New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

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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.

Ghost Rider Gets the Hot Toys Treatment

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Hot Toys has given Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ghost Rider the figure that he truly deserves with this incredibly detailed and articulated Robbie Reyes. The character, portrayed by Gabriel Luna in the series, was immediately a fan favorite and unlike anything ever seen on television. Now his figure is the same.

This 1/12th-scale Ghost Rider includes a flaming skull with glowing red LED eyes, 30 points of articulation, and three different fire effect accessories, and hands, as well as an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. themed base. Head over to Hot Toys Official Website for more images of the badass figure.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Renewed for Fifth Season

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Good news for fans of what is arguably the best show on television, right now. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been officially renewed for a fifth season, after what has most certainly been their best season ever. Introducing Ghost Rider, and the Life Model Decoys, then a House of M style alternate world in which Hydra won? It’s been a hell of a ride. See the press release below, and watch the season finale this Tuesday.

Good news, Agents—Coulson and his squad will return for a fifth season! ABC officially announced today that “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will return for Season 5, continuing the adventures of your favorite agents. Don’t miss the Season 4 finale this Tuesday at 10:00 PM ET on ABC as Ghost Rider returns to join forces with Coulson’s team and face the newly-empowered (and newly-human) Aida!