First Official Poster for Wonder Woman 1984

Warner Bros. has announced that it will be skipping San Diego Comic-Con this year, with no Hall H presentation. However, they’re not slowing down as the studio also revealed the first teaser poster for Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the ground-breaking first film. The psychedelic new poster shows Diana sporting a new set of armor, clearly inspired by her classic Golden Eagle armor from the comics.

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. “Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters on June 5th, 2020. You can hit the jump to check out the poster in full.

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Pull Box: June 5

The issue that all of us really needed, to be honest. A nice, long, exposition-filled issue that broke down everything we had learned up to this point and revealed just how far Bane had gone in his machinations against Batman. That Thomas Wayne was giving the exposition was a bit expected, but we still don’t know why he truly sided with Bane in all of this. Or even how he got here for that matter. With King out in 13 issues, we should certainly learn more, soon.

That was a million times better than the first issue of DCeased. A technological-biological hybrid virus corrupting the planet. Batman outwitting just long enough to learn the truth, and Dinah Lance is the new Green Lantern after killing an infected Hal Jordan. That’s insane! This is quickly becoming yet another awesome alternate-future story for the heroes, and I love it.

The Year of the Villain has officially begun! DC has so many incredible stories going at once right now, it’s mind-boggling. The World Forger is a member of the League now, shockingly, with the goal of finding his brothers, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, which is an amazing twist if they’ll join up. But, Luthor is making his own moves and has the world in quite a predicament with the villains about to be armed to the teeth. Ahhh it’s so good!

This upended the status quo quite a bit for the Shazam Family. Sivana defeated Black Adam and waits at the Rock of Eternity. Billy’s adopted family now knows the truth, while his Dad waits outside. Now, the Wizard, Shazam, has returned to rescue the children from the Magiclands, while Funland prepares to go to war with the Earthlands. That’s a doozy of an issue, for sure.

Another fun, throwback romp to the glory days of Green Lantern and Green Arrow’s classic team-up. Though the addition of Grant Morrison certainly made this one a little strange and memorable. Using Dimension Zero was certainly a fun way to put these two back together. Now, Sinestro is back in the mix, as well, which should give Hal his much-needed adversary in this crazy story.

I knew the Gemworld couldn’t be trusted, and when Young Justice inevitably finds their way back there, hell will most certainly be paid. It was great seeing the team back together, recounting what’s happened up to this point for them and getting us all up to speed, the taking down Opal with very little trouble. I’m genuinely curious as to what Jinny Hex is hauling around in her truck, though.

The latest issue in Marvel’s best event in years was yet another win for the once-named “House of Ideas.” It’s been such a long time since such a great event came from Marvel, it’s refreshing to see this continuing to fire on all cylinders. Thor has nailed himself to Yggdrasil, just as Odin did before him, hoping to stop Malekith once and for all, while the Avengers fight back against the forces of evil. All of these cool changes to characters, as well as interesting “Ten Realm” related roles has even been a lot of fun.

Pull Box: May 22 & 29

Leviathan remains one of the biggest mysteries running in the DC Universe, right now, and the way it’s been setup consistently throughout multiple books has been so damn fantastic. Now, it’s all coming to a head with Event Leviathan next month. We’ll get all the answers. The truth about who’s Leviathan, and who isn’t. That’s giving me goosebumps just thinking about it.

That was mind-boggling in so many ways. Doomsday Clock just opened the door for such amazing story-telling opportunities. The Metaverse! Superman has always been the centerpoint of it all, and using him in this way is so fantastic. It’s genius, and I’m so absurdly excited for what comes next.

Astrid Arkham certainly has a most destined origin story. The daughter of the Arkham Family, and the one person the inmates of the Asylum would happily give their lives for. Hidden under the nose of Batman as she watched and trained herself to best him. She is Batman’s antithesis, and most certainly an interesting new addition to the mythos.

A great annual issue bringing back an old villain with a new face. It’s always good to see some of the Batman’s lesser known villains used in these circumstances, though I hope that one day they’ll use the Phantasm in something like this. It would have been amazing to see the Phantasm used in the modern day Gotham that DC has built.

