Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Super Sons – Parent Trap | Comics

Robin’s past finally revealed to Superboy in a meeting with Talia al Ghul, before Kid Amazo returns to tear the Super Sons apart.

When his dad Superman leaves for a Justice League-level emergency and reporter mom Lois Lane goes Metropolis to investigate on an article for Daily Planet, young superhero Jon Kent is left behind with Damian Wayne, who lands on the school ground of West-Reeve by their trusted family butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Unbeknownst to Damian, his mother Talia al Ghul was secretly keeping an eye on him from nearby and meets him during lunch period only to freak out his friend Superboy by holding her own son with a sword on his throat. She asks him to come with her but Robin declines her offer after freeing himself.

The Super Sons heads to Gotham City and encounters members from League of Assassins before finding out that Talia was hired to kill Lois. Jon and Damian then start scouring through the city to find their mothers to stop one from killing the other.

The shot fired by Talia from a rooftop was timely deflected by Jon while Robin confronts his mother about this contract she took and engages her. Jon would come across Lois on street after taking down a few of the ninjas and Damian would force his mother to leave town after besting her in combat.

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Super Sons – Parent Trap | Comics

Two researchers working at LexCorp walks into a room for checking on inventory before Lex Luthor arrives only to discover that the synthetic suit made of Amazo Virus is missing from containment and as the Super Sons were planning for their patrolling schedule for the night on Fortress of Attitude, Kid Amazo suddenly breaks in.

Sending Robin to look for rebreathers, Superboy tackles their former enemy until the villain is hit by an escape pod of theirs. Together, they made an attempt to reach out to surface for seeking help but Jon is grabbed by the leg at the last minute and pulled underwater.

Before Damian could ran out of air, Cyborg came out of nowhere at his rescue and band together looking for Kid Amazo instead of taking him back home. An unconscious Jon is dragged by the suit to an oil rig and discloses how it escaped using Reggie Meyer.

Since the boy was in a weakened condition when bonded, there are high chances of him being dead right now, because his powers were burned out and now it needs an external energy source to feed on. To absorb organic power from new source, he has acquired Batman, Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman.

After draining the entire League, the suit wanted Jon as a host who could survive and filter it to power the armor. Though resistant, he couldn't free his father and friends or even last too long before help could arrive but when it did, he immediately freed himself from captivity.

Since the suit has tapped into the power of Flash, it started to give even Cyborg a hard time. With no chance to seemingly win against the villain, Robin eventually came up with a plan which involves Victor Stone losing to Kid Amazo as a part of gamble he planned.

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Mother’s Day For Robin

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Super Sons – Parent Trap

The new DC Comics monthly ongoing Super Sons comic-book series has completed its third story arc "Parent Trap" in issues # #13-16 and Annual #1. Series regular writer Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Forever Evil – Arkham War) returned to complete the plot that apparently draws the ending for the series for now.

Group of artists consisting Carlo Barberi (Deadpool – Suicide Kings, Ororo – Before the Storm), Jorge Jiménez (Superman – The Final Days of Superman, Superman – Trials of the Super Sons) and Paul Pelletier (Fall of the Hulks, War of Kings) provided arts for the story. This arc was preceded by the events of "When I Grow Up" and "Planet of the Capes", which set up the premises.

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End of Innocence

The killer queen who used to run League of Assassins, Talia al Ghul pays a surprise visit to her son Damian with a contract to kill Lois Lane. However, the ongoing Leviathan civil war is what brought her here even though her intentions were never clarified at any point of the encounter (The Silencer – Code of Honor).

Then former Amazo Project came back to life next, looking for revenge by taking down the biggest players of world's greatest superhero team. Except for Aquaman and Green Lantern, almost every core-member of the Justice League showed up in the story, not to save the day but to be saved instead.
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Amazing Spider-Man – Red Goblin | Comics

One of Spider-Man's greatest enemies meets with another to form an unholy bond and get back at him by threatening everyone close to him.

Due to previous unfortunate events, Peter Parker had to ruin Parker Industries and everything it was built on in order to prevent Doctor Octopus or Hydra from misusing any of it. Currently, he is crashing at the couch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse AKA Mockingbird when he is not fighting crime.

Aside from that, his adventure as Spider-Man continues and he managed to get a job as Daily Bugle's science section editor. By this time, two mercenaries breach at underwater containment facility called Lock Box to secure a package and releases an artifact known as Zodiac Key.

