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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.

The Darkseid War Act 2

Justice League 45 coverWelcome to Act 2 of the Darkseid War.  If you’re reading this, then I assume you know what happens in Act 1.  If not, go back and read it.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…Ready.  So, of course there are going to be spoilers, as this is a recap more than a review.

So, we pick up where we left off.  Batman is sitting on the Mobius chair getting knowledge and stuff.  Superman and Lex Luthor are stuck on Apokolips, and Superman has gotten lots of angry Apokolips energy.  And what else?  Oh yeah, Darkseid is dead.  Finished.  Kaput.  Pushing daisies.  So that’s where we are entering Act 2.  (more…)

The Darkseid War Act 1

With the release of Justice League #50, The Darkseid War has ended.  Having not read most of it, and hearing that it does lead into DC Universe Rebirth #1, I figured I might as well read it now, and recap it as I go.  With the occasional snarky comment.  This covers Justice League 40-45, the prologue and act one.  I should have Act 2 and Act 3 up by the end of the weekend.  Enjoy.

Metron is sitting in his Mobius chair, doing the whole narrator thing.  He talks about some things he’s observed in the past, because observing is his thing.  Those include the truce between Apokolips and New Genesis, where Highfather and Darkseid each trade a son of theirs to the other, Scott and Orion respectively.  Metron has also observed each of the time altering crises.  Because of the frequency of the crises, the universe is losing it’s cohesion.

Justice League 40 GrailAfter the latest crisis, Flashpoint, the universe has still not yet solidified.  Metron meets with the Anti-Monitor, who he names as Mobius, on the Crime Syndicate planet that he has destroyed (remember Forever Evil).  Metron pleads with Mobius to not continue this course of action, because reality can’t handle it.  Mobius says that he needs a war with Darkseid, because his death is the key to it all.  All being the death of the New Gods and beginning the age of the Anti-God. Metron is attacked from behind by Darkseid’s daughter.  (more…)

The end of Trinity War

The Trinity War ended with Justice League #23, and it got me thinking about how writers should go from setting up the major event, to the event itself.  Now, I always think the event should be set up somewhere in the universe, and one of your top selling books is a fine place to do so, but the ending to Trinity War seems odd to me.  Because I try to be conscious of spoilers, I’ll put the rest after the break.  But be warned, the ending will be spoiled immediately after the break.  (more…)

Trinity War reporting

Justice League 22 coverThe long teased Trinity War has begun in Justice League #22.  This is part one of six in a cross-over that will continue in Justice League of America and Justice League Dark.  Here’s what happened.  (Spoilers below, duh.)

  • A mysterious woman visits Madame Xanadu to have her future read.  Instead of seeing her future, Xanadu first sees the aftermath of a war, with the word “Trinity” sticking out.  She then sees other things that are currently going on with the heroes.  After some reactions Xanadu has to the cards, she finds out that this mysterious woman is Plastique, who is with the Secret Society (of Villains).  She blows up Xanadu’s place of business.
  • Superman and Wonder Woman are having a conversation about when killing a villain is right, when they are interrupted by Pandora.  Pandora believes that Superman is pure of heart, and capable of opening the box (yes, that box), and trapping evil within it.  She hands Superman the “box,” and he freaks out and attacks them.  Pandora sees that he’s too human, gets the box back, and disappears with it.
  • Dr. Arthur Light (Dr. Light) is threatened by Amanda Waller into joining the Justice League of America.  Had he not joined, they would have sent Martian Manhunter to his wife to erase any memories of Arthur that she had.
  • Billy Baston (Shazam) decides that he wants to take Black Adam’s ashes back to his home of Kahndaq, even though people aren’t supposed to go there.  He had seen Superman and Wonder Woman there in the news, so he figures it’s alright.
  • The Justice League flies to Kahndaq to stop Shazam.  The Atom (Rhonda Pineda), who is a double agent working for Waller and Steve Trevor, informs them that they are heading to Kahndaq.  Waller and Trevor send the Justice League of America.
  • Shazam is starting a “ceremony” for Black Adam when he is fired upon by Kahndaq military.  He is about to fight back when he is attacked by Superman.  The Justice League are asking Shazam what he’s doing there when they are interrupted by the Justice League of America.  Dr. Light is absorbing too much energy from Superman (solar battery), and ends up firing an uncontrollable energy blast at Wonder Woman.  This pisses off Superman, who blasts Light with heat vision.  This seemingly destroys Dr. Light and leads to a fight between the two Justice Leagues.
  • The Question is trying to figure out who the evil behind the evil is, and who would want to cast doubt onto Superman.
  • An unknown man, symbolized with the card “The Outsider,” takes credit to himself that he’s responsible for people thinking that Superman killed Dr. Light.

I don’t have much to say about the story, yet.  I want to see where it goes.  But this first issue has the feel of a big event, rather than the beginning of a cross-over that will lead into the big event.  It just feels important.  Well, as important as a comic book story can be.

I like that it was immediately established that Superman is “too human” to be pure of heart, evidenced by the flash of anger he shows when Wonder Woman is hit by Dr. Light.  And see, the romance had a purpose.  It makes sense that he’d lose it when someone he loves, rather than just a comrade is harmed.  And it is the type of thing Batman was worried about.  I love it when prior plot points come to fruition.

There was one bit of art I want to comment on, done by Ivan Reis.  The Atom is greatly regretting her decision to be a double agent for Waller and Trevor.  As the fight starts, she’s trying to get everyone to stop.  The problem is that she’s so small, no one can really hear or notice her.  This takes place over three panels that I think do a very fine job of conveying the feeling of hopelessness that she must feel.

Justice League 22 Atom

Weekly Readings

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Weekly Readings.”  This week includes:

  • Team 7 #0, in which the team is gathered as part of the Majestic project.
  • Justice League #0, in which Billy Batson receives the power of Shazam.
  • Wonder Woman #0, in which Wonder Woman is trained by War.
  • Nightwing #0, in which Dick Grayson becomes Robin.
  • Fables #121, in which we learn if Dare’s actions were successful.
  • Batwoman #0, in which we learn of the training that Kate Kane went through.

As always, spoilers are below 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…)