First Trailer For Cartoon Network’s DC Super Hero Girls

Cartoon Network and DC Entertainment have shared the first trailer for the upcoming animated series, DC Super Hero Girls, premiering on March 8th. The series follows the adventures of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and their colorful cast of fellow heroes and villains.

Saving the day is super easy when you’re a Super Hero. But stopping evil in its tracks while keeping up grades and managing a social life, all before curfew? Ugh. That’s, like, super tough. DC Super Hero Girls are more than crime-fighting besties, they’re a diverse group of dedicated super-teens! Working together, they fight the battles of Metropolis and the battles of growing, up all at the same time. Always discovering new ways to control their powers and abilities, these awesome girls are quickly learning (sometimes the hard way) how to deal with the super challenges of being a teenage Super Hero. We all have the power to make a difference. Just make sure to use it for good or you’ll find yourself up against those tenacious teens, the DC Super Hero Girls.

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Pull Box: February 6

Justice League has consistently been the best written comic since its debut, and all this issue did was set it further apart from the rest of the pack, with yet another fantastic retcon on the history of the Martian Manhunter. J’onn J’onnz is one of the bigger mysteries still left in the DC Universe, as his origin is still so simplistic and yet to be explored fully. The inclusion of Lex Luthor as a childhood friend with latent psychic abilities is certainly an interesting, and also sets the stage for Lex to turn his back on the Legion of Doom that he created as his elaborate plan begins to spin wildly out of control.

When Batman and Flash crossover, some of the best stories seem to happen organically, and this is certainly no different. Calling back to Batman’s very first Rebirth story, Gotham Girl has returned and she’s randomly attacking places that will bring various heroes into the fold. Particularly, Batman and The Flash. What she plans to do with them is still a mystery, but we know she’s attempting to revive her Brother, who seems to be hooked up to Bane’s Venom. Another clue as to who could be behind all of this?

A long, in-depth read about the time when Clark Kent first arrived in Metropolis. There have been numerous re-tellings of this same story, over and over again, and all of them are almost the same, but just like every other origin being re-told in comic book form, it just never gets old, and I’ll never pin-point why that is. While this book is certainly not required reading, it’s worth the time to check out if you’re a fan of Superman.

I don’t think I’ll ever get past how perfectly suited for the Green Lantern Grant Morrison’s writing is. It’s so bizarre, and the characters he concocts are beyond belief, as many alien species should be. It’s just confusing and bizarre enough to feel alien while you’re reading it, but things slowly pull themselves back together each and every time. While I thought that Morrison’s Lantern would be more of a mini-series, these smaller arcs support a longer run than expected, and I’m certainly ready for that.

Little by little, DC is exploring the annals and history of Darkseid and Apokolips more and more. We’re learning of its past, and the events leading up to Darkseid’s initial rise to power, while exploring his dynamics with the right hands that have ensured he stay at the top. Granny Goodness and her Female Furis have always been one of the more interesting side characters for the New Gods, and the exploration here was great. With that said, it’s a shame that sexism exists on a desolate planet like Apokolips, as well, with the Furies unknowingly taking part in a show of “female grace” for the detestable villains. I hope that they get what’s coming to them in this series, because it will be satisfying.

This moved at the strangest pace, and seems like it’s going to continue that way for a while. Despite having an all-star lineup of young heroes, they’re just sort of… coming together. By fate, or destiny perhaps, but it’s been this random series of events, bringing this random group of heroes together, and it seems weird and difficult to read in some strange way. Additionally, I love Teen Lantern, and really missed Impulse not being in this issue, as he is an absurd amount of fun in all of the books he is in. I hope he gets a solo book, soon.

Pull Box: January 30

Lois Lane telling her Father, Sam Lane, one of Superman’s biggest opponents since his introduction about his secret identity is insane. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting it to go down that way, but it did, and she’ll eventually have to deal with the repercussions. The real crazy thing in this issue is the mysterious blue explosions wiping out groups of heroes and villains alike. The most interesting thing is that these explosions look near-perpetrated by the same energy as Dr. Manhattan. Has Leviathan learned something? Man, so many crazy mysteries!

