Best Comics to Buy This Week: Justice League #1 Featuring a whole slew of new #1's!

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This week, the Best Comics to Buy list features exclusively #1’s! From Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung’s Justice League to Skottie Young’s Deadpool, there are a number of exciting books coming out this Wednesday.

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Best Comics to Buy This Week: Featuring Venom #1 And My Boyfriend is A Bear!

Best Comics to Buy This Week: Venom #1

This week, the best comics to buy list features a new Venom series, the start of Justice League: No Justice, and the trade paperback My Boyfriend is a Bear.

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How Justice League Will Revolutionize Aquaman

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While Warner Bros. and  DC’s Justice League is not hitting theatres until mid-November, one clear stand-out from the movie’s trailers has come from an unlikely source. One would think Batman, the Dark Knight himself, would emerge as the front-runner that everyone is clamouring to see.

But he hasn’t.

Or Wonder Woman; the Amazonian Princess, whose self-titled debut film has been the runaway hit of the summer.

But it’s not her either.

The Flash? It has to be the Flash. The hit CW television show (albeit with a different actor playing Barry Allen) would surely be enough to garner most of the attention.

Nope.

The superhero everyone is apparently dying to see is the King of the Seven Seas himself: Aquaman. Strange when one considers that in the history of all the Justice League’s champions, he’s one of the most maligned, most made-fun-of, and laughable.

But not for long.

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Aquaman and Justice League image via imdb.com

Zack Snyder, another individual much maligned by film critics and a sect of comic book movie fans, set this new Aquaman revolution into play when he decided upon an odd casting choice for the Marine Marvel in Justice League. Jason Momoa, the muscle-bound behemoth from HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be playing Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. When you look at Momoa, with his towering figure and long dark hair and beard, you never think Aquaman. The Aquaman DC fans are accustomed to is a clean cut, golden-haired Atlantean. Chiselled yes—but not a beast.

Momoa is truly a monster and is set to change the pop culture dialogue surrounding Aquaman forever.

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Aquaman as seen in the Super Friends TV series (1973)

Aquaman first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Slowly, but Aquaman gained enough momentum to be given his own self-titled comic series early in 1962. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Aquaman became a household name—for North American children anyway. ABC’s Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends was essentially the Justice League of America with a few bizarre sidekicks; and a full, card-carrying member of the JLA was Aquaman. From the cartoon, the Dweller of the Depths became well known for his recognizable orange top, dark green leotards and the famous echo sound he used to talk with sea creatures. While the blonde haired, blue-eyed Adonis of the Deep was likeable enough, he still was a second-tier superhero, placed well behind Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.

However, Aquaman took a serious turn with the cartoon series Justice League in 2001. While not an everyday player, the Aquatic Ace showed up every once and a while, and he was far different than his representation in Super Friends. This Aquaman was brooding and angry—a far cry from his previous animated life hanging out with the Wonder Twins.

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Aquaman as seen in DC Comics’ The New 52 (images via DC Comics)

Aquaman took another major shift when Geoff Johns began writing him in DC’s The New 52 in 2011. In the rebooted series, Johns made Arthur Curry a tortured man, twisted internally between his two loves: his duty to Atlantis and his connection to surface dwellers. Aquaman, being born of an Atlantean and human, is of mixed race. It’s the classic story of a character that essentially feels he has no home and doesn’t feel like he belongs to either of his peoples.

The Aquaman in the Justice League movie we will see in a few short months appears to be bringing a whole new level of character revolution.

While the only evidence fans have thus far is a few images and a handful of movie trailers, it is clear that Aquaman has changed for the better. We are now potentially entering the era of Aquaman, dare I say, becoming cool. A year ago, that would have been a laughable statement, but this year’s San Diego Comic Con Justice League trailers have proved otherwise. Whether it’s Aquaman riding on the top of the Batmobile ready to leap and attack a pair of Parademons or surfing a Parademon through a five story building, then tossing his hair to the side like he’d just crushed a huge wave, Justice League could very well be Aquaman’s coming out party.

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Jason Mamoma as Aquaman in Justice League (2017) (image via imdb.com)

This Aquaman acts and looks more like a guy who just came from carving some heavy waves or playing lead guitar in a metal band. And speaking of guitars, when Momoa was introduced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con for a little Aquaman talk and teaser (all before the Justice League panel), he used his trident as his air-guitar, all done to blaring rock music.

Now that’s an Aquaman we can all get behind.

This Water Wraith is set to be the breakout star of Justice League, and with his solo movie, Aquaman, shooting right now and set for a December 2018 release, there may be no limits for the heights he can reach. James Wan, the director of horror films like Saw, The Conjuring, and Insidious, will be manning the steering the Aquaman ship, and bringing in someone like Wan will only further the new revolutionary mythos of Aquaman—a character once maligned, and now on the precipice of being Warner Bros. and DC’s newest break-through commodity.

Comic-Con 2017 Recap: And Justice For All

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It’s that time of year again, when pop culture nerds travel from all over the globe to visit the Mecca of Geekdom: San Diego Comic-Con.

