Comic Reviews: Original Sin and The Walking Dead!

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 Original_Sin_0_CoverOriginal Sin #0 (Marvel Comics)

Original Sin kicks off this week with a special issue showcasing the past of Uatu the Watcher. Written by Mark Waid with art from Jim Cheung and Paco Medina, this prologue finds Nova searching out The Watcher to find out just why he does exactly what he does, and what makes him so integral to the Marvel Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Secret Agent Man

1397500147000-GRAYSON-COMICS-jy-3912-So Dick Grayson is going to be a secret agent.

Ooooooookay.

Yes, Nightwing is surviving Forever Evil (spoilersI guess), and is going to come out of it a very different character than when he went in. For one, his identity is out in the open (and still no one pieces together that Bruce Wayne might be Batman), and the world at large will believe he is dead. So what’s a presumed dead guy in the DC universe to do? Pull a Winter Soldier, of course!

Look, I don’t want to knock this new direction before I try it, but this seems really, really weird. As much as DC will probably deny it, this move does seem like a stretch, and this is coming from a guy who unabashedly loves the Flash Thompson Venom.  Maybe my apprehension stems from seeing Dick Grayson, a guy who’s been trained by the Batman himself, wielding a gun on the first promotional image. As far as I can remember, Dick Grayson’s never been against guns in the same way that Bruce Wayne is, but if someone has been trained by a man who directly tells his wards that “guns are the weapons of cowards”, I have a hard time believing that Dick would be all for grabbing the nearest pistol and taking out foreign bad guys.

Perhaps the thing the bothers me the most behind this new status quo is that it reeks of DC trying to pitch this as TV series concept.  It’s really not that far off if you think about. In many ways, a Grayson TV show could serve as their answer to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., except for the fact that Arrow is a sizeable hit for the CW, and they could just copy that show’s formula for a show focusing on Nightwing. If this does turn out to be the case, why use Dick? Why not re-do Human Target again, or make Jason Todd this new secret agent. At least his use of guns has been explained already.

I’ll give DC this, Grayson is at least a different idea, and sometimes different is good. Take a look at Superior Spider-Man, or replacing Batman with Dick Grayson. But sometimes change can be bad, like lady Ghost Rider or FrankenCastle bad (which, in fairness, I loved because of it’s badness). . If anything, I give this new direction a year, which is the standard for any big change in the comics medium. By then there’ll be some reason to explain away Dick’s sudden career change.

For example, maybe he’ll make a deal with the devil so everyone forgets his identity.

 

Comic Reviews: Superior Spider-Man and Sinestro!

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 Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_31_TextlessSuperior Spider-Man #31 (Marvel Comics)

Superior Spider-Man reaches its monumental finale with issue 31, and writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, alongside artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, don’t disappoint. Fans who have been waiting for Peter Parker to return to his body and bring the hurt to the Green Goblin will have plenty to cheer about, as the final issue serves as a great ending point for this chapter of the wall-crawler’s life. Read the rest of this entry

A (Kind Of) Cohesive DC Cinematic Universe

DAVID-GOYER_MAN-OF-STEEL_SEQUEL_SCRIPT_ZACK-SNYDER_WB_NOLANHooooo boy. I know I’ve gone on, and on, and on about my worries regarding Batman vs. Superman and WB’s plans for a DC Cinematic universe before, but the latest interview with David Goyer has gotten me all up in arms again.

In a recent interview with IGN, David Goyer, writer of Man of Steel, said this in regards to the rumors of Warner Bros.’ plans of creating a shared cinematic universe like Marvel:

I mean, it’s too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it’s really, really early. I’m not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I’m not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It’s just been vague conversations so far.”

Are. You. Kidding. Me. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal and All-New Doop!

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 batman_eternal_cover_art_a_pBatman Eternal #1

A weekly comic series is always a risky endeavor. Storylines could peter out, interest may wane, or, god forbid, the series could be canceled before it even finishes. I’ve never been one to follow them before.

But then I read the first issue of Batman Eternal, the first of three planned weekly series from DC. With a crew of storytellers with the names Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, and John Layman, and with an opening arc featuring art from the fantastic Jason Fabok, THIS is how you start off a weekly series, and fire up interest. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Capt2-Payoff-1-Sht-v8-Lg-c563dCaptain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlet t Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford

Directed By: Anthony and Joe Russo

MINOR SPOILERS

Let’s get this out of the way right now: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The follow up to Cap’s solo film and The Avengers isn’t just one of the best Marvel Studios films, but one of the best comic book movies of all time. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Inhuman and Green Arrow!

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InhumanInhuman #1 (Marvel Comics)

Inhuman #1 is the long delayed start of Marvel’s “next big thing”, and when I say it’s been delayed, I mean it’s been delayed.  At times it seemed like the book would never come out, and for once, it has nothing to do with Joe Madureira handling the art duties. After original writer Matt Fraction jumped ship over “creative differences”, new writer Charles Soule was brought on board to shed more light on the fallout from Black Bolt’s Terrigen bomb that blew up waaay back in Infinity.  However this caused the book (which was originally scheduled for January) to be pushed back 3 months so Soule could get a start on writing. After such a long wait, is Inhuman worth it?

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The Passing of the Whip

RaidersPoster_largeThe latest Disney Lucasfilm rumor has hit the interwebs, and it’s a doozy. No, it has nothing to do with that galaxy far, far away. This latest rumor has more to do with a certain Nazi-punching, whip cracking, treasure hunting badass, who happens to be one of my childhood heroes. Yes, the latest rumors of a restarted franchise center on the one and only Indiana Jones.

Surprising no one, Disney is looking to restart the Indiana Jones film series. While we’ve known the Harrison Ford wants to do another one, the most recent rumors go in the complete opposite of what we were all expecting. Disney is rumored to be looking to make a new Indiana Jones film…without Harrison Ford. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 4.2

TWD-S4B-Key-Art-796The Walking Dead is a conundrum. For the past two seasons, the big, world changing event (and major character death) has occurred primarily in the midseason finale, with the season finale being a mellower, kind of “meh” affair. Last season we got Rick and his team infiltrating Woodbury and Michonne’s battle with the Governor, followed by arguably the series’ low point, the Governor’s retaliation against the survivors at the prison. This season we got the confrontation we should’ve gotten between The Governor and Rick in December, and last night’s season finale, while not entirely giving us many answers with the “Terminus” plot line, has set up some interesting developments for next season, and has finally put Rick back into “bad ass mode”.   Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: All-New Ghost Rider and The Silver Surfer!

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 Ghost RiderAll- New Ghost Rider #1

To me, a Ghost Rider book needs to fill certain requirements: He needs to be on a badass bike, not be written like a redneck, and most importantly, be Johnny Blaze. For a book that doesn’t feature any of this, All-New Ghost Rider had to do a lot for me to pick up the second issue.  So imagine my surprise when I opened the pages of writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore’s Marvel Comics debut and ended up really enjoying it. It’s not a perfect debut issue of a series, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun, with a very engaging main character.

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