to a dead universe. That’s insane. The revelation that their artificial Sun was Johnny Storm, with his abilties enlarged by the Power Cosmic was almost tragic in a way, but it was totally made up for by his survival, and his passing of the Power back to Norrin Radd, aka Silver Surfer, so that he could catch up to the love of his life, Emma Frost. That was just great story-telling full of unexpected twists.
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I am honestly not sure what to make of this. Brian Michael Bendis has first crack at a DC title and he leaves it on a cliffhanger, doing nothing than introducing a couple of new characters to the Superman mythos. That seems a bit counter-intuitive for a writer with so much pomp and circumstance arriving on the scene of a new company. I suppose I’ll just have to wait until the next issue to find out a little more of what’s going on. With that said, it’s nice to see Superman on a bit of a change of pace since Rebirth started.
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That was so awesome. Admittedly, I didn’t feel the sense of crazy unexpectedness that I was supposed to with their plan of charging the seed, and forcing the other Titans to eat their brethren, but the pay-off was still worth it. And by pay-off I mean the New Justice League, as well as the prospect of Justice League Dark featuring Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, and Justice Leagye Odyssey with Cyborg finally taking his rightful place as leader of a team. The changes happening in the main DC books have been great, and Snyder is single-handedly making comics fun again.
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While not giving us much in the way of answers, or plot points, this issue of Doomsday Clock did wonders to set the political tone for this version of the DC Universe. The Superman theory has created an artificial arms race across the planet and set the wheels of war in motion, and truthfully, the metahumans of the world, at least the truly powerful ones, like the Justice League, seem almost less than concerned. It’s strange, but once again, the pace of this book is crawling like a snail with almost no answers in sight. Things have to pull themselves together quick if we’re all going to make sense of this.
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The little moments between Damian and Selina were great in this book. They worked well to bring together two characters that should honestly seem a little closer as their methodologies are more in line with one another, but they just hadn’t been given the chance. Now, things have pushed the two together, and I think it will work well for both of their characters. The star of this, though – was an unseen Joker, who single-handedly wiped out an entire sect of the League of Assassins searching for an invite to the wedding of the decade. The build-up for his invasion of Bruce and Selina’s marriage has been slow and incredible.

Pull Box: May 23

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That was a fantastic ending to a fantastic story, with the OMAC Arc coming to a massive conclusion, and setting up the future for so many characters. Batwoman no longer has the shadow of the Colony over her, but her Dad still remains. Red Robin and Spoiler are going on what sounds like a timeline hopping road trip adventure, and two of the greatest Batgirls are training together. Lastly, Clayface is alive! Holy crap, that’s amazing! Heartbreaking, but amazing. I can’t wait for the inevitable moment Cass and him see each other again. What a way to end a story… setting up so many more.
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Hector Hammond is such a strange character. I see this going badly for the Green Lantern Corps with such a powerful telepath on the battlefield. But, that’s not even the craziest twist in this issue! Guy Gardner choosing to join the Darkstars. There’s something fishy going on there. It just seemed like such a throwaway moment for something that should have been huge. John Stewart proved himself ever the tactician, as well. Even showing a bit of arrogance in the face of Zod. That was pretty awesome for a character who hasn’t been given much time to shine since Rebirth began.
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Scott Snyder has a knack for making you think that things are going well. That the heroes are coming back and could actually pull this off. But, out of nowhere, it’s all undone, and that hope is swatted down like a fly. I thought that the multiple leagues would save Colu, and Earth would be spared, but unfortunately that’s not how things went. Now, with one issue left, the Omega Titans are surrounding Earth, waiting for the Trees to fully bloom, and the planet to be absorbed by the victor.
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Damn, what a start to the Flash War! Having the old, brave Iris who will do anything to protect her family back has already instilled a new energy into this book. The initial basis for this was really seeming like Wally acting more like a child than the seasoned veteran that he truly is, but they brought it back at the end with the prospect of saving Wally’s children, who were pretty great parts of the older DC Universe. I can just imagine a crossover with the Super Sons.
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Just like that, The Silencer’s cover is blown to her son, and he’s absolutely going to think she is the coolest damn person in the world. As per usual, Deathstroke is playing all the angles in an attempt to end the war within Leviathan, but it would seem he may have placed his trust on the wrong side. We’ll have to see where it all ends up, but it’s sure to be brutal, with a lot of bullets.
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That was a sad ending to a really fun story. The team has a name, and little by little they’re starting to work together more cohesively, and befriending each other in some pretty great ways. This team has real chemistry with each other from a character standpoint, so it’s pretty easy to see why they’re such great reads. I’ll say, though, after 4 issues of exposition, it’ll be nice to get into a good size arc with these fantastic characters. Especially Plastic Man.
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That took a turn I wasn’t expecting. So, the armor was meant for Diana all along, that makes sense. Now, in a twist of fate, Wonder Woman is swept away by the Star Sapphires at the most inopportune moment, while Jason, who is clearly being groomed for greater things, is left to defeat the Dark Gods, on his own. It would seem the Fates knew much more than they let on with Jason.

