Analog EP64: Just Enough Pouches To Be Useful

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for the biggest week of news in what seems like ages! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Captain Marvel, and Mary Poppins Returns, news on The Joker, and an awesome Nintendo Direct on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Pull Box: September 19

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Oh man, I was wondering where this issue was going and it got really intense, really fast. Nightwing has been getting to Batman, lightening him up and cheering him on after the heartbreak that’s consumed him. Patrolling together, just like old times, and reminiscing about the past, and it’s been fantastic. Now, Bruce has to deal with another blow, literally and figuratively. That was how you start a new arc, that’s for sure. Lastly, I would like to see Phantom Pharoah more often, please.
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Little by little, the Totality becomes less and less a mystery. It’s not an energy source, it’s a prison for the true wielder of the seven forces of the Universe, named Perpetua, and Luthor plans to harness those forces to further the Universe in his own image, using the Legion of Doom, and their natural abilities with the forces to bolster his plan. It’s complicated, and the Justice League truly seems out of their depth on this one, but they have the Totality, and now they have Starman, powered by the Totality itself, which could provide the answers they need. Damn, this is some fantastic writing.
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The ultimate trap sprung on Mister Miracle with everything leading to this. His fight with Orion lead to him creating a knife made out of the being that’s prophesied to kill Darkseid, and the trap was sprung on the Lordgod. That was incredible! Then, the true mastermind reveals himself! Metron! Oh man, this is getting so good. But with another world on the precipice, are we getting Mister Miracle in the main DC Comics continuity, now! Oh man, I hope so. I really hope so.
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Marvel’s future has become a mish mash of heroes and villains, with powers condensing into a point where they’re generally all focused on a few select players. The Punisher and Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Thor, Wolverine and Phoenix, and now Iron Fist and Doctor Doom. It’s always fun to see, but you can tell it’s almost become a cop-out for Marvel’s writers to create new and interesting combinations to amaze the readers. Hopefully they take a break with that for a while, as the future in Marvel is becoming more convoluted by the week.
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Book 1 was for Batman: Damned was a fine example of DC’s new Black Label imprint, and set the stage for quite the fantastic supernatural horror book as Batman and John Constantine unravel a hellacious mystery that begins wtih Bruce’s past, and ends with the death of the Joker. Or is he dead? Lots of questions in play here, with little in the way of answers, but that’s to be expected, because the journey is just beginning.

Analog EP62: Skyfall Is a Great Movie, Dammit!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for another slow news day! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Joker and Star Wars, a bevy of directors lining up for upcoming movies and series, and an adorable message in Black Panther on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Alec Baldwin Cast in Joker Origin Movie

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin (Mission Impossible: Fallout) has been cast alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the Martin Scorsese produced Joker origin film being directed by Todd Phillips. Baldwin will portray Thomas Wayne, with a bit of a twist. Wayne is being envisioned as “a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.”

The Joker origin film will explore the Clown Prince of Crime before he earned the eponymous title, in a 1980’s Gotham City that will exist outside the rest of the DC Extended Universe. The film hits theaters on October 4th, 2019.

Pull Box: August 1

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This could very well be one of the greatest issues of a single comic book I have ever read, culminating into one of the greatest endings and team reveals I’ve ever seen. Alternate Universe Guardians of the Galaxy with Cable, Jubilee, Ms. Marvel, Nova Rocket Raccoon (?), and Howard the Duck Juggernaut (!)… it doesn’t get better than that. That’s absolutely absurd and hilarious, an holy cow, amazing.
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This was a seriously Bruce Wayne-focused issue, and it’s always nice when we get those. Seeing the opposite end of the spectrum for the Dark Knight is always fascinating. Particularly when he’s interacting with other Gothamites from around the city. You can tell he wants to help these people with their problems, and stories, but can’t reveal too much about who he is, but in damning Batman, himself, so severely, is he hurting his ability to do his job in this city? We’ll find out, I suppose.
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That was easily the best issue of Justice League so far, and that’s saying something incredible. We finally have the answers. The plan that Luthor has been hatching and his motivation for all of this. No Justice was the setup for Lex Luthor, above all else, and Justice League is the follow-through. The door-knob itself still remains a mystery, but we’re closer to the truth. What is “Doom?”
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This has been the slowest issue in the last several issues for Mister Miracle, but I suppose having to decide whether to sacrifice your only child is kind of a “whole issue” decision. There’s a lot of pluck foreshadowing happening here, and I’m interested in seeing the true nature of a lot of it. Who is Funky? He seems like he’s going to be something a little more powerful than just the random friend of Scott and Barda. And how will the Life Equation play into all of this? I guess we’ll find out soon, as the end is finally approaching.

