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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Batman – Cold Days | Comics

Bruce Wayne is called for a jury duty on a court case of Mr. Freeze and a major plot conspires to personally hurt Batman.

Bruce Wayne is selected for jury duty as he is one of the most prominent citizens of Gotham City in a case against Mr. Freeze where he is responsible for the death of three young women and he admits charges after Batman got involved. Although he claimed that the vigilante hero used excessive force on him but the media won't just listen to him.

Stumbled by his morality, Bruce questions the methods his alter ego takes as The Dark Knight and begs to differ when the rest of the jury decided to vote the King of Cold guilty. All of those three women appeared to die of natural causes but Batman discovered a mild temperature drop on their brain that was later confirmed by GCPD as well.

After finding a connection to his ice-cold nemesis, he confronted Victor Fries and constantly beat him to get a confession. In the mean time, his trusty sidekick and closest friend Dick Grayson puts on the cowl and check on him while fighting Killer Croc.

Freeze claims that was experimenting on those women to find a way o revive his wife and even though all evidence suggests that, Bruce asks his fellow jury not to side with The Bat just because many of them feels obliged to him for saving their life. Instead, he asks them to act as responsible citizen of Gotham and accept that the hero could be wrong too.

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Batman – Cold Days | Comics

Grayson recollects how during his early days as Robin following the death of his parents, Bruce always tried to support him. Dick wonders how his partner can still be depressed after fighting villains like Condiment King and Crazy Quilt for years. They bonded over their interest on acrobatics and he still remembers how he used to hate cucumber sandwiches.

A stranger with a prosthetic arm by the name Mr. Zimmerman comes to Gotham on business. He checks in on a hotel and then goes to buy a gun before making a stop at a hot dog place where he left a napkin with a message that hints at the Joker/Riddler War. He then goes to an apartment block to set up a sniping position from a top room.

The Dynamic Duo was out fighting minions of a new villain called Phantom Pharaoh while Nightwing was making cheesy puns like always. They then meet Commissioner Gordon on the roof of GCPD Headquarters who informs them about the clue and a one-armed man. Dick makes another joke about it before getting shot in the head.

After making the shot, the man leaves Gotham and heads back to his meet his abusive alcoholic father in Russia. He sits with his old man for a drink while reminiscing events of his childhood filled with memories of his father's abuse. Batman has assumed the identity of the shooter being Anatoli Knyazev AKA KG Beast, the dreadful Soviet scourge.

His butler Alfred Pennyworth asks to apprehend the Russian assassin and the Caped Crusader then meets Bronze Tiger for a clue to find the Beast as he covered his tracks well. The leads took him to Apokoliptian assassin Kanto who reveals that Anatoli has a father that is still alive and Batman eventually finds way to Vasily Knyazev's cabin.

Vasily had an argument with his son about him still being weak and ho he is left with an amputated arm because of his boyish nature. A final showdown between the Detective and the Beast ensues outside the cabin and somehow, all of these fiascos are tied to the court case Bruce Wayne was involved in regarding Mr. Freeze.

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Beast of Burden

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Batman – Cold Days

Collecting issues #51-57 from the third monthly ongoing volume of Batman comic-book series, "Cold Days" is the eighth storyline following the post-DC Rebirth era, released on 2018 from DC Comics. The book is comprised of three individual stories that focus on the chronicles of the original Dynamic Duo throughout their adventures for lifetime.

DC Comics hired acclaimed writer Tom King (Batman – I Am Gotham, Batman – I Am Suicide) to team-up with artists Lee Weeks (Daredevil – Dark Nights, Incredible Hulk – Tempest Fugit), Matt Wagner (Batman and the Mad Monk, Batman and the Monster Men) and Tony Daniel (Damage – Out of Control, Deathstroke – God Killer) for the story.

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To Hunt The Beast

Someone is playing the World's Greatest Detective from behind the scenes by involving Bruce Wayne into a case against Mr. Freeze and then sending Soviet assassin KG Beast after his ward. Following the live-action debut of the character, Anatoli Knyazev has received a better treatment on the Prime Earth reality rather than his New Earth counterpart.

Reference of "The War of Jokes and Riddles" was made and it suggests that either Riddler or some new player is almost directing Batman towards something. It is almost like the time when he was being played out by a mysterious enemy in "Batman – Hush".
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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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Superman – Multiplicity | Comics

When Supermen from across the Multiverse start vanishing without a trace, the Man of Steel of Prime Earth gets involved.

Seeing plant lives around Smith farm area dying as nearby ponds and streams are all being drained unnaturally, Superman flies to a nearby river and .quickly determines after some observation that this is no drought.

