Comic Reviews: Lake of Fire and Wonder Woman!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

lake-of-fire-issue-1Lake of Fire #1 (Image Comics)

Once again, Image Comics has been putting out a seemingly endless stream of new first issues. Thanks to their new Image Plus magazine, there’s less of a risk involved in plunking down your hard earned cash if you’re curious about checking a new series out. While I’m always hesitant to throw yet another new comic onto my already bursting pull list, when I heard the pitch for Nathan Fairbairn and Matt Smith’s Lake of Fire, I knew I was in: Crusade era knights vs. Aliens! How could I say no? Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Tick!

the-tick-img-1200x1200The Tick (2016)

Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry

Directed by: Wally Pfifster

After a stellar Fox Kids cartoon and a short-lived live action series in the early 00’s, you wouldn’t be wrong in asking “why?” after hearing about a new Tick series. But what’s old is new again, and Amazon has come along to try and give the big blue superhero another go. One of the Amazon Prime “Pilot Shows”, the Ben Edlund written pilot is an interesting take on the character and his world, but in the end, the 30 minute run time simply isn’t enough to cover all the ground Edlund wants to. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Supergirl Rebirth and The Fallen!

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Supergirl-DC-Rebirth-Issue-1Supergirl Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

It’s pretty strange that DC didn’t have a Supergirl series on the racks when her TV show debuted last year. Luckily for them though, DC Rebirth is here to give new Supergirl fans an easy entry point into the Girl of Steel’s comic book adventures. Written by Steve Orlando and drawn by Emanuela Lupacchino, Supergirl Rebirth is the perfect jumping on point for fans of the TV series, even if it does go a little too fast. Read the rest of this entry

Boston Comic Con 2016!

13882320_10102153283564381_1947982672914352224_nThis past weekend was Boston Comic Con 2016, and what a time it was. Amid the throngs of Harley Quinns (the Suicide Squad movie version is the new favorite folks) and Deadpools were some pretty awesome creators, actors, and vendors. While it was a balmy 80 degrees (with what felt like 92% humidity) inside of the convention center, the near tropical conditions didn’t damper my expectations one bit.

The lines, however, were a different story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: All-Star Batman and The Accused!

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AllStarRebirthBats-854f7All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics)  

After months away from the Dark Knight, superstar writer Scott Snyder has returned with All-Star Batman. Teaming Snyder with a rotating superstar artist, this series has all of the makings for something truly special. I’m a huge fan of Snyder’s run on Batman, but that run really only scratched the surface of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery. With All-Star, Snyder’s putting the focus on Two-Face, the man who was once Harvey Dent, and with John Romita Jr. on the art for this arc, All-Star is a great return for the writer that goes into some pretty interesting places you wouldn’t expect. Read the rest of this entry

Marvel vs. DC: A Modern Day Throwdown

marvel_vs_dc_poster_by_deffectx-d95a5a8I know what you’re thinking: “really, an article about Marvel Vs. DC movies? Again?”

Well hold your horses pal, cause this isn’t that kind of article. While the internet would have you believe that I’d be comparing the Marvel Studios films to the just starting up DC films from Warner Bros, I’m looking at the real battle that’s been raging for decades: the comics. Like everything, the battle between Marvel and DC has ebbed and flowed in favor of either side, and both publishers have always had their strengths and weaknesses. So today we’re going to look at the two publishers in key categories: characters, writers, artists, and direction. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Suicide Squad!

Suicide_Squad_(film)_PosterSuicide Squad (2016)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney

Directed by: David Ayer

MINOR SPOILERS

Now more than ever, Suicide Squad needs to be a hit. After the “successful failure” of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, all eyes are on David Ayers’ new superhero film. The second of Warner Bros’ DC films, Suicide Squad would be a risky move regardless of how Batman V Superman was received. From the Joker’s tattoos to the look of some of the characters, there was plenty to be worried about when it came to this movie. It’s focused on a team of villains that we’ve largely never met before, and it’s going to be the second move that WB releases for their DC movies? Add in the news of reshoots and poor to mixed early reviews, it’s no surprise that some people are very hesitant to give WB another chance with their hard-earned dollars. And while they are right to be a little hesitant, Suicide Squad’s real strength lies in its characters. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Suicide Squad Rebirth and Kill or Be Killed!

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SSQUADREB-Cv1-tan-cffecSuicide Squad Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

You may or may not know, but the Suicide Squad movie hits this week. So what better time to roll out Suicide Squad Rebirth, the latest DC Rebirth special to grab new readers? DC is well aware of the added interest on the Suicide Squad now, and they’ve tapped Rob Williams and Phillip Tan to write and draw the new series. Legendary artist Jim Lee (yes, that Jim Lee), will be handling the regular issues as well, but let’s be honest, asking him to handle the Rebirth issue and the first issue was never going to happen (I’ll be amazed if he’ll be able to handle the first issue to be honest). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Old Man Logan and Red Hood And The Outlaws Rebirth!

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OML2016009_covOld Man Logan #9 (Marvel Comics)

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan has been an interesting series to read. It started off as an assumed sequel to the classic Mark Millar and Steve McNiven series, but as it’s continued, we’ve slowly learned that this isn’t truly the case. This is a Wolverine from a different future, as none of the events that are currently happening in the Marvel universe have happened in his timeline. While it’s easy to say that this was made to make the original Old Man Logan just another “possible future” in the Marvel Universe, it also adds to the story of the man who was Wolverine. Not only is he a man from the future trapped in the past, he’s now a man stuck in a universe that’s not even his. It’s an extra dose of pain and sadness to the character, and that theme continues in Old Man Logan #9, which starts off the “The Last Ronin” storyline. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Batman: The Killing Joke


Batman-The-Killing-joke-movie-posterBatman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Starring: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise

Directed By: Sam Liu

SPOILERS

Reuniting Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as Joker and Batman, The Killing Joke is one of the most hyped up DC releases of the year. However, it’s also one of the most controversial releases as well, and not because of what you’d expect (okay, it’s also partially because of that too). Bringing back Hamill and Conroy (as well as Tara Strong as Batgirl), Killing Joke is a faithful adaptation of the Batman/Joker story, but the additional material added to pad out the run time sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s so disjointed that I’m actually going to split up the review score. It’s that jarring. Read the rest of this entry

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