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TRINITY WAR ENDS INFINITY BEGINS UNITY IS COMING

ISSUE 14 JUNE 2013

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DEVIL COMICS MAGAZINE JUNE 2013

TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS PAGE 1 DC COMICS PAGE 2 MARVEL COMICS PAGE 3 IMAGE COMICS PAGE 4 IDW PUBLISHING PAGE 5 VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMICS PAGE 6 FCBD: STAR WARS AND CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT PAGE 6 FCBD: THE WALKING DEAD SPECIAL PAGE 6 FCBD: INFINITY dc COMICS MAY CRITIQUES PAGE 7 GREEN LANTERN: WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN HC PAGE 8 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 PAGE 8 EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1 PAGE 8 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #1 MARVEL COMICS MAY CRITIQUES PAGE 9 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLED MIND TPB PAGE 9 UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU sUMMER SEQUELS AND SEASON FINALES PAGE 10 STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS PAGE 11 ARROW SEASON ONE

DC COMICS TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS


Trinity War concludes as the Justice League take on the Secret Society of Super-Villains who have plans for Pandoras Box. The events of Trinity War leads to next months Villains Month in September celebrating the third anniversary of the New 52. They are releasing two trades to prep readers for the Villains Month including Necessary Evil: The Villains of the DC Universe and Secret Society of Super-Villains. Meanwhile DC Comics cancels several titles including Threshold, Dial H, Demon Knights, and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Highlights from other DC Comics solicitations include: - Aquaman #23 concludes the Death of a King arc - Green Arrow #23 reveals the secret origins of Shado - The Flash #23 deals with the Reverse Flash - Supergirl takes on the Cyborg-Superman in Supergirl #23 - A young Bruce Wayne becomes Batman in Zero Year in Batman #23 - The Green Lantern Corps deal with Relic in Green Lantern #23 - The DC Universe takes on the He-Man and Masters of the Universe - American Vampire Anthology #1 is an 80 page one-shot - Jeff Lemire releases Trillium as a miniseries - 100 Bullets team continues with Brother Lono

Moving over to the Batman franchise, Grant Morrison brings Batman Incorporated to an end with a special issue. Morrison began his run with Batman & Son introducing Damian Wayne officially into the DC Universe. The series led to the Batman R.I.P (Rot In Purgatory) tying into Morrisons Final Crisis in 2008. Richard Grayson took over the Batman mantle again with Damian Wayne as Robin in Batman & Robin. Morrison brought Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne in 2010 which led to Batman Incorporated. Currently Morrison is bringing a nine-issue series book-ended with two issues called Multiversity exploring the multiverse characters of the DC Universe. He is also writing the original graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One. These titles will see the light after August.

MARVEL COMICS TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS


Marvel is mapping the events between Jonathan Hickmans Infinity and next years Guardians of the Galaxy film. Hickman planted the seeds for Infinity within the first issue of his Avengers and New Avengers run. This is similar to what Brian Michael Bendis did when he began New Avengers after Avengers Disassembled which led to Secret Invasion. Infinity promises to make sure why its called the Marvel Universe as the story takes place both in space and on Earth. Last month Marvel solicited Age of Ultron #10 UC with both and the artist listed as classified. Now it has been revealed the writer and artist is Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire) and Leonard Kirk and the title is listed as the second issue called Hunger. We also discover UC stands for Universal Constant. We now know a universal rift opens up letting Angela into the Marvel Universe. The Universal Constant is indeed Galactus however it is all we know so far. Many fans believed this issue was originally a one-shot however they may drop the book after discovering its a mini-series. Usually fans like collected mini-series as opposed to individual issues. Highlights from other Marvel Comics solicitations include: - Jason Aaron finishes his origin of the ultimate villain in Thanos Rising #5 - The Sentient Iron Man returns in Avengers A.I. #2 - Spider-Man finally ends the reign of Hobgoblin in Superior Spider-Man #15 & 16 - The God Butcher ends and Thor returns to Earth in Thor: God of Thunder #11 & 12 - Jean Grey falls in love with another original X-Men in AllNew X-Men #15 - Dazzler becomes an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Uncanny X-Men #10 - Writer Paul Cornell makes Wolverine killable starting in Wolverine #8

There are several time traveling stories in the Marvel Universe beginning with Age of Ultron, Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny Avengers, and All-New XMen. Later this year the X-Men deals with the Battle of the Atom in September as well as the return of Spider-Man 2099 in Superior Spider-Man. All these stories will have a ripple effect in the Marvel Universe as the writers are building something bigger. Especially after Neil Gaiman introduced Angela into Marvel Universe.