I love the chemistry that Lunella, aka Moon Girl, has with every single member of the Fantastic Four. She’s a fantastic character with her own mythos that meshes so well with Marvel’s First Family. On top of that, I’m waiting for the inevitability this is something throwing Franklin Richards back into overpowered God-mode, because that is honestly where he shines best.

Mordru naturally wants nothing to do with the Lords of Order, or the Otherkind. Both of which seem to be mad with power, and ready to destroy the world at any moment. But, once again, crafty Jason Blood, now an old man with Etrigan burned away from his soul, has a plan to stall Doctor Fate and his siblings. Does he know that Zatanna and Wonder Woman are the new Lords of Chaos?

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo cemented their status as one of the greatest creative teams in all of comic books years ago, but this is some next level stuff. Even after Dark Knights: METAL, this still manages to feel fresh and new. This is already one of 2019’s most must-read stories, and it’s only a single issue in.

There are still so many mysteries when it comes to Leviathan and their plan, moving forward. All this mega-sized issue did was open even more boxes of questions. Talia Al-Ghul no longer runs Leviathan, so who does? It’s nice to see the rest of the Justice League finally getting involved, helping this story feel even more larger than life than it was already was.

Since switching creative teams, The Terrifics has gotten somehow even better. The art is better, and the story is fun and interesting. There’s been a lot of “virtual game” stories in comics lately, but thus far, I’ve been far more vested in the trials and tribulations of Plastic Man, and his rag-tag group of friends. Though, I suppose I’m a little biased.

With only one issue of The Silencer left, sadly, it was nice to see Honor nearly get her happy ending. Defeating her “sister,” Smoke, and saving her family from the danger that Talia presented at the time. My only hope is that in the future we see more of Honor Guest. Particularly as Leviathan becomes more of a threat throughout the greater DC Universe.

To see The Flash like this is so damn refreshing. For months on end, he has been so pessimistic and down on himself, but now with this new origin he’s back to his old self. While he’s doubting things a bit, it’s to be expected. But Old Man Barry is ever the optimist, and it’s exactly where The Flash should be.

While the ending to Heroes in Crisis didn’t quite have the impact I thought it would, nor the reverberations through the greater DC Universe, it still accomplished exactly what it needed to do. Where Wally goes from here, on his journey to find the wife and kids he lost after Doctor Manhattan is the question. While Superman is the centerpoint of the Metaverse, Wally West is its engine, ensuring things continue to move forward.

I can’t say I was expecting Overman to be a Cyborg Overman during the time they’ve been building him up. It was an awesome twist that really shakes things up moving forward. Maybe the real Overman will return, changed by what he’s seen in the Universe? Maybe he’s even Superman, now. Discovering his Kryptonian heritage and embracing it? There’s a lot of interesting paths, now.

Pull Box: May 15

The twists and turns and conundrums at play these last few issues have been pretty wild, and honestly a bit difficult to follow at times in the later parts of this run on Batman. I know that it’s coming to quite the conclusion, and I can’t wait to see it, but these mind games that are being played on Bruce are pretty serious. They’re even getting to me.

Jor-El’s many enemies have united against him in an assassination attempt, disguised as a massive space battle that seems to be working pretty well. Then, showing his status and reputation across the Universe, Superman’s appearance puts a stop to it, immediately. But, Rogol Zaar is quite the villain. I’m not sure why Zod hesitated with Jon, perhaps seeing a Kryptonian boy was too much for him? Either way, the House of El has a united front, and that’s going to be tough to beat.

This battle against the World Forger and his Justice League is pretty intense, and the future Legion of Doom being the heroes in all of this is a fantastic twist. Luthor has always been manipulating them for his own ends, and after his transformation, he truthfully needs them no longer. With that in mind, they’re all cast aside, while the universe becomes a chained utopia. It’s pretty exciting, honestly.

Ah man, I love this book! Naomi is from an alternate Earth, where superheroes didn’t exist until a natural disaster that nearly cost the planet, everything. She looks so awesome, and the symbol in her eyes so greatly resembles the White Lantern emblem. The white light of life. With only one book left in this series, I really hope that we see Naomi pop up elsewhere, because she has been amazing.

