Monthly Archives: January 2019

Comic Reviews: Age of X-Man Alpha and Fight Club 3!

COMIC REVIEWS!

indexAge of X-Man Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)

Not content with just relaunching Uncanny X-Men, Marvel has a new X-Men event coming our way with Age of X-Man Alpha, the new starting point for, you guessed it, the Age of X-Man miniseries that will be hitting in the next few months.Fortunately, this event isn’t following in the footsteps of Age of Apocalypse and taking the place of the X-Men series that Marvel currently produces. Unfortunatley, the Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas special doesn’t do a whole lot to convince you to keep going with this event beyond the miniseries. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Punisher Season Two!

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Despite being on borrowed time, the Netflix/Marvel Studios train has kept chugging along. After the cancellation of Daredevil, it’s all but assured that Frank Castle is next on the chopping block, but he’s not going down without a fight, and if there’s two things to take away from The Punisher‘s second season, it’s this: Frank Castle knows how to fight, and Jon Bernthal can hold together a bunch of disparate storylines and keep you still intrigued, even if the end result isn’t quite up to par with what he deserves. Read the rest of this entry

Who You Gonna Call…Again…Nope, Again, Again

ghostbusters-3-plot-details.jpgWe’re getting another Ghostbusters movie!

…would be how I’d start this column if the 2016 reboot, and the fiasco around that movie’s release, hadn’t happened. As someone who enjoyed the Paul Feig female-lead film just fine, but thought it could’ve been better, the news of a new Ghostbusters film directed by Jason Reitman (aka the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman), has me very hesitant, for a lot of reasons. Sure, it could be neat seeing a new team of Ghostbusters in the same world as the one that Ray, Egon, Peter, and Winston, perhaps even with them training the new crew, but at the same time, it seems like making a film in the same world as the original film is something they should have done in the first place with the Paul Feig team, and runs of the risk of emboldening the worst types of people on the internet. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men and Black Widow!

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uncanny_x-men_vol_5_10Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel Comics)

After ten weeks, Marvel’s opening storyline for Uncanny X-Men has come to a close. The Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg crafted story has been packed to the brim with mutants new and old, and the stage is set for the epic showdown with Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men #10. But it can’t live up to the hype, can it?

Surprisingly, it can. Read the rest of this entry

The Punishing Spirit of Vengeance of the Cosmos

cosmic_ghost_rider_vol_1_5_campbell_variant_textlessIt’s always tough for the big two to introduce new characters and have them stick. However, Marvel’s had some pretty big success, starting with Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, and (unfortunately) Gwenpool. But for my money, the coolest new character they’ve introduced in some years is none other than the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Young Justice and Captain Marvel!

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dcwyj_01_300-001_hd_5c17f71c826424.06913733Young Justice #1 (DC Comics)

Now that he’s settled into DC Comics, it’s time for Brian Michael Bendis to really shake things up, and for starters, he’s bringing back Young Justice. The title that brought Robin, Superboy, and Impulse together was a big hit back in the day, but the DC universe is very different from the one that birthed that series. But just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean that Bendis and artist Patrick Gleason aren’t going to do their best to bring a new team together that includes the return of Connor Kent, Superboy. Read the rest of this entry

My Man, Indeed

maxresdefaultIt’s official, Aquaman is the highest grossing DCEU movie. It’s a hard statistic to accept, but also pretty awesome if I’m being honest. Somehow, audiences have been showing up in a big way to see Jason Momoa toss a trident around, so much so that it’s on track to become the first movie in Warner Bros’ fledging cinematic universe to cross a billion dollars (a feat that Marvel has pulled off a few times already). So what is it about Aquaman, of all characters, that makes it so appealing to audiences? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Conan The Barbarian and The Walking Dead!

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728711._SX360_QL80_TTD_Conan the Barbarian #1 (Marvel Comics)

Like Star Wars before him, the mighty Conan has made his return to Marvel Comics from Dark Horse. And also like Star Wars, he’s got Jason Aaron writing his new adventures. But that’s where the similarities end, because make no mistake, Conan The Barbarian, featuring art by Mahmud Asrar, is a truly brutal book, and marks a triumphant return to the publisher that made him famous in comics. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2018

2018 was a massive year for pop culture, so much so that there’s things on this list that I had to remind myself that they even came out this year. Seriously, the amount of great entertainment that came our way in 2018 was enough to fill three years, so why don’t I just get out of the way and break down some of my favorite things of the year 2018? Read the rest of this entry