Hawkeye is Joined By Another Avenger in FREEFALL Comic

Clint Barton is saying goodbye to his former Avengers teammates, and hello to troubles all his own in the new comic series, Hawkeye: Freefall. But with the book’s biggest mystery now out in the open, it’s time for more of Clint’s friends to find out just why the archer is living a double life — starting with his old friend Black Widow.

The new series from Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt began with serious momentum and mystery, throwing Clint’s plan of tackling smaller, street-level crimes out the window with the arrival of a new mysterious Ronin spilling blood in New York City. It’s not just any case of mistaken identity that cane bring both Falcon and the Winter Soldier knocking on Clint’s door, let alone teaming up to fight Ronin as a trio. But after Hawkeye: Freefall #2 blew the lid off the mystery — revealing that it actually IS Clint masquerading as Ronin — readers were left with a lot of questions. So too was Natasha Romanoff, who comes to find out what Clint is up to in Marvel’s official preview of Freefall #3. And yes, her continued mission with Bucky (and not Clint) most definitely comes up.

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It was the similarity between Clint Barton’s fighting style and that of the new, totally-not-Clint Ronin that gave his secret away. But it appears the digitally-minded young man who uncovered Clint’s secret is now working with him, as Hawkeye keeps up both sides of his alibi. But in a world of super spies like Black Widow, a masked Ronin moving like Hawkeye isn’t going to go unnoticed. What Nat chooses to do with her suspicions… is another matter entirely. But for now, feast your eyes on the official preview pages for Hawkeye: Freefall #3 below:

Readers can find the full plot synopsis and solicitation details for Hawkeye: Freefall #3 below:

  • Release Date: February 12th, 2020
  • Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
  • Art by: Otto Schmidt
  • Cover by: Kim Jacinto
  • As things around him are getting more dangerous, Clint Barton is being pushed to make some tough, and probably really bad, decisions. Meanwhile the mysterious new Ronin is waging war against The Hood and Hawkeye is caught in the middle of it. The Web of lies our Friendly Neighborhood archer finds himself caught in will have Spectacular ramifications when he is confronted by our Amazing secret guest star… (It’s Spider-Man. Shhh.)

Hawkeye: Freefall #3 arrives on February 12th, 2020.

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2020-02-09 06:02:49

Andrew Dyce

X-Men Reveals The Secret Behind The Death of [SPOILER]

The mysteries of the X-Men reboot have just gotten even more complicated, revealing one secret mission carried out before readers’ very eyes without them ever knowing it. And not just any mission either, but the one which saw all the classic X-Men killed… to save the mutant race.

Fans will have to remember back to the very first twist in the X-Men relaunch, long before they even knew that the murder of Charles Xavier was a possibility. Back when the mysterious group called ORCHIS was preparing to bring Mother Mold online, a device built in orbit of the sun capable of building an entire army of mutant-hunting Sentinels. As the readers saw it, Mother Mold was successfully destroyed, and the killed X-Men were resurrected. Now in Marvel’s official preview of X-Men #6, it turns out one member of the team had her own mission, straight from Charles Xavier. And as can be expected by this point, it has the potential to change everything.

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The new preview actually travels back in time, showing how Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr recruited Mystique to their cause (when it was mainly an idea, and not the fully-realized nation it has since become). As a smaller surprise, Xavier seems to inform Mystique that the mission they require her to lead may well cost her everything. But the reveal fans will be talking about is the second, secret mission to be carried out by Mystique alone. The mission to disable the Mother Mold station may have officially been to prevent another Genosha-level mutant extinction. But while the other X-Men were doing their part, Mystique was planting an even bigger secret into the new X-Men story. Check out the preview pages below:

Yes, readers finally know why Mystique took longer than expected to execute her part of the mission — resulting in her death via airlock, and the other team members needing to compensate. As per Xavier’s request, she was planting a seed that would grow into the infamous Krakoa gates spread across the Earth, allowing travel to and from the island nation. But what is this “winter harvest” Xavier is planning for? And why is it being revealed now? Those questions will have to wait for the full issue. But for now, readers can check out the official plot synopsis and credits below:

  • X-MEN #6
  • Release Date: February 12th, 2020
  • Written by: Jonathan Hickman
  • Art by: Matteo Buffagni
  • Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
  • Mystique goes to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants…

X-Men #6 will be available from your local comic book shop on February 12th, 2020.

