Category Archives: Comic Books

First Impressions: Spider-Man

41300386_10103429458374831_8657157444432035840_nSpider-Man has starred in his fair share of video games throughout the years, but the past few years have seen a steady decline in the quality of his interactive titles. The days of Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2 and Web of Shadows had all but disappeared by the time the Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie in game came around (a game that somehow pissed me off even more than the movie did). For a long time, it seemed like I’d have to settle for getting my web-swingin’ fix from the regular Lego Marvel games released every few years or so.

Until this past Friday, when Insomniac’s Spider-Man was released. Read the rest of this entry

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The State of The “Big Three” In 2018

stacks-of-comic-booksIt’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the three big publishers in comics, but every now and again it’s good to take stock at what Marvel, DC, and Image are putting out onto the shelves and play the “who’s doing it better?” game. Unlike years past, though, there’s actually no real clear winner when it comes to these publishers, as all of them, while having their faults, are putting out some really awesome material as of late. So lets look at the pros and cons of each publisher, and try to come up with some sort of consensus here. 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

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

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

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

The Joke’s On You

joaquin-phoenix-joker-origin-movie-1081213-1280x0So that Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is officially happening. Yup, the one that has The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips directing. And HAD Martin Scorsese (yes, THAT Martin Scorsese) producing, but now will just be produced by his production company. It’s Warner Bros’ big attempt to not only differentiate themselves from the superhero movie market, but also try and salvage whatever goodwill they have left after the disappointing critical (and some commercial) performances of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and especially Justice League, as well as maybe get some Oscar play for their studio. While I’ve already made my feelings widely known in regards to the idea of giving the Joker an origin movie, there is a part of me that can’t deny the curiosity I feel regarding this. It’s either going to be brilliant or a colossal mistake, but it could be the thing to save WB’s DC films. Read the rest of this entry

The Amazing Steve Ditko

steve-ditko-45a9ae5d-e1d1-44a0-a414-06ffbb33575-resize-750Steve Ditko has passed away.

The co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange stayed away from the public eye, preferring a private life where he could work on his art. But while he may not have the star power of Stan Lee, or the larger than life impact of Jack Kirby, the Marvel universe and superheroes as we know them wouldn’t be the same without him. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Ant-Man_and_the_Wasp_posterAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed By: Peyton Reed

After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

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