New Comic Books: August 9

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It was a pretty week for comics. DC launched a new groundbreaking book, and Marvel continued their streak of great Secret Empire entries. But those weren’t even my pick for the week, as DC’s space cops have finally taken back the crown.

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Yay! After the wonderful throwbacks we’ve been getting for months of Superman stories, we’re finally back to a semblance of status-quo between the relationship of Superman and Lex Luthor. The thought of them teaming up is cool, but the two of them having a fist-fight for the ages is even better. Superman con

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I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite stories for the next several weeks. The Green Lanterns, fighting a Kirby-esque villain alongside the New Gods with fantastic art to boot. Stories like this are the reason that Green Lantern is my favorite hero, and why I will always say that with the write story, he’s the best character in all of comics. This was awesome.

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Tom King and Mitch Gerads hasve been an all-star team for the last year and a half, and this is no different. The story seems to be out there, but is absolutely engaging and going to be just as interesting as his Vision story last year. It’s been a while since Mister Miracle and Big Barda have been the focal point of their own story, so I can’t wait for more.

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It pains me how good Secret Empire has actually been. I’ve never been a fan of its art, but the story has been wonderful, which is very much not Marvel-like in the case of comic books. This issue was an about-face from its usual brutal fashion, with a bit of hope finally being granted to the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Slowly, the mysterious story of shirtless Steve Rogers is starting to make a bit of sense, as most likely happening within the cosmic cube itself… at least that’s my theory.

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Giving the Flash a new power-set, and further fueling the fire that Barry Allen is his own worst enemy is genius from a story-telling perspective. Barry has been grappling with his personal demons and responsibilities as The Flash for quite some time, and it’s coming to a head in a really slow-burn sort of way, and it’s been a lot of fun to read.

Analog EP20: Lots of Dinosaurs

Josh and Theo are back, sans Bovi, for the Analog Season 2 premiere! We’ve got a new look, and a new intro, and even a bologna sandwich! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The Valiant Universe, John Cena, DC Universe news, and a slew of Persona updates kick off the latest season of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Analog EP19: Justice Yay

It’s the season finale of Analog! Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back to cover Comic-Con! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

The most kickass news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con! Trailers, news, rumors, and more about the coolest upcoming movies and TV shows! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Marvel Legacy Reviving Value Stamp Program

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If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.

Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!

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New Comic Books: July 26

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It was a wonderful week for comics, as Marvel put out the best issue yet of Secret Empire. Meanwhile, DC continued their trend of having multiple releases each week for me. They’ve mastered their release schedule, and it makes each and every week awesome.

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It’s shocking to me just how good this book gets with each and every issue. As long as you take it with a grain of salt, and assume it’s a standalone story that will most likely not have as deep a repercussions as you think, it’s fantastic. This winding road, full of twists and turns has been great. The fight between Natasha and Castle was great, and her sacrificing herself to spare Miles’ soul was heartbreaking after all she’s done. To cap it off, the moment with Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America one last time got my heart racing.

 

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This short but sweet story for Wonder Woman has been a great read, filled with gorgeous art, and a nice palette cleanser since Rebirth started. Seeing Wonder Woman deal with smaller, more personal situations was a nice change of pace, and her love for children is something I will never get tired of seeing put on the page.

 

 

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Action Comics finally drifted from its throwback status to give us a pretty great twist, with Zod using the enemies of Superman to his own ends to free his family. Still for nefarious reasons, of course, but it was a good change of pace for the villain. The mystery of Mr. Oz and his infatuation with Jon seems to be getting deeper, and we’ll know more as Doomsday Clock approaches, which I cannot wait for.

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The most satisfying part of this story, was seeing Iris murder Eobard Thawne in the hopes that he doesn’t show up for a long while. He’s been a recurring villain to the Flash for so long, at this point, that it’s almost felt lazy, and I was glad to see him ripped from existence like that. The entire status quo of The Flash has been changed, with Iris knowing who Barry is, Reverse-Flash being dead, and now an entirely new arc about to begin. I honestly can’t wait.

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The inevitability that was the war between the Green and Yellow Lanterns came to a screeching halt. The thing that pisses me off the most? I didn’t see that John Stewart had a plan, either. Of course he did, though. That’s what he does. Imbuing the yellow rings with a green impurity? That’s such a genius writing move! It’s nostalgic, and such a great obstacle for the Sinestro Corps to overcome. Now, with Soranik going full Sinestro, it’ll be great fun to see her as a legitimate villain and enemy of the Corps.

