Monthly Archives: September 2013

Comic Reviews: Joker’s Daughter and Wolverine and the X-Men!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!! 

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 Of all of the Villains Month one shot issues, this was the one to get. People have been going crazy trying to find it. Of the issues sent to retailers, this was the most allocated.  It’s averaging $50 on eBay, and one issue even went for $150. So, is this book worth your time (or all that money)?

No.

Joker’s Daughter #1 is the strangest, most schizophrenic comic I’ve read all year. You may think that that’s the point considering the character, but it’s not.  There were pages that I read (and reread) multiple times and I’m still not entirely clear on what the issue was about.

Joker’s Daughter (whose real name is Duela) is traveling through the underground sewers in Gotham, looking for…something. Along the way, she finds Joker’s face (that he was wearing throughout the “Death of the Family” story in Batman), and puts it on. She then comes across a group of vagrants that live in the sewers that looks down on women, having them cook, clean, and work. JD then leads these women in an uprising, and takes over as their leader. Read the rest of this entry

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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ep101 “Pilot”

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Episode: Pilot

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the first step for Marvel in the TV realm. After successfully conquering the multiplexes with Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and The Avengers, Marvel Studios now moves onto the small screen, where there are certainly more risks than on the big screen. With Joss Whedon writing and directing the pilot episode, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of hype surrounding this series. After all the hype, how does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stack up in the fall TV lineup?

Pretty good. Pretty, pretty, good.

S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is called out of active field duty to assist Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in ongoing investigations into the new “superheroes” that keep popping up in the wake of the battle of New York seen in The Avengers. The pilot’s main story beat this week is Coulson’s team tracking down the hacker behind “The Rising Tide”, an online site that’s been leaking important documents right under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s nose. The hacker, named Skye (and played by Chloe Bennet), is also tied to a new “superhero” running through the country, who has connections with a certain Marvel Studios film that came out this past May. Read the rest of this entry

S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoffs That Could (and Probably Should) Happen

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This week sees the release of ABC’s new series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As expected, the anticipation for this show is through the roof. Not only does it mark the first serialized television show for Marvel Studios, but is also the first shot for Marvel characters to dominate the small screen. Of course, we’re not going to see Captain America, Thor, or Iron Man appearing in a weekly series anytime soon (if ever), but S.H.I.E.L.D. could be the launch pad for hundreds of other Marvel characters that don’t necessarily have the star power for their own film. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some characters that deserve a prime time slot. We’ll start with one that I’ve been championing since Marvel got his film rights back…. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superior Spider-Man and Ra’s Al Ghul!

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Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_18_TextlessSuperior Spider-Man #18

The Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 finally have it out in Superior Spider-Man #18. Now in our present, Miguel O’Hara has to prevent Otto Octavius  (who’s in the body of Spid-you know what, if you haven’t caught onto this now, you haven’t been paying attention) from killing Tiberius Stone, the arrogant genius threatening to take over Horizon labs who also happens to be Miguel’s grandfather. At the same time, the “temporal event” that’s threatening to wipe out O’Hara’s present (the year 2099) is inching ever closer.

Writer Dan Slott is clearly having a blast writing this story. The opening pages deliver on what the cover promises, with a break neck and surprisingly brutal fight between Otto and O’Hara. The ramifications of Octavius removing Peter Parker’s psyche from his mind comes into major play here, as Otto has no idea who the Spider-Man of 2099 is, leading Spidey 2099 to realize that this is not the same hero he teamed up with in the past. Read the rest of this entry

What’s So Special About Secret Identities Anyways?

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 Poor Dick Grayson. By now, you’ve either read Forever Evil or seen the news on the comic websites: Dick Grayson has been publicly outed as Nightwing by the Secret Society, the evil counterpoints to the Justice League from Earth 3.

