Pull Box: November 14

NEWCOMICSDC The battle with Kobra has been a long-winded maze of a story, but it’s been fun. There certainly seems to be something strange going on, as all of these plans are so… basic. Attacking Gotham in various locations. Poisoning the water supply. All of them are strange and almost boring, as if it’s an elaborate diversion-after-diversion play. Perhaps Two-Face isn’t quite the knight that we all think he is in this story? HM Hawkman continues to be the universe-trotting adventure book on shelves, today. Now, Carter Hall has a crazy ship that can ride Zeta Beams, that he created for himself in the past. Another cool toy for him to rediscover his incredible past. I actually wish I could read this whole arc, right now, because it’s been that interesting to me. MM An insane ending that sets up another book in the series, as Mister Miracle still seems trapped, albeit willingly, in this Universe. A Universe of death and destruction. And a universe of love and family. He chooses to bear the burden of being Highfather for the love of his life, and his children. A future he had never seen until now. That I can believe, because the love of Scott Free and Big Barda has endeared for years, and it’s certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. PM And like that, this Plastic Man series is over. And as much as I love Plastic Man, I’m a little relieved. This whole series just seemed to fall apart at the end. The art was spotty, at best. The story made very little sense, with plots thrown in for whatever reason. It was honestly a bit of a half-hearted mess to me, but I can’t quit the stretchy goof, so I had to stick it out. At least we have The Terrifics to treat Plastic man right. SM Rogol Zaar has been such an unlikable, hate-filled villain that for once, I would have liked to see Superman do what must be done. He’s an unstoppable killing machine that has committed genocide throughout the Universe, and it’s unforgivable. Now, Zod comes into play, and he’s certainly willing to do what’s necessary to exact revenge on the world that he so dearly loved. FL Having The Flash on his own adventure with Iris really brings things back to a more light-hearted fun romp than it has been the last few months. Barry seems to have some more pep in his step, which is really important for The Flash. With that in mind, who could have massacred Gorilla City in such a way? Grodd is in control of the Still Force, so perhaps he used that somehow? I suppose we’ll find out, soon. THOR A small, fleeting tale of Thor’s thousands of years of history. This one was very personal, and rightfully yet another glimpse into the harrowing journey that made Thor worthy of one of the most powerful weapons in existence. I would love for more bits and pieces like this, particularly with this charming artist attached, as it was full of life and character. FF It’s so great to have the Fantastic Four back in the Marvel Comics Universe. The petty squabbles over merchandising, and just general uncaring in regards to the books that birthed these many characters has been frustrating for the last… decade, basically. They’re called “Marvel’s First Family” for a reason, and how Marvel would push them aside so easily was upsetting. But, it’s nice to see them back in the fold, once again. CGR This was a fun, crazy, insane arc for a character that was conceived in ridiculous fashion. But, through great writing and surprisingly solid story-telling, managed to stick it out and become his own thing. The Cosmic Ghost Rider. I’m sad to see this was such a short book, but for 5 issues, it was some of the most fun I’ve read in a comic, with crazy timelines and futures galore that were generally just great to read. GGPR Having Jason and Trini switch powers really made this book a little more fun, and light-hearted. It loosened up some of the real-life drama that it’s been touching on with its many relationships. That’s certainly appreciated. Though, I’m still very curious as to how their school papers were uploaded and such? Did they have signal on that planet to do that? How did that even happen? Why didn’t they answer that?!
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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.

