Monthly Archives: September 2014

Comic Reviews: New Avengers and Harley Quinn: Futures End!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!

New_Avengers_24_Cover-610x925 New Avengers #24 (Marvel Comics)

 Jonathan Hickman’s other Avengers title kicks into high gear with New Avengers #24, which is also under the “TIME RUNS OUT” banner. However, unlike the Avengers issue, NA doesn’t waste anytime giving you what you really want: Namor and the Cabal absolutely wrecking stuff up.

Actually, this issue gives us even more than we bargained for, as it also features a pretty healthy helping of Dr. Victor Von Doom as well. The issue opens with Namor meeting with Doom and asking for his help with stopping the incursions that have been threatening Earth since the beginning of New Avengers. In the eight-month gap between this issue and the last one, Namor is finding that his Cabal, which includes members like Thanos, Terrax, and Maximus, is becoming too hard to control, and they’re sensing that Namor doesn’t relish destroying worlds like they do. Of course, Doom turns Namor down in one of the best scenes of the issue. Hickman’s dialogue for this scene is so good that it makes me want him to write a Doctor Doom ongoing right this second. Read the rest of this entry

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TV Review: Gotham S1Ep01

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Gotham

Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

SPOILERS

 Of all of the fall TV shows based on comics, Gotham stands out as the most high profile. For one, it’s aiming to mimic the look of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and the pop culture sites are heavily hyping it. Plus, it’s based around the world of friggin’ Batman, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.

For those of you who don’t know, Gotham focuses around James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) arrival in Gotham City, and will serve as a new take on the origins of the Dark Knight and his numerous enemies. Now, as someone who has been enthralled with the Dark Knight for 22 years, I was cautiously optimistic about this series when it was first announced. I’ve always been of the mindset that many of Batman’s enemies emerged because of Bruce Wayne’s decision to put on a costume and fight crime. Sure, not all of them have to appear after Batman arrives in Gotham, but some (especially The Joker), simply can’t exist without the Batman being there before them. However, I like to think that I’m pretty open minded when it comes to comic book adaptations, especially when it comes to Batman, a character who thrives on reinterpretation. But I was also worried that this would become Bruce Wayne’s Smallville, a show that started off very strong but ended up doing a lot of Superman stuff without having Superman in it. So, how does the pilot stack up? Read the rest of this entry

Merc With A Movie

deadpoolAfter a five-year wait, Deadpool is finally getting his own movie. Yes, the only good thing to come out of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (well, in the first ten minutes) is getting his moment to shine, and the most surprising thing about it is that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star in it.

Well, actually, it’s not that surprising. After Green Lantern failed to ignite the DC universe on screen and R.I.P.D. absolutely crashed and burned last summer, Ryan Reynolds needs Wade Wilson way more than Wade needs him. But it’s perfect casting. Reynolds’s snark and sense of humor is a perfect fit for Deadpool, and if the test footage is to be believed, we’re in for one hell of a good time in 2016. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Edge of Spider-Verse and Manifest Destiny!

COMIC REVIEWS!!! 

4049035-edge_of_spider-verse_2_coverEdge of Spider-Verse #2 (of 5) (Marvel Comics)

 What’s that? I already did a review of an issue of Edge of Spider-verse? And I did it last week?

That’s true. But Edge of Spider-Verse #2 features the debut of an alternate Spider-Man that’s so awesome that I fell in love with it from the moment I saw the preview images: Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman. Read the rest of this entry

To The Batmobile!

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This week we got our first real glimpse of the Batmobile in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. And guess what? The Internet pretty much hates it.

But guess what? It’s exactly like every other Batmobile that’s appeared in a Batman movie. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: MPH and Edge of Spider-Verse!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

 mph_03MPH #3 (Image Comics)

 MPH #3 from Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo finds Roscoe and his pals doing what a lot of young people would do if they discovered they could gain superpowers from a pill: they rob banks.

To be fair, they don’t rob banks because evil. They do it to get back at the bureaucrats and big businesses that have screwed over Detroit. In the course of a few days, they hit up 47 banks and amass such a large fortune that they decide to give away 10 million of it to the people of Detroit. While their supply of MPH may be gone in a few days, Roscoe and his pals are enjoying their time with it. Except for Baseball, who thinks that the White House holds the key to more stashes of MPH. He breaks in after taking a hit of cocaine, which messes with the MPH speed effect. Of course, the secret service finds him, which leads to a panicked Baseball taking the remainder of his pills, which causes his powers to become a bit more intense than his buddies. Read the rest of this entry

The Power Of Shazam!

rock-black-adamIt’s finally official: The Rock (or should I say Dwayne Johnson) is playing Black Adam in WB’s Shazam movie. This casting is so good that there has to be a catch.

And there is. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Death of Wolverine and Original Sin!

COMIC REVIEWS!

 Death-of-Wolverine-McNiven-coverThe Death of Wolverine #1 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)

 MINOR SPOILERS

Marvel’s definitely pulling out all the stops for The Death of Wolverine; The first issue of the weekly event features an impressive chrome cover, Steve McNiven as the artist, and a ton of “bonus features”. Unfortunately those bonus features make up more than the actual story within the issue, and don’t really justify the $4.99 cover price. Read the rest of this entry

2014 Summer Movie Wrap-Up!

-380ed957-36d7-4dec-bada-2b76d6b3523cIt’s now Labor Day, which can only mean one thing: summer, and the movies that came with it, are over. This summer movie season saw a huge amount of comic book and other geek friendly movies hit our screens, some good (Guardians of the Galaxy) and some bad (Amazing Spider-Man 2). So, how do they all stack up when we put them against one another? I’m glad you asked, because it’s time for my annual Summer Movie Wrap Up! Read the rest of this entry