He came across a being from below ground known as Swamp Thing, who makes his presence known and states after seeing Superman at the first glance that the latter doesn't belong here, on this plane of reality. After their initial introduction, Clark calls him by the name of Dr. Alec Holland, who also points out an obvious that the former is not a Man of Steel from this world.

Because of his unique power of elemental control, Dr. Holland sensed an anomaly within him and found Clark in Hamilton County. Holland believes that a disturbance in "The Green" is what brought him here and as Superman assures he means no harm.

When he placed his hand on Swamp Thing, it released Kryptonian blue energy, overwhelming Holland. As a result of this misunderstanding, they get into a fight where Swamp Thing sees his memories of New Earth and Mister Oz visiting him earlier. Then he advises Clark not to consider himself as an outsider in this world and peacefully parts away.

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Superman – Multiplicity | Comics

The other night, when Clark was driving his home to Hamilton County, he stumbles onto a badly beaten Superman of Earth-30 (Red Son), who was being chased by the Gatherers. Even though Clark was not on their list, they fought back these "Gatherers" together, who came following the Soviet Superman here.

As he retreated from their clutches, he heard Kenan Kong is next on their list. At that moment, Justice League Incarnate arrives to the scene from future and Superman of Earth-23 meets Superman of New Earth.

The JLI briefly explains to him what's happening around here before they all go and try to help Kenan Kong in Henan Province but failed to save him. In the House of Heroes, Justice League Incarnate was explaining the entire situation to Superman, while the Gatherers were busy abducting other Supermen from different worlds for their master, Prophecy.

So, they go to every other worlds to talk to each Superman counterpart and assemble them all on Ultima Thule; a plane outside space and time. They collectively decide to lure their enemy out using their combined power and then face him together.

However, Superman teleports others away to save them at the final moment and faces the being alone in space-time continuum. Even though Prophecy detects Superman as an anomaly, he is immediately drained off his power and rendered weak.

Still, he assures the other powerless captive brethren that he has one trick left. The monstrous entity believes that a great catastrophe is on the horizon and if he can collect the power of all the Superman of the Multiverse, he might have a fighting chance against that.

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Supermen of Multiverse

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Superman – Multiplicity

The era of DC Rebirth reigns supreme as Superman returns with his third storyline in "Multiplicity", collecting first annual issue and issues #14-17 from fourth monthly ongoing volume of Superman comic-books in 2017.

So, DC Comics hooked up writer Peter Tomasi (Black Adam – The Dark Age, Forever Evil – Arkham War) and artist Patrick Gleason (Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro Corps War) to came up with the plot for this story while artists Clay Mann (Dark Reign – Elektra, Magneto – Not a Hero), Ed Benes (Artemis – Requiem, Blackest Night – Titans), Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Infinite Crisis), Jorge Jiménez (Earth 2 – Society, Earth 2 – World's End), Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, Justice League – New 52) as well as various other lend hands for illustration.

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Last Superman Standing

The opening one-part story features Swamp Thing who took a peak at Supermen's recent adventures; like his fight with Eradicator on moon (Son of Superman), joining the Justice League of Prime Earth (The Extinction Machines), reunion with The Trinity to defeat Mongul (Better Together) and battle with a Kryptonian deformity known as Doomsday in Metropolis alongside Lex Luthor (Path of Doom).

Then all Supermen of Multiverse goes against a common threat and Mister Oz made special appearance. Next up, there is a crossover of Action Comics and Superman series titled "Superman Reborn" that will delve more into the mysteries we are being teased about since DC Rebirth.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Justice League – The Extinction Machines | Comics

Somewhere in Eastern Europe, Wonder Woman was on a mission to stop war and while she was trashing enemy tanks, a massive tremor suddenly crashed the whole place down, killing almost everyone and left her speechless at this incident. Then the news of multiple earthquake and tsunamis killing many around the globe hits the broadcast worldwide like wildfire. Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz go to Beijing to help and Cyborg handles the situation in New York.

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Justice League – The Extinction Machines | Comics

The Flash races to San Francisco and Aquaman struggles to restore balance in a trembled Atlantis while maintaining order among his loyal subjects. Then the populace of earth gathered starting to chant for “The Kindred”, as a hive-minded living organism. The recently deceased soldiers killed by the tremor also crawled back up to Diana chanting to give up her power. Jessica, Simon and Flash experience a sudden outage of power right at that moment.

Aquaman too finds his subjects turned to him chanting mindlessly for The Kindred. In Gotham, Batman finds a giant bug-like object while getting updates from Cyborg on the activities of the new Superman about how he is saving the day all around the world on his own. The object suddenly busts out releasing an enormous herd of bugs on the civilians. The Flash came just in time to rescue the civilians from the bug-attack and cleaned up the scene.

