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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Batman – White Knight | Comics

The maniacal Clown Prince of Crime is finally cured of his insanity and tries to right his wrongs by saving Gotham City from Batman!

On the gates of Arkham Asylum, a Batmobile stops by and a person comes out of it to meet a patient, Batman. The guards escort him inside and as they update the man named Jack Napier about The Dark Knight, he simply asks the imprisoned vigilante to help him.

Flashback to a year prior, The Joker was on the run as Batman was chasing him in his Batmobile throughout the city with Batgirl at his side. During the pursuit, the clown makes him endanger public life by making him recklessly go through construction sites and rooftops. Nightwing saves a worker on the go and even one security guard was knocked off by the Bat when he was fanatically chasing the clown.

Following a brief taunting, these two arch-enemies start a fight in an empty building of the industrial district where the clown argues about the duality of their relationship and how his sanity is kept in check by fighting crime. At one point he pushes Batman too far pointing out the tragedy of his life and the young sidekicks only to be beaten more viciously.

The Joker takes out some pills he believes will cure him and the Caped Crusader shoved the whole package down his throat in front of GCPD, Jim Gordon, Det. Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, effectively leaving him chocked while a woman filmed the scene.

The city breaks out in two fractions; some arguing over condemning Batman after the Hail Mary chase he put throughout Gotham and some still believing in him after the video of their fight was leaked and gone viral. Even Gordon and Bullock argues on whether they are on the right side before Batgirl arrives to check on the condition of the clown.

Bruce is confronted by Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon in Wayne Manor about his recent display of near-psychotic fits of rage, because his behavior doesn't seem alright. He then opens a secret door to passage downstairs where they see a dying Alfred Pennyworth lying on a bed and Bruce has enlisted the help of Victor Fries AKA Mister Freeze.

While he is deeply upset about his father-figure lying in a dying state, he goes back to check on Joker and then leaves abruptly. Jim Gordon meets the mayor in City Hall and Doctor Leslie Thompkins gives her report on the patient, Jack Napier has recovered and fully sane now. Although Gordon suspects that he is faking it, Leslie confirms him it to be otherwise.

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With his newfound sanity, he is also working full-time on his legal case to file charges against Batman and GCPD. In a meeting with the cops, he gets out of his handcuffs and calmly explains how he can pin charges against them if he wants by going to trial, which he will win and claims that he is going to save Gotham from Batman as its White Knight.

In his trial, Jack Napier opens up about his recovery and how he was always a criminal who started with a bank robbery but was accused of committing murder or at least, the police never could show any evidence and been labeled as a super-criminal anyway.

He accuses the gatekeepers of Gotham to use his unstable mental condition as an excuse to scare the taxpaying Gothamites and used him as a source of revenue. With that, he walks free from trial due to lack of evidence and vows to eradicate vigilantism from the city.

He then goes back to Harley Quinn and although joyous to see him, she is almost immediately disgusted to see him not a psycho in makeup anymore. Napier apologizes to her for his years of abuse and negligence before proposing to marry her to make things right. She gut-punched him to the floor, only get kicked off by Harleen Quinzel.

It seems Harley left long ago and now came back to take him back with Bud and Lou. They catch up on their old days that are full of excitement but she was always blindsided by his obsession with The Dark Knight. Things went too far when Harley found him torturing Robin down in their basement and contacted Batman to get help without delay.

He beats down the maniac with an inch of his life before sending him to Arkham but they never found Jason Todd, ever. Even Napier couldn't remember what he really did to the Boy Wonder as The Joker. He wants to move on asks her help to rebuild Gotham together.

He calls for a meeting of his former colleagues including Baby Doll, Bane, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Roxy Rocket, Scarecrow, Scarface/Ventriloquist, The Riddler and Two Face only to trick them into becoming his mind-controlled puppets with hat of Mad Hatter, by using Clayface as a signal conduit for a grand scheme to frame the Caped Crusader.

