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Summer Movie Wrap-Up!

RT_MoviePreview_FeaturedI’m calling it, Summer is over. Yes, it’s still minimum 75 degrees outside, but when it comes to the best part of the Summer, the movies, we’re in a stand still. From the big blockbusters to indie hits, the summer of 2018 has been one of the strongest in recent memory, but not all of them were slam dunk hits (sorry Solo). But at the end of the day, what movie stood tall among the pack of films? The answer may surprise you. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Extermination and Pearl!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an X-Men event, but all that is changing now with Extermination. Serving as the catalyst for the next big refresh of Marvel’s Mutants, Extermination, from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz, is chock full of what makes the X-Men, well, the X-Men. No, not mutants fighting one another (although that’s certainly here in this opening issue), time travel! Read the rest of this entry

Gunns and Roses

james_gunn_marvel_studios_rehireI try to keep this column a “politics-free zone”, mainly because there’s so many awful things out in the world lately that I like to think of this column as an escape. But with the recent firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, I feel like I need to put my two cents in. Were Gunn’s tweets, which, while written ten years ago, offensive and unfunny? Absolutely. But his firing for his past actions sets a dangerous precedent for not only Hollywood, but our modern culture as well. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four and Sandman Universe!

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687096._SX360_QL80_TTD_Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a dark time for Fantastic Four fans. The past few years have seen the team removed from the Marvel publishing slate, and whether that was due to declining sales, a way to build up anticipation for their inevitable return, or because the head publisher didn’t want to be promoting a property that Marvel didn’t have the film rights to, their absence has been felt. But luckily with the team returning with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s Fantastic Four #1, the team is brought back to their glory days, and are ready to take back their title as “Marvel’s First Family”. Read the rest of this entry

Call The Four

Los_Cuatro_FantásticosThis week marks a pretty big occasion: the return of the Fantastic Four to comic stands. The lack of a FF title on the shelves has been felt for the past few years, and while The Thing/Human Torch lead Marvel Two-In-One series has been plenty entertaining, it still wasn’t the same. We need the Fantastic Four back on our pull lists, scanning the galaxy and beyond for threats to the universe, and it’s definitely a welcome treat to have them back where they belong. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Raid and Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider!

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The-Raid-1-600x910The Raid #1 (Titan Comics)

I’m a gigantic fan of The Raid and The Raid II, but when I heard that Titan Comics would be taking that world and putting it into comics, I was very hesitant. Both Raid films are known for insanely kinetic (and violent) action, which is very hard to translate to the paneled page. Impressively though, writer Ollie Masters and artist Budi Setiawan’s The Raid #1 is actual really cool, and fills in some unknown areas of the film world as well.

Set during the events of The Raid II, this opening issue finds Rama, under his “Yuda” alias, in prison. When a former trainee arrives in the same jail, he tries to strike up a friendship with Rama, who quickly makes it known that he’s not into the idea of making friends during his stay. But with enemies at every corner, Rama’s going to find out that he may need some help if he’s going to make it out of jail alive. Read the rest of this entry

My Man!

aquaman-jason-momoa-trailer-08It should come as no surprise, but I’m going to say it anyways: I am 100%, completely on board with Aquaman.

The James Wan directed film finally showed off some footage with a special trailer for San Diego Comic Con, and lemme just say : “HELL YES”. Everything about this movie looks bananas in the best way possible, from armored sharks to the fact that Jason Momoa says “badass!” when he first arrives in Atlantis. Warner Bros is leaning in HARD on the “Aquabro” aspect of Momoa’s casting, and I am totally there for it. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Action Comics and DC Bad Guys Summer Special!

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ACT_1001_CVR_fnl_5acd480ba4dca4.41390433Action Comics #1001

Now that the dust has settled in Man of Steel, Brian Michael Bendis has started his runs on Superman and Action Comics. While Superman will focus on the Man of Steel’s personal life, Bendis’ Action Comics, which begins with issue 1001 (no renumbering here), focuses on the heroic adventures of Superman. Teamed up with artist Patrick Gleason, the first issue of Bendis’ run isn’t as action-packed as described, but still seems to be setting up some pretty intriguing things. Read the rest of this entry

The Dark Knight: 10 Years Later

joker-and-batman-700x300It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you revisit a film that had a major impact on pop culture. To say that The Dark Knight completely changed what we think about movies, specifically superhero ones, when it came out ten years ago is the understatement of the century. But after a decade of films that tried to copy it’s success, and especially since the release of the underwhelming (but still pretty good) Dark Knight Rises and Warner Bros’ DCEU entries that started with the Nolan produced Man of Steel, does it still hold up as the masterwork that I remember it being?

The short answer is yes, it does. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman #51 and Batman ’66 Meets Archie #1!

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BM_Cv51_5b230bb86b1b02.15851194Batman #51 (DC Comics)

Tom King continues to put the Dark Knight into new and interesting places, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Batman #51, which puts Bruce Wayne into a situation we’ve never seen him in before: jury duty. Partnered with artist Lee Weeks, the latest issue of Batman doesn’t directly tie into the events of the previous “wedding” issue, but it does feature some truly remarkable moments that could go down as a new classic Batman story. Read the rest of this entry