Pull Box: June 5

The issue that all of us really needed, to be honest. A nice, long, exposition-filled issue that broke down everything we had learned up to this point and revealed just how far Bane had gone in his machinations against Batman. That Thomas Wayne was giving the exposition was a bit expected, but we still don’t know why he truly sided with Bane in all of this. Or even how he got here for that matter. With King out in 13 issues, we should certainly learn more, soon.

That was a million times better than the first issue of DCeased. A technological-biological hybrid virus corrupting the planet. Batman outwitting just long enough to learn the truth, and Dinah Lance is the new Green Lantern after killing an infected Hal Jordan. That’s insane! This is quickly becoming yet another awesome alternate-future story for the heroes, and I love it.

The Year of the Villain has officially begun! DC has so many incredible stories going at once right now, it’s mind-boggling. The World Forger is a member of the League now, shockingly, with the goal of finding his brothers, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, which is an amazing twist if they’ll join up. But, Luthor is making his own moves and has the world in quite a predicament with the villains about to be armed to the teeth. Ahhh it’s so good!

This upended the status quo quite a bit for the Shazam Family. Sivana defeated Black Adam and waits at the Rock of Eternity. Billy’s adopted family now knows the truth, while his Dad waits outside. Now, the Wizard, Shazam, has returned to rescue the children from the Magiclands, while Funland prepares to go to war with the Earthlands. That’s a doozy of an issue, for sure.

Another fun, throwback romp to the glory days of Green Lantern and Green Arrow’s classic team-up. Though the addition of Grant Morrison certainly made this one a little strange and memorable. Using Dimension Zero was certainly a fun way to put these two back together. Now, Sinestro is back in the mix, as well, which should give Hal his much-needed adversary in this crazy story.

I knew the Gemworld couldn’t be trusted, and when Young Justice inevitably finds their way back there, hell will most certainly be paid. It was great seeing the team back together, recounting what’s happened up to this point for them and getting us all up to speed, the taking down Opal with very little trouble. I’m genuinely curious as to what Jinny Hex is hauling around in her truck, though.

The latest issue in Marvel’s best event in years was yet another win for the once-named “House of Ideas.” It’s been such a long time since such a great event came from Marvel, it’s refreshing to see this continuing to fire on all cylinders. Thor has nailed himself to Yggdrasil, just as Odin did before him, hoping to stop Malekith once and for all, while the Avengers fight back against the forces of evil. All of these cool changes to characters, as well as interesting “Ten Realm” related roles has even been a lot of fun.

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Pull Box: May 15

The twists and turns and conundrums at play these last few issues have been pretty wild, and honestly a bit difficult to follow at times in the later parts of this run on Batman. I know that it’s coming to quite the conclusion, and I can’t wait to see it, but these mind games that are being played on Bruce are pretty serious. They’re even getting to me.

Jor-El’s many enemies have united against him in an assassination attempt, disguised as a massive space battle that seems to be working pretty well. Then, showing his status and reputation across the Universe, Superman’s appearance puts a stop to it, immediately. But, Rogol Zaar is quite the villain. I’m not sure why Zod hesitated with Jon, perhaps seeing a Kryptonian boy was too much for him? Either way, the House of El has a united front, and that’s going to be tough to beat.

This battle against the World Forger and his Justice League is pretty intense, and the future Legion of Doom being the heroes in all of this is a fantastic twist. Luthor has always been manipulating them for his own ends, and after his transformation, he truthfully needs them no longer. With that in mind, they’re all cast aside, while the universe becomes a chained utopia. It’s pretty exciting, honestly.

Ah man, I love this book! Naomi is from an alternate Earth, where superheroes didn’t exist until a natural disaster that nearly cost the planet, everything. She looks so awesome, and the symbol in her eyes so greatly resembles the White Lantern emblem. The white light of life. With only one book left in this series, I really hope that we see Naomi pop up elsewhere, because she has been amazing.

That was how you go out in a blaze of glory. Lady Freyja and Odin haven’t been on good terms in years, but at the end of it all they destroy the Black Bifrost together, setting Malekith’s forces up for failure, and enraged and steeled the resolve of Thor, the key to this entire battle. I’m so impressed that Marvel has kept up this fantastic pace of great story-telling up to this point. I hope they can keep it going.