Batwoman Headed to The Arrowverse on CW

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Arrow star, Stephen Amell, confirmed in a press conference today that The CW is taking the next step forward with its “Arrowverse” and introducing Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, to the universe, as well as her home city, Gotham City. Kate Kane was re-introduced to the DC Universe in the New 52, and has gone on to become one of the leading LGBTQ characters in all of comics.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character. For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.

Pull Box: May 9

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I’m honestly sad to see this story end. White Knight has been one of the best original stories I’ve read out of any comic book publisher in years. Such original ideas, with such iconic characters. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and there’s no other way I could have seen it end. The reveal that Joker was never the real White Knight of the story was expected given the focus that Harley Quinn as a character has had this entire time, and how instrumental she was at moving the story forward. Absolutely amazing story, that will always be one of my most recommended books.
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It’s nice to see that both of those amazing Batgirl’s haven’t been completely forgotten. With any luck, the reveal by Brother Eye of their alternate selves could spur Bruce on to fully bringing them into the family and making them their own versions of Batgirl, though they’ve both proven they don’t need it. It would still be nice to see those awesome costumes back in action, particularly Cassandra’s spooky black Catwoman-esque costume.
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The Green Lanterns partnering with everyone they’ve been involved with since Rebirth began is a great way to call-back to all of the crazy things that have happened. Additionally, John Stewart had one hell of a moment to be so badass against Zod that he cemented himself as truly the best Green Lantern. At least in the case of planning. Lastly, Hector Hammond, who I assume is now being referred to as the God Brain, being used as a weapon against the Darkstars is somehow tragic, and redeeming, though he’s almost guaranteed to return to his villainous ways.
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The entire premise of this crossover is so ridiculously absurd that only Scott Snyder could possibly dream it up. Seeing all of these heroes and villains team up to fight an insane cosmic threat is absolutely the coolest way to start his run on Justice League, and out of all of this, I hope that we get a solo Starro book after all is said and done. Starro is easily the most ridiculous choice, and almost immediately made an impact on being both an incredible threat, and comic relief. That’s range.
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Sideways has been such an interesting book, with gorgeous artwork, and incredibly detailed characters. Sadly, it’s also one of the only New Age of Heroes books that hasn’t totally immersed itself in the wider DC Universe. Hopefully the next issue, with Derek beginning his dimensional training will kick-start the story in a few new ways, as the story has been starting to drag a bit, and could use something to get moving.
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This was both a great re-introduction to Hunter Zolomon, and a fantastic prelude to the Flash War, which I’m absolutely looking forward to, as Flash rarely gets his own events on this level. The mystery behind Wally’s memories, and how they’re going to factor into the changing landscape of the DC Universe remains to be seen, but month by month, DC continues to shift the focus back to the original universe and characters, and it’s been fascinating to read.
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I’ve been waiting for this arc to start, and Wonder Woman isn’t messing around. The Dark Gods are finally coming, which will hopefully give us some answers surrounding Jason and his mysterious armor. But, to immediately jump into Supergirl being affected by these coming Gods is a crazy choice. On top of that, we get an inevitably brutal fight between two of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. That sounds like a win-win.

