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Comic Review Special: The Replacer OGN!

COMIC REVIEW!

STL113983.jpgThe Replacer (Aftershock Comics)

What happens when you mix IT, Stranger Things, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and a pinch of The Exorcist? You get something along the lines of The Replacer, a new original graphic novel from Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini. A moody, atmospheric story, The Replacer is one of the creepiest reads of the year, and shows that Aftershock Comics has what it takes to move beyond the standard monthly comic format. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: War of the Realms: Punisher and Daredevil!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

downloadWar of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3)

Ever since the Punisher MAX run, it’s been hard to put Frank Castle in the main Marvel universe. With the exception of Matthew Rosenberg’s current Punisher run, any time that Frank Castle is put into the main Marvel universe it puts the character in a difficult position. But Punisher is a popular character, and isn’t immune to big sweeping line-wide events, so the War of the Realms is coming for Frank Castle, and surprisingly Gerry Duggan and Marcelo Feirrera’s War of the Realms: Punisher tie-in miniseries is a blast to read, and doesn’t try to force the character into an area that he’s not comfortable in. Read the rest of this entry

The Rise of Trailer

3000Okay, so the title for this column isn’t the best, but it’s gotta fit in with the newly announced title to the final episode in the Star Wars saga: The Rise of Skywalker. Like The Last Jedi, there’s a whole lot to unpack in those four words, and since JJ Abrams and the cast of the movie aren’t going to spoil it for us, we’re just gonna have to get ourselves all worked up trying to figure out just what the hell it means. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Fairlady and Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

fairlady-1_8a97f58344Fairlady #1 (Image Comics)

We’ve all seen the stories of a big war in a fantasy realm, but what happens when the war is over? That’s the main crux of Fairlady, a new fantasy series from Brian Schirmer and Claudia Balboni that plays a little like Lord Of the Rings, a little like Magnum P.I, and ends up being a whole lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2!

1552579119316-2FTHI7O9B1HYQJH8R1M6It may not be Halloween, but you’d never know it from the second part of Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In every way, this new installment of the Archie Horror comic adaptation is darker, bloodier, and better than Part One, even if it takes a little while to get moving.

When we last left Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), she had written her name in the Devil’s book and signed her soul away to protect her friends. Fully embracing her witch side, she’s now enrolled in the Academy of the Unseen Arts full-time, and neglecting her time with her mortal friends. But the forces of Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez), Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), and the Devil himself have other plans, and Sabrina will need all the help she can get from her friends and family in order to prevent the Apocalypse. Read the rest of this entry

Put On A Happy Face

220px-Joker_(2019_film)_posterWell, we finally have our first look at Joker, the Todd Phillips directed, Joaquin Phoenix starring DC film that serves as an origin story of sorts for the infamous villain. Movie and comic fans didn’t really know what to expect from this movie, and even now that we have a teaser, I still don’t really know what to think when it comes to this film. But I have to admit, I’m more intrigued now than I was when it was first announced. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: War of the Realms and Rocko’s Modern Afterlife!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!

650x650_506176152ee488e08b42f5b0dfba979ffac91fab8ce9076cb2f98fcfWar of the Realms #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a very long time. Going as far back as his God of Thunder run, his work on the character is a true testament to “playing the long game”. He’s had Thor fight new villains, lose his title of the God of Thunder to Jane Foster, and be restored to his former glory (but not without taking a hand in the process). It’s an incredible achievement that Aaron has been able to keep with the character for so long, a fact that it’s even more surprising when you consider just how many titles have had creative changes at Marvel in the time since he started working on the character. But now it’s all coming to a head with War of the Realms, the latest event from the House of Ideas that will “change everything we know about the Marvel Universe”. But this event feels different from past big Marvel events, mainly because it seems like there’s been an actual sense of anticipation and build up from Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, who returns to the Asgardian to draw this massive tale. Read the rest of this entry

The Dark Knight Turns 80

225472_1291832_1003.jpgThis week, the Batman hit the big 8-0. For someone who should be in a walker at a rest home, he looks pretty great, still cracking skulls and dishing out justice on the streets of Gotham. While he didn’t hit the 80th anniversary (or the 1000 issue mark) before Superman, it’s not unbelievable to say that Batman is the most recognizable character in the world, and nothing can really hurt his image. Not nipples on his suit, bad cartoons, or even a misguided attempt to use him to build up a cinematic universe to rival a major studio. Read the rest of this entry

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

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