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AGENT 47 BIRTH OF HITMAN #6 CVR D 20 COPY LAU VIRGIN INCV (N
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 RAMOS CONNECTING VAR
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #20
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #2 (OF 5)
AQUAMAN #37
AQUAMAN #37 VAR ED
ARCHIES SUPERTEENS VS CRUSADERS #1 CVR A CONNECTING CVR 1
ARCHIES SUPERTEENS VS CRUSADERS #1 CVR B GRUMMETT
AVENGERS #3
AVENGERS #3 ART ADAMS VAR
BARBARELLA #7 CVR A BILLY
BARBARELLA #7 CVR B SHERMAN
BARBARELLA #7 CVR F 10 COPY BILLY B&W INCV  
BARBARELLA #7 CVR G 20 COPY HDR B&W INCV  
BARBARELLA #7 CVR H 30 COPY TIMPANO VIRGIN INCV  
BATMAN #49
BATMAN #49 VAR ED
BATMAN PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING RED HOOD VS ANARKY #1
BATMAN SINS OF THE FATHER #5 (OF 6)
BATMAN THE DARK PRINCE CHARMING HC BOOK 02 (OF 2)
BATWOMAN #16
BATWOMAN #16 VAR ED
BATWOMAN #16 VAR ED
BEEF #5 (OF 5)
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #7 BONDAGE
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #7 WRAP
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #20
BLACK HAMMER AGE OF DOOM #3 MAIN CVR
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BLACK SABLE #6 (OF 6) CVR C REYES
BRAVE & THE BOLD BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #5 (OF 6)
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BSG VS BSG #6 (OF 6) CVR G 30 COPY LEBOWITZ VIRGIN INCV (NET
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CABLE #158
CAPTAIN AMERICA #704
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CATALYST PRIME SUPERB #10
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CHAMPIONS #21
CRUDE #3
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DAMAGE #6
DAREDEVIL #604
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #6 (OF 8)
DAYS OF HATE #6 (OF 12)
DEADLY CLASS #35 CVR A CRAIG
DEADLY CLASS #35 CVR B SCALERA
DEATHBED #5 (OF 6)
DELTA 13 #2 CVR A JONES
DOCTOR STRANGE #2
ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #2 (OF 5)
ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #2 (OF 5) VAR POPE CVR
EVOLUTION #7
FENCE #7
FLAVOR #2 CVR A CLARK & BONVILLAIN
FRUIT NINJA ANCIENT ORIGINS #1 CVR A MAIN COVER REMY EISU""
FRUIT NINJA ANCIENT ORIGINS #1 CVR B TEAM PHOTO HALFBRICK ST
FRUIT NINJA ANCIENT ORIGINS #1 CVR C TRUFFLES THE PIG HALFBR
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #11
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #11 VAR ED
GIDEON FALLS #4 CVR A SORRENTINO
GIDEON FALLS #4 CVR B NGUYEN
GOD COMPLEX #6
GREEN HORNET #4 CVR A MCKONE
GREEN HORNET #4 CVR C 10 COPY MCKONE B&W INCV
GREEN HORNET #4 CVR D 20 CHOI VIRGIN INCV
GREEN LANTERNS #49
GREEN LANTERNS #49 VAR ED
HARLEY QUINN #44
HARLEY QUINN #44 VAR ED
HIT-GIRL #5 CVR A RISSO
HIT-GIRL #5 CVR B B&W RISSO
HIT-GIRL #5 CVR C KERSCHL
HIT-GIRL #5 CVR D YILDIRIM
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #1 (OF 4) 2ND PTG GUICE V
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #2 (OF 4)
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #2 (OF 4) SANDOVAL VAR
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE WEAPON LOST #1 (OF 4) BUFFAGNI 2ND PTG VA
INFIDEL #4 (OF 5) CVR A CAMPBELL
INFIDEL #4 (OF 5) CVR B SHIMIZU
INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW #1
INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW #1 DEL MUNDO YOUNG GUNS VAR
INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW #1 SEINKIEWICZ VAR
INFINITY COUNTDOWN CHAMPIONS #1 (OF 2)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN CHAMPIONS DEODATO VAR #1 (OF 2)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN DARKHAWK #2 (OF 4)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN DARKHAWK #2 (OF 4) MCKONE HEADSHOT VAR
INJUSTICE 2 #28
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #5 (OF 5) CVR A CASAS  (
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #5 (OF 5) CVR B TBD (C: 0-0-
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JIM HENSON FRAGGLE ROCK #2 MAIN
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JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #396 (C: 0-0-1)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 GIFT VARIANT
JUSTICE LEAGUE #2
JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 JIM LEE PENCIL VAR
JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 VAR ED
LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 CVR A  LA TORRE & MAIOLO
LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 CVR B SARRASECA
LUMBERJANES #50
MAD MAGAZINE #2
MAE VOL 2 #1
MAN OF STEEL #4 (OF 6)
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 25 COPY VILLA INCV SG
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 MAIN SG
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 SUBSCRIPTION GIBSON VAR SG
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MOONSHINE #11 CVR B GRAMPA
MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #2 CVR A GARBOWSKA
MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #2 CVR B MURPHY
NEW CHALLENGERS #2 (OF 6)
NINJA-K #8 CVR A ZONJIC
NINJA-K #8 CVR B QUAH
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 GARRON VAR
PLANET OF THE APES URSUS #6 MAIN & MIX
PUNKS NOT DEAD #5 CVR A SIMMONDS
RED SONJA TARZAN #2 CVR F 20 COPY DAVILA B&W INCV
RICK & MORTY PRESENTS KROMBOPULOUS MICHAEL #1 CVR A
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RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6) ADAMS VAR
RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6) GAME VAR
RUNAWAYS #10
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #93
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SHANGHAI RED #1 CVR A HIXSON & OTSMANE-ELHAOU
SHANGHAI RED #1 CVR B BOSS
SIMPSONS COMICS #244
SKYWARD #3
SPIDER-GWEN #33
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #34
SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #6
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #28
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #17
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TAARNA #2 CVR B ACHILLEOS (C: 0-0-1)
TEEN TITANS GO #28
TMNT UNIVERSE #23 10 COPY INCV  
TMNT UNIVERSE #23 CVR A WILLIAMS II
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TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #2 10 COPY INCV  
TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #2 CVR A FOSCO
TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #2 CVR B LARSEN
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 ADI ARMOR VAR
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 BLANK VAR
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 CONNECTING PARTY VAR
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TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 PARTY SKETCH VAR
TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 PREMIERE VAR
TRUE BELIEVERS ANT-MAN INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DOOM #1
TRUE BELIEVERS SCOTT LANG ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1
TRUMPS TITANS VS DARK DONALDS MENTAL #1 CVR B THE DONALD WHO
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USAGI YOJIMBO #4 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN
VENOM #1 2ND PTG STEGMAN VAR
VENOM #2
WAYWARD #26 CVR A CUMMINGS & BONVILLAIN
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WEAPON H #4
WILD STORM #14
WILD STORM #14 VAR ED
WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #2 (OF 5)
WWE #18
X-MEN GOLD #26 2ND PTG MARQUEZ VAR
X-MEN GOLD #30
X-MEN GOLD #30 JSC CLASSIFIED VAR
X-MEN GOLD #30 JSC KITTY & COLOSSUS VAR