Just as they all gets back on their feet, Cyborg calls everyone back to the Watchtower. He shows four circled object at Earth’s core and they see a fleet of those bug-like objects approaching. Batman goes to get Superman to help the Justice League. Jessica and Simon eventually discovers the source of bug-armada through a wormhole in space. Diana encounters one of The Kindred and Superman flies to the core of earth to remove The Kindred’s Extinction Machines.

As the situation gets worse over the world, Wonder Woman faces one of The Kindred to free the innocents from their grasp but she too is pulled inside. Jessica, Simon, Flash and Cyborg get busy to handle the next wave of The Kindred on Earth. Batman asks Victor to open a portal to Earth's core and Superman goes in to save his newly adopted world.

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A Vanished World

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Justice League – The Extinction Machines

Just as DC Rebirth has launched a new-era of DC Comics, writer/artist Bryan Hitch (Age of Ultron, The Ultimates) and artist Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, Superman/Wonder Woman) gives us the first Justice League story arc of Rebirth in “The Extinction Machines”. Collecting the first five issues of the third ongoing volume, the story also includes the one-shot Justice League: Rebirth issue as well.

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The Kindred Awakes

This story marks the first-ever team-up of the Pre-Flashpoint Superman with the heroes of Prime Earth in a time of crisis, where he proves his worth to the League as well as earning the respect that he deserves and his deserving place in the group. All seven members of the League is assembled and their adventure will be continued in the next story titled "Outbreak".
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Deathstroke – Suicide Run | Comics

Harley Quinn lures Deathstroke to Belle Reve and mae him fight the Suicide Squad, Lex Luthor's army of Bizarros to Red Hood.

Slade Wilson was tasked to kill a rogue Titan, Lapetus and gave up his eye as a part of a blood-sacrifice for his action (God Killer). He was training on Danger Island afterwards when his host Victor Ruiz brings him the news about his estranged daughter Rose Wilson, who is gunned down at her home before he could even react to it.

A furious Deathstroke immediately rushes to the spot only to find out it was another girl at his daughter's place with a message on her body that led Slade to believe it a handiwork of Joker's lunatic girlfriend; Harley Quinn, who previously made a deal with him for killing her "Boss" Amanda Waller; director of Suicide Squad.

So, arming himself up to infiltrate Belle Reve, Slade drops an EMP charge over the facility that severed all communications and unlocked all inmates. As guards were trying their best to keep the deranged inmates into their cells, he quietly drops inside.

While Task Force X member Captain Boomerang, Parasite and many other were taking out the guards; Harley Quinn was trying to make an escape out of this loony bin. Deathstroke grabs her from behind, asking about playing decoy with his daughter and got surrounded by other inmates, whom these two easily beat down to submission.

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Deathstroke – Suicide Run | Comics

Then another assassin Deadshot showed up there with a vendetta from their previous encounter on Russia (Pure Insanity). Their fight is briefly stalled when Slade explains his reason to be here is to find Rose but Harley tries to re-engage them to save herself.

They are soon interrupted as Deathstroke is quickly pulled to the aquatic block by Black Manta, who also wants to get back at him. Apparently, Manta too has a grudge over him regarding the last time they ran into each other and takes him down under.

At Waller's office, reptilian villain Snakebite shows up during the breakout and he cornered her after quickly killing off her bodyguards. All situations came under control when Internal Forces came to rescue shortly and have Manta diving back to water while Slade heads straight to Waller's office with Harley to finish his work.

There they find out corpse of her security personnel and presumed that she is dead already, whereas Snakebite is actually keeping the director hostage within Belle Reve compound. With a timely assist from Catwoman, they two fights their way out of armed guards.

More convicts approaches there seeing a chance to exact their vengeance on Waller and these three takes them all down before finally meeting the psycho snake man, with whom Deathstroke had a brief tussle with. Snakebite engages in a fight with Slade who ended up being poisoned by his venomous opponent but forcing him to flee.

Slade chases another lead for Rose at LexCorp that involves him standing against Mercy Graves, a Lex Luthor Robot and an army of Bizarros. Then he gets into a showdown with Red Hood, which led him to a man from his past trying to ruin him.

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Assault on The Wall

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Deathstroke – Suicide Run

Running on third ongoing volume, "Suicide Run" is the third story arc from Deathstroke monthly series, collecting issues #11-16. A part of The New 52 timeline, the story is plotted by writer James Bonny and Tony Daniel (Batman, Teen Titans), while arts were done by penciller Tyler Kirkham (The Darkness, Tomb Raider) back in 2015 for DC Comics.

