Pull Box: June 13

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THOR
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?
GL
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.
MM
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.
FL
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.
MOS
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.

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Pull Box: May 30

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That was quite the incredible plan. Not only did it make sense, but it was ridiculous and created a moment I feel like I’ve never seen before. A Galactus-sized Emma Frost, releasing all the Power Cosmic and bringing life to a dead universe. That’s insane. The revelation that their artificial Sun was Johnny Storm, with his abilties enlarged by the Power Cosmic was almost tragic in a way, but it was totally made up for by his survival, and his passing of the Power back to Norrin Radd, aka Silver Surfer, so that he could catch up to the love of his life, Emma Frost. That was just great story-telling full of unexpected twists.
MOS
I am honestly not sure what to make of this. Brian Michael Bendis has first crack at a DC title and he leaves it on a cliffhanger, doing nothing than introducing a couple of new characters to the Superman mythos. That seems a bit counter-intuitive for a writer with so much pomp and circumstance arriving on the scene of a new company. I suppose I’ll just have to wait until the next issue to find out a little more of what’s going on. With that said, it’s nice to see Superman on a bit of a change of pace since Rebirth started.
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That was so awesome. Admittedly, I didn’t feel the sense of crazy unexpectedness that I was supposed to with their plan of charging the seed, and forcing the other Titans to eat their brethren, but the pay-off was still worth it. And by pay-off I mean the New Justice League, as well as the prospect of Justice League Dark featuring Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, and Justice Leagye Odyssey with Cyborg finally taking his rightful place as leader of a team. The changes happening in the main DC books have been great, and Snyder is single-handedly making comics fun again.
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While not giving us much in the way of answers, or plot points, this issue of Doomsday Clock did wonders to set the political tone for this version of the DC Universe. The Superman theory has created an artificial arms race across the planet and set the wheels of war in motion, and truthfully, the metahumans of the world, at least the truly powerful ones, like the Justice League, seem almost less than concerned. It’s strange, but once again, the pace of this book is crawling like a snail with almost no answers in sight. Things have to pull themselves together quick if we’re all going to make sense of this.
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The little moments between Damian and Selina were great in this book. They worked well to bring together two characters that should honestly seem a little closer as their methodologies are more in line with one another, but they just hadn’t been given the chance. Now, things have pushed the two together, and I think it will work well for both of their characters. The star of this, though – was an unseen Joker, who single-handedly wiped out an entire sect of the League of Assassins searching for an invite to the wedding of the decade. The build-up for his invasion of Bruce and Selina’s marriage has been slow and incredible.

Pull Box: May 23

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That was a fantastic ending to a fantastic story, with the OMAC Arc coming to a massive conclusion, and setting up the future for so many characters. Batwoman no longer has the shadow of the Colony over her, but her Dad still remains. Red Robin and Spoiler are going on what sounds like a timeline hopping road trip adventure, and two of the greatest Batgirls are training together. Lastly, Clayface is alive! Holy crap, that’s amazing! Heartbreaking, but amazing. I can’t wait for the inevitable moment Cass and him see each other again. What a way to end a story… setting up so many more.
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Hector Hammond is such a strange character. I see this going badly for the Green Lantern Corps with such a powerful telepath on the battlefield. But, that’s not even the craziest twist in this issue! Guy Gardner choosing to join the Darkstars. There’s something fishy going on there. It just seemed like such a throwaway moment for something that should have been huge. John Stewart proved himself ever the tactician, as well. Even showing a bit of arrogance in the face of Zod. That was pretty awesome for a character who hasn’t been given much time to shine since Rebirth began.
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Scott Snyder has a knack for making you think that things are going well. That the heroes are coming back and could actually pull this off. But, out of nowhere, it’s all undone, and that hope is swatted down like a fly. I thought that the multiple leagues would save Colu, and Earth would be spared, but unfortunately that’s not how things went. Now, with one issue left, the Omega Titans are surrounding Earth, waiting for the Trees to fully bloom, and the planet to be absorbed by the victor.
FL
Damn, what a start to the Flash War! Having the old, brave Iris who will do anything to protect her family back has already instilled a new energy into this book. The initial basis for this was really seeming like Wally acting more like a child than the seasoned veteran that he truly is, but they brought it back at the end with the prospect of saving Wally’s children, who were pretty great parts of the older DC Universe. I can just imagine a crossover with the Super Sons.
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Just like that, The Silencer’s cover is blown to her son, and he’s absolutely going to think she is the coolest damn person in the world. As per usual, Deathstroke is playing all the angles in an attempt to end the war within Leviathan, but it would seem he may have placed his trust on the wrong side. We’ll have to see where it all ends up, but it’s sure to be brutal, with a lot of bullets.
TERR
That was a sad ending to a really fun story. The team has a name, and little by little they’re starting to work together more cohesively, and befriending each other in some pretty great ways. This team has real chemistry with each other from a character standpoint, so it’s pretty easy to see why they’re such great reads. I’ll say, though, after 4 issues of exposition, it’ll be nice to get into a good size arc with these fantastic characters. Especially Plastic Man.
WW
That took a turn I wasn’t expecting. So, the armor was meant for Diana all along, that makes sense. Now, in a twist of fate, Wonder Woman is swept away by the Star Sapphires at the most inopportune moment, while Jason, who is clearly being groomed for greater things, is left to defeat the Dark Gods, on his own. It would seem the Fates knew much more than they let on with Jason.

