Pull Box: April 17

The end of “Knightmares” has finally come with the truth behind all of this finally coming to light. An innovation on Scarecrow’s fear toxin has driven Bruce into his own mind, to face his own fears, and only his greatest fear can save him: the truth about himself. Maybe Batman truly isn’t capable of that type of love. The type that drives a relationship forward, allowing two people to give themselves to one another completely. It’s horribly tragic, but maybe it’s true. On top of that, Thomas Wayne really is there, working with Bane and claiming himself the true Batman, but how did he even get there? Still more questions remain.

I’m not sure what it is, but the mysteries in this book have me eating out of the palm of their hands. Naomi’s past is so interesting, even though we know next to nothing. Now, we know that Dee and her Father are warring aliens who decided to just have normal lives on Earth, and we know that there is certainly something different about Naomi herself. The mysterious black box, and what almost looked like a White Lantern logo? It couldn’t have been, given the small differences, but it is certainly inspired by that.

And the award for best retcon of all time goes to Scott Snyder and Justice League. With an effortless flick of his pen, Snyder has merged the entire history of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Anti-Monitor, as well as his motivations and history into the modern age. We now know the true history of Perpetua and her children, and the life they cursed themselves to in order to stop her machinations. That was storytelling at its most masterful.

As expected, even after being eaten by his own Frost Giant Father, Loki still cannot die. Even being digested, quite grotesquely, I might add, in the gullet of Laufey, he just subconsciously will not give up despite his pleas otherwise. Knowing that Loki is indirectly responsible for the creation of the horrible Malekith that started the War of the Realms was quite the revelation. Now, we get to see what Loki does with that information.

That was a jam-packed issue that was full of everything you could possibly ask for. Insane action, revelations and character development galore, and even more insane action. Jane Foster is the All-Mother of Asgard, as Freyja leaves for Jotunheim to find Thor, and Odin falls into the Odinsleep to heal his wounds before leaving for Svartalfehim to destroy the Black Bifrost. This is absolutely fantastic, and easily the best even Marvel has had in some time.

It’s interesting to see the front-row seat that Punisher of all people has taken in this massive war. The anti-hero with the fewest powers taking on these otherworldly creatures of unspeakable horror is impressive, and that’s most likely why that choice was made. With that being said, the usual amount of gore and blood was at play here, and it was jarring in all the right ways given how Thor books usually can be.

This is how you know Marvel is taking the War of the Realms seriously, with these small tie-in stories that show just how many heroes are actually involved in this event. The Daredevil story was obviously the stand-out here, and I’m actually excited to see how the Man Without Fear got a hold of the sword of Heimdall, giving him god-like powers. The Wolverine and Punisher story was also pretty fantastic, but one has to wonder where all of the Avengers are?

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Pull Box: February 20

Gotham Girl’s story is so tragic, simply because of how much her and her brother have been used, abused, and tossed aside like trash. Left to suffer and fizzle out from their powers, or become corrupted infinitely by them. All she wants is her brother back, and to be a hero alongside them. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, she’s still a child and doesn’t see the cost that being a hero really holds. Who’s manipulating her is the real question, but all signs point to Bane as we continue down the rabbit hole of Tom King’s 100-issue arc.

I wasn’t expecting Brainiac and Lex Luthor to essentially be joined on a spiritual level to unleash Perpetua on the universe. I was expecting the usual villain betrayal, but that’s not exactly what Scott Snyder is about is it? This incredible retcon of the past of Lionel Luthor and his working with Vandal Savage before having his memories erased is so flawless that it fits like a puzzle piece in a blank space that we never knew we needed. It effortlessly gives Lex Luthor a grandiose history that takes him from hyper-intelligent mastermind, to destined villain. Fantastic.

Pull Box: February 6

Justice League has consistently been the best written comic since its debut, and all this issue did was set it further apart from the rest of the pack, with yet another fantastic retcon on the history of the Martian Manhunter. J’onn J’onnz is one of the bigger mysteries still left in the DC Universe, as his origin is still so simplistic and yet to be explored fully. The inclusion of Lex Luthor as a childhood friend with latent psychic abilities is certainly an interesting, and also sets the stage for Lex to turn his back on the Legion of Doom that he created as his elaborate plan begins to spin wildly out of control.

When Batman and Flash crossover, some of the best stories seem to happen organically, and this is certainly no different. Calling back to Batman’s very first Rebirth story, Gotham Girl has returned and she’s randomly attacking places that will bring various heroes into the fold. Particularly, Batman and The Flash. What she plans to do with them is still a mystery, but we know she’s attempting to revive her Brother, who seems to be hooked up to Bane’s Venom. Another clue as to who could be behind all of this?

