Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Defenders – Kingpins of New York | Comics

The Defenders have gathered to fight for the people of New York! However, bad press follows them and Diamondback wants to be the next lord of crime!

When Diamondback came back from being dead after a long time, he faced the Defenders of New York. He was taking a drug to enhance his strength but got his butt kicked anyway. He was arrested and readied for transport, where he met the fierce vigilante Punisher. Stryker was able to invoke Frank Castle into attacking him and he escaped. While on the run, he showed up at the penthouse of Black Cat and she calls off their alliance considering him being a fugitive only to get repeatedly shot at by him.

In desperation, he decides to take all of the remaining at once to get home and got extremely jacked up. Completely unknown about what he has been up to, a badly wounded Black Cat came back to take a dig at him but she barely made a scratch on him. Stryker was about to deliver a finishing blow on her when Daredevil and Iron Fist intervened at the nick of time. Jessica Jones came charging at him with a car and Luke Cage followed up by landing a barrage of punches until he is finally taken down for good.

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Defenders – Kingpins of New York | Comics

Willis Stryker was eventually bailed out in court when his lawyer was able to make it look like Stryker is a victim of vigilantism. Reporter Ben Urich from Daily Bugle came to the hospital where Black Cat is admitted and Hammerhead showed up too announcing an upcoming gang-war. Since things are going crazy-pants, Jessica called in an old favor and recruited Deadpool for help. Elsewhere, Diamondback meets his secret benefactor, who turns out to be former Kingpin, Wilson Fisk. Stryker is advised to tighten loose ends of their plan and is warned about new players like master assassin Elektra being in town.

Elektra Natchios came across Danny Rand on a rooftop as the latter asks why she previously broke into their office. Instead of answering, she responds by starting a fight with him, which is officially their first ever. She bested him for a while and had Danny on ropes but he only knocks her out by using his chi energy. Meanwhile, Diamondback walks into Hammerhead's pub with intent to take it for himself and he does so when one of his own men tipped off by the former shot the latter in head with a high-caliber gun, killing him.

Daredevil asks Elektra about why she broke into their office and what she knows about Willis. When he let her go afterwards, a friction among his peers create regarding trust issues among them. The Punisher was trying to snipe on him from afar but Deadpool decided to butt in, literally. Their fight alerted the Defenders and they came after Castle. However, adding Wade Wilson has only caused them trouble and the Merc with a Mouth soon took an exit. As Willis Stryker assembles Fixer, Moonstone and Titania to be part of his new crew, The Hood returns to bring on more chaos.

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Defending The Streets

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Defenders – Kingpins of New York

"Kingpins of New York" steps into the second phase of a bigger plan that started following the events of "Diamonds Are Forever" storyline. Collecting issues #06-10 of the fifth ongoing volume of Defenders monthly series from Marvel Comics, the arc was plotted by writer Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers Disassembled, House of M) and artist David Marquez (Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man – Reboot) helped him portraying his layout. The current series bears heavy influence from Marvel's The Defenders TV show from online streaming-service Netflix and even the roster is following TV line-up of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.

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All-out Street War

As former Kingpin of crime in is out from his regular business, there is a power vacuum created in his absence and every other bad-guy of New York is seemingly trying to earn that title. Many characters have gone through shocking experience while many showed up as a guest; most notably Elektra Natchios. During the Elektra/Iron Fist confrontation, she fairly made a point fighting the Immortal Iron Fist that why even a guy like Wolverine seeks to train with her when is in trouble. Also, special appearance by Colleen Wing, Echo, Misty Knight, Spider-Woman and White Tiger was quite a fresh breeze.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dark Nights – Metal | Comics

Mysteries of the Dark Multiverse is being uncovered and they threatened destroy the very fabric of the Universe!

