New Comic Books: October 11

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Honestly, this issue was a bit bland and didn’t do much in the way of furthering any sort of story aside from his relationship with Wally, and lack of relationship with his co-worker Kristen. However, the end is where things kicked into gear. Meena has finally revealed herself, in a black costume no less, to Barry. Suddenly, I’m interested in The Flash again.
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Tim Drake’s escape from Mr. Oz’ prison was a bit more anti-climactic than I expected it to be. He just hacked the computer and then left. The meat here is definitely all of the reveals about Tim’s future, or at least one possibility of it. And the possible introduction of Connor, now? Oh, man… things are really starting to heat up across the DC Universe as little by little, the status quo is both destroyed, and rebuilt, over and over again.

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The story, and the trap slowly begins to take shape in this issue, and just as the first two, it’s trippy and paranoid as all hell. What this team is doing with this character is incredible, and the trip that they’re taking us all on has been immensely gratifying. I only hope they’re able to close the trap well enough.
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Jor-El, or Mr. Oz as it were, is certainly playing dirty in this psychological war of sorts with Superman. His motivations are still so clouded, I’m just not sure what his end-game is. Does he want to save Superman, and Jonathan, or does he want to destroy them on some crazy death-world? On top of that, how does Mr. Oz connect to Doctor Manhattan’s plans with Doomsday Clock? Still so many questions.

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Diana mixed with Apokolips, mixed with Greek mythology makes for a truly engaging story. I’ve always preferred Wonder Woman stories with a touch of mythology, as she’s one of the few heroes you can mix those stories with beautifully, so it’s always a treat. Now I question if Diana finding her twin brother, Jason, is a ruse to lead the enemy there, or truly a reunion for Brother and Sister.
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A supernatural and demonic Ragman in the vein of Haunt is honestly exactly what I wanted, and I never even knew it. On top of that, this was a pretty great read, especially for spooky halloween-time, right now. Ragman doesn’t get a lot of love, but he’s a cool character, so it’s fun to see him getting his due here with his own solo series.

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I am so completely and absolutely infatuated with how good Dark Knights: Metal is. This is the most ridiculous, and comprehensive comic book event I have ever seen with Scott Snyder pulling characters from the darkest of holes in the DC Universe. On top of that, Greg Capullo’s artwork has been some of the best of his career, with the world-weary heroes at the Oblivion Bar being so beautifully detailed, and obviously tired from battling an endless horde of evil. This is top-notch story-telling, and I’m so in love with it.
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What a tricky issue! There were a lot of interesting twists and turns here, but it’s still not quite explained what could be tricking Hal, if he is indeed being tricked, into thinking that Superman was Parallax. I just to have to also comment on how incredibly charming it was to see Superman and Hal interact with each other. Not even in a situation, just talking with each other, like old friends do. This looks like it will be another great arc for the Green Lantern Corps.

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New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

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.

New Comic Books: September 20

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A bit late this week on the new comic books, as there was a bit of a hold-up on the week’s biggest title: the first of the Dark Knights, The Red Death. I assure you, though, it was absolutely worth the wait. Plenty of great books this week, with almost no misses, after the huge week that was last week.

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So many mysteries still! We have yet to learn who Sovereign is, and how the future was carried out. Why did Diana abandon her son? Who are these kids, really? There are still so many questions, and I’m dying to know all of the answers. Depending on how still ends, I would be open to seeing the kids getting their own spin-off book, truthfully. They’re interesting characters, with wonderful story threads.

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This was an awesome start to the Dark Knights, and the explanation that the Multiverse would filter out darker universes is an interesting choice narratively. It opens up limitless possibilities. Also, that scene with Batman racing into the Speed Force with the Flash on his hood was straight out of Mad Max, and it was fantastic.

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Captain Phasma is such an interesting character to me. Not just because of her incredibly badass armor, but because of her unknowing ability to be so serious, but still a source of wit in all of her stories. I would read any story that involves Phasma. I guess I should pick up that prequel novel, soon.

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This entry to the Generations lines was uniquely charming, with great, retro-styled artwork, and a fun and lighthearted tone at its core. It didn’t have the heavy stakes that a few others have had, or the grand battles. In fact, Kamala basically fulfilled her duty by writing a story for the Daily Bugle, which certainly made it unique among its peers in the Generations line to this point.

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I can basically get down with any of DC’s main heroes fighting Deathstroke. In fact, I’d be fine with Deathstroke fighting himself. That being said, the build-up to a showdown between Superman and Deathstroke being so personal was great. Dedicating an entire issue just to what would start their fight is just good storytelling.

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Batman has always been known for his best laid plans, and this was no different. That Kite-Man would become the key player to success not only in the story itself, but this entire arc, has been wonderful. Now, we’re finally nearing the “shocking” conclusion to the War of Jokes and Riddles, and I can’t help but wonder where it’s headed.