A long, in-depth read about the time when Clark Kent first arrived in Metropolis. There have been numerous re-tellings of this same story, over and over again, and all of them are almost the same, but just like every other origin being re-told in comic book form, it just never gets old, and I’ll never pin-point why that is. While this book is certainly not required reading, it’s worth the time to check out if you’re a fan of Superman.

I don’t think I’ll ever get past how perfectly suited for the Green Lantern Grant Morrison’s writing is. It’s so bizarre, and the characters he concocts are beyond belief, as many alien species should be. It’s just confusing and bizarre enough to feel alien while you’re reading it, but things slowly pull themselves back together each and every time. While I thought that Morrison’s Lantern would be more of a mini-series, these smaller arcs support a longer run than expected, and I’m certainly ready for that.

Little by little, DC is exploring the annals and history of Darkseid and Apokolips more and more. We’re learning of its past, and the events leading up to Darkseid’s initial rise to power, while exploring his dynamics with the right hands that have ensured he stay at the top. Granny Goodness and her Female Furis have always been one of the more interesting side characters for the New Gods, and the exploration here was great. With that said, it’s a shame that sexism exists on a desolate planet like Apokolips, as well, with the Furies unknowingly taking part in a show of “female grace” for the detestable villains. I hope that they get what’s coming to them in this series, because it will be satisfying.

This moved at the strangest pace, and seems like it’s going to continue that way for a while. Despite having an all-star lineup of young heroes, they’re just sort of… coming together. By fate, or destiny perhaps, but it’s been this random series of events, bringing this random group of heroes together, and it seems weird and difficult to read in some strange way. Additionally, I love Teen Lantern, and really missed Impulse not being in this issue, as he is an absurd amount of fun in all of the books he is in. I hope he gets a solo book, soon.

First Look at Lex Luthor’s Supergirl

DC Entertainment has revealed a first look at Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) as the villainous Superman rogue, Lex Luthor. The image shows Lex sporting a full prison beard while serving a sentence, where we find him when he appears on the series.

Lex Luthor is set to debut in the March 17th episode of Supergirl, titled
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” as he reaches out to his siter, Lena, from his imprisonment to involve her in one of his many plans.

Pull Box: December 5

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Holy crap that was so unexpected and amazing! Oh my God, I cannot believe how that ramped up so quickly. Batman on the hunt for information on Bane and his current role in Arkham, knowing from the Penguin that there’s something amiss with it all. But then the reveal at the end! The biggest mystery of all! Flashpoint Batman! Thomas Wayne! Is it really him?! So many questions. I’m freaking out. This is the best.
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This was an intensely emotional issue that finally put an intense focus on the DC Universe proper, and the importance of Superman, and the Supermen Theory that’s dominated the news in this world. The obvious interference by Dr. Manhattan, as well as the manipulation to put Superman on the side of the metahumans was well-played, and I’m genuinely interested to see where this goes next.
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This is a war of ups and downs for the Legion of Doom, they lost Black Manta in Drowned Earth, and now they’ve lost the Joker. The one clearly ahead of all of them in more ways than one, he could have killed the entire Legion if he felt like it, knowing that the Batman Who Laughs is an unlike anything the Multiverse has ever seen. Now, with the inclusion of Brainiac to the Legion of Doom, things should continue to be quite interesting.
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With the movie coming out in a few short months, one has to wonder if this new series is going to be any indication on what to expect from the film. If so, I’m definitely in for it, because the Shazam Family are some fantastic characters with rich history that is ripe for exploration, much in the same way Hawkman is being handled right now. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening with the introduction of the Station, and more magical aspects of Shazam being explored.
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The insane aliens that Grant Morrison comes up with are so fantastic for Green Lantern that I’m not entirely sure why it took him so long to get on this character. But, here we are, and it’s ridiculous. With an old school design, the Blackstars are back, and it’s fun. Surprisingly, the story here is even moving along at a good pace, with questions being answered regularly, as we even quickly found out who is abducting planets. Given a lot of the stranger books recently, that’s quite a relief.
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The revival of Martian Manhunter across the DC Universe has been great. He’s such a fantastic character, and I truly missed him. His first solo book in years started off pretty strong, with dynamic art, and a story that’s going to be pretty interesting given J’onn’s police history on both planets. I love the focus and unique stories that are being told with these interesting characters lately, specifically with DC.

