Pull Box: March 20

Sometimes you just need issues like this. No crazy arcs, no over-arching stories and hints. Just a single issue, with little to no dialog, some incredible art, and a frantic foot chase between the Joker and Batman through Gotham. Brutality reigning supreme as the two try to one-up each other, and take the other down. This was a gorgeous issue that really eased up on the tension in favor of just telling a good, simple story.

These future designs for the Justice League are incredible, with particular focus on Superman and Flash. Even Wonder Woman has a kick-ass future design, and it’s great. In fact, this future is clearly too good to be true. Some insane form of deceit from Mxylptlk to be sure, but how is the more important question here. I absolutely cannot wait for the next issue of this. Batman sees through the veil, not trusting what he’s seeing, and J’onn and Kendra have had thir eyes opened to the truth. But what is the truth?

Naomi is full of some crazy twists and turns, with her small town seeming more and more like a small refugee camp for aliens than anything. Dee the mechanic is a Thanagarian, her parents are both aliens from another world, and what does that make her? Her connection to Superman implies Kryptonian, but that just seems like such a reach. So many mysteries, with such loving and fantastic characters are really making this book great.

After years and years of build-up, it’s finally here! The War of the Realms is upon us, and every God across the realms will be sucked into the largest conflict that Yggdrasil will ever see. Jane Foster is in complete remission, opening the door for her return, and Thor has finally come to terms with the loss of Mjolnir, tossing his last remaining piece into the sun, to return it to the rest of its remains. The Earth’s heroes are ready to fight one hell of a war, and I’m certainly ready to read it.

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New Trailer for Avengers: Endgame Now Online

Following the release, and subsequent record-breaking opening weekend, of Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios has released a new full-length trailer for Avengers: Endgame giving us our best look yet at the upcoming film. The new trailer gives us confirmation of Captain Marvel being with our heroes in the film, as well as Iron Man and Nebula confirmed to find their way back to Earth fairly early on in the film. We even get a look at the rumored Quantum Realm suits for the team, which are quite impressive in motion.

Avengers: Endgame looks to shatter quite a few records when it releases on April 26th, being the final chapter in The Avengers saga, and ending the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First Details for Loki Emerge

It looks like we have some of our first details on the upcoming Disney+ streaming series, Loki. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has recruited Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty, HarmonQuest) to write the pilot, and serve as showrunner.

Additionally, it’s said that the series will follow a younger Loki as he traverse across time on Midgard, manipulating events across human history for his own amusement. Marvel is supposedly looking for a very Doctor Who vibe for the series.

Pull Box: February 13

That ending was the most ridiculous, comic book thing I have ever seen and was not something I ever expected. This arc has been long and twisting, recalling many of the most important people throughout the life and career of Bruce Wayne and Batman. It’s been a perfect way to explore the past of Detective Comics, the book that started it at all as we approach the 1,000th issue. But to ask if I ever saw the evil kid-Bruce thing coming? No, that one was a little far out of left field for me. But kudos to the creative team here for sticking to their guns to create a memorable, and original story.

When the Deathbringers arrived, I expected them to just be those three giant robots. Then thousands of Hawkmen flew out and started destroying London, and the stakes suddenly seemed exceptionally high in the book. It’s obvious that Xanadu is going to figure out how to bring all of Carter Hall’s past lives back, including Ktar, the leader of the Deathbringers, who will prove indispensable in defeating them for the final time. My only wonder if where Hawkman will go after this? I truly hope that it stays an adventure book in the vein of Indiana Jones. That’s where he seems most comfortable.

Doctor Fate has gone sufficiently crazy, and become the evil threat to all of reality that he has always been set up to be. Who are these mysterious Lords of Order that he seems to have aligned himself with? We’ll find out soon, I’m sure. But meanwhile, the magical community is in pieces, with the remaining refugees thinking they had escaped to a separate dimension only to find out the worse had been yet to arrive. The Otherkind are a terrifying villain, but to find out that they’re mere pawns for a larger game is insane. Lastly, kudos to Man-Bat for scientifically working out magic to help save the day in a way, with the mysterious boy from earlier in the series, who seems like he will prove invaluable in the fight.

Jonathan Kent had one hell of an adventure, that’s for sure. Being ripped through a black hole to encounter the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3… as an eleven year old? Not high on the list of things I would enjoy doing. But, the well-timed arrival of Mongul, just so Superman had someone to take his frustrations out on was perfect. Mongul hasn’t truly been a threat in quite some time, particularly against a powered-up, frustrated Clark Kent. Superman’s frustration over missing his son growing up, especially someone who is so family-first the way he was raised. That has to be nearly impossible to deal with as a parent.