Another bit of clever gap-filling as each and every Avenger is getting their time to shine throughout the War of the Realms. It’s enveloped the entire planet, so naturally every major player has had a part to play. Kudos for it coming out so cohesive. Scenes are being re-played with new pieces that fit perfectly into place. It’s impressive.

Naturally, Thor’s wisdom is greater than any of us give him credit for. He chooses Spider-Man as the Midgardian ambassador for the League of Realms knowing full well that this battle has the likeliest possibility of diplomacy. So, of course, he sends the kindest Avenger there is. Or rather, the most “Midgardian” Avenger there is. Thor is certainly coming into his own through the course of this battle.

It’s pretty clever to choose the witty Giant-People, like Scott Lang, to go on an assassination mission to avenge a devoured Loki. It made for another light-hearted book in the War of the Realms that gave some levity, with a heavy back-drop behind it. The Frost Giants have been formidable through the war, but little by little their numbers are dwindling, as well as their strategic advantage.

Pull Box: May 8

While the Magic Lands story hasn’t exactly been captivating by any means, everything happening in the background has been amazing. Black Adam races to the Funlands to destroy Billy Batson, fearing for the future of the World if the Magic Lands get word of each other. Now, the sudden appearance of Doctor Sivana forcing Black Adam to join Mr. Mind or fight him? That’s a pretty fantastic matchup.

With Carter’s will restored, the Deathbringers were no match for him and his many past lives, given all that they’ve been through. Now that they’ve been defeated, and all of his memories restored for countless generations, it will be interesting to see the repercussions of storing that much information in your head. There has to be a limit, right?

This has been one of the best starts for a new book that I’ve seen in quite a long time. The Outsiders have spent well over a year establishing their chemistry in other books, and they’ve earned the right to have their own. They all have their own individual styles and issues to deal with, but they work well together. Throw in a potential time travel plot, and you have the makings of an interesting new title.

This is an interesting twist to the Arkham Knight that I did not see coming. Astrid Arkham, the daughter of the Arkham family itself is the Knight, twisting and contorting Batman’s rogues gallery to her own end. After releasing Damian without a fight, he seemed a bit more jovial than usual, and something seemed entirely off. Almost as if he was possibly considering betraying Batman, but more to his owns ends.

The War of the Realms has been a heavy-hitting, emotionally charged battleground, and this light-hearted baby chase that is Journey Into Mystery has been a breath of fresh air, giving some much needed levity to the story. I love the rag-tag team that’s been assembled to escort the baby, as well, and then throwing in random things like off-grid Skrulls that live in an RV camp is just icing on the cake.

This issue seemed to move as fast as The Flash himself, with attempts at establishing a new origin for Barry Allen and his powers. The obvious here is the end scene, and the effort it puts into establishing Turtle as a threat to the future for Central City. A little too heavy-handed in that narrative (Green Lantern: Secret Origin did it considerably better with Atrocitus), but I’ll wait to reserve too much judgment for the next issue.

Truthfully, I know very little about the Agents of Atlas, and I haven’t read any of the Champions books, so I go into this only looking for more War of the Realms goodness, and I can’t say I was disappointed. A whole bunch of international superheroes with elemental powers with Amadeus Cho, Shang-Chi, and Silk – all fighting the Queen of Cinders. I can get behind that.

SPOILERS: New Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Now Online

The newest trailer for Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home is now online and it contains quite a few major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, which has now passed Titanic as the #2 largest movie of all time with $2.18 billion. After joining his friends on a European vacation, Peter Parker is thrust into a larger-than-life adventure alongside Nick Fury. It’s tough to get into anything deeper without going into spoiler territory, so watch the trailer at your own risk!

Starring a returning Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, and Zendaya as “MJ.” The film co-stars Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 2nd.

New Posters for Spider-Man: Far From Home Debut

Last week, Tom Holland took to Twitter to reveal that something new would be dropping on Monday morning for Spider-Man: Far From Home. While many guessed it would be a new trailer, that wasn’t the case. We did, however, get three new posters spotlighting the web-head across Europe, showing off his new black and red suit.

While there’s no sign of the Elementals or Mysterio here, it’s nice to get an official look at the film and one of Spider-Man’s many new costumes. Hit the jump to check out all three new posters.

