Monthly Archives: November 2017

Comic Reviews: John Wick and Spider-Gwen!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

JohnWick01CovBCowanJohn Wick #1 (Dynamite Comics)

Movie tie-in comics are always a tough gamble, and John Wick is no exception. With two of the best action movies of the past ten years under it’s belt, the Keanu Reeves hit man franchise is one of the few “sure bets” in Hollywood right now. But how exactly can you translate the insane frenetic action of those movies to the static comic page? Well, Greg Pak and Giovanni Valletta have an answer: focus on John Wick’s early years as a young assassin. Read the rest of this entry

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A (In)Justice League of Their Own

300px-JLA_13_CoversSo it looks like Justice League is setting up to be a pretty big box office disappointment. The fact that it couldn’t clear a $100 million opening weekend when that seems to be the norm for comic book movies is pretty troubling, and despite the fact that fan response has been pretty okay (me included), you wouldn’t be the only one to be curious and concerned about what Warner Bros has planned for the future of the DCEU. While I doubt that Warner Bros is going to completely pull the plug on their cinematic universe (Aquaman has finished filming and we’re still getting the solo Batman film and a sequel to Wonder Woman), there’s obviously going to need to be a change in the way DC and Warner Bros approaches these films. And the way they should go is the one that probably won’t happen, but would be really cool.

Assemble the Injustice Gang. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Doomsday Clock and Thanos!

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variant-cover-of-doomsday-clock-1-with-superman-and-doctor-manhattanDoomsday Clock #1 (of 12) (DC Comics)

MINOR SPOILERS

The hype around Doomsday Clock is certainly palpable. When the DC Universe unveiled the Rebirth initiative two years ago, it was all but assured that it would lead to the DC heroes meeting the characters from Watchmen, thanks to Doctor Manhattan screwing with time and causing the heroes to forget ten years of their lives and adventures. Today, it’s finally time to see just what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have in store for the DC and Watchmen worlds with Doomsday Clock. But if you’re expecting to see Superman square off with Doctor Manhattan in this first issue, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

Have You Taken A Pamphlet?

Thor-Ragnarok-Reviews-KorgSPOILERS FOR THOR: RAGNAROK FOLLOW!

By pretty much all accounts, Thor: Ragnarok is another major success for Marvel Studios. The mixture of comedy and the world of the God of Thunder, under the watchful eye of director Taika Waititi, was a combination that somehow worked really well critically and with audiences. There’s a lot to like about Ragnarok, from Chris Hemsworth’s great comic timing, to the Hulk’s excellent action scenes, but the one thing that’s stuck with me the most is one of the smaller characters: Korg. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Justice League!

MOVIE REVIEW!

justice-league-posterJustice League (2017)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Zack Snyder

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s been a long road to Justice League. After numerous false starts, a George Miller almost directed movie, and Batman V Superman, it’s finally time for DC’s all stars to take the stage on the big screen. But after a troubled development that saw Zack Snyder have to step down due to a family tragedy, which caused Joss Whedon to step in and handle reshoots, the League has finally assembled, and the hopes and dreams of the entire DCEU rest upon it. With so much riding on Justice League, and the amount of work involved in making it, being worried about the end result is a legitimate concern. But amazingly, Justice League does mostly work, especially when it comes to correcting the mistakes that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder made in previous DCEU efforts. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Spectacular Spider-Man and Dark Fang!

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indexPeter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #297 (Marvel Comics)

While I’ve enjoyed Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s Spectacular Spider-Man series, there hasn’t been a lot done with it to make it stand out from its bigger brother, Amazing Spider-Man. However, all that’s set to change now that Marvel Legacy has set in, and the rebranded Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #297 raises the stakes and the action in this series considerably. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Port of Earth and Coyotes!

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POE01_Fullsize_356_540Port of Earth #1 (Image Comics)

What if Earth finally made contact with an alien race, and was turned into a glorified truck stop? That’s the premise of Point of Earth, the new Image series from Zack Kaplan and Andrea Mutti. An interesting mix of District 9 and cop dramas like Edge of Watch, Port of Earth has a great set up and hook, but the second half falls a little short of it’s potential. Read the rest of this entry

When Worlds Collide?

Avengers_vs._X-Men_Vol_1_0_Cheung_Variant.jpgA major bombshell has just hit the nerd community: Disney was allegedly in talks to acquire 21st Century Fox.

Now despite what all the headlines are saying, this is far from a done deal. In fact, according to Bloomberg, the talks had been on and off for the past few weeks, but are now dead. But this still means that there’s a chance, regardless of how big, that we could finally see the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and the X-Men cross paths with the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the talks are dead now, but now that the topic has been brought up, I can’t imagine that Disney wouldn’t try again to at least get the Fantastic Four and X-Men rights back. It would take some creative finagling, but if Marvel’s proven anything, it’s that they can get finaglin’.  Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok!

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo

Directed by: Taika Waititi

MINOR SPOILERS

When it comes to the “big three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor side of things has had it pretty rough. Sure, the original film from Kenneth Branagh is a great introduction to the world of Asgard (I’ll still go to bat for it), but the second entry, Thor: The Dark World, is widely regarded as one of Marvel Studios’ few misfires. With the third entry, Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios made the risky decision to hire What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm the film, hoping to inject some new life into the franchise. But does a director who’s more widely known for hilarious indie movies fit into the Marvel Studios machine? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Captain America and Gravedigger’s Union!

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Captain_America_Vol_1_695_TextlessCaptain America #695 (Marvel Comics)

Cap has a had a rough few years. His reputation has been tarnished in both the Marvel Universe and with comic book fans, so Marvel’s Legacy relaunch event serves as a great way to rehabilitate the character after Secret Empire. Fewer creators have a better pedigree together than Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, and hopes are high that the two can work the same magic on the Sentinel of Liberty as they did with previous series Daredevil and Black Widow. After reading Captain America #695, it’s clear that Samnee and Waid are doing the same witchcraft that made those previous series so compelling. Read the rest of this entry