NEW BOOKS / TRADES / HCs / COLLECTION and such
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN WORLDWIDE TP VOL 08
BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS TP VOL 06 FALL OF THE BATMEN REBIRTH
DARK NIGHTS METAL DARK NIGHTS RISING HC
DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES TP VOL 01 GOD OF MAGIC
DOMINATRIX HELLBENT IN HEELS OGN
EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE HC
FLASHPOINT UNWRAPPED HC
GIRL SECOND COMING VOL 01 (CURR PTG) (A)
HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 STRANGE PLACES
HIPPIE CHIXX (A)
HIT-GIRL TP VOL 01
ICE CREAM MAN TP VOL 01 RAINBOW SPRINKLES
INVINCIBLE HC VOL 12 ULTIMATE COLL
JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 06 PEOPLE VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
KISS DEMON TP
LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA DLX ED HC
LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC
LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TP VOL 04
RICANSTRUCTION REMINISCING & REBUILDING PUERTO RICO TP
SON OF HITLER HC  
SPACE RIDERS TP VOL 02 GALAXY OF BRUTALITY
SPAWN THE SATAN WARS TP
STAR WARS ADVENTURES TP VOL 03 ENDANGERED
TRINITY TP VOL 02 DEAD SPACE REBIRTH
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 08 MY BEST FRIENDS SQUIRREL
VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 01
WEAPON X TP VOL 03 MODERN WARFARE
WOLVERINE SAVAGE ORIGINS TP

