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‘Wonder Woman’ Passes ‘Batman v Superman’ as Highest-Earning DC Comics Movie

Move over boys — “Wonder Woman” is taking the box office crown.

In just four weeks, “Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing DC Comics Extended Universe movie at the domestic box office, topping the 12-week run of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The feat is especially impressive since “Wonder Woman” had a smaller opening weekend than both “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad.” That means the positive reviews and good word-of-mouth are propelling the movie’s success.

The DCEU standings are now:

  1. “Wonder Woman” – $330.533 million
  2. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – $330.366 million
  3. “Suicide Squad” – $325.100 million
  4. “Man of Steel” – $291.045 million

It’s just a matter of time before “Wonder Woman” also surges to the top in worldwide grosses and very possibly become Warner Bros./DC’s first billion dollar movie.

“Wonder Woman 2” is inevitable, though talks are still underway with director Patty Jenkins. But with such smashing success, there’s very little doubt everyone will want to repeat it.

From: https://www.moviefone.com/2017/06/30/wonder-woman-passes-batman-v-superman-box-office/

Action Comics: Superman Assembles First Ever [REDACTED]

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Action Comics #982, on sale now.


How do you counter a Superman Revenge Squad hell-bent on destroying the Man of Steel? With a Superman Squad, of course, and that’s exactly what we see at the conclusion of Action Comics #982.

In this fourth instalment of Dan Jurgens’ “Revenge” storyline, which sees the writer joined by artists Jack Herbert, Jose Luis and Ray McCarthy, Cyborg Superman Hank Henshaw continues to scheme against Kal-El. Seeking to avenge the death of his wife, which he blames on the Man of Steel, Henshaw has assembled a rogues gallery of Superman’s foes, including General Zod, whom he has sprung from Belle Reve prison where he was being held by Suicide Squad head honcho Amanda Waller as a last resort should Superman turn to evil.

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With a full complement of villains at his side, Henshaw prepares to head to the Antarctic Fortress of Solitude, correctly surmising that the Man of Steel fled there after being pummeled by Zod. He and the Eradicator recognize that the fortress is more than a hideaway, and a “repository of science and technology that Earth has yet to discover,” which they can use to achieve far more than simple payback. Revenge is only part of their plan, and they have to convince their comrades to look beyond simply beating the snot out of Superman.

The bigger picture, they promise, has more to offer to each member of the Revenge Squad. The Eradicator not only gets to purify Kal-El’s bloodline by killing Jonathan, he also gets to rebuild Krypton on Earth. Blanque’s reward is a planet’s worth of human canvasses, Mongul is promised perpetual war, and Metallo can hope for eternal life. Zod, for his part, will gain access to the Phantom Zone projector that can bring back his armies. This is not so much a coalition of the willing as it is a group of thugs joining forces for their own selfish purposes.

What they don’t know, as they embark on the journey back to Earth, is that Superman was blinded and lost his vision-based powers as a result of being inside the Black Vault that encased Belle Reve. Kelex surmises that the loss of sight is due to the barrier containing properties related to the Phantom Zone, but he also doesn’t now if the damage is permanent. Lois, who has also fled to the Fortress with Jonathan and Krypto, suggests that he use the Kryptonian battle suit that helped restore him after his first battle with Doomsday, but Kelex cautions that his catastrophic injuries at the time have exhausted his system’s restorative capabilities.

Faced with diminished capacity and increased vulnerability, Clark recognizes he must call for help, but the Revenge Squad strikes sooner than he’d anticipated, so he sends a distress signal to Supergirl using the Omnihedron, a mysterious Kryptonian device that he gifted to his cousin in the pages of Supergirl #8. He then tunnels though the ice underneath the fortress and bursts into the air in the midst of the assemblage of super villains. He knows he can’t defeat them but he intends to distract them long enough for Lois and Jonathan to escape.

The battle is short, and quickly descends into chaos once the Revenge Squad corners the Man of Steel. The moment Superman is down, each of its members wants a shot at his nemesis, and the lack of co-ordination provides a vector for Supergirl to swoop in and rescue her cousin. But Kara is not alone, she has brought along Lex Luthor, Steel, new Super-Man Kenan Kong and Superwoman Lana Lang.