As planned, he unleashed an army of super-villains on the streets and police gave them chase before the Bat-Family arrived on scene. Wrecking havoc throughout the city, they are lured to the planned site of a library for Backport and it collapsed onto Batman. He came out badly injured and his life was saved at a great cost of a loved one.

Refusing to let go of the chance for Jack Napier to embrace The Joker persona once again, the Harley pretender suits up in an all-new avatar to get her lover back and finds out about the scheme Jack is playing and with help from Hatter, she managed to turn the tables.

Apparently, the pretender was a depressed banker named Marian Drews, who met The Joker during a bank robbery and became a part of his life. Now that he is gone, she intends to get him back and debuts as Neo Joker. She unleashes a crisis on Gotham that even Jack Napier sees no other way to save the city without the help of his archenemy.

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Jack Napier Leads The Show

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Batman – White Knight

To take the role of writer and artist, DC Comics hired Sean Murphy (Hellblazer – City of Demons, Year One – Batman/Scarecrow) for the eight-issue limited series title "White Knight" that started back in 2017 and ended in 2018, which is primarily focused on one of Batman's worst villains and instead of portraying him as a maniac, it reflects on a side no one saw before as he ascends to sanity.

The long-running debate regarding the vigilante methods of Batman has crossed a few lines and it helped The Joker/Jack Napier to portray as a villain. Harleen Quinzel also played an important role to the overall plot and a huge ensemble of villains from Gotham showed up for a major clash with the Bat-Family and members of GCPD.

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Unexpected Peace Offering

A fine nod to the poorly received Batman and Robin movie from 1997 and "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel are probably there regarding the fate of the trusted Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Pivotal elements from another popular storyline, "A Death in the Family" subtly played an influence for the ongoing Batman/Joker antagonism over the undisclosed fate of Jason Todd and unveiled new twist.

It appears that, Murphy took great inspiration from the popular TV show of 90's, Batman: The Animated Series and some classic characters like Baby Doll, Roxy Rocket and Veronica Vreeland appeared in the story, reimagined with almost same appearance resembling to the series. The sleek and edgy drawing style of Murphy was an overall refresher and was very well suited match to the dark tone of the story.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Damage – Out of Control | Comics

Ethan Avery signed up for Damage Project to serve his country not realizing he would be turned into a weapon of mass destruction.

During transportation, a hulking creature goes on a rampage by breaking out of a plane and head over to civilization. His immediate handler, Major Liggett informs his superior about this by referring it as Damage and tries to engage him in combat wearing an exo-suit, only to get thrashed around and rendered fully incapacitated.

Apparently, a member of United States Army named Ethan Avery has volunteered for an experimental program to serve, which gave him superpowers and turned him into an unstoppable behemoth called Damage. Avoiding locality, he goes into a secluded location for an hour-long countdown to end and then rest.

Operation overseer Colonel Marie Jonas came visiting the crash site of Stork-1 to have come face-to-face with Suicide Squad director Amanda Waller who came here to clear up her mess with her brand-new Task Force XL team. Elsewhere, Ethan has changes back to his human form after his hour of being a rage monster was over.

He later wakes up in a homeless shelter at Atlanta before going out to call his mother from a stranger's phone that was immediately tracked. Deadshot approached him in an alleyway before Parasite sneaked on him to absorb his power but collapsed almost immediately only for Giganta to intervene and slam him to the ground.

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Damage – Out of Control | Comics

Though she momentarily thought that Damage has been taken care off but he tore her palms out. Harley Quinn didn't even made him flinch and nor did her teammates Akando or Solomon Grundy. It was for the timely arrival of Wonder Woman, Deadshot and Harley were bailed out from being smacked hard by their enraged rival.

Diana goes toe-to-toe and came to a realization that never had she ever fought a walking brutal beast like this before. When finally binding it with her Lasso of Truth, she discovers that there is a man inside the creature and Ethan received a brief vision of how he was transformed into a brute force of destruction by Colonel Jonas.

