Aquaman

Justice League trailer

So, here we have a trailer for the upcoming Justice League.  There’s a lot of stuff shown, but I don’t think you can really tell from the trailer if Warner Bros. has really changed their ways.  Sure, the movie looks good, but visuals aren’t what people have complained about in Zack Snyder movies.  I’m probably over-thinking it, but it definitely seems like WB wants us to think Justice League will be a bit less grim.

First thoughts are that I really think Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman are going to determine if this movie is any good.  Does the movie get bogged down introducing those characters, or do their appearances flow naturally with the pace of the movie?  Also, where’s Superman?  Yes, I know what happened at the end of Batman v. Superman.  But really, is anyone expecting him to not show up in Justice League?  Personally, I don’t think you should put Superman in any of the marketing.  If/When he shows up, let it truly be a surprise.

Legion of Collectors March 2016 unboxing

I have been a subscriber to Loot Crate for almost a year, and mostly enjoy it.  When I saw that Funko was putting together a bi-monthly box containing all stuff related to DC Comics, I couldn’t pass it up.  The first box came out this month, probably to correspond with the upcoming release of Batman vs. Superman.  I will be showing you the items that were in the box, and giving my perceived value.  That’s not to be confused with retail value.  I have no doubt that if you add up the retail value that it would surpass what I paid for it.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’d be willing to pay retail value for these items.  I also don’t care about stuff like exclusivity.  Thoughts and pictures after the break. (more…)

Weekly Readings

Welcome to a pretty late edition of Weekly Readings.  Sorry about that.  This week we have:

  • The Fury of Firestorm #0, in which Jason and Ronnie deal with what comes next for them.
  • Batman, Incorporated #0, in which Batman recruits a ton of people.
  • Aquaman #0, in which Arthur discovers his true heritage.
  • Happy #1, in which Nicholas Sax finds himself in a highly unlikely situation.
  • Justice League Dark #0, in which John Constantine gains magical knowledge and meets Zatanna.
  • Superman #0, in which Jor-El deals with the end of Krypton, and my fears are realized.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14, in which Splinter teaches Raphael a lesson.

Spoilers after the break.  (more…)

Weekly Readings

It’s a very “annual week this week, along with a couple Geoff Johns books that were delayed.

  • Aquaman #12, in which Aquaman confronts Black Manta.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #7, in which we get a story about April O’Neil.
  • Justice League #12, in which the League tries to defeat David Graves.
  • Before Watchmen:  Minutemen #3, in which divisions appear within the group.
  • Superman Annual #1, in which Helspont returns to put Superman in his place.
  • Green Lantern Annual #1, in which the Guardians begin assembling The Third Army.
  • Detective Comics Annual #1, in which Black Mask tries to reassert his control.

Of course, there are spoilers after the break.  (more…)

Superhero Olympics: Swimming

With the start of the Olympics, I figure that it’s as good as time as any to have some fictional competitions between fictional characters.  So please, weigh-in on who you think would win in the comments.

First up is swimming.  And I know that there are a ridiculous number of swimming events, but let’s just stick with something simple.  Let’s say 400M Freestyle.  Today’s competitors are:

Aquaman

vs.

Namor

Thursday’s DC News from San Diego

Most of DC’s panels dealt with simple discussion of thing that had already been announced.  However, there was one big announcement during the Vertigo panel.  Near the end of it, there was a video of Neil Gaiman talking about how he had never told the story of what happened to Morpheus before being captured by Burgess in issue #1, and now seemed like a good time to do it.  So, Gaiman will be writing a new 6-issue series that will be drawn by J. H. Williams III, and is to be released sometime next year.

Now, I don’t have the slightest idea of what this means, because I’ve never actually read Sandman.  It’s something I keep meaning to read, but just have never gotten around to it.  But this new announcement has piqued my curiosity.  I am a big fan of J. H. Williams III, and will be greatly tempted to get this mini-series.

The other thing that was briefly touched upon that I’m looking forward to is Scott Snyder’s upcoming Joker story in Batman.  I had never read anything Snyder has written before his pre-New52 run on Detective Comics, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed his writing.  Of what I’m getting, I consider Batman to be the best DC title being published.  I look forward to seeing what he’s going to do with the Joker in the New52.

Other tidbits after the break.  (more…)

Panel of the Month

The Panel of the Month for the month of December comes from Justice League #4.  While I went with comedy last month, this month is pure badassery.  And in connection with the Aquaman book, I’m starting to believe that the entire point of the New 52 was so that Geoff Johns could try to make Aquaman look badass.  Leading up to this panel, Green Lantern asks Aquaman why he should be the leader, and what can he do that the others can’t.  This was Aquaman’s response.

I was also considering something from Fables #112, but it’s more of a page than a panel, and I’ll likely geek out about it in a couple days.