“Superman is ours,” declares the armored Lex. “The only way you get him is over our dead bodies.”

The iconic full page panel that concludes Action Comics #982 reveals Luthor as the head of the Superman Squad, and effectively completes the iconic character’s transition from villain to hero.

Superman’s one-time greatest nemesis, who for decades schemed to destroy the Man of Steel and dominate the world, now stands alongside a group of Superman-related heroes against a group that would subjugate humanity and implement the reign of a master race, all for the sake of petty revenge — and he does so with Superman’s iconic S-shield prominently emblazoned on his chest. This turn is a testament to the power of redemption and resistance at a time when so much is as stake in the real world, and sends a message that we can abandon once cherished beliefs when they no longer serve us, or those around us.

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Without a trace of irony and more than a nod to creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jurgens has given us a Lex Luthor who embodies the same virtues of the Superman who first graced the pages of Action Comics #1 in 1938. After all, their first version of Superman — who debuted in the pages of their 1933 fanzine Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of the Future #3 — was conceived as a bald villain who wanted to rule the world.

But there’s another lesson to be learned from this fun action story: Evil is often based on self-interest. When the chips are down, follow-the-leader gives way to a free-for-all, because everyone is working at cross purposes.

The Superman Squad, on the other hand, presents a united front. Although it is an ad hoc assemblage seen here for the very first time, it embodies a cohesion and a unity of purpose that extend beyond the “S” emblazoned on every member’s chest. The message could not be clearer. Virtue, not might, makes right, and no matter how you slice it, the shield truly does stand for hope.

From: http://www.cbr.com/action-comics-first-superman-squad/

Superman Actor Dean Cain Reenacts Gruesome Injustice Scene …

One of the grimmest and most shocking moments in video game and DC Comics history was recreated in a less-than-grim way this past weekend at the Supernova comic convention in Australia. Superman actor Dean Cain paired up with a Joker cosplayer to bring the moment that shattered alliances and started the entire Injustice war to life. Injustice comic writer Tom Taylor stood by and watched in faux horror as the scene played out before him:

Now that’s funny; I don’t care who you are. Look at the Joker’s face. He just can’t believe that he’s being ripped apart by THE Dean Cain right now:

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Of course for those of you who have read the Injustice comics and played the two Injustice fighting games, you know that this is quite possibly the most significant moment in DC Comics history, depending on which canon or timeline you find to be the most compelling. This is the moment that Superman, the once-great savior of the world, turned into a ruthless dictator with rage so unquenchable that even Atrocitus looks docile and charming in comparison.

In the comicbook image you can see that Batman is utterly shocked and horrified. Though the Dark Knight be brooding and unforgiving at times, he has a strict “no-kill” policy that extends even to the most twisted criminals. In one furious blow Superman tipped a domino that would eventually lead to several more murders — not only of dangerous and twisted criminals, but of many heroes he once called friends as well. And we’re not even sure Joker got the worst of it; poor Shazam got his brains melted with heat vision while he was awake. He probably vividly felt that agonizing moment where his skull turned to mush and all went black. WTF Superman…

But that’s enough of that. Today we laugh at the great sport that is Dean Cain and the creative mind that is Tom Taylor. We’re glad the two got to come together and celebrate DC Comics at Supernova, and we’re glad that fans like this one ended up with a picture that will be remembered for years to come not only by himself, but by fans all over the world.

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From: http://comicbook.com/gaming/2017/06/27/superman-dean-cain-reenacts-injustice-scene-with-joker/

What is ‘Superman: Red Son’? Warner Bros. Could Turn America’s Hero into a Soviet Soldier

What if Superman didn’t crash land in Kansas, but in the Soviet Union instead? The DC Comics hero may be as American as apple pie—well, as American as a preternaturally invincible alien from Krypton can be—but the concept of a Soviet Superman may be familiar to comic book fans.

A new movie could explore an alternative universe in which Superman’s spaceship ends up on a Ukrainian farm in the Soviet Union instead of the Kent family’s Kansas cornfields, and the Man of Steel is raised to be a soldier for Russia’s own, Joseph Stalin. The story takes take its inspiration from a three-part comic book series titled Superman: Red Son.

