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Those Two Geeks Episode 109: We (don’t) have a cunning Plan

Alex and Joe spend an entire episode with no plan. So that probably means toys, comics and movies of some variety.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

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Crossover #5

It’s Tuesday, one of two new comic book days! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: OUTRAGE is the hero we need to slap down internet abuse – Free comics!

CBR – Less Than 50% of Justice League‘s Audience Completed It in Week 1 – Oooph. Not good numbers.

CBR – Godzilla vs. Kong Reigns in HBO Max’s Largest Audience – Interesting.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Bitter Root #11
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Crossover #5
The Guardian – Esther’s Notebook
The Beat – Orphan and the Five Beasts #1

Those Two Geeks Episode 108: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Alex and Joe finally talk about Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Expect spoilers.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Pop! Darkseid Watches from His Throne

Zack Snyder‘s Justice League is here and Funko is releasing Darkseid sitting on top of his throne to watch over your other Pop! figures.

You can pre-order the Pop! Movies: Justice League – Darkseid on Throne now.


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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Gets the Pop! Treatment

Zack Snyder‘s vision for the Justice League has been revealed and fans of the film can collect Pop! Movies: Justice League to show off their love.

You can get DeSaad, Diana w/Arrow, Superman, and Darkseid.


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The Justice League and RWBY Join Forces this April

Rooster Teeth and DC join forces once again, this time to combine the worlds of their popular anime/manga series with the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in RWBY/Justice League! RWBY/Justice League will be released in print as a monthly seven-issue series launching Tuesday, April 27. For fans wanting to jump into the story a few weeks before print issues arrive, four digital chapters of RWBY/Justice League debuted digitally this week, with new digital chapters publishing weekly on Tuesdays.

Written by Marguerite Bennett and featuring art by Aneke, Stephanie Pepper, and Emanuela Lupacchino, this seven-issue monthly miniseries brings Team RWBY face to face with DC’s paragons of justice!

RWBY/Justice League introduces fans of manga and superheroes to the Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Diana Prince of Remnant, fighting with Team RWBY. A new Grimm is running rampant across the island of Patch, and Ruby and Yang must team up with a young red and blue-clad farm boy to stop it! Meanwhile, Blake meets a mysterious woman who’s suddenly appeared on Menagerie, but her purpose for being there remains a secret. And why does she act like she hasn’t been around modern society?

Featuring stunning covers and character designs by Mirka Andolfo and a card stock variant cover by Simone Di Meo, this unique team up is sure to be a hit with fans of superheroes and manga alike!

RWBY/Justice League

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Gets a Steel Boxed Set from Mezco’s One:12 Collective

“He’s never fought us. Not us united”

Honoring director Zack Snyder’s opus vision of his film the Justice League, Mezco Toyz proudly presents Batman, Superman, and The Flash in this Deluxe Steel Boxed collector’s set!

All three heroes are newly outfitted as they are seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. 

After being resurrected, Superman wears his Kryptonian recovery suit in black with metal tones, allowing him to regain his strength and energy. His outfit features a integrated posing wire in his cape for maximum display options. 

Batman is outfitted in an upgraded Batsuit with protection enhancements and energy absorbing gauntlets. The leather like cape has a posing wire built into it as well. 

The Flash is protected in a a specialy-made suit allowing the speedster to move at superhuman speeds without harm. 

Each member features multiple new head portraits including a heat vision head for Superman and an unmasked Bruce Wayne portrait with the likeness of Ben Affleck.

The Justice League DSB set comes complete with character-specific accessories including a Mother Box with light-up function and much more.