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2020-02-09 05:02:09

Andrew Dyce

Iron Man’s Robot Army is Growing in Marvel’s Universe

Tony Stark’s story may be over in Marvel’s movie universe, but in the comics, it has never been stranger. For starters, Tony has given up his role as an armed superhero to his long lost brother Arno Stark, the true title holder in Marvel’s new Iron Man 2020 comic series. But more importantly, Tony has placed himself at the very front of a robot revolution spreading across the planet — and their numbers are growing by the day.

It seems it is only a matter of time until Arno and Tony will be forced to face off on the battlefield, considering the odd reality they have now created. The man who once was Tony Stark is now known only as Mark One, accepting that his cloned body and ‘uploaded’ consciousness make him Stark’s last invention, and not Stark himself. Meanwhile, Tony’s brother is watching as artificial intelligences are being corrupted and acquired by an insult to the Stark name. Thankfully Marvel’s official preview of the next issue adds the one thing sorely missing from this growing conflict: robot pirates. Actually.

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As if readers needed another reason to get behind Mark One’s mission, the fact that all manner of Marvel robots are being rescued for revolution is sure to sweeten the deal. Take a look at the preview pages for Iron Man 2020 #2 below:

If fans had been told months ago that Arno Stark’s strange origin story would only be the beginning of the weirdness to come in the world of Iron Man, it would have been hard to believe. But if the presence of robotic buccaneers doesn’t make it clear that this storyline is to be enjoyed in the name of fun, then nothing will. Hopefully the rest of the issue will maintain the energy when it arrives on sale, but until then read on below for the full solicitation details and plot synopsis:

  • IRON MAN 2020 #2 (OF 6)
  • Release Date: February 12th, 2020
  • Written by: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
  • Art by: Pete Woods
  • Cover by: Pete Woods
  • “The Rebel Compliance.”All is well. The Robot Rebellion has been dealt with. Humanity is perfectly safe. You may all thank Arno Stark, the Iron Man of 2020. Don’t you feel better now? Machine Man is NOT coming to kill you and everyone you love. 1010101111001100110000. Pay no attention to those numbers. Those were a typo. We apologize for any errors, glitches, or… unforeseen problems with any of your Baintronics devices. A new software patch is coming. For EVERYTHING.

Iron Man 2020 #2 will be available at your local comic book shop on February 12th, 2020.

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2020-02-09 03:02:05

Andrew Dyce

The Flash’s New Enemy Knows The DC Universe’s Greatest Secrets

Fans of The Flash have seen Barry Allen join forces with almost every imaginable ally and rival, but even he has his limits. Or, his most devoted enemies do. But with his powers out of control (along with his young speedster partners’) and a common enemy, The Flash #85 sees Barry finally forge an alliance with his infamous Rogues. But how long can it last? And how much can readers trust them?

After weeks of The Speed Force spinning out of control, and risking being completely destroyed, things seemed to stabilize when the Reverse-Flash died a hero to return the forces to some kind of balance. But almost immediately, Barry ran straight into the larger Villain of the Year storline, in which Lex Luthor endowed DC’s villains with extra power… in exchange for their help in destroying the world. For a man like Captain–sorry, make that King Cold, it’s power he’s dreamed of. But for the rest of the Rogues, the world is better off as it is. And as the old saying goes, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

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The origin will feel eerily similar, so be sure to check out the preview pages below:

  • THE FLASH #88
  • Release Date: February 12th, 2020
  • Written by: Josh Williamson
  • Art by: Howard Porter
  • Cover Art by: Howard Porter
  • Witness the birth of Paradox! As a hero, the Flash helps as many people as he possibly can…but Paradox shows what happens when ordinary people pay the price for super-powered battles royal. What started as a happy life of family and science turned into a nightmare when the Turtle’s attack on Central City rained down from the future-and now the story of the civilians caught in the crossfire will change the Flash’s life forever!

