Pull Box: March 21


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


DC Comics Announces Ricanstruction Benefiting Puerto Rico


DC Comics has announced a special limited anthology comic that will feature stories from comics giants like Gail Simone, Greg Pak, and Reggie Hudlin along with newcomers like Gabby Rivera, and actors like Rosario Dawson, and Rubén Blades. 100% of the book’s profits will go to efforts to restore Puerto Rico, which is still heavily reeling from the Hurricane last year, despite no longer being in the news.

The book will contain more than 100 stories that put a spotlight on different aspects of Puerto Rican culture, featuring DC heroes, and Puerto Rican hero La Borinqueña. Preorders for Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico are open today and the book hits comics stores nationwide on May 23. Hit the jump for a look at the full cover.

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Analog EP45: Technical Dissiculties


We’re back from hiatus! Sorta! Josh and Theo have returned sans Bovi after a bout of technical difficulties to cover the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The latest Nintendo Direct, Shazam, a few badass trailers, and some possibly bad news for Deadpool 2! Check out this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Pull Box: March 14


That was the absolute best way to reintroduce newer readers to General Sam Lane and his tensions with Superman, while also creating a new arc involving Hank Henshaw and the inevitability of the corruption of Superman’s Kryptonian technology. I’m not sure where that story is going, but it’s sure to blow up in Superman’s face in some crazy way.
There are so many moving pieces to the story taking place in Detective Comics right now, but like a game of chess, each piece is vital to the endgame, and it’s looking to be a great story. Batwoman and the Colony, the fall of the Knights Program and Batman’s unraveling trust, Tim’s interactions with Ulysses Armstrong. These are all leading to something bigger, and better, and it will be fun to see where it leads.
The thought of Zod and his family playing possum against the Green Lantern Corps, and then just absolutely laying waste to an entire squad of Lanterns is insane. That was one of the most brutal beatdowns I have ever seen a Green Lantern endure, and seeing Zod and Hal Jordan fight each other at full strength is going to be quite the sight.
That was easily the most somber and straightforward issue of Mister Miracle, and it was a joy to read. I’m honestly hoping that this is all, in some way, canon, and Jacob being a New God becomes a thing that affects other books in some way. The back-story for Barda and Scott was nice, and the way they named their son was fitting, given their history together. Definitely a beautiful read.
This is easily one of the best stories Flash has had since Rebirth started. Grodd is a believable villain with a great plan, full of twists and turns. Each time we think the Flash Family might have gained the upper hand, it was still always part of his plan. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, because it’s sure to be a good one.
The new, more powerful, Jason is definitely an intriguing player in all of this. Given the hint of the Greek Pantheon from the past, it’s probably going to be the Old Gods that gave Jason his newfound abilities and golden armor, but it’s still too hard to tell at this point. The biggest takeaway from here? Darkseid is getting desperate, and invading A.R.G.U.S. headquarters seems like a hell of a risky thing to do.
Now that is how you introduce a kick-ass multiverse-trekking story. Such an interesting plot, with one of the most insane multiversal twists I have ever seen. Doom becoming Galactus and swallowing the entire universe?! That is anime level crazy, and I absolutely love it. It’s stories like this that make me miss the Fantastic Four.

Teen Titans GO! Getting Its Justice League


Warner Bros. Animation is slowly releasing the voice cast for its upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it’s Justice League is shaping up to be something special. Lil Yachty is set to play Green Lantern John Stewart, singer-songwriter Halsey will play Wonder Woman, and Nicolas Cage will finally get his chance to play Superman.

This is most certainly a ton of stunt-casting, but it’s going to make for one hell of a fun movie, which this is most certainly shaping up to be.

Kristen Wiig Confirmed as Cheetah


Wonder Woman 2 now officially has its villain. Director, Patty Jenkins, confirmed this morning on Twitter that Kristen Wiig has officially been cast as Barbara Ann Minerva AKA The Cheetah.

No other news regarding the sequel aside from its setting and villain have been revealed, but the film is expected to start filming this summer, so expect plenty more in the months to come.

DC Comics Announces Black Label


DC Comics has announced a shocking new addition to their Multiverse library, with the addition of DC Black Label, which will pit powerhouse writer and artist duos with some of DC’s biggest characters, without the context of DC history to worry about.

Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. are taking on Superman. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo tackling Batman one last time in a supernatural murder mystery after the death of the Joker. Kelly Sue Deconnick and Phil Jimenez re-telling the origin of the Amazons. It’s going to be one hell of a ride. Hit the jump for a full breakdown of solicitation, as well as a few cover reveals.

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Analog EP44: Prestalgia (Patent Pending)


A rare Friday release! The gang’s all here as Josh, Theo, and Bovi cover the coolest shit to come out of pop culture this week!

The guys talk about Black Panther! Lost in Space, Avengers: Infinity War, plenty of DC Entertainment talk, and the Wreck-It Ralph 2 teaser trailer! Plus a ton more in this news-filled week of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2


As strange as it may sound, you read that correctly. Saturday Night Live alum, and rising star actor, Kristen Wiig is apparently the personal choice from director Patty Jenkins to play the role of Barbara Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah, according to Deadline. After Emma Stone reportedly passed on the role, it was left to Jenkins to choose, and Wiig was hand-picked afterwards. The same report also confirms the 80’s Cold War setting for the film, leaving still plenty more questions unanswered.