New Comic Books: September 13

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What a hell of a week for comic books! Metal, Secret Empire, the identity of Mr. Oz, Flash, Wonder Woman… and with all that, Hal Jordan still takes the cake with his delightfully fun race through space. Mister Miracle continued its wildly confusing run, and Darkseid was a baby, used as a gun! I love comic books.

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This was a fun filler-arc, but at the end of the day it was clearly just a filler arc. There were no real lessons learned, or any serious revelations. The only major thing to come out of this, is the possibility of a new enemy organization being built up by Dr. Revere and the now-power-addicted soldiers. The next arc, Children of the Gods, is what we’ve been waiting for the last several weeks, and this should be pretty great.

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Greg Capullo’s art is so next-level that he can elevate any story. Even one as confusing as this. I’m hoping things come together in a way that makes sense. It’s impressive how well Snyder laid the groundwork of the mantling, and how important Bruce’s time-traveling adventure after Final Crisis was. The Dark Knights look horrifying, and seeing them in the DC Universe is going to be a hell of a ride.

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The first Metal tie-in was a great amount of fun. Having Damian get his ass handed to him so decisively, but still being able to use his intelligence was a nice consolation for the kid, and the interesting team-up was a good mix. This should be a fun read for the next couple of months, as Metal gets in full swing.

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I’m genuinely glad that they gave us a final resolution, at least in some ways, as to the fate of Hydra Cap. I genuinely hope he doesn’t become a main-stay in Marvel, though. While he was interesting in Secret Empire, I can easily see him quickly becoming more of a nuisance, and red herring in Marvel’s writing. Some of the other fall-out is interesting, as well. Nick Fury selecting Frank Castle, while making up for his sins. Black Widow faking her own death. It should be fun to see how the heroes move forward from this.

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Bloodwork is a pretty broken villain, with such a ridiculous power that he seems like he could take on the entire Justice League. However, this was a pretty solid case for Barry to solve, and hopefully it starts to lead him back on the path to removing the Negative Speed Force from his system. I feel like the Negative Speed Force has somewhat run its course, but at the same time, we haven’t fully explored the exact powers that it’s given to Barry.

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Somehow, whenever an issue of Green Lantern involves Hal Jordan interacting with his Dad in some strange, cosmic way, it always makes for a fantastic issue. This was no different. The Fall of the New Gods arc has been some of the best in comic books, right now, and it’s showing no sign of letting up. I’m excited to see where it goes next, with Hal out-running Omega Beams in the vacuum of space, the Highfather in the back seat.

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Another delightfully retro addition to the short but sweet Generations line. These great, standalone stories have been some of the best Marvel has put out in years. It’s possible that this Legacy thing might work out for them, if it ends up being anything like how wonderful this has been to read. It also made me miss Mar-Vell, strangely enough. However, Carol Danvers is a fantastic Captain Marvel. Maybe bring back Captain Kree?

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We’ve been waiting for the true name of Mr. Oz for so long, but it somehow fell almost flat for me. It wasn’t a surprise, as I had figured out several months ago that the logical conclusion was Jor-El, and the back-drop of his revealing himself felt too forced. I feel as if Superman had dealt with far worse, and seen far worse than was presented to him here. Perhaps when we learn more about what Jor-El has been up to, it will piece together in better ways. Regardless, it’s at least nice to have a mystery solved.

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Such a mystery taking place in this book! Who do you trust? Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? It’s such an interesting spin on such tragic and troubled characters, that come from such a fantastical life. The war between New Genesis and Apokolips is being manipulated, but by who? Tom King and Mitch Gerad are so far above the rest of the indsutry right now, that it’s absurd.

 

Scott Snyder Pledges Metal Salary to Harvey Relief

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Acclaimed writer, and lead for DC Comics’ Dark Knights: Metal, Scott Snyder, has pledged his entire salary for scripting duties on Dark Knights: Metal #2 to relief funds for Hurricane Harvey. The issue is due out September 13th, and you can hit the button below to donate to the Save The Children Foundation for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

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I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

Dark Knights Revealed

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DC Comics has unveiled a first look at the Dark Knights, the stars of their upcoming METAL series. From left to right: The Murder Machine, the Red Death, the Devastator, the Merciless, the Drowned, and the Dawnbreaker. Not pictured: The Batman Who Laughs.

The character design is very reminiscent of the Dark Judges, from Judge Dredd, which is absolutely a good thing. METAL hits stores next month, while each Dark Knight will have their own #1 title starting in September.

Dark Nights Metal Preview

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The upcoming DC solicitations have revealed some pretty epic things in the near future for the line-wide DC event, Dark Nights: METAL. DC Comics has revealed that seven “corrupted versions of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse” will descend on the DC Universe this September. Hit the jump to check out some mysterious teasers of these seven Batmen.

METAL is the final Batman event from acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and artist collaborator Greg Capullo. The story till take threads placed by the team the last several years, and use them to delve into the true history of the Joker, and the roots of many of DC’s Crisis events that have shaped it the last several decades.

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