That was how you go out in a blaze of glory. Lady Freyja and Odin haven’t been on good terms in years, but at the end of it all they destroy the Black Bifrost together, setting Malekith’s forces up for failure, and enraged and steeled the resolve of Thor, the key to this entire battle. I’m so impressed that Marvel has kept up this fantastic pace of great story-telling up to this point. I hope they can keep it going.

Another bit of clever gap-filling as each and every Avenger is getting their time to shine throughout the War of the Realms. It’s enveloped the entire planet, so naturally every major player has had a part to play. Kudos for it coming out so cohesive. Scenes are being re-played with new pieces that fit perfectly into place. It’s impressive.

Naturally, Thor’s wisdom is greater than any of us give him credit for. He chooses Spider-Man as the Midgardian ambassador for the League of Realms knowing full well that this battle has the likeliest possibility of diplomacy. So, of course, he sends the kindest Avenger there is. Or rather, the most “Midgardian” Avenger there is. Thor is certainly coming into his own through the course of this battle.

It’s pretty clever to choose the witty Giant-People, like Scott Lang, to go on an assassination mission to avenge a devoured Loki. It made for another light-hearted book in the War of the Realms that gave some levity, with a heavy back-drop behind it. The Frost Giants have been formidable through the war, but little by little their numbers are dwindling, as well as their strategic advantage.

Pull Box: May 1

Laying the groundwork for much of the remainder of the year, DC Comics has some lofty plans as many of their biggest stories come to a head over the course of 2019. The truth of Leviathan and their rise to power has been fantastic, and it’s only going to get better from here. Then there’s Perpetua and the fall of the Source Wall, as Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom continue to hatch the craziest plan I have ever seen. It’s going to be a great year!

That was a wildly beautiful issue as the realization of where they were set in. When Hal realized the truth he instantly leapt into action, not letting anything to the entity inside his Power Ring. The entity that he loves and cares for so much. It was a beautiful way of showing just how important his position in the Green Lantern Corps is to him. Just how much it’s changed his life.

Oh man, this is ramping up so hard. Darksied is a member of this Universe’s Legion of Doom! Batman is given the choice to kill Superman to save the Multiverse, and he does it. Or does he? What’s interesting is that the World Forger mentioned the fact that both Batman and Superman have Fifth Dimension Imps… assigned to them. That’s a strange thought, and is interesting to think about.

This just exploded into a much larger story. The Gemworld battle is interesting, but the flashback to Tim Drake learning part of the truth… about the New 52, and Rebirth, and the lost 10 years of their lives. That’s what this is all about! Slowly but surely it’s all coming back! The memories, characters, and status quo from before! Man, this slow burn has been great, with more heroes slowly learning. But I’ve noticed that it’s always the sidekicks. Wally West, and now Tim Drake. It’s interesting.

After several months of being trapped in the basement of Arkham Asylum, subdued and injected with the most potent fear toxin on the planet, Batman has broken free and he is pissed. After laying absolute waste to a number of villains, even laughing while beating them down, he sends a message to Bane. He’s coming back with an army, and it should be so awesome to see this all play out.

It seems pretty random to me that DC would be releasing a zombie book in the summer. Albeit one based on the Anti-Life Equation, which is pretty genius. It’s not the most original idea (Marvel Zombies, anybody?) but it has the potential to be pretty fun if it’s done right. I just really hope that it’s done right.

By far, the largest and most epic of anything we’ve seen from War of the Realms up to this point, which is saying quite a bit. The Avengers were split into teams, with each one being given a particular task. Captain America and his team are tracking down Thor on Jotunheim, while Lady Freyja and her team secure the Black Bifrost. Then there’s Captain Marvel’s team whose job it is to just kick as much ass as possible. This is moving quick, and it’s awesome.

Beyond reason, The Punisher is the breakout character in the War of the Realms with his insight to war being valuable beyond belief to helping secure key points across the realms, and stop Malekith. This was yet another example of just that, and it was awesome.

Pull Box: April 24

A new creative team, a new arc, and a new villain, all in a single issue of The Terrifics. That makes for a great issue after the long-winded arc we just finished up. Hopefully, this one moves along at a more brisk pace. Despite having some of my favorite heroes, and undoubtedly the best chemistry, things just flow better when the story is pushed into overdrive with these characters.