IMAGE COMICS TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS


J. Michael Straczynski continues to build his Joe Comics brand with a new title called The Sidekick. Along with Ten Grand, both titles are sure to create a buzz in the back issue market. Highlights from other Image Comics solicitations include: - Chew #36 promises a flashback issue which takes place before Chew #30 - Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic bring the second volume of their fantasy epic Ravine - The bi-monthly book Jupiters Legacy continues under Mark Millar - Robert Kirkman continues The Walking Dead

IDW PUBLISHING TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS


Writer Joe Hill closes out one limited series called Thumbprint while wrapping up his Locke & Key series with 2 books titled Alpha. The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who continues with Prisoners of Time which began in January and ends in December where all the 12 Doctors meet. The Star Trek series takes place after the film Star Trek Into Darkness called After Darkness.

The publisher wins another franchise in the form of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents which was formerly under DC Comics. IDW Publishing also has all the Hasbro franchises including My Little Pony, Transformers, and G.I. Joe. The G.I. Joe series include three titles: Cobra Files, Special Missions, and the main series.

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT TOP AUGUST 2013 SOLICITATIONS

Highlights from other Valiant solicitations include: - Harbinger #15 is the aftermath of Harbinger Wars - Quantum and Woody #2 retells the origin - X-O Manowar #16 brings back the Eternal Warrior - Archer & Armstrong #12 is in the land of the Faraway - Shadowman #9 suffers a betrayal as Master Darques plan is revealed

Valiant is preparing for their upcoming Unity event this winter. In August Valiant releases another zero issue with Bloodshot before the series is retitled in September to Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY CRITIQUES


FCBD: THE WALKING DEAD The Walking Dead free comic collects the origin of Michonne, a story of the Governor, Tyreese and Morgan. Michonnes story reveals how her boyfriend and his best friend became the walkers who accompanied her when she found Rick. The Tyreese story shows his time with his daughter before meeting Rick. Morgans story shows the time with his son Duane during Christmas. The Governors story shows his horrific side and how he becomes desensitized to horror. The stories with this book will not be collected in trade format. RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5 FCBD 2013: INFINITY The upcoming Jonathan Hickmans Infinity begins in August with six issues and two book ends as well as an Avengers tie-in drawn by Leinil Yu. Hickman admits his Avengers and New Avengers stories are open-ended as they begin to come together during Infinity. The Free Comic Day Issue does not expand on any stories other than Thanos is targeting Earth for some reason. The issue is beautifully drawn but poorly structured as it gives very little of what will happen when the Infinity event begins. FILLER ISSUE - 2 OUT OF 5

FCBD: STAR WARS AND CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT Brian Wood brings The Assassination of Darth Vader which takes place 5 years after the Battle of Yavin for Free Comic Book Day. Darth Vader with an assist from Boba Fett fends off an assassination attack and kills Captain Torn who organized it. The short story provides a glimpse of Brian Woods writing styles as he continues writing the Star Wars series.

RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

DC COMICS MAY CRITIQUES


GREEN LANTERN: WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN HARDCOVER Ten billion years ago Krona witnesses the beginnings of the universe and discovers the hand of the creator has a ring. Afterwards Volthoom who later becomes the First Lantern arrives and meets Ganthet. In the present Green Lantern Simon Baz meets Black Lantern William Hand within the Chamber of Shadows. William Hand AKA Black Hand sends Baz to where Sinestro and Hal Jordan are currently situated in the Dead Zone. A battle occurs freeing Sinestro and bringing Black Hand into the Dead Zone with both Hal and Baz. Hal understands the Black Lantern ring cannot be wielded by the living and thinks about killing himself. The First Lantern dissolves the Third Army and captures the Guardians of the Universe. He later tears the very soul of Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. The First Lantern Volthoom is gathering enough power to rewrite reality. On Maltus the home planet of the Guardians, an echo of Krona reveals his past which was driven by the death of his family. Their death led Krona to seek the meanings of the origins of the universe. Atrocitus finds the Great Heart of the Guardians below the surface of Maltus. The First Lantern arrives and promises to change Atrocitus world. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - The First Lantern takes John Stewart and Fatality through their nightmares - The First Lantern feasts on the souls of Carol Ferris, Larfleeze, and Saint Walker - The First Lantern shows Atrocitus a world where the Manhunters did not attack - Atrocitus orders all Red Lanterns to find and destroy him for the massacre of Ryutt