Humbly beginning in 1970, San Diego Comic-Con has grown into an event unlike any other. According to comic-con.org, attendance has reached up to 130,000 in the past few years. An absurd amount of feverish fans who descend upon southern California with a single mission: to max out on everything relevant in pop culture.

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San Diego Comic Con 2017 (via https://www.comic-con.org/cci)

However, San Diego Comic-Con wasn’t always at this level of grandiose madness. It grew and evolved, as did its focus. These days, the comics in Comic-Con have taken a back seat to other towering entities. Now it’s all about blockbuster movies, TV shows, and cosplay—but it doesn’t seem to matter to anyone attending. Fans—in droves—pour daily into Comic-Con to see Hollywood’s biggest stars. This year alone, Comic-Con was home to Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, and Sigourney Weaver.

Spring boarding off all this star power are the Comic-Con panels, and amongst them, all bow down to whomever sits in the infamous Hall H. This is where the titans of the pop culture industry hang their hats and showcase their future products. In 2015, JJ Abrams and The Force Awakens cast descended on Hall H, packing the room with Jedi-robed fans. These fans were even taken out of the hall and treated to a live rendition of Star Wars music orchestrated by John Williams. Last year, the Wonder Woman panel unveiled a new trailer, which hijacked the buzz at Comic-Con 2016 and gave Wonder Woman the clear victory of the weekend.

This year, albeit at separate times, Hall H housed both Warner Bros./DC and Disney/Marvel. So, which of these Goliaths came out on top?

In the beginning, things were looking a little bleak for WB.

On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter released a story that Ben Affleck’s future as Batman was in doubt. Affleck, once the scourge of Caped Crusader fans when originally cast, has become an unlikely audience favourite.

Not really the news you want to drop the day before the Justice League cast takes centre stage in Hall H.

But after the dust settled on the weekend, the clear standout happened to be none other than Warner Bros. Even maligned by the Ben Affleck “will he, won’t he” controversy, their Dream-Team in Hall H (Justice League, Blade Runner 2049, and Ready Player One) was a heavyweight no other pop culture entity could dethrone. Heck, if you can get the legend himself, Steven Spielberg, to sit on your Ready Player One panel, you’ve likely won the weekend with that alone. Add Harrison Ford and the cast of Justice League and it was no contest.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Justice League (Via Twitter: @justiceleaguewb)

Earlier on Saturday, before Justice League descended on Hall H, the new Justice League Comic-Con poster was revealed—and there was something rather special about this poster. It had a very iconic Alex Ross feel. The poster was far more colourful and reminiscent of the Golden Age than the previous Justice League trailer and images had shown. As for the Comic-Con exclusive Justice League trailer itself, it gave fans everything they could have hoped for. Aside from Superman, all the Super Friends are all there, plus Steppenwolf as the new villain and exotic locals of Themyscira and Atlantis. It more than wet fans’ appetites for the film’s release in November of this year.

 

 

As an added surprise, taking the rumours directly on his squared jaw, Ben Affleck himself addressed the “will he, won’t he” Batman scenario. During the Justice League Hall H panel, Affleck said he’s “the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest (insert swear word here) part in any universe—DC, Marvel.” Affleck went on to say that he’s “so thrilled to do it” and would “be a (insert same swear word here) ape on the ground for Matt Reeves, never mind being Batman.” Reeves will be directing the next standalone Batman film. Given Affleck’s enthusiasm, it’s pretty clear where he stands on being the Dark Knight.
Follow that up with an 80’s-style trailer of Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which touches on not only the future of virtual reality but our own societal dilemmas surrounding video game culture. Toss in a new spot from Blade Runner 2049, plus a trailer released earlier this past week and Warner Bros. walks away with the gold standard this weekend at Comic-Con 2017.

What about the silver medal?

Marvel Studios made a significant push for the title in their Hall H segment. The new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok made that case all by itself—it’s hard to beat that trailer. Viewers watched Thor and Hulk working out their relationship issues all while taking part in a visually arresting sci-fi adventure. Apparently, Hall H viewers were also able to see exclusive Black Panther footage as well as the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Yet, with it not being dropped online, and this writer selfishly seething over that, Marvel gets knocked down a peg for lack of customer appreciation to those who couldn’t attend.

Other Comic-Con 2017 notables?

One surprise trailer early on at Comic-Con was Kingsman: The Golden Circle (both official and red band), which served up a preview of a high octane, adrenaline rush movie and takes Kingsman: The Golden Circle to a must-see level of excitement for its September release.

But perhaps one of the biggest splashes with trailers was Netflix. Unveiling trailers for both Will Smith’s Bright and Marvel’s The Defenders, Netflix came to Comic-Con 2017 with their gloves off. Yet, it was the Stranger Things: Season 2 trailer which stole the show. It was easily the best TV trailer of the weekend—at least for pure nostalgia sake. To the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the trailer showed the Stranger Things kids playing Dragon’s Lair in a video arcade and featured film references to Ghostbusters and Halloween—a wet dream for any child of the 80s.

