Comic Reviews: Batman: Damned and Return of Wolverine!

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DC’s put a lot of hype behind their new “Black Label” imprint, which allows some of the best creatives at the company full creative freedom behind their vast stable of characters. There’s books from Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and John Ridley coming our way, but the first up is Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. DC has a lot of expectations for this line of books, with the hope that this line will birth a new Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns. While it remains to be seen if Damned will reach those levels of popularity and acclaim, it’s definitely off to an intriguing, if strange, start. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: The Predator!

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Starring: Boyd Holbrooke, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane

Directed By: Shane Black

For being one of Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, The Predator sure hasn’t had very many great movies. Sure, the 1987 original is a classic, and I’ll always got to bat for Predators, the 2010 attempt at rebooting the franchise, but by and large ol’ mandible face has always had a tough time at the cineplex (I know there are some who’ll champion Predator II, but I’m not one of them). With that comes writer/director Shane Black’s attempt to launch a new series of films. After successes with Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys (not to mention writing Lethal Weapon and being in the original Predator as Hawkins), it would seem that Black’s off-center charm would be just the thing to reinvigorate the franchise.

Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case here. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Iceman and Archie 1941!

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After being canceled last year, many thought that Bobby Drake, also known as the X-Man Iceman, would be back to being relegated to the X-Men books. Luckily for fans of the cool mutant, Bobby is back in a new solo series, with his former writer Sina Grace and artist Nate Stockman. The series focuses on Bobby’s efforts to find out who’s hunting Morlocks for sport in the sewers of New York City. That sounds like a heavy comic, for sure, but surprisingly Grace and Stockman’s Iceman #1 is a really fun and engaging opening issue. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Spider-Man

41300386_10103429458374831_8657157444432035840_nSpider-Man has starred in his fair share of video games throughout the years, but the past few years have seen a steady decline in the quality of his interactive titles. The days of Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2 and Web of Shadows had all but disappeared by the time the Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie in game came around (a game that somehow pissed me off even more than the movie did). For a long time, it seemed like I’d have to settle for getting my web-swingin’ fix from the regular Lego Marvel games released every few years or so.

Until this past Friday, when Insomniac’s Spider-Man was released. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Asgardians of The Galaxy and Bordertown!

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Asgardians_of_the_GalaxyAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s a little strange that Marvel is putting out a title called Asgardians of the Galaxy after the release of Thor: Ragnarok, seeing as how the internet gave that nickname to the third Thor film. But here we are, with a new series that’s….supposed to replace Guardians of the Galaxy? Serve as a tie-in to Thor? I’m not entirely sure, but the opening issue from Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli is pretty fun, if a weird addition to Marvel’s publishing slate. Read the rest of this entry

Spotlight on Token’s Taproom!

39967430_10103407335125001_3273885606454755328_o.jpgBarcades are typically something you’d find in larger cities like Boston, New York, or Chicago, so having one in my hometown was a real treat. For a long time I’ve heard of these fabled locations that housed both arcade games and beer, but never got the chance to check them out. That is, until now, with the opening of Token’s Taproom. I don’t typically highlight local bars in these columns, but after stopping in two weeks in a row, I felt like I had to join the chorus of praise for this awesome place. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Venom The First Host and Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons!

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The current Venom run is doing some pretty incredible things with the character, exploring the history of the symbiote and it’s long connection with the universe. Which makes Venom: the First Host, a new miniseries from Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, a weird one. While it’s showing off a new part of the history of Eddie Brock’s “other”, the fact that we’re getting some additional “never before seen” history behind the creature at the same time as the current run on the character makes The First Host seem repetitive, and if I’m being honest, a little boring too. Read the rest of this entry

The State of The “Big Three” In 2018

stacks-of-comic-booksIt’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the three big publishers in comics, but every now and again it’s good to take stock at what Marvel, DC, and Image are putting out onto the shelves and play the “who’s doing it better?” game. Unlike years past, though, there’s actually no real clear winner when it comes to these publishers, as all of them, while having their faults, are putting out some really awesome material as of late. So lets look at the pros and cons of each publisher, and try to come up with some sort of consensus here. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: West Coast Avengers and Justice League Dark!

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With the Avengers getting a brand new relaunch, it was only a matter of time for their West Coast counterparts to make a return. While this sister team typically featured Avengers mainstays like Hawkeye and Iron Man, it was always a little sillier than the main team, and that’s a tone that’s still apparent with West Coast Avengers #1, the brand new start from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Stefano Caselli. Despite featuring a team of relatively new characters, West Coast Avengers #1 is still really charming, even though the team features Gwenpool, easily my least favorite new character Marvel has introduced. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Movie Wrap-Up!

RT_MoviePreview_FeaturedI’m calling it, Summer is over. Yes, it’s still minimum 75 degrees outside, but when it comes to the best part of the Summer, the movies, we’re in a stand still. From the big blockbusters to indie hits, the summer of 2018 has been one of the strongest in recent memory, but not all of them were slam dunk hits (sorry Solo). But at the end of the day, what movie stood tall among the pack of films? The answer may surprise you. Read the rest of this entry