Just before he was about to pass out and transform back, Damage crushed her into a building and escaped. Atop from a nearby rooftop, Col. Marie was observing how her weapon of mass destruction decimated entire Suicide Squad in less than three minutes and now that Waller has failed, she calls in Mr. Leash for a hunter squad.

Ethan tried to hitch a ride to get to New Orleans but got offered a job by a trucker named Jorge Hernandez, who then sends him to his cousin José in Louisiana. Little did they know then that Poison Ivy already invaded that plantation area and took its workers hostage, forcing Ethan to change into his other but even that was not enough.

He ended up taken down by Ivy but came back for her after recovering and faced an army of angry apes led by Gorilla Grodd. His recent rampage near Louisiana has also caught attention of Swamp Thing, who came visiting this runaway hero.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman informs her friends in Justice League about her encounter with Damage, which seem to make Superman slightly curious and Batman decides to investigate further into its back-story to figure out who he is. Col. Jonas has been hunting his tail for some time to find out what is he planning to do next.

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Amazonian Assault Force

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Damage – Out of Control

During events of "Dark Nights – Metal", Damage made his debut to lead a "New Age of Heroes" and later appeared in his own brand-new monthly ongoing series launched by DC Comics in 2018. Collecting first two action-packed stories from its second monthly run, "Out of Control" ran from issues #01-06 of the comic-book series.

It features writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps – Bottled Light, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps – Sinestro's Law). Artist Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – God Killer, Deathstroke – Gods of War) teamed up with fellow illustrators Cary Nord and Diogenes Neves for interior drawings as well as cover arts.

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Going Brutal and Heavy

In attempt to introduce a Hulk-like character for DC Universe, Venditti pitted him against an extremely efficient version of Task Force X before setting a stand-off against Wonder Woman. Her fighting prowess and skills are put to test like never before and even possibly building a narrative to send Damage against members of Justice League.

Putting Poison Ivy into this mix was a little weird and Gorilla Grodd has literally served no great purpose whatsoever. Special appearance of Swamp Thing also seemed a bit forced and unnecessary for the story premise. More of Col. Jonas and her hired hunting party will most likely to be revealed in upcoming storyline "Scorched Earth".
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Following her mad ambitions, Amanda Waller made Kryptonian tyrant General Zod a member of her Task Force X.

Amanda Waller pays a sudden visit to Lex Luthor on a government business and before she can start he offers her a small gift that she refuses. Lex reveals that he knows about her unethical super-secret project involving super-criminals and how she operates it, which surprises Waller.

Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad breaks into LexCorp building with a mission to acquire certain object from the vault. As Enchantress teleports Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Rick Flag into the building, Digger Harkness loses an arm.

The witch takes out the security system of the building and they are attacked by security personnel. On top floor, Lex was trying to make Waller honest about her true purpose of coming here and he mentions about her recent encounter with The People and their Annihilation Brigade, which shocks her.

At downstairs, the Suicide Squad is attacked by a Bizarro army that wrecks havoc and Luthor now sees what is going on under his nose. He quickly changes into his warsuit and engages Task Force X right on.

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Both parties agree to cut the crap and as Waller was about to ask for what she came here for, Luthor again hands her the gift; Kryptonite. With that alien meteorite at her disposal Amanda Waller authorizes her men at Belle Reve to operate and insert a Kryptonite Neural Bomb inside the head of General Zod.

After sending Boomerang for another secret solo mission aside from his team, Waller sends the Suicide Squad to Zimbabwe along with Zod to confront the Annihilation Brigade once again and this time, she only expects victory.

The Kryptonian despot unleashes his mad rage onto them and inside they find hundreds of meta-humans locked up in an attempt to create an International Suicide Squad by The People. General Zod damaged the containment suit of Tunguska.

As he was about to explode, Rick order Enchantress to teleport them all out and grabs Harley at the last moment, saving her. Digger Harkness also carried out Waller's plan of taking out the mole of The People within their ranks as well.