The way that Marvel has successfully built the slaughtering of the Valkyries into an event that could shift the entire war has been more than surprising. They’re usually not the greatest at event books anymore, always going for shock value and cheap surprises more than anything, but this has been brilliant. Continuing the amazing story that has been War of the Realms, even the X-Men have been pushed into this massive story, making it feel even bigger than before.

Undercover Superman is a pretty great Superman, but I’m not entirely sure why he would give up the ghost of his undercover identity being Superman so quickly. Even with a man he could barely trust to begin with. Now, Lois is missing and Leviathan is still moving three steps at a time, with Talia personally taking out the head of the D.E.O., Bones, after he survived the attack. This Leviathan business has been fantastic.

My biggest question going into this arc is who the identity of the comic book version of Arkham Knight is going to be. Will it still be Jason Todd, as in the video game? Or someone new and surprising? It seems we’ll find out sooner, rather than later as he’s already revealed his identity to Damian in a bid to win his support over Batman. Additionally, Knight already has the fealty of many of Batman’s rogues, making him even more dangerous to the Bat-Family.

Doctor Doom has been defeated once again, with a slight hint at an eventual romance for Johnny Storm, who absolutely deserves to be happy given everything he has gone through these last few years. Now that this arc has ended, the Fantastic Four can get involved in the War of the Realms, and I will be happy when that happens. They’re involvement in an event always pushed things further, and this is quite the battle the Earth is dealing with.

Uncle Sam is back, but unfortunately, so is Overman. This Elseworlds tale has been great, interpreted for modern readers in a way that really helps it stand out, yet still mesh with the greater DC Universe. I only hope that they eventually factor into something meaningful. This is an interesting team, with a cool dynamic, and that nostalgia factor for comic book fans that makes me want to keep reading. Plus, evil Superman is always a plus.

The Trickster’s greatest trick actually worked. He beat the Flash at his own game, getting away with the Rogues and all of the money they stole. Even ruining Warden Wolfe, which has been a long time coming, to be honest. Everything he set out to do, he succeeded in. That’s a nice change of pace. Now, a new force user has arrived, one who wields the Still Force, sending Flash to his past inside his own mind, with hints of Jay Garrick being shown. I’m very much excited for what happens next.

That was fantastic. With the time inconsistencies on Wally West’s body, it instantly made him a suspect in all of this, but to think he was not only the killer, but the mastermind behind everything that has happened is insane. He’s a smart kid who was forced off the deep end after not only losing everything he loved, but not even remembering it happened. Upon that realization, just as it would anyone… it broke him.

The War with the Otherkind has been moving along at a steady pace, but with the Lords of Order interjecting themselves as the true harbingers of doom in all this, one has to wonder if the Otherkind are still the real threat. Circe has things in play, manipulating events from the sidelines, while Constantine has been revealed as an underling of Zatara, working from the shadows to manipulate Zatanna into following her Father’s footsteps. This is layered storytelling at its best, that’s for sure.

It was obvious it was all leading to this, but with The Silencer wrapping up soon, this should lead into some interesting threads across the DC Universe. Leviathan is set to become far more than just a big-bad, with their takeover of the world in full swing across several other books. Where Honor Guest fits into that equation is the biggest mystery of all, at least for me.

Pull Box: April 10

The last few months of Batman have been torture for the man, as I haven’t seen Bruce Wayne with this level of regret since the death of Jason Todd. He’s not only torturing himself, but his enemies have been endlesslly using that torture against him, as he is still trapped within his own mind. Things are slowly coming together since the reveal of Thomas Wayne’s Batman to Bruce, but we’re not quite there, yet.

That was a wildly successful relaunch for the new era of Detective Comics. Fancy new logo, new villain, and new creative team, all to freshen up an already fantastic book, creating an even more fantastic experience. Seeing Batman on the receiving end of the Arkham Knights’ machinations this quickly is a surprise, but it made for quite the closing image. Most certainly a fantastic start for the new team.

It’s pretty ridiculous how long James Jesse must have been planning this, because he’s actually thought of everything, getting the better of the Flash pretty handily. Not only that, but that gruesome imagery of him taking Barry’s legs off to keep him from running and saving the day will certainly stick with me for a while. However, as effective as it would be, part of me still thinks it’s some sort of trick.