Though the graphic novels were published in 2003, the subject matter is topical, to say the the least, given the recent ties—and animosity—between the U.S. and Russia.

Speculation about the proposed film broke on Twitter Tuesday when comic book writer Mark Millar, whose credits also include Kick-Ass and The Secret Service, revealed movie studio Warner Bros. had reached out to at least two directors to adapt his graphic novel about that very scenario.

So just what is Red Son and where would it sit in the already-existing Superman movie franchise? Let’s take a closer look:

Superman: Red Son Is Warner Bros. planning to adapt Mark Millar’s alternative-universe comic book into a movie? DC Entertainment

What is ‘Superman: Red Son’?

In Superman: Red Son, Superman’s origin story changes completely. In lore, the superhero is sent by his parents from the planet Krypton to Earth, lands in the Soviet Union, instead of Kansas. He is raised to be a state-controlled super-soldier, serving the will of Stalin.

In the 1950s, as the U.S. and Soviets are locked in an arms race, Stalin and his compatriots unleash their secret weapon.

The alternative-history comic book blends real-life figures like Stalin and John F. Kennedy with a plethora of DC Comics heroes and villains including Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor.

Red Son was originally released as a three-issue comic book series in 2003. It was later consolidated in a 2004 paperback book and again in 2009 as a hardcover book and is considered a modern classic by many comic book fans.

Is it being turned into a movie?

Possibly. Mark Millar said Warner Bros. had been talking to film directors about adapting his comics in a conversation with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts:

Interestingly, Vogt-Roberts said he once pitched Warners a movie based on Red Son but it was presumably rejected.

Millar replied that he has heard the studio has reached out to at least “two [different] pals” in the last month.

He added, “This truly is Putin’s America,” a nod to the current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the timeliness of Red Son in the current political climate.

In another tweet, Millar said he wrote the comic as a comment on President George W. Bush’s term in the White House:

If Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a Red Son movie, it would be without Millar’s approval. The comic book writer said he would be “concerned” about the studio’s adaptation of the film, noting that he—like many critics and audiences—did not enjoy WB’s recent string of superhero movies from the DC Comics family, referring to Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

Adding more intrigue to the rumors, Den of Geek reports that the proposed film is envisioned as a live-action feature.

If Warners does plan to adapt the film, would its current Superman, Henry Cavill, appear in the alternative timeline? In the months preceding his first Superman outing in 2013’s Man of Steel, Cavill said he took some inspiration from Millar’s take on the character.

A standalone film outside the auspices of the DC movieverse could be compelling, but Cavill would likely prove too synonymous with Zack Snyder’s ongoing saga, which next teams up Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more in November’s Justice League. A radical new casting choice distancing Red Son from the current series would be the best way for this movie to work.

From: http://www.newsweek.com/what-superman-red-son-warner-bros-could-turn-americas-hero-soviet-soldier-629342

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: General Zod Takes Command in Action Comics #982

Cyborg Superman! Mongul! Blanque! The Eradicator! Metallo! And now, with the addition of General Zod, the Superman Revenge Squad is complete! But not all of them consider vengeance against the Man of Steel their ultimate goal. General Zod has an army trapped in the Phantom Zone, one that he wishes to free to help him reshape the Earth into a new Krypton! To liberate his army Zod needs a Phantom Zone Projector, and the Revenge Squad’s plan to attack the Fortress of Solitude may be the key to acquiring what he desires…

If that wasn’t bad enough, Superman is still feeling the effects from his nightmarish encounter with The Black Vault. Will he be able to defend his family and Earth… while he’s blind!?

RELATED: [SPOILER]’s Rebirth in Action Comics #979 will Rain Hell on Superman

CBR has your exclusive first look at DC’s Action Comics #982, written by Dan Jurgens, with art by Jack Herbert and José Luís, in stores June 28th, 2017.