So, that’s it for a quick recap of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, as far as movies and television are concerned. It’s worth noting that there was a noticeable absence from 2017—Star Wars. The franchise set in a galaxy far, far away is now housed at Disney’s big events—like D23 this past month—and the company’s yearly Star Wars Celebration. While there was a small Lucasfilm Publishing panel this year at Comic-Con, the usual big Star Wars splash was absent. Comic-Con just wasn’t the same with such a limited Star Wars presence. With Marvel Studios still showing up and wowing the Hall H crowd (Marvel being a Disney property as well), wouldn’t it have better to bring Star Wars to Comic-Con and dropped something?

Anything.

Luke’s chopped off hand from The Empire Strikes Back would have sufficed.

Pixels & Ink #235 – Justice for E3

Pixels & Ink #235 - Justice for E3

On this Episode of the Pixels and Ink Podcast brought to you by Comics Gaming Magazine, Cody, Brendan and Phil talk E3 being open to the public, Nicolas Winding Refn’s new project and more. Phil watched Justice League Dark and The Lego Batman Movie, while Brendan played Nioh, and Cody played Urban Empire.

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Justice League Dark Blu-ray Give Away

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CGM has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to give away some of the best movies in recent history.

This month we are giving away Justice League Dark!

Justice League Dark Blu-ray Give Away 4When the Justice League comes upon a supernatural force against which even their powers seem useless, Batman assembles a second League of mystic heroes – the likes of Swamp Thing, the Demon, and Constantine – to help defeat this magical, otherworldly threat.

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Young Justice renewed for third season several years after being cancelled

Young Justice renewed for third season, three years after cancellation

Today, Warner Bros Animation announced a third season of the beloved animated series Young Justice, three years after the series’ cancellation on Cartoon Network. “The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” Sam Register, president of WB Animation, said in the accompanying press release. “We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”

Currently, there are no further details beyond the renewal itself and confirmation that the original creative team of Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman will be returning. It’s unclear whether the series will premiere as a streaming original, or if it will return to Cartoon Network. Considering the post-cancellation following Young Justice garnered through Netflix streaming, and the fact that no other streaming service has made a public play towards acquiring the series, Netflix seems like a fairly safe bet.

Rumors of a Young Justice revival have been swirling ever since the series was originally cancelled in 2013. Weisman has been campaigning for a renewal as late as January of this year, and a miscommunication lead fans to believe that Young Justice writer Peter David had been meeting with Netflix about a third season. However, David also claims that Weisman had been getting positive vibes from the streaming giant. “I had lunch with Greg Weisman a few weeks ago, and he said that Netflix is seriously considering ordering a third season because they’re impressed with how much people are watching it,” David wrote on his blog this past August.

Young Justice was originally cancelled due to low toy sales, as the series was co-financed by toy manufacturer Mattel, who were producing the associated Young Justice toyline. The series received critical praise, not a surprise in light of producer Greg Weisman’s animated pedigree. Weisman had previously worked on Gargoyles and Spectacular Spider-Man (another great comic book show cancelled before its time), and is credited on Star Wars Rebels.

Young Justice renewed for third season several years after being cancelled

Is Tyrese Gibson The Next Green Lantern?

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The DC Cinematic Universe may have found their next Green Lantern.

Tyrese Gibson, star of Fast & Furious 8 sat down on Larry King Live to discuss a wide range of topics from his disgust of Donald Trump, to the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and the upcoming “Fast & Furious” sequel. One surprising topic was his potential role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League film.

After a fan-made image of Gibson as Green Lantern went viral, the Fast & Furious 8 star may have an even greater shot at the role. Gibson says that a piece of fan-art (seen below) depicting him as Green Lantern started the craze.

Is Tyrese Gibson The Next Green Lantern?

“A fan did this image of me as the Green Lantern and I was like ‘Woah, that looks cool,’ and I posted it on my Instagram and it just went crazy.” Gibson said. He went on to admit that the photo “pissed the people off a little bit at Warner Brothers because they thought that I had convinced the world that I landed the role, which I didn’t.”

After seeing himself as Green Lantern, Gibson was inspired to campaign for the role in Justice League. Gibson met the film’s studio to discuss his potential as Green Lantern in Snyder’s Justice League, set for 2020.

DCU Justice League vs Teen Titan Giveaway

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CGM has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to give away some of the best movies in recent history.

This month we are giving away DCU Justice League vs Teen Titans.

After Robin’s volatile behaviour ruins a Justice league mission, he is sent to work with the Teen Titans. It is up to the Titans to defeat Trigon after he possesses the league and threatens to conquer the world!

 

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Joker’s Identity To Finally Be Revealed

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DC Comics has announced they will be revealing the identity of Batman’s archenemy, the Joker in an upcoming issue of Justice League. It was among the biggest announcements at the DC Rebirth panel during Wondercon on Saturday. The Joker’s mysterious origin will finally be unveiled in the 50th issue of the Justice League comics.

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