NEW TOYS / TRINKETS / BAUBLES & FUN
B V S BATMAN SYMBOL T/S LG
GUNDAM BUILD DIVERS SERAVEE GUNDAM SCHEHERAZDE MDL KIT
GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS PETITTGGUY CHARAGGUY MOMO MDL KIT (NET
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MARVEL GALLERY BLACK PANTHER MOVIE KILLMONGER PVC FIGURE (C:
MARVEL GALLERY BLACK WIDOW COMIC PVC FIGURE
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STAR WARS STORMTROOPER 1/12 MDL KIT  
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 BAGLEY VAR LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 BRADSHAW VAR LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 CASSADAY VAR LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 CHO VAR LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 DODSON VAR LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 FRENZ VAR
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 LAND VAR LEG
ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01
ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 02
AVENGERS #1 2ND PTG MCGUINNESS VAR
BATMAN REBIRTH DLX COLL HC BOOK 02
BATMAN THE CULT TP
BATMAN TP VOL 01 I AM GOTHAM (REBIRTH)
BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 02
BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 03
BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 04 FAMILY HISTORY
BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 05
BLACK HAMMER AGE OF DOOM #2 MAIN CVR
BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS
BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF WAKANDA #6 VELLUTO VAR
BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER
BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 02 WELCOME NOWHERE
COMICARE SILVER PE BAGS (ORDER IN 100)
DARK DAYS THE ROAD TO METAL HC
DEATHSTROKE TP VOL 01 THE PROFESSIONAL (REBIRTH)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2 (OF 12) 2ND PTG
FLASHPOINT TP
GO GO POWER RANGERS #4 MAIN & MIX
GO GO POWER RANGERS #8 2ND PTG
GOTG BY ABNETT AND LANNING COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01
GREEN LANTERN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 05 TWILIGHT OT GUARDIANS REBIRTH
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #4 (OF 5) KUDER CONNECTING VAR
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #4 (OF 5) LIM VAR
INJUSTICE 2 #27
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 24 END OF ALL THINGS PART 1
JESSICA JONES TP VOL 01 UNCAGED
JUPITER JET #1 CVR B MATSUYA
JUPITER JET #2 CVR A MATSUYA
JUPITER JET #3
JUPITER JET #4
JUPITER JET #5 CVR B BALTAZAR
LEGEND OF KORRA TP VOL 02 TURF WARS PT 2
LEGEND OF ZELDA HYRULE HISTORIA HC
LOOKERS EMBER #5 GGA HOMAGE
LOOKERS EMBER #6 AQUATIC BIKINI
LOOKERS EMBER #7 SEXY SPIES
MAGE HERO DENIED #6 (OF 15)
MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 ALIEN NATION
MOONSHINE #10 CVR A RISSO
MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 01
MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 10
MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 12
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #64 CVR A PRICE
NIGHTWING #45
NINJA-K #2 CVR B TROYA
ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 01
ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 12
ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 13
PREVIEWS #357 JUNE 2018 CUSTOMER ORDER FORM EXTRAS
PUNISHER MAX TP COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01
RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #4 (OF 12)
RICANSTRUCTION REMINISCING & REBUILDING PUERTO RICO TP
RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6) ADAMS VAR
SAGA TP VOL 01
SHAZAM TP VOL 01 (N52)
SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN #2 CVR A CASSADAY
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #2 2ND PTG
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #33 LEG
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 ITSY BITSY
STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 01 IMPERIAL MACH
STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 03 SHU TORUN WAR
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #20
STAR WARS POE DAMERON TP VOL 01 BLACK SQUADRON
TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 02
TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 01
TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 02
TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 03
TOKYO GHOUL RE GN VOL 01
VOID TRIP TP
WATCHMEN TP NEW ED
WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 02 FANDEMONIUM
WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP
WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 THE LIES (REBIRTH)

Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)

Comic Review: Hawkman #1

 

Hawkman01_CVR_5aa86edec27280.38883189Hawkman #1 (DC Comics)

Of all of the superheroes in comics, none have quite the convoluted history like Hawkman. He started as an adventurer, then became a space cop, then became a constantly resurrected hero, and now has ties to the events of Metal. Many great writers and artists have tried their hand at making sense of him, and while some have had more success than others, true lasting success has eluded the character. But now, with a brand new start from writer Robert Venditti and artist Bryan Hitch, the tide could (and should) start to turn in Carter Hall's favor, because Hawkman #1 is an absolute blast.

Newly freed from the dark multiverse of Metal, Carter Hall has jumped right back into his adventuring lifestyle, scouring the globe for mythical artifacts that hold the key to his long and varied life. After doing battle with a giant ape Golem, Hawkman visits Madame Xanadu, hoping she can unlock the mysteries of his various past lives. What Carter Hall finds though is a pretty shocking revelation: his resurrections aren't just throughout time, but also throughout dimensions, meaning that every experience he's ever had has actually been him doing them, and not some false dream or distant ancestor. These past lives all have a connection to Carter Hall's reason for protecting Earth, but what could it mean?

Credit goes to Robert Venditti for crafting an excellent first issue for this character. Hawkman #1 is an extremely new-reader friendly book, which is nothing short of a miracle when you do a quick wikipedia search of the character's long (and confusing) history. Venditti crafts Carter Hall in the same mold as adventurers like Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake, albeit one that can sprout wings and fly around the artifacts he's looking for. Not only that, but he's able to take the many different origins of Hall and make them not only make sense, but turn them into a compelling mystery that drives the issue.

Adding to the fun of this issue is Bryan Hitch's artwork, which has honestly never looked better. Hitch, well-known for his larger than life bombast from books like The Ultimates and his own JLA series, brings a grand epic scope to the character, with large splash panels to highlight Hawkman's flight, and some pretty damn impressive monster designs too. It feels good to say that Hitch is finally back.

Simply put, I was blown away by how good Hawkman #1 was. For a character that's always seemed pretty impenetrable to me, Venditti and Hitch crafted a fantastic, easy to understand first issue that seems to be leading to some pretty huge things in the issues to come. Simply put, it's a comic that reminds you how awesome the medium is.

Comic Review: Stellar #1

 

Stellar #1 (Image Comics) Stellar_01-1

The life of an interstellar bounty hunter is a hard one, even when you have superpowers. That's the main takeaway from Stellar, the new Image series from Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins. There's been a considerable amount of hype for this new series from the publisher, starting with a pretty big marketing campaign a few months ago. But as it often goes with things that are hugely hyped up, the end result of Stellar #1 isn't quite as cool as it wants you to think it is.

Stellar is a bounty hunter who travels the galaxy collecting criminals for various planets. When one of her bounties is denied due to some recent changes in intergalactic bureaucracy, she brings him back to her home base where he's put to work as a slave. All the while we're shown flashbacks of Stellar's arrival on the planet, and the mysterious beings that followed her, seemingly from her race. It seems like Stellar's initial plan was to help overthrow this planet, but she eventually decided against it and turned to being a hero.But why?

