Monthly Archives: March 2019

Comic Reviews: Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Dial H for Hero!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

archie-comic-publications-sabrina-teenage-witch-1-of-5-cvr-a-fish-20181231Sabrina The Teenage Witch #1 (Archie Comics)

Is it really any surprise that this comic is being featured this week? Sabrina Spellman is one of my all time favorite characters in fiction, and while her Netflix show has been a huge success, her comic adventures have been all but nonexistent. Aside from her new supporting role in Archie, the comic that started Sabrina’s resurgence, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is all but gone from Archie Comics’ publishing schedule, with no new issues in sight. With her popularity back to where it was in the late 90’s, Archie comics finally catches up with a new Sabrina The Teenage Witch series, from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Veronica Fish. While it doesn’t have the dark magic thrills of The Chilling Adventures, there’s still a lot of magical charm in this book’s pages. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: Shazam!

MOVIE REVIEW!!

Shazam!_posterSHAZAM (2019)

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou

Directed by: David F Sandberg

A character like Shazam is one that I never thought would get a solo movie, especially before characters like The Flash, and yet Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero and Asher Angel as his teenage alter ego Billy Batson is here, and like Aquaman before it, marks a distinct tonal shift in the Warner Bros stable of DC films. Watching this after Batman V Superman would probably give someone tonal whiplash so hard it would snap their neck, and while the David F Sandberg film has some problems, all in all it’s a really fun film that will certainly appeal to families who are looking for something a little lighter than other superhero films. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Spider-Man: Life Story and the Life and Death of Toyo Harada!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

indexSpider-Man: Life Story #1 (of 6) (Marvel)

Unlike other Spider-Man events, Spider-Man: Life Story is telling the tale of Peter Parker in real time, allowing the character to grow and evolve over the decades. This gives writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley the chance to show readers something that rarely happens in comics: a character that grows and changes as the years go on. While Life Story #1 only touches on Peter Parker as a teenager in the 60’s, it paints a much different picture on the wall-crawler than the ones we read from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Read the rest of this entry

Gunn’s Back, Baby!

180730-james-gunn-dk-1510_64be52cc6be09cb9f6dbeb388c6ed95b.jpgThe impossible has happened: James Gunn has been reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Yes, in a move that has surprised everyone in the nerd-verse, Disney head Alan Horn has put Gunn back in the director’s chair after firing him back in July, causing a PR nightmare that the House of Mouse couldn’t really ever recover from, no matter who they brought in. It’s a big win for the MCU, for Gunn, for fans of the films, and for Marvel Studios, who no longer have to field the “Who will replace the guy who was fired without your input” question that has dogged them at every event since July. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Assassin Nation and Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

assassin-nation-1_979175ee27Assassin Nation #1 (Image Comics)

What happens when a bunch of the world’s top assassins are put into a room together? It might look something like Assassin Nation, the new Image title from Ryan Starks and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl artist Erica Henderson. Unlike that Marvel title though, Assassin is very much an M-rated title, and it’s all the better for it, as Henderson’s talents aren’t hindered in the slightest by removing the restrictions of Marvel. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Captain Marvel

Captain_Marvel_posterCaptain Marvel (2019)

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Benning

Directed By: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

MINOR SPOILERS

The 21st movie in the ongoing saga that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel stands as the first film from Marvel Studios with a female lead. Naturally, that means it’s going to be under a lot of scrutiny, more than any other Marvel film before it. Can one movie introduce Carol Danvers to audiences, connect to the larger MCU as a whole as a prequel, tease people for Avengers:Endgame, and overcome the internet trolls review bombing the film before they’ve even seen it? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Meet The Skrulls and Domino: Hot Shots!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

indexMeet The Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics)

As the big bads for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, The Skrulls are due for the spotlight again, and with Meet The Skrulls, they get it. But surprisingly Robbie Thompson and Niko Henrichon’s debut issue isn’t the start of a big event, but a smaller, character focused miniseries that feels an awful lot like Tom King’s Vision series from a few years ago. Read the rest of this entry

The (Re)Rise of Phoenix

5c77ed6226289861330d0f07-750-341At long last, we have a new trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the presumably final film from Fox that stars the mutants (assuming that New Mutants ever gets released). For being the second adaptation of probably the most famous X-Men story of all time, this new trailer leaves an awful lot to be desired, not even considering that it looks like it’s taking the same “Jean Grey wears a trench coat” approach that X-Men: The Last Stand did. But the trailer even suggests a major death in the movie, something that is confirmed by long-time X-Men producer and first time director Simon Kinberg. Which brings me to my question: does anyone really care about this movie? Read the rest of this entry