Of course, this brings up a myriad of questions, from some characters (like Lex Luthor) saying “who is Richard Grayson”, to whether or not this news can implicate Barbara Gordon, Tim Drake, or Bruce Wayne in their roles as Batgirl, Red Robin, and Batman. The DC universe, more so than the rival Marvel one, has a very old-school approach to secret identities. Remember, in a world with such modern inventions as iPhones and Youtube,  this is a universe where a superbeing can still  put on glasses and suddenly blend in with the human population.

Of course, that’s a simplification of the Superman mythos, but it definitely has some legs when you look at the way secret identities are handled with DC’s characters. A few years ago, Bruce Wayne came out as the “financial backer” of the Batman and his allies, starting up the “Batman, Inc.” division of Wayne Enterprises. The fact that not a single reporter at his press conference A) asks if he’s Batman or B) puts together the fact that his 10 year old son also looks kinda like Robin should give you an idea of how the DC creators feel about secret identities. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Riddler and Sons Of Anarchy!

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The second week of DC’s “Villain’s Month” arrives, and it looks like we’ve already got a frontrunner for the best issue of the event.  Plotted by Scott Snyder and Ray Fawkes, Riddler #1 is a modern day revenge tale that ably showcases the strengths of Batman’s smartest foe.

Unlike last week’s Joker #1, Riddler takes place in modern day Gotham and finds Edward Nigma making his way through the biggest puzzle in Gotham: Wayne Enterprises.  Like a thinking man’s Die Hard, Nigma works through the security systems with ease, ably taking out the many security blocks designed to keep unwanted visitors from passing through the tower’s doors.  As Nigma gets closer to the top, we learn the real reason why he’s so interested in the tower: years ago, an Arkham guard knocked him down and took away his playing cards. Now that guard is head of security at the Wayne Enterprises, and Riddler is looking to get his revenge.

At this point, I shouldn’t have to tell you that Scott Snyder has delivered a great Batman tale. However, I should mention that he came up with the plot for this issue with Ray Fawkes, who is credited with scripting this one shot.  Normally I would cry foul over Snyder only plotting (again), but the man is writing so many excellent series that I’m not surprised that he couldn’t find room in his schedule to write another book. Read the rest of this entry

Summer 2013 Movie Wrap-Up!

It’s now September, which means summer has ended. The hot days, ice cream, and swimming will come to an end for another year, and we nerds now have a chance to sit back and reflect on the big comic book movies of the summer. Of the three major releases (Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and The Wolverine), which film stacked up as the best? Let’s take a look back on the three and find out.

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 Iron Man 3 served as probably the second most divisive comic book film of the summer. For the ten of you who still haven’t seen the movie, I’ll save the spoiler that’s caused such a rift in the Marvel geek community, but I will say I myself have very mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it does work within the context of the story for the film, but I also completely agree with fans who were upset with the choices the film made. It seemed at times that IM3 was a little too knowing and funny. In fact, I’m stunned that RDJ didn’t look right at the camera and wink. That being said, it’s always fun to watch Robert Downey Jr on screen as Tony Stark, even if he is out of the suit for a majority of the film. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men: Battle of the Atom and Forever Evil!

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 XMenBattleOfTheAtom_1_Cover1X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1

 The entire Marvel mutant universe gets their own event this month with Battle of the Atom #1. The first chapter in a 10-part story that will span all of the major X-titles, Battle of the Atom sets the stage pretty well, and is surprisingly new-reader friendly to boot.

The plot finds the younger X-Men team arriving on the scene of a new mutant attacking a mall.  Along with Kitty Pryde (the headmistress of the Jean Grey school), they attempt to subdue the mutant, until a pack of Sentinels arrive. Just as the young team appears to be captured, the sudden arrival of Cyclops’ “uncanny” X-Men team arrives to help turn the tide.  However, once the younger Cyclops suffers near-fatal wounds (and causes his older self to disappear), the X-Men decide that it’s time for the younger mutants to return to their home time. Just as soon as the arguments start though, comes the arrival of a group of future X-Men, who have come to prevent a “terrible mistake”. Read the rest of this entry