Showing posts with label Lex Luthor. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Justice League – The Totality | Comics

Martian Manhunter tries to protect the Justice League from an incoming threat that may shatter the world.

In space, a mysterious object passes through space and time, which members of the Justice Legion, multiversal race of Monitors, Kamandi and even the group of all powerful beings called the Quintessence notices and all they could do is to helplessly watch this threat heading towards Earth without being able to stop it before it reaches impact.

Back in Earth, the Justice League members are fighting different tribes of Neanderthals around the globe while telepathically reporting back to Martian Manhunter. They came up with the theory that someone pushed them toward evolution, which is making them trying to claim over Earth and it could be none other than their old enemy Vandal Savage.

As he hold together the minds of his allies, the Martian witness the surface of Earth suddenly breaking apart. J'onn J'onzz pieces together everything from their minds and suggests they would have to destroy the moon. He asks Batman to activate the bombs he planted there long ago and makes an impact taking shape of a giant dragon-like creature.

As the threat is reverted, Superman informs that Swamp Thing is rebinding Earth and J'onn gets a flashback of his life back on Mars where everyone was burnt to death, including his own daughter K'hym in front of him. He tells Bruce that the crisis is far from over and connects rest of the League members into a psychic boardroom meeting.

He sensed something bigger than Savage's plan and discovered the mysterious object, "The Totality" approaching here holding all the energy of the bleeding Source Wall and they are only minutes away from impact. Hawkgirl asks if the Omega Titans are involved but Bruce connects it to a myth of New Genesis from the scan Cyborg ran on it earlier.

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Justice League – The Totality | Comics

As everyone is arguing over their current course of action over the matter, Batman suggests a possible contingency in form of Green Lantern John Stewart, who he stationed and awaiting order to fire a miniaturized omniversal wormhole bullet made of Tenth Metal, ready to transport the Totality out of Source Wall and destroy it.

From their secret hideout, the Neanderthal followers of Vandal Savage question his agenda but he claims everything is going according to plan. Lex Luthor arrives out of shadows claiming his plan will fail and as Savage tries to attack him, the former stuns him. His followers pledges alliance to Lex to join his Injustice Gang but he kills them anyway.

He then moves to Savage, mocking him for being coward to never facing the truth and presents his own Legion of Doom consisting of Black Manta, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, The Joker and Sinestro. Luthor shows him a doorknob-like object of power and repeatedly smashed him to a bloody pulp, which sent J'onn a psychic flash of upcoming events.

The team was having a disagreement over what to do next, Wonder Woman asks J'onn to call his vote as the chairman of the League and before he could do so, he was interrupted by the telepathic spark that he lost connection to everyone and The Totality hits Earth. He also sensed someone else who knew about the impending doom.

It landed in the Nevada Desert with all the power of Source Wall, shaped as a giant head and created a protective shell around it. Though the Justice League Dark has covered it in a mystic veil to avoid public detection, word about it is getting out and Suicide Squad member Killer Croc has already been possessed by it, whom the League is fighting.

Through Swamp Thing, The Dark Knight approaches John Stewart to join Justice League right away to help them tackling the threat of The Totality. Apparently, Croc has turned into a giant monster and giving a tough time to the heroes. They couldn't get a response from John and decides to investigate the mysterious energy immediately.

Stewart was transporting a prisoner to Green Lantern Corps in space when Sinestro showed up in a new emotional spectrum, transforming him into Ultraviolet Lantern. He then smashed into the Hall of Justice attacking Aquaman, Flash and Wonder Woman. He creates constructs powerful enough to beat them but Cyborg managed to knock him off.

Meanwhile, Superman and Manhunter enter the sphere with Batman and Hawkgirl within their bodies using tech from The Atom. What they don't know is that both Luthor and Joker also sneaked their way inside. Arthur, Barry and Diana find out the Hall of Doom underwater and are attacked by a group of primitive White Martians kept into stasis.

Apparently, Lex Luthor gotten his hands on an object called Doom and with it, he promises each of the villains in his Legion what they wants and they joined his cause gladly. Now that he has gained control over the body of the Man of Steel, only the Caped Crusader is left to stand on his way to stop him but even he may not be equipped enough to do that.

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Justice League – The Totality

Comic-book writer Scott Snyder (Death of the Family, Night of the Owls) teamed up with artists Doug Mahnke (Superman Reborn, Trinity War), Jim Cheung (AXIS, Infinity) and Jorge Jiménez (Super Sons – When I Grow Up, Superman – Trials of the Super Sons) for the newest adventure of Justice League in an all-new storyline titled "The Totality".

