Pull Box: September 19

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Oh man, I was wondering where this issue was going and it got really intense, really fast. Nightwing has been getting to Batman, lightening him up and cheering him on after the heartbreak that’s consumed him. Patrolling together, just like old times, and reminiscing about the past, and it’s been fantastic. Now, Bruce has to deal with another blow, literally and figuratively. That was how you start a new arc, that’s for sure. Lastly, I would like to see Phantom Pharoah more often, please.
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Little by little, the Totality becomes less and less a mystery. It’s not an energy source, it’s a prison for the true wielder of the seven forces of the Universe, named Perpetua, and Luthor plans to harness those forces to further the Universe in his own image, using the Legion of Doom, and their natural abilities with the forces to bolster his plan. It’s complicated, and the Justice League truly seems out of their depth on this one, but they have the Totality, and now they have Starman, powered by the Totality itself, which could provide the answers they need. Damn, this is some fantastic writing.
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The ultimate trap sprung on Mister Miracle with everything leading to this. His fight with Orion lead to him creating a knife made out of the being that’s prophesied to kill Darkseid, and the trap was sprung on the Lordgod. That was incredible! Then, the true mastermind reveals himself! Metron! Oh man, this is getting so good. But with another world on the precipice, are we getting Mister Miracle in the main DC Comics continuity, now! Oh man, I hope so. I really hope so.
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Marvel’s future has become a mish mash of heroes and villains, with powers condensing into a point where they’re generally all focused on a few select players. The Punisher and Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer and Thor, Wolverine and Phoenix, and now Iron Fist and Doctor Doom. It’s always fun to see, but you can tell it’s almost become a cop-out for Marvel’s writers to create new and interesting combinations to amaze the readers. Hopefully they take a break with that for a while, as the future in Marvel is becoming more convoluted by the week.
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Book 1 was for Batman: Damned was a fine example of DC’s new Black Label imprint, and set the stage for quite the fantastic supernatural horror book as Batman and John Constantine unravel a hellacious mystery that begins wtih Bruce’s past, and ends with the death of the Joker. Or is he dead? Lots of questions in play here, with little in the way of answers, but that’s to be expected, because the journey is just beginning.

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Pull Box: August 15

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The first step to Bruce Wayne remembering who he is, and why he put on the suit has passed. He made a mistake with Freeze, and had to fix that mistake. Now that he has, he’s begun to move on from his heartbreak. How he’ll get past this, I’m not sure, but putting his old suit back on at least makes for one hell of a closing image for this issue.
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That was one hell of a set-up for a massive reveal! The entire Earth is a White Lantern! The Lanterns of Life… the entire planet, infected by Sinestro’s Ultraviolet Corps has used the power it needed to embrace to become something entirely different, and it is awesome. Things are still a little confusing with these seven forces, but we’re at least getting answers here and there, for what’s happening with them, and the Totality.
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Loki is playing so many sides on this war, but now that his brother is back in the thick of things, it’s quite clear where his allegiances lie. He obviously couldn’t help Thor for nothing, so he helped, and took his prize… a picture of their Mother, Lady Freyja. I would also very much like more adventures of Thor, King of Hel, Ruler of the Bloodstorm. That’s a Thor that I can supremely get behind.
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The fight with Drakkon and his armies was probably one of the best damn battle scenes I have ever read in a comic book and that is absolutely saying something. Lord Drakkon is so incredibly desperate, now. Rita was easily able to strip him of his powers, but in his desperation he’s about to wipe out the entire Universe, and it’s intense. It also makes me wonder when Tommy himself will come into play here, because he has to, right?