Special guest appearance of Catwoman and Red Hood was truly a refreshing experience altogether even though it only mattered momentarily when they showed up as well as an antagonist from Slade's past, who wants to see him dead after tormenting him enough.

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Stingers of Snakebite

A pattern is formed from the very first arc of this series; "Gods of War" and then it subtly continued throughout the entire time as other development progressed along and Deathstroke eventually went toe to toe with members of the infamous Suicide Squad at one point, with whom he shares not so pleasant history after all.

Minor hints toward other ongoing stories of DC Universe such as "Robin – Son of Batman – Year of Blood" and previous issues from "God Killer" storyline were given in plot details as reference. Both the series and Slade's chronicles will be concluded within the next arc titled "Family Business" where all stakes will go sky high for him.
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Deathstroke – God Killer | Comics

When Deathstroke is hired by a God of Olympus to kill another imprisoned god, Slade have to travel to the land of Themyscira.

During Slade Wilson's previous encounter with Odysseus has restored his youth as well as his eye by an old guy named I-Ching but as Deathstroke The Terminator, he has lost his edge (Gods of War). He is approached by Olympian God Hephaestus for a task and presented him the infamous God-Killer sword upon meeting to kill a god.

Normally, he wouldn't even think about it at all but since he his way past broke now, he accepted the contract. His current benefactor from their mercenary team "Dead Bastards", Victor Ruiz watches him in action alongside Olympian's forger of weapons.

Slade is pitted against a few grizzly monsters of that island and he cuts them down with God-Killer as it vibrates with his hatred and rage. Slade complains about the fact that a weapon which constantly changes its shape and weight is quite difficult to master.

Nevertheless, he becomes a part with the blade feeling its own emotions of hatred and massacred them all with ease. The forger seemed impressed with his abilities as a mere mortal to handle God Killer and Victor points out, Slade is no mere mortal either.

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Before taking the assignment, he goes to see his daughter Rose Wilson one more time and left a note for his son Jericho. Hephaestus then drops him to Paradise Island and reveals his target to be an exiled Titan named Lapetus, whose essence was spread around Themyscira and he was known as The God of Mortality.

Slade sneaks through the forest to Tartarus, guided by the sword while trying to avoid being seen by The Amazons. The Olympian forger decided to aid him as a floating projection by his side and upon slaying the guards, he finds a statue.

Apparently it bears a resemblance to Apollo and Slade striking it with God Killer at the urge of the sword itself let Lapetus easily broke out of it and escape, leaving the assassin alone to face the wrath of current God of War, Wonder Woman!

Slade faces a furious Amazon Queen charging at him, believing he is responsible for release of Lapetus and he explains why he set foot on Paradise Island in the first place, to kill this imprisoned Titan with God-Killer blade from Hephaestus. Diana and Deathstroke both realize that they are currently on same page with a bit of help from her friend Hessia.

While they all were busy arguing, scattered essence of Lapetus from all corners of Paradise Island begins to slowly gather to unleash his madness upon the world once again. Seeing no other way to stop him, Diana and Hessia allowed Deathstroke a chance to do what is right since he has his way with the God-Killer sword.

After decimating an army of demons, he finds himself confronting his children Rose and Jericho, whereas Diana sees her deceased mother Hippolyta. They both face their demons and ultimately were able to escape from the illusion. When it felt like their fight against Lapetus is lost, a certain Man of Steel enters the scene.

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Against The Amazon Queen

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Deathstroke – God Killer

While doing illustration for this monthly book, artist Tony Daniel (Superman/Wonder Woman, The Tenth) eventually took writer's duty to pen out the second Deathstroke storyline from third ongoing volume along with James Bonny.

Artists Eduardo Pansica and Tyler Kirkham (The Darkness, Tomb Raider) also served as guest-penciller for last three issues of the story, which is from Prime Earth timeline of DC Comics. "God Killer" takes premise from a standpoint of Slade's previous misadventure as a trained assassin and sets him a little out of his league facing a rogue Titan.

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To Kill A God

Someone among the Pantheon of Olympian Gods wanted Titan Lapetus dead so that he never becomes a threat in future and hired elite mercenary Slade Wilson for this job via Hephaestus. Not only his contract of killing a god is near impossible but it really takes the metaphorical cake when Superman and Wonder Woman come to stand in his way.

With lots of hard to handle actions, it leaves Slade Wilson paying a high price even if he comes out successful in the end of this assignment. In spite of him trying to reconcile with his children, Jericho and Rose still doesn't want to talk to him yet.
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