DC Comics has been reconstructing the Multiverse following the events of "DC Rebirth". So, "Dark Nights – Metal" and "Justice League – No Justice" played their subtle part in that plan and "The Totality" is like one grand design connecting many other pieces together, which collects the first seven issues from the Justice League fourth ongoing series.

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Into The Totality

Though Snyder has previously introduced many ground-breaking storylines while working on Batman ongoing of The New 52, he cranked up his game level and delivered a complex plot that lay a groundwork for many upcoming occurring in DC Universe. He even teased to bring a prominent character from Dark Multiverse at the end of the book.

Even though the story revolves around the key-members of the team, reserve members of the League like Adam Strange, Animal Man, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, Swamp Thing and Vixen also showed up to lend a hand. Hal Jordan was mentioned and the rest of the members of Green Lantern Corps appeared to assist during the crisis.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Red Hood and the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham | Comics

Artemis and Red Hood go out for a date night in Gotham while Bizarro takes the night off to have a drink.

For a while now, Artemis and Red Hood has been teammates and fellow Outlaws even though they got a rocky start. Tonight, they are going on a date to honor a bet Jason Todd lost to her and is baffled by her flattering looks. She asks Bizarro if they can use the Quantum Door for the night and he wishes them farewell for the night.

Lex Luthor was monitoring their recent activities that include an encounter with the Bat-Family and a mission alongside Suicide Squad from the solitude of his penthouse office at LexCorp, thinking over the progress his creation has made so far.

In Gotham, Artemis Grace enjoys a drink with Jason before she suggests that they go somewhere more private and are soon in the Batcave. Even though knowing Bizarro cannot eavesdrop on them, she non-verbally communicates with him about her concerns over the growing power of their friend with a hyper-intelligence.

Since his friends were out for the night, the big guy goes to a bar near the docks after taking a bath in liquid Kryptonite, where he meets a person named Solitary. When he opens his eyes later, he finds both Jason and Red came looking for him.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham | Comics

Later, Red Hood breaks into the Gotham Empire hotel to scare businessman Jakoby Frum out of town to stop a munitions dealing with Penguin. He then joins his teammates for breakfast and then they part away. Red keeps an eye on Biz to found out that he assembled a group of goons by tricking them into believing they are here for a job.

He attempts to poison the entire room but refrains from doing so in the last minute thinking he didn't gave them much choice. In the meantime, Lady Artemis discovers the hidden bath chamber with tanks full of liquid Kryptonite moments before Bizarro arrives. He fails to explain why he kept it a secret and admits he needs help.

She talks him out of his addiction toward the fluid and he drains all the supply he had but he was also regressing slowly. So, Artemis Grace takes it on herself to go and meet his maker about giving him an extended life. Given that he already saved him twice, Lex simply declines to help despite their shared distant past history.

Meanwhile, Jason was on Iceberg Lounge under disguise for some Gotham hold 'em and to annoy Oswald Cobblepot as well. Turns out, he saw through the coy and cornered Red Hood for stealing his money with the Outlaws in a previous run in. Yet, he still manages to escape by sabotaging the power grid at the last minute.

Jason confides in Alfred Pennyworth about his recent endeavors while wondering whether what he is doing is right. Then the granddaughter of Ma Gunn shows up to hand him an envelope containing letters from his deceased father. One of them reveals that Penguin was the one who got him arrested by setting him up.

The backward Superman's mental condition worsens and their secret headquarters floating over Gotham City initiates a self-destruction protocol that Artemis couldn't seem to break into anyhow. Red Hood's vendetta against Penguin for messing up his life will lead him to a path to face an angry and betrayed Batman.

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Date Night For Waywards

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Red Hood & the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham

The Dark Trinity of Artemis, Bizarro and Red Hood returns once again in their fourth storyline of DC Rebirth in "Good Night Gotham" by writer Scott Lobdell (Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro Reborn, Red Hood and the Outlaws – Who is Artemis) and artist Dexter Soy (Batman – Arkham Knight – Genesis, DC Universe Vs. Masters of the Universe).

Collecting issues #19-25 from the second monthly ongoing volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws published by DC Comics, the story spawned a bunch of new ties that Jason Todd has to find the knot to, because of their direct connection to him.

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Outlaw Versus Knight

A lot of his past is revealed where it is shown that his father Willis Todd has worked for villains like Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Two-Face, before Penguin. A relation to Faye Gunn came out as a shocking surprise that no one expected. Although whether or not Artemis and Bizarro will return is uncertain due to a cliffhanger ending.

