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  • Someone is Dying in the DCU, and Honestly, That's Okay

    Someone is Dying in the DCU, and Honestly, That's Okay

    In a few weeks we’re going to be treated to the first issue of Heroes in Crisis, DC’s latest event series, which is being promoted as a “murder mystery.” Sanctuary -- a hidden location in the DCU where heroes can go to recover from traumatic ordeals, both physical and emotional -- is supposed to be a safe place for champions, so someone getting killed there is a shocking concept. And DC is doubling down on the shock value, with the latest issue of DC Nation magazine proclaiming “in 21 days, one of these characters DIES!” and giving us the six candidates for the victim that will kick things off. These days, though, comic book characters die and come back to life with such regularity that it’s almost impossible to get worked up about it. Heck, one of the potential victims -- Tim Drake -- has already “died” and came back since the Rebirth relaunch two years ago. So it’s really hard to believe that this death, whoever the corpse-to-be is, is going to stick.

    But the more I think...
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  • Three Wishes: Streaming the DC Universe

    Three Wishes: Streaming the DC Universe

    We live in a streaming world. We have our Netflix, our Hulu, our Amazon Prime, but that's just where it starts. Do you want a vast selection of horror movies and TV shows? Subscribe to Shudder. Are TCM classics and highbrow fare more your thing? You need Filmstruck. Miss the cartoons of your youth? Get yourself some Boomerang. A fan of a certain famous science fiction franchise and want a service that includes that and literally no other reason to sign up? Right this way to CBS All-Access.

    With so many different streaming services and more on the way, you've got to start being choosy about which ones you're going to get. When DC first announced their plans for a streaming platform, I was skeptical that there would be enough content to make it worthwhile. Then the announcements started: live action shows featuring The Titans, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol and more, plus a new animated Harley Quinn series and the resurrection of the popular and be unfairly cancelled Young Justic...
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  • Justice League #1: As Big As It Gets

    Justice League #1: As Big As It Gets

    Justice League #1 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Tomeu Morey & Tom Napolitano


    There have been many versions of the Justice League over the years. Some have been sublime, some have been disastrous, but the best, truest versions of the League have all had a common thread: the biggest heroes, the biggest threats, the biggest stories. The Justice League should be the biggest thing in the DC Universe. With the first issue of Scott Snyder's run, we're finally getting big.

    Following the aftermath of Justice League: No Justice, the League has reorganized with a new headquarters and a new chairman: the Martian Manhunter. Unbeknownst to them (of course), their enemies have also begun to organize, with Lex Luthor assembling a new Legion of Doom. This first issue is, as expected, a heck of a lot of set-up. We get a lovely tour of the new Hall of Justice and we see how J’onn’s chairmanship functions, using his telepathy to link all members...
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  • Justice League: No Justice #1: Crazy Configurations and a Strong Start

    Justice League: No Justice #1: Crazy Configurations and a Strong Start

    Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, and AndWorld Design

    In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal, the Source Wall at the fringes of the DC Universe has been breached. From the cracks comes something dark, deadly, and dangerous… so dangerous that the insidious Brainiac has taken it upon himself to create a new Justice League from members of the old, some Titans, the Suicide Squad, and a few surprise guests. The four unconventional groups will have to work together against the threat of the Omega Titans, with all life in the universe hanging in the balance.

    On the surface, there are a lot of things about No Justice #1 you could be cynical about. The four teams Brainiac has assembled seem in some ways tailor-made to capitalize on characters that are in the zeitgeist right now, and outfitting each of the squads in color-coded uniforms could be taken as a plot to crank out a new...
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  • The Cure For Fatigue

    The Cure For Fatigue

    ​Blame James Cameron for this one.

    Recently, the director of Aliens and Titanic has expressed some… shall we say “disappointment” about the proliferation of superhero movies. The man who is working on a Terminator reboot and four new Avatar sequels was famously quoted as saying “there are other stories to tell,” when speaking about the success of Marvel’s Avengers franchise. The man who helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a megastar and who once almost made a Spider-Man movie went on to bemoan “hyper-gonadal movies about males without families.”

    I’m picking on Cameron a little here, I know, but that’s because he’s the most famous name that has jumped onto this particular bandwagon. He is by no means the first one. Lots of people have talked about “superhero fatigue” setting in, and with so many films in the genre coming out each year, it’s not an unreasonable concern. Marvel Studios is the juggernaut, but let’s not forget Fox’s X-Men franchise (which...
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