Pull Box: April 25

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This OMAC story has been firing on all cylinders since all of the pieces fell into place, and with the General basically forcing Tim to become his future self, there are a lot of questions to be answered. The biggest being how does Batman fix the mental and emotional damage that Ulysses just instilled into Tim? Will it just be a part of the OMAC Program that will disappear once it’s out of his system? There are a lot of questions to be answered here, and I can’t wait for the next issue.
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Oh man, the Darkstars are in full control, using the Controllers as an energy source and psychic link for each other, but now they’re just normal people, augmented by the power of the Darkstars. That’s a great twist on what they’ve been in the past, and a great way to modernize them. The biggest question to come out of this, though, is who the Green Lantern Corps plans to pick up to help them in their fight. I’m seeing a whole bunch of Yellow Lanterns and villains showing up at this point.
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This was an emotional epilogue/prologue for Flash War that really tied up a lot of loose character threads, but opened the door to so many new mysteries. Iris remembers Wally! But she seems to remember even more than we think, as she somehow triggers all of Wally’s Pre-52 memories. That’s a crazy thought to imagine, but here we are, as continuities begin to merge and shift, and little by little the DC Universe restores itself naturally to its original world. First Superman, now Flash… who’s next?
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It’s just so random to me that The Silencer is far and away the best book of the New Age of Heroes. This book has seamlessly created an entirely new world within the DC Universe, and effortlessly merged a select group of heroes into it, in such a precise and fantastic way. The characters are charming, and have flaws but still work so well. On top of that, the art in this is always top-notch. First Romita, now Capullo. These are some serious heavy-hitters working on this book, and it’s awesome.
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I’ll enjoy literally anything that I read with Plastic Man in it, because his humor and quick wit is such a delight that it just makes everything so fun. This was still enjoyable, but Mr. Terrific is certainly out of his element working with a team after going solo on Earth-2 for so many years. Hopefully he comes around soon, and starts caring about these people that’s bound to by the Dark Multiverse.
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Darkseid is defeated by his own greed, and lust for power. He stole the energy from Gods well beyond himself and paid the price when it was used against him. A good play, I must admit. Bit by bit, Jason is endearing himself, and he just keeps getting more and more powerful. First he received some crazy armor that helped strengthen and control his abilities, and now he received Hippolyta’s spear. Something is going on there. There’s a bigger plan for Jason, I can feel it.
THOR
That was one hell of a way to send off one of the best characters Marvel has introduced. Mighty Thor was emotional, and flawed, but layered in a way so few characters are ever allowed to be. She was a perfect embodiment of the divine and the human, and no other character will ever capture it this way. The Odinson has some heavy shoes to fill, but it should be a great read… where we go from here.

Pull Box: April 11

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THANOS
This was a beautiful end to a beautiful story arc. This is honestly one of the best ways to a story like this ending that I have ever seen. The thought that Thanos is so strong-willed and powerful that just the thought of never becoming his future self erases his self from existence. It was instantaneous… no drama, no waiting with baited breath. It was quick, and a solid ending for an fantastic story.
DC
THAT. WAS. AWESOME. Call me gullible, but never in a million years would I have expected Ulysses Armstrong to take control of a newly created Brother Eye, and recreate OMAC. That was such an incredible reveal for the Rebirth introduction of OMAC. That absolutely blew my mind. I knew this story was going in some pretty great places, but the Colony is being destroyed from the inside before it even had a chance to get going, and that’s pretty great.
GL
The return of the Darkstars! It’s been quite a while since the Darkstars were able to make an impact on the Green Lantern Corps, but their build-up, between this book and even the ending pages of Metal, has made them already a formible and intimidating enemy. The story of Tomar-Tu almost seems to have been tailor-made for this, as well… like this is what they’ve been working towards with him from the beginning of Rebirth.
SW
Thus far, Sideways is the weakest of the New Age of Heroes books, with his story taking longer than the others to really kick into gear. On top of that, he also feels the most distant from the rest of the DC Universe, with all of his supporting cast being new to the world. Hopefully things change in the next issue or so, and it starts to ramp up a bit more.
FLASH
A lot of good loose ends tied up here at the end of this arc, and the splash page with the entire Flash family running together legitimately gave me goosebumps. It’s build-up and satisfying moments like that, that make comic books worth it with these larger than life characters. Now, we’re inching closer to Flash War, and I can’t wait.
WW
It’s been such a mystery to what end Darkseid has been trying to hard to reach Themyscira, but it was a bit of a let-down that his entire goal was to turn the Amazons into Parademons. It’s entirely possible there’s more to his plan here, but so far this isn’t quite what I expected. At least the fight between Diana and Darkseid was brutal as hell. That was perfect.

