Monthly Archives: August 2018

Comic Reviews: Venom The First Host and Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons!

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687306._SX360_QL80_TTD_Venom: The First Host #1 (Marvel Comics)

The current Venom run is doing some pretty incredible things with the character, exploring the history of the symbiote and it’s long connection with the universe. Which makes Venom: the First Host, a new miniseries from Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, a weird one. While it’s showing off a new part of the history of Eddie Brock’s “other”, the fact that we’re getting some additional “never before seen” history behind the creature at the same time as the current run on the character makes The First Host seem repetitive, and if I’m being honest, a little boring too. Read the rest of this entry

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The State of The “Big Three” In 2018

stacks-of-comic-booksIt’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the three big publishers in comics, but every now and again it’s good to take stock at what Marvel, DC, and Image are putting out onto the shelves and play the “who’s doing it better?” game. Unlike years past, though, there’s actually no real clear winner when it comes to these publishers, as all of them, while having their faults, are putting out some really awesome material as of late. So lets look at the pros and cons of each publisher, and try to come up with some sort of consensus here. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: West Coast Avengers and Justice League Dark!

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copyOfFirstPage._SX360_QL80_TTD_West Coast Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

With the Avengers getting a brand new relaunch, it was only a matter of time for their West Coast counterparts to make a return. While this sister team typically featured Avengers mainstays like Hawkeye and Iron Man, it was always a little sillier than the main team, and that’s a tone that’s still apparent with West Coast Avengers #1, the brand new start from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Stefano Caselli. Despite featuring a team of relatively new characters, West Coast Avengers #1 is still really charming, even though the team features Gwenpool, easily my least favorite new character Marvel has introduced. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Movie Wrap-Up!

RT_MoviePreview_FeaturedI’m calling it, Summer is over. Yes, it’s still minimum 75 degrees outside, but when it comes to the best part of the Summer, the movies, we’re in a stand still. From the big blockbusters to indie hits, the summer of 2018 has been one of the strongest in recent memory, but not all of them were slam dunk hits (sorry Solo). But at the end of the day, what movie stood tall among the pack of films? The answer may surprise you. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extermination and Pearl!

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an X-Men event, but all that is changing now with Extermination. Serving as the catalyst for the next big refresh of Marvel’s Mutants, Extermination, from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz, is chock full of what makes the X-Men, well, the X-Men. No, not mutants fighting one another (although that’s certainly here in this opening issue), time travel! Read the rest of this entry

Gunns and Roses

james_gunn_marvel_studios_rehireI try to keep this column a “politics-free zone”, mainly because there’s so many awful things out in the world lately that I like to think of this column as an escape. But with the recent firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, I feel like I need to put my two cents in. Were Gunn’s tweets, which, while written ten years ago, offensive and unfunny? Absolutely. But his firing for his past actions sets a dangerous precedent for not only Hollywood, but our modern culture as well. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four and Sandman Universe!

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687096._SX360_QL80_TTD_Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a dark time for Fantastic Four fans. The past few years have seen the team removed from the Marvel publishing slate, and whether that was due to declining sales, a way to build up anticipation for their inevitable return, or because the head publisher didn’t want to be promoting a property that Marvel didn’t have the film rights to, their absence has been felt. But luckily with the team returning with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s Fantastic Four #1, the team is brought back to their glory days, and are ready to take back their title as “Marvel’s First Family”. Read the rest of this entry

Call The Four

Los_Cuatro_FantásticosThis week marks a pretty big occasion: the return of the Fantastic Four to comic stands. The lack of a FF title on the shelves has been felt for the past few years, and while The Thing/Human Torch lead Marvel Two-In-One series has been plenty entertaining, it still wasn’t the same. We need the Fantastic Four back on our pull lists, scanning the galaxy and beyond for threats to the universe, and it’s definitely a welcome treat to have them back where they belong. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Raid and Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider!

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The-Raid-1-600x910The Raid #1 (Titan Comics)

I’m a gigantic fan of The Raid and The Raid II, but when I heard that Titan Comics would be taking that world and putting it into comics, I was very hesitant. Both Raid films are known for insanely kinetic (and violent) action, which is very hard to translate to the paneled page. Impressively though, writer Ollie Masters and artist Budi Setiawan’s The Raid #1 is actual really cool, and fills in some unknown areas of the film world as well.

Set during the events of The Raid II, this opening issue finds Rama, under his “Yuda” alias, in prison. When a former trainee arrives in the same jail, he tries to strike up a friendship with Rama, who quickly makes it known that he’s not into the idea of making friends during his stay. But with enemies at every corner, Rama’s going to find out that he may need some help if he’s going to make it out of jail alive. Read the rest of this entry