THE END - Hal becomes a Black Lantern and releases Nekron - Sinestro merges with Parallax - Volthoom is destroyed and Hal returns to a Green Lantern - Sinestro kills all the Guardians - The fates of the various Corps and Lanterns are revealed - Sinestro spared Ganthet and reunited him with Sayd EPILOGUE - Guy Gardner saves his family from Xar and rests for 10 days on Earth - Kyle Rayner meets his father again while Ganthet and Sayd watch - Atrocitus kills the last of the Guardians of the Universe This hardcover collects Green Lantern #17-20 Green Lantern Corps #17-20 Green Lantern: New Guardians #17-20 Red Lanterns #17-20 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

DC COMICS MAY CRITIQUES


EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1 Writer James Robinson creates the Earth 2 world within the first annual. After reading this issue, it makes you want to go back and read the first 12 issues of Earth 2. The issue continues with Earth #13 which is a wonderful jumping-on point series. The issue introduces the new Batman when the original was killed within the first issue of the main series. The identity of this new Batman is yet to be revealed. Other characters include Captain Pratt, Captain Steel, Hawkgirl, Mr. Miracle and Big Barda, as well as Fury the new Wonder Woman who was introduced in Earth 2 #8. Sadly writer James Robinson is leaving the series after Earth 2 #16. However the current storyline to an event heading in 2014 where Earth 1 and Earth 2 crossover. RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 Writer Gregg Hurwitz creates a wonderful story which has three Batman villains unite to confront the Dark Knight. The Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and the Penguin arrive at the Arkham Detention Facility for Youth thinking each was brought there by the other. They all believe they have been played however they all stumble on top of one another to get out. They are knocked out by their own devices and wake up in the morning. It is revealed Bruce Wayne was behind it all to keep them occupied for one night so he could get some rest. There is enough Batman books out there so it was nice to finally see the villains in the spotlight for once. RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #1 Writer James Tynion IV (Talon) serves as both the main series as well as the annual. This issue highlights the secret history between Green Arrow and Roy Harper. Years ago Roy saw Dr. Hugo Strange revealing Green Arrow does not trust him. Roy helped Green Arrow build tech he needed to fight crime however he did not use them. Roy wanted to join Green Arrow however he refused. In the present Cheshire arrives to collect the $500 million bounty on the Outlaws. Green Arrow unknowingly leads her to them. This issue promised the untold history between the conflict between Green Arrow and Roy Harper however it did not. It only introduced elements to be carried into the main Justice League of America and Red Hood and the Outlaws series. This issue would have been better served if it was a stand alone introducing us to the characters and why we should care about them. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 3 OUT OF 5

MARVEL COMICS MAY CRITIQUES


SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLED MIND TRADE PAPERBACK Mayor Jonah Jameson gets pranked by Screwball and Jester and asks Spider-Man to locate them. The Avengers are curious on whether Spider-Man has a place on their team. Doc Ock meets up with Anna Maria Marconi from Physics class. SpiderMan finds the location of Screwball and Jester and beats them to a pulp which draws the attention of the Avengers who want him off the team. Cardiac is stealing one of Doc Ocks inventions to help his patients which were confiscated but Spider-Man stops him. Later Spider-Man is called to the Avengers Tower to have a physical however he refuses leading to a confrontation with the Avengers. He battles the Avengers and loses. The Avengers discover he is not a Skull however Spider-Man discovers an anomaly in his brain patterns. Meanwhile Carlie Cooper is inspecting that Spider-Man is not Peter Parker. UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU Writer Rick Remender continues his story from Uncanny X-Force to Uncanny Avengers as the twins of Archangel are taken by the Avengers villain Kang. The special Age of Ultron tie-in issue is drawn by comic artist veteran Adam Kubert. After Wolverine travels back to the past to kill Henry Pym before creating Ultron, he returns to a Marvel Universe where the Age of Stark rules. Kang challenges the twins to kill Colonel America in fair combat. Havok who protects the Morlocks falls while protecting Colonel America from the Apocalypse Twins. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - Spider-Man wants the neurolitic scanner from Cardiac to examine himself - Spider-Man discovers it is his fault the patients are dying so he helps - Spider-Man borrows the neurolitic scanner from Cardiac to stop Peter - Doc Ock removes Peter from his mind using the neurolitic scanner - The Green Goblin names himself king of the underworld This trade paperback collects Superior Spider-Man (2013) #6-10 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