The lead-up to the Flash Annual, and the climax of the Force Quest, we now know the truth. Barry was never meant to work with the other Force users. They have always been destined to clash, which explains why they just seem to naturally disagree in so many different ways. Not to mention, Hunter Zolomon has already escaped from Hypertime, and revealed to be the murderer behind Gorilla City. Lots of questions answered in this issue!

A heartbreaking issue, capped off by the Flash Family finally dealing with the sudden loss of Wally West at Sanctuary. It happened months ago, but with The Flash off on his Force Quest, there was never any chance for them to address it, but now it’s finally happened. But with the loss of one speedster, comes the arrival of another, as Bart Allen, aka Impulse has escaped the Speed Force! The best speedster, not seen in years has finally returned, and I could not be more excited.

Holy crap. It all comes down to this. After being weakened by the events of Dark Knights: Metal, the Source Wall has been destroyed, and the creator of the Multiverse, and mother of The Monitor and Anti-Monitor, Perpetua, has been released. We’re rocketing toward one of the biggest comic book events in history, as decades of stories converge onto this single point, and it’s beautiful.

Finally! The Secret Origin of The Silencer! This was one of the most important things that we still needed for Honor Guest’s character arc, and now that we have it, I can’t say I’m disappointed. Honor is a metahuman that was stolen from the League by Talia to see her own ambitions through. Used from the very beginning. Now as Talia attempts to wipe her family’s memory from existence, she thinks she the Silencer under control… I’m not no sure.

The escape act with Miracle Man was awesome, and yet another highlight in this incredible arc leading up to the 1,000th issue of Detective Comics. Given the unique characteristics of the creature that’s been chasing Batman, my guess was Clayface in a beautiful and tragic twist of character that would use the recent history of Detective Comics against it, but with Batman attacking Hugo Strange, it would seem maybe I wasn’t quite accurate. It’s still very possible, though. We’ll find out as we approach the penultimate issue.

A massive piece of the puzzle is now in our possession. Wally West at Sanctuary is too old to be the Wally West we know. That still seems like quite a mystery, but it strangely makes sense in a way that only comic books can. Ted Kord, aka Blue Beetle, trusts Booster Gold, and Batgirl trusts Harley Quinn. Both have collided, but now where do they go from here? This was a beautiful issue, using the speech by Superman as its backbone, and it was gut-wrenching, and real, and everything that comics have really never been, but always needed to be. Absolutely beautiful.

Darkseid being in the Ghost Sector at the time saved him from the inevitable as the New Gods were all obliterated by Perpetua, as well as Apokolips and New Genesis. But, Darkseid is… ever the planner, as he hopes to reshape the planet in the Ghost Sector into a new, even more powerful Apokolips to use as a crazy war machine. Insanely enough, the Coluans knew that, and bottled all those planets to stop Darkseid! That’s some insanely good retconning.

This was exactly what it needed to be, and it was great. A fun anthology of short stories that spotlight the ups and downs of love and its many nuances. The Superman story especially was fantastic, telling yet another story about how Clark Kent is the hero, and Superman is the mask. My only issue with this was the way they drew Hawkgirl in her Galentine’s Day story, which was not accurate, of course. Hopefully someone catches that next time.

Plastic Man’s son has every right to be mad at him, but I really would have loved to hear more about his explanation for being stuck as an egg. Rex Mason is Metamorpho again, and it seems that every issue Doc Dread is allowed to be a villain, he gets more villainous. Big surprise there, but it’s nice to not have him being some comical throwback to the inept villains of old. Now The Terrifics are getting back together, and my favorite Super-Team is whole again!

This was a much-needed, fun and lighthearted issue that helped introduce some new characters, with a fresh love story of mythological creatures at its heart. It also introduced a random new human ally for Diana, and even set up the story for the future with Veronica Cale, the largest antagonist for Wonder Woman since Rebirth began, in possession of one of the apparently many Gods that have landed on Earth.

Pull Box: January 9

The War of the Realms is finally on its way, and we’re getting a peek behind the curtain of the unsung heroes of War that gather information, and spy on enemies such as Malekith. The growth of Roz Solomon as a hero, and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (now Agent of Wakanda) has been one of the bigger character pieces throughout the last several years of Thor, and arguably one of its biggest successes. The tragedy that follows her drives her now, and has really helped her flourish into a greater role behind the scenes.