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 13

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This was a great way to get back to basics with The God of Thunder. Now that Jane Foster is no longer Thor, the Odinson must prove himself worthy once again, and he must do this all the while trying to rebuild a destroyed Asgardia. The moment where Juggernaut revealed himself as a the avatar of a God to fight the God of Thunder was fantastic. Cain Marko seems to have really supplanted himself in the face of pop culture lately, and it’s pretty great.
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The Council of Reeds has returned with a more personal task to complete: No More Dooms. Victor is given yet another task to redeem himself in the face of his rival, and once more he fails the test. I want to hope that this quest with Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm would help show him the his virtue even more, but it looks like it may end up with the opposite effect. The big thing here? His memory revealed that Reed and Sue are still alive, with their children, traversing the cosmos.
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This one had less repercussions than the other Prelude to the Wedding books, but it was still a fun read. Batgirl has proven herself time and time again in the face of adversity, being easily the best of the Bat-Family. But, the big takeaway is the reveal that Harley Quinn is looking for the Joker during his pre-wedding rampage. Probably in an effort to stop him from ruining her friend, Catwoman’s big day. But, who knows?
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There were some great revelations and unity happening in this book. Just like Wonder Woman wearing Element X in Dark Knights: Metal created the New Gods, Hal Jordan wearing it created the Darkstars. Both wishes made on a darkened universe that were twisted and warped. It’s a fantastic way of pulling things together and unifying the universe, Post-Metal. Also, the personal story of Guy and his Father, being saved by Arkillo in a show of friendship was great. Those two have real chemistry, and it elevates the book even more when they’re together.
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As this series has gone on, it’s gotten less confusing, and more charming. Showing more of the mundane work that goes into Wars between planets full of Gods. Like peace summits, and small moments. It was amazing to see Kalibak pull out a pair of glasses because he needs to see the terms. It was a bit predictable in the end, with Jacob Free, the son of Big Barda and Mister Miracle, being the biggest bargaining chip, though not one that they put on the table.
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Hawkman has always been one of the richer characters as far as lore is concerned. His past allows him to work in more mythical things, like the introduction of Gorilla City into the history of the Earth, trade-routes and such. Not to mention the reveal of a Kryptonian Hawkman, as well as a Hawkman from the planet Rann, and the confirmation that the Thanagarian Hawkman was one and the same. All through reincarnation. With the history of DC Comics at its feet, this should be a fun read.
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Yes! Oh man, it’s so nice to have Eel O’Brian back in his own solo story. Plastic Man is one of the best heroes in all of comic books, and I missed his plucky humor so much. He’s so nonsensical. It was smart to re-tell his origin story for newer fans as he’s a bit older of a character who hasn’t been explored much in the last 20 years. But, now he’s back! And I could not be happier about it. On top of that, Gail Simone was a perfect choice to write the character.
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And the race is on! I can’t help but side with Wally West on this one. Barry Allen has lost things, but he always still remembers those pains, and exactly how they were taken from him. Wally’s children, his entire past, was taken from him and he never even knew it. That was Barry’s fault. It’s tragic that this is happening, but things are building to quite the head in the world of The Flash.
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This was some seriously heartbreaking writing. Kandor has been a mainstay in Superman lore for years, and its destruction – the murder of millions of Kryptonians trapped in a bottle for centuries is simply tragic. And it showed. The loss that Superman and Supergirl felt was real, and their anger and panic showed on the page. That was the masterful writing we’ve been looking out for with Bendis and he finally broke it out here.
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First off, Jason seemed to fit in pretty well with the rest of the Justice League. I could very well see him filling in for Diana on a Justice League International team, or something along those lines. Next, King Best is one of the most throwback villains I have seen in quite some time. He’s massive, styled like the 60’s villains of old, and honestly already quite the delight of a villain. This is a great new rogue for Wonder Woman if he manages to stick around.

