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DC Announces Metropolis, a New Live Action TV Series to Debut on DC’s Digital Service

Batman before Batman = Gotham. Superman before Superman = Kryprton… and Metropolis!? DC Entertainment has announced a weekly live action series that explores the City of Tomorrow, Metropolis. The series will be set before the arrival of a certain Man of Steel and will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they “investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.”

The series will air exclusively on DC’s upcoming digital service which will also be the home of the live action Titans series.

The series will explore the City of Tomorrow, before the emergence of Superman and establish the world leading up to his arrival. The concept sounds familiar, because it’s the same concept as Gotham and executive producers of that show, John Stephens and Danny Cannon, will oversee this. Cannon will direct the first episode from a teleplay by Stephens, and story by Cannon and Stephens.

With the series setting, the tone of the show should be much different than its similar in concept sister show with a science fiction tone.

In addition to Metropolis and Titans, the new DC digital service will also have two animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn.

Metropolis, which will debut in 2019, has received a direct-to-series order for a first season of 13 episodes and will go into production later this year.

Knight Models Adds Superman, Lexcorp, and Doomsday to their DC and Batman Miniature Games

Knight Models has revealed new miniatures for their DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game.

Superman joins the DC Universe Miniature Game with a version that allows you to make the traditional character as well as Kingdom Come and Red Son. Also, for those that pre-order Superman before May 30th, they’ll receive a free World’s Finest Card that teams Superman up with Batman.

The DC Universe Miniature Game also gets some villains in the form of General Zod, Faora, and Nam-Ek, as well as Doomsday. The game also gets some markers to go along with your Red Son Superman.

The World’s Finest team up is also the company’s first Battle Pack! Battle Packs are bite-sized expansions for the Batman Miniature Game, containing new crews, rules, traits, and options. Battle Pack add even more depth to your favorite tabletop game, allowing you to explore alternative timelines, character variants and stories from the archives of Batman, his allies, and his enemies.

The rules presented in this Battle Pack are completely official. Remember, however, that models of the Legend rank may not be allowed in organized play games, such as a Batmatch, unless specified otherwise.

In this Battle Pack you will find new rules representing the characters and events from the iconic World’s Finest mini-series. Here you will find new character cards, representing two powerful teams for the Batman Miniature Game, as well as all the special rules you need to use them.

The Batman Miniature Game gets a new gang with the LexCorp Industries pack as well as the LexCorp Heavy Trooper. The gang also gets some markers to help you keep track of things.

You can order all of them now.

President Luthor and President Trump are More Similar Than You Think

lex-luthor-for-presidentThe most controversial election of all time!” That was a marketing line for the storyline run by DC Comics that saw Lex Luthor elected President of the United States in the DC Universe. Collected in the “President Lex” trade paperback, the story ran through the various series of the time from an impressive collection of creators. Having recently reread the collection, it’s a frighteningly prescient story far ahead of its time, primarily because it could have easily been talking about the recent election of Donald Trump.

Opening up with “The Why” by writer Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Clark, we get the motivations of Lex Luthor’s run as he makes an announcement about his decision to run. Surrounded by the Superman logo, we’re presented with a Lex Luthor whose ego has clearly been hurt and driven by a need to be in the spotlight. In a mostly wordless six pages we get a sense that Luthor is driven for his competition with the Man of Steel and needing to be in the spotlight and in charge. That sound familiar?

In 2012 it was reported that Trump’s decision to run was made partially due to his humiliation at a White House Correspondent’s dinner. According to Republican trickster Roger Stone, Trump’s motivation was partially an “I’ll show him” attitude to President Obama and the shade thrown Trump’s way at the event. It’s ego to him, and we’ve seen from his outbursts and Twitter tirades, the man is all ego. But that simple coincidence isn’t all when it comes to the Presidential run, and win, for the two celebrity businessmen turned politicians.

One of the biggest decisions a Presidential nominee can make is their Vice Presidential choice. In Trump’s case, it was Indiana Governor Mike Pence. In Luthor’s it is former Kansas Senator Pete Ross. In a weird coincidence, a real life Pete Ross ran for Shadow Senator for Washinton, DC. So, in both cases we have a “big city” businessman choosing a mid-west politician as their running mate.