Arsenal makes a surprise cameo appearance at the end of the story while Starfire and The Creeper showed up fighting a team of Bane, Cyborg Superman, Gorilla Grodd, Joker, Sinestro and Solomon Grundy in a dream sequence of Bizarro. The best part before the end of the story comes when Red Hood goes up against The Dark Knight.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Action Comics – The Oz Effect | Comics

Manipulating life-events of Superman from beyond, the mysterious Mister Oz finally reveals himself.

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". 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.

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

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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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trinity – Dead Space | Comics

When an alien virus strikes Justice League Watchtower, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman takes it upon themselves to save and humankind.

On his very own Fortress of Solitude, Superman brings along Batman and Wonder Woman to share about his recent life events after his encounter with Mister Mxyzptlk. He also reveals about the mysterious hooded entity her was visited by earlier who goes by the name Mister Oz, whom he thinks knows more about his life than himself.

Lately, he was even having dreams of fighting against his younger self, Superman of Prime Earth who just wants his own life back. Only for the arrival of Bruce and Diana, they are finally stopped. Aside from Lois, Jon and Supergirl, Clark told no one about these visions and Bruce suggests him to keep it that way until they figure this out.

This Trinity of superheroes has reunited only a short while ago and has already gone through a lot when Mongul trapped them all within a dream world that they made out alive because of a sentient being called White Mercy. Clark takes his friends back in Smallville looking for her but then are teleported to Watchtower via Boom Tube.

What they used to call headquarter is now in complete ruins, signaling an unknown breach and they discovered Cyborg being torn into parts. As Victor was losing breath, he was being carried out to lower levels of the satellite to get powered up but is ambushed by alien parasite infected Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz in midway.

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Trinity – Dead Space | Comics

Even under the influence of alien virus, Simon asks for help before Jessica blew a hole and sending them all to space. The Dark Knight and Victor's remains are saved by The Flash who came just in time. Barry reveals that it all started after a meteor shower that allowed these alien creatures to take over entire Justice League by storm.

Superman and Wonder Woman returns to Watchtower through an opening and comes across an alien Traveler who informs them about a deadly alien virus that has spread on board, which will claim Earth if not completely destroyed soon. Despite the threat of mass-infection, Clark and Diana are not willing to hurt their friends.

Batman and Flash gets attacked by an infected Aquaman out of nowhere, which forced Barry to take this fight away in spite of being slowed down by lack of gravity out there. Suddenly, the satellite starts moving from orbit and Man of Steel tries his best to somehow swing it past Earth when he is attacked by Jessica and Simon once again.

With a giant alien mother engagingly lashing her deadly tentacles at him, the Caped Crusader races against time in a desperate bid to get help for Cyborg and save his life. In his attempt of running from it, Bruce gets stabbed once but he totally ignores it in order to reboot Victor's system and regulate his heart before it is too late.

Arguing about lives of her closest allies, Diana eventually discovers a dark truth about the true origin of those extraterrestrial beings with a little help from her legendary Lasso of Truth when stumbled onto a locked chamber and turned into a monster.

Elsewhere, villainous witch Circe has lured Lex Luthor and Ra's al Ghul to form their unholy Trinity. Though reluctant at first, Luthor and Ra's both consider this assembly as a temporary alliance to know more about her plan after besting a vile amalgamation of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman emerging from Pandora Pits.

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Emergency on Watchtower

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Following "DC Rebirth", Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman has gathered again for a new monthly ongoing Trinity series from DC Comics with writer/artist Francis Manapul (Justice League – No Justice, The Flash – Move Forward) spearheading it from start in "Better Together" storyline and continuing through "Dead Space".

Manapul was assisted by Cullen Bunn (Sinestro – Rising, Sinestro – Sacrifice) on script as he worked on illustration alongside guest penciler Clay Mann (Batman – The Rules of Engagement, Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles) and Emanuela Lupacchino.

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All Along The Watchtower

A reunion of three of world's greatest superheroes was quickly crashed by a former nemesis and now they face a challenge of saving all humankind from a fatal alien virus that claimed their dearest friends too. Their friendship and reliance on each other is put into test like they were in another major Crisis event of some sort for a while.

Collecting issues #7-11 from second Trinity ongoing series, "Dead Space" catches onto recent events of Multiverse from "Superman Reborn" crossover and involves Justice League in main story. It also builds path for upcoming adventure in "Dark Destiny", where few mystical heroes and their "Dark Trinity" counterparts will cross paths.
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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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