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.

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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.

New Details for Upcoming DC Universe Projects

Continuing the massive weekend for the DC Universe streaming service, DC Entertainment announced that it would be adding the entire DC Comics Digital Library, beginning today (April 1st), and adding new issues consistently throughout the next year until the entire library has been added. That totals out to over 20,000 single issue comics and graphic novels!

The catch? New issue comics, beginning today, will not be added to the service until 12 months after their initial release, ensuring long-time readers will still have to subscribe or visit their local comic book shop each week. Despite that, $7.99 per month is looking nicer every day.

In addition, we’ve also learned that the second half of Young Justice: Outsiders will debut on July 2nd, after the first 13 episodes aired earlier this year on the service. Lastly, the much anticipated Swamp Thing series will premiere on DC Universe on May 31st, exactly one week after the conclusion to the 15-episode first season of Doom Patrol. It’s an exciting time to be a DC Comics fan with so much fantastic content debuting consistently throughout the next 12 months.

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 6

Justice League has consistently been the best written comic since its debut, and all this issue did was set it further apart from the rest of the pack, with yet another fantastic retcon on the history of the Martian Manhunter. J’onn J’onnz is one of the bigger mysteries still left in the DC Universe, as his origin is still so simplistic and yet to be explored fully. The inclusion of Lex Luthor as a childhood friend with latent psychic abilities is certainly an interesting, and also sets the stage for Lex to turn his back on the Legion of Doom that he created as his elaborate plan begins to spin wildly out of control.

When Batman and Flash crossover, some of the best stories seem to happen organically, and this is certainly no different. Calling back to Batman’s very first Rebirth story, Gotham Girl has returned and she’s randomly attacking places that will bring various heroes into the fold. Particularly, Batman and The Flash. What she plans to do with them is still a mystery, but we know she’s attempting to revive her Brother, who seems to be hooked up to Bane’s Venom. Another clue as to who could be behind all of this?

A long, in-depth read about the time when Clark Kent first arrived in Metropolis. There have been numerous re-tellings of this same story, over and over again, and all of them are almost the same, but just like every other origin being re-told in comic book form, it just never gets old, and I’ll never pin-point why that is. While this book is certainly not required reading, it’s worth the time to check out if you’re a fan of Superman.

I don’t think I’ll ever get past how perfectly suited for the Green Lantern Grant Morrison’s writing is. It’s so bizarre, and the characters he concocts are beyond belief, as many alien species should be. It’s just confusing and bizarre enough to feel alien while you’re reading it, but things slowly pull themselves back together each and every time. While I thought that Morrison’s Lantern would be more of a mini-series, these smaller arcs support a longer run than expected, and I’m certainly ready for that.

Little by little, DC is exploring the annals and history of Darkseid and Apokolips more and more. We’re learning of its past, and the events leading up to Darkseid’s initial rise to power, while exploring his dynamics with the right hands that have ensured he stay at the top. Granny Goodness and her Female Furis have always been one of the more interesting side characters for the New Gods, and the exploration here was great. With that said, it’s a shame that sexism exists on a desolate planet like Apokolips, as well, with the Furies unknowingly taking part in a show of “female grace” for the detestable villains. I hope that they get what’s coming to them in this series, because it will be satisfying.

This moved at the strangest pace, and seems like it’s going to continue that way for a while. Despite having an all-star lineup of young heroes, they’re just sort of… coming together. By fate, or destiny perhaps, but it’s been this random series of events, bringing this random group of heroes together, and it seems weird and difficult to read in some strange way. Additionally, I love Teen Lantern, and really missed Impulse not being in this issue, as he is an absurd amount of fun in all of the books he is in. I hope he gets a solo book, soon.

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.

Young Justice: Outsiders Gets Premiere Date

DC Universe has revealed a new teaser trailer for the much-anticipated new season of Young Justice: Outsiders, and with it comes our official premiere date of January 4th, 2019. The teaser trailer also reveals that Darkseid will play a role in the upcoming season, but what to end, we’ll have to wait to find out.

This will mark the first new episode of Young Justice in several years, and to say fans are excited would be quite the understatement.

DC Universe Release Calendar Revealed

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

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

Loads of DC Universe News Revealed

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Last night, DC Entertainment hosted the first edition of their DC Daily News show that will air on their upcoming DC Universe streaming service, featuring Kevin Smith, and alongside it came plenty of news about the service and its upcoming features. The biggest of which came with the official release date of September 15th for the service to begin.

DC Universe will give fans access to a bevy of past comic books, animated series, films, television shows, and more – all featuring fan-favorite DC heroes. Hit the jump for more of the news revealed during the service.

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DC Universe Streaming Service Announced

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have finally officially announced their newest streaming service. Titled DC Universe, the service will play host to a number of exclusive series including the live-action Titans, the animated Harley Quinn, and the highly anticipated third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.

Not much is currently known about the service aside from its exclusives, but you can sign up to learn more when it’s available over on the official announcement page, or you can hit the jump to take a look at the official title-cards for those 3 exclusive series.

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Young Justice: Outsiders Reveals Its New Heroes

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The anticipation for the third season of Young Justice, called Young Justice: Outsiders, has been off the charts, and the unveiling of the new team of heroes is sure to light an even bigger fire underneath fans. The new season is 26 episodes long, and confirmed to debut on DC’s new streaming service.

The new team adds Static Shock, Arrowette, Thirteen (an entirely new version of the character), and Spoiler. Conspicuously absent, but showing up later (in full stealth gear) were Nightwing, Aqualad, Artemis, and Superboy. The panel was light on story details, so we should be hearing more soon.