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Comic Reviews: Martian Manhunter and Winter Soldier!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

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After the critical success of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, it makes sense that DC comics would want to replicate that success with some of their other characters. Stepping up to the plate is Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo, starting a new twelve part miniseries focusing on J’on J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. Naturally the comparisons to King and Gerads’ series are going to be rampant, but so far it seems like Martian Manhunter isn’t going to be making anyone forget Mister Miracle anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry

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Man Without A TV Show

daredevilWoe be the Marvel Netflix shows, who recently lost Iron Fist and Luke Cage to the streaming sacrificial altar, and now the streaming giant has dropped the hammer down on Daredevil. While the show that started the grand Marvel/Netflix experiment that was overall a success, depending on who you talked to (and who finished the shows), even Matt Murdock wasn’t spared from Netflix’s cancellations. As my personal favorite of the various series, it is a bummer having Daredevil end after such a strong third season, but at the same time, I’m honestly okay with it. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ironheart #1 and DC Nuclear Winter Special!

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Riri Williams made a pretty big splash a few years ago in the pages of Tony Stark: Iron Man, and now that ol’ Tony is back in the armor, it’s time for her to break out on her own. Ironheart #1, from Eve L Ewing and artists Kevin Libranda and Luciano Vecchio, is a great start for Riri character-wise, but there’s not much to keep you interested when it comes to the plot. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Creed II!

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Creed II (2018)

Starring: Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren

Directed By: Steven Caple, Jr.

MINOR SPOILERS

The original Creed should never have worked. Reviving the Rocky franchise through the character of a young Adonis Creed, the unknown son of Apollo Creed, was an idea that would’ve felt more at home on a Redbox rental screen than in the actual movie theater, but with Ryan Coogler in the director’s chair and Michael B Jordan behind the boxing gloves, it became one of the best movies f 2015, and one of the standouts in the legendary Rocky franchise, even garnering a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Sylvester Stallone. With that much success, it’s no surprise that a sequel was made, and it’s also no surprise that said sequel would find Adonis facing off with the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father. While there aren’t many surprises in Creed II, it still ends up being a really fun and entertaining film. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: American Carnage and Middlewest!

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Comics are able to hold a mirror up to our world like no other medium, and no comic holds up a mirror quite like American Carnage, the new series from Vertigo. Written by Bryan Hill and drawn by Leandro Fernandez, American Carnage details a disgraced FBI agent’s attempt to infiltrate a white supremacist group, but what how far can he go without losing his soul? Read the rest of this entry

In Need of a Miracle

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One of the best comics on the stands came to a close last week: Mister Miracle. The Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ miniseries focused on the life of Scott Free, the superhero/escape artist known as Mister Miracle who’s originally from the dark world of Apokalips. While you may have thought that this series would focus on Scott’s struggles with his adoptive father Darkseid and the war for home of the New Gods, it actually had more to say about family, grief, and mental health. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Wonder Woman and Murder Falcon!

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WW_58_300-001_HD_5bd764da99d3a0.30436253Wonder Woman #58 (DC Comics)

Despite having a film that was a massive success critically and financially, Wonder Woman’s adventures on the comic page have taken a bit of a hit lately. After a great relaunch from Greg Rucka and artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharpe, Wonder Woman took a bit of a nosedive when other creative teams took over. Luckily for us though, Ms Marvel writer G Willow Wilson has arrived with artist Cary Nord to take the Amazonian Wonder into a new adventure, and so far Wonder Woman #58 looks to be just the thing Wonder Woman needed. Read the rest of this entry

Stan

Stan!Stan Lee is gone.

Even typing those words feels surreal. For many, myself included, it seemed like Stan Lee would be around forever, making Marvel Studios cameos and appearing at cons with a joyful, boundless energy that seemed too much for his age. This was a man who, in his 90’s, was still making multiple appearances a year at many different venues. He’s been a part of my life since I was first aware of comic books, introducing my Pizza Hut X-Men tapes with a joyful exuberance that made him feel like a grandparent from the other side of the glass. He’s had an insurmountable, almost impossible to describe impact on my life, and I’m glad I got the chance to at least tell him so, in my own weird, awkward way. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Marvel Knights and The Green Lantern!

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Twenty years ago, Marvel launched the Marvel Knights imprint, and changed the publisher forever. Naturally with a big anniversary coming up, Marvel wants to capitalize on that nostalgia, and hiring Donny Cates and Travel Foreman to create the new Marvel Knights #1 is certainly a good way to celebrate. Focusing on an intriguing mystery that revolves around our favorite street-level heroes forgetting their true selves, this opening issue is really interesting, even if it doesn’t quite match up with what is happening in the other characters’ solo books. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Lucy Boynton, Aiden Gillen

Directed By: Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher

Freddie Mercury is a legend, but getting his story told in the movies has taken decades, with numerous starts and stops throughout the years. But now he’s getting the biopic treatment, with Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek taking up the half-mike stand and mustache, and Dexter Fletcher (who stepped in to direct after Bryan Singer was fired during filming) behind the camera to showcase the life of the greatest frontman in music history. Since Queen is my all-time favorite band, I was very hesitant to see how this film would handle Freddie Mercury, regardless of all of the behind the scenes drama. But thankfully Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t the disaster I was expecting, even though it is a little rough around the edges. Read the rest of this entry