Pull Box: January 16

A new villain! Or is she a hero? Victorious and her purpose is still up in the air, but she is most certainly a tool for one of Doctor Doom’s many schemes. This one saw her act as a lure for Galactus, most likely as some sort of display of power for Latveria, though he doesn’t exactly need it. It’s nice to see the team back in action together, though. It’s also much appreciated that they didn’t forget the history between Franklin Richards and Galactus, one of my favorite pairings from Marvel in many years.

This lead-up to Detective Comics #1000 is so fascinating. It’s such a strange mystery, with all of Batman’s past on display. His origin, being picked apart by a ruthless creature that knows his story as well as he, himself, knows it. It’s still unclear, but if I had to wager a guess, this is most likely a returning Clayface, who vanished to keep Cassandra safe after he was manipulated and turned into a weapon against Gotham City. Perhaps he blames Batman for all that’s happened to him? We’ll find out soon enough.

The Deathbringers have returned. But that’s the least important thing that happened this issue. Carter Hall slipped through time to a Krypton on the brink of destruction, meeting his past self, Catar-Ol, as he witnesses the death of his world. The realizations about Kal-El and Kara, and their past interactions with each other were beautiful in a way, connecting those characters in a way that feels fresh and new. One of the best things this book has done from the start is manipulate the past of the DC Universe in such effortless ways, and it’s fantastic.

That slight detour that Wonder Woman’s arc took us on has diverted back to the Otherkind, and it immediately picked up. The Otherkind are invading Earth and its realms at an alarming rate, taking root in the tales and whispered stories of the Magical World. Unknowingly, Man-Bat is helping spread the word, as he’s the odd man out in all of this. The rookie to the world of demons and evil… naive to its many nuances. The addition of S.H.A.D.E. and the numerous magical heroes and villains across the DC Universe is adding so much flavor to these books, and I love it.

As per usual, no one listened to Superman when the time was right, and now they’re all just realizing that, yes, Jor-El is a crazy person who has manipulated things for years in his own favor. I’m honestly a little sad about the Jonathan Kent time-skip thing because he was actually an endearing kid-hero, who was fun to read and actually believable in his wonder and amazement at everything. Hopefully the new Jonathan, albeit older and more serious is still a good read.

This was considerably better than the first issue, but only slightly. It took forever to get moving, and something about the story just doesn’t sit right with me. It feels off, and uninteresting for a Batman story. Even with The Batman Who Laughs, and The Grim Knight, two interesting parallel versions of Batman at its disposal, it uses them sparingly, going for spectacle and attempts at mystery. I’ll give it one more issue to wow me, and we’ll see what happens.

Gemini finally makes their move, manipulating Psych, who was manipulating Flash for Gemini. It sounds way more confusing than it really was. It’s interesting how these new Force Users are so adept at using their powers. They’re skilled in the way that Flash is skilled with the Speed Force, as if they’re meant to have these powers, and they’ve finally found their proper host. Now, in the next issue, it looks like we’ll get a full breakdown of the history of speed force, and these new forces themselves. That could change Flash comics forever, if it’s done well enough.

A bit of an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise fantastic arc, this did exactly what it needed to do. It put Ares down, while also putting him on a quest to find Athena and the other Gods, who seem to be scattered to the winds. Aphrodite is now with Diana, who seems lost in all the confusion of the Greek Pantheon ascending to the Earthly plain once again. I think that soon enough we’ll be heading back to Themyscira. With the Gods in the winds, perhaps the whole world will be heading to Themyscira soon enough?

