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Nintendo will be traveling to big cities to promote Pokemon: Let’s Go
Marvel opposes trademark from China
Harley Quinn #51 brings back Captain Triumph
Star Wars #54 sees Han Solo flying an X-wing
Did you know Wonder Woman has a sister
Sentry, Void, and Bob Reynolds merge into one entity
This is our individual list of top 5 most anticipated upcoming comic book movies.
Jack must have not slept well because he was very cynical of most of the upcoming movies. On the other hand, I enjoyed Green Lantern and the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. Keep this in mind when going over our lists.
We love to see our action heroes duking it out with their arch-nemesis. The bigger the battle, the more we like it. What we don’t typically think about is the mental affect this has on the superhero. Constantly fighting for your life can take a toll on your psyche. DC Comics and Tom King are tackling this subject with their new upcoming title, Sanctuary.
At the DC in DC convention, King revealed that he will be taking the writing lead on this new initiative. There isn’t much more information on the title. We don’t know if it will be an ongoing series, a limited series, or a lead-in to a bigger event.
According to King Sanctuary will follow crisis centers in the DC universe designed for superheroes to come and discuss the personal and psychological effects of a career in crime-fighting. King had this to say at a panel discussing PTSD and trauma in comics and comics writing:
The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart—and we also have a group of superheroes, the Trinity, who care about these other heroes.
They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger. So, as both a practical and a compassionate matter, they’ve set up something called Sanctuary, which is a place that you can go, modeled on veterans’ crisis centers—which is an interesting name for them—and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you—and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you.
I like the series that let us have a glimpse into our favorite superheroes personal life. Knowing they have the same fears, frailties, self-doubts as everyone else humanizes them to the reader.
There are also readers that don’t want to see their favorite characters vulnerable. They want to look at the superheroes as something to strive for.
Either way, Sanctuary is a great story concept. Tom King has proven he can write complex stories well. We are in for one heckuva ride.
Jack and I watched the Justice League movie at Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso. We both LOVED! the movie. All the characters got their time in the spotlight. The actors really brought those characters to life. You really connected with each and every one of them.
The villain was very formidable. There were times when he appeared to be unstoppable.
The best part of the movie for me was when they brought Superman back from the dead. They actually gave him some good dialogue this time. He was more than a one dimensional boy scout type character. I am super glad they let him display a full range of emotions, including humor.
The main complaint from the critics is the CGI. Honestly, it wasn’t the best CGI work, but it in no way distracted from the story. The pacing and character development was on point. You are too involved in the story arc to think about CGI for more than a few seconds.
Like I said, we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie. You don’t have to take our word for it though. We asked some of our fellow movie-goers what they thought of the movie and they overwhelmingly agreed with us. If you want to see a good DC Comics superhero movie that is as good as, if not better than Wonder Woman, then go see Justice League. We recommend seeing it at the Alamo Drafthouse with a bowl of bottomless popcorn!
DC Comics has been getting a lot of criticism lately about their major motion pictures. People were saying Marvel had the secret formula for successful superhero movies and DC just couldn’t quite get it completely right. The Wonder Woman movie will put all that chatter to rest.
The Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) movie gives us her origin story. This works because her origin hasn’t been played out ad nauseam in previous movies.
We get to see where Diana gets her combat training, god-like powers, and her god-forged weapons. We see the innocence and purity of the character as well. Gal Gadot really knocked it out of the park portraying Wonder Woman.
The pacing for movie was so good it didn’t seem like over 2 hours passed from beginning to end. There were enough action sequences to keep the adrenaline junkies happy, enough humor to keep the laughers happy, and enough story to tie them both together.
Wonder Woman is the DC Comics movie we’ve been waiting for. We’re hoping DC can build on the success of this movie and make Justice League a huge hit.
We want to thank Alamo Drafthouse El Paso for allowing us to do our review in their lobby. We also want to thank Raywork Productions for filming & editing the video.
