Monthly Archives: March 2017

Comic Reviews: X-Men Prime and Jughead: The Hunger!

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x-menprime_coverX-Men Prime #1 (Marvel Comics)

Now that the dust has settled on IvX, it’s time for Marvel to start revving up for the next installment of the X-Men franchise, RessurXion. Of course, this means it’s time for a special one-shot issue that will set the stage for the upcoming X-Men books coming your way next month. Featuring the creative teams behind almost every major title in the RessurXion event, X-Men Prime serves as the perfect book to get you back into the world of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, but if you’re looking for any jaw-dropping revelations, you’ll be disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

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A League United

17349762_1337611299666014_1321506846992253218_oAfter months of nervous anticipation, we finally have our look at Warner Bros’ Justice League, a film that would’ve had a ton of criticism heaped upon it regardless of how Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad were received. By not going the Marvel route and introducing the rest of their superheroes as a team instead of in their own solo movies, Warner Bros is playing a risky gamble. Not only that, but they’ve also had some pretty public shake ups since the release of Batman V Superman, namely in the restructuring of DC Entertainment, which put DC writing superstar Geoff Johns into the co-chair seat. With a lot of the movie going (and comic reading public) hoping for a little more hope in their DC movies, all eyes were on this trailer to give us a taste of what to expect this November.  Now that it’s hit, what’s the prognosis? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Iron Fist and X-O Manowar!

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Iron_Fist_1_Cover-195x300Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics)

Since he’s now starring in his own Netflix show (read my review here), it’s only fitting that Iron Fist gets a brand new series to go along with it. From Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins, Iron Fist may look a little different from the show people have been binging, but it serves as a good gateway into Danny Rand’s comic book world for those who want to check it out.

K’un-Lun is in ruins, and Danny Rand is aimless. With no mystical city to protect and his power waning, Rand spends his free time drinking, traveling the globe, and entering fighting competitions that offer him little challenge. But when he’s given a chance to enter a new competition from a mysterious fighter, he can’t pass it up. Will this give him the purpose he’s been looking for? Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Iron Fist!

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Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham

SPOILERS

Now that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have had their time in the Netflix spotlight, it’s time for Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, to get his chance to grace the streaming service. While the early reviews for the latest Marvel Netflix series haven’t been great (to put it mildly), I was still pretty intrigued by the show. After all, how would Marvel Studios go about adapting Iron Fist, a character that has a more mystical background than any of the other members of the Defenders? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: American Gods: Shadows and The Amazing Spider-Man!

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STL035995American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

With the upcoming TV adaptation coming our way, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to adapt Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in comic book form. Picking up the adaptation torch is Dark Horse Comics, who’ve had a long relationship with Gaiman’s work in the past. With longtime Gaiman collaborator P Craig Russell and artist Scott Hampton pitching in, American Gods: Shadows is a good adaptation for those who have never read the original novel before, but if you have, there’s not a lot of new things brought to the table. Read the rest of this entry

Let’s Talk About X, Baby

legionYes, this is another column about Logan. But more specifically, it’s about the impact that Logan, Deadpool, and FX’s Legion show have had on the X-Men franchise at Fox. All three of these properties are wildly different, but they share three things: they’re entertaining, have a very clear vision, and are completely different from any other X-Men product Fox has produced.  In an entertainment world that has valued the idea of “shared universes”, you would think that this strategy would work counter for the studio, but I honestly thing it’s emboldened them to try new things, and maybe even show Fox that there’s no need for the X-Men movies to try and copy what Marvel and Warner Bros are doing.  Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: IvX and Man-Thing!

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indexIVX #6 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

After six issues and multiple tie-ins, the war between the Inhumans and the X-Men draws to a close in IvX #6. While Marvel’s made no secret of hyping up the next installment of the X-Men franchise, ResurrXion, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t any loose ends to tie up in Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule’s event.  Thankfully for us, Soule and Lemire are able to buck the trend of every Marvel event and give us a truly satisfying ending that sets up interesting stakes for not only the X-Men, but the Inhumans as well. Read the rest of this entry

The World of Logan

logan-x-men-comics-001-1280x535SPOILERS (For real, this article is one big spoiler for Logan, proceed at your own risk!)

By now you probably are all aware of my thoughts on Logan, the final movie to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (if you didn’t, read my review. I’ll wait). It’s a superbly haunting movie that stays with you, and gets better the more you see it. Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman crafted the perfect send off for Wolverine, and created a film that simply couldn’t be done at any other point in the X-Men franchise’s history. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Logan!

logan_2017_posterLogan (2017)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrooke

Directed by: James Mangold

MINOR SPOILERS

Very few times we get a comic book movie that not only defines the genre, it elevates it to a whole other level. The Dark Knight did this, as did The Avengers (and some could say Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy, or really any Marvel Studios major release). Well, we can now add another film to that list, because I can honestly say that Logan, the final film to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, is one of those films. It’s somber and hopeful, as well as violent and heartfelt. For a final bow, Jackman and director James Mangold pulled out all the stops, and crafted a film that doesn’t feel like anything else in the stable of X-Men films by Fox. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extremity and Savage Things!

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extremity_01-1Extremity #1 (Image Comics)

Image Comics have prided themselves on being the go to place for comic creators, and while it’s created a glut of new titles that sometimes feel very similar, there are still lots of books that feature some pretty awesome surprises. One of those surprises is definitely Daniel Warren Johnson’s Extremity, a book that takes a lot of similar themes you’ve seen in other Image titles and completely turns them on their head. Read the rest of this entry