As part of the story Luthor is accused of harming Atlantis with some technology and after “going to trial” he talks his way out of it with a settlement and offers to pay reparations for the damage done. Trump has at least 75 lawsuits against him and his businesses and infamously settled the Trump University case during his Presidential run.

While lots of empty talk continues, action hasn’t been taken to help the people of Flint, Michigan and the water crisis occurring there. Due to neglect and outright criminal action, the water is poisoned for the people and damage done to those who have already ingested so much of it. The people of Suicide Slum in Metropolis too have been hurt with water poisoned from Luthor’s upgrading of the city with alien technology. While some areas benefit, Suicide Slum is left behind by those in charge, the people left to rot.

Luthor’s business is much like Trump’s as well. Lex Luthor has Lex Tower, Trump has Trump Tower, both ruling out of it. Luthor turns over his company to Talia Head (actually Talia Al Ghul), but he doesn’t really give up control instead dealing with Talia directly.

The election itself has many parallels. The outcome isn’t a blowout, resulting in a close election going on well into the night, a reality of the Trump/Clinton race. Luthor, like Trump, plays the media to not just make over his persona but deliver his message to the people with free air time. Perry White on the other hand, ponders if there was more they could have done as the fourth estate during the election itself, a similar introspection that existed within the media after Trump’s election.

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That hand-wringing extends to Superman and Batman. Both at a point debate if they should intervene to dig up dirt on Luthor. Superman is the the one who doesn’t want to, believing in the process and letting it play out, an attitude reflected by many who say we need to “stand with the President” and “give him a chance.”

aquaman-head-of-statePost election there are similarities. Luthor’s election is met with protests and he threatens to out Batman and his allies’ identities by using the NSA, FBI, CIA, and more. While we haven’t seen Trump directly do that, there’s some oddness concerning the current issues between the Trump administration and the intelligence community.

But, there’s a foreign policy move that’s odd. In one issue as part of the collection, Aquaman tells Superman that Luthor is the first world leader to reach out to Atlantis and take it seriously as a nation. The extended hand is something reminiscent of current talks with Russia and Trump’s willingness to praise the country so many see as an adversary. It’s a break in the previous foreign policy and one might argue, the right policy. Today, it would be easy to see the parallels, but this was originally published in 2000 and 2001.

What does the story tell us about President Trump’s future? President Luthor was impeached due to his going insane and trying to kill Superman. This was after a fairly competent run though. We haven’t seen that same competence out of President Trump, but talks of impeachment swirl about a month into his Presidency.

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lex Luthor Pin Mate

Don’t let his small size fool you! Measuring 2-inches tall, this miniature Lex Luthor wooden Pin Mate figure is ready to create big problems for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Designed in a retro style featuring 360-degree artwork, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lex Luthor Pin Mate is number 16 in the series. Order yours today!

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Knight Models Adds Batman & Robin, Lex Luthor, Black Adam, and more

Knight Models has revealed their December releases for the DC Universe Miniature Game and the Batman Miniature Game.

The DC Universe Miniature Game is a recent release and “reskin” of the Marvel Universe Miniature Game which they’ve dubbed the “Super Hero Universe.” It’s first released featured Batman v Superman versions of DC’s trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The three get some new villains to battle in the forms of Lex Luthor in his Warsuit and Black Adam.

dc-universe-miniature-game-black-adam dc-universe-miniature-game-lex-luthorNot to be out done the Batman Miniature Game gets some love too with quite a few new releases. New for the game are Reaper, Aaron Cash & Quick Response Team, Mr. Freeze’s Thug Set I, a new Batman and Robin, and some templates.

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New Diamond Select Toys: Alien, Batman, Marvel, Predator and TMNT!

The new issue of Previews is in comic shops now, and pre-orders are open at your local store for the newest batch of items from Diamond Select Toys! Check out the first Dragon Age Select action figure, new Minimates from Alien, Predator and TMNT; a new bank from Alien; new statues and busts from the Marvel and DC Animated universes; a new Back to the Future mini-vehicle; and a new Marvel Retro Cloth action figure set! Plus, the return of a sold-out Marvel Select figure!

