New Comic Books: September 27

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Weeks like this are the reason that I love comic books so much. So many surprises, great endings, new beginnings, and fantastic starts. This week was filled to the brim with some of the best stories that comics have told in years. It’s a great time to be a fan of comic books, right now, as DC and their continued run of wonderful events such as Metal, and the upcoming anticipated Doomsday Clock have forced Marvel to up their game exponentially. Not since Civil War have I been this excited about a Marvel event, with Legacy recapturing the magic that used to make Marvel the “House of Ideas.”

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Even Diana is back on track, now! Wonder Woman tackling with Darkseid as he attempts to kill the Old Gods, and steal their energy. That’s going to be a hell of a ride. James Robinson is one of the best writers in comic books, and the art was amazing. That Diana looked like Gal Gadot was a bonus, making things feel more fun and alive. I’m excited for this arc.
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Can we please just get past the Negative Speed Force, already? I’m glad to see Kid Flash back in the fray with Barry, but these “horrible” powers are really getting old. I know that Bloodwork, who was actually a great, quick antagonist was just to help him get a hold of them, and I hope that now we’re on the right path to Barry inevitably entering the Speed Force to get his real power backs.
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A good way to end one of my favorite arcs in quite some time. A battle between the Green Lantern Corps and these Kirby-inspired cosmic golems was where it always ended. That the Highfather got involved, and John Stewart got to be a sniper to take one out was always just a bonus.
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Tim Drake has always been truly the greatest Robin. Dick’s strength lied in his independence, and ability to lead without Batman. Tim’s has been his ability to truly strengthen Bruce. That was evident in his origin here. Now, the Tim Drake of Tomorrow seems to have a different view-point, so it should be interesting to see where truly leads.
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This Metal tie-in wasn’t quite as great as Red Death. Murder Machine’s back-story was sad, with the death of Alfred, but he just wasn’t quite as dynamic a character for an evil Batman. Little by little, though, we keep learning more and more of what brought the Dark Knights into existence, and lured them to our world, though.
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There was never going to be any way that Thor could defeat the War Thor without revealing herself to Volstagg as Jane Foster. But, that didn’t make it any less an emotional moment for her character. This almost felt the most Jane Foster we’ve seen of Thor herself during her run. Perhaps Mjolnir is letting more of Jane in. Maybe she’ll save her from the cancer spreading throughout her body?
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Of course the lesson that Miles learns is about how personal the role of Spider-Man is. That no matter how hard he tries, he can never fully distance his personal life, from the life of Spider-Man. No matter how hard he tried, Peter Parker could never do it, either. It’s a consequence of being a hero, and it was a great lesson for him to learn, even if it was the most uneventful of all the Generations adventures.
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The Generations line has been wonderful, but this was on a completely different level. The prescient message that was said, and the strong characters and themes. It was obvious that Sam would have the largest shadow before him, but I wasn’t expecting him to live an entire lifetime. Start a family, and inspire Captain America himself. It was something else entirely, and completely changed the way I was thinking the Generations titles were happening. It wasn’t time travel, it was a message.
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Holy shit. That was fantastic. That was the best single issue of a comic book that Marvel has put out in the last 20 years. The resurrection of Wolverine, the impending resurgence of the Fantastic Four, and the coming of the celestials. It all feels so… Marvel. So wonderfully Marvel. A Marvel that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Maybe this really is Marvel’s Legacy…
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Jor-El’s experience was immensely tragic, and the obvious intervention of Doctor Manhanttan sets up so much for Doomsday Clock. This event is going to be something special, and I can’t wait. DC’s events are the best in comics, right now. They encapsulate everything that’s great about the medium, and what it allows.

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R.I.P. Len Wein – 1948-2017

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The comic book industry is in mourning today, as we’ve lost one of our most beloved, and talented creators. Comic book writer/editor Len Wein, co-creator of characters such as Swamp Thing and Wolverine, passed yesterday at the age of 69.

A master of many aspects of the comic industry, Wein worked as an artist and editor, but was primarily known for his writing, having written for a who’s who of classic comic characters, including Batman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Flash, Daredevil, and more. Wein even served as Lead Editor for Watchmen, after working on Swamp Thing with fellow legendary creator, Alan Moore. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family in this difficult time.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Pre-Order Costumes Revealed

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Capcom has unveiled the first batch of DLC costumes, available to players who pre-ordered the game. Those costumes are Warrior Thor, Evil Ryu, Gladiator Hulk, and Command Mission X. The game’s release is imminent this month, so if you’re hoping to get your hands on these babies, you might want to get on it.

However, which costumes you get depends on which version of the game you pre-order. The $59.99 standard edition only gets you Evil Ryu, and Warrior Thor. If you want all four? You’ll need to pre-order the $89.99 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Deluxe Edition that includes the game and 2017 Character Pass or $199.99 Collector’s Edition that includes four statues, six LED Infinity Stones, and the Deluxe Edition of the game. Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the costumes.

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Thor: Ragnarok Cosbabies Revealed by Hot Toys

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Hot Toys has been on a rampage, adapting essentially every major blockbuster this year into their beloved Cosbaby line of bobblehead figures. This time, it’s Thor: Ragnarok getting the treatment. The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands about 10.5 – 15cm tall and includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela and Valkyrie. Hela, Valkyrie, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk and Loki’s helmet with metallic finishing are only available in their respective collectible sets!

These adorable Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby bobbleheads are armed with their unique weapons and will be available approximately Q3 – Q4, 2017. Hit the jump for a complete gallery of the upcoming line.

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New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

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Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, unveiled during their Hall H presentation. The new trailer is filled with new footage, as well as better looks at the new Hulk, whom, after being in that form for so long, has developed an increased intelligence and more of an ability to speak!

The trailer even gives us more story, and what to expect as far as Loki’s role in all of this. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd.

Avengers: Infinity War D23 Footage Description

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While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.

You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.

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Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

The first official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is finally online, after months and months of waiting. This film has been in pre-production for some time, now, and it’s been strange to see how slow marketing has been to pick up. In all, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming out less than a month, I suppose it does make sense, though.

Speaking of Guardians, this trailer is going to seem pretty familiar to fans of the Marvel Cosmic team. The colors and costuming is so reminiscent of James Gunn’s fantastical world, which is absolutely on purpose. We’ve known for some time that Ragnarok is going to be the connecting tissue for the Guardians meeting the Avengers in Infinity War, and this absolutely supports that.

The trailer itself is fantastic. Cate Blanchett looks absolutely divine as Hela, and seeing her incredible helm actually brought to life is wonderful. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster sounds just like Jeff Goldblum, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Even Chris Hemsworth has a new look for his God of Thunder after being forced to enter the arena and fight: surprise, surprise… The Hulk! Planet Hulk is in full effect here, with Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego already clearly the star of the show in the arena, so who knows how long he’s been on Sakaar, the arena’s home planet, up to this point.

This was by far just a teaser trailer, with nothing more than introductions to some new major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see the more extended theatrical trailer in a few months.