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Pull Box: December 12

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That was one of the best annual issues that I’ve ever read. With its additional pages, this story took the time to flesh out the long-standing relationship between Alfred and Bruce. Of course, it’s nothing that hasn’t been touched upon before, but it’s always gut-wrenching to see how far Alfred is willing to go for Bruce. To keep him safe, and help him complete his goals.
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Everything about the opening issue of this arc screams “incredible.” My first inkling is some sort of team-up with Batman’s rogues, between Hush, Joker, and maybe even more. The crime scene with the Wayne family lookalikes was eerie, and then the action ramped up with the attack on Leslie Tompkins. This was fantastic, and really got me excited for the countdown to Detective Comics #1000.
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Tying in with Dark Knights: Metal in a way, this Hawkman adventure has fleshed out Carter Hall in a way I never would have imagined. Giving his reincarnation more purpose than we all thought was a great way to build upon his already classic character, and now the reveal of his past gave us answers to what he’s been searching for, for ages. Now we head to Krypton in the past, to meet yet another Hawkman. That’s awesome.
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Justice League Dark has been a fantastic book up to this point, and this issue somehow raised the bar even higher. The Phantom Stranger battling Doctor Fate, Constantine trapped in Nabu’s helm, the search for the son of Jim Rook and Mordru, and even a story that involves Blue Devil! I haven’t seen Blue Devil in years! That was immense fun, and I can’t wait for more of the magical world in a few weeks.
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The entire first half of this issue was incredibly beautiful. Superman’s resolve to avenge Kandor and the legacy of Krypton, coupled with his strategy to place Zod on his side… to tell him that Kandor was destroyed by Rogol Zaar. That’s what makes comics so damn amazing. Then you have the reveal of Jonathan Kent! Superboy is back! And he’s got a new costume that looks awesome! But where has he been? What has he done? Where is Jor-El? There are a lot of questions to be had here.
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I was expecting something quite different from this, if I’m being honest. An out-of-canon story that doesn’t touch upon much of what’s happened isn’t exactly the most satisfying way to start a book this anticipated. Particularly after the latest issue of Justice League did a magnificent job of building the Joker as a legitimate threat to any hero or villain on any world. I’ll keep up with this in the hopes that it may get better, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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Fuerza is easily one of the coolest new characters that’s been introduced in the Flash in quite some time. It gives me hope that these new users of the Forces of Strength, Sage, and Still might be really interesting. Though, we know that the reincarnation of Turtle is with Grodd in possession of the Still force. That leaves the Sage Force, which almost seems destined to end up with Gemini. I’m really enjoying this Force Quest that The Flash and Iris are on.
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This battlefield has turned into something else entirely. I honestly think it’s linked to Justice League Dark and the Otherkind massacring Mount Olympus, the home of the Green Pantheon, who now seem to be invading Earth and doing as they wish. I wasn’t exactly Aphrodite to be the villain here, though. Or is she the villain? That hasn’t quite been explained yet, but it’s surprising nonetheless.

Blue Devil Cast in Swamp Thing

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ian Ziering (Sharknado) has landed a recurring role as Daniel Cassidy, a.k.a. Blue Devil in the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. Blue Devil is a stuntman turned actor who sold his soul to Neron for fame. After being betrayed by the elder demon he was resurrected as a demon, himself.

This will be Blue Devil’s first live-action appearance, I believe, which adds yet another amazing magical element to this already packed series. Titans has been surprisingly great, and Swamp Thing is shaping up to be even better.

Analog EP71: Wide Enough To Fit a Venom

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a somber episode, remembering the life of the legendary, Stan Lee.

There’s also trailers for Detective Pikachu and Toy Story 4, casting for Swamp Thing and Birds of Prey, and quite a bit of discussion on how to pronounce omnibus on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s 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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Kevin Durand Cast in Swamp Thing

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What an insane day for Swamp Thing news! After the surprise addition of Matthew Cable earlier today, it’s now being reported that Kevin Durand (The Strain) is in final talks to play Jason Woodrue, aka The Floronic Man, in the upcoming DC Universe streaming series.

Originally introduced in the pages of The Flash, Woodrue was released from prison by Avery Sunderland before going on to become one of Swamp Thing’s most prominent rivals throughout comic history.

Henderson Wade Cast in Swamp Thing

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Deadline is reporting that Henderson Wade (Riverdale) has joined the case of Swamp Thing as Matthew Cable, “a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect.”

This makes quite the intriguing addition to the cast, as Matthew Cable has ties to both Len Wein’s original run of Swamp Thing, and Doom Patrol, which could lead to quite a fantastic crossover. Additionally, Cable also has ties to Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, being one of Morpheus’ Ravens after his eventual death. Perhaps we may finally see that live-action Sandman after all?

 

 

Analog EP70: 3AD 3OYS!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi have returned from the future to cover the craziest and coolest shit that pop culture has to offer this week!

Loads of DC casting, a Shrek reboot, re-naming Bad Boys For Life! Plus, lots and lots of gambling between the guys for the end of the year movie showdown, on the newest episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Will Patton Cast as Villain in Swamp Thing

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The DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing, continues to round out its cast, with the addition of Will Patton (Halloween, Armageddon) as the show’s villain, Avery Sunderland. According to Deadline‘s description on Sunderland, this take will “serve as the de facto patriarch of his Louisiana hometown, always giving back to the community. His benevolent veneer, however, masks a ruthless determination to harness the power of the swamp for profit.” 

In the original comics, Sunderland was a minor character setting up the introduction of The Floronic Man, so it’s entirely possible we may see a major villain in the second season of the series.

