Detroit League Assembled

 

THE JLD

In the early 80s one of DC’s landmark teams underwent a major membership shift. The venerable Justice League of America would see most of its legendary team leave and be replaced with a roster of less renowned characters. To comic book fans this team would come to be known as Justice League Detroit, or the Detroit League.

Under the guidance of Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton Aquaman would dissolve the existing League and reform the team with heroes who could devote themselves full-time. Aquaman would be joined by Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Elongated Man, Vixen, Gypsy, Vibe, and Steel.

While it may not be as highly recognized as the satellite era League, or the Grant Morrison Magnificent Seven League, the Detroit League does have fans who have some fondness for this team. Those fans, and readers who haven’t had the chance to read the Detroit era, can look forward to an Omnibus collection of their adventures coming out next year.

Justice League: The Detroit Era Omnibus will be an 800 page collection due for release on January 16th, 2018.

DAISY RIDLEY WON’T SPILL ON THE LAST JEDI

Everybody wants to know what happens in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Daisy Ridley can’t escape it. Her Murder on the Orient Express co-star, Josh Gad, posted an Instagram video where he, Penélope Cruz, and even J.J. Abrams tries to get her to spill the beans.

 

We’re all waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to open December 15, 2017.

REVIEW : DOCTOR STRANGE # 15

EYE OF THE STORM

In the wake of the battle against the Empirikul, magic has been nearly destroyed. Dr. Strange is scavenging what remaining mystical artifacts he can get his hands on so that he can fight for survival against his enemies that are coming after him when he is at his weakest.

In his latest encounter, Stephen is being taken on harrowing cab ride by The Orb. When the Watcher was killed during ORIGINAL SIN, his eyes were removed and one of them came into the possession of Orb. Now the Orb is on a mission to not just watch people, but to also help them reach their full potential, in a twisted sort of way. And he’s taking Dr. Strange along for the ride.

The issue beings with Strange and the Orb pulling up and interrupting a group of men about to take revenge on someone who stole everything that they had. The men run off, but the Orb explains that this guy, Reggie, has it coming to him. So the Orb runs over Reggie and then drives off.

For their next stop, The Orb parks the cab on the side of an apartment complex and walks up to someone’s open window. Orb looks in on a sleeping resident and tells him that his neighbors don’t like him and that he should kill them all. A suggestion that seems to take hold in the man’s dream state.

While the Orb is out Dr. Strange breaks free from the back of the cab. Strange attacks the Orb only to be subdued and tied to the hood of the cab. The Orb drives Strange to some back alley where there is a pile of dead animals, and Mister Misery, The Thing in the Cellar that Dr. Strange kept in the basement of the Sanctum Sanctorum and deposited all the pain and suffering that using magic caused into. It was freed during the Empirikul’s assault and now it wants revenge.

Just as Dr. Strange is gearing up to fight Mister Misery, Baron Mordo arrives and attacks Misery. If anyone is going to murder Dr. Strange it will be Mordo. And just as Mordo steps in, the Orb blasts Mordo. Now Mister Misery, Baron Mordo, and the Orb are jockeying to be the one to kill Dr. Strange. And before the throw down can start one of Dr. Strange’s most powerful enemy shows up to kill Strange himself.

The “world” of the current Doctor Strange run is weird and unique. Strange finds himself having to take a hands on approach that makes the book a mix of fantasy/adventure, suburban horror, and maybe even a little Harry Potter. Doctor Strange continues to be one of my favorite comic books. The creative team has been wonderful. I look forward to it every month. It’s one of the first comics that I read off the pile.

Doctor Strange # 15 is a must buy comic.

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