Action Comics #982

  • Dan Jurgens (w) • Jack Herbert José Luís (a)
  • Cover: Patrick Zircher
  • Variant Cover: Mikel Janín
  • “REVENGE” part four! General Zod takes command as he leads Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, Mongul, Blanque and Metallo against Superman—but his real motives are yet to be revealed and may have far graver consequences for Superman than anyone imagines.
  • Rating: Teen
  • In Shops: June 28th, 2017
  • SRP: $2.99

From: http://www.cbr.com/exclusive-preview-action-comics-982/

Evil Superman Rumored For Justice League Comic-Con Trailer – Cosmic Book News

From bad to worse to worst?

I can’t imagine WB going this route for Superman myself – especially following the huge success of Wonder Woman, which was basically a Superman movie – but it’s being rumored that when Henry Cavill returns as Superman in the Justice League movie–he returns as evil (cue Dr. Evil pinky)!

Snyder and WB already ticked off fans in Man of Steel and then even more in Batman Vs. Superman with Superman’s portrayal, so will the trend continue with an evil Justice League Superman? I suppose anything is possible, and it could have been Snyder’s plan all along.

The rumor comes from Reddit where a user claims a Twitter source or two filled him in that a soon to be released Justice League trailer – presumably at Comic-Con – will feature Henry Cavill in the black Superman costume apparently evil.

The rumored Justice League trailer is described as:

• The trailer starts off with Batman recruiting The Flash, with the new DC logos then shown.

• The trailer uses the music of ACDC’s “Thunderstruck.” 

• A montage of the team is shown:

– Bruce talking to Diana at a museum.

– Cyborg looks depressed as he walks through the halls of his high school using some sort of holographic projection to look normal, with Victor stating, “I never asked for this. I didn’t want to be some thing.”

– Aquaman is in Atlantis, said to resemble a castle in ruins, talking with Willem Dafoe’s Vulko about his destiny.

– A Motherbox is being guarded by Atlantean soldiers–when Steppenwolf and his forces attack. Steppenwolf takes the Motherbox, with Aquaman in pursuit swimming after him. Steppenwolf throns his axe at Aquaman, and in slow-motion, Aquaman dodges it (under water).

• The Justice League trailer cuts to Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Cyborg who are under heavy attack by the Parademons in some kind of tunnel. They are being overwhelmed, and then the tunnel floods with Aquaman showing up to save the team. Aquaman says, “Dressed like a bat. I dig it.” Aquaman then asks Batman for help.     

• Cut to the Justice League entering the Batcave where Flash geeks out. Batman talks about the Parademons kidnapping scientists (calls them “creatures). Wonder Woman asks what’s the plan. The Flash asks Alfred for some room service, with Alfred walking off.

• Another montage of action is shown including:

– A slow-motion shot of Wonder Woman falling trying to reach her sword as The Flash tips it with his finger so she can grab it.

– Cyborg punches Aquaman, as Aquaman throws Cyborg against the wall.

– Shots transition to Aquaman throwing Bruce against a wall.

– A scene shows Aquaman, Wonder Woman and The Flash guarding what appears to be the scout ship.

– Batman gliding into a Parademon.

– Steppenwolf stepping on Wonder Woman’s chest.

– Cyborg standing on a football field.

– The Flash then is shown making a joke about Cyborg looking like the Tin Man.

• The Justice League title card is then shown, with next scene described to be the “money shot”:

– Batman is in the Batmobile is driving toward some kind of ship when a black costumed Superman with a beard and longer hair lands right between Batman and the ship. Superman has red eyes and an evil smirk (fire is said to be in the background, raining ash… “it’s a great visual shot”) while Batman has a look of “oh shit” on his face, and the trailer ends. 

• More on Superman:

– The black Superman suit is said to be amazing with no cape.

– The chest symbol is bigger than usual and said to resemble the “Kingdom Come” Superman chest symbol.

– It has more of a dark grey than silver.

– There is also some kind of long grey thin line in the middle of the suit going from the symbol to the waist.

– “The design of the suit itself looks like molten lava (with glowing lines of red under the suit, too).”

From: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/evil-superman-rumored-justice-league-comic-con-trailer

Does Superman #25 Turn a Major DC Character Into A Cow?

With the end of the “Black Dawn” storyline this week in Superman #25, the creative team of Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke pitted Superman against Manchester Black, one of the most formidable villains created for him in the last 20 years — and the end result was nothing short of shocking.

