New Comic Books: October 18

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This was probably the most by-the-book Metal tie-in yet, with The Drowned’s origin being almost exactly what I expected, with no real crazy set-pieces or anything to wow the reader. It was still an OK read, but not quite up-to-par with its brothers to this point, though it was cool to see the first gender-reversed Dark Knight of the bunch.
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After building her up to be more of an anti-hero, with sympathy on her side, and a hint of caring in her character, the final issue of this Captain Phasma mini-series saw fit to tear her back into a cold and calculated villain that is ruthless and driven in her desire to cover the error that she was forced to commit. I wasn’t expecting that gut-punch but that’s exactly what made it so powerful, and restored her resolve to the First Order.
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The moment when Alfred revealed to the Bat-Family that Bruce had asked Selina to marry him will probably be one of my favorite in all of comics this year. Also, the pre-emptive measure that the two of them would attack Talia Al’Ghul before she inevitably attacks them is just really well thought out storytelling. Not to mention, Catwoman and Talia going head-to-head is going to be one hell of a fight. I hope it pays off.
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For some reason, it’s charming to see Lex Luthor genuinely being a good guy and working alongside Superman. It actually seems to fit him for some reason. As usual, though, things seem to have gotten a bit out of his control, with Apokolips coming to claim him as their rightful king. I wonder what Baby Darkseid has to say about this? The Trinity seem to be inching closer and closer to another showdown with the ruler of the Anti-Life Equation, and I’m into it.
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The finale to the Legacy arc was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The revelations that came out of this, with Diana’s abandoned son being born out of the darkness that was attacking them now, and the Lantern children basically single-handedly taking it out with their mastery of the Spectrum. That was awesome. Part of me wishes that the kids would get their own book at this point. A spin-off of a future dystopian Justice League, with them rebuilding their world after Sovereign and the darkness was destroyed in the present.
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You read that right. Marvel Legacy has reset the numbers of major titles to their original numbering, with The Mighty Thor hitting back at its 700th issue, with a massive beginning to the arc that we’ve been headed towards for almost 2 years, now. The Death of Thor, and the War of the Realms. This was a fantastic massive issue, and Jason Aaron proved once again that he’s the most prolific writer that Marvel has on payroll.

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Han Solo Spin-Off Film Gets a Title

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We’ve speculated for the longest time what the Untitled Han Solo Film will be officially titled, and with so many options to choose from, it only makes sense that my choice was right. Director Ron Howard took to his Twitter to announce that the film will be officially titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The official logo for the film can be seen above, with what somewhat seems like the most bland branding, ever.

Analog EP29: Oh No, Butthemoth!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for another ooky spooky October episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

This week, the gang tackle an army of trailers, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, Runaways, Super Mario Odyssey, and so many more! Oh God, there’s so many! IT NEVER ENDS! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Second Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Journalistic professionalism be damned. Holy shit. Disney and Lucasfilm have released the second trailer, the first in 6 months, for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it is incredible. Filled to the brim with new footage, and plot secrets.

We get new looks at Snoke, Finn, Rey and Luke, as well as shots of a several incredible battles, and character fights. If you’re looking to avoid spoilers, it’s in your best interest not to watch this, as the ending shot is sure to leave you breathless. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.

New Comic Books: October 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Comic Books: September 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars: Episode IX Delayed to December 2019

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Following the addition of J.J. Abrams as writer and director on Star Wars: Episode IX, the film has been officially pushed from its May 2019 slot, to December 2019, placing the finale of the Star Wars saga firmly in contention with Wonder Woman 2 in its second weekend.

Disney didn’t leave that May 2019 slot empty for long, though, as their upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation has dropped into the release date.

J.J. Abrams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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Following the troubled departure of director Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to take the reins of the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. This is a picture-perfect choice for the director to step back in to the franchise he helped modernize in such spectacular fashion.