Pull Box: April 18

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This was an incredibly long and heartfelt tribute to the most important comic book of all time. Action Comics introduced the world to Superman, the first superhero, and paved the way for every one after, and it’s now been 1,000 issues since his introduction and he continues to inspire and move forward. The stories in this book were phenomenal. The short with Superman saying goodbye to the Earth as the sun expands to heat-death, enveloping the planet. Even the wonderfully creative short about the man driving the car on the cover of Action Comics #1. It was all so emotional, and gut-wrenching for long-time fans of comic books.
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This was intensely confusing, until Booster Gold completely spelled out what had happened here. Not only is that a terrible idea, but it’s also completely out of character for a Booster Gold who, just an issue ago in Superman was so anti-changing time that he was about to go hand-to-hand with Superman to prevent him from saving Krypton. A bit of a strange shift in character. On top of that, the idea that Bruce Wayne as Batman kept the Joker in check from spreading across the city is cool, and that Dick Grayson would become Batman without Bruce is… intriguing. There’s some interesting ideas at work here, that’s what I’m saying.
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This has been an interesting book with such bold ideas, and wonderful use of classic folklore and mythology. That they’ve kept to close to more Irish tale, specifically based on Gotham’s history of Irish immigrants is just a wonderful attention to detail. The mystery itself is beginning to take shape, as Batman has already pieced together that everything we thought we knew has been a ruse for an even deeper mystery at work.
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This was arguably the worst issue of Damage yet. The book’s been good about being inclusive of its characters with the greater DC Universe, even mentioning that this takes place before the fantastic Poison Ivy arc over in Batman, but their use of Ivy here was subpar at best. There’s a glimmer of hope here with Ethan and Damage starting to coexist somewhat after their defeat by Wonder Woman, but it still hasn’t been explored enough to mean anything, just yet.
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I love Deadman so much as a character but these Neal Adams books are so batshit crazy, and full of rambling ideas that it’s hard to get a bead on where they could ever go that makes sense. Now, all of a sudden, Ra’s Al Ghul is Aaron Brand, the older brother of Deadman? That completely contradicts everything that’s ever been said and makes absolutely zero sense from a story perspective, but here we are. I’ll keep reading because Deadman is great, and Neal Adams is a madman.
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Another strangely personal issue, that showed the sacrifice that parents make for their children with the backdrop of dimensional war. The secrets still left in this book are insane, and it’s hard to see where this could possibly go, unless this is all setting up for the big reveal of how Darkseid was reborn as a baby. That would be quite the incredible reveal when all is said and done.
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The only way this incredibly personal run of Superman could have ended was with an incredibly personal, family-focused story, and it ended in the best way. Characters, story-beats, call backs to every other arc was the best way to end it. This was a fantastic ending, and new beginning for Superman and Superboy, as they leave behind Hamilton and move to Metropolis full-time. Bendis has some mighty big shoes to fill, but it should be fun to see how he fills them.

Ava DuVernay Directing New Gods Film for DC

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That is the craziest headline that I thought I would never write. Ava DuVernay made history last week as the first black woman to helm a $100 Million+ tent-pole film with A Wrinkle in Time, and now she’s set to join the DC Universe as she is in talks to direct a New Gods film.

New Gods is based on the popular Jack Kirby creation, but is said to not be tied to the DC Extended Universe for the time being, so we’ll see what interesting film gets made.

Pull Box: March 14

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That was the absolute best way to reintroduce newer readers to General Sam Lane and his tensions with Superman, while also creating a new arc involving Hank Henshaw and the inevitability of the corruption of Superman’s Kryptonian technology. I’m not sure where that story is going, but it’s sure to blow up in Superman’s face in some crazy way.
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There are so many moving pieces to the story taking place in Detective Comics right now, but like a game of chess, each piece is vital to the endgame, and it’s looking to be a great story. Batwoman and the Colony, the fall of the Knights Program and Batman’s unraveling trust, Tim’s interactions with Ulysses Armstrong. These are all leading to something bigger, and better, and it will be fun to see where it leads.
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The thought of Zod and his family playing possum against the Green Lantern Corps, and then just absolutely laying waste to an entire squad of Lanterns is insane. That was one of the most brutal beatdowns I have ever seen a Green Lantern endure, and seeing Zod and Hal Jordan fight each other at full strength is going to be quite the sight.
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That was easily the most somber and straightforward issue of Mister Miracle, and it was a joy to read. I’m honestly hoping that this is all, in some way, canon, and Jacob being a New God becomes a thing that affects other books in some way. The back-story for Barda and Scott was nice, and the way they named their son was fitting, given their history together. Definitely a beautiful read.
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This is easily one of the best stories Flash has had since Rebirth started. Grodd is a believable villain with a great plan, full of twists and turns. Each time we think the Flash Family might have gained the upper hand, it was still always part of his plan. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, because it’s sure to be a good one.
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The new, more powerful, Jason is definitely an intriguing player in all of this. Given the hint of the Greek Pantheon from the past, it’s probably going to be the Old Gods that gave Jason his newfound abilities and golden armor, but it’s still too hard to tell at this point. The biggest takeaway from here? Darkseid is getting desperate, and invading A.R.G.U.S. headquarters seems like a hell of a risky thing to do.
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Now that is how you introduce a kick-ass multiverse-trekking story. Such an interesting plot, with one of the most insane multiversal twists I have ever seen. Doom becoming Galactus and swallowing the entire universe?! That is anime level crazy, and I absolutely love it. It’s stories like this that make me miss the Fantastic Four.