The Flash #88 will be available in your local comic book shop on February 12th, 2020.

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2020-02-09 01:02:24

Andrew Dyce

Spider-Man’s Oldest Enemy is His Biggest Fan (No, Really)

J. Jonah Jameson has been the biggest critic of Spider-Man for most of his career. But when Peter Parker recently told Jameson he was truly the man under the mask all along, his opinion on the webslinger began to soften. And this change of opinion has come at a pivotal time in J.J.J.’s career — now that he has left the Marvel’s famous Daily Bugle for a more millennial career path.

Jonah has been trying his hand at the all but dead medium of talk radio, taking to the airwaves to defend his new favorite hero, Spider-Man. For obvious reasons, this doesn’t sit well with his loyal fan base, previously agreeing with his not-so-kind views on the masked vigilante. As a result his star is beginning to fall. Radio-jockeys who share his station demean him at every chance. While Jonah paints it as friendly ribbing among peers, it’s effect is made clear when Jameson decides to take a new career in Internet news. And it’s here that he realizes his true legacy in the Marvel Universe.

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Norah Winters once worked at the Daily Bugle, but was fired for letting her enthusiasm for headlines get in the way of actual fact-checking. But news has evolved and changed since then, and the success and spread of “clickbait” is now standardized industry wide. In this world, Norah has thrived under her online news site “Threats and Menaces” — and Jonah will thrive too, if he can grasp the way a new online company operates. J.J. doesn’t see these “gen-what-have-yous” as writers, or the creators of true, hard-edged journalism. But as Norah points out, they learned everything they know about clickbait journalism… from watching him.

  • Release Date: February 12th
  • Written by: Nick Spencer
  • Art by: Iban Coello
  • Cover Art by: Patrick Gleason
  • There’s a new game in town, and the ante is QUITE HIGH! Welcome to The Palace, a super-villain casino run by the classic (and under-utilized) Spidey-villain CHANCE! It’s got everything a villain could want, including betting on whether your arch-enemy is going to make it through his or her latest super-battle! Not only will this not sit well with Spidey, but it may just CRUSH him.

Amazing Spider-Man #39 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2020-02-09 01:02:46

Andrew Dyce

The X-Men’s Nation Was Just Invaded By The Sorcerer Supreme

Warning: SPOILERS for Savage Avengers #0

Doctor Strange has just become the first Avenger to set foot on the soil of the mutant nation unannounced – and the X-Men don’t like it one bit. Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch has seen the entire mutant race gather on the living island of Krakoa. They’ve been recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations – albeit with a little gentle manipulation by psychic Emma Frost – and now they just want to be left alone.

Of course, that was never really going to happen. The X-Men live on a world constantly threatened by everything from mystic threats to alien invaders; and those kind of enemies don’t really care about national boundaries. It’s true that the X-Men have lessened the scale of the problem by settling on an island, meaning there are no land borders, but it’s just a matter of time before a common foe decides they don’t care who that living island belongs to.

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It seems that’s happening sooner than anticipated, with Doctor Strange himself traveling to Krakoa in Savage Avengers #0. As Sorcerer Supreme, Strange’s mandate is to protect all of reality, and as such he’s determined to protect the X-Men – whether they like it or not. Besides which, he arrives with a disturbing message for his old student, the mutant teleporter named Magik. The former Sorcerer Supreme Kulan Gath, an ancient mystic from the Hyborean Age, has returned more powerful than ever before. Strange has learned that Kulan Gath is a magical cannibal, consuming the sorcery of others, and he believes it’s only a matter of time before he comes for Magik.

Doctor Strange soon realizes that his presence is unwelcome – even if he has brought a house-warming gift, a bottle of wine that’s bigger on the inside than the outside. He finds himself confronted by Pyro, formerly of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and Kid Cable; both are spoiling for a fight, not helped by Strange’s clear irritation. When they tell him to get off Krakoa, he simply levitates. Fortunately for everybody concerned, Magik arrives before it can turn into a fight.

