Pull Box: May 1

Laying the groundwork for much of the remainder of the year, DC Comics has some lofty plans as many of their biggest stories come to a head over the course of 2019. The truth of Leviathan and their rise to power has been fantastic, and it’s only going to get better from here. Then there’s Perpetua and the fall of the Source Wall, as Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom continue to hatch the craziest plan I have ever seen. It’s going to be a great year!

That was a wildly beautiful issue as the realization of where they were set in. When Hal realized the truth he instantly leapt into action, not letting anything to the entity inside his Power Ring. The entity that he loves and cares for so much. It was a beautiful way of showing just how important his position in the Green Lantern Corps is to him. Just how much it’s changed his life.

Oh man, this is ramping up so hard. Darksied is a member of this Universe’s Legion of Doom! Batman is given the choice to kill Superman to save the Multiverse, and he does it. Or does he? What’s interesting is that the World Forger mentioned the fact that both Batman and Superman have Fifth Dimension Imps… assigned to them. That’s a strange thought, and is interesting to think about.

This just exploded into a much larger story. The Gemworld battle is interesting, but the flashback to Tim Drake learning part of the truth… about the New 52, and Rebirth, and the lost 10 years of their lives. That’s what this is all about! Slowly but surely it’s all coming back! The memories, characters, and status quo from before! Man, this slow burn has been great, with more heroes slowly learning. But I’ve noticed that it’s always the sidekicks. Wally West, and now Tim Drake. It’s interesting.

After several months of being trapped in the basement of Arkham Asylum, subdued and injected with the most potent fear toxin on the planet, Batman has broken free and he is pissed. After laying absolute waste to a number of villains, even laughing while beating them down, he sends a message to Bane. He’s coming back with an army, and it should be so awesome to see this all play out.

It seems pretty random to me that DC would be releasing a zombie book in the summer. Albeit one based on the Anti-Life Equation, which is pretty genius. It’s not the most original idea (Marvel Zombies, anybody?) but it has the potential to be pretty fun if it’s done right. I just really hope that it’s done right.

By far, the largest and most epic of anything we’ve seen from War of the Realms up to this point, which is saying quite a bit. The Avengers were split into teams, with each one being given a particular task. Captain America and his team are tracking down Thor on Jotunheim, while Lady Freyja and her team secure the Black Bifrost. Then there’s Captain Marvel’s team whose job it is to just kick as much ass as possible. This is moving quick, and it’s awesome.

Beyond reason, The Punisher is the breakout character in the War of the Realms with his insight to war being valuable beyond belief to helping secure key points across the realms, and stop Malekith. This was yet another example of just that, and it was awesome.

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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?

Full Trailer for The Punisher Season 2 Drops

Netflix has released the first full look at what is certain to be Frank Castle’s last go-around on the streaming service, with Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2. After being given a second chance at the end of the first season, Frank comes across Amy Bendix, an obscure character from the comics in need of his help, giving him reason to pick up his guns once again.

The trailer is great, and packed to the brim with ultraviolence that the character is already known for. Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2 hits Netflix on January 18th.

Pull Box: July 4

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All of this build. This incredible slow-burn to the only wedding in comic book history that I would be excited for. And it comes to a beautiful crescendo, and they can’t go through with it. Doubt in Catwoman’s mind tells her that Batman is too important, and if he’s happy, that Batman will fail. Her mistake is thinking that Batman’s misery is his only strength. But then comes the letter, from so long ago, where Bruce had confessed that he truly died long ago. What does this mean for the future? What about Bane and his gathering of villains at Arkham? Was the Thomas Wayne? What is going on?!
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The Cosmic Ghost Rider was easily one of the best surprises from the most recent run of Thanos books, so giving him his own solo title was a no-brainer. Then, having him go back in time to kill baby Thanos, only to have him take him to space to try to redeem the kid? That’s just ridiculous, and genius. This will definitely be a fun book to keep an eye out for. Hopefully there are some parallels to Cable and baby Hope, because if there’s one thing Marvel is good at, it’s hero and baby stories.
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Luthor has quite the elaborate plan in place. Manipulating these forces of nature such as the Still Force, and the Ultraviolet Spectrum to his own ends. In anyone else’s hands, it would be absurd, but against all odds, Scott Snyder pulls these threads together and it actually works. Justice League is one of the best things going in comics, and I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
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Well, this ended in quite the crazy twist! The deal with Jor-El happened before the battle with Rogol Zaar, who destroyed the deep-space communicator in the Fortress battle, which only added to Superman’s grief and worry. The memorial to the city of Kandor was beautiful, and the cliffhanger that Superman had been setting the fires across Metropolis seems strange. Maybe it’s the alternate reality Jon? Even more questions, now!

Analog EP27: Looney Tunes or Lunatic?