Pull Box: March 28

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METAL
Metal has been my favorite comic event in almost a decade and the ending most certainly did not disappoint. It was just as grand and batshit crazy as the rest of the series, and the future that it set up is unlike anything the DC Universe has seen. The source wall, a long-standing barrier around the multiverse itself has been broken, and it’s only a matter of time before the fun repercussions of Metal start to truly take hold. Metal set up Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League in epic fashion, and I can’t wait to see where it leads. This was the end of an era, as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo part ways, but they made their last hurrah the most epic thing they could imagine, and it stuck the landing.
DC
Stories that involve Brother Eye just instantly have this tone to them, that elevates them to the next level. This is no different. Tim is faced with a choice, but he still believes in Bruce, and the symbol that Batman represents for hope in Gotham. Having the activation of Brother Eye be the catalyst for the eventual murder of Batman by the Colony, and Tim possibly being able to stop it is a pretty great way to move this forward, and show the reason that Tim is forced to step into the role, after letting his mentor down.
DOOM
This issue was straightforward and stuck simply to asking some of the biggest questions we’ve had in Doomsday Clock. Who is the new Rorschach, and how did he come to be working with Adrian Veidt? The answer is tragic, and depressing. A long story of growth and a sort of triumph in the face of mental adversity. Reggie is more connected to the story than he knows, and his path after disappearance of Doctor Manhattan is proof of that.
GL
That was a brutal-ass fight, but in the end a feint by Zod led to the Green Lanterns falling directly into his trap. He lost the battle, but now has the means to win the war, with direct intel against every major military in the Universe. That’s a genius military move, the likes of Krypton’s greatest general doesn’t often get credited for. Slowly but surely, Zod is building himself as a credible threat to not just Superman, but the entire Universe, and eventually the Justice League.
FL
Curing Grodd to defeat him was absolutely genius, but of course the genius madman had one last trick up his sleeve. This was another great example of a hero using their experience with a villain against them, as Barry thought about various science things throughout the issue to block out Grodd, while simultaneously concocting a plan to defeat him. A rare example of writers showing just how smart Barry really is, which doesn’t get touched upon often.
SIL
Adding Deathstroke to the mix with the Silencer is literally the best thing that could have happened to this character. This issue was a fun throwback to the 90’s full of gunfights and crazy explosions, and adding the DC Universe’s most deadly assassin will just up that throwback-feel tenfold. The Silencer has quietly been one of the more solid “New Age of Heroes” books and I hope it holds up.
TERR
Yet another throwback for the New Age of Heroes, as The Terrifics is a fantastic example of classic space-faring fun with cosmic implications. Even the characters they’ve chosen are a throwback. I’ll say it every issue, but Plastic Man doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit. He’s a fun, interesting hero that’s managed to differentiate himself through sheer personality alone, and it is fabulous.
WW
We’re finally getting the showdown we’ve been asking for for months! Wonder Woman against Darkseid. While he’s not yet full power, he’s still a match for most. The wild card here is Jason, Diana’s brother. I can’t shake the feeling that he and his new armor will play a factor in the defeat of the New God. Perhaps the “giants” he saw were Zeus and the other Old Gods? Not actually dead at Darkseid’s hands? An interesting theory…
MMPR
I managed to catch up on all of this just in time for the Shattered Grid crossover, and it started off in epic fashion. Drakkon manipulating Ninjor, and possibly killing Tommy in this universe? The implications of the death of Tommy would be insane, thanks to the massive effect he has on the future of the Power Rangers in the prime universe, so it will be interesting to see where this leads, if he is in fact dead, or if this leads to him becoming the White Ranger.

Pull Box: March 14

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AC
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.
DC
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.
GL
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.
MM
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.
FL
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.
WW
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.
MAR
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.