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REVIEW: 'Detective Comics' #937 by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, and Raul Fernandez

★★★★☆ (4/5)
Never thought I'd see the mighty Dark Knight captured and beaten but when nefarious forces build an army of Batmen can even his Bat-family come to the rescue? That's the precarious situation James Tynion IV has put our hero in, and it's a tension-filled adventure with an unexpected rival faction that is formidable and believable. This may be one of Batman's greatest challenges yet. 

Tynion has tapped into a narrative that surprisingly hasn't been covered this way - the weaponization of the Batman-way. The Colony is an intricate network far more vast than our heroes realized but now know who's behind it and why. The issue combines some great political intrigue and conspiracy-driven action. Tim Drake shines using his tech skills and emergency preparedness. It seems each team member will get a chance in the spotlight to prove their worth as Batwoman and Tim have so far. Batwoman's relationship with her dad, Colonel Kane, makes her alliance with Batma…

REVIEW: 'BATGIRL' #1 by Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig

★★★★☆ (4/5)
Batgirl is taking a break from Burnside and jetting to Okinawa for some sight-seeing, soul-searching and some peace of mind. She's still the Barbara Gordon we know and love despite the change of creative teams but it's a wonderful respite in this new "Rebirth" era. 

Batgirl #1 from Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque, and Dave McCaig is just as fun and well-conceived as the previous team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr.  They molded a distinctive tone and appearance that the new team has embraced and made their own. As another restart to the series begins, they allow for a new adventure that references the past a little but mostly leaves it open for new readers to jump aboard without the burden of knowing the last run. Barbara is dropped into a new environment that's not only new to her but fresh for the reader. Refreshingly, she's not trying to appropriate anything from Japan but to simply observe and take in the sights as tourists …

REVIEW: 'Indoctrination' #2 by Michael Moreci and Matt Battaglia

★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Indoctrination' #2 raises the stakes, blurs the lines of justice, and takes you deeper into the rabbit hole. Michael Moreci is known for his fluid dialogue and political intrigue but Matt Battaglia brings the gritty, muddy, world to life with the same reckless abandon as the characters. 
The beauty of indie comics is the energy it provides the medium with morally ambiguous characters doing objectionable things to meet an end. You won't find this kind of bravado from the Big Two no matter how hard they try to seem "edgy" and "dark." With 'Indoctrination,' Z2 Comics has itself a sort of Homeland/True Detective hybrid that delves into the gray areas of federal investigation that are usually left classified especially when it comes to terrorist suspects. 
Georgia and Trent continue their pursuit of the killer with the serpent tattoo. No one seems more determined than Georgia who's willing to do whatever it takes to get a lead. Capturin…

REVIEW: 'Postal' #13 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart, and K. Michael Russell

★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Postal' seems to excel when it ventures away from its regular cast and brings one of Eden's mysterious residents to the forefront. After a break, Bryan Hill and Isaac Goodhart welcome K. Michael Russell as the new colorist. A new arc puts the spotlight on an unlikely protagonist in one of the series most tautly action-packed issues.
Living on the outskirts of Eden in a dusty trailer, Rowan lives wracked with guilt for his crimes. He came to town way back in issue one and hopes to redeem himself. A former neo-nazi with impeccable penmanship (shout-out to Troy Peteri for the lettering) becomes a target when his past begins to catch up to him.
Hill has created a character that you'll hate and sympathize with. It's a delicate balance considering what he's done in his life but the reason he reformed his ways should pierce your soul. Mayor Shiffron takes on a surprisingly motherly approach in helping Rowan. It's as much about keeping a lid on a potentia…

PREVIEW: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' #284 by Ian Flynn, Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, et al

SONIC and friends get into some BIG TROUBLE in “Panic in the Sky” Part One: Sonic’s Freedom Fighters are finally ready to restore the planet! Unless, of course, someone does even more damage! Cue: the evil Dr. Eggman (of course)! He has a plan of his own and strikes first! The mad doctor launches a multi-pronged assault that will leave you speechless-everything has been building up to this moment! The final chapter to the Shattered World Saga begins here! Featuring the first of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and an “Evil Win” variant by the wonderful Lamar Wells!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #284 Script: Ian Flynn Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms On Sale Date: 7/27 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.