An issue that focuses on the plight of Odin, just a few short months before the War of the Realms begins, was one of the most necessary things to have. While he’s completely unable to show it, because of his misplaced pride and narcicissm, Odin truly loves his children, and regrets the way fate has treated him and his family. Despite all of that regret, he’s unable to do anything to fix it, and the internal struggle that rages on inside him is the focus here, rightfully so. Another deeply personal issue of Thor, moments before the biggest event Marvel has had in years, begins. Well played.

Is it possible that Gotham Girl was behind the attacks on Sanctuary? The attack that took the life of Wally West? Or at least a Wally West. We’re still unsure how that twist works, to be honest. It’s not likely that Claire is behind that attack, as we’ll certainly learn the perpetrator in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. But, this new development is certainly interesting. The chemistry between Batman and Flash is some of the best in comics because of how different they are as heroes, yet just how similar they are as people.

First Live-Action Image from Avengers: Endgame

Thanks to the most unusual of sources we now have our first live-action piece of promotional art from Avengers: Endgame. The image of the six original Avengers was released as part of an Avengers: Endgame-themed contest run by popcorn company, Orville Redenbacher. The image gives us our first look at Hulk’s new costume, as well as a good look at Clint Barton in his new Ronin garb. It even shows new costumes for Captain America, and Black Widow.

“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.

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Lady Sif Series for Disney+ In The Works

According to a report from Discussing Film, Marvel Studios is potentially developing a Lady Sif TV series for the Disney+ streaming service. Kevin Feige is said to be producing the show, with Jaimie Alexander potentially reprising her titular role as Lady Sif.

It’s placement in the timeline is still very much unknown, and Alexander’s busy schedule with Blindspot is sure to make things difficult. Given that each series of Disney+ has been a mini-series, though, it’s not entirely off the table for the actress.

Pull Box: January 9

The War of the Realms is finally on its way, and we’re getting a peek behind the curtain of the unsung heroes of War that gather information, and spy on enemies such as Malekith. The growth of Roz Solomon as a hero, and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (now Agent of Wakanda) has been one of the bigger character pieces throughout the last several years of Thor, and arguably one of its biggest successes. The tragedy that follows her drives her now, and has really helped her flourish into a greater role behind the scenes.

Are we finally gaining traction on the return of the previous universes across the DC Multiverse?! They just said that “this universe is not the first!” That could mean so many things, but the constant restoration of the DC status quo cannot be ignored in this case. Mystery on top of mystery abound here as the entire universe is united against the Justice League for the destruction of the Source Wall. Thanks, Batman.

That was a wildly interesting issue. Though, when Tom King and Mitch Gerads are together, nothing but the weirdest stories are in order, and it’s great. With only one page of spoken dialogue, we’re in Batman’s head as he awakens in what is most certainly some sort of nightmare. The good thing? We’re finally back on track somewhat with Flashpoint Batman as Bruce finally remembers what’s happening. But what made him forget? This is an intense story with so many crazy mysteries in play.

I figured that the Green Lantern vs. God thing would be a ploy, but if anyone would be willing to go there, it would be Grant Morrison. Unfortunately, it was a ploy for a planet eater to trick the Earth into complacency while he fattened up the planet and its population to eventually consume it. Clever. This version of Hal Jordan is much more of a “Space Cop” than any other instances, being more grizzled and utilizing more aggressive tactics. Even going so far as to kill the slave trader, though he certainly deserved it.

This moved so quickly, and in such insane fashion that it was hard to really pull it all together. But being so quick moving, and being a thing that involved Impulse in any capacity, made it a hell of a lot of fun. The quick introduction to Young Justice, and the re-emergence of several younger characters for no apparent reason was a bit strange, but in the world of comics, anything is truly possible. Hopefully Bendis is able to slow that pace down just a bit, though.

Pull Box: December 19

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A surprising callback to an older issue on Tom King’s run, this culminated in a way I wasn’t expecting. It started out usual enough, and quickly became something else, with small twists here and there. How they’ll bring this all back around is the question. On top of that, this break from the main story, right as Thomas Wayne appears in the Batcave? Come on! The next issue cannot get here fast enough.
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A timely reboot for a team that is meant to stand in for America itself, the Freedom Fighters are most certainly a direct response to the uptick in Neo-Nazi and fear-mongering movements across the world. While it won’t have a big impact, it shows strong resolve of DC Comics to release this book and stand for something. On top of that, it already seem like it’s going to be a fitting continuation with new takes on classic characters, and I am all for that.
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Oh man, that was amazing! Shayera and Katar Hol are alive?! But, is it really them? What secrets are they holding in regards to the Totality, and what is their plan with the Martian Keep? And, how does Starman fit into all of this? He seems linked to the Multiverse on several levels, with his overwhelming power linked to the source wall itself. So many questions! Every time we get answers, more questions come together. It’s brilliant.
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After years of build-up, the slowest burn I have ever seen in an event, The War of the Realms is finally on its way. The Avengers are slowly getting roped into it all, and Thor has become more ruthless on his search for answers, and a strategic advantage against Malekith, the mastermind of the war itself. With the Angels defeated, and Angela now in the fray, things have evened up a bit, but they are still several steps behind.
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While Lord Drakkon was probably one of the best overall villains in Power Rangers history, there is certainly something unnerving about Praetor. His ability to get into the heads, and invade the minds of the Rangers is something new to them, and should prove to be quite the problem in the coming issues. The realization that the Solarix is a piece of the Morphin Grid was a fascinating piece of writing, though. As if the Grid could potentially be tangible, in some corner of the Universe. Now, that could be fun to explore.