A year ago, on the same day, Spidey had thrown out the villainous Scorpio into Zodiac Dimension for a year after he gained a year worth of prior knowledge of future. On the same day, Lock Box is breached and he got out while gaining the key as well.

He is eventually taken down and he warns before going to prison that something is coming for the Wall-Crawler, which he brushes off. Elsewhere, those mercenaries arrive to their employer with the package, which turned out to be the Carnage symbiote and the boss being Norman Osborn.

Then he would be called upon to by the current Sorcerer Supreme, Loki in absence of Doctor Strange. Years ago, he owed Spidey a favor and he just wanted to return it now but after a brief adventure together, the latter used it in most unexpected way Laufeyson could ever think of.

Meanwhile, Osborn unleashed the symbiote after repeatedly failing to restore his madness by mystical, psychological or surgical ways. It tries to take over but he offered to teach it becoming more sadistic starting with killing two of his own henchmen.

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Amazing Spider-Man – Red Goblin | Comics

Carnage is intrigued by Osborn's method of torturing and wanted more but Norman agrees to that for being in full control. Not only does it repair his facial appearance, the symbiote ejected all nanites from his body that was stopping him from becoming Green Goblin.

Alchemax C.E.O. Liz Allan asks Flash Thompson to be present as Agent Anti-Venom during one of their upcoming presentation. There, Phil Urich showed up as Goblin King with his minions, which results in a fight and Peter ended up hitting the jackpot with Mary Jane Watson after the fight.

Peter and Mary Jane were at her apartment passionately making out and reminiscing about their past times together but then remember about their reason for splitting up seeing his costume underneath. Liz asks Flash again to try and retrieve the exploding metal tritium from Goblin King.

In one of his abandoned his gentleman's club, Osborn was talking to someone about Spider-Man whom he abducted and had blindfolded. Hearing some noise downstairs, he goes to check and confronts Phil, who he kills by ripping his heart out when Goblin King attacked him with a flame sword.

Norman came back monologuing to his prisoner explaining how he is going to deal with the Wall-Crawler but his hostage pointed out how Green Goblin has failed over and over in past only to fail each time and accidentally spills a hint.

With that, he managed to deduce the secret identity of the hero and his captive is revealed to be none other than J. Jonah Jameson. He then raids into Daily Bugle looking for the Web-Head and these two gets into a fight. GG threatened everyone with tritium explosives and Spidey managed to contain the blast.

Osborn got impaled on a girder and faking his dying state, he calls Parker near to thank him. Then he turned into a goblin/symbiote hybrid called Red Goblin. With his newfound power, Carnage/Goblin proves to overwhelming for Spider-Man alone.

He offers to leave him alone if he gives up being hero or kill each and everyone he loves. Even with help from his friends Anti-Venom, Clash, Human Torch, Miles Morales and Silk, Pete didn't stand a chance.

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The Loose Thread

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Amazing Spider-Man – Red Goblin

Despite Spider-Man having an impressive Rogue's Gallery, his villains can get a bit repetitive over times. In 2018, Marvel Comics hired writer Christos Gage (Civil War – House of M, House of M – Avengers) and Dan Slott (She-Hulk, Silver Surfer) to solve that problem in "Red Goblin" storyline.

Artists Jim Cheung (Avengers – The Children's Crusade, New Avengers – Illuminati), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Darth Vader – Imperial Machine, Darth Vader – Legacy's End) and Stuart Immonen (Fear Itself, Inferno) delivered illustrations for issues # 794-801 of Amazing Spider-Man monthly ongoing series.

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Go Down Swinging

Green Goblin has been a terrible menace who terrorized Peter Parker on personal level and in his super-heroism. Carnage is another psychopath who is nearly as ruthless but a lot more chaotic. When two of these terrible personas merges and creates a new one, it surely is a live horror show. With a slow build-up, the plot eventually delivers more twists and turns than readers have probably bargained for.

Throughout the arc, references of the events from One More Day, Secret Empire and The Clone Conspiracy were made. Apparently, it took place between "Hunt For Wolverine" and "Return of Wolverine" crossover events and Wolverine even showed up in a cameo in the first issue of the story.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Justice League – No Justice | Comics

Dark Nights: Metal has transformed the universe and awakens Godlike beings of destruction for Justice League to stop!