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Analog EP77: Hi I’m From Cajun

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for an episode packed to the brim with laughs! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer.

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as updates with Disney+ and the Fox merger fill out Marvel news for the week, while updates for Uncharted, Jumanji, and sequels for Mission: Impossible and Ghostbusters round it all out on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home Drops!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the sequel to the wildly successful Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new film sees Peter Parker taking a school trip to Europe where he’s recruited by Nick Fury to stop an international terrorist in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei as “MJ” and Aunt May. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio while Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. New additions include comedian J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar as Dimitri, with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders signed on to join the sequel as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th. You can also hit the jump to check out the first official poster for the film.

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Josh Awards 2018

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Every year, as a way of cataloging my thoughts for the year, and keeping a record of my favorite stuff, I recollect my favorites into categories, and host my own personal awards. Dubbed the Josh Awards for 10 years, now, it’s always one of my favorite personal projects and this year is quite possibly my favorite one, yet.

Hit the jump to check out my favorites in various categories throughout the year 2018, as we head into a new year, set to be my biggest yet.

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Into The Spider-Verse Gets Its Own Christmas Album

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After making a joke about its existence in the film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is getting its own Christmas album. A Very Spidey Christmas is available to purchase digitally and stream today, December 21st, with performances from the cast of the film including Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, and Shameik Moore.

 

  • Joy to the World – Shameik Moore (1:40)
  • Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine (2:41)
  • Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson (2:05)
  • Up on the House Top – Chris Pine (1:45)
  • The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone (2:45)

You can hit the jump to listen to the first two songs from the album.

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MAX LVL Radio: Sunflower – Post Malone, Swae Lee

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The first single from the surprisingly deep soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a relaxing track that will get you nodding along with it, as well as excited for the film. The soundtrack itself hits theaters the same day as the film, this Friday. On top of that, we’re also finally getting that unreleased Vince Staples track from the very first teaser trailer released almost a year ago.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

Spider-Gwen Animated Spin-Off In The Works

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse hasn’t even been released and Sony is confident that the film will be received well. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sony Pictures Animation has tapped the showrunners behind Dreamworks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender, Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, to expand the animated corner of the Spider-hero world.

Dos Santos has been picked up to direct the sequel to Into The Spider-Verse, which is being penned by Wonder Woman 1984 scribe David Callaham. Montgomery, on the other hand, is now working on a spin-off film for fan-favorite character Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen. With that kind of commitment, Sony must certainly be proud of the film that’s being released in a few short weeks.

New Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer

Sony Pictures Animation has debuted a fantastic, new trailer for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse giving us our first look at Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Ham, as well as a peek into what the story of the film is set to be. After the Kingpin uses a super-collider to open the door to other dimensions, reality begins to collapse, and only Spider-Man(s) can save it.

Shameik Moore (The Get Down), voices Miles Morales in the film. He is joined by Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Mahershala Ali as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ father Jefferson,  Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother Rio, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, with Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir.

Kraven the Hunter Film Officially in the Works

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Collider is reporting that Sony Pictures has tapped Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) to pen a script for a Kraven the Hunter film. The long-time Spider-Man villain, real name is Sergei Kravinoff, was an aristocrat who became obsessed with big game hunting. He considers Spider-Man the ultimate prey, and the two have traded blows several times.

Kraven the Hunter is expected to join Venom in “Sony’s Marvel Universe” alongside Silver & Black, which was put on hold indefinitely a few months ago, most likely to gauge the success of Venom.

Analog EP58: Roller-Coaster… Of News!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a Pre-SDCC roller-coaster… of news! It’s not a train! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Spider-Man: Far From Home, a ton of pre-SDCC photos, and some excellent re-sequel (requel?) announcements on this week’s Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! We’ll be live-streaming throughout SDCC! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Numan Acar Cast as The Chameleon?

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It’s been rumored that classic Spider-Man villain, The Chameleon, would be showing up in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and now it seems we’re a little closer to that confirmation. Deadline is reporting that Numan Acar (Homeland) has been added to the cast of the sequel, though no details on his role have been revealed, we know that he’ll be playing a character named Dmitri, which could signify his role as Dmitri Smerdyakov, a.k.a. The Chameleon.

This is still speculation, but given the that Acar can speak numerous languages, and the globe-trotting nature of the film, it could certainly be true.