 
THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE JUSTICE LEAGUE DELUXE STEEL BOXED SET FEATURES:

  • Batman
    • One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
    • Three (3) head portraits
    • Hand painted authentic detailing
    • Approximately 17cm tall
    • Seven (7) interchangeable hands including:
      • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R) 
      • One (1) gun holding hand (R) 
      • One (1) pair of fists (L & R) 
      • One (1) pair of Batarang holding hands (L & R)
  • Superman
    • One:12 Collective body with over 32 points of articulation
    • Three (3) head portraits
    • Hand painted authentic detailing
    • Approximately 17cm tall
    • Six (6) interchangeable hands including:
      • One (1) pair of fists (L & R)
      • One (1) pair of flying hands (L & R)
      • One (1) pair of grabbing hands (L & R)
  • Flash
    • One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation
    • Two (2) head portrait
    • Hand painted authentic detailing
    • Approximately 15cm tall
    • Seven (7) interchangeable hands including 
      • One (1) pair of fists (L & R)
      • One (1) pair of posing hands (L & R)
      • One (1) pair of running hands (L & R)
      • One (1) pointing hand (R)

COSTUME:

  • Batman
    • Cowl (affixed to head portraits)
    • Leather-like cape with integrated posing wire
    • Batsuit with insignia
    • Wrist gauntlets
    • Utility belt
    • Knee-high boots
  • Superman
    • Fitted body suit with ‘House of El’ family crest
    • Cape with integrated posing wire
    • Mid-calf boots
  • Flash
    • Fitted protection suit with integrated soft goods 
    • Lightning bolt insignia  

ACCESSORIES:

  • Batman
    • Three (3) Batarangs
    • One (1) Parademon rifle
    • One (1) grapping gun
    • One (1) grappling closed hook
    • One (1) grappling open hook
    • One (1) grappling hook with posing wire
    • Three (3) disc grenades
    • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
    • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
  • Superman
    • One (1) Mother Box with light-up function
    • One (1) heat vision blast FX
    • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
    • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
  • Flash
    • Five (5) Speed Force lightning FX
    • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
    • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

 
Each One:12 Collective Zack Snyder’s Justice League DSB set is packaged in a collectible tin box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Zack Snyder’s Justice League Deluxe Steel Boxed Set is available for preorder from Mezco, Entertainment Earth, and more.

Movie Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League Shows Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Zack Snyder's Justice League

In 2017, I was excited to see Justice League on the big screen. The film brought together classic DC characters in a new formula that skipped the individual origin films and started with a spectacle. The film was middling, not good and not bad. There were things to like and things not to. Four years later, we get to see a new take on the film on HBO Max with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

The film is director Zack Snyder‘s take using some of his original material and some new scenes and reshoots filmed just for this. Snyder was unable to deliver his vision originally due to a family tragedy. And all these years later, we get a sense of what he wanted to do and while it’s very different, it too is rather middling. Like the original take, some things work and some things don’t. It’s not a disaster of a film but also delivers nothing new, in fact, it feels like steps back in the gains comic films have made in the four years since.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League basks in its creator’s vision. That’s drilled into viewers before the first scene rolls, stating that’s the reason the film is in 4:3 ratio. The movie is full with visuals that only work on a big screen (thankfully my tv is large with a solid sound system) and has a glee about it, like a child playing with toys in an ever-escalating adventure. It’s also very basic in its concepts. At no point does it really show that it “gets” its characters beyond their powers in a very surface-level way.

Despite a reported additional $70 million spent, the special fx far too often looks dated. This becomes apparent early on in the opening slow-motion of various Mother Boxes where some look very “off” in a glitchy sort of way. Wonder Woman’s opening scene is another example of this. Her speed was handled in a less jerky/choppy way in her own film. Here, here movements look like a nightmare from 1999’s House on Haunted Hill. Her solo film handled this in a much-improved manner and one that’s more visually appealing. Cyborg, Steppenwolf, far too much looks slightly off in its delivery where lines don’t match up at times or even “collisions” of objects. There’s far too much of a reliance on CGI that hurts the film and distracts.

Slow motion is to Snyder’s vision as lens flair is to J.J. Abrams. It’s overused and a distraction. In Snyder’s case, it also drags out the film, slowing the pace to the point of near boredom at times. The dour mood of the film is enhanced by the overuse and obsession with the technique. It’s so overused that by the time The Flash is introduced (in the third segment) that his powers, which benefits from the technique, no longer feels interesting visually.

