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TV Review: Iron Fist!

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Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham

SPOILERS

Now that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have had their time in the Netflix spotlight, it’s time for Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, to get his chance to grace the streaming service. While the early reviews for the latest Marvel Netflix series haven’t been great (to put it mildly), I was still pretty intrigued by the show. After all, how would Marvel Studios go about adapting Iron Fist, a character that has a more mystical background than any of the other members of the Defenders? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: American Gods: Shadows and The Amazing Spider-Man!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

STL035995American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

With the upcoming TV adaptation coming our way, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to adapt Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in comic book form. Picking up the adaptation torch is Dark Horse Comics, who’ve had a long relationship with Gaiman’s work in the past. With longtime Gaiman collaborator P Craig Russell and artist Scott Hampton pitching in, American Gods: Shadows is a good adaptation for those who have never read the original novel before, but if you have, there’s not a lot of new things brought to the table. Read the rest of this entry

Let’s Talk About X, Baby

legionYes, this is another column about Logan. But more specifically, it’s about the impact that Logan, Deadpool, and FX’s Legion show have had on the X-Men franchise at Fox. All three of these properties are wildly different, but they share three things: they’re entertaining, have a very clear vision, and are completely different from any other X-Men product Fox has produced.  In an entertainment world that has valued the idea of “shared universes”, you would think that this strategy would work counter for the studio, but I honestly thing it’s emboldened them to try new things, and maybe even show Fox that there’s no need for the X-Men movies to try and copy what Marvel and Warner Bros are doing.  Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: IvX and Man-Thing!

COMIC REVIEWS!

indexIVX #6 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

After six issues and multiple tie-ins, the war between the Inhumans and the X-Men draws to a close in IvX #6. While Marvel’s made no secret of hyping up the next installment of the X-Men franchise, ResurrXion, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t any loose ends to tie up in Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule’s event.  Thankfully for us, Soule and Lemire are able to buck the trend of every Marvel event and give us a truly satisfying ending that sets up interesting stakes for not only the X-Men, but the Inhumans as well. Read the rest of this entry

The World of Logan

logan-x-men-comics-001-1280x535SPOILERS (For real, this article is one big spoiler for Logan, proceed at your own risk!)

By now you probably are all aware of my thoughts on Logan, the final movie to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (if you didn’t, read my review. I’ll wait). It’s a superbly haunting movie that stays with you, and gets better the more you see it. Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman crafted the perfect send off for Wolverine, and created a film that simply couldn’t be done at any other point in the X-Men franchise’s history. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Logan!

logan_2017_posterLogan (2017)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrooke

Directed by: James Mangold

MINOR SPOILERS

Very few times we get a comic book movie that not only defines the genre, it elevates it to a whole other level. The Dark Knight did this, as did The Avengers (and some could say Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy, or really any Marvel Studios major release). Well, we can now add another film to that list, because I can honestly say that Logan, the final film to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, is one of those films. It’s somber and hopeful, as well as violent and heartfelt. For a final bow, Jackman and director James Mangold pulled out all the stops, and crafted a film that doesn’t feel like anything else in the stable of X-Men films by Fox. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Extremity and Savage Things!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

extremity_01-1Extremity #1 (Image Comics)

Image Comics have prided themselves on being the go to place for comic creators, and while it’s created a glut of new titles that sometimes feel very similar, there are still lots of books that feature some pretty awesome surprises. One of those surprises is definitely Daniel Warren Johnson’s Extremity, a book that takes a lot of similar themes you’ve seen in other Image titles and completely turns them on their head. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Old Guard and Highlander: American Dream!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

oldguard-01_cvrThe Old Guard #1 (Image Comics)

Greg Rucka has made quite the name for himself thanks to books like Lazarus, and now he’s starting up another creator owned series with Image Comics, The Old Guard. Billed as a mixture of “John Wick and Highlander”, The Old Guard is an awesome mash up of immortals, black ops, and super violence, but has the same strong characterizations that you would expect from a book with Greg Rucka’s name on it.

The Old Guard focuses on five immortals that have been battling or centuries.  They’ve seen everything, and Andy, our lead character, is constantly searching for the one battle that will finally kill her. When the group is sent on a simple rescue mission, their secret is revealed thanks to a hidden camera, leading to a whole mess of new problems for them. Read the rest of this entry

On Legos and Batman

tumblr_oamjsvdyom1qjvd0ko1_1280After two weeks as the reigning box office champ, it’s not outside of the realm of believability to call The Lego Batman movie a sizeable hit.  It’s fun; action packed, and most importantly, features an aspect of the Dark Knight that’s been sorely lacking in the past decade: family. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome To Riverdale

riverdale-header3I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to The CW’s Riverdale.

Yes, I know, it’s weird that a thirty-year-old guy would be interested in this show to begin with, and I’m surprised as anyone to be gushing as much as I am, but here we are.

I’ll admit that my viewing of the pilot episode was for purely selfish reasons. After reading an interview with Riverdale show runner (and Archie Comics CCO) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa in which he stated “if Riverdale is successful we’ll absolutely look at other Archie properties to adapt, with Sabrina being the first one”, I knew that I’d be checking the show out, if only to get Sabrina a new show. Now, you all know my love for Sabrina, so if I had to endure watching a couple hours of teen drama to get a new Sabrina show with the premise of her awesome Chilling Adventures comic, that was a small price to pay. Read the rest of this entry