New Comic Books: September 6

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Not exactly an impressive week of books this week, but there were some gems throughout. Captain Phasma gets her first standalone book, and the conclusion to the Ballad of Kite Man takes the cake for book of the week. Justice League’s future-kids story is also getting pretty deep.

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A bit of an underwhelming ending to a short arc that had a lot of potential with Superman vs. Sinestro for what was essentially control of Parallax. The cool thing about this arc is the set-up for future issues of another title, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in the near future. It did, however, reveal the things Superman most fears, so we can expect to see a few of them, soon.

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This was heavy, and emotional in all the best ways. The connection these future-children have to their would be parents is so strong, and well thought out. This is some wonderful writing, and the twist that they think Wonder Woman is the villain, in which she may possibly be is interesting. There’s absolutely a lesson to be learned for young Hunter, though. That’s for sure.

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The Ballad of Kite Man has been the most heartbreaking thing I have read in a comic book in a long, long time. His tragic backstory, and making him not only a joke character, but his whole foundation that of being a joke to everyone around him… that’s genius. Gut-wrenching genius. The War of Jokes and Riddles has been an alright arc, but Kite Man has been beautiful in the most tragic of ways.

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This was so much better than it should have been. I already loved Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, and this explanation as to her escape from Starkiller, and introduction to the incredible BB-9E were great to read. This was a fantastic expansion on a character that I really need to learn more about. Maybe I should pick up that new novel that just came out…

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The Generations line has been a lot of fun, and while I was expected another trip to the past, this trip to the “far-flung future” was a lot more refreshing for young Riri Williams. There were no stakes, just exploration and inspiration, and that kind of thing is needed from time to time.

Rian Johnson Reportedly Top Pick for Episode IX

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, is reportedly the top pick to take over for Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX. Johnson supposedly has done some incredible work with The Last Jedi, and fully earned the trust of Kathleen Kennedy and the brass at Disney and LucasFilm, which appears to be a challenge in and of itself these days.

While far from confirmed, we’ll have to wait and see just who ends up behind the lens this time around, but Johnson is a safe bet, as he’s already started his desire to return to the franchise again.

Analog EP24: Hit-Guy’s Booty Corner

Josh and Theo are joined by a Multiverse of Bovis in this episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
Mario and Sonic: rivals turned best friends, a bunch of Star Wars directors, No More Heroes, Shazam, Titans, and more! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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Colin Trevorrow Out on Star Wars Episode IX

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Disney and Lucasfilm has announced that the studio has parted ways with Colin Trevorrow who was set to direct Star Wars Episode IX for the studio. Rumors about his departure have been rampant since the release of his last film, and with the constant changes in staff the last several films, and the shift in direction to more experienced directors, it was only a matter of time.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

Currently, there is no replacement set, but we should expect to learn something very soon about who the next in line is.

UK Royal Mail Unveils New Star Wars Stamps

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The United Kingdom’s Post, Royal Mail, has officially unveiled an incredibly gorgeous new set of stamps to commemorate the upcoming release of Stars Wars: The Last Jedi. They feature Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, the newly introduced adorable Porgs, and the droids BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Rogue One’s K-2SO.

They’reillustrated by UK digital artist, Malcolm Tween, and are available for pre-order with a release date of October 12. Royal Mail says the four droid stamps have hidden details that can only be revealed through a UV light, which makes for an awesome detail for collectors.

Star Wars: Force Friday II Lineup Revealed

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Tomorrow is September 1st, and that means the long-awaited day for collectors is finally upon us: Force Friday II. Star Wars has unveiled the full lineup of toys, collectibles, apparel, and more for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The reveal shows several new characters such as the adorably evil looking BB-9E, as well as a look at Supreme Leader Snoke, and more. Hit the jump to check out the full reveal.

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New Starfighter Assault Star Wars: Battlefront II Trailer

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EA and DICE have debuted a new trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II detailing the long-awaited starfighter battles that the game will include. While Battlefront ended up being a disappointment with very little for players to dig into, the new game looks set to be the exact opposite, with more than enough for fans to enjoy.

Star Wars: Battlefront II will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.