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The boys are back in town! The gang is all back together, plus several more Bovis join the team. Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The Punisher, IT: Chapter 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, plus the age-old debate of Anime vs. Video Games takes center stage on this episode of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Analog EP26: Redneck Fighting Dirt Worms

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Welcome to the welcome! Analog is back, with Josh, Theo, and Fauxvi on the hunt for a bunch of jungle news!

Tomb Raider, Jumanji, and Punisher trailers, as well as some kick-ass television shows, and even a few horror surprises on this week’s Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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First Trailer for The Punisher

Marvel and Netflix have finally shared the first full trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher, and it one hell of a hard-hitting slugfest. Rightfully as it should be. Metallica blaring over the speakers, with guns, explosions, and a lot of blood. This is The Punisher. This is Frank Castle done right.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil and he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo aka Jigsaw, Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them.

Punisher Battle Van Confirmed to Appear

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The best character in Punisher history is set to appear in the upcoming Netflix adaptation for The Punisher, and Jon Bernthal seems to be pretty excited about the prospect. The Battle Van is an oft-used mode of transportation for Frank Castle, that is loaded to the brim with defensive weapons, and an arsenal that could support an army. It also made for one of the coolest toys ever.

“They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb confirms on Netflix’s Media Center. “It’s not the Batmobile, but it’s definitely an iconic character that people know.”

New Punisher Key Art and Stills

Netflix has posted a cryptic new teaser for The Punisher spotlighting the shows focus on trade secrets and conspiracy theories that will factor heavily into the still-unknown plot of the upcoming series. Mention of Micro, and Operation Cerberus, as well as a good shot of the full logo.

In addition, we also have a batch of stills from the first episode which feature Jon Bernthal as the vigilante and some of his supporting cast, including Daredevil alum Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo/Jigsaw, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro. Hit the jump to check out the stills.

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Is Moon Knight Joining The Punisher?

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Former Marvel Comics editor, turned Senior Vice President of Creator and Content Development, C.B. Cebulski, has stoked the fires of rumor on Jon Bernthal’s Punisher series. Reports are saying that Cebulski told the crowd at the Asia Pop Comic-Con in Manila, “another Marvel hero may be showing up [in the Punisher].”

While the most logical conclusion would be Daredevil, his fate at the end of Defenders would imply that it would be best to leave him in the dark until his third season begins. Fans have begun to speculate that it could be Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight. We know that Brian Michael Bendis is writing a series for the silver and black Avenger, and the recent reveal of Shohreh Aghdashloo’s supporting role as a psychiatrist, it’s possible that Marc Spector (who suffers from  multiple personality disorder) might be one of her patients. We’ll find out soon, as The Punisher debuts later this year.

New Photo of Jon Bernthal’s Punisher

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If you stuck around to the end for Marvel’s Defenders, well after the credits, you would’ve seen the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel’s The Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal (we also posted it on Friday). Now, Netflix has released a new image of the vigilante in all his skull-emblazoned glory.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil where he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, aka Jigsaw, Frank’s Castle’s former friend from his Special Forces days who runs a successful private military corporation called Anvil.

The Punisher Gets a First Trailer

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For the few that binged the entirety of The Defenders since its release this morning, you received a gift in the form of the first Punisher trailer. The rest of us? Well, it’s been leaked online! The trailer is short but does a good job of showing the tone of what to expect from the ultra-violent vigilante.

We get shots of Frank Castle reliving his time in the Middle East, as well as the murder and memories of his family, interspersed with the man himself pummeling a concrete floor, revealing the iconic skull logo. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which was posted on Twitter.

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Posters for Marvel’s The Defenders & Punisher

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Marvel Studios has unveiled two new posters that they’ll be giving out to attendees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The first, seen above, is a cool promotional poster for The Defenders featuring our 4 heroes in what amounts to their costumes at this point, stylized with a colorful New York back-drop.

The second, however, seen after the jump, gives us our first look at The Punisher logo, and the usual stylized artwork of Frank Castle holding a sniper rifle, bloodied and battered. It’s a cool poster, that falls in line with the usual initial style these posters are released as. Hopefully, we’ll see some sort of trailer or footage at SDCC!

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Three Defenders Getting new Seasons in 2018

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We knew that Jessica Jones was absolutely getting a second season next year, as that confirmation is already out there. We also know that Luke Cage was filming its second season later this year, implying a mid-to-late 2018 release, as well. However, Entertainment Weekly has also put out there that the 3rd season of Daredevil will be released next year, as well.

It makes sense that Netflix would start putting out a yearly 3 new seasons each year, as that’s the plan starting this year, with The Defenders on August 18th, and Punisher slated for a November release.

Netflix’s The Punisher Release Date Leaked

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It’s been a busy year for Netflix’s Marvel series, and it’s only getting busier. The Defenders comes out later this year, August 18th to be exact, and it looks like The Punisher will be joining it come this November.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Dearbhla Walsh let slip the series general release date of November, while discussing her first television projects outside of the U.K.

I’ve directed one other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.