Monthly Archives: October 2019

Comic Reviews: Joker: Killer Smile and The Last God!

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STL134174.jpgJoker: Killer Smile #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s Black Label continues to churn out new titles, and this week we get not one, but TWO new titles. One I’ll be covering below, but right now we’re gonna focus on another title starring the Clown Prince of Crime (at this point they could just have him star in his own Black Label line), and the creative team is one that wouldn’t be the first team to put on a book starring the Joker: Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. That’s right, the creative team behind Green Arrow, Gideon Falls, and Old Man Logan are now turning their sights on the Joker, and the man who wants to try and cure him. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Spider-Man Full Circle and Future Fight: Luna Snow!

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STL133383The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (Marvel Comics)

Tired of Spider-Man comics? Well, Marvel doesn’t care, cause they’re bringing you another Spidey special with Full Circle. But unlike the other Spidey specials that have been released, this one features a veritable who’s who of creators, from Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, Chip Zdarsky, Nick Spencer, Chris Bachalo, Mike Allred, and more crafting this special one shot. As neat as it is though, it doesn’t mean that Full Circle is all that essential. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Watchmen!

MV5BMDBkOWI2MzMtNGMxOC00MjI2LWFhZWUtMGFmNjc1M2Y0YmRhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_From the moment it was announced, signs pointed to HBO’s Watchmen being unlike anything we’ve seen from other comic book adaptations. After a fairly successful adaptation with Zack Snyder’s 2009 film, you’d be forgiven for wondering what was left to mine from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ masterwork. But Leftovers creator Damn Lindelof signed on board, with the promise to do something “unique and different” with the project, and I’d say that he’s definitely accomplished that so far. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

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Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Sequels are hard. Comedy sequels are harder. But Horror Comedy sequels? They’re virtually non-existent, and ones that come ten years after the original are almost always doomed for failure. Which makes Zombieland: Double Tap one of the bigger surprises of the year for me. From assembling the original cast and crew to not falling into the trap of rehashing the jokes from the original, there’s plenty to find enjoyable in the return trip to Zombieland, even if the end result isn’t as fresh as the original. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Tales of The Dark Multiverse and Savage Sword of Conan!

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STL134156Tales of The Dark Multiverse: Knightfall #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s no stranger to alternate reality stories, but their latest series of “What If” tales doesn’t wear their “Elseworlds” moniker. Instead, they’re continuing to lean into the “Dark Multiverse” set up by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Metal with Tales of The Dark Multiverse, a new series of one shot stories highlighting different takes on famous DC stories. Right out of the gate, the series is focusing on one of the biggest DC tales at all: Knighfall, with Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, and artist Javi Fernandez weaving this new spin on the tale. Read the rest of this entry

The Bat, The Cat, and The ?????

the-batman-villains-jonah-hill-riddler-penguin-comicbookcom-1188756-1280x0Now that Robert Pattinson has signed on to answer the bat-signal, it’s time to start filling out the rest of Gotham, and what better place to start than with one of the Batman’s closet allies, Commissioner Gordon. While many were expecting that we’d see J.K. Simmons’ return to the role after Justice League, but after that film’s underperformance, it looks like Gordon is getting put into the reboot machine as well, and now he’s being played by none other than Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Doctor Doom and The Batman’s Grave

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dd1_1Doctor Doom #1 (Marvel Comics)

Villain led comics are typically pretty hard to pull off, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel isn’t going to try with Doctor Doom. From Halt and Catch Fire creator Christopher Cantwell and artist Salvador Larocca, the new series focusing on Victor Von Doom is both intriguing and a little confusing, mainly due to the characterization of Doom himself. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Joker

MOVIE REVIEW!

D3KMvvFU0AADLajJoker (2019)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy

Directed By: Todd Phillips

SPOILERS

Being a big Batman fan, I’ve seen a lot of takes on the Dark Knight. That also means I’ve seen a lot of takes on his arch nemesis, the Joker. From Heath Ledger’s scarred anarchist to Jared Leto’s tattooed thug, The Joker has had arguably the most interpretations of any comic book character in history, and since he’s my all-time favorite villain in fiction, I’m pretty protective of him. Which is why I was going into Todd Phillips’ Joker with some pretty heavy skepticism. On the one hand, you have Joaquin Phoenix, arguably the best actor of our generation, in the lead. On the other hand, this is a Joker origin movie (strike one) that doesn’t feature Batman (strike two), and is from the director of The Hangover and Due Date (movies that I find funny, but strike three). Add in the fact that it seems to be more influenced by early Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy than anything from the Clown Prince of Crime’s myriad comic book appearances, and I was starting to get a feeling of confusion over what the point of even calling this film “Joker” was . With the storm of controversy and furor surrounding the film’s release, including winning the Golden Lion at Cannes and increased police presence at showings (plus Todd Phillips’ increasingly stupid comments on the state of comedy), and it was getting to a point where I was looking forward to seeing the film less out excitement and curiosity, and more out of a feeling of “let’s just get this over with”. The end result has me falling somewhere squarely in the middle on Joker, a film that has many flaws, but an undeniably great lead performance in Joaquin Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ghost Rider and Killswitch!

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gr1-1-copyGhost Rider #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Ghost Rider title on the stands, but with the latest series, the question is “which Ghost Rider do you follow”? Danny Ketch? Johnny Blaze? Robbie Reyes? Well, if you’re the new creative team of Ed Brisson and Aaron Kuder, you split the difference between Blaze and Ketch, and let Reyes hang out with the Avengers. Read the rest of this entry