The brief scene is interesting, in that it shows just how extremely isolationist the mutants have become. This is a common thread between Savage Avengers #0 and this week’s X-Men/Fantastic Four #1, with both comics essentially showing mutants as prejudiced towards humans as they have traditionally been towards them. It’s actually quite staggering that even Doctor Strange isn’t welcome on Krakoa; the X-Men have frequently complained that the Avengers have stood by and watched catastrophes that affected mutants, but Strange is surely the exception that proves the rule. He’s frankly been on house call to help the X-Men against almost any supernatural problem they faced, and it’s impossible to count how many times the X-Men have traveled out to the Sanctum Sanctorum to consult him.

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange is a little disturbed when he arrives on Krakoa, because he can sense magic there. It may be that he’s simply sensing the link between Krakoa and Otherworld, which has been a major feature of the current Excalibur run; alternatively, it’s possible he senses something Xavier is doing in secret, concealed from the rest of the X-Men. Hopefully the Sorcerer Supreme will consider it his duty to investigate, and the truth will soon come to light.

Savage Avengers #0 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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2020-02-08 06:02:06

Thomas Bacon

LOCKE & KEY Creators Tease The Next Wave of Comics | Screen Rant

In the wake of the Netflix adaptation of the horror comic Locke & Key, series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have announced they have begun work on a new one-shot of the long-running comic book series. The duo also teased another full volume to follow. The planned additions will include the first full-length volume in the Locke & Key universe since 2013 when the miniseries Alpha and Omega completed the series’ primary story arc.

The IDW series first released as a miniseries in 2008, titled Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, which established the main characters and setting. The series, which chronicles the tragedy-stricken Locke family and their ancestral home filled with mysterious locked doors and magical keys, built from there with five more volumes. Since Alpha and Omega, the title has only appeared on three one-shots: Small World, Nailed It, and 2019’s Dog Days. Hill is currently writing the one-shot, titled Locke & Key: Battalions, and is in the conceptual stage for the six-issue miniseries, which he referred to as World War Key.

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Syfy reports that artist Rodriguez and author Hill met with the showrunners from Netflix, Meredith Averill and Carlton Cuse, at a press event at Netflix headquarters in Hollywood. During the event, Rodriguez described “a process of pitching each other for years” that led to the new storylines. He and author Hill explained that the lack of content has been a combination of the two’s preoccupation with other projects across various media as well as a desire to tell a “meaningful story” when the time came rather than continuing the series for its own sake. At the same time, the duo cited the Netflix series as the catalyst behind the new material. They consulted with the showrunners on elements added to the TV series, the most prominent of which is the Mirror Key, a key that is entirely original to the pilot episode.

According to Hill, Battalions is set at the beginning of the 20th century, placing it among the other one-shots as prequels that expand upon the history of Locke & Key universe rather than continuing where the original series left off. At the same time, the writer confided that “it will take the series in a really interesting direction — a direction that it’s never gone before.” Hill described World War Key in a similar vein, saying that it involves characters from Open the Moon and Small World, two of the smaller post-2013 stories.

This is great news for longtime fans of the series who have been voraciously consuming L&K material the moment it’s released, as well as audiences looking for more after watching Locke & Key on Netflix. This is also a promising sign for the show’s future, as the first season covered nearly everything in the original volumes of the comic book. A second season is unofficially in the works, and while it is likely to focus on creating new chapters in the lives of the Locke family, the expansion of the source material is another indication that the series has many more doors left to open.

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Source: Syfy

2020-02-08 05:02:20

Sean Finley

Star Trek: Picard’s Romulan Housekeepers Explained By The Comics

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard Countdown

The conquering Romulans of Star Trek have a reputation for being the deadliest warriors in the universe. So, fans were more than a little surprised when Star Trek: Picard revealed Jean-Luc Picard employs two friendly Romulans, Laris and Zhaban, on his vineyard in France.