Alien Big Chap Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s very cold in space, so what better place to keep your cold hard cash than in this Alien bank? Based on the “Big Chap” xenomorph from the 1979 Alien movie, this approximately 8” long vinyl bust features detailed sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door that turn it into a fully functioning coin bank! Keep financial predators at bay! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #FEB162463, SRP: $22.99)

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Aliens Minimates Mini-Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Nostromo, DST has returned to the doomed space ship for a full assortment of Minimates based on the original Alien movie! This assortment of two-packs features Narcissus Ripley with Narcissus Space Suit, Space Suit Dallas with Space Suit Lambert, Ash with Frozen Alien and a rare, one-per-case variant set of Battle-Damaged Ash with Frozen Alien! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162464, SRP: $9.99/ea.

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Batman The Animated Series Gallery Batman 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! He is vengeance! He is the night! He is Batman, the first Batman: The Animated Series Gallery figure from DST! Based on his appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this 9-inch scale static PVC figure of Batman depicts him alighting on a rooftop, with a Batarang at the ready. Batman is in scale to previously released Femme Fatales PVC figures, including Batgirl and Catwoman, and is sculpted with a high level of detail with exacting paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB162458, SRP: $45.00

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Back to the Future 30th Ann. Minimates Hover Time Machine Mini-Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! Where you’re going, you don’t need roads! Why? Because this mini-vehicle of the Time Machine from Back to the Future Part II is in hover mode, that’s why! With its tires locked in hover position, this 4-inch Time Machine glides across the floor on a second set of hidden wheels, and its gull-wing doors open to seat two Minimates mini-figures. It even comes with a new mini-figure of Future Doc Brown in his wraparound sunglasses, plus a brand-new, non-poseable micro-figure of his dog, Einstein! Doc features 14 points of articulation and has fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162472, SRP: 19.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Premier Collection Poison Ivy Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Every villain has that time they “almost got” Batman, and Poison Ivy is no different. Based on her appearance in the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Im,” this approximately 12” resin statue depicts the plant-loving Pamela Isley wearing a black outfit and holding one of her poisonous pumpkins, while standing in Gotham City’s pumpkin patch. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this resin statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #FEB162457, SRP: $150.00)

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Dragon Age Inquisition Select Morrigan Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From out of the world of Thedas comes the first-ever Select action figure based on the hit video game series Dragon Age! This 7-inch scale figure of Morrigan, a Witch of the Wilds, features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as an accessory of her trademark staff and a diorama base. It comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side panel art for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB162473, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Gallery Lady Deadpool 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s beautiful! She’s deadly! She’s Lady Deadpool, and she’s the newest Marvel Gallery PVC figure based on the heroes and heroines of the Marvel Universe! The most lethal of the Marvel ladies so far, Lady Deadpool stands approximately 9” tall and wields twin katana swords and a pretty killer ponytail atop a small diorama base. She is in scale to Captain Marvel, Lady Thor, and all other Marvel Gallery PVC figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #FEB162462. SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Retro Cloth Daredevil Action Figure Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Finally, the devil has come to the Marvel Retro line! Never released in the classic Mego toy line of yester-year, streetwise superhero Daredevil is the latest Marvel character to get the Retro action figure treatment from DST! This gift set features one classically-styled red-costume Daredevil figure, in a vintage-style box, plus two additional heads and outfits: his original yellow costume and his alter ego, blind lawyer Matt Murdock! With interchangeable heads, hands, costumes and accessories, you can display your Daredevil however you want! Packaged in a full-color gift tray with a booklet about Daredevil, retro-style figures, and the creation process! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #FEB162460, SRP: $80.00)

