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Comic Reviews: Batman: Damned and Return of Wolverine!

COMIC REVIEWS!

indexBatman: Damned #1 (of 3) (DC Comics)

DC’s put a lot of hype behind their new “Black Label” imprint, which allows some of the best creatives at the company full creative freedom behind their vast stable of characters. There’s books from Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and John Ridley coming our way, but the first up is Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. DC has a lot of expectations for this line of books, with the hope that this line will birth a new Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns. While it remains to be seen if Damned will reach those levels of popularity and acclaim, it’s definitely off to an intriguing, if strange, start. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Batman #51 and Batman ’66 Meets Archie #1!

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BM_Cv51_5b230bb86b1b02.15851194Batman #51 (DC Comics)

Tom King continues to put the Dark Knight into new and interesting places, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Batman #51, which puts Bruce Wayne into a situation we’ve never seen him in before: jury duty. Partnered with artist Lee Weeks, the latest issue of Batman doesn’t directly tie into the events of the previous “wedding” issue, but it does feature some truly remarkable moments that could go down as a new classic Batman story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman and Captain America!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

indexBatman #50 (DC Comics)

SPOILER FREE

It’s the big day. Wedding bells are in the air for The Dark Knight and Catwoman, and DC is pulling out all the stops for their nuptials. From exclusive retailer variant covers to giant press release parties, all eyes are on Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #50. There’s a TON of hype surrounding this book, so much so that DC felt confident enough to release the book on July 4th, typically one of the worst weeks for comic sales. So, how’s the final result? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman/Ninja Turtles II and Venom, Inc.!

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IMG_1036Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)

The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving. Read the rest of this entry

A (In)Justice League of Their Own

300px-JLA_13_CoversSo it looks like Justice League is setting up to be a pretty big box office disappointment. The fact that it couldn’t clear a $100 million opening weekend when that seems to be the norm for comic book movies is pretty troubling, and despite the fact that fan response has been pretty okay (me included), you wouldn’t be the only one to be curious and concerned about what Warner Bros has planned for the future of the DCEU. While I doubt that Warner Bros is going to completely pull the plug on their cinematic universe (Aquaman has finished filming and we’re still getting the solo Batman film and a sequel to Wonder Woman), there’s obviously going to need to be a change in the way DC and Warner Bros approaches these films. And the way they should go is the one that probably won’t happen, but would be really cool.

Assemble the Injustice Gang. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Justice League!

MOVIE REVIEW!

justice-league-posterJustice League (2017)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Zack Snyder

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s been a long road to Justice League. After numerous false starts, a George Miller almost directed movie, and Batman V Superman, it’s finally time for DC’s all stars to take the stage on the big screen. But after a troubled development that saw Zack Snyder have to step down due to a family tragedy, which caused Joss Whedon to step in and handle reshoots, the League has finally assembled, and the hopes and dreams of the entire DCEU rest upon it. With so much riding on Justice League, and the amount of work involved in making it, being worried about the end result is a legitimate concern. But amazingly, Justice League does mostly work, especially when it comes to correcting the mistakes that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder made in previous DCEU efforts. Read the rest of this entry

Trade Spotlight: Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

red-rain-dracula-batman-kelley-jonesHalloween, the greatest of all holidays, is rapidly approaching. And while you may be putting the final touches on your costume, loading up on candy, or binging your favorite spooky movies, there’s still plenty of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit, and one of my favorite ways to do it is by rereading one of my favorite Batman stories: Red Rain. Read the rest of this entry

Pedal to the Metal

STL056717_METAL_Cv3_R1600_59a0794400c7f8.75344923Event comics aren’t supposed to be fun anymore. The past few years have seen countless tie-ins and additional issues with prices jacked up so you “have to find out what happens” regardless of the comic costing you almost triple the usual cover price. After Secret Empire, Civil War II, Convergence, and a host of other events, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear long time comic readers say that they “needed a break” from the world of mainstream comics. But then Dark Nights: Metal came along, and bucked the trend completely. Here’s an event that’s not only selling well, but a massive hit with readers. Lately I’ve seen fans request not only the main Metal series, but the tie in issues too, which is one of the biggest signs of a successful event for any publisher. From the one shots detailing the different demonic Batmans that appeared at the end of the second issue to the ”Gotham Resistance” storyline that ran thought Teen Titans, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow, it’s been difficult to keep up with the growing demand for this series. So what’s the difference? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: White Knight and Spirits of Vengeance!

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batman_white_knight_coverBatman: White Knight #1 (of ) (DC Comics)

There have been countless classic Batman tales: The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, the entirety of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run. Hell, even The Dark Knight counts as an incredible Batman story, despite being a movie and not a comic. With Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight, the hype was building that this story could be just as good as those other classics. And now that it’s out I can tell you this: the hype is real. Read the rest of this entry

What’s In A Cinematic Universe Anyways?

indexWarner Bros has been making quite the headlines lately, with the announcement of a solo Joker movie (produced by Martin Scorsese no less), ANOTHER Joker movie set in the DCEU featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robie, and major updates on the upcoming Matt Reeves directed Batman movie: namely, that it won’t be part of the DCEU film universe, only to then be announced that it IS part of the DCEU universe, but won’t feature other characters from the DC movies. Read the rest of this entry