Please tell us what you thought about the movie. Did Gal Gadot make a convincing Wonder Woman? Did Chris Pine do good as Steve Trevor? Did DC Comics finally make a movie to rival the Marvel films? Let us know!
Wonder Woman is one of DC Comics Trinity, but she has taken a backseat to Batman and Superman until now. For those who watched Batman vs Superman, it’s hard to deny Wonder Woman stole the show.
Wonder Woman has been gaining popularity over the past few years, and deservedly so. She is a strong, moral role model for everyone (not just women). Most people know Wonder Woman is an Amazon and she has a Lasso of Truth, Magic Gauntlets, and an Invisible Jet, but there is a lot more to her story.
Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October 1941. Originally her origin story Queen Hippolyta sculpted her from clay and she was given life by Aphrodite. In recent years her origin has been depicted as the daughter of Zeus and raised by her mother Hippolyta and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe.
In the comics Steve Trevor is a World War I pilot whose plane crashes on Themyscira (The movie changes this to World War II). Queen Hippolyta holds a contest amongst her Amazons to determine who will take Steve Trevor back to his world and help in stopping injustice. Hippolyta forbids Diana (Wonder Woman) from participating. Diana wears a mask, enters the competition, and is able to win. Hippolyta allows her to carry out the mission of returning Steve Trevor.
Wonder Woman assumes the civilian identity of Diana Prince. She becomes one of the founding members of the Justice League. She is one of the more powerful characters in the DC Universe. She is the only member of the Justice League that Batman doesn’t have a contingency plan for if she goes rogue.
Powers and Abilities
Wonder Woman is a world class athlete, acrobat, fighter, and strategist. She is trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat. She also has an arsenal of god-forged weapons at her disposal.
Wonder Woman gets her own day from DC Comics. All you Wonder Woman fans mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this.
Official DC Comics Press Release
DC Entertainment is celebrating the upcoming Wonder Woman film with “Wonder Woman Day” on Saturday, June 3. Two new, special edition Wonder Woman comic covers were revealed today – comic retailers, participating bookstores, libraries and other partners will give fans free copies of the special editions on “Wonder Woman Day.”
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 features a chapter from the upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS, written by Shea Fontana with art and a new cover by Yancey Labat. WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 reprints WONDER WOMAN #1 by writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated action-adventure film Wonder Woman, from director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, comes to theaters on June 2, 2017. Keep an eye out for more “Wonder Woman Day” updates coming soon!
If you are in any comic book store for longer than a few minutes you will undoubtedly hear the “who would win in a fight between…” arguments. These conversations have been the staple of comic book conversations for as long as I can remember.
If the two parties were from the same publisher you could always cite historical references from earlier years with that publisher. The problem arises when the two parties in the theoretical fight are from different publishers. Since the publishers are competing for a bigger market share, they don’t like to share their characters with other publishers. If you saw crossover events it was usually between different titles under the same publisher…. until recently.
There seem to be a lot of crossover titles between publishers lately. Batman had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear in Gotham. After that the favor was repaid and Batman had a crossover with the Turtles under the IDW imprint. Now the Justice League is crossing over with The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It seems like DC Comics has learned to play nice and share their characters with the other publishers… and us readers are reaping the benefits.
“Something very, very massive has happened in Angel Grove, in the Power Rangers’ world, and then another massive event sends one of our main characters, Zack, into the Justice League’s world”, said writer, Tom Taylor.
“I can’t tell you too much more, but there’s a bit of conflict, there’s struggle, there’s misunderstanding. Those are classic tropes that you want to see when hero teams that don’t know the other ones are heroes come together. A little bit of miscommunication leads to badness. But eventually, good too! And really it’s just a great opportunity to take these two heroes from two different worlds and bring them together in a way I don’t think anyone could see coming”, Taylor added.
When asked about the villains in the series Taylor responded “Well, we’re definitely going to see Lord Zedd. I can happily tell you that. Lord Zedd will appear in this book. And he is one of the biggest problems. The other big problem is a DC villain who we can’t actually announce yet, but make sure you get issue #2.”