Now that we’re fully caught up on what’s happening with Jonathan Kent, and his age difference, we’re immediately thrown into the craziest image I’ve seen in a Superman book in a while. An insane, intergalactic war started by Rogol Zaar with Jor-El, Thanagarians, and damn near every alien race capable of interstellar travel. I’m curious to hear what sort of deals and sacrifices Jor-El had to make to find Jon, but I’m sure that will come later.

Suddenly, Diana is given hope that the Amazon’s could still yet live. While it was a little more lame than expected, the sword belonging to Antiope, and not some legendary God, or hero, it still adds another important ally in Diana’s quest to discover the truth about what happened to the Gods. I’m hoping things decide to take a more epic turn soon, though.

That was a wildly fun tie-in. Honestly one of the best tie-ins that Marvel has ever done, which is surprising. This event has had some serious build-up going on in the background, but what seems like little-to-no fanfare from Marvel Comics, thanks to the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame. So, meanwhile, Marvel is pushing out one of their best comic events in years, and they still don’t care. A little disappointing, honestly.

It’s basiaclly cheating that not only is Idamm a skilled fighter, but he’s also immortal, now. Not to mention his entire army being immortal, as well. Though it was pretty funny when it was revealed that the Dragon of Barbatos, the world forger of the Dark Multiverse was also sent through the portal as aid to Carter Hall. It still wasn’t enough, which is to be expected, I suppose. But what will it take?

Comic Books: April 3

The War of the Realms has finally begun! After years of build-up we’re finally here, and most of the major players are already either out of commission or busy destroying armies of Frost Giants on Jotunheim. A clever distraction while Malekith lays waste to Midgard, he’s confident his armies can tackle the many heroes on Earth, but that’s not exactly worked in the favor of many. It likely won’t work here, either. But it’s going to be damn fun to see him try.

The conclusion to the Blackstar arc seemed a little more rushed than I was expecting, but the so-called sacrifice of Hal Jordan that catapulted him, without a ring, to the edge of the universe was a nice touch. Now we can continue with Grant Morrison’s many strange creatures and worlds, which has been the highlight of this entire story up to this point.

Future Superman was really the World Forger all along, choosing to take a form that the Justice League could trust and comprehend. For being the son of Perpetua, he seems somewhat fair, even giving the League the choice to integrate the current universe with their own, and skip the war and all of the casualties. But at too great a price, they couldn’t do it. Now, in this alternate future, Lois Lane is the warden of a prison on Apokolips, and Superman is dead. That’s quite the bleak situation, if I do say so myself.

Many of my favorite heroes are returning, and it’s the best feeling. First, Plastic Man came back. Now Bart Allen and Conner Kent are both back, and it feels so great. This story is light and quick, with a pace that matches the tempo of Bart Allen’s speech, and the way the team just came back together, like they’re meant to be, is so fun and it makes me smile every single issue.

DC Unveils Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey Teasers

CinemaCon 2019 kicked off last night in Las Vegas, and DC Entertainment decided to kick things up a notch, with the reveal of two new teaser posters, and the first footage for Wonder Woman 1984, and Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

The Wonder Woman 1984 footage was light, but displayed Diana Prince at her full powers, as well as our first look at Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, albeit not in her Cheetah form. Meanwhile, the Birds of Prey footage revealed that Harley Quinn isn’t exactly a member of the “girl gang” as it were, but forms an alliance with the team to stop a common enemy.

You can hit the jump to check out the posters in full. Birds of Prey flies into theaters on February 7th, 2020, while Wonder Woman 1984 is set for release on June 4th, 2020.

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Pull Box: March 27

This was exactly what it needed to be. 1,000 issues of the hero that has become iconic to people across the planet. The caped crusader. The dark knight. The world’s greatest detective. The Batman. Each of these stories were fantastic, though a few were particularly great. Ending the issue on the comic book introduction of the Arkham Knight was fitting. It left off once again leaving us all wanting more. And it will continue that way for another 80 years. Happy Birthday, Batman.

That was a twist I did not see coming. Of course, Harley couldn’t kill Booster, even though she saw Booster kill Poison Ivy, who also wasn’t dead, thanks to Wally. But, Wally killed himself? Took his own life? Maybe? This is intensely confusing with twists and turns all over the place, creating a fantastic story that I cannot stop reading. Can it be the next issue already?

