Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

MINOR SPOILERS

With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Black Panther and The Flash!

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Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative is designed to give new and unique jumping on points for their stable of characters, and nowhere is that more apparent than with Black Panther #1. While this new number one still has writer Ta-Nehisi Coates onboard, it boasts a new artist in Daniel Acuna, and a brand new location: space. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Deadpool 2!

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Directed By: David Leitch

SPOILER FREE

It’s hard enough to come up with a good comic book movie sequel, let alone a comedy movie sequel, so the announcement that Deadpool would be a getting a number two, while unsurprising, was one that made me a little worried. The original film was a hilarious surprise, especially since I was becoming a little burnt out on the character in the comics. But amazingly, Deadpool 2 is able to surpass the comedy sequel curse and present a new adventure for the Merc with a Mouth that is equal parts hilarious, action-packed, and surprisingly moving too. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superman Special and Quicksilver: No Surrender!

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With Brian Michael Bendis taking over the Superman books at the end of the month, DC has given the creative teams of Superman and Action Comics the chance to wrap up any loose ends before Bendis’ arrival on the books. That means the Superman Special features the usual creative team of Peter J Thomasi and Patrick Gleason (with Scott Godlewski on art) tackling one of the last loose ends of their run: Dinosaur Island. Jumping back into that location leads to an issue that contains all of the action, heart, and humor that you’ve come to love from their run. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Venom and Justice League: No Justice!

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The Marvel relaunch train is gearing up, and after last week’s Avengers #1, we’ve now got the Lethal Protector himself, Venom, getting a brand new shiny #1. But like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes before him, the appeal of the creative team helps offset any quibbles one would have over the renumbering. Rising star Donny Cates is at the writing table, and Marvel artist supreme Ryan Stegman is handling the art, which means that we’re in for a very different, and very cool, new take on Venom. Read the rest of this entry

Where Does The MCU Go From Here?

18lpba4iranvwjpgThe following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You’ve had two weeks now, so you’ve got no excuses if you start reading this without seeing the movie!

By all accounts, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty resounding success. While not as critically acclaimed as the previous Marvel Studios films, it’s still sitting pretty at an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s had a pretty immediate hold on the pop culture landscape since release. Of course, it’s also the highest opening weekend of all time, beating out The Force Awakens. But the real question remains after the credits roll is this : what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Avengers and DC Nation!

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You may have heard that the Avengers have a new movie out, so unsurprisingly Marvel is putting out a brand new #1 of Avengers with a new creative team in the hopes of catching that elusive “new reader” who’s interested in checking out the comics after watching Infinity War. While a new #1 is par for the course when it comes to Marvel, the fact that Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are the creative team for Avengers #1 is enough to make you pause and take notice, and with a team roster that includes the original “Big Three” as well as Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Ghost Rider, well, that’s just weird enough to make this title stand out. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: God of War

xgod-of-war-ps4.png.pagespeed.ic.Dw9BUhezO-When it was announced that Santa Monica Studios would be dipping into the world of God Of War for a fourth entry, I, like many, just assumed we’d be getting the same game as the previous entries in the franchise, but in a new mythological setting. But when I started up the fourth entry in the series, simply titled God of War, I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to get. Gone is the intense, action packed uber violent combat. In its place is an over the shoulder, tightly focused evasive style of fighting, albeit one that is still violent. The main character, Kratos, isn’t even interested in hunting down the gods of the new Nordic realm that he’s made a life in. In fact, the main crux of the story of this new entry is his quest to bring his wife’s ashes to the highest peak in the realm. Alongside his son, Atreus, Kratos makes the long journey to the peak, all while new enemies try to prevent him from reaching his goal. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War!

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Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo

SPOILER FREE

Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.

But in a lot of ways it does. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Hunt for Wolverine and X-Files: Case Files

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Hunt for Wolverine #1 (Marvel Comics)

Like all dead Marvel characters, it’s time for the original Wolverine to make his grand return to the comic racks. As the start of five (yup, FIVE) mini-series, The Hunt For Wolverine‘s one-shot special sets the stage well for the return of the feral mutant, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as it’s written and drawn by Charles Soule and David Marquez, two of Marvel’s best creators. That leads to a pretty solid stand alone issue that has a surprising amount of emotion behind it. Read the rest of this entry