REVIEW: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS


Director J.J. Abrams directs Star Trek: Into Darkness before he begins to switch to another sci-fi franchise Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. Spoilers are revealed through out this review. Star Trek 3 is expected to arrive in 2016 just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek series. John Harrison attacks Starfleet killing Admiral Christopher Pike and flees to the Klingon home world of Kronos. Captain James T. Kirk wants to go after Harrison who is a former Section 31 agent spying on the Klingons. Admiral Marcus allows Kirk to undergo a mission to Kronos with Dr. Carol Marcus who is his daughter of to capture Harrison and allow him to face justice. After being forced to land and captured of the Klingons, Harrison comes to their rescue and asks for how many torpedoes on their ships which Kirk replies 72. Harrison surrenders to Kirk and discovers the torpedoes contain a frozen human who is 300 years-old. Meanwhile Montgomery Scott inspects the coordinates on Jupiter that Harrison gave to Kirk Harrison reveals his name is Khan was used by Starfleet to bring a war between the Klingons and Starfleet. Admiral Marcus intercepts the Enterprise and wants to take Khan back. Kirk sets a course for Earth while Admiral Marcus pursues him and fires on the Enterprise. Carol speaks to her father who prompting transports her to his ship. Kirk surrenders himself and asks for his crew to be spared. As Marcus begins to fire, Montgomery Scott who has sneaked onboard Marcus ship temporary disables the weapon systems. Both Kirk and Khan team up and space jumps to Marcus ship with the help of Montgomery Scott. Khan, Kirk, and Scott seize the bridge with Carol Marcus. Khan kills Admiral Marcus and wants to exchange Kirk for his crew. The original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) appears and reveals who Khan was in his timeline. Spock surrenders Khans crew who are in torpedo tubes and Khan beams Kirk, Carol, and Scott back to the Enterprise. Khan believes the Enterprise should go down with her captain. The final battle reminds us that this is a different timeline from the original and stays true to the original. An excellent Star Trek film reminding us through the darkness there is always hope. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 5 OUT OF 5

SUMMARY: ARROW [2012-2013] SEASON ONE


Billionaire Oliver Queen returns having being lost on an island and returns to Starling City. Before his father died, Queen is given a list of people who rule the city through intimation and fear. His wealth was built on the suffering of others. Queen assumes the identity of Arrow who brings justice to the corrupt city. Warner Bros. is attempting to replicate the success of Smallville which lasted for 10 seasons from 2001 to 2011. SEASON 1 01 Oliver Queen returns and assumes the role of Arrow 02 Queen protects Lance who is targeted by the Chinese Triad 03 Queen uses the Russian mob to track down Deadshot 04 Queen rescues an innocent man from a death sentence 05 Queen is arrested for being Arrow and Deathstroke is introduced 06 Arrow takes on the Royal Flush Gang 07 Queen is planning on going undercover in the mob and takes on the Huntress 08 Arrow trains the Huntress as war with the Chinese Triad erupts 09 Queen tracks down a copy cat archer who murders as Walter is kidnapped 10 Arrow takes on Firefly who is an ex-fireman seeking revenge 11 Arrow takes on an ex-military unit who is robbing armored vehicles 12 Queen takes on the drug lord responsible for Vertigo pills 13 Queen meets Wilson Slade who trains him on the island 14 Arrow goes against his own mother and suffers the consequences 15 Roy Harper is introduced while Queen goes on a date 16 Queens mom puts a hit out on the person who kidnapped her husband 17 The Huntress returns and exhorts Arrow to help assassinate her father 18 A kidnapper becomes both jury and executioner to Roy Harper 19 Arrow deals the a new dealer for Vertigo 20 Arrow tracks down an assassin who killed the parents of a little boy 21 - Arrow discovers where Walter is kept and his mothers involvement 22 Oliver is tracking down the Undertaking and the Dark Archer Merlyn 23 Season Finale: Arrow takes on Merlyn and loses his friend Tommy

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