Are we finally gaining traction on the return of the previous universes across the DC Multiverse?! They just said that “this universe is not the first!” That could mean so many things, but the constant restoration of the DC status quo cannot be ignored in this case. Mystery on top of mystery abound here as the entire universe is united against the Justice League for the destruction of the Source Wall. Thanks, Batman.

That was a wildly interesting issue. Though, when Tom King and Mitch Gerads are together, nothing but the weirdest stories are in order, and it’s great. With only one page of spoken dialogue, we’re in Batman’s head as he awakens in what is most certainly some sort of nightmare. The good thing? We’re finally back on track somewhat with Flashpoint Batman as Bruce finally remembers what’s happening. But what made him forget? This is an intense story with so many crazy mysteries in play.

I figured that the Green Lantern vs. God thing would be a ploy, but if anyone would be willing to go there, it would be Grant Morrison. Unfortunately, it was a ploy for a planet eater to trick the Earth into complacency while he fattened up the planet and its population to eventually consume it. Clever. This version of Hal Jordan is much more of a “Space Cop” than any other instances, being more grizzled and utilizing more aggressive tactics. Even going so far as to kill the slave trader, though he certainly deserved it.

This moved so quickly, and in such insane fashion that it was hard to really pull it all together. But being so quick moving, and being a thing that involved Impulse in any capacity, made it a hell of a lot of fun. The quick introduction to Young Justice, and the re-emergence of several younger characters for no apparent reason was a bit strange, but in the world of comics, anything is truly possible. Hopefully Bendis is able to slow that pace down just a bit, though.

Pull Box: January 2

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Ever since its reveal in The Silencer, Leviathan has been revealed to be pulling the strings in the darkest parts of the DC Universe for years. Operating in shadows that the heroes didn’t even know existed, and manipulating weaknesses in their abilities and personalities for years. Now, they’re slowly starting to take control over several books, and becoming a legitimate threat to the world without anyone being any wiser. A slow burn villain is most certainly the best one, and with Red Cloud working with Leviathan, things should get much more interesting.
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The countdown to Detective Comics #1000 has been absolutely phenomenal. A personal story that recalls the well-known origin of Batman in unique ways, as each and every person that Batman loves is picked apart, one by one. Pushing him further and further to the depths of his soul to grapple with his own humanity and past. This is storytelling at its best, and I know it should culminate into one hell of a thousandth issue.
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This is such a unique and fantastic story. A murder mystery with a real message at its heart, that humanizes DC’s heroes in a way that they have never really explored. The mental health and psychological issues that comes with being a hero, and dealing with the loss and failure, and much more. It’s dramatic, with a genuine conflict that could legitimately affect the DC Universe moving forward. Real stakes for the heroes. It’s a wonderful change of pace.
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This was a strangely paced issue. Flash and Fuerza defeated the Sage Force demons, and stopped Cauldron in Corto Maltese, meanwhile Commander Cold is making himself more comfortable in Central City, and their cases are starting to crossover with each other. It’s obvious that Trickster is behind the Sage Force weapon, but how does he know how to manipulate it? That’s definitely the big question. JLO
There are a lot of mysteries at play here, and I’m starting to get a little worried that they may not pull together in the most cohesive way. At the very least, we know now that Darkseid is most certainly playing at something, finding Blackfire, Starfire’s Sister, in the ruins of Tamarand with a plan to manipulate the troubled worlds of the Ghost Sector. That should at least make this series more interesting.
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I really wasn’t expecting this turn of events, as Leviathan continues to one-up every single hero and villain across the DC Universe with a skilled manipulation that comics hasn’t seen in ages. It’s incredible. But, now I wonder… Did she kill honor? Are there plans to revive her with the Lazarus Pit? What is Talia’s goal, right now? Lots of questions, and the more Leviathan stretches into other books, the more excited I get for each issue of The Silencer.WW
A solid, albeit slightly uneventful issue for Wonder Woman. Of course the children that she rescued belonged to the Prime Minister, naturally drawing her to him. Aphrodite in the fray throws quite a few things into question, and I still say it’s the result of the Otherkind from Justice League Dark destroying the home of the Gods. Though, it could be something more.
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The Terrifics even get their own villain team! And it’s a crazy multiversal team! That’s awesome. Of course, the team would be miserable without each other at this point. The only friends they had were each other… now they’re forced to confront that fact. The Plastic Man interaction was certainly the most interesting, with Eel’s son, Luke, being introduced to the series, and his plastic abilities. I wonder if that will come into play in the near future?

