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.

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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: 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.

First Look at DC Super Hero Girls

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Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network have unveiled a first look at the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls animated series. The series boasts “fresh character designs” from Emmy Award-winning producer Lauren Faust, whose previous work includes the likes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Super Best Friends Forever, from the old DC Nation block.

What started as a series of webisodes for DC Animation has grown to become a wildly successful toy franchise, and direct-to-DVD animated movie series, and now has the chance to grow beyond even that. Proving that there’s absolutely a market for superheroes with young girls. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Announced

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Warner Bros. Animation has officially announced The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part for release in theaters February 2019. Tiffany Haddish will be voicing a new lead character in the movie, joining returning voice cast members Chris Pratt as Master Builder Emmet Brickowoski, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldsyde, Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie, wrote the first draft of the sequel script based on a story by Lord, Miller, Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. It was most recently re-written by BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Mike Mitchell will be directing.

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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.

Teen Titans GO! To The Movies Character Posters Unveiled

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A series of hilarious character posters for the upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies have been released that poke fun at the live-action Justice League. The posters feature the titans offering a bit of critique against their live-action adult counterparts, continuing the sarcastic marketing of the animated film.

The animated film will feature the voice cast of the series, including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. Additionally, Will Arnett will voice Slade Wilson, Kristen Bell is Jade Wilson, James Corden is Balloon Man, Halsey is Wonder Woman, Lil Yachty is Green Lantern, and Nicolas Cage will voice Superman. Hit the jump to check out all 5 posters in full.

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Pull Box: April 11

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Teen Titans GO! Getting Its Justice League

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Warner Bros. Animation is slowly releasing the voice cast for its upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it’s Justice League is shaping up to be something special. Lil Yachty is set to play Green Lantern John Stewart, singer-songwriter Halsey will play Wonder Woman, and Nicolas Cage will finally get his chance to play Superman.

This is most certainly a ton of stunt-casting, but it’s going to make for one hell of a fun movie, which this is most certainly shaping up to be.

Green Lantern Corps Moving Ahead

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Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with their long-awaited Green Lantern Corps film, with a short official synopsis, and word from That Hashtag Show that the studio is looking at Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible-Fallout) to take the director’s chair.

“Former test pilot Hal Jordan, now a veteran of the intergalactic group of protectors of peace and justice known as the Green Lantern Corps, mentors young recruit John Stewart.”

With that synopsis in mind, the studio is looking for someone aged 39-50 to play Hal Jordan, which still leaves long-time McQuarrie collaborator Tom Cruise on the table, as well as many of the other rumored actors for the role of Hal Jordan. If Warner Bros. was smart, they would jump on the red-hot Michael B. Jordan for the role of journeyman John Stewart. But, that’s just my opinion.

