Injustice: Gods Among Us #18 Review

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After significantly weakening the Sinestro Corps., Batman and the Resistance look to push the ground assault into full effect.

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The Green Lanterns had a great plan to draw out the Sinestro Corps and Superman’s forces to meet on the outskirts of Earth. It served a great attack and distract as the ground forces moved into position. Commissioner Gordon’s team quickly gets into position to execute the next part of their plan. Harley Quinn really serves as a wild card who could make or break the operation. Luckily her actions didn’t foil their plans.

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I like that Luthor is always helping out the resistance. If it wasn’t for him, the resistance would have been defeated from the start. He secretly tries to manipulate Cyborg and influence the league members throughout the story and I love seeing Luthor doing something good for humanity’s sake.

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There was a great interaction between Robin and Catwoman as the two are finally reunited after Nightwing’s death. Robin tries to get into Catwoman’s head after she takes out the Flash but she responds well. Damian never truly was a good complimentary partner for Batman.

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After Luthor surrenders, He speaks with Gordon and reveals that he is the inside man along with his knowledge of Oracle’s identity. Gordon prepares for the Air Assault as he pretends to hold Luthor hostage to get aboard the watchtower. I’m really going to enjoy what happens next as Gordon looks to push the fight onto their home territory.

 

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Overall Highlights:

  • Nice consistent artwork
  • Luthor being the good guy!
  • Catwoman punishing Robin

 

8/10 Super Pills

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DC Comics News You Can’t Miss

There have been many updates and previews from DC Comics recently. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Justice League: War Released on iTunes

DVD/BluRay Release Feb. 4th

Yesterday, the new animated film Justice League:War was released on iTunes although the DVD and Blu-Ray won’t be out until February 4th. The animated movie is the first to venture into the New 52 era with this adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s  origin story for this version of the Justice League. The superheroes have to put aside their differences to save the world from Darkseid’s invasion.

A little heads up: The voice acting takes time to get used to. There are a lot of unfamiliar voices for the characters and the dialogue at times comes off as a little too cheesy.

 

Post-Credits Scene Hints at Future Animated Film

Coming Soon Atlantis vs. Surface Dwellers!

One of the best parts (in my opinion) of the Justice League is Aquaman, who is notably absent from the JL’s origin story. After the credits, there is about a 30 second clip which features Orm, Aquaman’s brother, holding an old man in his arms.

“The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay.” 

Geoff Johns said last August that Aquaman would be getting an animated film soon and this may be what he was referring to. The “Throne of Atlantis” arc was a crossover between Justice League and Aquaman so this is most likely what the plot will be adapted from and hopefully the new era of New 52 films will improve.

 

DC Comics April 2014 Solicitations!!

Forevil will be wrapping up come April and there will be a lot of changes as a result! 

Here are a few notable titles and release dates:

  • Sinestro #1-  The Yellow Lantern finally gets his own monthly comic! (Apr 16th)

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  • Justice League United #0- Writer Jeff Lemire brings us the adventures of what Earth calls Justice League Canada! Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Animal Man, and Super Girl! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane- Batman fights to take back Gotham City from the clutches of Bane in the aftermath of Forever Evil! (Apr 30th)

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  • Justice League #30- Lex Luthor leading the show?!?! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Aquaman and the Others #1- In this Aquaman prequel we’ll see how Aquaman and the Others formed and there other missions before the events of the New 52.  (Apr 2nd)

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  • The Flash Annual #3- The long awaited return of speedster Wally West!! (Apr 30th)

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For the FULL list head to Newsarama‘s report.

Be sure to check back here in a few days for my review of Justice League: War!!

What You May Have Missed Today: DC Comics News

Son of Batman

This year marks the 75th Anniversary for Batman and we received some well received news regarding his son, Damian Wayne. The first trailer for Son of Batman was released. Son of Batman is a new animated film based on Grant Morrison’s early run on the “Batman and Son” arc where he finds out he has an unruly pre-teen son. Damian was being raised by his mother Talia Al Ghul and the League of Assassins.

The voice cast features Jason O’Mara as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Stuart Allan as Damian, Morena Baccarin as Talia, Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s Al Ghul, and Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke. Deathstroke was not originally in the story but he will be in the animated film which will premiere at Anaheim’s WonderCon Easter Weekend.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look below.

 

 

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

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A new animated film entitled JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time will be released January 21st. It wasn’t really marketed and this was the first I’ve heard of it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman before they become super heroes. For Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!

I’ll try to watch that as soon as I can and give you my take on it!

 

Gotham

As you may know, Fox will be filming a new TV show centered around Gotham, a young Gordon, and a young Bruce Wayne. More reports now reveal some of Batman’s main villains will be in the show. Villains include the Riddler, the Penguin, and even the Joker. Fox’s entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly, reported what the future villains’ roles shall be. “We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said.

