Monthly Archives: May 2015

Comic Reviews: Old Man Logan and Fight Club 2!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

Old-Man-Logan-1-Cover-9c041Old Man Logan #1 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)

Old Man Logan is widely regarded as not only one of the greatest Wolverine stories of all time, but one of the best Marvel stories as well. The Mark Millar and Steve McNiven storyline is my favorite Wolverine story, and hearing that this version of ol’ Canucklehead would be receiving a Secret Wars spin off filled me with both hope and dread. With Brian Michael Bendis taking over for Millar and Green Arrow artist Andrea Sorrentino stepping in for McNiven, the pieces are there for something special, and as I opened the cover I wasn’t entirely sure what kind of book I’d be getting. Well, after reading this opening issue, I’m relieved to see that this is not only a great opening issue, but also a pretty worthy addition to the Old Man Logan story. Read the rest of this entry

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The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man

matthew-mcconaughey-osbornRumors are flying that Norman Osborne has been cast for the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man reboot, and the name being thrown around is one that I never even conceived of in my nerd brain: Matthew McConaughey. Now, as I excited as I am to get Norman Osborne cast in the new Spider-Man film, we’ve already seen him twice. I don’t think Marvel and Sony will bring out the Green Goblin AGAIN, but will probably tease Osborne’s transformation over the course of the new Spidey films. So, with Osborne serving as the shadow villain in my nerd brain, Spidey’s going to have to punch somebody. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few Spidey baddies that deserve a spot on the silver screen. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: A-Force and Convergence: Swamp Thing!

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4562204-aforcesw2015001_dc11-0A-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)

A-Force is easily the most anticipated (and hyped) Secret Wars crossover. Featuring a team of all female Avengers, the Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson scripted series has every single female member of the Marvel universe teaming up, but before you go grabbing this book thinking it’s the start of the next big team in the Marvel Universe, you should probably read the first two issues of Secret Wars first. A-Force ties into the event heavily, so much so that I get the feeling that the new readers Marvel has been pitching this series to might be turned off by it. Read the rest of this entry

One Final “SNIKT!”

Hugh-Jackman-Muscles-Claws-in-The-WolverineA day that I’ve been dreading has finally arrived: Hugh Jackman has announced his retirement from the role of Wolverine. Yes, the third Wolverine film will be his last. While it’s not that surprising that the 47 year old actor is tired of getting into peak physical condition every few years, I’m really bummed out by this. To me, Jackman was the first actor to really nail the comic character he played. Before Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, before Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, before Christian Bale’s Batman, there was Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Yes, he was a foot taller than the character, but Jackman was able to tap into the rage, ferocity, and nobleness of Logan, and introduced him to a whole new audience. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

212061Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicolas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Bryne

Directed By: George Miller

Many times when a new installment of a franchise hits decades after a previous entry, the results are lackluster (just take a look at Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). However, with Mad Max: Fury Road we have not only a stellar example of how to revive a franchise, but also how to craft an action movie. George Miller’s return to the world that made Mel Gibson famous is just as phenomenal as you’ve been hearing, and it’s the action film to beat this year. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Birthright and Rick and Morty!

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STK671541Birthright #7 (Image Comics)

Image Comics’ Birthright is one of the best books on the stands, period. The Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan series absolutely nails that feeling of being a child and pretending to fight off orcs, goblins, and other monsters in the woods. The catch here though is that Mikey, the lead in Birthright, has actually fought goblins and other ghouls. At a young age, he wandered off and was transported to Terrenos, a mythical land filled with danger. Mikey was destined to be their savior, and returns to Earth. While he looks like a gigantic Conan the barbarian to his shocked family, he’s actually only been gone a year in Earth time…and has been possessed by the evil spirit he was destined to destroy. Read the rest of this entry

Get Me Task Force X

suicide-squadA week after we got our first look at the new Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming Suicide Squad film, we now have our first look at the fully assembled Suicide Squad team that will be appearing in David Ayer’s film. There’s Will Smith’s Deadshot, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and most importantly ,Margot Robie as Harley Quinn. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Secret Wars and Convergence!

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secret-wars-1-112759Secret Wars #1 (of 8) (Marvel Comics)

The latest big Marvel event is here: Secret Wars. Jonathan Hickman’s mega event has been years in the making; we just didn’t know it until now. Teamed up with Thor: God of Thunder artist Esad Ribic, the first installment of the eight-issue event contains an insane amount of action and tragedy for the heroes of both the 616 (Regular Marvel) universe and the Ultimate Universe, and is an extremely entertaining debut issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Free Comic Book Day Special!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMIC REVIEW SPECIAL!!

STK666507All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 (Marvel)

Marvel’s first Free Comic Book Day offering is a glimpse into the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. All-New, All-Different Avengers follows the newest incarnation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, featuring mainstays like Captain America, Vision, Thor, and Iron Man (albeit in different forms), and newcomers Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales, the ultimate universe Spider-Man. Writer Mark Waid and artist Mahmud Asrar’s one in done adventure is a really fun look into what’s ahead for Marvel, even if it doesn’t answer any questions. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron!

10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_oAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen

Directed By: Joss Whedon

MILD SPOILERS

To call Avengers: Age of Ultron a massive film is an understatement. Director Joss Whedon’s sequel to the megahit 2012 Avengers has to do many things: please comic fans and “normies” alike, set up the future of the Marvel Cinematic universe, and of course, serve as the follow up to arguably the biggest (and best) superhero film of all time. This is a tall order, and the hype around this film is certainly huge. After delivering one of the most entertaining films of last year with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios has earned enough goodwill from fans that they could pretty much release a two and half hour film of the Avengers having game night and it would still make the same amount as a huge crossover come to life. So how does Age of Ultron stack up with the other Marvel films? Read the rest of this entry