Both publishers, DC Comics and Boom Studios are very excited about this epic crossover. Each company is placing their marquee characters into the other’s universe. We finally get to see what would happen when these two pop culture Goliaths band together to do what they do best, beat bad guys.
“DC and BOOM! Studios teaming up on this crossover is a dream come true for fans of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Justice League,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Editorial Strategy and Administration, DC Entertainment. “Stories like this are a great way to have that ‘what if’ itch scratched, combining favorite characters from different publishers in epic adventures.”
“Everyone at BOOM! is thrilled to be part of an event of this magnitude,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We have iconic characters meeting for the first time that are beloved the world over! Our imaginations have been racing since the moment this kicked off with our friends at DC and Saban Brands. Get ready…this is one event that’s not to be missed.”
Two of comics greatest teams team up for the very first time! Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.
Art: Stephen Byrne
Cover:: Karl Kerschl
Written: Tom Taylor
The World’s Greatest Heroes Face Off Against Belle Reve’s Worst Villains
The Justice League has long been a popular team for DC Comics. All the heavy hitters in DC’s lineup have been member at some point.
The DC Entertainment movies are building toward the team’s debut on the big screen with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Aquaman. This movie promises to be a big hit. Let’s hope they find a suitable villain that will require them to band together.
The success of Suicide Squad in the theaters tells me people love their villains. The Squad is a collection of some of the deadliest and most intriguing bad guys. They say there is no honor among thieves, but the members of the Squad displayed some good teamwork. There was more than once a member placed the team above themselves.
Problem is these 2 groups are opposed to the other. When the Justice League finds out about the existence of the Suicide Squad they make it their mission to end it. They believe the villains they have worked hard to catch should remain in prison.
The Justice League will do their best to end the Suicide Squad black ops program. One small thing, the Suicide Squad does not want to have their program shut down.
The 2 groups clash over this little disagreement. Oh, and DC has mentioned there is another team in play that has the goods on the whole DC Universe. How exciting!
Official Press Release
With a record-setting 12 million copies sold this summer, DC Entertainment has set the comic book world on fire since REBIRTH launched in June. With 21 of the initial 30 monthly and twice-monthly titles going to press multiple times, comic book fans are already asking, “What’s next?”
The answer arrives this December, as DC announces its first major event of Rebirth: the Justice League facing off against the Suicide Squad. This two-month event will pit DC’s two greatest super-teams against each other in a six-issue weekly miniseries, beginning with a special prelude in the pages of SUICIDE SQUAD #8, and with issues of SUICIDE SQUAD (#9 and #10) and JUSTICE LEAGUE (#12 and #13) serving as tie-ins during January.
The prelude issue sets the stage for issues #1 and #2 of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, written by Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, Vertigo’s FROSTBITE) with art by Jason Fabok (JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR) and Tony S. Daniel (JUSTICE LEAGUE, DEATHSTROKE). Issues #3 through #6 debut weekly throughout January, along with the special tie-in issues of SUICIDE SQUAD written by Rob Williams and JUSTICE LEAGUE by guest writer Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING, GRAYSON).
The day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth and justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of REBIRTH. Longtime enemies such as Batman and Deadshot, the Flash and Boomerang, and Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.
“This story is another building block to REBIRTH. With all of our heroes back on the board, it’s the super-villains turn. And the events within will set the stage for REBIRTH Phase 2 as a surprising team emerges and another piece of the puzzle of the future of the DC Universe, and the past, comes into focus,” said Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.
“I’m really excited about writing this story,” said Williamson. “This is a great opportunity to remind fans that, outside of Batman, the DC Universe isn’t aware that Task Force X or Amanda Waller even exists. To ultimately bring these villains to light for the entire DC Universe to see should make future Suicide Squad stories that much more interesting. And by the end of the story, both teams may discover that they have more in common than they thought, whether they like it or not.”
The advanced solicitation
The first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era is here!
This issue, written by Joshua Williamson with art and cover by Jason Fabok, kicks off an explosive six-issue weekly event! It all begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!