On Bermuda Triangle, Batman breaks into a secret Wayne Enterprises site to rescue researchers with help from Aquaman. He then meets Mister Terrific at Lunar Batcave on the moon for the data he gathered from Earth-Two and they both agrees to release Plastic Man from a stasis. Bruce then shows up at Superman's Fortress of Solitude to access a secret room Clark has given him but the latter points out that nothing could open it. He came prepared along with Mister Miracle to open it for him and Scott Free leaves telling him to turn back immediately as he looks at the cosmic tuning fork of Anti-Monitor.

Hal Jordan of Green Lantern Corps is pulled out of active duty by Ganthet of the Guardians for a secret mission. He sends GL to a coordinate, which led him to Wayne Manor and he ended up inside the Batcave, only to be welcomed by Duke Thomas AKA The Signal. Though Jordan was caught off guard, he quickly detained the boy and despite his warnings, Hal proceeds as they hear a mysterious voice. Its starts spilling many secrets regarding whatever Batman collects and gathers here. These two eventually stopped at a giant door, behind which they've found The Joker captive behind an energy shield.

The Dark Knight goes to Athens looking for Hephaestus, where Wonder Woman informs him that all Greek Gods have abandoned Earth. She then gives him a weapon of Apollo called the Sunblade before leaving. Bruce then came across a dying Dubbilex of Project Cadmus looking for an otherworldly Metal before he met with his former lover Talia al Ghul, with whom he traded the Sunblade for Eighth Metal. Back in Batcave, Joker managed to get out of captivity by provoking Duke and starts wrecking havoc until Batman arrived.

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Dark Nights – Metal | Comics

Once he was the Prince of Egypt named Khufu who came in contact with a Thanagarian ship build of Nth Metal. He and his lover Chay-Ara died at the hands of a priest and his servant Hath-Set only to be reborn again. He was reborn as archaeologist Carter Hall, who was trying to uncover the mystery of the Metal and its bond to his reincarnation cycle. In his quest, he uncovers that a nightmarish future waits for the universe that is from dawn of time to threaten the existence of Multiverse and is connected to the Caped Crusader.

Mongul has taken the Justice League captive on his second War World and forcing them to fight in a gladiatorial arena against killer-robots built by Toyman. During the fight, Batman notices a something and suggests his teammates to follow his actions, which they does and are all consumed by the robots to merge into a giant one to force the alien tyrant to flee. As they were heading back to Earth, Alfred called in to inform that the mountain headquarters of the superhero team Challengers of the Unknown has showed up in Gotham from nowhere after energy storm of dark lightning.

Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman followed The Dark Knight inside to discover a cryo pod and an inactive Red Tornado. Lady Blackhawk arrives with company and introduces her as Kendra Saunders, also known as Hawkgirl. She explains of a Dark Multiverse and warns them all of an invasion by The Bat Behind The Bat named Barbatos, who has a connection with Wayne family. When he was shot back in time by Darkseid, the Bat-God decided to use him as a portal to enter this reality. Bruce stole the Nth Metal sample from Blackhawk Island to realize upon analyzing that all of it was true after all and is visited by the known as Dream of the Endless, The Sandman.

Superman and the Justice League wet looking for Batman throughout the world only to led by a band of decoy into Parliament of Trees for an angry Swamp Thing to attack them. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, John Constantine and Zatanna only took the quest further to no result. Finally, he is discovered attempting to go back time and stop Barbatos from ever entering this reality. All of them realize way too late that they walked into a trap set by The Judas Tribe and they infected Bruce with Batmanium, the fifth Metal to open a portal from which, The True Father of Batman walks in with seven Dark Knights to destroy all.

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Dark Corners of Reality

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A major crossover event that has been in the works ever since "Court of the Owls" at the dawn of The New 52 and even connects back to post-Flashpoint event "Final Crisis", "Dark Nights – Metal" is a masterpiece story created by writer Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman – Ends of the Earth, Flashpoint – Project Superman) and artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn). These two have worked up the core six-issue limited series that have a number of related tie-in issues that comes in "The Road to Metal", "Dark Knights Rising" and "The Resistance" books to fill the necessary gaps to make things matter by a few other.