Analog EP69: Boviously It’s Halloween

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are celebrating Halloween the only way they know how… with news! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

A load of anime movie updates, the full PlayStation Classic game list, some great DC Entertainment casting, and a list of what spooky fare we’ve enjoyed this glorious month of All Hallow’s Eve, on the latest episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Jeryl Prescott Cast in Swamp Thing

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According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has announced that actress Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead) is joining the cast of the DC Universe series, Swamp Thing, in the role of mysterious fortune-teller, Madame Xanadu, on the upcoming show, which is set to air in 2019.

This will mark Madame Xanadu’s live-action debut, with the character being described as “A centuries-old sorceress who finds herself reluctantly drawn into battle against the escalating supernatural forces plaguing a small Louisiana town. A blind fortune teller and magical crusader, Xanadu’s heart is in the right place despite her unorthodox methods in the fight against evil.”

Pull Box: October 17

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As far as crazy warped character fights go, that was pretty badass. Doctor Doom, loaded with the Starbrand, Iron Fist, powers of the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Spirit of Vengeance. Against Thor, who is already a god, the All-Father, loaded with the power of the Phoenix. That’s probably the high point of these fights, because I can’t think of any other way it will cooler than that.
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That was the most brutal fight, and it was so well deserved. Batman is out for blood with Nightwing injured permanently, and KGBeast deserved nothing but brutality. That Batman broke his neck using his grapple gun without killing him shows far he’s willing to go. The fact that this was set to the back-drop of a terrifying children’s book made it all the more effective.
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Space Kraken! Jarro! Volcano Man! I love this book. Scott Snyder clearly has so much fun when he’s writing, creating these incredible moments and throwbacks to villains and styles of story-telling that have since gone out of style. Justice League is his magnum opus in that style of writing, that’s for sure. We even get a nice break from the Legion of Doom with this new Drowned Earth event, and that’s refreshing.
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Each issue this team just gets better, and their abilities flourish and get even cooler. Bobo finally remembered that he’s the damn Nightmaster, and not just a smart chimp with a sword, and it made for a cool moment. Deadman has essentially joined the ranks, and that’s amazing. I’m just waiting on Kirk, aka Man-Bat, to find his calling amongst all of this. Constantine is the grizzled veteran, and Zatanna is the main character, with Wonder Woman leading the charge. That formula has made this event awesome, with the Witch-Mother, Hecate, being quite the villain on the level of Nekron for me, at this point.
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Drowned Earth seems like it’s going to be a small event, but still fun nonetheless. It’s nice to see the Justice League getting these focused events for each hero, as it helps shape their newer personas in this more lighthearted Justice League. Wonder Woman has her Witching Hour, and now Aquaman has his Drowned Earth. Throw in Ocean Master joining forces to fight back the threat (just like Circe… hmm) and you have a unique, fun story, that I’m quite cool with.
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So, Dick now goes by Ric Grayson. A delinquent who’s hellbent on being his own, new person. But a past like Nightwing’s can’t just be ignored, and it won’t be. I dig the buzzed head look, though, as it seems to suit him in a way that’s fresh and ages him in a good way. The cop taking on the mantle could be the reminder that Grayson needs to get his suit back, and the reins of his life, but we’ll see.

DC Universe Release Calendar Revealed

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DC Entertainment hosted a packed house at New York Comic-Con this week for their new streaming service, DC Universe, and to celebrate its release, they’ve revealed the full release calendar for the many series in the works for the service.

Titans hits next week, on October 12th, with the first half of Young Justice: Outsiders hitting in late December. Doom Patrol in mid-February, followed immediately by Swamp Thing and the second half of Young Justice: Outsiders in late May. Then we get Stargirl in August, and Harley Quinn in October. Quite the busy release schedule for the fledgling service, which will most likely only grow as time goes on.

Pull Box: September 26

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Today was an insanely massive day for comic books, with new releases from Marvel, Boom! Studios, and a ton of new DC releases. Hotly anticipated books aplenty this week fill the Pull Box, but because of how jam-packed we are, you’ll be able to find it all after the jump, just to save a little space.

So, hit that jump to check out all the fantastic new releases in the world of comic books this week! At least, in my opinion…

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Derek Mears Cast in Swamp Thing Series

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Splash Report and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as Swamp Thing for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service. DC Entertainment has yet to confirm the report, but Mears has extensive experience performing in heavy makeup and practical effects, and the sources are quite solid.

While Mears would play Swamp Thing, he would not be playing the role of Alec Holland, who has yet to be cast for the series.

Crystal Reed Cast in Swamp Thing Streaming Series

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Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham) has been cast in the lead role of Abby Arcane for the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. In this rendition, Arcane is a CDC researcher returning to her hometown to investigate a mysterious illness, but a chance meeting with Alec Holland will set her on a collision course with the supernatural and the elemental, Swamp Thing.

The DC Universe adaptation of the classic hero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson is executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.