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FLASH #47 2ND PTG
FLAVOR #3
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HARLEY QUINN #46
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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #3 (OF 4)
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IMMORTAL HULK #3
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INFIDEL #5 (OF 5) CVR A CAMPBELL & VILLARRUBIA
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INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5) KUDER CONNECTING VAR
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JUNGLE FANTASY SECRETS #1
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PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #307
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ROYAL CITY #12
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TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES #1
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DORK HC
FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 05
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HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 THE WILD HUNT
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM TP VOL 03
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP SEARCH FOR TONY STARK
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JUGHEAD HUNGER TP VOL 01
LEGION TP TRAUMA
LOEG III CENTURY TP  
LUMBERJANES TP VOL 09
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE TP VOL 01 FATE OF THE FOUR
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ROME WEST TP
SHAOLIN COWBOY START TREK HC
SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING HC NO BULLSH*T GUIDE
SPIDER KING TP
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 06 WLMD
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLL ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS TP VOL 03
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GAME OF THRONES QUOTES COASTER SET
MARVEL PUNISHER COLLECTORS GALLERY STATUE
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MARVEL THANOS BI-FOLD WALLET
MINECRAFT 15 INCH WOLF PLUSH
MYSTERY MINIS STAR WARS EMPIRE STRIKES BACK BMB
ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL OLD MAN LOGAN AF  
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CATWOMAN #1
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CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #4
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FLASH TP VOL 01 LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (REBIRTH)
GEKIDO #1 MASKED 48 PG ED
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IMMORTAL HULK #2
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NORTHLANDERS TP BOOK 01 THE ANGLO SAXON SAGA
OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1
PAPER GIRLS #22
PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
POP STRANGER THINGS STEVE W/SUNGLASSES VINYL FIGURE (C: 1-1-
QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #7 CVR B ULTRA FOIL SHAW
RAT QUEENS TP VOL 04 HIGH FANTASIES
RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #5 (OF 12)
REALM TP VOL 01
REGRESSION #10
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SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #93
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SPIDER-GWEN #33
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Comic Review: Batman #51

 

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Tom King continues to put the Dark Knight into new and interesting places, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Batman #51, which puts Bruce Wayne into a situation we've never seen him in before: jury duty. Partnered with artist Lee Weeks, the latest issue of Batman doesn't directly tie into the events of the previous “wedding” issue, but it does feature some truly remarkable moments that could go down as a new classic Batman story.

When Bruce Wayne is called into Jury Duty, it's an inconvenience. Since he can't go out on patrol while on duty, he has Dick Grayson filling in for him. But when the trial he's on is one that involves not only Mr. Freeze, but also features Batman's interference heavily, it starts to weigh an incredible toll on Bruce Wayne's soul. Is being the Batman worth it? Is he doing the right thing in fighting his war on crime the way that he is? Is the recent turmoil in his love life affecting his methods in a more brutal way? And is Mr. Freeze actually innocent of the crimes Batman made him confess to?

None of these questions are directly answered here, but it's a credit to Tom King for finding a very unique way for Bruce Wayne to have this crisis of the soul. We've seen him question his methods before, but never in such an entertaining backdrop like jury duty. Surrounded by regular citizens of Gotham, Wayne sticks out like a sore thumb, and King wisely limits his dialogue to just a series of quick sentences. But it's what Bruce doesn't say that really sticks out in this issue, as his silence speaks volumes.

This issue wouldn't be as effective without Lee Weeks' art. Even though he's a new player to King's run unlike other Batman artists Clay Mann or Mikel Janin, Weeks' art is still just as good as those two, even if it is distinctly different. The silences in King's script allow Weeks to really let loose, with extremely effective emotional beats and subtle body language ticks from Wayne when he's around the other jurors. It may not be an action packed issue, but Weeks' art is proof that it doesn't really have to be when the art is this great.

It's a testament to Tom King's talents as a writer that he's still finding new and interesting ways to put Batman into different predicaments this long into his run. Typically a lot of writers would have either lost steam or left the book by now, but King is using his longevity on the title to really dig into the idea of Batman, and make us, and Bruce Wayne, question his methods. While there's only a few vague nods to the events that happened in the previous issue, it's used in a way to make you understand exactly where Batman is coming from in his moments against Freeze, and it's done in such a way that you wonder if Batman has truly gone too far. And if you're questioning it, and Bruce Wayne is also questioning it, then maybe he has.

Comic Review: Batman '66 Meets Archie #1

 

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The Adam West Batman has gotten a lot of mileage out of DC in recent years. First, he met the Green Hornet in a sequel to the old crossover episode from the classic show. Then, he met the Linda Carter Wonder Woman. But now, he's met America's oldest teenager, and things will never be the same, for the Caped Crusader has now met Archie, and he's going to need his help to clean up Riverdale in Batman '66 Meets Archie, written by Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci and drawn by classic Archie artist Dan Parent.