Pull Box: June 27

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That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
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I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment have officially announced LEGO DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players in a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC universe. The game will allow players to create their own villain, and go on their villainous escapades.

In the game, the Justice League has disappeared, replaced by mysterious impostors calling themselves the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems, and it’s up the villains to foil the schemes of the so-called heroes from an alternate universe. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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Pull Box: May 2

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A year in this crazed future without Skeets has left Booster Gold one shell of a hero, with even the inability to properly communicate, not understanding the ramifications of any of his actions. It’s inevitable, of course, that he reverses everything, but it’s a pretty out there possibility at this point without some crazy time travel shenanigans being thrown into the mix. Now, in this ridiculous future that Booster created, Bruce has lost everything and everyone he could’ve possibly cared for, and that is a terrible wedding gift.
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DC Nation is meant to set up some of the craziest events of the summer for DC Comics, and as a prelude to all of these amazing stories, this worked perfectly. Joker coming to Batman’s wedding was somehow a very personal story that felt tense and bigger than it should have been, once you understand the consequences of it all. Superman has a new enemy at the Daily Planet, and he doesn’t even realize it, even though she may not know all of the angles herself. Lastly, the prelude to No Justice looks insane in all of the best ways, and I cannot wait for that series to start moving forward at full force. Having these fantastic team-ups with these various characters is going to make for quite a bit of fun.
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Go Go Power Rangers continues to be the more intensely personal of the two Ranger books, with family drama and friendship taking center stage. However, the looming threat of Lord Drakkon invading this timeline is getting stronger and stronger, and it’s making this book more interesting by the page. The addition of a Lord Drakkon Pink Assassin (which remains some of the best character design, ever) immediately threw this book into awesome territory, and I wish they came out weekly, instead of monthly.
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This has been one of the best comic book events I have ever read, built so slowly and patiently that it’s felt more like a fantastic graphic novel than a normal comic. The Rangers are in dire straits right now, and every universe and timeline of Ranger is at risk. The possibilities for crossover here are phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see what kind of crazy stuff they unleash. The Rangers keep picking up one Ranger per team, and eventually they’ll be so loaded that a crazy massive battle between them and Drakkon will be inevitable.

Pull Box: April 4

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There’s something strangely reassuring about seeing the Fantastic Four in the Marvel universe again. As if, this entire time, something had been missing from this vast world. They may not be the family proper, but seeing them reunited, in any form, like that was nice. I’m hoping that things don’t drag too much here, but seeing the alternate Doom Universe has already been pretty amazing.
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Of course Catwoman would steal her wedding dress, knowing full well that she could buy it in a heartbeat. But, in the end she’s all about the thrill and the experience. Finding her dress in what is arguably the most expensive one on the rack. This entire run of Batman has humanized these larger than life heroes in ways I never imagined could happen, and it’s been so phenomenal. I’m honestly hoping that this is one of those instances where it sticks.
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There was something entirely tragic about that ending. This has been an immensely confusing arc because of all the Bizarro-speak, but in the end, when it all clicked and started making sense, the realization that things weren’t going to work out was actually pretty sad. Bizarro left his world, and his entire family to die alongside Bizarro World. It was nice to see Superman not leave Boyzarro behind, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in the future.
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This has seriously just been such an amazing mini-series. One of the best I’ve ever read from Batman, and that’s saying something for a character packed to the gills with fantastic stories. The tension in this issue was palpable, as Jack revealed he’s known all along that Bruce was Batman, but still chose to work against Batman, and not Bruce Wayne. The culmination of this story is fantastic right now, but Batman “knowing all the angles” is setting up quite the twist.