What do you think of the wildly unconventional choice for the iconic villain. Header art by @BossLogic.

Pull Box: February 28


As with every story he’s in, Booster Gold doesn’t get the glory of saving the day in the end. I’m glad to see this story finally over, but it laid the groundwork for a lot of good stuff in the future, particularly the re-introduction of General Sam Lane after years away from the fold.
The personal trial of Batwoman that brought together the Bat-family was pretty tense, with each member making their own points, and all making sense. However, Barbara once again shows that she’s the most human of all of them, being the only one to put together Bruce’s personal connection with Kate Kane. The big takeaway here, of course, is Batwoman’s decision to join the Colony. One that Batman had been trying to keep from happening…
The final issue of the Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as everything else, but it managed to pull everything together in an actually comprehensible way. Most impressive for a story that was so all over the place, with such drastically different ways of telling a story that is only half-told. We never received all the pieces until the end, but it all made such incredible sense, even though it really shouldn’t have. Nicely done.
When the Green Lanterns go in, rings blazing, it makes for a hell of a good read. Kyle Rayner being infected with Hal’s willpower was pretty amusing, and John’s plan to go to the Guardians while the others do what’s necessary was pretty well thought out.
An interesting twist as the end of the last issue, Barry seemed freed of his powers, like shackles being taken off his wrists. But now, he seems desperate, as if he has to get them back at any cost. Freeing Godspeed seemed like a solid strategy, in my opinion, and the small moments with Wally West being a hero in Central City were charming, and gave me goosebumps.
This is still a great throwback to the 90’s and early 2000’s, with the huge rush of assassin-themed characters that kick too much ass. Once again, Romita Jr.’s artwork pushes this well beyond the scope of what it even would be, and the interaction of certain DC characters in this more grounded world just works really well. It’s definitely something I’d like to explore more of.
The Terrifics has already positioned itself as being, inevitably, one of my favorite new books. Plastic Man is top three in my favorites, and Mr. Terrific is up there, as well. Couple those great characters with a cosmic, universe-saving plot involving some retro-style storytelling and you have a damn good read ahead of you. God, I love Plastic Man.
This was the most exposition heavy issue of Wonder Woman in actual years, as Diana and Steve spend the majority of time catching us up with what’s been happening throughout the last several arcs, as well as reminding us of characters we may have forgotten. But, it leaves us with two major questions: Where has Themyscira gone, if no longer on Earth? And, where the hell did Jason go, now that he’s got a costume, and clearly much more confidence?

RUMOR: Cheetah Set to be Villain for Wonder Woman 2


That Hashtag Show is reporting on an exclusive that the Patty Jenkins helmed Wonder Woman 2 has decided on Cheetah for its villain, and that the studio is looking for an A-Lister to fill the role opposite Gal Gadot. The report states that Warner Bros. offered the role to Emma Stone already, however the actor has passed on the role, leaving it still open.

If this rumor is to be believed, who do you think would make a great choice for the tortured character? Cheetah is believed to be the Barbara Ann Minerva version of the character, making her once a friend of Diana Prince’s, and ensuring a good amount of drama in the film.

New Comic Books: February 21


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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: February 14