In space, the Green Lantern Corps has assembled all of their members, standing rallied together as they all look into a cosmic threat that can destroy everything. After the Justice League and rest of heroes took a stand against the creatures of Dark Multiverse, the aftermath of that fight left a crack in the Source Wall and the Universe is now broken.

Back on Earth, heroes and vigilantes are being attacked by an enemy force that overwhelms them and director Amanda Waller of Suicide Squad decides to initiate Protocol XI. The Justice League has been fighting Brainiac in Metropolis, who have them on his ropes. Superman somehow manages to get free and charge at his arch-enemy.

Instead of fighting Man of Steel, Vril Dox shows him a dystopian future where Earth has fallen to his rule and teams like Task Force X, The Titans and Teen Titans simply fails to stand against him while other League members get free. He tells Kal-El that he is not here to invade Earth but for the heroes and then all other heroes vanishes with a BOOM!

Beast Boy, Harley Quinn, Starfire and Zatanna wakes up inside a room inside Brainiac's Skull Ship shortly after they were abducted and now all of them are wearing different outfits. Harley finds a way out of the quarter and Damian Wayne was throwing his tantrum at Doctor Fate about finding the Coluan only to discover him standing behind.

Robin is baffled to see his father and his friends standing along with the biggest bad guy in the Universe, which even upsets Koriand'r. Realizing the growing tension in the room, Vril Dox clarifies his intention of seeking their help by holding onto Diana's Lasso of Truth.

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Justice League – No Justice | Comics

He then warns them about four powerful cosmic Gods, Omega Titans who used to plant seeds of cosmic energy in many different worlds. Now that the Source Wall is broken, they came to Colu, the home planet of Brainiac and are about to consume it. He suggests them to group up in four teams, each embodying the energy of Omega Titan.

Throwing abducted heroes, anti-heroes and villains in the mix seem to be difficult as they are unwilling to work with each other as a team because of their past history. However, Brainiac stopped them for now by reminding the bigger issue at hand.

Batman, Beast Boy, Deathstroke, Lex Luthor and Lobo forms Team Entropy while Team Mystery consists of Martian Manhunter, Sinestro, Starfire, Starro and Superman. Atom, Cyborg, Flash, Harley Quinn and Robin assembled Team Wisdom and Team Wonder is founded by Doctor Fate, Etrigan, Raven, Wonder Woman and Zatanna.

Meanwhile, Amanda Waller assembled Task Force XI with the most powerful psychics in the world to hack the brain of the Coluan conqueror. Upon reaching Colu, they see the destroyer of worlds standing tall on the planet and ready to consume it. Vril Dox assumes command and reminding them if they cannot stop the titan here, it will attack Earth next.

Before he could guide them with his plan, he feels excruciating pain in his brain as Waller's telepaths have breached it and then it explodes, leaving his assembled crew to fight alone. The inhabitants of Colu thought them to be minions sent by Brainiac and faced by protocol droids before finding the Tree of Wisdom the titan came after.

Batman suggests that four teams should go after four energy trees and reform them but the dilemma of leadership strikes again until Luthor came to voice his reason and convinced everyone to follow Brainiac's original plan to save two worlds. The Trinity and other League members agreed to this as well except Damian Wayne.

Back on Earth, Waller heads to the Arctic Circle where she is confronted by Green Arrow, who is looking for his friends in the Justice League. She reveals what Vril Dox intended and how he has put Earth next on the menu for ancient Space Gods to devour after blackmailing everyone into cooperating with him to save his own planet.

Since there is no one else left to fight because Brainiac has put the remaining members from the main four teams into stasis, Oliver Queen offers to help Waller to save the world. Together, these unlikely allies team up to dig up Earth's dormant cosmic seed.

In Colu, all four teams struggle to power up the energy trees and fights their way through various obstacles to eventually come face to face with Brainiac 2.0. In the mean time, Amanda Waller realizes by killing Vril Dox, she has doomed Earth as he had some sort of fail-safe hidden within the seed and all the can do now is pray to God.

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New Alliance of Justice

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Justice League – No Justice

Following the events of "Dark Nights – Metal", DC Comics launched "No Justice" by writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics – Rise of the Batmen, Detective Comics – The Victim Syndicate), Joshua Williamson (Predator – Fire and Stone, The Flash – Lightning Strikes Twice) and Scott Snyder (Superman Unchained, The Wake).