Pull Box: May 16

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Skinny and bearded Booster Gold was, for some reason, one of the best things I have ever seen in a comic book. This was a great ending to a story that was so insane, that it had to end in this insane, tragic way. Booster Gold carries the weight of so many of his unknown adventures, but it was interesting to see him actually reveal this one. To tell Batman and Catwoman of his “gift” and how wrong he was, and how the world was changed. Because of one, life-altering gift.
DAM
I think I may be done picking up Damage. This book continues to suffer, and the random addition of Gorilla Grodd working with Poison Ivy was a bit much for me. It’s sad when the two-panel piece of character development with Ivy turning back into Pamela is more interesting than the starring character. He’s just so flat, and while I’m supposed to root for him, and be sympathetic, I just can’t get behind him as a character.
NJ
I cannot handle how amazing Starro is as a character in this book. Adding him to this series was the most inspired choice anyone could have ever made, and it’s all the better for it. This story is moving a lot slower than expected, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I was hoping for a little more crazy character interaction. The Lobo and Beast Boy exchange was only a taste, but it was a great one. Pretty much the highlight of this entire issue, so hopefully there’s more where that came from.
BB
The art and storytelling in this book is so beyond comparison. It’s like reading a fairy tale, as it should be. What’s most interesting is that in this world of magic and war, Batman seems more at home than Wonder Woman. Diana is so obsessed with keeping the peace between these people that she seems almost blinded, glamoured as it were, by the entire realm. Blind to its mysteries. But Bruce is seeing through trick after trick, mystery after mystery. Each issue, more questions mount, with fewer answers given. Hopefully things start to pull themselves together soon.
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An interesting premise gives this a good shot at being an interesting book, but yet another team up out of the New Age of Heroes seems a bit redundant. Additionally, nothing is going to be better than The Terrifics. Though, it’s very possible that they could link up eventually, as I think that was Tom Strong in the Museum with the Challengers? I can’t be sure, until I get better acquainted with the history. Let’s see how the next few issues fare and go from there.
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Thus concludes The Mighty Thor. The War of the Realms is finally imminent in one of the most slow-burning stories I’ve ever seen in comics. Jane Foster still has a role to play, but it would appear that, starting next month, the Odinson will return to his rightful place as the eventual King of Asgard. I have no idea how that will happen, but it’s sure to be an interesting book. I’m just hoping the creative team sticks around for a bit longer.
MMPR
Shattered Grid just keeps piling on the hopelessness. Each time the Rangers start to make strides toward evening the odds, Drakkon just pulls two more steps ahead, gathering more power and defeating more Rangers. It’s interesting that Drakkon spent so much time with the Zeo Rangers, where Tommy was a leader, and at his most beloved. It shows his weakness, but also belies a lot about his character and the regret over the choices he made in his own past.

Marvel’s Return of the Fantastic Four Trailer Drops

Marvel Comics has released a new trailer detailing the return of the First Family, the Fantastic Four, this August. The new Fantastic Four series is written by Dan Slott with art by Sara Pichelli and covers by Esad Ribic.

“Celebrate the Fantastic Four with a view into their past and a look towards the future, from their debut in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic 1961 issue to their much-anticipated return in August’s upcoming new series from Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer), Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man: Miles Morales), and Esad Ribic (Infamous Iron Man, Marvel Legacy, Secret Wars)!”

Hit the jump for a look at the cover to issue #1, and our first look at Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, together again in all new costumes.

