Monthly Archives: August 2013

Comic Reviews: Justice League and Deadpool!


 JLA_Cv7_R1_ujwy76ywta_Justice League #23

 “The Trinity War” has reached its conclusion, and I have to say, it certainly goes out with a bang. While some will have some gripes that this event merely served as a way to launch next month’s “Forever Evil” event, Justice League #23’s final installment in the mystery of Pandora’s Box is extremely entertaining and has me genuinely excited for next week’s Forever Evil.

Picking up immediately from last week’s Justice League Dark #23, the three Justice Leagues have reconvened in Athens at the Temple of Hephaestus.  While there, the heroes all fall prey to the influence of Pandora’s box, causing an amazing all out brawl between the three teams.  The motivations behind the attacks isn’t just due to the box making them “bad”, but from the secrets each hero is hiding from the other: Steve Trevor refuses to help the dying Superman because he’s holding a grudge for Wonder Woman ditching him for Supes, and Superman attacks Batman because he believes that Batman is trying to steal Wonder Woman from him. The list goes on, and it’s really cool to see these feelings come from the DC heroes, who by and large have always been depicted as, well, perfect. Read the rest of this entry

In Defense of Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben-Affleck1Ben Affleck is Batman.

Let that sink a minute if you need to, even though you shouldn’t, because Affleck is a great choice.  Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to realize that nothing you can do can change the fact that Affleck is our new Batman. If it bothers you THAT much, here’s something you can do: not go see the movie.

The amount of hate and vitriol that’s being spewed at the Affleck casting is a huge surprise to me. Has everyone forgotten about Gone Baby Gone, The Town, or Argo, which the man won a Best Picture Oscar for? Affleck has come an extremely long way from where he was ten years ago when he made Daredevil, which is the only reason people bring up for why he shouldn’t be Batman. If you’re using that logic, Chris Evans shouldn’t have been cast as Captain America because of the quality of the Fantastic Four movies he starred in as Human Torch. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: The World’s End

The_Worlds_End_7The World’s End (2013)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike

Directed By: Edgar Wright

This is it. The finale to the “Cornetto Trilogy”, the series of films from director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Where the previous two installments, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, focused on relationships through the prisms of a zombie invasion and an action shoot ‘em up, The World’s End takes a look at nostalgia and focusing too much on the past while a robot invasion of Earth takes place.

Simon Pegg stars as Gary King, the alcoholic leader of his group of high school buddies. It’s been almost twenty years since King and his group attempted the “golden mile” pub-crawl at their hometown, which ends at The World’s End pub, and King is determined to complete it now. Assembling his group, which includes Nick Frost as Andy, Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins himself) as Oliver, and others, they embark on a quest to recapture their youth. That is, until they discover their hometown has secretly been invaded by robots. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Daredevil and Justice League Dark


daredevil30Daredevil #30

 The Man Without Fear does battle with the Sentinel of the Space ways in the latest issue of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil, delivering a fun “done in one” tale where the most unlikely team up of all time occurs.

Fresh off his latest case (which turned into a battle with the Sons of the Serpent gang), Matt Murdock returns to his law office to find his ex-girlfriend Kristen McDuffie taking his ailing partner Foggy Nelson’s place. No sooner does he have time to process this new development in his life does a strange alien visitor arrive in his office, demanding to speak to him.  Calling himself Ru’Auch, the alien desperately pleads with Matt Murdock to help bring him to the Avengers, until the Silver Surfer busts through the wall and demands that Ru’Ach be handed to him. What follows is a team-up in the grand Marvel style, where Daredevil and Silver Surfer have a (quick) battle, but then team up once horn head is filled in on the alien’s true intentions. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2


Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnston, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Directed By: Jeff Wadlow

Kick-Ass 2 brings everyone’s favorite low rent superhero back to the big screen, and although he’s without original director Matthew Vaughan, the end result is an entertaining film that I actually enjoyed more than the original.

Picking up after the events of the first film, Kick-Ass 2 finds Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnston) starting his senior year of high school, and trying to figure out life without being Kick-Ass. Thanks to his influence, waves of ordinary citizens have started to dress up as heroes and take to the streets. But even though the streets are protected by dozens of wannabe super heroes, Dave can’t shake the urge to don his wetsuit once more and help the citizens of New York City. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Infinity and Saga!