After “shorting out” Manchester Black’s mental powers with psychic feedback, Superman took the villain’s body — seemingly braindead — away, presumably to a hospital or STAR Labs/ARGUS/The Fortress of Solitude.

After the fight, the story got some wrap-up with Superman, Lois, and his son Jon — but then it cut back to Hamilton County, the farming community where the Kent family had been living in relative quiet during their time away from Metropolis since Jon was born.

A cow (presumably one from the neighbor’s dairy farm, which served as a staging ground for Manchester Black’s attack on Superman’s family) approaches a group of kids and reveals himself to either be Manchester Black, or at least be a current vessel that Black is using to house his powers while his body is out of reach.

The seemingly-obvious next move would be to pit the Manchester Black cow against Bat-Cow, Damien Wayne’s pet from Batman and Robin, in a “Batcow v. Supercow: Dawn of Buttermilk” kind of way.

Ruining Superman’s life has been a bit of a recurring motif for Black, who first appeared in Action Comics #775, widely regarded as one of the best Superman stories in recent decades. The tale, written by Joe Kelly and featuring art by Mahnke, centered on Black and his Team The Elite, who were proxies for popular, ultra-violent English superhero characters popular at the time in books like The Authority. They believed that superheroes who refused to kill villains were ignoring a moral imperative to make the world safer and, in turn, were just as bad as those they fought — and they wanted Superman to get violent, or get out of the way. When Superman appealed to their decency, it didn’t work — so ultimately he used his powers and guile to defeat them, but spared their lives.

The story, titled “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?,” is one of a handful of stories we recently noticed were apparently rendered canonical when Superman’s timeline was laid out in Action Comics last month. It was later adapted into an animated feature film, titled Superman vs. The Elite. While it was the kind of story that seemed destined to be a single-issue, strand-alone parable, the popularity of the story (and, inevitably, of Black and his contemptible teammates) led to numerous follow-ups, with Black briefly leading the Suicide Squad and an Elite-driven story in JLA. The team was featured in a spinoff, Justice League Elite, written by “What’s So Funny…?” author Joe Kelly.

A New 52 take on Black saw him as a mysterious and scheming S.T.A.R. Labs employee, although given the restoration of much of Superman’s history post-Rebirth, it seems likely that take on the character will be as forgotten as the Hank Henshaw briefly mentioned in the post-Flashpoint world but later replaced with one thate more closely resembled his pre-Flashpoint counterpart.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/06/23/does-superman-25-turn-a-major-dc-character-into-a-cow-/

Aquaman’s Hollywood-inspired comic book makeover also comes with a blockbuster story

  • Aquaman no. 25 cover art by Stjepan Sejic. Photo: DC Entertainment. / The Washington Post

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NOTE: Spoilers for “Aquaman” no. 25.

The comic book Aquaman is ready for his Hollywood close-up.

When a comic book character has a movie coming out, the live-action and comic book styles will mirror each other as much as they can.

In the pages of DC Comics, Superman and Batman are now trunkless, just like Henry Cavil’s Man of Steel and Ben Affleck’s Batman. Wonder Woman’s comic book look has recently received an armored suit with a leather skirt that takes inspiration from Gal Gadot’s look in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Wonder Woman” and this fall’s “Justice League.”

Until now, the Aquaman in the comics hasn’t looked anything like the planned on-screen version despite actor Jason Momoa making his debut as the character in 2016’s “Batman v Superman.”

When Momoa was cast as Arthur Curry and the first image of him as Aquaman was revealed in 2015, fans took note that Momoa refused to cut his long grungy locks and beard that he made famous in his role as Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones.”

There may have been some sun-drenched yellow streaks of hair, but Momoa was channeling an Aquaman style that hasn’t been seen since Peter David’s run writing “Aquaman” comics in the 90s.

Even DC’s recent companywide reboot of its comic books, “Rebirth,” featured the standard short-hair, blond and beardless Aquaman.

All that changed Wednesday when the 25th issue of “Aquaman” hit newsstands in print and digitally.

The cover, illustrated by artist Stjepan Sejic (who also illustrates the interior pages of “Aquaman” no. 25), shows an Aquaman in transition.