New Comic Books: January 10

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I’ll always be a fan of a story that involves Booster Gold. Particularly a story where Booster remains the “Greatest Hero No One Has Ever Heard Of.” He’s the hero that has saved the multiverse and the timestream countless times, yet remains a nobody, not only in the world of the comics, but in comics itself. Additionally, it looks as if Zod is taking over the next several issues of many books, with him not only in the next issue of Action Comics, but Green Lantern Corps, as well. Interesting…
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Another new villain origin story for Wonder Woman. With her surge in popularity, they’re certainly filling out her rogues gallery in quick fashion. The Silver Swan seems to be an interesting villain with a tragic backstory, but it should be fascinating to see what sort of abilities the nanites in her bloodstream give her. Fingers crossed that she’s another unique addition to the world of Diana Prince, because Wonder Woman could certainly use some more iconic villains aside from Ares, and Cheetah.
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The fight between Flash and Captain Cold to open the issue was brutal, but they should have stretched it just a bit further. Little by little, things seem to be getting back to the status quo that we all know and love about the Flash. His relationship with Iris, and the hopeful nature of his character, and supporting cast. It’s been a dark last several months for Barry Allen, but it’s good to see his redemption coming to fruition.
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I’m not sure what it is, but first there was the charming issue of Batman with Superman, and their pre-marital squabbles. Now, this issue of Mister Miracle shows long-time couple Scott Free and Big Barda discussing their future while effortlessly dispatching much of New Genesis. It was a light-hearted and fun read, while the two New Gods eviscerated their own in an attempt to reach Orion, and it just further solidifed the notion that this book is fantastic.DM
I cannot overstate just now bat-shit crazy Neal Adams has become. He was always known for his over the top story telling, but these days his stories are just getting hard to follow. This book, while completely engaging and most certainly a Deadman story, is bonkers. Things are starting to come together in a way that actually makes sense, which is honestly the scariest part. One last note: the Spectre acting as a sidekick to Deadman in all of this is brilliant.
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Apparently it is a week of restoration for the status quo of classic DC characters, as the Guardians of the Universe have restored themselves to power, dedicating the remainder of their lives to the legacy that they have created in the Green Lantern Corps. It was a pretty amazing moment to see the Guardians in their robes once again, particularly with another old threat, the Darkstars, now looming under the control of the… well, the Controllers.

 