This Leviathan story is yet another example of just how fantastic DC is at telling stories. There are so many layers and mysteries in play here. Amanda Waller is the most untrustworthy person in all of comics, and she’s inside the Fortress of Solitude while every single secret organization on the planet is targeted one at a time by a single mystery culprint with super advanced technology. This is getting good.

What a way to start this reboot. Inspired by an act of kindness from Superman, a young boy lives his life looking to push himself to his limits and feel the rush of being saved by Superman once again. Now he has the power of the H-Dial, which is mysteriously calling out to several seemingly random heroes. I’m not entirely sure, but something certainly seems up here, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Maybe The Trickster has a bigger plan than I was expecting. Brainwashing and infecting the entire city with some sort of Happy drug that forces them to be better people, even against their will is quite a trick. But is it only a distraction from the true threats? Zoom? The forces scattered across the world? Unless this is all linked, somehow? I suppose we’ll know more soon.

Honor is dead-set on making this ruse work, no matter the cost to her humanity. Whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Now that may have cost her, as she’s unleashed her “sister.” A telephatic, smoke-phasing mutant that immediately dispatched their “brother,” moments after he was set up to be a stone-cold killer. Pretty fantastic way to really set the tone for a new villain.

After numerous attacks, the Freedom Fighters have successfully revived Uncle Sam, and the Nazis seem to be on the run, with the exception of the crazy son of the Fuhrer. Who seems to be on a whole other level of crazy from everyone else. I’m still not sure of the dynamic between these new Freedom Fighters, and the old, but I’m sure it will be explained more as time passes.

This was already a fairly interesting story with loads of additions to the lore and continuity of Shazam! and his magicla abilities and past. But that ending just threw an entire wrench into the mix that makes things a million times more exciting. Black Adam is there, and he knows about the Seven Lands of Magic! He knows their danger, and their true reason for being closed. But what could that reason be?

It would make sense that amongst the many gods and villains the fall of Olympus hurtled towards Earth, some legendary weapons would be among them. The kinds of weapons bestowed upon heroes of Greek mythology. The sort that Wonder Woman could totally use at the moment while she’s fighting false-Titans alongside Giganta, one of her oldest enemies. This is a crazy arc, but I’m enjoying it.

That was a long arc to finally get this team rolling but it was totally worth it. Not to mention the ending was way more than any of us deserved. Not only did Mr. Terrific, one of the most deserving heroes in the DC Universe, find his wife across the Multiverse, but now they’re on a team together. Both happy to see the other. That’s quite the happy ending that you don’t normally get in stories, and it’s nice to see it.

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.

Pull Box: March 13

Jonathan Kent is most certainly worthy of whatever title of hero he wants up to this point. The hell that Ultraman put him through, and his subsequent escape and survival both show how much he’s grown, and learned to do what’s necessary to stay alive. All while still keeping the strong heart that his parents have nurtured all these years. I’ll miss fun-loving Jonathan Kent, which I never thought I would say about a kid-hero not named Impulse. But teenage Jonathan Kent has proven he’s more than worthy.

We all knew what was coming. It’s been building to it this entire time, with Carter Hall’s previous reincarnations becoming an army of Hawkman to stop the Deathbringers. With that in mind, it was still really cool to see it. This arc has been a great way to retcon Hawkman and modernize him for a new audience. I only hope they keep going, and keep pushing the adventure side of it all. Hawkman as an explorer is far more interesting than Hawkman as a superhero.

This served as a nice refresher for James Jesse, the original Trickster, some details here and there to fit the new narrative of his character. It was clearly meant for newer fans that have come in from the series, but it was a solid issue nonetheless. It established Trickster as a threat to Central City, setting him up for the biggest con of all time as he manipulates The Flash and his many allies, clearly being one step ahead of them all throughout.

The Lords of Order have shown themselves in full, with their true power about to wipe out the entire realm of Myrra. Meanwhile, the previous Doctor Fate has shown himself to be an ally of the Justice League. Unfortunately, the team’s two heavy hitters, Wonder Woman and Zatanna are off on their own dangerous adventure searching for Mordru and Circe, who seems to have her own agenda. She clearly knows something that everyone else doesn’t Perhaps she’s the one behind this? Then there was the off-hand comment about Zatanna’s Father. Is Zatara the true mastermind? So many questions!