3041316-infinity_1_coverInfinity #1 (of 6)

The next Marvel even has begun, and it’s delivered in the typical Jonathan Hickman grand fashion.  There’s a lot of hype surrounding Infinity, the 6-issue event that was teased with May’s Free Comic Book Day issue, and it’s safe to say that it seems to be the case that this event is heading in the right direction, even if this is only the first issue.

The mad Titan Thanos (you may remember him from the mid credits scene in Avengers last summer) is sending out members of his army to attack different planets, seemingly at random. The Avengers receive a distress call from the secret Kree home world, and S.W.O.R.D. commander Abigail Brand makes a startling discovery: the armies are on their way to Earth.  Wasting no time, the Avengers leap into action to stop the threat before it gets to us, and assist the other alien armies.

At the same time as his armies lay waste to surrounding planets, Thanos send a secret agent (the “Outrider”) to Earth, with the hope of locating the Infinity Gems.  After probing into Black Bolt’s mind and learning of the destruction of the gems, the creature tries to make a mad escape, and barely escapes with his life.  When the creature returns to Titan, Thanos’ plan is revealed. By creating a war in space, he has created an Earth that is without the Avengers, and therefore, defenseless. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Elysium!

elysium-firstposter-full2Elysium (2013)

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

With two movies under his belt, director Neill Blomkamp has now officially become a filmmaker that I will follow throughout his career.Elysium, his follow up to the incredible District 9, is bigger, bolder, and better than his debut feature, allowing Blomkamp to surpass the dreaded “sophomore slump” that many directors fall into.

Elysium is a futuristic tale of the haves and the have nots, albeit one that’s a little more straightforward than some would expect. The upper class are literally up above the rest of the citizens of Earth, orbiting the planet in the space station Elysium, a place where any disease or injury is quickly fixed, allowing its citizens to live forever. Run by the ruthless Defense Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster), any and all unauthorized spacecrafts are obliterated before they reach the craft’s atmosphere, thanks to her ruthless sleeper agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley). Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Trillium and The Legend Of Luther Strode!


 imagesTrillium #1 (of 8)


That’s really all I can say after reading Jeff Lemire’s latest Vertigo series Trillium. I had no idea what to expect from this, but after blindly picking it up off the shelf, I’m glad I paid my 3 bucks for it. Trillium is one of the most unique books I’ve read all year, and the less you know about it going in, the better.

This introductory issue spans hundreds of years, stretching from the 1920’s to the far future of 3797. Telling two (seemingly) separate stories that literally meet in the middle of the book, writer/artist Jeff Lemire creates an interesting hook here, and it’s extremely hard to not want to know what happens next. As the writer behind DC’s phenomenal Animal Man and  the Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, Lemire knows how to craft excellent stories with bizarre plots, and Trillium is no exception. Both William and Nika are fully realized lead characters, and the worlds they inhabit are incredibly interesting, as is the link that ties the two of them together. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Con 2013 Reactions

1069251_10151824905663203_1476849956_nAnother Comic Con has come and gone, and now we nerds are left to pick up the pieces of our geeked out brains and figure out just how the hell the major studios and publishers will deliver on their promises from this year’s announcements. Easily the biggest news to come out of this year’s con is Marvel Studios announcement of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Warner Bros.’ Batman/Superman film. Both announcements have been met with anticipation and (of course) negativity, but between these two announcements (along with the released footage of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy) it’s easy to see that the upcoming years worth of comic book related entertainment properties will surely cause a lot of us to melt down. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman, INC.!


guardians-galaxy-5Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Angela has officially entered the Marvel Universe, and the results are…okay so far.  Those expecting to see the Neil Gaiman owned Spawn character throw down with the Guardians of the Galaxy will get to see some of that here, although they’ll have to wait a while until they get to see it.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s fifth issue serves as more of a “breather” issue than what it’s been hyped as. While the argument can be made that a majority of Bendis’ GOTG has been “breather issues”, this one most definitely is, giving us very few plot reveals regarding the Badoon’s attack on Earth back in the second issue.  Peter Quill has just experienced a strange mental attack (thanks to the ending of Age of Ultron), and turns to his old friend Mantis for answers. At the same time, Rocket Raccoon helps Tony Stark rebuild his Iron Man armor, and while doing so, the two are alerted to an attack on Earth in the form of Angela. Gamorra heads into space to bring the fight to Angela, and that’s the issue. Read the rest of this entry