Fans were doubly surprised when, the show’s third episode put Picard in danger, causing Laris (Orla Brady) and Zhaban (Jamie McShane) to shift into full-on badass mode. Unleashing Romulan martial arts maneuvers and lethal blasts from hidden weapons, Picard’s housekeepers are prepared to kill – until reminding themselves they’re not those type of people anymore. But just who Laris and Zhaban were is revealed in the recently completed comic book miniseries Star Trek: Picard Countdown. Here, readers learn Laris and Zhaban are not only cunning warriors. They’re the type of warriors other Romulans are scared of.

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Their seemingly benign manner effectively hides this side of their personas – but a review of the comic series from Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson, and Angel Hernandez reveals just how dangerous these two are, and why Picard trusts both of them with his life.

Star Trek: Picard Countdown takes place almost 15 years before Star Trek: Picard begins. During this period, the Romulan supernova introduced in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise is threatening the Romulan empire, motivating Picard to lead a massive evacuation effort. Part of this evacuation involves building an entirely new fleet of ships designed by Picard’s former Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge. But Picard personally aids in the Romulan relocation by beaming down to Yuyat Beta, a Romulan agricultural colony, and speaking with the Romulans’ governor about relocating their people.

Picard finds the colony has a vineyard much like the one at his chateau, but is horrified to discover the vineyard is being harvested by the planet’s native population, whom the Romulans have enslaved. Furious to learn the Romulans have no intention of evacuating their slaves, Picard confronts the governor who imprisons him for his defiance. But Picard finds unlikely allies in the vineyard’s overseers, Laris and Zhaban, who help the natives mount a revolution and rescue both Picard and his first officer Raffi Musiker.

The two reveal themselves to be members of the Romulan secret police, known as the Tal Shiar. Trained as assassins and spies for the Romulan Empire, Laris and Zhaban claim they were assigned to keep an eye on Yuyat Beta and its governor, plotting to take over Picard’s ship the Verity. Many Romulans fear that Starfleet’s gestures of goodwill are simply a mask to cover their true goal of conquest, and seek to undermine their efforts. But Laris and Zhaban surprise Picard when they reveal they have fallen in love during their assignment, breaking the rules of the Tal Shiar. Moreover, they sympathize with the native population they were overseeing. Discovering the natives were not the primitive people the Romulans saw them as, Laris and Zhaban decide to protect them by allying with Picard.

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The former Tal Shiar agents pretend to have apprehended Picard and Musiker, overwhelming the guards and contacting his ship. But when Picard shows his gratitude by beaming his Romulan friends on board, their Tal Shiar superiors hail the ship to reveal the truth: Laris and Zhaban (identified as agents Noctis and Avem) were assigned to take over the Verity all along. Realizing his place is truly with an officer as dedicated to protecting Romulans as he is, Zhaban returns control of the ship to Picard. After learning that both Laris and Zhaban must go into hiding for their betrayal, Picard offers them a home at his vineyard on Earth.

Surprisingly, Star Trek Picard: Countdown ends on a hopeful note, with Picard reassuring everyone that “the future is bright.” Those who have seen the Star Trek: Picard series know that Picard’s optimism will soon be challenged by the destruction of multiple Romulan worlds, a mysterious uprising of synthetic androids on Mars, and Picard’s own disillusionment with Starfleet. Nevertheless, the comic does showcase a very “Gene Roddenberry” trait of Star Trek storytelling: the tendency of enemies to become allies.

Picard’s faith in Laris and Zhaban is amply rewarded as the two Romulans prove themselves to be loyal friends over the next fourteen years (growing into the closest thing Jean-Luc has to family in his self-appointed exile). Moreover, the former Tal Shiar operatives display remarkable gratitude toward Picard which seems to go beyond their own sanctuary. Later episodes of Star Trek: Picard will hopefully show just what Picard did to earn such reverence from his Romulan friends, for those who choose not to seek out the full story in the comics. Of course, simply leaving the Tal Shiar doesn’t mean that Laris and Zhaban have become any less dangerous. Romulan secret agents may mellow with age, but they never really lose their edge.