Being hurt in his pride, General Zod decides to remove the Kryptonite Bomb from his brain and eventually does so by using his heat-vision, leaving his skull wide open. He then went on a berserker rampage inside Belle Reve Penitentiary and unleashes an army of Kryptonian wraiths after trapping the prison inside The Black Vault.

As he was tearing the place apart and giving Task Force X one of the toughest times of their lives, Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator arrives out of nowhere to recruit him for their Superman Revenge Squad.

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Zod Breaks Free

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire

"Earthlings on Fire" is the fourth storyline from the Suicide Squad fifth monthly ongoing volume set in the DC Rebirth era of DC Comics. The story collects issues #16-20 from the series written by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House, Suicide Squad – Going Sane).

Artists Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, Justice League – New 52), Neil Edwards, Sandu Florea, Stjepan Sejic and Le Beau L. Underwood have assisted by collaborating. Aside from these fine pencillers, Otto Schmidt (Green Arrow – Emerald Outlaw, Green Arrow – Island of Scars) and Whilce Portacio (Spawn, Star Wars) provided a few variant covers for the story arc.

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Devastation and Enslavement

Following the previous events that took place with the members of Task Force X, this plotline has taken things with the Squad a bit up with the involvement of General Zod and tying into "The New World" story from Action Comics series by bringing Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator into the mix.

The weird part of the whole storyline seemed like the time when Harley Quinn and Rick Flag got hooked up for no apparent reason. Finally, one of the Squad members is going to bite the dust and another will take the place.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House | Comics

In the aftermath of the confrontation between Justice League and Suicide Squad, Rustam from the original formation of the team escaped custody and Amanda Waller is not in charge of the program anymore.

Task Force X goes to Tibet, looking for the Annihilation Brigade to confront but takes out a small army instead and Rick Flag reports this to their current boss Emilia Harcourt, also expressing his doubt that they have a mole among them.

Captain BoomerangDeadshotEnchantressHarley QuinnKatanaKiller Croc and Flag gets a night off from their duty, while Rustam causes a prison outbreak in Belle Reve and Blackgate Penitentiary.

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Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House  | Comics

The Squad is brought back to face him but Rustam and his team Burning World took both Katana and Flag captive. Waller flies to New Orleans where she got shot in an alley by a mysterious shadowy figure.

Harcourt interrogates the entire Squad about that night of Waller's death to judge their motives. Upon looking at Waller's autopsy report, Hack confirms Harley about it was actually and not a decoy, who is killed with a perfect shot.

This leads the point of Harley's suspicion to one person, the deadliest assassin on the planet; Deadshot. In his secret base, Rustam reveals to Katana and Rick Flag about how Waller manipulated them to join Suicide Squad and offers them to join his cause.

Meanwhile at Belle Reve, Harley angrily confronts Floyd Lawton about Waller's death and Croc got involved in the fight too. Djinn breaks into the facility and disables the brain-bombs implanted to Squad members.

Deadshot then shoots Boomerang and walks toward his freedom, betraying the Squad to join Rustam's Burning World. This sudden betrayal of Floyd Lawton may be end of the Squad.

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Harley goes AWOL

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Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House

As the spectacular crossover event of "Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad" came to an end, the Suicide Squad has come to face another crisis that threatened the team from within. The entire storyline collects issues #11-15 from the fifth monthly ongoing volume of Suicide Squad and writer Rob Williams (Martian Manhunter – New 52, Martian Manhunter – The Epiphany) forms a new alliance with master artist John Romita, Jr. (Superman – Before Truth, Superman – The Men of Tomorrow) in this spy-thriller adventure of Task Force X from DC Comics in 2017.

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Assault on Belle Reve

The entire climax of this plot eventually comes to an end after a lot of action, blood-spilling and then finally leads to the next arc of the series "Earthlings on Fire", where the Squad first team-up with and then faces an angry General Zod, backed up by the newly reformed Superman Revenge Squad on Belle Reve.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trinity – Better Together | Comics

A Trinity of world's most legendary superheroes is reformed only to stand opposing the power of White Mercy.

