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Your Angel of Death Awaits

D80M3cQX4AEkeAu.jpg largeEarlier this week, Tom King and Clay Mann dropped a major reveal on their social media pages: The Phantasm, the titular villain of the fantastic Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated feature, is coming to their new series Batman/Catwoman. While DC has yet to officially confirm this, the fact that Tom King and Clay Mann revealed this information and have kept it up on their different feeds is proof enough that she’s coming to the DC universe, and I couldn’t be more excited. Read the rest of this entry

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The Bat and The Cat

indexAny time a creative team is taken off a book early, it’s bad. But when news hit that Tom King would be leaving Batman with issue 85, twenty issues before his planned run was ready to end, it was near catastrophic. The acclaimed, Eisner-award winning writer behind Marvel’s Vision and the recent Miracle Man miniseries had done wonders with the Dark Knight, and it seemed like King was still going to have free range to finish out the story that he wanted to tell on the title. But now, that’s changed, and DC and King himself are making this seem like it’s similar to Grant Morrison’s run on the character, which spanned the initial Batman series before moving into it’s own title, Batman, Inc. But I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Read the rest of this entry

In Need of a Miracle

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One of the best comics on the stands came to a close last week: Mister Miracle. The Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ miniseries focused on the life of Scott Free, the superhero/escape artist known as Mister Miracle who’s originally from the dark world of Apokalips. While you may have thought that this series would focus on Scott’s struggles with his adoptive father Darkseid and the war for home of the New Gods, it actually had more to say about family, grief, and mental health. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Heroes in Crisis and Stranger Things!

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DC’s latest event Heroes In Crisis is poised to be different from other big storylines. With a focus on the trauma that superheroes and villains endure in their adventures, Tom King and Clay Mann’s new event looks to not only have some big revelations for the DC universe at large, but it could even change the way we look at these heroes and their adventures. Read the rest of this entry

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

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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!

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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: Avengers and DC Nation!

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You may have heard that the Avengers have a new movie out, so unsurprisingly Marvel is putting out a brand new #1 of Avengers with a new creative team in the hopes of catching that elusive “new reader” who’s interested in checking out the comics after watching Infinity War. While a new #1 is par for the course when it comes to Marvel, the fact that Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are the creative team for Avengers #1 is enough to make you pause and take notice, and with a team roster that includes the original “Big Three” as well as Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Ghost Rider, well, that’s just weird enough to make this title stand out. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men Red and Swamp Thing Winter Special!

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Now that Jean Grey is back in the land of the living, it’s time for her to rejoin the X-Men. But Jean’s not joining just any team of mutants. She’s forming her own group of X-Men, and getting her very own title with X-Men Red, the latest in the “color coded” X-Men teams. With Tom Taylor on writing duties and Mahmud Asrar on the art, Marvel’s betting that Red will be a pretty sizeable hit with readers, and I gotta say, after reading this first issue, I think it will be too. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Mister Miracle and Avengers!

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xvai1pug76101Mister Miracle #6 (DC Comics)

I mentioned in my review of the first issue of Mister Miracle how the Tom King and Mitch Gerads series could do the impossible and give me a solid introduction to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga, but now six issues in (and a few Kirby trades later), I can easily say that was definitely the case. Simply put, this is one of the best series currently on the market. As the final issue of the first arc of the miniseries, Mister Miracle #6 has much of the same charm as you’d expect from King and Gerads by now, but there’s also some pretty major surprises and reveals as well. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Mister Miracle and Redlands!

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Mister-Miracle-1-Cover-ColorMister Miracle #1 (DC Comics)

This may sound blasphemous to some, but I’ve never been able to quite crack the New Gods. While I like Darkseid and Mr. Miracle and have read the major aspects of Jack Kirby’s saga, there’s always been some part of them that just seemed too weird to me, so I’ve largely missed out on a huge chunk of necessary comic book lore. But with Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, that’s definitely going to change. This opening issue is not only another notch in the awesome body of work from these two creators; it’s also the thing that finally clicked with me when it comes to the New Gods. Read the rest of this entry