Pull Box: March 7

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This has been a great arc so far, with such an interesting and unique story that I don’t think I’ve ever read with these characters. It’s so fascinating because it seems like Batman is one step ahead of Ivy, but we’re not sure where that step is leading, because we’re on the same page as Ivy in this instance. I can’t wait to see what Bruce has planned with Harley, since she’s “exactly what [he] was expecting.”
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Bizarro is such an up and down character, but Bizarro World will always be the best. The addition of a Boyzarro now makes it even better, and it should be fun to see the adventure these two go on. It’s obvious they accidentally brought him back on their excursion, and now Bizarro is going to go on a journey to get his Not-Son back.
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That twist at the end! That was fantastic! This series just keeps firing on all cylinders, and I have no idea who to trust anymore. Nightwing is definitely playing something, because he would never betray Bruce like that, but Barbara is always the more emotional one, hence her not going along with the plan. The truth about the Fries family and the Waynes wasn’t what we thought, but Neo-Joker is still one of the deadliest villains that Batman has ever had. Such an incredible issue.

New Comic Books: February 7

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I really was expecting them to break down Bruce and Selina’s relationship. The pieces were there to pull the trigger, even though it was the wrong choice… but they made the right choice. Having Bruce and Diana aware of their mistake, and choosing not to make it, was absolutely the right one. Another test of love passed for Batman, inside of a unique and interesting story. Well done.
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The continued parallels between the destruction of Krypton and this new planet, Galymade, are intensely coincidental. Not to mention, I’m sure that Superman will realize just how similar this “Man of Science” is to his own Father, whose attempts at saving his world were futile. This was a fun read, that illustrated well just how much Jon is like his Father, and is destined to be an amazing Superman.
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Every issue of White Knight, Batman grows more and more unstable as control of the city of Gotham is wrested from his clutches. He can feel everything unraveling, little by little, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. This has been such masterful writing, with such an incredible plan that Jack Napier has launched, as we learn more about what his intentions are for Gotham, and just what it means to him. This is easily one of the best mini-series DC has released in years.
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Having never read Mother Panic this was a bit different from what I expected, but Milk Wars is proving to be a great crossover between imprints. Not one you’d expect to see too often, but fun pairings of characters with real chemistry. That’s the hardest part of making such different characters click, is the chemistry. They’ve aced it both times so far. Let’s see if they keep it up.

 

New Comic Books: December 7

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Another minimal week for comic books, as many of the larger events have gone on a brief hiatus for the Holidays. Metal is back next week (but I won’t be, more on that this week), which is great. The big two of Superman and Batman were a large focus this week, with the lone exception being the bonkers Neal Adams-penned Deadman.

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The status quo of Superman and Lex Luthor finally nears its completion, with Lex turning his back on the symbol of hope that is Superman’s S logo. On the other hand, Apokolips is ruled by Superman, and he guides the cursed planet to a new and brighter hope of being lead by its people. This accomplished a great deal of large story points, and that’s the best thing a story like this can hope for.
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This was absolutely one of the greatest comic books I have ever read. It was so charming, and put the friendships and relationships that drive Batman and Superman on full display in the most wonderful and realistic fashion. The two complete opposite heroes put their hearts on their sleeves when they were alone with the ones they love and it made for such an amazing, and truly funny moment. This is absolutely a must-buy for any one who is fan of either of these characters.
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These Neal Adams Deadman books are absolutely batshit insane, in both the best and worst way. They’re wildly confusing with the art being all over the place and the story moving at breakneck speed. Once you’re able to slow the story down it makes more sense, and becomes a masterpiece. The inclusion of all of these mystical characters, such as Etrigan, the Phantom Stranger, and the Spectre are all making this more and more interesting.
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This book is such a wonderfully written piece of Elseworlds that I wish it was released bi-weekly, and forever. This world is rich with such interesting character design, and progression that seems all too natural. Now, the second Harley is Neo-Joker and Jack Napier is geniusly pulling the string, but to what end? His intentions are to ruin the Batman, of course, but does he really want to save the city, or destroy it? So many questions. As the Hatter would say, “curioser and curioser.”