Avengers: Endgame Revealed With First Trailer

The wait is finally over, as Marvel Studios has revealed the official title for the fourth installment in the Avengers franchise as Avengers: Endgame. The first teaser trailer for the film was certainly that, a tease. Giving us a glimpse into where our heroes are at after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Tony Stark adrift in space with Nebula, while the Avengers on Earth concoct a last-ditch plan to avenge the Universe. We even get a look at Hawkeye, now in his Ronin persona in the film after the rumored loss of his family. There’s not much to take in here, aside from hype, but that should be enough to sustain us all for a while before the film releases on April 26th, 2019.

Pull Box: November 14

NEWCOMICSDC The battle with Kobra has been a long-winded maze of a story, but it’s been fun. There certainly seems to be something strange going on, as all of these plans are so… basic. Attacking Gotham in various locations. Poisoning the water supply. All of them are strange and almost boring, as if it’s an elaborate diversion-after-diversion play. Perhaps Two-Face isn’t quite the knight that we all think he is in this story? HM Hawkman continues to be the universe-trotting adventure book on shelves, today. Now, Carter Hall has a crazy ship that can ride Zeta Beams, that he created for himself in the past. Another cool toy for him to rediscover his incredible past. I actually wish I could read this whole arc, right now, because it’s been that interesting to me. MM An insane ending that sets up another book in the series, as Mister Miracle still seems trapped, albeit willingly, in this Universe. A Universe of death and destruction. And a universe of love and family. He chooses to bear the burden of being Highfather for the love of his life, and his children. A future he had never seen until now. That I can believe, because the love of Scott Free and Big Barda has endeared for years, and it’s certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. PM And like that, this Plastic Man series is over. And as much as I love Plastic Man, I’m a little relieved. This whole series just seemed to fall apart at the end. The art was spotty, at best. The story made very little sense, with plots thrown in for whatever reason. It was honestly a bit of a half-hearted mess to me, but I can’t quit the stretchy goof, so I had to stick it out. At least we have The Terrifics to treat Plastic man right. SM Rogol Zaar has been such an unlikable, hate-filled villain that for once, I would have liked to see Superman do what must be done. He’s an unstoppable killing machine that has committed genocide throughout the Universe, and it’s unforgivable. Now, Zod comes into play, and he’s certainly willing to do what’s necessary to exact revenge on the world that he so dearly loved. FL Having The Flash on his own adventure with Iris really brings things back to a more light-hearted fun romp than it has been the last few months. Barry seems to have some more pep in his step, which is really important for The Flash. With that in mind, who could have massacred Gorilla City in such a way? Grodd is in control of the Still Force, so perhaps he used that somehow? I suppose we’ll find out, soon. THOR A small, fleeting tale of Thor’s thousands of years of history. This one was very personal, and rightfully yet another glimpse into the harrowing journey that made Thor worthy of one of the most powerful weapons in existence. I would love for more bits and pieces like this, particularly with this charming artist attached, as it was full of life and character. FF It’s so great to have the Fantastic Four back in the Marvel Comics Universe. The petty squabbles over merchandising, and just general uncaring in regards to the books that birthed these many characters has been frustrating for the last… decade, basically. They’re called “Marvel’s First Family” for a reason, and how Marvel would push them aside so easily was upsetting. But, it’s nice to see them back in the fold, once again. CGR This was a fun, crazy, insane arc for a character that was conceived in ridiculous fashion. But, through great writing and surprisingly solid story-telling, managed to stick it out and become his own thing. The Cosmic Ghost Rider. I’m sad to see this was such a short book, but for 5 issues, it was some of the most fun I’ve read in a comic, with crazy timelines and futures galore that were generally just great to read. GGPR Having Jason and Trini switch powers really made this book a little more fun, and light-hearted. It loosened up some of the real-life drama that it’s been touching on with its many relationships. That’s certainly appreciated. Though, I’m still very curious as to how their school papers were uploaded and such? Did they have signal on that planet to do that? How did that even happen? Why didn’t they answer that?!

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.

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.

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.