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Predator Minimates Series 2 Two-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to head back to the jungle, for another assortment of Predator Minimates! This all-new assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features characters from all three Predator films! Royce from Predators comes with that film’s Berserker Predator, Predator’s Blain comes with Predator 2’s Shaman Predator, and Predator’s First Appearance Dutch faces off with the Cloaked Jungle Predator. Plus, be on the lookout for the rare, one-per-case variant set of Final Battle Dutch and Cloaked Jungle Predator! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162471, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Superman The Animated Series Lex Luthor Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone has their heroes, and to some, that hero is Lex Luthor! Determined to expose the alien Superman for the false god he really is, the focus of Metropolis businessman Lex Luthor is captured in this approximately 6-inch resin bust, which places him on a pedestal inspired by the architecture of his city in Superman: The Animated Series. Limited to 3,000 pieces, this numbered bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB162459, SRP: $59.99)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Foil Bag Series 4 Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates is out of this world! Based on the newest season of the hit Nickelodeon animated series, this counter display of 18 foil-bagged mini-figures includes nine different characters: Space Leonardo, Space Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Fugitoid, Triceraton, Exo-Armor Kraang, and rare, exclusive figures of Baxter Stockman and Oroku Saki! There’s a full set in each display, and multiple army-building Kraangs and Triceratons! Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts. (Item #FEB162474, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Marvel Select Venom Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Back by popular demand, it’s what many have called the greatest Venom action figure ever made! This 7-inch scale action figure of symbiotic Spider-man foe Venom features 16 points of articulation and almost a dozen interchangeable parts, including hands, heads, a removable tongue, and a back attachment, so you can re-create his classic, modern and “Madness” appearances! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Don’t miss out on this sought-after figure! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #AUG121762, SRP: $24.99)

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Sideshow Launches Lex Luthor ­‐ Power Suit Premium Format Figure

Metropolis and Superman’s greatest arch-nemesis! Sideshow has released the Lex Luthor – Power Suit Premium Format Figure!

Luthor is suited up in his massive metallic green and purple battle armor that features light up effects in the chest. The figure stands at a colossal 26″ atop a LexCorp tower themed base.

An exclusive version features an additional right hand holding Kryptonite.

You can own this premium figure now for $529.99 or with a payment plan for as little as $59.62/month.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Grayson #10

GRAY_Cv10_ds_55ad2c6ecbadc8_02661129“Bird without a net”

We open up where last issue left off, at the museum during the aftermath of the daring heist on the Duchess.  Our hero Dick Grayson Super Secret Agent Spy (or Agent 37 to you cool kids) is currently making his exit stage left with a smile and witty quips in tow.

While making his escape he is talking to his Director (the lovely former Huntress: Helena Bertanelli) as she informs him that someone is killing fellow agents and making it look like he’s the one doing it. Naturally Dick knows this isn’t true so he sets off to clear his good name.

Meanwhile back at the scene of the crime, Agent 1 is clearing the cobwebs having just been knocked for a loop by his fellow cohort and is not happy. Before he can collect his thoughts he has a brawl with museum security (seriously?) and dispatches them very swiftly. He thinks to himself that Dick has had it easy under the tutillage of “some billionaire”. (We all know who that is, and it ain’t Donald Trump) Short story even shorter, he vows vengeance. He contacts Director Bertanelli and asks for permission to eliminate Dick, with extreme prejudice. She does not comply with his wish, and he accuses her being too “involved” with this agent. (Quick way to get your butt stuck on latrine duty, fella.) She tells Agent 1 that she will be handling Dick personally.

Grayson10_2(You’ve got to love that splash page, this team really gets Dick Grayson!)

We then switch gears to a remote bistro, where Dick is enjoying a nice latte and he receives the company of the most unexpected guest: The man who “murdered” him (back in Forever Evil #6) Lex Luthor.

Lex rocks Mr. Grayson’s world by telling him that not only did he know he was still alive, but it’s his company’s technology that SPYRAL has been using on all his missions. He then tells Dick to hand over the Kryptonite that was procured from the neck of the Duchess. Dick laughs and refuses, saying he will not hand over such a dangerous substance to a Super Villain. Lex enlightens him that the world at large no longer considers him as such. He is now a card-carrying member of the Justice League of America! He also informs Dick that he knows Bruce’s secret and that Batman is gone.

Dick still refuses and after a few “Mr. Clean” jokes tries to leave when Luthor drops another bombshell. The hypnosis training that Dick received becoming Agent 37, is his to control. He makes a rather crude demonstration by making Dick attempt to grab the derriere of the barista walking by. Knowing that sexual lawsuits are bad mojo for Super Secret Agents he does the only sensible thing, and splashes hot coffee in Luthor’s face and jumps off the cliff!

lexLex then states he killed him once, he can do it again. Dick hops in his ultra cool spy plane and has a quick duel with Lex’s attack drones and escapes. He realizes at this point that even though he hates it, there is some truth to what Lex said. At this point he attempts to reach out to Bruce one more time and fails. He sets course for Rome for answers.