Even the Titans have been catapulted into the real world, with two of the most ancient and powerful beings to ever grace the summit of Olympus just hanging out in the Rocky Mountains. Something tells me our furry friends that we’ve been following are a little more than just an audience perspective. Could they be attracting this danger somehow? Something is starting to seem quite off, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it could be. There are just too many factors at play here to really know where this story is heading.

Pull Box: March 6

The ramifications of this issue are massive. Now comes the question… is Doomsday Clock canon? Or just a side-story? Either way, Firestorm was created by the government, as well as Rex Mason, and even Kirk Langstrom, aka Man-Bat. Not to mention the entire Justiec League was defeated by Doctor Manhattan fairly easily. Though they got in some good hits, his abilities just proved too much. Only Ozymandias knows the true secrets behind his abilities, but Batman seems to know more than he lets on, thanks to the journal of Rorschach. This book is moving slowly, but it’s starting to ramp up finally.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen The Question, that just seeing him in this issue elevates it. Couple that with his interrogation of Selina in regards to her leaving Bruce and you have some fantastic tension. Particularly with him getting her to admit she lied about the note. But how did she lie? She did truly believe she would him back, and that the world needs him. So, what’s different? Does this have anything to do with Bane’s massive plan that involves the Bat’s entire Rogue’s gallery?

This was a fantastic, light-hearted issue of Justice League with a strong story at its core, that quickly became more and more serious. The introduction of the Future Superman was perfectly executed, but something seemed off about him. Now, thanks to the shocking end of this issue we know that something was off. Was Mxylptlk messing with him? Was it a trap for Superman all along? Or did someone intervene? How will he escape a trap… an entire galaxy of a trap, made specifically for him?

This was probably the best issue yet of Grant Morrison’s crazy run on Green Lantern. Jordan infiltrating the Blackstars, and choosing the name Blackstar Parallax for his “reborn life” was chill-inducing. Now, Adam Strange is in the mix as DC’s space-faring adventurers slowly start to fill out the pages of this ever-growing story. The earlier issues were a bit ridiculous, but Morrison’s found a groove, now, and it’s firing on all cylinders for this newest arc.

They managed to pack a lot of good stuff in this issue! Not only did we get a heartfelt reunion between Conner Kent and Bart Allen, two heroes that have been sorely missed since the beginning of Rebirth and beyond, but we even learned how Conner got to GemWorld in the first place. Not to mention he has a beard, and a wife and son! Conner has a son! Does that make Superman and Lex a Grandfather of sorts? I would love to see the look on Clark’s face when he learns that Conner has a family. He’ll most certainly be proud.

Pull Box: February 27

This entire time, this arc that has been an insane roller coaster of recollection and remembrance for Bruce’s upbringing and road to Batman… was a simulation. Created by Bruce to kill himself, every year on his birthday, he uses it to hone his skills and evolve. Getting better each and every year. That’s a level of dedication that I didn’t think Batman was capable of, but yet again he has shown why he’s the baddest dude in the DC Universe. The ending, with Batman’s goal of Absolute Zero becoming known gave me goosebumps, and the Epilogue was charming. Fantastic end to a fantastic arc.

This was such an incredibly masterful setup for the future of the DC Universe. So many of DC’s biggest stories have centered around the relationship between the Batman and The Flash, because the chemistry there is so real that they just make a great team. With the events of Heroes in Crisis becoming a focal point, as that mystery deepens and the big event for the year starts to unfold, The Year of the Villain, expect things to start to ramp up with mysteries and twists all over the place.

So, first off, all this time Amanda Waller has known the identity of Superman. That’s quite a crazy thing to think of, but she does understand his importance, as well as just how powerful he is. Not to mention calling down the wrath of the Justice League isn’t sometime she would like to do. But the threat of Leviathan, which seems to grow each and every week has forced her hand. Now, Sam Lam is possibly dead, just days after learning the truth about Superman and possibly re-thinking his stance. Attack after attack is happening, and things are getting pretty crazy, now.