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The Bat Behind The Bat

Writers James Tynion IV (Detective Comics – Rise of the Batmen, Detective Comics – The Victim Syndicate) and Tim Seeley (Batman – Night of the Monster Men, Nightwing – Better Than Batman) along with various other creators have contributed to the plot. Artists Andy Kubert (Origin, Ultimate Iron Man), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash – Rebirth, Green Lantern – Rebirth), Jim Lee (Batman – Hush, Superman – For Tomorrow), John Romita Jr. (Superman – Before Truth, Superman – The Men of Tomorrow) and Tyler Kirkham (The Darkness, Tomb Raider) have also take part in illustrating the arc for readers.

Ever since DC Rebirth, DC Comics has never done a crossover this big and it was actually a scheme to re-introduce many new characters and teams into play. References of classic sagas were mentioned and elements were used to build a new tomorrow. Some of the noteworthy appearances were made by Black Adam, Black Manta, Clayface, Deathstroke, Doctor Fate, Nightwing, Robin, Steel, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans and Vandal Savage. A link to "Death of The Family" and "Endgame" arc was drawn to detailing the origin of Metal and how it is related to Batman. We are treated with an epic team-up during climax that was most unexpected and it even rivals the awesomeness of the World's Finest duo.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Batman – The Rules of Engagement | Comics

Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption.

When Batman proposed to Catwoman on a rooftop after being inspired to be happy in life by his father from an alternate timeline, they decided to come clean to each other about their past. She explains how she ended up at Arkham Asylum for accusation of murdering 237 men of a terrorist group. It was her close friend Holly Robinson who actually committed the crime and Selina took the fall for her knowing she will eventually be saved by The Dark Knight when she will be sent to a death row for this mass murder.

So, they decided to travel to Khadym for a fifteen hour long journey though an unforgiving desert seeking redemption. They loses one of their horses and Batman comes to a former partner of Dick Grayson from his time as an agent of Spyral who goes by the name Tiger King of Kandahar for his help to reach his destination. Since political interference and involvement of super-heroes are not welcomed there, he had to find a guy with enough intel to make an entrance to Khadym and Tiger reluctantly agrees to help them.

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Batman – The Rules of Engagement | Comics

Back in Wayne Manor, Alfred Pennyworth finally discloses regarding this illegal mission of his and about Bruce recently proposing to Ms. Kyle to his surrogate family of young vigilantes, which struck them all in awe. While Duke Thomas and Jason Todd starts blaming each other for not being able to stop him from marrying her, Damian Wayne accepts this to be his fault and Dick Grayson tries to comfort him. Superman makes a call to Alfred informing of an unauthorized invasion in Khadym and Justice League is on their way.

Upon arriving at their desired end, Tiger is stopped by the Guard in the Desert, who turns away heroes and villains from entering. He refuses to allow entry for Batman and Catwoman decides to confront the Guard, which didn't end quite well for him. As the three of them enters, Talia al Ghul is informed of their arrival, to which she asks to prepare her swords. They are surrounded by her men whom are ordered to tire them to exhaustion, something that the duo realized fighting the Silent Soldiers of the Pit for a while.

The Demon's daughter then comes swinging her swords at her ex as he tries to reason with her about their visit. All they want is to talk to Holly Robinson and then leave but knowing Selina Kyle is going to be his wife soon, Talia stabs him in jealousy. Catwoman then picks up a sword to fight the former lover of her betrothed to a standstill unless one of them falls. When their ledger on Khadym is finally closed and done about, the Bat and Cat are about to go on a rare double date with Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

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Duel With Demon's Daughter

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Batman – The Rules of Engagement

Ever since DC Rebirth has kicked in, writer Tom King (Grayson – Agents of Spyral, Grayson – We All Die at Dawn) has been building up a legacy for The Dark Knight through stroylines like I Am Gotham, I Am Suicide and I Am Bane. Now he has join forces with artist Joëlle Jones (Helheim – Brides of Helheim, Helheim – The Witch War) with guest Clay Mann (Dark Reign – Elektra, Magneto – Not a Hero) and Lee Weeks (Incredible Hulk – Tempest Fugit, Superman – Lois & Clark) for the latest adventure of the Caped Crusader. "The Rules of Engagement" is released in 2018 from DC Comics, consisting issues #33-37 and Annual issue# 02 of the third ongoing monthly volume of Batman comic-book series.