Animated 'Justice League Dark' Movie Preview with Matt Ryan Back as Constantine

We don't know if we'll ever see a live-action film starring John Constantine, Zantanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman and others from DC Comics' magical wing but we do know the animated version, Justice League Dark, is coming. Here's a comprehensive behind-the-scenes featurette with tons of details, previews, and interviews with the creators about what we can expect this fall. 


One of the best parts is the return of Matt Ryan as the voice of John Constantine. He played the role in live-action on the criminally short-lived series on NBC, Constantine. He also reprised the role for an episode of the CW's Arrow. Here he says he wanted to approach the character from a different context and producers felt lucky to have him part of the project. 
He’s joined by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase as Jason Blood/Etrigan The Demon, and Jason O’Mara once again playing the role of Batman. The cast comment on their characte…

PREVIEW: 'Titans' #1 by Dan Abnett Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund

"REMEMBER THE TITANS" Chapter One
After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?
STORY BY Dan Abnett ART BY Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund COVER BY Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Mike Choi PUBLISHER DC Comics COVER PRICE: $2.99 RELEASE DATE Jul 27th, 2016







Watch the Hilarious New Trailer for 'The LEGO Batman Movie'

We're still reeling from all the great announcements and trailers that came out of this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. Among those exciting trailers was Warner Bros' hilarious 'The LEGO Batman Movie.'

Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: "The LEGO Batman Movie." But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.Since practically stealing 'The LEGO Movie,' Will Arnett is back as the cocky, oblivious, Dark Knight in his own spin-off. This time, through Alfred's (Ralph Fiennes) urging, he's got to spend some time with his ward that he unsuspectedly adopted sarcastically. 
He's got to teach a v…

Official: Kiersey Clemons is Iris West for Upcoming 'Flash' Movie

As previously reported, Kiersey Clemons will officially join her Dope director Rick Famuyiwa on the big screen version of 'The Flash' as Iris West. She'll play the classic dogged reporter and love interest of Barry Allen/Flash (Ezra Miller).

Clemons is fresh off of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. Variety reported she'll be "the tough-as-nails journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash." The same role on television, CW's 'The Flash,' is played by Candice Patton giving the traditionally white character in the comics two women of color in live-action. 
Famuyiwa directed Clemons in her breakout role in the 2015 Sundance-favorite Dope. Her next project is the remake of Flatliners and has a recurring role on Amazon's Transparent. Famuyiwa took over directing duties after screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith departed over creative differences with the studio. Grahame-Smith's script remains though and com…

SDCC: 'The Flash' Season 3 Trailer Previews Kid Flash, Reverse Flash, and Ramon Industries?

Fans were given a look at the upcoming season of the CW's 'The Flash' with the first trailer on Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con. Season 3 presents the "Flashpoint" timeline where everything changes after Barry (Grant Gustin) goes back in time again to save his mother. 


Barry thinks he has it all figured out, finally enjoying his family intact but all his other relationships have changed dramatically. Joe (Jesse L. Martin), Iris (Candice Patton), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) are nothing like they were in the previous timeline. Oh, and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is now Kid Flash. Luckily, Barry is still The Flash but he's created a whole new set of problems as explained to him by Reverse Flash himself, Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) in the trailer. Dr. Alchemy is one of the big bad guys along with a mysterious dark speedster for the upcoming season.


The Flash returns on Oct. 4 to the CW.


PREVIEW: 'Miss Fury' #4 Corinna Bechko and Jonathan Lau

Miss Fury uncovers the sinister facts behind what the Minor Key is planning, but is it already too late to stop them? As time grows short, Marla delves deeper into her own shadowy past in Brazil, and the true nature of the power that she barely holds in check. Can it be used for good, or is she doomed to hasten the very thing she fears will come to pass?
Miss Fury #4 writer: Corinna Bechko artist: Jonathan Lau covers: Tula Lotay (a), Jonathan Lau (b) incentive cover: Jonathan Lau (B/W art), Jonathan Lau (“virgin art”) Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 







PREVIEW: 'Zoe Dare vs. The Disasteroid' #2 by Brockton McKinney and Andrew Herman

Stuntwoman Zoe Dare is finally en route to the Disasteroid alongside a team of highly trained astronauts—and her archrival, Race Thunderbuckler! Meanwhile, Danni Dare mans the controls in the NASA Comms Room (to the chagrin of Agent Tarney Winfield), but what awaits the crew on the impending space-rock will shock them all to the core!