At a little over 4 hours, the film delivers more of everything. Each of the characters are given more to do as the movie attempts to deliver the epic fight with evil while acting as an origin story for six characters. It does what it can with that with a jumble of side-quests and tangents as we meet the various pieces of the puzzle. The Flash and Cyborg, play by Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher gain the most out of this and each plays a more pivotal role than just members of the team. Miller especially comes out a star with his different and very likable take on Barry Allen.

There are things that make absolutely no sense in the film beyond style. The battle between the Amazons and Steppenwolf left me with so many questions. Queen Hippolyta pausing to do battle while escaping. The fact they thought sealing a rock building would do anything. And again, the fx that look like they belong in video games like Dragon’s Lair and Revolution X as opposed to a big-budget film in 2021. The movie is filled with WTF moments that feel so stilted and not fleshed out and dialogue that’s childish in creativity at best.

About the only way Snyder’s version improves upon the original release is in the film’s ending. Though there are some issues with it still, the film delivers a more satisfying ending in its key action, again giving The Flash and Cyborg a much bigger role in stopping things. The epilogue too feels like it’s a much better way to send things off.

This is a film though that’s Snyder’s to own. And it’s a depressing one. From the action sequences, to the look, to the color, the film has a dour sense about it. It’s drap, depressing, and lacks joy. The actors (as wonderful as Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Henry Cavill are in their roles) feel like it’s all a bit too serious. Beyond Miller’s Flash, everyone feels like a stick is up their asses with a stiffness that sucks the fun from it all. It’s a bit too serious and at four hours, it all drags.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t bad. There’s a lot to enjoy about it. It’s an improvement upon the original in some ways. It’s a step back in others. The enjoyment of it all will be in the eyes of the viewer and whether you enjoy Snyder’s style. It can work, and work well, in a lot of his other films, but here it results in a downer of a film. This is one that should have been an exciting coming together of titans but the end result is a film that takes itself too seriously.

Overall Rating: 6.0


You can view Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max

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Justice League #59

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited to get? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – IDW Publishing Sales Decline, Swings to Loss – That’s not good.

The Beat – Announcing the Shortlist for the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize – Congrats to all of the nominees.

Reviews

ICv2 – Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Vol. 1 TP
Geek Dad – Catwoman #29
CBR – Justice League #59
But Why Tho – Nightwing #78

Review: Justice League #59

Justice League #59

Although the Rebirth numbering is intact, both the Justice League and Justice League Dark titles get a bit of relaunch in Justice League #59. Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, and Tamra Bonvillain bring large scale action and a sequel to Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell’s Naomi in the lead story. While in the backup “Justice League Dark” story, Ram V, Xermanico, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. tap something a little more mystical as Merlin makes his return, and John Constantine and Zatanna investigate cults and prophecies in rural New Mexico. One of these strives to be modern mythology with all of the biggest toys in the DC Universe toy box while the other one might actually succeed with its riffs on Arthurian legends, the conflict between Heaven and Hell, and the senselessness of human existence underneath it all.

Justice League #59 is a 20 page story, but it feels a lot shorter thanks to an abundance of double page spreads from artist David Marquez. He and Brian Michael Bendis throw readers right into the middle of the fray as a mysterious interdimensional invader named Brutus lands in Kahndaq and confronts its king and protector, Black Adam. This later escalates into a kind of, sort of team-up between Adam and some of the members of the Justice League, which doesn’t thrill a monarch that is more into isolation than cooperation. However, this tension only really shows up towards the end of the battle when Black Adam immediately ejects the Justice League from his land and finally towards the end of the story. Having Black Adam has a wild card is Bendis’ smartest plotting decision, and he definitely fits Green Arrow’s idea of a “dissenting voice” when Oliver talks to the other members about doing “more” as a team.

