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.

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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.
JL
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.
THOR
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: October 3

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This is the most perfect event series for the Halloween season, with Wonder Woman’s growing sensitivity to magic, and the Source Wall surrounding the multiverse open, the Goddess of Magic, Hecate, has a door to our world and she’s finally ready to take it after the human world snuck through and stole her magic. For an event that seems like it would be confusing, this is pretty concise, and I appreciate that.BM
That was a somber, slow-moving and tense issue that really drove home the importance of getting revenge on the shooter of Dick Grayson, aka KGBeast, and finding out who really paid him. The true mastermind. When Batman gets intense, he becomes a man on a mission, and he’s unstoppable, and it makes for some phenomenal reading. This was no exception. The finale to this is going to be explosive, if the tension in this issue was any indication.
JL
After several issues of insane mysteries and questions galore, the members of the Justice League were given a moment of reflection. Focus on their new home, the Hall of Justice, and its many perks. The “domains” or quarters for each member were particularly fun to follow along, as each one was infused with the character and past of each of them. Coupled with the many cameos from the Hall, and this made for a fun, light-hearted issue.
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Just the idea of Thanos as The Punisher is so ridiculous that it’s great. Throw in crazy Cosmic Ghost Rider, slipping back and forth between sanity and the like, and you have a pretty great story. While I was expecting something just bonkers in a fun way, this story has taken a turn that I wasn’t expecting, and it has exceeded my expectations by far.
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I’m not sure what compelled me to read this, but I’m glad I did. This is such a strange crossover for Batman and The Maxx, and the story is already ridiculous enough, but somehow it all just works. It’s insane that Batman can crossover with damn near any character and have it work in ways that shouldn’t make sense but just do. Magical beings, street thugs, supernatural creatures, and even psychotropic mind monsters like The Maxx just all work.

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.
JL
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.
RH
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.
MOS
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.

DC Comics Announces Gotham City Garage

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DC Comics has announced a new digital-first series, titled Gotham City Garage, Penned by writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with a rotating roster of artists lined up and Brian Ching illustrating the first issue. Gotham City Garage will tell the story of an alternate universe where Lex Luthor reigns supreme over an idyllic Gotham city that’s been renamed “the Garden.” Subversion is squashed by an elite team led by Batman, as secret-Kryptonian, Kara Gordon, leaves the walls and forms a biker gang to combat the fascism of Luthor.

Along the way, she meets Harley Quinn, Big Barda, Wonder Woman, and more. Gotham City Garage launches digitally August 16th, with the first issue hitting print in late-October. Hit the jump for a full look at the cover.

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New DC Entertainment Intro Officially Released

Anyone who saw Wonder Woman (you have seen it, right?) was also greeted with the official new intro for the DC Entertainment Universe, with a very nostalgic Justice League Unlimited feel, it signaled a shift in the way of thinking for DC films.

After a bevy of fan requests for the studio to release the intro officially, we finally have a good HD look at the beautiful piece of footage. Check it out above, and maybe you’ll be seeing it on Ph LEVEL a bit more in the near future, with something I’m currently working on.