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They Picked a Bad Name for Duke Thomas

After giving up his Robin gang, during which he was particularly awesome in Scott Snyder’s Batman, Duke Thomas was officially recruited into the Bat-Family in a golden yellow Bat-suit. And for reasons that never really went explained, he did not get a codename to go with his outfit.

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Seriously. How does Batman not give Duke a new codename? Aren’t those things necessary in the field? What did they expect Commissioner Gordon to call him?

Welp, DC and Snyder have finally revealed Duke’s name: The Signal.

He’s also going to get his own comic, from Snyder, called Batman: The Signal. Duke’s role is going to be the Batman-of-the-daylight. They’ve done this very concept before with other characters, but now it’s gonna be Duke’s thing. Aaaaaand I don’t like it.

I still like Duke Thomas, for sure! But what kind of superhero name is ‘The Signal’? It suffers from the banality of modern superhero naming conventions.

Nobody ever has the guts to name their new character something like ‘Batman’ anymore. It’s all about trying to be cool and hip, even though superhero comics were built on the backs of heroes with dorky names.

Plus, an argument I’ve made before, nobody is going to remember The Signal. Batman and Robin are the Dynamic Duo. They are household names. Grandmothers have heard of Batman and Robin. Whereas nobody has ever heard of Huntress or Azrael or Batwing or Onyx or The Signal. These hangers-on don’t matter, not in the long run. There will come a time when nobody cares about Duke Thomas anymore. But there will never come a time when nobody cares about Batman and Robin.

Not making Duke into the real Robin is a mistake.

Though I will definitely buy and read Scott Snyder’s Duke Thomas comic!

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New Defenders Trailer is Everything I Want

The Defenders comes out on Netflix in a month! We’re so close! And to notch all our excitements up a little bit more, a new trailer was released at Comic Con yesterday. Behold awesomeness:

That was great! So good! The banter, the zingers, the action, the forced camaraderie, the pretty much everything. Love it. And the first episode was aired at Comic Con, and all reactions seem to be really positive! Looks like we should have a good time next month!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 7/22/17

Man oh man, it’s San Diego Comic Con weekend! So much cool news, so many good trailers, so much to get excited about! But for another year in a row, I’m stuck here in Central New York, about as far from San Francisco as you can get in the continental United States. Someday I’ll be out there.

At least this week was marked with good comics, like Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Power Rangers and the long-awaited second issue of the new Spectacular Spider-Man! All good comics, but Comic Book of the Week goes to Batman #27, as writer Tom King throws us a curveball with the unexpected new origin of Kite Man!

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Knock. Knock.

Secret Empire continues to slog along. It’s getting a little long in the tooth at this point, and isn’t as sharp anymore. While The Mighty Thor is still good, but I skipped reviewing the issue again because it’s kind of just killing time. The War Thor is a neat idea, but he hasn’t done much of substance just yet. Still a great comic.

Also, in case you were curious, like me, the first issue of Astonishing X-Men does not yet feature the return of Multiple Man. I’ll let you know when it does! It was a pretty cool X-Men comic though. I like the idea of gathering a bunch of disparaged X-Men to go on an impromptu mission. I’d like it even more if they hadn’t added Old Man freakin’ Logan.

Comic Reviews: Aquaman #26, Batman #27, Batwoman #5, Harley Quinn #24, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17, Ms. Marvel #20, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2 and The Wild Storm #6. 

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Walking Dead Trailer Delivers Them Chills and Thrills!

I’ve stuck with The Walking Dead this whole time and still very much enjoy the show. The new season premieres in October, as always, and Comic Con has delivered a big, rip-roaring trailer!

Looks good to me! Bring on the war!

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I Am Loving This Modern Orc Cop Movie!

I love the premise of the movie Bright, coming out soon on Netflix. It’s a premise I’ve actually given some thought to writing in the past: put the conventions of medieval fantasy into a modern day setting. So here we have Will Smith teaming up with a rookie orc cop investigating some eleven mysteries. Just see for yourself.

Brilliant! Orcs, elves, magic wands in a real world, Training Day-esque setting. Sign me up! Make this movie happen and come out soon! Sadly, December is not soon enough.

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