New Comic Books: November 15

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At first, as this Cyborg-centric story started to unfold, I began to worry that things for our heroes were about to make an abrupt about-face, with them suddenly having the upper hand against these villains that have been made to be unbeatable. Seeing Cyborg, who has been sidelined and mutilated this entire story, get his due, was satsifying, but the rest seemed off. Then, as if expected, it was revealed to be a ploy. A trick to allow the Justice League to spread the darkness of Barbatos across the galaxy, and the status quo still remained, with our heroes unaware of just how badly beaten they’ve truly been.
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Admittedly, I thought that the Mangog’s ridiculous appearance was too much for me to get past as a believable threat in this world. A vicious creature sent to brutally murder Gods wouldn’t look like that, would it? Well, my concerns were quickly brushed aside as one of the most brutal beat downs I’ve seen in comics in years went down and the War Thor was murdered handily. That was intense, and suddenly it’s starting to feel like Thor is headed for a soft reboot of sorts.
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I still find it wonderful that Superman is the one who ends up in the most trouble in this situation, and his less-experienced, and non-super-powered family members all come out taking control of their situations. Lois being a fury is still a great bit of story-telling, and Jon being the leader of the Hunger Dogs is hilarious. But, the fires of Apokolips being snuffed out is sure to have some serious ramifications not only for the planet, but for the universe, as well. Darkseid is regaining his power, and soon he’ll return to the world he called home.
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It’s always been an unspoken fact that The Batman Who Laughs is the most intimidating and dangerous of the Dark Knights. He’s an amalgamation of Batman and his greatest foe. All the skill of a fully-fledged Batman, without the moral compass. No emotional baggage to weigh him down, or horrifying war that pushed him to where he is, today. He simply is. That makes him, by far, the most dangerous of them all, and an obvious choice by Barbatos to lead the Dark Knights into battle against the Multiverse.
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Charming moments like Talia telling Batman that she likes his “betrothed” after she stabbed her in the back and bested her in combat will never not be funny to me, in any context. I’m glad DC is taking their time with the story of Bruce and Selina. Their marriage is one of the few big things left in comics that have never happened that we’ve been waiting for years to see, and it deserves to be built up to, and brought to a head, much in the way a normal marriage would. If there’s anything Batman deserves at this point, it’s a sense of normalcy, in anything that he does.

New Comic Books: November 1

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The art in this issue was insanely beautiful, and delaying the ienvitable fight between Selina and Talia was a smart move to bring up the tension, and take Batman out of the equation. That Batman is fighting to restore Selina’s honor, by getting the charges against her dropped makes sense, specifically if he plans to legally marry her. You know, with the criminal thing…
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The idea of Lois Lane being a one of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies is both ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and just another reason that I love how unpredictable comics can be. This issue answered a good question, as well, proving that Luthor was using Superman, knowing full well that he was the real prophet of Apokolips, and bringing him to his side at just the right moment. I’m truthfully still mostly interested in seeing how Jonathan takes to the new world, as this should be his first time off-planet and on Apokolips.

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This is already one of the best books in comics, right now. So many mind-bending and perfect story-twists that make so much sense. Two Harley Quinn’s, with one of them being good, and other an actual lunatic? The rich profiting from Batman’s War on Crime with him being unaware? They’re all perfect, and make an unbelievable amount of sense, but it’s only now that they’re being explored. With the Joker at his most intelligent, no less.

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It figures that The Devastator, the most frightening and intimidating of all the Dark Knights would be the one with the most good intentions in his back-story. Simply trying to stop a deranged and let loose Superman from furthering destroying his world, he infected himself, just as his world was about to crumble. Something about this Bruce still felt almost good in a way, albeit tragically corrupted. The Dark Knights have all been so different from one another, it’s fascinating. Now, only one remains… the Batman Who Laughs.
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DC has done an incredible job at pitting the Justice League against their Dark Multiverse counterparts, and it seems as if every time the League starts to gain any traction, they’re immediately shot down. I suppose that’s what happens when they’re fighting a bunch of Bruce Wayne’s, but it’s been entertainment nonetheless. METAL has done a great job at building itself up as hopeless, and it’s getting hard to see how the heroes are going to come out of this one.
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I’m an absolute sucker for Deadman. He’s one of my favorite heroes, with so many ups and downs in his personality. He’s often-times more of a lunatic than a hero, and it’s always fun to read. Neal Adams is a legend, and seeing him take on one of my favorite characters in that classic Neal Adams “everyone is bat-shit crazy” style is certainly satisfying. Throwing Batman into the mix? Well, that’s just icing on the cake at that point.