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.

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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.

Spider-Man Trilogy Confirmed

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Tom Holland is most likely in some pretty hot water, now. He accidentally let slip that Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first in a planned trilogy of films for the wall-crawler. Obviously, no details have come to light, but this confirmation is good news.

There is still plenty of room to see Peter grow up Parker and especially Spider-Man in the next two movies, and at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the story is definitely not complete, I’m really looking forward to exploring how it will grow, [and to] see what will happen after puberty. Yes, [they’re] going to be exciting movies. Yes, there will be Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming 3. Now, you know, sorry, Marvel, oops!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Cosbabies are Adorable

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I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of the Cosbaby series of figures from Hot Toys. They started out great with Batman and such, but since then have fallen off with many of the more recent figures. However, these Spider-Man: Homecoming versions have absolutely rekindled my love for these things.

The new series spotlights Spider-Man in his Stark Industries suit, and his homemade suit, as well as Tony Stark himself, in civilian clothes, and his  XLVII Iron Man suit. There’s even an adorably menacing Vulture! There are 3 different collectible bobblehead sets, each with different poses and characters throughout. You can hit the jump for the entire massive gallery of figures.

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New Comic Books: May 31

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Another slower week for comic releases as we start to approach San Diego Comic-Con, and many of the large event releases throughout August. It was a great week for reading, at least, as what books there were, were fantastic. Great twists, charming origin stories, and some absolutely mind-boggling art this week.

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Naturally, my recommendation for this week, is Wonder Woman Annual #1 – which consists of a series of short stories about Diana of Themyscira. The first is, by far, the most charming. We’re back to the moment Diana revealed herself to the world, and Supermand and Batman quickly take notice. Both attempt to spy on her at the military base, and much to their dismay, she instead finds them, in a fantastic scene. The art and characterization in this story alone is what made this my recommendation for the week.

The other few stories are hit and miss, with the kaiju story being particularly a hit, with beautiful artwork, and a small, personal story about Diana rescuing the child of a giant monster.

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Now that The Button has concluded, we’re suddenly back to a more personal Flash story, as a surprise visit from Multiplex, after a surprise visit from Hal Jordan, after a surprise party all happens with 4 pages. The entire fight, Barry is struggling in his head about whether to tell Iris the truth about who he is. It’s a rare moment, to stay so strictly in a heroes head, and it makes the story feel incredibly personal to Barry Allen and his struggle.

The real takeaway here, though, is the final page. After getting Iris back home safe, Wally opens the door, and lo and behold… the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne. Already back from the dead. That somewhat takes away from the power of the Button event doesn’t it?

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The only Marvel read this week is the 3rd installment of the primary Secret Empire event, which is pulling no punches, at this point. Steve Rogers is going back and forth between save Supreme Leader, and caring politician like a light switch, while the heroes bicker and split in an attempt to save the day. We saw much more of the mysterious other Steve Rogers, who I’m going to call it now, is navigating his own head. The blue glow of the world they’re in closely resembles that of the Cosmic Cube, and I could see that twist happening.

My favorite moment in this book came at the end, though. Fred Myers, aka Boomerang, had started his own restaurant, and facilitated a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. Late that night, he steps into the bathroom to reveal a landmine. Finally, in a shocking, but totally-makes-sense twist, the Punisher reveals himself to have aligned with Hydra. Proudly hailing, with a Hydra/Punisher skull variant adorned across his chest.

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 3

Marvel Studios has released the third trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I honestly wish they had released this trailer, rather than the last one. The last trailer showcased the entire film (as far as we know), and basically laid out the entire plot. Whereas this new trailer shows Peter Parker the character, and his life as a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. It’s much more personal, and infinitely more fun.

However, given the recent Guardians of the Galaxy film, and its many trailer twists, I’m starting to think Homecoming could be a pretty giant swerve from what we think is happening here. In fact, we know that the homecoming dance will factor into this somehow, and we even have our first hint at that, with Peter running in a suit down the halls of his school and ripping off hie tie. We’ll just have to wait and see. Spider-Man: Homecoming releases in theaters July 7, 2017.

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Sony has officially released the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it’s a bit more of a letdown. We get quite a bit more of a breakdown for the story, this time around, but something about it didn’t quite have the character that the first trailer did. It wasn’t quite as charming to me, focusing more on the conflict of Spider-Man wanting so bad to be an Avenger, that he’s willing to unknowingly endanger the lives of NYC citizens to be a hero.

Michael Keaton is continuing to obviously relish in the role of being a villain, and it’s pretty great to see him having so much fun. Iron Man takes up half the trailer, just to drive home that this is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and Tony Stark has a lot to do in this movie. When they brought RDJ aboard, I was expecting much less screentime than this. More of a cameo than anything, but it would appear he is most certainly a focal point of the film. We’ll just have to see how much that truly ends up being.

The suit still seems to be a massive focal point of the film, as well with the Stark brand suit being taken away midway through the trailer, and most likely near the end of the second act. After that, we see Peter Parker get back to his roots, and believing in himself and his abilities. Trusting that he can take down the villains causing issues for his city using only his handmade costume, and his superpowers. I’m super excited to see this film, albeit a bit less so than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which looks like the greatest movie ever. My fingers are crossed, because so far it’s been a fantastic year for movies.