Things sure escalated all over the Marvel and DC Universes in the month of August. There was so much going on it was tough to keep track of it all. From the debut of the JSA and Legion of Super-Heroes, Absolute Carnage terrifying start, Bane killing one of Batman Family members and learning about the true catalyst behind House of X and Powers of X, there was no shortage of big things going on this month. And those were just some of the notable moments in this packed month. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest things that happened at Marvel and DC Comics in August 2019.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1
Spider-Man needs to stay away from “volunteering” for magic tricks. Especially those that involve Carnage throwing him through a door to “magically” open it.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2
Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have gone all in on the horror aspect of Absolute Carnage. This scene with Miles Morales screaming for Eddie Brock to save him as Carnage turns him into one of his symbiotes was absolutely chilling.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28
August was sure filled with surprises for Spider-Man. The last thing that Spider-Man thought would happen was the new Sinister Syndicate villain group to come to his rescue.
It didn’t take long for Barbara Gordon to make a new costume. This one combines all of the versions since the New 52 into a brand new Batgirl costume. The choices in what parts of various costumes were done in putting this new costume together was a good one. Hopefull it is this is the new one moving forward.
Scarecrow has always been an odd character. The way he told Flashpoint Batman he wanted to be taken in just continues that fact.
This is a moment that truly feels like everything about Batman has changed. As long as Tom King and DC Comics go through with this actually happening, then Bane killing Alfred will go down as one of the biggest moments in Batman’s long history.
Shazam being turned into one of Batman Who Laughs’ Dark Multiverse warriors is one of the most interesting things to happen to the character. As the first major hero to be turned there is a lot of potential to explore how Shazam is now a key player for whatever direction the DC Universe is going in as a whole.
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #4
It’s been far too long since we got a good Casey Jones moment. The Laughing Man reaction was perfect for showing how silly Casey’s catchphrase is.
BLACK CAT #3
Black Cat’s Bad Luck superpower has fluctuated with how powerful it is. Now that she has her own ongoing series it looks like Black Cat’s power has now increased to be able to combat magic.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #13
When will people learn that no matter how many people you surround Captain America with that Steve Rogers will always be the last guy standing
CAPTAIN MARVEL #9
The elevation of Captain Marvel continues as she now has her very own Marvel Cave. This definitely makes her a cooler character.
Elektra should be able to provide Matt Murdock with the kick in the butt he needs after Spider-Man previously made him face the truth about his current state.
It shows you how bad things are right now in the DCeased version of the DC Universe that Superman has had to keep his x-ray vision active since the event started.
The dynamic between Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen is something I’m surprised hasn’t been explored more outside the Spider-Verse crossovers. Maybe now that Spider-Gwen is part of the main Marvel Universe we will get more chances at that.
GO GO POWER RANGERS #22
The Blue Emissary showing up again brings the perspective how universe shattering Shattered Grid was as Jason learning about that event changes a lot of things about the Power Rangers continuity.
THE GREEN LANTERN #10
We all know that Grant Morrison that there is no limits to his imagination. This origin story for the Green Lantern of Earth-47 is just another example of that.
HOUSE OF X #2
Moira MacTaggert has been the surprise star of both House of X and Powers of X thanks to the revelation of her mutant powers that allows her to be resurrected, in the process rebooting the Marvel Universe while still remembering her past life. Moira’s seventh life where she basically became a Black Widow-like assassin was possibly her most badass life.
HOUSE OF X #3
This back-and-forth between the X-Men before they go out on a suicide mission was fascinating as they question if scientist who create possible weapons of mass destruction are innocent even if they’re not the ones that pull the trigger.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
Seeing Justice Society of America in their classic costumes makes the DC Universe as a whole complete.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14
Wonder Woman needs to relax a bit more or else she’ll keep having these hellish dreams about the magic world she is now involved in.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #42
The White Ranger powers providing Tommy Oliver with an unlimited supply of energy, even when not morphed, is a cool change that furthers the concept of Tommy’s new powers based around the light of all that is good.
POWERS OF X #2
The handshake that has shaped the way the current X-Men continuity in House of X and Powers of X went. Something you never thought would happen and is just as epic as it should be.
POWERS OF X #3
This might be the most important action Wolverine has ever done as he has given the X-Men a fighting chance for their new future.
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #6
Miles Morales has shown himself worthy of carrying on the Spider-Man name already. This passing of the torch moment was incredibly touching as it is something this version of Peter Parker clearly intended to do eventually. Mary Jane doing this was equally important and Miles clearly knows how big of a deal this was.
The Legion of Super-Heroes return comes across as the big moment it should for the DC Universe. They are part of what helps to highlight the strong legacy that exists within the DCU.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #97
Jennika’s development has been expertly handled thus far. She was already an interesting character. Now that she is the fifth Ninja Turtle the potential for her character growth is unlimited.
VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #2
Jane Foster being forced to destroy Dragonfang, Brunnhilde’s sword, was a shocking moment. It was also one that showed that Jane will do what she must to keep the universe safe from others misusing powerful weapons like Dragonfang Sword.
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