Pull Box: December 19

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A surprising callback to an older issue on Tom King’s run, this culminated in a way I wasn’t expecting. It started out usual enough, and quickly became something else, with small twists here and there. How they’ll bring this all back around is the question. On top of that, this break from the main story, right as Thomas Wayne appears in the Batcave? Come on! The next issue cannot get here fast enough.
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A timely reboot for a team that is meant to stand in for America itself, the Freedom Fighters are most certainly a direct response to the uptick in Neo-Nazi and fear-mongering movements across the world. While it won’t have a big impact, it shows strong resolve of DC Comics to release this book and stand for something. On top of that, it already seem like it’s going to be a fitting continuation with new takes on classic characters, and I am all for that.
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Oh man, that was amazing! Shayera and Katar Hol are alive?! But, is it really them? What secrets are they holding in regards to the Totality, and what is their plan with the Martian Keep? And, how does Starman fit into all of this? He seems linked to the Multiverse on several levels, with his overwhelming power linked to the source wall itself. So many questions! Every time we get answers, more questions come together. It’s brilliant.
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After years of build-up, the slowest burn I have ever seen in an event, The War of the Realms is finally on its way. The Avengers are slowly getting roped into it all, and Thor has become more ruthless on his search for answers, and a strategic advantage against Malekith, the mastermind of the war itself. With the Angels defeated, and Angela now in the fray, things have evened up a bit, but they are still several steps behind.
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While Lord Drakkon was probably one of the best overall villains in Power Rangers history, there is certainly something unnerving about Praetor. His ability to get into the heads, and invade the minds of the Rangers is something new to them, and should prove to be quite the problem in the coming issues. The realization that the Solarix is a piece of the Morphin Grid was a fascinating piece of writing, though. As if the Grid could potentially be tangible, in some corner of the Universe. Now, that could be fun to explore.

Pull Box: December 5

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Holy crap that was so unexpected and amazing! Oh my God, I cannot believe how that ramped up so quickly. Batman on the hunt for information on Bane and his current role in Arkham, knowing from the Penguin that there’s something amiss with it all. But then the reveal at the end! The biggest mystery of all! Flashpoint Batman! Thomas Wayne! Is it really him?! So many questions. I’m freaking out. This is the best.
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This was an intensely emotional issue that finally put an intense focus on the DC Universe proper, and the importance of Superman, and the Supermen Theory that’s dominated the news in this world. The obvious interference by Dr. Manhattan, as well as the manipulation to put Superman on the side of the metahumans was well-played, and I’m genuinely interested to see where this goes next.
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This is a war of ups and downs for the Legion of Doom, they lost Black Manta in Drowned Earth, and now they’ve lost the Joker. The one clearly ahead of all of them in more ways than one, he could have killed the entire Legion if he felt like it, knowing that the Batman Who Laughs is an unlike anything the Multiverse has ever seen. Now, with the inclusion of Brainiac to the Legion of Doom, things should continue to be quite interesting.
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With the movie coming out in a few short months, one has to wonder if this new series is going to be any indication on what to expect from the film. If so, I’m definitely in for it, because the Shazam Family are some fantastic characters with rich history that is ripe for exploration, much in the same way Hawkman is being handled right now. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening with the introduction of the Station, and more magical aspects of Shazam being explored.
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The insane aliens that Grant Morrison comes up with are so fantastic for Green Lantern that I’m not entirely sure why it took him so long to get on this character. But, here we are, and it’s ridiculous. With an old school design, the Blackstars are back, and it’s fun. Surprisingly, the story here is even moving along at a good pace, with questions being answered regularly, as we even quickly found out who is abducting planets. Given a lot of the stranger books recently, that’s quite a relief.
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The revival of Martian Manhunter across the DC Universe has been great. He’s such a fantastic character, and I truly missed him. His first solo book in years started off pretty strong, with dynamic art, and a story that’s going to be pretty interesting given J’onn’s police history on both planets. I love the focus and unique stories that are being told with these interesting characters lately, specifically with DC.