New Comic Books: November 8

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Betrayal! I was expecting a much different story than this for Wonder Woman’s long-lost brother, Jason. But it would seem the mystery as to why he’s sided with Grail will be answered in the next issue. It’s almost heartbreaking, as Diana has obviously been alone for so long, and just realizing recently that she’s never actually been back to Themyscira, and that she’s been alone all this time. I can only imagine how it felt for her to realize she no longer was.
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I did not see that coming. Meena using her Speed Force abilities to take the Negative Speed Force from Barry was surprising, but it’s absolutely a welcome sight, and now we can move past that boring story. Now, we can get back to The Flash being more fun and light-hearted, and not being so emo and beating himself up constantly. These constant attempts to make him more like Spider-Man don’t seem to be working out, so they need to go back to making him The Flash.
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This story has been such a complete trip, full of such heavy emotional baggage. It’s finally addressing the story of the New Gods, and their children, and how it would truly affect them emotionally from a realistic standpoint. With that in mind, it’s been hard to piece everything together, but things seem to be coming together in a way that is slowly starting to make sense in the context of this distressing story.
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Leave it to Hal Jordan to be the most inspiring in the face of complete destruction. Unafraid to face the entire might of all of his enemies at once, made using pure spectrum energy, and still he fights on. It makes sense that he lost, of course, but still. The introduction of Element X inside the Mother Box in Cyborg, and him being the key to opening the doorway to the Multiverse is also great. Hopefully we get to see some new alt-universe heroes kicking the Dark Multiverse’s ass. That would be one hell of a war.
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The way Metal has twisted so many aspects of Batman’s history and lore has been so fluid and masterfully done. The realization that Batman surrounds himself with birds, like the bird tribe, to protect himself from the dark, and subconsciously keep himself from realizing his destiny? That was one of the most incredibly written pieces of comic book lore I have read in years, and added a completely new dimension to this amazing story.
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That was a tragic, almost abrupt ending to the Oz Effect. It also sets up Jor-El as helping Superman in Doomsday Clock next year, which given how powerful Doctor Manhattan is, will absolutely be necessary. I’m anxiously awaiting our first look at Manhattan in the world of DC Comics, and how the universe will be changed because of his appearance. His manipulations behind the Multiverse have changed so many things, that it will be fascinating to see the reverberations of this.DC
That was a fantastic conclusion to this story. The irony and beauty in the downfall of Future-Tim being Tim’s trust in his friends and teammates was wonderful. The set-up for Batwoman dropping the ball, and betraying the Bat-Family was beautifully done, and I’m so anxious to understand how this happens, as it’s meant to happen very soon. “Sooner than [Tim] could possibly imagine.”

 

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.

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.

 

New Comic Books: August 30

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A bit of a late post this week, but it was a relatively small week in terms of releases. While Marvel had the overall biggest, at least as far as hype is concerned, DC took the week again with a fantastic Darkseid special on the week of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday.

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This was a nice, fun read. No real stakes, but the banter between the two hawkeyes was great. Having the various villains such as Taskmaster and Bullseye be ripped across different times was a genius idea to introduce some witty remarks between them all. So far, the Generations line has been a fun line, and a great way to further introduce the Legacy line.

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All the Mister Miracle love the last several months has been great, and now the addition of the Black Racer made it even better. This was another great love-song to the king, Jack Kirby, and it did not disappoint.

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Truthfully, I was not expecting this arc to go the way that it has, but it’s been a welcome addition to Wonder Woman’s Rebirth story. Giving her the choice to use her DNA as a cure of hundreds of diseases afflicting millions of people? That’s a personal choice that most heroes don’t have to deal with, but Diana would be the one. I’m curious to see where this goes before the next massive arc begins in a few short months.

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This was the absolute pinnacle of the Jack Kirby special issues. A grim, dark read with a focus on the tyrannical Darkseid. The art was fantastic, and reminiscent of Kirby at times, with a fantastic portrayal of the villain. Making the hero of the story a gutsy human, fueling a small resistance on Apokolips was a great choice, and making for an incredibly engaging story. Absolutely my recommendation for the week.

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The finale to Secret Empire was everything we were promised, and more. The restoration of real Steve Rogers from his somewhat prison inside of the cosmic cube, along with Kobik herself, was expected, but still a fantastic moment. Seeing Captain America in his scaley outfit felt like old times, and sets up the Legacy items wonderfully. Even the art in this issue was a dramatic improvement to the rest of Secret Empire. This was the best ending to an event Marvel has created in quite some time.

 

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.