Pull Box: July 18

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This book has been so ridiculous. It’s lighthearted in a way that’s refreshing for Thor after the incredibly emotional ride that was Jane Foster’s tenure. Thor’s dysfunctional family at the heart of it all, as they slowly mend fences to bring an end to a war that’s raged on for actual years in comic book time. And now, with Hela restored to glory, Thanos steps in to break up a wedding? I love it.
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This was a surprising follow-up to Bruce Wayne’s heart getting broken by Catwoman. Batman is out of his element, being emotionally damaged once again by opening himself up, and he takes it out on those around him, particularly the villains at his disposal, and now Bruce Wayne must pay the price, having his mistake put directly in front of him, and forced to confront his demons. Yet another interestlingly personal story for The Dark Knight.
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Luthor’s plan is still so elaborate, and while it’s starting to take shape, and we’re getting answers for some questions, it’s still such a mystery. So, the baby was a reincarnated Turtle, fully attuned to the Still Force, the opposite of the Speed Force, and one of the mysteries of the Multiverse past the Source Wall. But, how does Luthor know so much? What is he trying to accomplish? Still so many questions!
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That was not the ending I was quite expecting for Book One. It was a bit all over the place, with even more questions than answers. Fights that should have raged for more time were over in the blink of an eye, and the pacing was all over the place. Not the best ending, but hopefully it at least sets up more stories in the future for this world that they’ve created. This world of Monsters and Men.
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Honestly, I feel as if this entire event, which has been fantastic, was building to that incredible splash page of the Rangers teleporting to their Command Center, like brightly colored shooting stars across the sky. Then, to see all these incredible Rangers in one place… it actually gave me goosebumps. That’s the reason I’ve been so into this story, and it’s finally coming to the beautiful climax I’ve been expecting.

Pull Box: June 27

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That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
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I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

Pull Box: June 13

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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

First Avengers 4 Promo Art Leaks Online

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The first rumored promo artwork for the still-untitled Avengers 4 has leaked online, showing off a few new costumes, and new looks for the post-Infinity War team, as they prepare to face Thanos again. This may still be fan-made, but given the similarities to past artwork, it’s very likely official. The most interesting takeaways are Hulk’s new costume, Hawkeye and Ant-Man are there, with Hawkeye not yet sporting his new hair, and Captain Marvel joining the fray.

Most, however, will likely point out Captain America’s lack of his now-famous beard. Which, is simply tragic. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the film soon, as Marvel Studios has opted out of Comic-Con this year, leaving us with quite a few mysteries to unravel.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Pull Box: April 25

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This OMAC story has been firing on all cylinders since all of the pieces fell into place, and with the General basically forcing Tim to become his future self, there are a lot of questions to be answered. The biggest being how does Batman fix the mental and emotional damage that Ulysses just instilled into Tim? Will it just be a part of the OMAC Program that will disappear once it’s out of his system? There are a lot of questions to be answered here, and I can’t wait for the next issue.
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Oh man, the Darkstars are in full control, using the Controllers as an energy source and psychic link for each other, but now they’re just normal people, augmented by the power of the Darkstars. That’s a great twist on what they’ve been in the past, and a great way to modernize them. The biggest question to come out of this, though, is who the Green Lantern Corps plans to pick up to help them in their fight. I’m seeing a whole bunch of Yellow Lanterns and villains showing up at this point.
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This was an emotional epilogue/prologue for Flash War that really tied up a lot of loose character threads, but opened the door to so many new mysteries. Iris remembers Wally! But she seems to remember even more than we think, as she somehow triggers all of Wally’s Pre-52 memories. That’s a crazy thought to imagine, but here we are, as continuities begin to merge and shift, and little by little the DC Universe restores itself naturally to its original world. First Superman, now Flash… who’s next?
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It’s just so random to me that The Silencer is far and away the best book of the New Age of Heroes. This book has seamlessly created an entirely new world within the DC Universe, and effortlessly merged a select group of heroes into it, in such a precise and fantastic way. The characters are charming, and have flaws but still work so well. On top of that, the art in this is always top-notch. First Romita, now Capullo. These are some serious heavy-hitters working on this book, and it’s awesome.
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I’ll enjoy literally anything that I read with Plastic Man in it, because his humor and quick wit is such a delight that it just makes everything so fun. This was still enjoyable, but Mr. Terrific is certainly out of his element working with a team after going solo on Earth-2 for so many years. Hopefully he comes around soon, and starts caring about these people that’s bound to by the Dark Multiverse.
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Darkseid is defeated by his own greed, and lust for power. He stole the energy from Gods well beyond himself and paid the price when it was used against him. A good play, I must admit. Bit by bit, Jason is endearing himself, and he just keeps getting more and more powerful. First he received some crazy armor that helped strengthen and control his abilities, and now he received Hippolyta’s spear. Something is going on there. There’s a bigger plan for Jason, I can feel it.
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That was one hell of a way to send off one of the best characters Marvel has introduced. Mighty Thor was emotional, and flawed, but layered in a way so few characters are ever allowed to be. She was a perfect embodiment of the divine and the human, and no other character will ever capture it this way. The Odinson has some heavy shoes to fill, but it should be a great read… where we go from here.