But, for the most part, this initial Justice League story is lots of punching against a villain that is generically enough called “Brutus”, and the only interesting thing about him is that he’s most likely from Naomi’s home world giving her a reason to appear in the comic beyond being a Bendis co-creation. If you’re familiar with Bendis’ run on the Superman books, there’s a Rogol Zaar vibe to him in that he’s not an interesting character except in his connections to pre-existing characters or lore. You can definitely tell that he’s going to be forgettable character when he decides to peace out in the middle of the battle through an interdimensional portal before

Justice League #59 doesn’t really much to draw readers in beyond being a kind of sequel to the excellent Naomi comic, but it does have its bright spots. David Marquez and Tamra Bonvillain really embrace the wide screen nature of the book and make a middling script gorgeous with Bonvillain contributing deep blues to the bubble-shaped panels when Aquaman and his army of sharks battle Brutus. She also uses really intense red and blues to match Marquez’s speed lines as Superman and Black Adam race to grab Brutus before he disappears. This page is pretty busy, but it drives home the point that Black Adam thinks he’s beyond the Justice League and doesn’t respect Superman unlike the other heroes. (Even the edgy, cocky Green Arrow just wants Superman to agree with him.)

Justice League #59

To go along with the blockbuster visuals, Brian Michael Bendis’ writing is at its best when characters are ribbing or arguing with each other a la New Avengers. He seems to have a lot of fun with Green Arrow and Black Canary, who debate both sides of the Justice League’s current status quo and adds a little extra reverence when Superman opens his mouth. Superman also takes lead during the fight scenes, and you can tell he’s the team leader without any kind of exposition about it. We’ll see what Bendis does with them in future issues, but for now, Flash and Hawkgirl are exposition spouters while Batman just reacts to things. As the one non-powered hero during the fight scene, he may have been trying to make Batman a POV character, but few readers can react to an (ex) billionaire and genius strategist/martial artist. Thankfully, Naomi is coming soon to fill this role, and hopefully, she brings a hook too.

Ram V and Xermanico’s “Justice League Dark” doesn’t have a problem with hooks and opens with the return of Merlin to the mortal plane. If you’ve read V’s work on Future State: Justice League, then you know that his take on the mythical wizard is more nefarious than kindly, and Merlin definitely sets himself up as the Big Bad in the pages of this issue. His actions on the final pages definitely set up a need for a Justice League type of team to take him down as Xermanico’s lovely cathedral window layouts and Fajardo’s warm color palette turns bloody and scarlet. Also, V logically connects the John Constantine/Zatanna plot to Merlin’s rise through the appearance of a fan favorite character and basically shows that their mission was just a symptom of a larger disease. It’s tension and escalation all in ten pages.

However, as well as setting up a big-time enemy for this disassembled team to face, Ram V and Xermanico still find time to explore the relationship between John Constantine and Zatanna. There’s a real softness to their interactions even as Constantine does his usual con man hijinks to get them out of a bind as the narration goes slightly nihilistic and focuses on humanity’s stupidity and willingness to place their lives in religions and cults while there’s literally bigger fish to fry. I love how Constantine cares about Zatanna’s feelings after the loss of her father and the disbandment of Justice League Dark, and Xermanico shows this through a beat panel where their hands nearly touch. Constantine and Zatanna will never be a stable couple, but V and Xermanico know they have great chemistry and use it to carry this initial installment of “Justice League Dark” because while Merlin is quite metal, we need someone to root for.

Thanks to a one-dimensional baddie and the usual Brian Michael Bendis decompression issues, Justice League #59 only gets a slight recommendation for me. However, David Marquez and Tamra Bonvillain’s take on DC’s A-list is truly awe-inspiring, and their Black Adam exudes power and contempt as well. Hopefully, there’s more Naomi, Green Arrow, and Black Canary in future issues and less alien punching bag. But the real reason this comic crosses the line from trade wait to a purchase is Ram V, Xermanico, and Romulo Fajardo’s “Justice League Dark” backup, which features both Arthurian legends and supernatural hijinks and has a formidable villain plus witty, yet emotionally honest writing for its leads, John Constantine and Zatanna.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V Art: David Marquez, Xermanico
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain, Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letters: Josh Reed, Rob Leigh
Story: 7.1 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Buy

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