Gold and Blue Team Assemble!

resurrxion-group-teaseLike most Marvel press releases, we now know the fallout of their next big event before it even began. Yes, the events of Inhumans vs. X-Men will lead to “RessurXion”, which will feature the return of the Gold and Blue teams of X-Men that were made popular in the 90’s. Until now we didn’t know who was going to be a part of these teams or the creative teams involved, but now we finally have an idea (and it probably hasn’t spoiled Inhumans vs. X-Men at all-not). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ghost Rider and Suicide Squad!

ghostrider1covermarcochecchettoGhost Rider #1 (Marvel Comics)

I’ll be honest; I wasn’t the biggest fan of All-New Ghost Rider. While I admired the art by Tradd Moore, the series that introduced Robbie Reyes to the world just didn’t do much for me. Maybe it was because Johnny Blaze will always be my favorite Ghost Rider, or maybe it was the fact that this time the Rider drove a muscle car instead of motorcycle, but something just didn’t click with me. Despite this, the Robbie Reyes version of the character has a pretty devoted following, and he’s returned with a brand new series written by Reyes create Felipe Smith, with art from Danillo Beyruth. Unfortunately this new series doesn’t do much to convince me to keep following this Rider’s adventures. Read the rest of this entry

Let Me Take You For A Ride?

55131_1_marvel-vs-capcom-4-rumored-psx-2016-reveal.jpgThe latest rumor to overtake the Internet is the possible reveal of Marvel vs. Capcom 4. After a mysterious “4” logo popped up on social media with the logos for Marvel and Capcom at the bottom, the video game community exploded into a frenzy. Some are believers, and others (like myself) are major doubters. But, if Marvel and Capcom were able to get together for another brawl, what would it look like? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: A.D. After Death and Venom!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

ad_after_death-promofinal_330_500_90A.D After Death #1 (of 3) (Image Comics)

There’s always a lot of hype surrounding a new series from Scott Snyder or Jeff Lemire individually, so you can imagine the kind of hype surrounding A.D. After Death. The first collaboration between two of comics’ biggest creators, A.D. tells the story of a world where death has been “cured”. A.D. After Death is an exploration of the relationship between humans and death, and it’s presented in a way that is very different from what I was expecting. No one has died in decades, and humanity lives in “cycles”. Relationships and jobs can last far longer than anyone ever imagined, but there’s a dark mystery surrounding the world. Read the rest of this entry

Oh The (In)Humani(TV)!

inhumansPoor, poor Inhumans, you never really had a chance, did you?

With the recent news that Marvel’s Inhumans movie will no longer be a movie and instead move to ABC as an 8 episode TV show, it’s hard to feel anything but a “shrug” over Marvel’s Royal Family. The last thing I’ll admit about Inhumans is being surprised. Okay, actually I take that back: I’m surprised that it’s going to be a TV show, but I’m not surprised that it’s not going to be a movie, even though this new IMAX deal for the first two episodes doesn’t “take the place of the previously unscheduled Inhumans movie” (confused? ME TOO!). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Thanos and Green Arrow!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

indexThanos #1 (Marvel Comics)

For the most part, super villain comics don’t usually work. It’s difficult to follow the adventures of a bad guy who’s more than likely going to lose by the series’ end. However, one of the few bright spots of Marvel’s recent output has been their focus on villain-centered comics. Magneto, Carnage, the Kingpin miniseries, and Infamous Iron Man have twisted the idea of who we should be rooting for in a fun way, and now it’s time for Marvel’s biggest bad to get the spotlight. With Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato at the reins, Thanos looks to have all the ingredients to make for a pretty good Marvel series. Read the rest of this entry

Pop Culture Pick Me Ups

imageIt’s been a tough week, to say the least. Without going into things, we’re all in a weird spot as a country, and a lot of us are genuinely confused as to what to do next. In times like these, a lot of us turn to different things that remind us of good in the world, or that we remember from our childhood. Comics, movies, toys, even video games can all help to take the sting off of reality for a little while, and it doesn’t hurt to remind people of this every once and a while. So here’s a few of my “Pop Culture Pick Me Ups” if you need some inspiration on where to look. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows and Batman TMNT Adventures!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

indexThe Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (Marvel Comics)

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows was one of the more successful Secret Wars tie-in series from last year, so it’s no surprise that Marvel would spin that series off into an ongoing. While this isn’t the return of the Peter Parker/Mary Jane marriage that many longtime Spidey fans have wanted (myself included), it does present a fun “What If” universe that isn’t that far off from what we currently get in the regular Marvel Universe. Under Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman, Renew Your Vows has been hyped as Marvel’s answer to DC’s former Lois & Clark series, and while it has a lot of that series’ same charms, it’s also a pretty great debut for a new Spider-Man series as well. Read the rest of this entry

An Open Letter To AMC

negan-walking-dead-bat-picMILD SPOILERS

Dear AMC,

I’m writing this to you as a fan. Whether you know it or not, your network is the gateway to people getting into comic books. I’ve lost count over how many people have walked into Jetpack Comics and asked for Walking Dead trades because they watch your show. But now that you’ve started the seventh season, I have to ask: why are you still resorting to cheap gimmicks? You know you don’t need to do that right? I mean, you guys beat Sunday Night Football last year. SUNDAY. NIGHT. FOOTBALL. That’s freaking unheard of. No show has ever done that. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Doctor Strange!

Doctor-Strange-Comic-Con-Poster.jpgDoctor Strange (2016)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Scott Derickson

MINOR SPOILERS

To say that Doctor Strange is a gamble for Marvel Studios is an understatement. Yes, this is the same studio that took The Guardians of the Galaxy from a bunch of “nerd only” characters into full-fledged mainstream hits, but amidst third installments in the Captain America and Thor franchises (as well as facing competition from WB’s DC films), starting up another character would seem like a risky move. But amazingly, Doctor Strange is another solid film from Marvel Studios that offers a ton of memorable moments, even if the story feels like one you’ve seen before. Read the rest of this entry