The four-issue Justice League limited series from 2018 is drawn by artist Francis Manapul (The Flash – Move Forward, Trinity – Better Together), who also provided cover arts. Manapul did considerably well portraying a wide range of characters from DC Universe like he has never done before and was able to do convey the message.

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Team Wonder of Justice

After the heroes have interacted with Dark Multiverse and demon Barbatos, Prime Earth has expanded itself into a vastness that would let many unwelcomed crisis. New opportunities and menace will arrive that the heroes will prevail to save Earth. At the same time, many terrible secret will come out to shake everyone's belief as well.

Throughout the story, Aquaman, Arsenal, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Donna Troy, Enchantress, Katana, Killer Croc, Nightwing, Omen, Tempest and Wally West showed up in cameo appearance alongside many other. Justice League follows lead to new adventures in the next arc "The Totality" against Legion of Doom in a new monthly series.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Even after Galactic Empire is established, rebellion is still formed and Sidious sends Lord Vader to restore order.

From his final moments of encounter with his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi as Anakin Skywalker on the surface of fiery planet Mustafar, Darth Vader was reliving the whole event from an all-new point during his meditation.

The Emperor interrupts by calling him over the comms to his throne room to discuss his plans of establishing the supremacy of the Empire among the galaxy. Vader is asked to visit Mon Cala to thoroughly investigate and teach them a lesson for disobedience if necessary.

Darth Sidious believes that there might still be a surviving Jedi who is advising the King of negotiation tactics and wants his apprentice to check on it while he hands over the military operation aspects to Grand Moff, Wilhuff Tarkin.

As he was discussing possible strategies if they had to engage, Imperial ambassador Telvar was unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a trade deal with King Lee-Char of Mon Cala. When he was leaving, Vader arrived shortly in a Zeta-class shuttle along with his Inquisitors and death troopers.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Upon being questioned by Admiral Ackbar for their reasons to be here, Vader states to be looking for an enemy of the Empire but Ackbar simply denies any possibility of that only to witness Telvar's shuttle explode. This prompted the invading force and the Dark Lord of Sith to siege Dac City, where Lee-Char is apprehended for interrogation.

Just as their defenses were failing against the Imperial force, two whale-like creatures arose from the bottom of the ocean, creating massive tidal waves that wreck the city.

The Tenth Brother and Ninth Sister of Inquisitors immediately try to shield the wave before Vader joined them but despite their efforts, they all were drowned. Below, he discovers himself under heavy external pressure of water but creates an air bubble around him with Force.

Soon, he is attacked by a squid-like creature that he killed and reached an Imperial submarine. Though the Ninth Sister was able to learn of the whereabouts of the Jedi from Lee-Char, Lord Vader is disappointed at them for failing to kill him.

Meanwhile, the hidden Jedi, Ferren Barr is fascinated about how the Sith has taken control over the galaxy and also reveal his knowledge of Darth Vader actually being former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to his loyal bad of acolytes.

Learning of Vader coming to hunt them down, Barr assembles his followers for a quick evacuation but unfortunately crosses paths with the enemy. Tarkin requests assistance from the Sith Lord in capturing King Lee-Char and it would finally led him to a confrontation with Jedi Barr.

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Mon Cala Resistance Crumble

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas

The new monthly ongoing volume of Star Wars spin-off series Darth Vader delves into a new story arc after "Imperial Machine" and "Legacy's End" concludes. Titled "The Burning Seas", the story is collected in issues #13-18 of the series from Marvel Comics in 2018.

Collaborating from beginning, 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) tailored the entire storyline.

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The Jedi Survivor

This is third time in a row that the titular Dark Lord of Sith goes against a lesser known Jedi that possess a threat to the Empire. References to "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" were mentioned during the story.

A subtle but very important nod to Jedi Purge is also played out brilliantly that brought a new and unexpected twist to story development. The bonus one-part story that comes after the actual conflict between Grand Moff Tarkin and Vader himself in a quest to hunt the latter down.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Superman – Imperious Lex | Comics

Now that Darkseid is gone, Lex Luthor is chosen to take the throne of Apokolips but he wants Superman to be their leader.

