Dark Nights Metal Preview

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The upcoming DC solicitations have revealed some pretty epic things in the near future for the line-wide DC event, Dark Nights: METAL. DC Comics has revealed that seven “corrupted versions of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse” will descend on the DC Universe this September. Hit the jump to check out some mysterious teasers of these seven Batmen.

METAL is the final Batman event from acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and artist collaborator Greg Capullo. The story till take threads placed by the team the last several years, and use them to delve into the true history of the Joker, and the roots of many of DC’s Crisis events that have shaped it the last several decades.

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New Comics: June 14

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What a week for comics, this week. Both Marvel and DC brought their A-games with DC being the obvious winner. Not only did they have 4 core title releases, we also got the first issue of the new Batman-focused line-wide DC event. Such an exciting week, and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

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Recommendation for the week is absolutely 100% Dark Days: The Forge #1. The first issue, acting as a prequel to the upcoming METAL event, this was an exciting book, with a lot of mystery, and some fantastic moments. John Romita Jr’s art is some of the best in the industry, and he was on top of it here. I’m so pumped to see where this has been leading, because this event has been all sorts of mysterious, with all threads leading here.

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Marvel’s big event, Secret Empire, also had a release this week, with our heroes coming face-to-face with each other. Not by choice, but when they’re both overpowered easily by Ultron Pym inside Ultron City, his dominant personality tries to coerce them into stopping the war. The moment where Pym gives Scott Lang the cosmic cube fragment, simply because he’s the only one who sees him as a person was particularly great. The mysterious Steve Rogers in the blue mist just seems to get more mysterious as he was now joined by Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson. An interesting twist, that should be fun to see play out. I hope.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns also saw a mystery start to unfold, though we know the answers to this one. Apparently it’s knowledge that Tomar-Tu murdered his fellow Yellow Lantern several issues ago, and now the Greens are paying the price for it. After the last arc was so severely short, I’m excited to this one play out in a bit more interesting fashion, though I expect the Kyle Rayner/Soranik narrative to play out in tragic fashion.

FLASH

The Flash continues to be such a personal, fast-moving tale, with the artwork and the thoughts inside Barry’s head doing so well to truly dig into our heads just how it feels to be a Flash. I had forgotten that Thawne remembers everything from before Flashpoint, so his interactions with Iris should be insane in the next issue. I wonder how she’ll take that knowledge? Especially with Barry bound to reveal his identity soon.

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The conclusion to Godwatch is a somber tale, with Diana fruitlessly attempting to bring Barbara Ann back from the brink. It’s satisfying to see Doctor Cale’s world implode around her. I feel sorry for her, after all she did to try to bring her daughter back, only for it to fail. But she should take comfort knowing that her daughter is not only safe, but in paradise. And she did that. But instead she’s selfish, and only cares about her daughter for her own reasons. A somber conclusion to a deep story. Now we begin with a new writer and artist.

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Basically every Superman book right now is a beautiful throwback to the 90’s with every villain just being a knock-off of Superman in some way or another. That’s not a bad thing. It’s been great fun reading these, and seeing all these characters again, with Superman being an easy standout among the Rebirth crowd.

New Comic Books: May 24

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Today’s new comic book post is a bit late, on account of yesterday’s immense day of news, and my surprisingly busy schedule during the day with Analog and such. It’s also strictly a DC week, this week, as Marvel had no prime releases on my pull list. Good thing, then, that DC decided to bring their A-game.

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My recommended book for this week is absolutely Wonder Woman #23. Greg Rucka has closed out this arc in the most incredible fashion, retconning the origin of Wonder Woman in a way that is so fluid and seamless that it seemed like nothing had changed. The revelations about Ares, and the emotion in this book were phenomenal, and a hell of a way to get readers pumped for the film next week.

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This smaller arc for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps concluded in #21, and while it seemed insignificant in many ways, with the gauntlet and Sarko being so easily dispatched, the revelation about Sarko and Kyle Rayner will absolutely have a lasting impact. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between Hal and Kyle in their mission, moving forward, now that Hal has unknowingly killed Kyle’s son from the future.

 

SHADOW

I loved the first issue of Batman/The Shadow, and were it not for Wonder Woman, this would absolutely be my pick for the week. Snyder somehow crafted an even more amazing story, that moved quickly with the story taking front and center, and placing the building blocks for where this will go. The dynamic between Batman and The Shadow will definitely be shifting soon, and Snyder is clearly having a blast writing this book, which I’m sure is some sort of dream-come-true for the superstar writer.

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The further in this team-up arc between most of Superman’s classic rogues gets, the more it feels like such a classic story. Both the art, and the writing, feel like such an amazing throwback to days gone by in comic books, and it’s been so much fun to read. The stakes feel real here, and given how difficult it was for Superman to beat Eradicator by himself, it will be interesting to see how Superman deals with this immense threat.