Sneaky sneaky Honor Guest, manipulating Talia and playing along with her charade. It’s a clever plan, but she needs to make sure she plays it just right. Talia is wildly intelligent, and twice as dangerous. Add on the tech that her family discovered in the backyard, what looks like a laser shield of sorts and you have quite a predicament on her hands. The closer they get to the truth, the more danger they’ll be in with Leviathan as they become more and more of a threat across the DC Universe proper.

The pace of this issue seemed incredibly slow, but it was still yet another fun throwback to the days of comic books old. Mr. Terrific discovering his wife alive on another Earth, with the exact same circumstances as himself was quite the lucky break. I just hope that this ends up being a bit of a happy ending for the team. With that being said, I’m ready for the team to move on from Doc Dread and his Dreadfuls. That villain seems to have made his mark, and I would love for the team to take on some new threats.

This book really pulls no punches. Bringing out the darkest and dirtiest the world has to offer to show how truly terrible that future could have been. Thankfully, the Freedom Fighters seem like a competent team, prepared for many contingencies when it comes to their enemy. The evil German Plastic Man is still the most horrifying thing ever, and he just seems to get more and more creepy. I can only imagine how creepy he’ll be when he starts fighting again.

It was pretty obvious that King Kid had some tricks up his sleeve, but I wasn’t exactly exepcting it all to rush to the surface as soon as he saw them as Champions, turning into adults. The Seven Lands are of course still mysterious, but it seems we’re going to learn more about them pretty quickly given the next issue. I honestly wish we would have seen more on Mr. Mind and Doctor Sivana in this issue, though, as that cliffhanger last month was fantastic.

Doom’s trick was finally revealed… at least part of it. He plans to harness the power of Galactus as an endless energy source. That’s a bit old school of an idea for a villain like Doom to concoct, leading me to believe there’s a little more at play here. The confusion that Reed had on his face when Victor revealed the “Good Galactus” and Johnny and Ben backed him up was pretty priceless. I would certainly like more moments like that in upcoming issues of this Fantastic Four revival.

A slow-paced, emotional issue based around the caveman Gnarkk and Harley Quinn, finally give us a better idea of what happened here. Harley broke into Sanctuary to help Poison Ivy, and get help from Ivy. They’re friends, and lovers, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, Booster Gold, who has been on a considerable decline in the last two years, has finally snapped, and laid waste to everyone there. But, there’s still the mystery as to why this Wally was older than he should have been. Still, there are questions unanswered.

I’m starting to get fairly bored with this story, as it’s pretty convoluted and a bit ridiculous. Even for comic books. But, seeing them address the events of Justice League, with the Source Wall being torn down, and all of the New Gods being killed was certainly worth it. Darkseid was protected in the Ghost Sector, but how much longer can he keep the danger away?

That lawsuit business sure seemed to last a long time, didn’t it? That strangeness aside, it makes perfect sense and reassures the character of Veronica Cale that through all of this, all she wants is her daughter back. She spent years attempting to save her daughter, and when she finally does, she has to leave her behind in Themyscira. Now, with Themyscira destroyed through the paradox of Ares’ death, she’s lost, alongside the other inhabitants of the Amazon homeland. With the help of Aphrodite, Diana starts a new quest, and a fascinating new arc that could have some big repercussions in the future.

Pull Box: February 20

Gotham Girl’s story is so tragic, simply because of how much her and her brother have been used, abused, and tossed aside like trash. Left to suffer and fizzle out from their powers, or become corrupted infinitely by them. All she wants is her brother back, and to be a hero alongside them. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, she’s still a child and doesn’t see the cost that being a hero really holds. Who’s manipulating her is the real question, but all signs point to Bane as we continue down the rabbit hole of Tom King’s 100-issue arc.

I wasn’t expecting Brainiac and Lex Luthor to essentially be joined on a spiritual level to unleash Perpetua on the universe. I was expecting the usual villain betrayal, but that’s not exactly what Scott Snyder is about is it? This incredible retcon of the past of Lionel Luthor and his working with Vandal Savage before having his memories erased is so flawless that it fits like a puzzle piece in a blank space that we never knew we needed. It effortlessly gives Lex Luthor a grandiose history that takes him from hyper-intelligent mastermind, to destined villain. Fantastic.