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2020-02-08 04:02:28

Michael Jung

Ant-Man’s New Comic Ignores His Suit’s COOLEST Secret

Warning: SPOILERS for Ant-Man #1

Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) has always been a down-on-his-luck superhero. He’s been to jail, his business ventures have failed, and both he and his daughter Cassie have watched each other die (fortunately, they got better). So, it’s not really surprising that his latest comic book finds Ant-Man basically homeless and living as a guest in an anthill with some six-legged friends.

Only… Scott doesn’t have to live like a pauper. Thanks to the Pym technology of his suit, Scott already has access to some very comfortable living accommodations, which could be very spacious for a size-changing superhero. So… why isn’t he taking advantage of these Pym Particle perks?

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The average fan of Ant-Man or the Avengers may not know it, but Scott Lang’s helmet contains one of the best kept secrets in the Marvel Comics Universe. Allow us to explain.

Back in Ant-Man Annual #1, Scott Lang was approached by Janet Van Dyne (aka The Wasp). Hank Pym had been killed by Ultron (naturally he got better) and Scott was one of Hank’s beneficiaries in his will.

Hank’s final gift to Ant-Man was actually something Scott already possessed in his Ant-Man helmet. Thanks to Hank’s Pym Particle technology, however, the helmet contained one of Hank’s fully-stocked laboratories, hidden in miniature form. Hank had shown the lab to Scott in a previous adventure and admitted that he had forgotten the lab was in Scott’s helmet because he had so many labs and Scott’s helmet was one of his “backup-backup facilities.” Despite Hank’s dismissive attitude toward Scott’s helmet lab, the laboratory was impressive – it had multiple floors, state-of-the art technology, and even a painting of the original Avengers.

When Hank died, however, he instructed his ex-wife Jan to insert another miniature lab in Scott’s helmet. According to Jan, this new lab was Hank’s latest laboratory and contained “his best stuff” – so good, in fact, that Bruce Banner would turn green (with envy) if he ever learned what Scott now had. As a result, Scott Lang now has two laboratories in his Ant-Man helmet with untold riches – including the source code for Pym Particles, cybernetic research, and a suit of Yellowjacket armor.

So, how big (to Ant-Man) are his personal laboratories? Given their relative few appearances, there aren’t any definitive answers – but a look into some of other examples of Hank Pym’s Pym Particle architecture offers some enticing clues about what Scott’s helmet contains. In The Mighty Avengers, Hank Pym assembles a brand-new team of Avengers including Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie (then going by the superhero name Stature), Hercules, U.S. Agent, Quicksilver, Vision, and hyper smart kid genius Amadeus Cho. While the superheroes are initially hesitant about joining Pym’s team, they quickly come around when Pym shows them his version of the Avengers Mansion.

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Using Pym Particles and his massive device Salvation Two, Hank Pym constructs the Infinite Avengers Mansion – a massive headquarters that makes Dr. Who’s TARDIS look like a poor man’s shack. Existing in the Underspace, a dimension below the Microverse, the mansion was later revealed to be built around the expanding body of Janet Van Dyne (who was dead at the time). So huge that even Quicksilver has trouble getting around the mansion on foot, the Infinite Mansion had at least a million floors. To help guide visitors, Pym positions multiple units of the Avengers’ robot member Jocasta at every mile marker, allowing Jocasta to project herself into her alternate bodies and offer directions. To top it off, the Infinite Mansion is self-cleaning (which relieved the Avengers’ butler Jarvis).

Given the insane amount of space the Infinite Mansion offers, it’s not surprising that Pym also stocked it with the best of everything – including multiple state-of-the-art labs and a near endless supply of comfortable rooms. The doors of the mansion even lead to different countries and even planets, allowing the Avengers to get to disaster areas quickly (and giving Jarvis a limitless marketplace to shop in and prepare the Avengers’ breakfast). After the Mighty Avengers disbanded, the Infinite Mansion was used in Avengers Academy as the home of Pym’s new students. Unfortunately, the mansion was ruined in a later battle, forcing the Avengers to relocate once more.

Given the insane amount of luxury and space Hank Pym was able to provide the Avengers with his Infinite Mansion, there’s every reason to believe that the miniature labs in Scott Lang’s helmet also contain some very nice accommodations. Even if Hank only spent a minimal amount of time building his labs, there’s every reason to believe he included multiple guest rooms, a game room, free cable, and an Olympic-size swimming pool as standard features. So, why isn’t Scott Lang lounging around in his own personal mansion?

