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Comic Reviews: Tony Stark, Iron Man and Lost City Explorers!

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APR180665_1024x1024Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

He’s been dead, then an AI program, but now Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man is back in the land of the living, and that mean’s it’s time for a brand new #1 issue! Yes, Tony Stark: Invincible Iron Man is another part of the Marvel “Fresh Start” initiative, but with Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti on the writing and art duties, the time is right for the Iron Avenger to make a new lease on life, and with an opening issue like this one, we’re in good hands. Read the rest of this entry

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Warner Bros’ Infinite Crisis

dfkvdjex4aaodzt-1528915066-520x350It’s no big revelation to say that Warner Bros’ slate of films based on the world of DC Comics are in a weird spot. After the muted response to Justice League, news of any film connected to the DCEU has become so scattershot that it would make anyone’s head spin. Sure, Wonder Woman‘s sequel and James Wan’s Aquaman are coming down the line (and both look pretty cool), but then there’s also the currently filming Shazam, Ava Duvernay’s New Gods film, a Batgirl movie, a Nightwing movie, Matt Reeves’ untitled (and possibly unAfflecked) Batman film, and not one, but three films put into development starring the clown prince of the crime himself, The Joker. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Hawkman and Stellar!

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Hawkman01_CVR_5aa86edec27280.38883189Hawkman #1 (DC Comics)

Of all of the superheroes in comics, none have quite the convoluted history like Hawkman. He started as an adventurer, then became a space cop, then became a constantly resurrected hero, and now has ties to the events of Metal. Many great writers and artists have tried their hand at making sense of him, and while some have had more success than others, true lasting success has eluded the character. But now, with a brand new start from writer Robert Venditti and artist Bryan Hitch, the tide could (and should) start to turn in Carter Hall’s favor, because Hawkman #1 is an absolute blast. Read the rest of this entry

The Night He Came Home….AGAIN!

halloween-2John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of my all-time favorite movies. I could easily mark it down in my top five films of all time. It’s a masterpiece of simplicity, and paved the way for an entirely new genre of horror movies. Unfortunately, a large amount of the other movies in the franchise suck. With the exception of Halloween II, H20: Twenty Years Later, and …uh….the unrelated Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the other movies in the franchise not only cheapen the effectiveness of the original, they actually make The Shape himself, Michael Myers, less scary by trying to explain his motivations. But it looks like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween will finally buck the trend and give us a sequel that’s truly worthy of being associated with the original. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Justice League and The Unexpected!

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indexJustice League #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s summer plans aren’t slowing down anytime soon. First they unleashed No Justice, then Brian Michael Bendis’ Man of Steel, and now the brand new Justice League #1 has arrived, with the new creative team of Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung. With a roster that harkens back to the classic Cartoon Network show and a brand new, universe shattering story, the comic is finally back to a place of quality that the characters deserve. Read the rest of this entry

Solo Flies Low

Han+solo+movie+review+i+enjoyed+this+movie+surprisingly+enoughit_28954a_6625636Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Man of Steel and Blackwood!

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Man-of-Steel-1-CoverMan of Steel #1 (DC Comics)

After months of build up, the time has finally come for Brian Michael Bendis’ Man of Steel. A weekly miniseries, this new start marks the beginning of Bendis’ run on the Man of Steel, and boasts a pretty impressive roster of rotating artists, with the first being Ivan Reis. Promised as the start of a mystery that has ties to Superman’s past, this opening issue serves as a good indication of how Bendis fits into the DC universe, and it’s the shot in the arm that this writer has needed for quite some time. Read the rest of this entry

Boba Fett! Boba Fett! Where?

boba-fett-solo-movie-star-warsNot even 24 hours into the release of Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney announced one of their next upcoming projects: the long rumored Boba Fett film. The Mandalorian bounty hunter has long been a fan-favorite, and despite his very limited screen time, he’s on a crap ton of merch, so it makes sense that he’d be the next character to get a spin off. While there’s no real need for him to get a starring role (the mystery is pretty much gone after the prequel trilogy), the choice for the director is what has me really interested: James Mangold. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

solo-official-posterMOVIE REVIEW!!

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

MINOR SPOILERS

With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Black Panther and The Flash!

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indexBlack Panther #1 (Marvel Comics)

Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative is designed to give new and unique jumping on points for their stable of characters, and nowhere is that more apparent than with Black Panther #1. While this new number one still has writer Ta-Nehisi Coates onboard, it boasts a new artist in Daniel Acuna, and a brand new location: space. Read the rest of this entry