Jon Cryer Cast as Lex Luthor in Supergirl

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TVLine  is reporting that Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) has signed on for the fourth season of The CW’s Supergirl, in the recurring role of Lex Luthor. Cryer is surprisingly no stranger to the DC Universe, as he portrayed Lenny Luthor, the insufferable nephew of Lex Luthor in Superman IV: A Quest for Peace.

“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in ‘Superman IV’ brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family.”

Pull Box: August 15

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The first step to Bruce Wayne remembering who he is, and why he put on the suit has passed. He made a mistake with Freeze, and had to fix that mistake. Now that he has, he’s begun to move on from his heartbreak. How he’ll get past this, I’m not sure, but putting his old suit back on at least makes for one hell of a closing image for this issue.
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That was one hell of a set-up for a massive reveal! The entire Earth is a White Lantern! The Lanterns of Life… the entire planet, infected by Sinestro’s Ultraviolet Corps has used the power it needed to embrace to become something entirely different, and it is awesome. Things are still a little confusing with these seven forces, but we’re at least getting answers here and there, for what’s happening with them, and the Totality.
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Loki is playing so many sides on this war, but now that his brother is back in the thick of things, it’s quite clear where his allegiances lie. He obviously couldn’t help Thor for nothing, so he helped, and took his prize… a picture of their Mother, Lady Freyja. I would also very much like more adventures of Thor, King of Hel, Ruler of the Bloodstorm. That’s a Thor that I can supremely get behind.
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The fight with Drakkon and his armies was probably one of the best damn battle scenes I have ever read in a comic book and that is absolutely saying something. Lord Drakkon is so incredibly desperate, now. Rita was easily able to strip him of his powers, but in his desperation he’s about to wipe out the entire Universe, and it’s intense. It also makes me wonder when Tommy himself will come into play here, because he has to, right?

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.

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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DC Films to Introduce the Legion of Doom Across Several Films

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Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”

It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.

New Comics: August 23

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It was a pretty great week for reading, with several new titles debuting this week, and a couple wonderful stories progressing further. Particularly the Jack Kirby-inspired Green Lantern story happening in the current arc, that I can’t seem to help but just absolutely love.

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The penultimate issue of Secret Empire was pretty straightforward, with the heroes dealing the deathblow to Hydra itself. We all figured out that Shiny Steve was inside Kobik, but it’s still a mystery if she’ll bring him back, and how our heroes will even react to that. The Taskmaster and Black Ant moment was by far the best, knowing full well that mercenaries are only in it for themselves, and recognizing the thunder of Thor’s hammer was essentially a signal that the tide was shifting.

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I do love fun books like this. Witnessing The Mighty Thor partnered with the Odinson of old to battle Apocalypse was a lot of fun. However, discovering that in the new Marvel Legacy, Odin was married to the Phoenix Force, and loved her even… well, that was quite the discovery indeed. In fact, it was even enough to get me excited for Marvel Legacy proper.

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I can’t help but feel as if this is meant to be more of an in-between arc for something bigger. The Negative Flash idea is cool, and with Barry forced to work around life with an entirely newer and more dangerous powerset, it shakes things up quite a bit from a story perspective, but I still just can’t shake this feeling. Barry has always been resourceful, so we’ll see just how he gets himself out of this one.

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Once again, I am reminded why Green Lantern is my favorite. This arc has been so fantastic, with the Kirby inspiration, beautiful art, and subtle tie-in to Dark Knights: Metal. I’m so in love with this arc because it’s been so much fun, already. Now we’re getting a race between Hal Jordan and Lightray in the next issue? You heard the man: all systems go.

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So, the New Order is essentially the upcoming FOX tv show, The Gifted, but instead of mutants, it’s metas, and Nightwing is leading the charge. I can get on board with this. A lot of questions still remain, but we’re able to put a lot of pieces together just from what we’re given in this issue. I’m a little perplexed as to who the mother of Nightwing’s child is, though. Supergirl? Starfire? Who knows with that cliffhanger ending?

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A lot of twists in this issue, with The Stag revealed to be an army, and not an immortal. Not to mention his plan to destroy Shamba-La, rather than use its power for his own ends. But where does that leave The Joker? This has been a great detective story so far, with two of the greatest detectives, and it’s nearing its conclusion in pretty dramatic fashion.

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The issue started off well enough, with Superman and Lex getting back to their roots. Lex transforming into Darkseid the more he used the Apokaliptian tech was a crazy moment, but the real star of this issue was the end. The revelation that it was Mr. Oz who supplied The Machinist, appearing before Lex and striking his ego back down to size. Next month, we finally get his identity, after what seems like ages.