Tired of being lumped in with other, “lesser villains”, the main four baddies from the classic TV show (namely The Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman), decide that they should set their sights on somewhere less well-known than Gotham, but still full of riches for them to steal. Settling on Riverdale, the four set off their plan, and when Veronica Lodge's father is the first to fall under the criminal's thrall, she sends out a radio transmission that reaches the only people who could help her: Batman and Robin!

Simply put, this issue is a lot of fun. I have a pretty big soft spot for the original Batman TV show, and Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci nail the tone of that series. From the narration boxes that mimic the announcer of the old show to the spot on dialogue for Batman and Robin, the two have a lot of fun with the Batman side of the book, but the Archie side is a little less fun, as it reads more like a regular Archie book (which now that I think about it, is probably the point).

Dan Parent is no stranger for longtime Archie fans, with a style that is pretty much synonymous with the “classic” look of that world. It's no surprise that his art for the Archie sequences are great, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how great his art was for this type of Batman as well. While it's not as realistic as some of the other Batman '66 comics, Parent's cartoony style still works really well with this type of story, and its actually kind of cool to see well-known versions of the '66 characters done in the style of Archie.

If you've read any of the previous Archie crossovers or Batman '66 comics, you'll find a lot to like with this crossover. And even if you've never checked out either of the those titles before, you'll find that this issue is a lot of fun. It's a little cheesy, sure, but that's also the charm of both the Batman TV show and Archie comics. In all honesty, I'm surprised no one thought of combining these two worlds earlier.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 28!

 

Waugh's Bag

Volume Seven, Issue Twenty-Eight!

The Joke's On You”

 

So that Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is officially happening. Yup, the one that has The Hangover's Todd Phillips directing. And HAD Martin Scorsese (yes, THAT Martin Scorsese) producing, but now will just be produced by his production company. It's Warner Bros' big attempt to not only differentiate themselves from the superhero movie market, but also try and salvage whatever goodwill they have left after the disappointing critical (and some commercial) performances of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and especially Justice League, as well as maybe get some Oscar play for their studio. While I've already made my feelings widely known in regards to the idea of giving the Joker an origin movie, there is a part of me that can't deny the curiosity I feel regarding this. It's either going to be brilliant or a colossal mistake, but it could be the thing to save WB's DC films.

 

I know, I know, WB has Aquaman, Shazam,and Wonder Woman 1984 in production right now. But aside from those three (two of which are done filming and one is currently filming), this Joker movie is the only film they have that is actually going in front of the cameras in a short amount of time. Matthew Reeves' Batman movie certainly isn't, Flashpoint still hasn't locked down any directors yet, and there's so many Harley Quinn movies in development, including Suicide Squad 2, that I've honestly lost count. Oh, there's also a solo Jared Leto Joker film in development too. But at the end of the day, none of those movies are actually being filmed at the moment, and Phillips' origin movie, as weird of a choice as it may be, is the only one that has a start date for filming, and depending on how the end product turns out, it may change the course of the DCEU forever.

 

Let's say this Joker movie comes out, and Joaquin Phoenix is phenomenal in the part. I'm talking Heath Ledger or Mark Hamill level brilliant (which in all honesty, is a possibility). Is WB really going to then tell general audiences that Phoenix's Joker is a one and done, and that they have to accept Jared Leto's Joker as “their Joker”? There are fans of Leto's take on the character out there, but his Joker is easily one of the most divisive aspects of the DCEU. Potentially putting his take on the character up against another in the same medium is ludicrous, and makes me wonder if this is secretly some exec at Warner Bros' plan to get Leto away from the role. He's already made it well known that he's not a fan of this “other Joker” movie idea, and with him signing on to play Morbius in Sony's Spider-Man-less spinoff, I wouldn't be surprised if we hear that Leto has bailed on playing the character. But playing this kind of game in public doesn't do the fans, Phoenix and Todd Phillips, or even Jared Leto any favors.

 

But, if Leto does walk, and they can get Phoenix to stick around for a few more movies (a highly unlikely scenario), then it could completely upend whatever “plan” the studio has for their shared universe. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept the things that worked (Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman), did a “soft reboot”, and inserted those versions into this new Phoenix-Joker universe. Hell, it would even free up Matthew Reeves' Batman movie, and then allow WB to work THAT Batman into this universe too, provided Reeves doesn't use Affleck's Bruce Wayne. In a weird way, this dumb Joker movie could help Warner Bros fix their entire cinematic universe.

 

Whether I think it's a good idea or not, this Joker origin movie is happening. And while I'm extremely cautious about the end result, I'll gladly eat crow if it ends up being great. But as it stands right now, it seems less like Warner Bros believes in the movie than them just throwing things at a wall and seeing if they'll stick. I still can't believe that they got Phoenix, who famously turned down the part of Doctor Strange because of the committment. So he's said goodbye to Marvel, but suddenly wants to jump in with Warner Bros' DC Films, just to work with Scorsese, who now has a “name only” part of this whole production? It doesn't quite add up to me. Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker is something that, on paper, sounds too good to be true, and I'm hoping that it doesn't end up being a waste of his, and our, time.

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