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This book has been so great to me. Two of my favorite characters, crossing over in a story so ridiculous that I can’t help but love it. The moment where Gordon threw back to Knightfall was great, and the dynamic between Shadow and Batman seems to shift with every page, in the most organic ways. My only issue is with Joker’s motivations throughout this, as he seems to be up to something, but I can’t quite put my finger on what.

Captain Marvel Details Revealed

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During their Hall H presentation, Marvel Studios revealed our first details on the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Samuel L. Jackson is confirmed to return as Nick Fury, but he’ll still have both of his eyes! The reason? The film takes place in the 90’s, and will act as a loose prequel to 2008’s Iron Man.

The other biggest takeaway is that the film’s primary villain will be the Skrulls, marking the iconic alien race’s first live-action appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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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Ph LEVEL Review: Spider-Man Homecoming

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After being introduced to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, there were a lot of high hopes for the boy in his solo outing. His first time suiting up was incredibly memorable, and left a lasting impression on everyone throughout the film, so naturally, Homecoming would follow suit, wouldn’t it?

I can safely say that you won’t be disappointed with Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s a good movie, with fantastic characters. Hit the jump for my full thoughts.

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Is Marvel Bringing Back Their One-Shots?

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Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been a boon of secret-spilling when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m sure he has Marvel pulling their hair out, but I’m pretty satisfied with what he’s been saying. According to Holland, Marvel is planning to bring back their acclaimed One-Shot series of short films. While not confirmed, the recent success of the Thor and Daryl shorts indicate a renewed interest for the studio.

I want to do a short. That’s what I want to do. I want to do a 20-minute short with me and [Ant-Man star] Paul Rudd… I think they are planning on doing [one-shot shorts] again. I probably just spoiled a big spoiler. [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige’s probably going to be furious.

New Comic Books: June 28

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Wow, what a week in comics! A lot of great new releases, and some really out-there stuff hitting shelves. I recently caught up on the DC/Looney Tunes special one-shots, and I honestly cannot recommend them enough. Interesting twists on classic characters, and genuinely thrilling storytelling. Marvel was filled with events, both good, and bad. I chose not to cover Edge of Venom-Verse because…well, it’s bad. So bad.

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My absolute recommendation for the week is the Batman/Elmer Fudd special from DC. Turning Elmer Fudd into a trained killer hunting the Batman over the murder of his beloved Silver St. Cloud? Who would even think of that?! Then going one step further and making Elmer a worthy adversary was wonderful. This is a hell of a book, that I cannot tell you enough times to read.

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Another great issue of Wonder Woman. This issue started off sullen, with Diana upset over the loss of her golden perfect, and Batman and Superman noticing as much during a JL-crisis. After they talk with her, and remind her of the hope she brings, we’re treated to a wonderful moment where the Gods bestow her a new golden perfect. Seeing Diana happy, with such wonderful art is genuinely nice to read.

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Marvel’s only good event happening right now, Secret Empire, has gotten brutal. Hope is becoming slim, and with Hydra attacking the resistance base, it’s only a matter of time before things get even bleaker. Especially with the now-resurrected Bruce Banner being used against them. I’m still so curious to this cloudy Steve & Friends segment we’ve been getting, though. With Red Skull now there, it’s anyone’s guess what’s truly happening.

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This has also gotten brutal, as you can almost see the implosion of the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps coming to pass. Tomar-Tu’s murder is now known to Hal and John, and Soranik knows that Kyle and her had a son in the future. Things are pretty nuts. The anger shown in the moment of Soranik’s realization was an especially fantastic moment, and I look forward to seeing that play out in the coming weeks.

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Truthfully, this book has been going in so many different directions, it’s almost been hard to keep track of. The Shadow seems like an asshole, but he might be coming around? I’m not sure. I know the Joker was written masterfully in this issue, and that moment with Batman and his rogues at the end made it all worth it.

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Finally getting Eobard Thawnes motivations for him treating The Flash the way that he does, and the hell he’s put him through… well, I felt the same way Barry did. That was the motivation? He treated you like one of his many sidekicks, and you’re mad about it? Disappointing reveal aside, this was another brutal read, as Reverse-Flash handed Barry his ass on a plate with that beating. I was legitimately sad for Barry, though, when Eobard revealed his identity to Iris unwillingly.

 

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.