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Pull Box: April 11

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THANOS
This was a beautiful end to a beautiful story arc. This is honestly one of the best ways to a story like this ending that I have ever seen. The thought that Thanos is so strong-willed and powerful that just the thought of never becoming his future self erases his self from existence. It was instantaneous… no drama, no waiting with baited breath. It was quick, and a solid ending for an fantastic story.
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THAT. WAS. AWESOME. Call me gullible, but never in a million years would I have expected Ulysses Armstrong to take control of a newly created Brother Eye, and recreate OMAC. That was such an incredible reveal for the Rebirth introduction of OMAC. That absolutely blew my mind. I knew this story was going in some pretty great places, but the Colony is being destroyed from the inside before it even had a chance to get going, and that’s pretty great.
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The return of the Darkstars! It’s been quite a while since the Darkstars were able to make an impact on the Green Lantern Corps, but their build-up, between this book and even the ending pages of Metal, has made them already a formible and intimidating enemy. The story of Tomar-Tu almost seems to have been tailor-made for this, as well… like this is what they’ve been working towards with him from the beginning of Rebirth.
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Thus far, Sideways is the weakest of the New Age of Heroes books, with his story taking longer than the others to really kick into gear. On top of that, he also feels the most distant from the rest of the DC Universe, with all of his supporting cast being new to the world. Hopefully things change in the next issue or so, and it starts to ramp up a bit more.
FLASH
A lot of good loose ends tied up here at the end of this arc, and the splash page with the entire Flash family running together legitimately gave me goosebumps. It’s build-up and satisfying moments like that, that make comic books worth it with these larger than life characters. Now, we’re inching closer to Flash War, and I can’t wait.
WW
It’s been such a mystery to what end Darkseid has been trying to hard to reach Themyscira, but it was a bit of a let-down that his entire goal was to turn the Amazons into Parademons. It’s entirely possible there’s more to his plan here, but so far this isn’t quite what I expected. At least the fight between Diana and Darkseid was brutal as hell. That was perfect.

Pull Box: March 28

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METAL
Metal has been my favorite comic event in almost a decade and the ending most certainly did not disappoint. It was just as grand and batshit crazy as the rest of the series, and the future that it set up is unlike anything the DC Universe has seen. The source wall, a long-standing barrier around the multiverse itself has been broken, and it’s only a matter of time before the fun repercussions of Metal start to truly take hold. Metal set up Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League in epic fashion, and I can’t wait to see where it leads. This was the end of an era, as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo part ways, but they made their last hurrah the most epic thing they could imagine, and it stuck the landing.
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Stories that involve Brother Eye just instantly have this tone to them, that elevates them to the next level. This is no different. Tim is faced with a choice, but he still believes in Bruce, and the symbol that Batman represents for hope in Gotham. Having the activation of Brother Eye be the catalyst for the eventual murder of Batman by the Colony, and Tim possibly being able to stop it is a pretty great way to move this forward, and show the reason that Tim is forced to step into the role, after letting his mentor down.
DOOM
This issue was straightforward and stuck simply to asking some of the biggest questions we’ve had in Doomsday Clock. Who is the new Rorschach, and how did he come to be working with Adrian Veidt? The answer is tragic, and depressing. A long story of growth and a sort of triumph in the face of mental adversity. Reggie is more connected to the story than he knows, and his path after disappearance of Doctor Manhattan is proof of that.
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That was a brutal-ass fight, but in the end a feint by Zod led to the Green Lanterns falling directly into his trap. He lost the battle, but now has the means to win the war, with direct intel against every major military in the Universe. That’s a genius military move, the likes of Krypton’s greatest general doesn’t often get credited for. Slowly but surely, Zod is building himself as a credible threat to not just Superman, but the entire Universe, and eventually the Justice League.
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Curing Grodd to defeat him was absolutely genius, but of course the genius madman had one last trick up his sleeve. This was another great example of a hero using their experience with a villain against them, as Barry thought about various science things throughout the issue to block out Grodd, while simultaneously concocting a plan to defeat him. A rare example of writers showing just how smart Barry really is, which doesn’t get touched upon often.
SIL
Adding Deathstroke to the mix with the Silencer is literally the best thing that could have happened to this character. This issue was a fun throwback to the 90’s full of gunfights and crazy explosions, and adding the DC Universe’s most deadly assassin will just up that throwback-feel tenfold. The Silencer has quietly been one of the more solid “New Age of Heroes” books and I hope it holds up.
TERR
Yet another throwback for the New Age of Heroes, as The Terrifics is a fantastic example of classic space-faring fun with cosmic implications. Even the characters they’ve chosen are a throwback. I’ll say it every issue, but Plastic Man doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit. He’s a fun, interesting hero that’s managed to differentiate himself through sheer personality alone, and it is fabulous.
WW
We’re finally getting the showdown we’ve been asking for for months! Wonder Woman against Darkseid. While he’s not yet full power, he’s still a match for most. The wild card here is Jason, Diana’s brother. I can’t shake the feeling that he and his new armor will play a factor in the defeat of the New God. Perhaps the “giants” he saw were Zeus and the other Old Gods? Not actually dead at Darkseid’s hands? An interesting theory…
MMPR
I managed to catch up on all of this just in time for the Shattered Grid crossover, and it started off in epic fashion. Drakkon manipulating Ninjor, and possibly killing Tommy in this universe? The implications of the death of Tommy would be insane, thanks to the massive effect he has on the future of the Power Rangers in the prime universe, so it will be interesting to see where this leads, if he is in fact dead, or if this leads to him becoming the White Ranger.