One reason might be that after coming back to life, Hank Pym simply took back his laboratories from the Ant-Man helmet. While this might make Hank Pym seem like a jerk, it should be noted that by the end of Scott’s Astonishing Ant-Man comic book, both Darren Cross and Egghead had snuck into the helmet and raided it for Pym’s technology (with Cross taking the deadly Yellowjacket armor). Scott and Cassie stopped them, but it’s possible Hank figured Scott couldn’t be trusted with his toys.

Another possibility is that Scott… simply forgot where those laboratories were or lost the access codes to them. Scott Lang has been portrayed as very absent-minded in the comics lately (in direct contrast to the time he cleverly took down Doctor Doom during his time with the Future Foundation), so “losing the keys” to his labs is actually a viable reason why he can’t get into them anymore.

Finally, it’s possible that Scott’s ego wants to show everyone he can make it on his own without any outside help – which is why he’s (literally) trying to build himself from the ground up by living in an anthill. Scott’s shown he wants to prove to his daughter Cassie that he can be a good provider, and using Pym technology to live rent free might feel like cheating to him. It might not be the best judgement call considering his suit’s powers, but it is keeping with Scott’s character flaws.

Ant-Man #1 is on comic book store shelves now.

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2020-02-08 02:02:40

Michael Jung

Joker’s New Girlfriend PUNCHLINE Revealed By DC Comics

The Joker is making his return to the world of Batman comics in a major way, but it looks like his new girlfriend ‘Punchline’ is going to make even bigger waves, now that official details and artwork have been offered by DC Comics.

Current Batman writer James Tynion IV previously teased the arrival of Joker’s new henchwoman Punchline, teasing fans with nothing but questions. Without clarifying when she would be making her debut, what role she would have in the coming Joker War story, or even her explicit connection to the clown prince, fans were left on the hook. Thankfully DC has now come through with preview artwork, a full variant cover, and confirmation of just which books fans need to watch out for to see the new era of Joker and Punchline begin.

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Readers will get their first look at Punchline when she makes her debut in Batman #89, the introduction of a woman DC is referring to as “a brand-new DC villain set to play a major role in Batman’s life.” The publisher confirms that issue will offer a one-panel cameo, giving the honor of adding Punchline to the DC Universe to artists Guillem March and Tomeu Morey.

After that, it’s a supporting role in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 as “the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman” just one week later. Art duties there will be covered by Steve Epting, Javier Fernandez, and Nick Filardi. The panels in question can be seen above. The story will apparently show that it’s Punchline keeping the villain up to date, with the latest issue seeing Catwoman dig up Joker’s coffin. From there the “Joker War” story is expected to make Punchline an even more central figure at Joker’s side, before taking a variant cover all to herself with May’s issue of Batman #94.

The variant cover from Stanley “Artgerm” Lau gives the best look yet at Punchline’s character design, giving Batman fans plenty of time to analyze and observe every single detail. Before she is shown in motion, proving why she’s now the deadly right hand of joker, of course. Check out the cover below:

Only time will tell if Punchline’s relationship with the Joker will reflect the changing attitudes towards his famous love story with Harley Quinn. The timing couldn’t be better, as Harley Quinn is splitting with Joker in movies just as dramatically as she did in the comics years ago. Now that Harley is actually helping Batman in his own comic book series, the odds are good that she could wind up taking on her former (abusive) lover… along with his new girlfriend. The story is going to be building over weeks and months, so fans won’t want to miss the first chapter, arriving in Batman #89 later this month.

  • BATMAN #89
  • Release Date: Feburary 19th, 2020
  • Written by: James Tynion IV
  • Art by: Guillem March
  • Cover Art by: Tony S. Daniel
  • Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he has to figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren’t ‘fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grâce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

Batman #89 will arrive in your local comic book shop on February 19th, 2020.

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2020-02-07 01:02:02

Andrew Dyce