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 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.

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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Pull Box: August 8

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

Pull Box: July 25

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It made sense to focus more on a de-powered Ben and Johnny, rather than the escaped Doom and the doctor that’s lead them all the way here. Now that the cat’s out of the bag about the rest of Marvel’s First Family, they can focus on the eventual surprise reveal, that the family has returned and tracked their friends, restoring their powers after they’re in the same universe.
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It’s nice to have Action Comics back, and the focus put on what’s happening with these fires. It’s also nice to see Superman fighting a new villain, The Red Cloud, after all of the throwback villains we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in Superman stories. It should be fun to see how this all plays out with so many new characters to focus on, so many side-stories to worry about in the life of Clark Kent.
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That reveal for the true identity of Karma seemed incredibly anti-climactic. It would make sense that Batman, of all people, could piece together a fragment of his own memory from a single detail. He’s Batman. Of course he can. But it still seemed a bit boring. That Karma is focusing on the Bat Family is a bit more interesting, as the team that Batman has formed has become such an important factor in his motions the last couple of years. How will they factor moving forward?
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We finally got a backstory about Marionette and Mime. Two of the mysterious characters in this one-off story. Though, we still don’t quite know how Mime’s abilities work exactly. We at least now know their relationship. Now, they’ve also captured the Comedian, after he laid waste to villains below the streets of Gotham, and the Joker has decided to tag along with our two mystery characters. That is a partnership sure to cause some serious violence and trouble.
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John Stewart’s plans are always the best to witness unfold. They’re so elaborate and subtle, they nearly always catch his opponent off-guard, and it’s great. This was no different, with the Darkstars falling right into his trap, and removing a key piece from their arsenal: their teleportation. Without it, the untrained Darkstars are ripe for the ass-kicking, as there’s no way Tomar-Tu could hope to best the Greatest Green Lantern in a one-on-one fight.
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I’ve been so excited for these Justice League spin-offs and this absolutely did not disappoint. Wonder Woman leading a magic-based Justice League with Swamp Thing, Bobo the Detective Chimp, Zatanna, and Man-Bat? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read and it absolutely works. I’ll read anything with Swamp Thing, especially when he’s working with the Justice League, so this is going to be quite a ride.
FL
Wally West is the Flash that many of us grew up with. He was the Flash of the 90’s, and is regarded by many as the best Flash. He’s the real Fastest Man Alive, and the most punished character is all of comics. Erased from existence, then brought back with no memories, only to discover an entire family, and entire past has been erased from existence. It’s the most tragic story in all of comics, right now.
SIL
I really have no idea why I love this book so much. It reminds me of the books that got me into comics so long ago, like Spawn, Youngblood, WildCATS, etc. It’s great. The villains and seamless backstory are great, and Honor, aka The Silencer is a fantastic new character addition to the DC Universe. I would love to see her mixing it up more with the wider universe after her story follows through with its arc.
TER
That was a wildly confusing story. A new villain was introduced, and then immediately revealed himself, while the heroes dealt with even more confusing things happening to each of them. I’m not entirely sure where this is going with the Tom Strong thing, but it’s implied that the Terrifics were transported to another dimension? Right? Maybe? I haven’t been this confused since the beginning of Mister Miracle, and that managed to find its footing, so hopefully this will, too.
WW
I do enjoy these personal stories of Wonder Woman, her enemies, and her unending love for all life. It’s one of the things that makes Diana so great. She takes a different approach from the other heroes, and despite being a member of the Trinity still finds time to visit those she believes are worthy of redemption. To better them, and their lives, despite anything they could have done. It’s truly inspiring.

Pull Box: July 11

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HM
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.
GL
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.
PM
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.
SM
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.
FL
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!
WW
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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BM
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?!
GR
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.
JL
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.
MOS
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!