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Super-Friends for Life

As World’s Greatest Detective decides to tie the knot with one of Gotham City’s notorious thieves by giving in to their mutual attraction, lives are changed. Though his son and current Robin, Damian does not like the idea of his father marrying someone else other than his mother Talia al Ghul, he remains unfazed. Members of the Bat-Family are a bit skeptical about this decision he made but they all are coming to terms. The two-part backup story explores many unseen shades of the friendship Batman shares with the Man of Steel and how both of these finest heroes are always corrected by their better halves.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End | Comics

Betrayed, beaten, badly burden and completely heartbroken, Anakin Skywalker was left withered and dying on the fiery surface of planet Mustafar by his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi until he was rescued by his new master Darth Sidious. After patch him up and giving him a new cybernetic suit to contain his body, his master informs him that his wife Padmé is no more and he must choose a path. So, he sent Darth Vader on a quest to retrieve a lightsaber from a Jedi to claim as his own and his apprentice got one by defeating Master Kirak Infil'a on the river moon of Al'doleem.

The Emperor then sent him to the Jedi Temple Archives to deal with an intruder and there he encounters a stranger with red lightsaber. When Vader was about to deliver a finishing blow to him after besting his opponent in combat, Palpatine intervenes. He reveals to his scholar that the fighter he bested was The Grand Inquisitor and there are several others whom he assembled to hunt down Jedi members. All of them are then placed under Lord Vader's command and their leader informs him of a list of Jedi surviving Order 66.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End | Comics

The one who topped the list was the Jedi Temple librarian, Jocasta Nu and while The Grand Inquisitor still wonders how she can be a threat to Galactic Empire, Vader decides to pursue her. So, tasking him to fins a connection to her, the Dark Lord of Sith goes to see his master for answers regarding this Jedi librarian. What he learns that she knows every details from the light side of the force to the dark side as well. Also, she was a guardian of something that can help shape the future of The Empire and so, she needs to be captured alive.

Though most of the Jedi perished during the execution of Order 66, Jocasta Nu somehow survived and now she is recording holocrons to preserve the Order. After summing up a whole collection, she leaves it behind to her assistant Gar for the next generation of Jedi. However, she insists that there is still something back at Jedi Temple in Coruscant that she needs to get back. Being a Force-sensitive human, she managed her way into the temple by playing mind tricks on Clone troopers on guard to access the archives.

As she secretly enters her former workplace, she goes into a secret vault holding a database containing information on every Force-sensitive child in it. When returning, she engaged The Grand Inquisitor in a fight seeing him disrespecting sacred books of the library and just when he cornered her to finish her off; his lord arrives at the last moment to stop him from doing that. Darth Vader asks Jocasta Nu to surrender and promises not to harm her but the self-righteous Jedi would rather die than getting caught.

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One-Woman Jedi Order

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – Legacy's End

Following the events of "Revenge of the Sith", viewers only see a completely reformed Anakin Skywalker next in "A New Hope". What happened in between was explored never before and so, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine – The Weapon X Program) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) were brought on board to dig out Vader's mysterious past. "Legacy's End" is collected in issues #7-12 of the second monthly ongoing volume of Star Wars spin-off series Darth Vader from Marvel Comics in 2017.