On the cover, in the dark edges of the deep sea, a light is shone on Aquaman. The classic orange, green and gold Atlantean armor is there, a symbol of Arthur Curry’s time as the king of Atlantis, but his face is covered in a beard and long hair that would make Aquaman unrecognizable if he were not wearing his famous suit, and that is the point.

Aquaman’s new look, which at first glance could be assumed to be nothing more than syncing up the comic book and movie looks before the character’s big role in “Justice League,” actually plays a vital part in the new Aquaman comic story line “Underworld,” written by Dan Abnett.

In “Underworld,” Aquaman has been usurped as king of Atlantis by Corum Rath, who feels Arthur’s half-breed status (Arthur’s father is human, his mother is from Atlantis) gives Arthur no right to the throne because of his connection to the “surface world.”

Arthur Curry is presumed dead at the orders of Corum Rath. But as the cover to Aquaman no. 25 shows, he’s hiding instead.

Arthur now swims in plain sight in the Ninth Tride of Atlantis – a section of the water world where the Hadalin (a slur given to the people of the Ninth Tride) are assumed to be the lowest of the low Atlantis has to offer.

Refusing to always hide in the shadows, Arthur, inspired by what he knows about fellow Justice League member Batman, takes on a vigilante role in the Ninth Tride to protect its citizens. The locals, convinced he is their old king, back from the dead, begin calling him by his “surface” name, Aquaman.

Word spreads of Aquaman’s presence and both Atlantis’ new King and former queen Mera (who will also appear in “Justice League” and the “Aquaman” movies, played by Amber Heard) eventually find out that Arthur could still be alive.

Corum Rath demands Aquaman be dealt with, wanting no challengers to his new throne, while Mera rushes back to the sea, looking to get the love of her life back. Neither task will be easy as Aquaman is prepared for a fight and meets a potential new love interest. If you’re excited about Momoa’s Aquaman and have been looking for a reason to dive into Aquaman comics, now is the time.

As DC Comics “Rebirth” era continues to produce hits and make everyone forget about the New 52, “Aquaman” is a series at the top of the list of best reads “Rebirth” has to offer.

Just in time for Aquaman’s upcoming pop culture resurgence.

Read more:

‘Aquaman’ is shaping up to be the most intriguing film on the DC Comics slate

‘Wonder Woman’ marks DC’s triumphant return to great storytelling

From: http://www.lmtonline.com/entertainment/article/Aquaman-s-Hollywood-inspired-comic-book-makeover-11242955.php

Superman #25 review – Batman

Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Superboy is under the control of Manchester Black! With the mastermind (and master plan) revealed, Superman and friends must stop Black and restore Jon’s will before things escalate further. But can they? Find out in an extra-sized Superman #25!

A little muddled early on

The first half of our story deals with the inevitable battle set up last issue. Devoting that much real estate to fisticuffs is tough, because there’s only so much entertainment to be had in the physical conflict itself. Tomasi, Mahnke, and Gleason do alright, adding some nice Frankenstein and Batman moments along the way, but Black’s cocky talk annoys me more than it interests me, and I can’t help but wonder if this is where pages were added to fill out the “anniversary” format. Most of the scene is alright, but it does feel longer than it needs to be, and it looks and feels a bit messy.

But strong where—and when—it counts

That said, the team shines bright throughout most of the book, giving us the humor, heart, and hope that have made this my top book for a year now. While it’s easy to miss amidst the chaos, Black has actually latched onto the perfect angle for exploiting Jon. Sure, he’s literally controlling him, but offering Jon something that his parents have been denying him—unrestrained access to and development of Jon’s own power—makes the hold an especially strong one, because there’s a part of Jon that wants what Black is offering. Jon’s recognition that he has been deceived makes him all the more relatable, and his parents’ open arms in spite of his “betrayal” is the sort of emotional comfort that we all long for when we find ourselves in similar situations. My heart can’t help but be warmed.

There are several delightfully funny moments, too. Whether it’s Clark saying “listen to Batman, son”, the predictable-yet-hilarious interactions between Frank and his bride, or a very kooky epilogue, there’s plenty of the trademark Tomasi wit that I’ve been enjoying since Batman and Robin.