That's not an answer we get in this opening issue, and to be honest, it's pretty annoying. While I commend writer Joseph Keatinge for not falling into the “first issue info dump” trap that many Image writers hit, at the same time, there's a frustrating amount of this world and characters that aren't explained, so much so that you'll find it hard to really care about Stellar's motivations or the people around her.

Bret Blevin's art, however, is pretty great. Blevin's style is both detailed and simple, and it's well suited for this series. There are some truly fantastic pages here from Blevins, and as good as the action sequences are, the best panels belong to Stellar's prisoner, who has some pretty hilarious facial expressions. The script may not deliver, but Blevin's art certainly does.

While some people may want to stick with Stellar, the lack of any concrete plot details didn't really hook me. It's a shame, because I was intrigued by the promotional materials I was seeing, but sadly the end result wasn't quite what I wanted. Oh well, knowing Image they'll have a few more new #1's coming shortly.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 23!

 

Waugh's Bag

Volume 7, Issue 23!

The Night He Came Home...Again!”

 

John Carpenter's Halloween is one of my all-time favorite movies. I could easily mark it down in my top five films of all time. It's a masterpiece of simplicity, and paved the way for an entirely new genre of horror movies. Unfortunately, a large amount of the other movies in the franchise suck. With the exception of Halloween II, H20: Twenty Years Later, and ...uh....the unrelated Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the other movies in the franchise not only cheapen the effectiveness of the original, they actually make The Shape himself, Michael Myers, less scary by trying to explain his motivations. But it looks like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's Halloween will finally buck the trend and give us a sequel that's truly worthy of being associated with the original.

 

Easily the coolest thing about this sequel is Jamie Lee Curtis' new take on Laurie Strode. The original “Final Girl”, this isn't the first time Curtis has returned to the franchise, but it does look like the return that will make the most impact. Forgetting the entirety of the franchise, Halloween (2018) instead shows us what life in Haddonfield, Illinois is like forty years after the terrifying night that Michael Myers wreaked havoc on the town. And in those four decades, Laurie Strode has raised a family, become a grandma, and has been training and waiting for the moment that she knew was coming: the return of Michael Myers.

 

One of the most controversial aspects of this new Halloween has been the decision to retcon the other movies in the franchise in service of this story. Honestly it seems like it's kind of the only way they could go about making this movie the way they wanted to, especially when Halloween: Resurrection made the criminal mistake of killing Laurie Strode in the opening moments of the movie (and let's be real, it's way cooler having Laurie preparing for revenge instead of going into hiding, afraid of Myers' return). But what makes this film the most intriguing is the fact that the new trailer goes to great lengths to explicitly say that Michael Myers is NOT Laurie Strodes' brother, a revelation that is actually introduced in Halloween II, and something that even John Carpenter is not the biggest fan of, even though he came up with it.

 

I'm honestly of two minds about this aspect of the film. On the one hand, I think it could be a misdirect being played by Green and McBride. In fact, it adds a lot of reality to the story of Halloween. If you had a crazy brother who murdered a bunch of people, wouldn't you try and tell people that it was a lie made up by the media and other people? I know I would. But on the other hand, if Laurie and Michael aren't related, it still serves the story, as Michael Myers could see Laurie as “the one that got away” so to speak, and wants to finish the job that's forty years in the making. Not to mention that having Michael being unrelated to Laurie just adds to the aura of him being pure evil, with no redeeming or sympathetic qualities.

 

Regardless of how the Laurie/Michael relationship pans out, I do know that Halloween has jumped to the top of my “Must-See List” for the remainder of 2018. To be perfectly honest, it's far upstaged any other movie that's coming out this year for me, and that's all due to the absolutely perfect trailer that I've watched at least seven times since it was released. All signs are pointing to this new iteration of Halloween being the sequel that the franchise has long deserved.

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