In their gloriously extensive superhero career, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have taken on various enemies like Bane, Cheetah, Doomsday, The Joker and Lex Luthor individually but together they are capable of achieving triumph over greater evil.

The Final Days of Superman has left the world without a protector to look after and then it turns out there is another time-displaced Man of Steel around them who's been living among them with his family for some time. He is married to reporter Lois Lane, with whom he has a ten year old son and they all are denizens of Prime Earth now.

When Lois Lane invited them, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince arrive on Smith Farm, Hamilton County. They decide to keep this simple but a brash young Jon Kent blasts them away when he got startled by seeing Bruce's costume underneath his dress along with Diana's Bracelets of Submission and a dead wild boar using his x-ray vision.

Returning home right after his regular world saving roundups, Clark discovers them on his land at the same time. All of them go inside after settling up to have a nice family dinner together and The Trinity then reunites in a nearby field afterwards recalling their old times from both worlds while something mysterious lurks near the barn.

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Trinity – Better Together | Comics

Clark recalls of that one time from his early days, when Bruce wore a rainbow suit to draw everyone's attention and keeping them from finding out Dick Grayson's identity as Robin. Bruce then shares his first-hand experience of meeting a young Superman of this world who nearly killed him and Green Lantern Hal Jordan upon meeting.

So, he couldn't help but being curious about this new Man of Steel from another world is and came to find out who he really is. Diana took a little bit of private time with Lois to talk and she assures that she isn't here to steal Clark from her or rekindle her old relationship with him at all because he is not the same man she once loved.

Suddenly, Clark hears a call from inside their barn and goes to check out a mysterious mirror where he sees a reflection of his young self from past and his father Jonathan Kent. Following Clark, Bruce and Diana took on a journey where Clark has just discovered his amazing abilities and is scared to see The Trinity on Kent Farm.

In Gotham, Batman has witnessed his parent's death once again from over a rooftop as Clark and Diana stands by. With Alfred Pennyworth and Dr. Harleen Quinzel being at his side at Wayne Manor, his kid self is currently in shock and struggling to deal with issues when horrors like Man-Bat and Scarecrow constantly tries terrorizing him.

Their quest eventually lead them all to Themyscira, where Diana met with her mother Queen Hippolyta and her younger self, followed by three of them. These heroes are being tested for their skills and merit in games of Amazons. Meanwhile, Lois storms into the barn with a car to discover villainous Poison Ivy grabs a hold of her son Jon.

A night that started with a family-reunion soon escalates into a major crisis of illusion constructed by one of their dreaded old nemesis and an alien tyrant named Mongul, who is back with his daughter White Mercy. Together, this ruthless father-daughter duo is about to put an end to The Trinity inside a world full of illusions.

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Realm of Horror

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As DC Rebirth impacts entire world of DC Comics, a reunion of The Trinity is overdue, with a brand-new ongoing series from comic-book writer/artist Francis Manapul (Justice League – No Justice, The Flash – Move Forward), who was aided by artists Clay Mann (Dark Reign – Elektra, Magneto – Not a Hero) and Emanuela Lupacchino.

The story arc "Better Together" is the first one that is set in Prime Earth continuity and collects issues #01-06 from second ongoing monthly volume of titular series. Whereas every other ongoing titles following DC Rebirth re-launch received a one-shot "Rebirth" issue to start with, Trinity took a slightly different path by not including one.

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Trapped In Nightmares

This is also the first time when an alternate version of heroes, who is from pre-Flashpoint era, has joined their little band of three and that actually gives a dynamic sense of diversity to this iconic team. While discussing about stuffs of two different worlds, references of Green Lantern from Prime Earth and Robin of New Earth were mentioned.

A few unresolved issues like what happens to Mongul next will be further detailed in "Action Comics – The New World". The plotline will be followed up with their next adventure titled "Dead Space", where these heroes will fight an alien invasion and will seek help from a mystic trinity later to save a few more in "Dark Destiny" storyline.
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