Good, mismatched artwork

In concept, Mahnke and Gleason make a great pairing on a book with multiple line artists. Their character faces have some distinct similarities, and I can recall my untrained eye not immediately noticing the occasional Mahnke fill-in back on Batman and Robin.

But you can really see the difference between the two when they’re side-by-side, and Superman #25 gives us such an opportunity. Mahnke and Gleason just about split this one in half, and the split is not a clean break, with the latter artist taking over in the middle of the climactic battle scene that begins the book. Immediately, I notice a big drop in the number of lines, as Gleason’s (preferable, I think) character aesthetics come into view on several facial close-ups.

Thankfully, each artist looks great on his own, though I would much rather see a simpler approach to the inks. I suspect Mahnke needs more time to turn in his lines, because it’s become very common to see multiple inkers going after him. While less common for Gleason, I perceive some of the same for him here. The credits list six (!) inkers, but not which pages they worked on, so it’s hard to say for sure who did what; but I will say that Mahnke seems to suffer the most from the variety. He tends to look his best when it’s just he and Mendoza. Still, as I said, his stuff works, even when it’s not working as well as it could be.

Simple joys for Superman fans

Manchester may be a bit much, and the artwork is a bit confused with all of the hands in it, but when you get down to it, this book hits the high points it needed to. It almost seems too simple and cute to say that people being kind, hugging each other, and reminding one another of their mutual love are sufficient for covering narrative drag and incongruities in the artwork, but they kind of are. Of course, this doesn’t hurt, either:

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Recommended if…

  • You like Mahnke and Gleason, and you can get past a jarring shift between the two.
  • The purity, simplicity, and unembarassed optimism of this book have drawn you in from the start. Even contending with flaws, those core principles win the day here.
  • Cows. Trust me.

Overall

While this issue’s dose of Manchester Black may exceed recommended levels, Superman #25 delivers enough of what we’ve loved about this run to leave a very favorable impression. While the handoff between the two is a bit jarring, both Mahnke and Gleason continue their trend of big action and emotionally-effective character work. A year in, Superman remains the strongest fulfillment of Rebirth’s promises of purity and quality.

SCORE: 8/10

From: http://batman-news.com/2017/06/21/superman-25-review/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers & Review: Superman #25 Teases The …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers and Review for Superman #25 follows.

The below is one of the best comic book covers, let alone Superman covers, I’ve seen in years. Bravo Ryan Sook!

Superman #25 opens with Superboy, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, being controlled by Manchester Black. So it is Superboy Black vs. Superman et al!

The Kent’s neighbor Katie explains what Manchester Black is doing; he’s controlling Superboy, but also amping up his powers.

Pretty cool scene with Batman vs. Superboy Black and with father and son to end the page.

Superman tells Batman that he knows this scenario, an out of control Superboy, was what he feared, but Batman says that he can tell that Superboy is open to listening to Superman if he gets him away from all the chaos.

Superboy is fighting Manchester Black’s control and he knows he’s strong; that is the cue for Superman giving his son some tough love.

Superman’s shove of son somehow causes them to see the future with Damian Wayne / Robin as Batman and some other future or other world with another Superman and an indigenous wife?

This look at different world or the future caps off Superboy’s internal struggle against Manchester Black with…

…the revelation that his mom’s leg was never violently lost. It was Manchester Black’s mind games to break Superboy.

With his neighbor Katie, an alien, Superboy and her take down Manchester Black with a blast of some kind.

Then one tidy pages sums up the battle outcome and this arc. Manchester Black is in a coma and Katie with her family of aliens seek forgiveness for spying in plain sight. They want to help rebuild the town. And, they do.

And, Superboy has a girlfriend now at the end of it all.

So…

An entertaining issue written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Lots of action, drama and sci-fi’ish elements I love in a Superman story. The art by Dough Mahnke and Patrick Gleason felt inconsistent in the issue. From flashes of dynamism to seemingly heavy handed and sloppy line work. However, both covers were strong on the art-side particularly Ryan Sook’s. That said, the story carries the day to an 8 out of 10.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/06/21/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-review-superman-25-teases-the-future-other-worlds-plus-superboy-black-lois-lanes-leg-amputation-explained/

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