Check Out 22 Avengers: Infinity War Posters

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Marvel Studios has released 22 new character posters for this months Avengers: Infinity War. The culmination of 10 years worth of films for the entertainment giant, the film has become a celebration of the impact that Marvel Studios has had on film, and Hollywood as a whole.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th. You can hit the jump to check out all of the posters, and get hyped for the movie.

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Hot Toys Unveils Full Avengers: Infinity War Cosbaby Line

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It’s become tradition at this point that when a new comic book film hits, Hot Toys releases a new official line of adorable Cosbaby toys representing the films main characters. Of course, Avengers: Infinity War is no different. The design studio unveiled the full line this morning, and it’s filled with quite a few spoilers and confirmations.

If you’re not looking for some surprising moments from the film, I wouldn’t proceed further, but if you don’t mind you can hit the the jump for over 50 images of the new toys.

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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.
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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.
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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.

New Avengers: Infinity War Trailer

Marvel Studios has shared the newest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and it’s filled to the brim with action and character interaction that we’ve dreamed of for years. Iron Man and Star Lord, Captain America fighting Thanos, and Doctor Strange and Spider-Man… all moments in this one trailer, and it still manages to not spoil the plot, at all.

It’s an impressive trailer, and definitely one pushing the hype train forward in a big way for Avengers: Infinity War. Additionally, tickets are now on sale at all major online ticket retailers! Get them now, because they’re going fast!

New Comic Books: February 21

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A heavy tale filled to the brim with fantasy tropes and beautiful, vivid imagery. This is going to be a very interesting read over the next few months. Wonder Woman acting as the emissary to a forgotten world of Faerie folk, and dark creatures, with Batman acting, as always the detective, in a tale of murder and what is sure to be betrayal. Definitely recommending this book.
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A strong lesson for Jon ended in tragedy, but with a hint of hope. It was sad to see Superman’s failure to coerce the species to save themselves, but at the very least, they will go on without the burden of their current religion forcing them to choose their planet over life. Another beautiful contained story for Superman, which seem to be the norm for the Big Blue Boy Scout, right now.
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Damage is such a short but sweet read. This issue was action-packed from start to finish, and felt like an action film inside of a cinematic universe. The addition of the Suicide Squad felt perfectly at home with Damage, and the ending with Wonder Woman appearing to take him on left it one hell of a cliffhanger that had me itching for the next issue. Nice job!
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The last Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as the others, but this time we get Swamp Thing compressing dead bodies into a fertilizer bomb with Wild Dog, so that’s definitely something, I suppose. We also got some vinyl toys for Wonder Wife and Father Bruce (but not a Milkman Man), which I hope eventually become a real thing. I would absolutely buy that Trinity.
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Everything about Batman and the Signal just screams Static Shock to me, and that’s honestly an absolutely amazing compliment. The metahumans in Gotham being created by the Nth Metal is interesting, and the implication of Duke’s role in the world Post-Metal is such a mystery. I know there are still a lot of questions that The Signal has to answer, but I hope we get them soon.
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That was easily one of the most incredible starts to an arc I have ever read. Poison Ivy went from a normal villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, to an absolute God in less than half an issue. So many mysteries already, with such an incredible build already taking place. Batman just topped my list of must-reads all over again. Man, Tom King is on a roll.
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This slow burning tale of tragedy has been one of the best in comics, and it’s coming to a glorious head with the death of Jane Foster. Mighty Thor has been the pinnacle of Marvel comics for a couple years, now, and it just keeps getting better. Such a beautiful tale that cycled back and forth between past and present so flawlessly, outlining why Jane Foster makes her eventual choice. Just beautiful.

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.
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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.
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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…

First Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Entertainment has followed up this crazy week of Avengers: Infinity War coverage with the first official trailer for one of the most anticipated films in cinematic history. Infinity War brings together our heroes from across the galaxy, with many of them interacting for the first time to combat the intergalactic threat of universal destruction at the hands of Thanos.

It’s an epic trailer that just barely seems to touch on anything in the film. It even holds back on Marvel’s usual depth of key scenes to draw the viewer in, knowing full well that everyone on the planet plans to see it in theaters.