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Comic Reviews: Avengers: No Road Home and Amazing Spider-Man!

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Last year’s Avengers: No Surrender was an entertaining, if a little over long, success for Marvel. Naturally, that means the publisher has set up a sequel with Avengers: No Road Home. But unlike Surrender, this event won’t be taking the place of the main Avengers title during it’s run. Instead, it’ll serve as it’s own series that’ll run alongside the current Avengers title (probably because it’s selling better than when No Surrender came out). However, as good as this opening issue is, I’m not quite sure that the combined forces of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Paco Medina are enough to convince readers to buy another Avengers title. Read the rest of this entry

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The Wheel of Ka Turns….

IMG-5477.JPGThis week, it was quietly announced that Amazon is going to start production on a Dark Tower series this Spring. Which means that yes, I am officially back on the hype train for an adaptation of one of my favorite book series, even though I know that it will undoubtedly let me down. I sat through the lackluster film adaptation released a few years ago, and while it had a few glimmers of what I wanted from a Dark Tower project, the end result was a far cry from the epic tale that the series deserved. But now, it seems like Amazon’s plan could be the project that gives this series the spotlight it requires. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Female Furies and Vindication!

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FEMALE_FURIES_Cv1_GeradsFemale Furies #1 (DC Comics)

After making a brief appearance in Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle miniseries, the Female Furies of Apokolips get their very own miniseries from Cecil Castellucci and artist Adriano Mello. But instead of an ass-kicking adventure starring Granny Goodness’ powerhouse team, Female Furies instead flashes back to the early days of the Furies, and their attempt to be seen as a legitimate part of Darkseid’s forces. Read the rest of this entry

Bye-Bye, Batfleck

15489294491709It’s official: Ben Affleck will not be returning for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Whether that means that he won’t appear in this one film or ever again is still up in the air, but it sure sounds like Ben Affleck is done portraying the Dark Knight, which is a real shame. For as varying in quality as the films he was a part of were, Affleck’s depiction of Batman was always very solid, and I was holding out for him to get the chance to really shine in his own solo film. But unfortunately, that’s not meant to be. Read the rest of this entry

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

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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

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