Pull Box: March 21

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After years of building, we’ve finally seen the moment… the moment that Jane Foster became Thor, and changed not only Marvel as a whole, but the entire landscape of comics. It was just as satisfying as her entire run as the Mighty Thor has been. The moment where she took her helmet off was when I lost it, and started to tear up, unsure of what the future will hold for this wonderful Thor.
BM
A tragic conclusion to yet another incredible arc for Tom King’s run on Batman. This Poison Ivy arc has been absolutely astounding, and the realization that Ivy’s motivation for it all was a lie from the beginning, a ruse perpetrated by Riddler to manipulate her emotionally during the War of Jokes and Riddles… that was some masterful writing.
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Damage is just on the verge of becoming a great and interesting story, but thus far it’s still just on the edge. It’s a character we’ve seen a thousand times, but he’s mixing it up with Wonder Woman, and now with Batman. Throwing Batman into the mix is certain to spice things up a bit, and hopefully push it over the edge like his “New Age of Heroes” brethren.
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I’m still so confused, but delighted by this book. There’s still a pretty heavy mystery happening here, but Neal Adams is so obsessed with writing such batshit dialogue that we’ve gotten almost no exposition on the actual happenings. Or perhaps we have, and I just haven’t pieced it together yet? It’s hard to say, but I will certainly keep reading, and hoping this makes a little more sense.
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Naturally, the opposite of Doom is Fun, and Bizarro’s Legion of Fun is set to definitely be one of the funnest things in comics, right now. Changing the Earth to be round, and causing energy shifts. It was a nice touch that Superman is so experienced with the Bizarro World that he knew immediately what to do about Boyzarro, and how to speak with him and the rest of the Bizarro family. It went a long way to making him the seasoned veteran.
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I love Batman in magical stories. He’s so out of his element, but he refuses to let it phase him. He’s convinced that magic is just science that we don’t yet understand, but he pushes himself to understand it. To manipulate it, and be able to control it in his own way. Thus far, the Wonder Woman aspects of this story have been lack luster, but the addition of Batman should definitely up the ante and make this story more fun and mysterious.
THANOS
I’m not going to lie. I just caught up on Thanos and it is fabulous. Particularly this most recent arc with The Rider, and glorious time travel. There’s so much to love happening here that it can’t help but make one smile while reading it. These stories are always the best, and this one is no different. I’m just excited to see how it concludes, and worry that they won’t be able to get past the bar that they themselves have set.

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.
WW
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.
MAR
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.

Pull Box: March 7

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

New Comic Books: February 14

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This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
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It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
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This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
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It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
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First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
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The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
DM
Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
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This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
AC
Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
2N1
I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

New Comic Books: February 7

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

 

New Comic Books: January 24

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This was a fitting end for The New Order, and the speech that Jake gave to his Dad was exactly where I knew this was all going. Without Batman, Dick immediately changed his views on the world, and took action to right what he thought was wrong. Without Dick, Bruce would have done the same. They’re two heads to the same coin, and it all made perfect sense. I like when things have a complete and happy ending, and this was fulfilling, albeit a bit rushed at the end.
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Suddenly, The Flash is running on every single cylinder imagineable, and the reveal that we’ve been waiting for all along was so much more satisfying than I ever could have imagined. Grodd is back! But he’s been the mastermind behind Black Hole this entire time?! That’s incredible, and I absolutely cannot believe I never put that together. I can’t wait for the next issue, because after puttering along the last several months, The Flash is back to its rightful status.
WW
The fight between Wonder Woman and Silver Swan was way more brutal than I imagined it would be. It was a good introduction for a semi-formidable new rogue for the Amazon warrior. The real news here, though, is the side-story of Darkseid, laying low in the Amazon forest as he amasses an army and regains his Mother Boxes across the Earth. It’ll be great to see if the return of Darkseid shakes DC Comics as a whole, as it truly should.
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And thus, everything that we thought would be prevented by future Tim Drake came to fruition. The moment that Batwoman made the wrong decision, or perhaps the right one, that split the Batmen and caused his future to come to pass. It’s been fun having Clayface as a hero and ally to Batman, but it was only a matter of time before he became a weapon used against them. The fallout from this choice should be interesting in the months to come.
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The time travel shenanigans that Booster and Superman have been in have been crazy, but this precursor to a war between “New Krypton” and Earth with General Zod at the helm is some meaty stuff. Traveling decades into the future with the planet still under Zod control assumes that they were not completely defeated during that war, so it raises a lot of questions as to how this war will take place.
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Even more foreshadowing to a New Krypton war with General Zod in a completely different book. They’re really pushing Zod as a threat to the universe, which is interesting given how he usually stays put inside Superman’s pages. This should be a pretty hefty event in the coming months, and I hope all this fantastic build-up pays off.
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The third issue of Doomsday Clock gave us answers to some pretty intriguing questions. Particularly, what the hell are the Mime’s weapons and how are they actually things. Well, it appears they’re invisible. It also gives us a look at the new Rorschach under the mask, and follows some pretty crazy twists and turns with its characters. This has been one hell of a slow burning book, so hopefully things can pick up soon, and we get more answers.