Overall: The remainder of the issue is a conversation between Helena and Agent 1 and we leave off again on a cliffhanger that makes you want to come back next month. I am really digging this series and it feels like I’m watching a TV show in its sophomore season. I love the art, the story is strong and having the long-awaited confrontation between Dick and Lex was fantastic. As I read that scene I envisioned Michael Rosenbaum’s performance as Lex from Smallville TV show. (The best live action version of the character, until you prove me wrong Jesse) This issue was another great “episode” for me, but it went by far too quickly. I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

So while I prefer my beverages neither shaken nor stirred, I prefer my spy stories Grayson style straight up with a twist. Till next month folks, stay safe and don’t blow your cover.

Agent H… out.

Story: Tom King and Tim Seeley Art: Mikel Janin
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Justice League #42

jl042Epic comic book stories will often have a pretty predictable formula, and especially when it comes to Geoff Johns.  Although the stories obviously change, there is nonetheless common developments among them.  For instance, the introductory issue for the Darkseid War promised something epic, and the first issue was action packed and yet also promised more action for the second issue.  This being formulaic though, the second issue did not really deliver on that promise from the previous issue, but rather instead there is some of what should actually be expected, plot developments that are unforeseen.  If one looks back on some of the bigger Johns’ crossovers and story arcs, it is the same, but then again he has created some of the biggest and best epic stories in the past ten years, so evidently it is a formula that does not need to be tinkered with too much.

Grail has brought the war to Earth and the Justice League, and although seemingly very much out matched Wonder Woman stands alone against them after her colleagues have been beaten.  Superman aids Luthor’s recovery, while Darkseid makes plans for how to break the two of them, and on Earth, Mister Miracle and Myrina Black make plans to both start and stop the war, through the only way that she knows how, an alliance with the Anti-Monitor.  All of this is further confused when Metron shows up and intercedes against the plans of others, although this has an unexpected outcome.

There will likely be those who think that this issue is weaker compared to those that led into it.  In a sense it is, because this story arc is based on big epic moves, and this issue doesn’t really contain any.  What it does provide though are the plot elements required for this story arc to become something pretty amazing.  In other words, there are no “wow” moments here, but it is setting them up, and in a pretty impressive way.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Convergence Action Comics #2

cac002If there is one single issue which can be said to encapsulate the problems which have befallen Convergence then this issue could rightfully be said to be it.  Convergence has had many problems, but perhaps key among them have been the ripping off of previous standalone and standout Elseworlds titles as well as not taking the time nor the effort to ensure that these characters are treated correctly.  Though this issue is best read in sequence by following into an issue which came out two weeks ago (another strange out of continuity reading experience) it is also made worse by the reading of Convergence #8 in this same week.

As introduced in the last issue, a team of heroes, something like the pre-Crisis version of Superman and Power Girl are forced to fight against the Red Son version of Superman and Wonder Woman.  This has been a problem elsewhere during Convergence as characters which exist in other universes as analogies or allegories to what they mean as heroes, are thereafter reduced to alternate versions of themselves in slugfests in Convergence.  This issue has the same overall problem as the two heroes venture to the Elseworld where Superman is an agent of the Soviet Union, and where we learn that it is not wise to listen to either Lex Luthor or Joseph Stalin (which has to be one of the strangest lessons ever.)

In the end there are a host of problems with the entire series, and this part of Convergence is worse off for having been associated with it.   In a certain context it is interest to see all of these characters together, but especially when read with other Convergence titles and also when considering the plan for the future releases of DC Comics this summer, then we learn that this short two month interlude has really mostly meant nothing.  It never excelled and only acted as a distraction from the regular titles from DC.  This issue captures that, and it is too bad that it couldn’t have captured something better.

Story: Justin Gray Art: Claude St. Aubin
Story: 5.8 Art: 5.8 Overall: 5.8 Recommendation: Pass

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