Pull Box: February 28

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As with every story he’s in, Booster Gold doesn’t get the glory of saving the day in the end. I’m glad to see this story finally over, but it laid the groundwork for a lot of good stuff in the future, particularly the re-introduction of General Sam Lane after years away from the fold.
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The personal trial of Batwoman that brought together the Bat-family was pretty tense, with each member making their own points, and all making sense. However, Barbara once again shows that she’s the most human of all of them, being the only one to put together Bruce’s personal connection with Kate Kane. The big takeaway here, of course, is Batwoman’s decision to join the Colony. One that Batman had been trying to keep from happening…
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The final issue of the Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as everything else, but it managed to pull everything together in an actually comprehensible way. Most impressive for a story that was so all over the place, with such drastically different ways of telling a story that is only half-told. We never received all the pieces until the end, but it all made such incredible sense, even though it really shouldn’t have. Nicely done.
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When the Green Lanterns go in, rings blazing, it makes for a hell of a good read. Kyle Rayner being infected with Hal’s willpower was pretty amusing, and John’s plan to go to the Guardians while the others do what’s necessary was pretty well thought out.
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An interesting twist as the end of the last issue, Barry seemed freed of his powers, like shackles being taken off his wrists. But now, he seems desperate, as if he has to get them back at any cost. Freeing Godspeed seemed like a solid strategy, in my opinion, and the small moments with Wally West being a hero in Central City were charming, and gave me goosebumps.
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This is still a great throwback to the 90’s and early 2000’s, with the huge rush of assassin-themed characters that kick too much ass. Once again, Romita Jr.’s artwork pushes this well beyond the scope of what it even would be, and the interaction of certain DC characters in this more grounded world just works really well. It’s definitely something I’d like to explore more of.
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The Terrifics has already positioned itself as being, inevitably, one of my favorite new books. Plastic Man is top three in my favorites, and Mr. Terrific is up there, as well. Couple those great characters with a cosmic, universe-saving plot involving some retro-style storytelling and you have a damn good read ahead of you. God, I love Plastic Man.
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This was the most exposition heavy issue of Wonder Woman in actual years, as Diana and Steve spend the majority of time catching us up with what’s been happening throughout the last several arcs, as well as reminding us of characters we may have forgotten. But, it leaves us with two major questions: Where has Themyscira gone, if no longer on Earth? And, where the hell did Jason go, now that he’s got a costume, and clearly much more confidence?

New Comic Books: February 14

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This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
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It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
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This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
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It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
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First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
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The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
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Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
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This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
AC
Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
2N1
I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

New Comic Books: January 24

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NW
This was a fitting end for The New Order, and the speech that Jake gave to his Dad was exactly where I knew this was all going. Without Batman, Dick immediately changed his views on the world, and took action to right what he thought was wrong. Without Dick, Bruce would have done the same. They’re two heads to the same coin, and it all made perfect sense. I like when things have a complete and happy ending, and this was fulfilling, albeit a bit rushed at the end.
FLA
Suddenly, The Flash is running on every single cylinder imagineable, and the reveal that we’ve been waiting for all along was so much more satisfying than I ever could have imagined. Grodd is back! But he’s been the mastermind behind Black Hole this entire time?! That’s incredible, and I absolutely cannot believe I never put that together. I can’t wait for the next issue, because after puttering along the last several months, The Flash is back to its rightful status.
WW
The fight between Wonder Woman and Silver Swan was way more brutal than I imagined it would be. It was a good introduction for a semi-formidable new rogue for the Amazon warrior. The real news here, though, is the side-story of Darkseid, laying low in the Amazon forest as he amasses an army and regains his Mother Boxes across the Earth. It’ll be great to see if the return of Darkseid shakes DC Comics as a whole, as it truly should.
DET
And thus, everything that we thought would be prevented by future Tim Drake came to fruition. The moment that Batwoman made the wrong decision, or perhaps the right one, that split the Batmen and caused his future to come to pass. It’s been fun having Clayface as a hero and ally to Batman, but it was only a matter of time before he became a weapon used against them. The fallout from this choice should be interesting in the months to come.
AC
The time travel shenanigans that Booster and Superman have been in have been crazy, but this precursor to a war between “New Krypton” and Earth with General Zod at the helm is some meaty stuff. Traveling decades into the future with the planet still under Zod control assumes that they were not completely defeated during that war, so it raises a lot of questions as to how this war will take place.
GL
Even more foreshadowing to a New Krypton war with General Zod in a completely different book. They’re really pushing Zod as a threat to the universe, which is interesting given how he usually stays put inside Superman’s pages. This should be a pretty hefty event in the coming months, and I hope all this fantastic build-up pays off.
DD
The third issue of Doomsday Clock gave us answers to some pretty intriguing questions. Particularly, what the hell are the Mime’s weapons and how are they actually things. Well, it appears they’re invisible. It also gives us a look at the new Rorschach under the mask, and follows some pretty crazy twists and turns with its characters. This has been one hell of a slow burning book, so hopefully things can pick up soon, and we get more answers.