New Comic Books: January 17

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Issues such as this are exactly why comic books, comic book movies, and all of the like will never truly die. These characters are capable of inspiring, and being a light to children and adults the world over. They’re capable of putting smiles on faces, and even though they may not be real, they can still create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for those around them. This issue illustrated that beautifully, and truly captured the reason that Superman is, and always will be, the greatest hero.
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This seemed like a very short and inconsequential new book. Introducing new characters is great, but I can’t help but think this may have just been better suited to taking place in an issue of Suicide Squad. I do appreciate the throwback style that this book represents, with the large destructive 90’s-style monster hero. Hoepfully things can pick up in future issues, but I think this may need a bit more time and space to really open up and allow a story to be told.
BM
This was an interesting and unique story if ever there was one. An alternate dimension, or plane of existence where time passes differently, and an endless army of beasts, made by the sins of man is conjured forever. I honestly wasn’t expecting Bruce and Diana to go that route at the end, but given a few hours meant ten years there, it makes sense. Being so unsure if they would ever see the world again. I just hope that this doesn’t change things between Bruce and Selina. Their relationship has made some of the best stories these last several months.
THOR
That decision has been building for months and months, with its slow-burn being one of the best in all of comics. The Mighty Thor has consistently delivered incredible art, with an amazingly fleshed out story, and this was no different. A forced intervention to convince Jane to let herself be saved, was emotional and tense. Her attachment to Mjolnir has been more than just power, it’s been an intense friendship between the storm and herself. It will be interesting to see if this changes things, or if Mjolnir is truly able to understand the sacrifice that Jane is making. Comics, man…

New Comic Books: January 3

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After a lengthy hiatus thanks to life, getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then the holidays, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled comic book programming. It was a short week, with Batman dominating the shelves this week for me, and all of his stories being pretty damn great.BM
This seemed like it was going to be a straightforward “Batman helping a kid with the same origin as him” story, but then it took that crazy dark turn and suddenly became an origin story for what could eventually become the most personal villain Batman has ever had. A child, mentally troubled, with the names of Bruce’s parents etched into his face after Batman’s failure to solve the puzzle. That’s one hell of an origin.SM
This Super Sons of Tomorrow story was short but incredibly sweet. It was cool to see Jon working with the Teen Titans, and the future Tim Drake not only getting a new suit and rad codename, Savior, but also his redemption, as well, after he sacrificed himself to save the very person he was trying to kill the entire story. The biggest question now is left at the very end, when Savior is falling through the timestream, and sees every DC event that’s been wiped out. Zero Hour, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and so many more. Is he going to be the key to restoring the universe?SIG
This has the potential to be an interesting read. The implication is that in METAL, when Duke’s powers awakened, they reacted with a metal in the water supply of Gotham that gave other kids that also matched biologically in some way, meta abilities. This opens up a whole slew of story-telling options for the Bat-family, and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes. I will say, though, that the metas, and even Signal himself, seem very Static Shock-like. Not a bad thing, but just an observation in the way the story seems to be progressing.WK
This is such an incredibly well-written story that my mind can’t fathom how remarkable it is. The origin of Neo-Joker, as the second Harley is calling herself, is absolutely tragic. The way Joker treated her, though, makes complete sense as to why she’s behaving the way she is. He saved her life, and she has to re-pay the favor by saving the Joker from Jack Napier. On top of that, Napier is forcing everyone closest to him away from Batman’s life. This Batman is darker, less caring, and more driven to brutally stomp crime out, so this plan is incredible. We’ll see how it all plays out.