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Headsup: Swan Songs, Subtle Knives, and Adolescence

Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests that we note it provided a free copy of Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen – Part One, His Dark Materials, and All Star Superman for review purposes. The opinions I share are my own.

4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray cover for Justice League/RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen Part One. Features characters from both franchises.

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One finds the Justice League facing off against a new horror: adolescence! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen are surprised to find that not only have they materialized on a strange world called Remnant, but they’ve also been transformed into teenagers. Meanwhile, the heroes of Remnant – Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang – find their world has been mysteriously altered. Can the combined forces of the Justice League and Team RWBY return Remnant to normal before a superpowered Grimm destroys everything they know? – from Warner Brothers

Fans of either series will find it interesting what happens when the two groups cross paths. And if you’re not familiar with RWBY (I think everybody has at least some knowledge of the Justice League by this point) you will catch up. And character redesigns are always fun, not to mention de-aging the Justice League. This is an adaptation of the comic book limited series that came out a couple years ago. This release comes with two featurettes on the designs and the world of Remnant, as well as two Justice League episodes from various animated series. Fans will want to check it out in some form or fashion. Snag it from Amazon.

4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray cover for All-Star Superman (the animated movie). Features Superman and I guess the Sun behind him.

Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite, animated life in All-Star Superman. The film begins as the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) but, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act. – from Warner Brothers

You know, having this come across my desk, I wondered “Whatever happened to the All-Star imprint over at DC?” A short Googling later: oh, it folded after three titles. There you have it. Maybe the goddamn Batman killed it. Anyway. The combo of Morrison and Quitely delivered a comic that is much beloved by many, and those fans are probably going to want to check this out. It’s probably as faithful an adaptation of the story as you could get in animated form as a feature film. To go beyond this, you’d need to do it as a miniseries of some sort. This 4K release does actually have two new featurettes: one for behind-the-scenes and one for Morrison’s love of the Silver Age (they’re a huge fan). There’s also legacy material like the origins of the comic story as well as a look at Morrison’s original sketches. Plus: commentary from Morrison and Bruce Timm. Grab it over at Amazon.

Blu-Ray cover for His Dark Materials Season 3, featuring the main cast.

In the third season of His Dark Materials, based on The Amber Spyglass, the final novel in Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, Lyra, the prophesied child, and Will, the bearer of The Subtle Knife, must journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As her father’s great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price. – from Warner Brothers

Well, the final season of the show has come and gone…final because the trilogy of books has been covered. Will any of the other books Pullman has written in this universe show up as a spinoff? I mean…have you met HBO? Anyway, all eight episodes are here across two Blu-Ray discs. What is sadly lacking: any bonus materials of any kind. As a result, only the completist is going to feel compelled to snag this for their shelves. Procure it at Amazon.