In absence of Darkseid, chaos rages on planet Apokolips and its inhabitants are tearing it down for control. Granny Goodness and her Furies, Kalibak, Kanto and Steppenwolf are running rampant without a master. A soldier named Ardora and an old Prophet believes order and peace can still be established if an iron-willed hand sits on the throne.

On Metropolis, Lex Luthor and Superman works together to stop a gang of bank robbers from fleeing police. When he returned to LexCorp, Luthor is immobilized with a restraining helmet before being abducted by Ardora and old prophet to have his destiny fulfilled as God of Apokolips and quickly teleported back via Boom-Tube.

Big Blue returns home to spend time with his family by going out with his son Jon and wife Lois Lane. Both he and Jon hear a transmission sent by Lex in Kryptonian frequency, which he managed to send over before being taken out and asks Superman to meet him LexCorp tower but Clark ignores it thinking it was not important.

After dinner and movies, the Kents are approached by a bunch of LexCorp robots with a pre-recorded message from Luthor for help, unaware of his secret identity. They become hostile upon denial of his request, forcing Superman and Superboy to fight back. Equipped with a Mother Box, Man of Steel and his family are transported to Apokolips.

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Three of them ended up on different parts of the fiery planet, separated from each other. Lois is found by Mad Harriet, who took her as a prisoner but she fought alongside Female Furies and is taken in by Granny. Superboy came across a group of Apokoliptian soldiers and eventually saves a pack of Hunger Dogs from captivity.

Meanwhile, Lex was explaining how he is not their destined ruler according to prophecy and presents Superman to them using a Boom-Tube when they assumed him as an imposter. These two former arch-rivals try to evade their Apokoliptian followers and hides. Luthor resonates to an angry Big Blue that he can truly inspire hope among them.

As they were distracted arguing, Kalibak ambushed them out of nowhere and takes them captive. Thinking Darkseid is at Apokolips' core, he has been using Chaos Cannon to dig him out and all of a sudden, his armies are attacked by Female Furies. Lois frees her husband amidst this chaos and Superboy joins with his pack of Hunger Dogs.

At one point, Kalibak shuts down all fiery pits of Apokolips by venting its core and ushered a complete darkness over it. Though Ardora and the blind priest comes to conclusion that none of them are worthy to take Darkseid's throne except for Superman and decides to pledge their servitude to him rather than forcing it on his shoulder.

They arrive with Omega Fleet and Parademons to assist Man of Steel, right after he saved an unconscious Lex. Granny and her Furies are captured, Superman and his family vouched for peace for their ravaged planet before returning back to Earth.

On anniversary of the destruction of Krypton, Superman and Superboy goes on a space journey together when Fortress of Solitude picked up signal of distant a planet called Galymayne is about to face the same fate as their home planet but they could really do very little against the stern religious faith of its people to be doomed.

Anarchy on Apokolips

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Superman – Imperious Lex

Following inception of DC Rebirth crossover event, monthly ongoing Superman series from DC Comics has been seeing a steady run with a roadmap created by comic-book writer Peter Tomasi (Super Sons – Planet of the Capes, Super Sons – When I Grow Up) and currently continuing in sixth storyline titled "Imperious Lex" in 2018.

Aided him in illustrations throughout were talented artists Barry Kitson (JLA – Year One, Secret Invasion – Fantastic Four), Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite), Ed Benes (Justice League of America – Second Coming, Justice League of America – Tornado's Path) and Patrick Gleason (Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro Corps War).

Escape from Suicide Planet

"Imperious Lex" collects issues #33-36 and #39-41 from fourth ongoing volume of Superman and features two separate stories. Entire Kent family had to take a tour to one of the most unpleasant quadrant of entire galaxy; Apokolips to save it from a raging civil war when Lex Luthor dragged them into a mess of his creating.

After he took up the mantle of Man of Steel to become a savior of Metropolis, he met with skepticism from everyone but he worked with Big Blue to earn his trust and built a working system by putting aside their differences. Whatever trust they had was gone because of his most recent actions that jeopardized Clark's personal life.

Lois Lane has temporarily joined Female Furies during her stay there and Superboy had the chance to fight alongside his father more than once. His adventure with Damian Wayne AKA Robin as Super Sons is also referenced earlier. Further adventure of this iconic father-son duo would be explored up next in "Bizarroverse" arc.
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