This was a fantastic issue that not only solidifed a new, impressively brutal rogue for Wonder Woman, but also built several future stories for the Amazon Warrior. The crazed doctor studying Silver Swan, and the mysterious portal that stole away Jason. It seems that Diana has an interesting rest of the year in place, and I’m looking forward to where it goes. Particularly the Darkseid aspect of all of this.
It would make sense that the first moment that Barry has without his powers, he would jump at the chance to have a normal life. Almost immediately passing the mantle of The Flash back to Wally West, who hasn’t been the go-to Flash in well over a decade. It was also refreshing to see Grodd as a legitimate threat to the Flash, and Central City, which The Flash hasn’t truly had in quite some time. The Rogues are fun, but they’re never really a believable threat… Grodd comes in, and in two issues he’s beaten The Flash. Impressive.
This was the least interesting of the Young Animal crossovers from a story perspective, but from a design perspective this was an absolute marvel. The small hints of Diana’s real form in the Wonder Wife world were subtle, but phenomenal. I particularly liked the shot of Diana’s shadow that revealed her true form, but featured her red star on her tiara. That was an incredibly beautiful shot, and absolutely worth reading for that alone.
It’s shocking to me how fun all of these new Post-Metal heroes have been. Each book has been so different from the last, with some genuinely interesting and charming introductions for these new heroes. My hope is that they last, because DC has done a fantastic job of building them up to be a big deal, with some great issue 1’s to follow suit.
First off, Kyle Rayner’s costume with Hal’s ring is so legit. That’s one of the coolest costumes Kyle has ever worn, which is saying something. Second, Zod has quite a plan here, luring the Corps to a planet that contains ore that can pierce constructs. I wonder what it is about this planet’s ore that makes it so unique? Lastly, Hal’s sacrifice to get Kyle off-world to get help is why he’s one of my favorite superheroes.
The death of Basil aka Clayface was made so much more tragic by the real loss felt by Cassandra. That was a beautiful relationship that, in my opinion, felt so natural somehow. Her sadness just leapt off the page, and it made it perfect. Even Batwoman’s indifference and uncaring for how she just murdered a friend was apparent. She never flinched, and never once wavered in her decision. The war between her and the Bat-family will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
Neal Adams’ Deadman remains one of DC’s most batshit insane reads, and while things seem to be making more and more sense, it’s still difficult to follow. Boston Brand is being used by Ra’s Al Ghul, and his family is the tool that’s manipulating him. A lost brother, taken by the League, that enjoys his time there, and a family, knowing too well his destiny. It’s getting interesting.
This was both immensely confusing, and horrifyingly entertaining. I’ll read anything with Detectiv Chimp in it, and the hope that the heroes have finally defeated one of the Dark Knights is great. But, once again, it was all just part of the plan. They’ve mapped out everything. Every outcome that the heroes could try, they’ve figured out and countered against it from the very beginning. There’s one last issue of Metal left, so let’s keep it firing on all cylinders.
Admittedly, I feel as if this story has nearly run its course. The Booster Gold plot has been interesting, but it’s starting to drag a bit for me. Vice-versa, the Lois Lane rescuing her Father side-plot has been far more entertaining. Sam Lane hasn’t been a presence in the Superman books for years, and it’s nice to see him back in the fold in any capacity. Hopefully the next issue will start to wrap things up, and take us forward.
I just started reading this after I remembered that Fantastic Four bits of Marvel Legacy were fantastic, and this is immediately a really good read. The Fantastic Four have always been some of Marvel’s best stories, and this is no different, even with an incomplete family. Also, the “post-credits” scene with Wolverine and Hydro-Man was pretty great.

New Comic Books: February 7


I really was expecting them to break down Bruce and Selina’s relationship. The pieces were there to pull the trigger, even though it was the wrong choice… but they made the right choice. Having Bruce and Diana aware of their mistake, and choosing not to make it, was absolutely the right one. Another test of love passed for Batman, inside of a unique and interesting story. Well done.
The continued parallels between the destruction of Krypton and this new planet, Galymade, are intensely coincidental. Not to mention, I’m sure that Superman will realize just how similar this “Man of Science” is to his own Father, whose attempts at saving his world were futile. This was a fun read, that illustrated well just how much Jon is like his Father, and is destined to be an amazing Superman.
Every issue of White Knight, Batman grows more and more unstable as control of the city of Gotham is wrested from his clutches. He can feel everything unraveling, little by little, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. This has been such masterful writing, with such an incredible plan that Jack Napier has launched, as we learn more about what his intentions are for Gotham, and just what it means to him. This is easily one of the best mini-series DC has released in years.
Having never read Mother Panic this was a bit different from what I expected, but Milk Wars is proving to be a great crossover between imprints. Not one you’d expect to see too often, but fun pairings of characters with real chemistry. That’s the hardest part of making such different characters click, is the chemistry. They’ve aced it both times so far. Let’s see if they keep it up.


New Comic Books: January 31


I’m a sucker for John Romita Jr.’s artwork. It’s so engaging and characteristic. He’s one of the best comic artists in the world today, in my opinion, and his art seriosuly brought this book to the next level. To think there’s been an assassin in the DC Universe this entire time, that operates on such a next level of secrecy that her entire existence has never been mentioned. That’s an origin that I can get behind.
The Flash War seems like it should be a fun event, particularly because The Flash has so few events to begin with. It’s nice to see Wally West moving on with his life, and taking steps to get back to where we’ve always known him to be. I will say that the addition of Zoom as the big-bad in Flash War was a bit of a let-down, given we JUST finished dealing with Reverse-Flash, who practically is the same character with a different back-story.
This was a delightfully weird book with some intensely unique story points that really set it apart from anything I’ve read… probably ever. Milkman Man was fantastic, and the Doom Patrol and Justice League’s relationship already seems to be off to a great start, with some shockingly good chemistry between some vastly different characters. This is going to be a fun few months while these two worlds collide.
It’s always nice to revisit such incredible stories, and the origin of Clayface from acclaimed actor Basil Karlo is still one of the greatest origins among Batman’s Rogue’s gallery. This was yet another example of how timeless these stories truly are. They can be revisited in any era, and work beautifully, and tragically.
This issue of Metal was probably the most uneventful, but it did build on just what exactly the plan for the Dark Knights is. I have to wonder though, is it truly Barbatos that is in charge, or is it the Batman Who Laughs, who seems to genuinely be the puppetmaster behind all of this. We also finally found out the reason behind Plastic Man’s egg form, who was most likely living on the other Earth with Mister Terrific, and is sacrificing himself every second to fight the dark. Hopefully he’s able to free himself soon, because I would love to see him make an impact.