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The Dying Light

The new creative-duo behind the story decides to shed some light on a character from Prequel Trilogy as well as The Clone Wars. The Jedi librarian of Jedi Archives, Jocasta Nu first appeared on "Attack of the Clones" and was portrayed by Alethea McGrath. Though her role in her debut media was relatively short, this story does some justice to her lesser known character by revealing what greater task she was burdened with during the Jedi Purge. Much like previous storyline "Imperial Machine", this book also gives a slight glimpse of Vader's change of heart.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Action Comics – The Oz Effect | Comics

Clark Kent has moved to Metropolis lately but he is been busy ever since dealing with The Godslayer (Men of Steel), the Superman Revenge Squad (The New World) and Mr. Mxyzptlk (Superman Reborn), followed by one of their recent family road-trip (Hopes and Fears). Just like every other day, Superman was busy saving the world and talking to Lois Lane on phone. Then he heard gunshots and screams, which led him to the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Saving the locals from gunmen and wolves, he finds computer chip on their neck.

He calls out the mastermind behind this chaos named Machinist and the villain appears but turns out it was a decoy. As he takes him down, everyone else controlled by the chips fell but more of them emerge on all around the globe. A lead he found on the chip took him to Lex Luthor and the latter claims someone stole his work. Luthor dons his Apokalyptian warsuit, and team-up with Superman to head for Kasmir/India border. There, the Machinist took control over Lex for a while to fight against Man of Steel but then he managed to regain control.

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Action Comics – The Oz Effect | Comics

Luthor successfully foiled Machinist's sinister plan with Superman and then begins investigating security footage of his suit. When he was about to discover a potential clue to uncover this mystery, Mister Oz suddenly appears in his lab, deleted footage and then hit him with a blast from his eye before leaving. He then visits a captive Metallo in A.R.G.U.S. to pull his kryptonite heart, killing him and then tells his followers to be ready for the next day.

The following day, Superman gets busy saving a shipment of smallpox vaccine on Metropolis. Lois visits Perry White at Daily Planet with Jon Kent while Steve Lombard tries to impress the boy. Meanwhile, as his plan to spread anarchy around the world progress, Mister Oz reflects on how humanity hasn't evolved yet and remained brutal savages. To keep check on all these affairs, Superman desperately run to prevent prison riot, racial clash, ship wreck on the coast and terrorism worldwide but even he cannot handle all of that at once.

Earlier, Superman delivered smallpox vaccine on Logamga but now there is only death and chaos everywhere. Demonstrating how humanity is a lost cause after pushing them on the edge, Mister Oz comes out of the flames and takes him back to Fortress of Solitude. There, Oz finally reveals his partly-disfigured face to Superman after removing his hood. He claims to be his presumed long-deceased father; Jor-El and is here to take him away from this world.

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The Startling Revelation

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Action Comics – The Oz Effect

"The Oz Effect" is the fifth storyline from the Action Comics monthly ongoing era that started after "DC Rebirth". Collecting issues #985-992 from the comic-book series of DC Comics, the plotline was delivered by writer Dan Jurgens (Metamorpho – Year One, Superman/Doomsday – Hunter/Prey), who was aided by artists Guillem March (Catwoman – Dollhouse, Catwoman – The Game), Ryan Sook (DC Universe Online – Legends, The New 52 – Futures End) and Viktor Bogdanovic (New Super-Man – Coming to America, New Super-Man – Made in China).

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The After Effects

This epic story brought Man of Steel closer to discover the connection with Watchmen and most possibly the person who is responsible for creating The New 52 timeline and tampering reality; Doctor Manhattan. A grand-plot that was being developed behind-the-scene for some time, "The Oz Effect" draws conclusion to a long-running mystery of who Mister Oz really is but sadly, the character lasted for a very limited time after the revelation. Much of where he was all these time before appearing on Prime Earth and how he came here is still remains unanswered.

At one point, Superman discovered Doomsday still captive on Oz's off-world base instead of Phantom Zone in the middle of the fight with Oz. The epilogue of the arc saw a few cameos from fellow Justice League member Batman, Booster Gold and Green Lantern. Even "The Men of Tomorrow" arc from The New 52 era was also referenced for Superman's previous encounter with the villain known as the Machinist. Also, the prophecy of Luthor becoming the incarnation of Darkseid by The Godslayer was teased shortly. The upcoming "Doomsday Clock" limited series crossover will possibly shed more light on the whole scenario.
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