ZOE DARE VS. THE DISASTEROID #2

Writer(s):  Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Andrew Herman 
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover A: Andrew Herman, Variant B Cover: Andrew Herman 

32 pgs. / Rated. E / FC                           $3.99 (reg.)/ $4.99 (var.) 









PREVIEW: 'Superhuman Resources: With Great Power Comes Great Stupidity' #2 by Ken Marcus and Armando Zanker

Tim from Finance is about to be kidnapped by evil infiltrators. Can the heroes from Super Crises International save him in time? Spoiler Alert: No, because they’ve already gotten themselves kidnapped by aliens. (Sigh.) Cover by Justin Bleep. Variant by James Callahan. (The Auteur) 
“This might be the funniest comic book ever produced.” - Newsarama 
SUPERHUMAN RESOURCES: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT STUPIDITY #2
Writer: Ken Marcus  Artist: Armando Zanker  Cover Artist: A: Justin Bleep   B: James Callahan 

32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC                           $3.99 (reg.)/ $4.99 (var.) 







SDCC: Winners of Comics' Oscar, the 2016 Eisner Awards

The 28th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comics industry, were held on Friday, July 22 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Actor John Barrowman served as a special host for the evening. Some of the industry's best writers and artists gathered to be recognized for their excellent work in a medium that encapsulates more than just superhero comics but a wide array of fiction, non-fiction, digital media, and more. 

Here are this year's winners:

Best Short Story: “Killing and Dying,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #14 (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Silver Surfer #11: “Never After,” by Dan Slott and Michael Allred (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series: Southern Bastards, by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour (Image)



Best Limited Series: The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Best New Series: Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Litt…

SDCC: 'Black Panther' Debuts Star-Studded Cast at Comic-Con

When rumors began to hit the internet about who is possibly joining Chadwick Boseman in Marvel's 'Black Panther' film, the joke online was when asked by the studio how many popular A-list black actors he wanted, director Ryan Coogler's response was "all of them." After Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentations at Comic-Con Saturday night, it looks like those rumors were right as it was confirmed that Creed's Michael B. Jordan, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, and The WalkingDead's Danai Gurira have been cast.  It’s official. #BlackPanther#SDCC2016pic.twitter.com/0Cs3kkZldQ — Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) July 24, 2016 Boseman reprises his role as King T'Challa of the fictional African nation of Wakanda from his debut in this year's 'Captain America: Civil War.' Jordan will play the villain Erik Killmonger whose family was exiled by T'Challa's father and sought revenge according to the comics. Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira wil…

SDCC: Marvel's Magical 'Doctor Strange' Movie Debuts New Trailer and Poster

A second new trailer for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, debuted Saturday night at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

Created by Marvel Comics artist Steve Dikto in 1963, Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange is a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Scott Derrickson directs from a script by Jon Spaihts and also stars Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelson. Produced by Kevin Feige.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016.
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SDCC: Brie Larson Will Play Carol Danvers in Marvel's "Captain Marvel"

The Oscar-winning actress appeared at the special Marvel Studios Hall H panel to confirm she will play the iconic role of Carol Danvers in the upcoming "Captain Marvel" film.
After being rumored to be in talks to play the role in Marvel's first female-led movie, Larson joined the MCU to the delight of fans at the San Diego Comic-Con. 
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM — Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
No director has been hired yet but there's been plenty of rumors surrounding talented female directors like Emily Carmichael, Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). The script is being penned by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) about air force pilot Carol Danvers whose DNA is blended with an alien giving her super powers and becomes Captain Marvel. 
Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019.



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