I expect Gotham to be DC’s counter to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and I hope it can be as good as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. (Which isn’t particularly outstanding)

That’s all the news I have for today. Be sure to check back for more updates and news!

Top 10 Moments from Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One

Injustice Gods Among Us was a hit video game that was released last April. The coinciding digital comic series was an even bigger hit gaining a great following. The series had it’s ups and downs but I loved it from the start. While the game story only briefly covers Superman’s ascent to Dictator of the World, the comic shows us how Superman’s reign began. Since Injustice Year Two was released last Tuesday, let’s take a look at the top moments that made us ooh and ahh from Year One.

10. Lois’ Death and Metropolis Destruction

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The Joker mixes together a dosage of Scarecrow’s fear toxin and Kryptonite which caused Superman’s perception to be altered. While he thinks he’s flying Doomsday up to outer space to stop a bomb from detonating, it was actually Lois. The Joker hooked up the bomb to detonate once Lois’ heartbeat stopped. The two things Superman held dear, he could not protect. What made matters worse was the Lois was pregnant so Clark lost his chance to be a father.  That moment threw Supe’s over the edge and led to another significant moment on the list.

9. The Relocation of Atlantis

The King of the Oceans doesn’t like being commanded and in a show of strength, Arthur pushes his armies onto the shores of many nations. That pretty much backfired as Superman and his team showed their strength by relocating Atlantis to the Sahara Desert. Aquaman quickly reconsidered his defiant nature and pulled back. This move showed how strong Superman is. He’s capable of doing virtually anything and any opposition will not sit with him. Injustice - Gods Among Us (2013-) 012-016

8. Martian Barbecue

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After Martian Manhunter is revealed to be allied with Batman, he takes on Superman and Wonder Woman. He tries to dissuade Superman from continuing his conquest but that eventually leads to Manhunter entering Wonder Woman’s body.(Not that way) With no other course of action as Diana’s life was at stake, Superman zaps Wonder Woman, leaving nothing but ash of Martian Manhunter.

7. Nightwing’s Death

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Robin sides with Superman when he decides Arkham isn’t doing a good enough job. A prison break caused by Harley Quinn led to a battle between Superman’s team, the inmates, and Batman & Nightwing. Robin throws his baton at Nightwing who then falls and lands on a rock, breaking his neck. The death shook both Robin, who wasn’t trying to kill Nightwing, and Batman who has now lost a son.

6. Team Batman

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The President and Batman form a team of heroes to combat Superman’s Regime. Catwoman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Captain Atom, Huntress, Batwoman, and Black Lightning all enlist to save the world. It was great to see two sides “doing the right thing” go head to head.

5. Joker’s Final Laugh

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An enraged Superman fresh with grief did the unspeakable. When Superman killed the Joker, that changed everything. Superman, the poster child for morality, good, and justice murdered someone in cold blood. Side note, the brutality of the kill was something out of Mortal Kombat. No one was safe from that moment on. While Superman justified the kill as “One death to save millions of lives” Batman reminded him it always starts with one and just gets easier.

4. Green Arrow’s Demise

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Batman has said before the Arrow would keep the Justice League from going out of control since he always looks out for the little guys. After attacking the Fortress of Solitude to retrieve the Super Soldier pills, Team Batman discovered Martha and Jonathan Kent there. This led to Superman rushing back to save his parents who he thought were in danger. Arrow, trapped in the Fortress of Solitude, is left to feel Superman’s wrath. Luckily, with his last breaths, he is able to secure the pill for Batman before Superman commits one of many murders.

3. World Regime 

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This event ended Year One of Injustice. Superman’s press conference leads to Super powered Soldiers entering by his side to maintain the peace and ultimately ushered the world into a new era.

2. No Secrets (Identity Reveal)

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After learning the Martian Manhunter was spying on Superman for Batman, Superman decides its time to release the identity of his enemy. With his Identity out in the open, Batman will be seeing some major changes to his life. He would have no where to hide and who knows what would happen to Wayne Enterprises.

1. Breaking Bat

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The age old question has been asked thousands of times: Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? We got a great slugfest when Superman brought the fight to Batman’s Cave. Batman stalled for time as his synthesis of the Super pill neared completion. Superman not wanting to kill Batman, takes some notes from Bane and decides to cripple him instead.

Honorable Mention: Super Alfred Bringing the Pain

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Alfred took the Super Pill in an attempt to save Bruce. The Butler finally becomes a true hero and fights fire with fire. Superman now has a new accented nose.

Be sure to check back soon for a review of the first issue of Injustice: Year Two.