Category Archives: Comic Books

Have You Taken A Pamphlet?

Thor-Ragnarok-Reviews-KorgSPOILERS FOR THOR: RAGNAROK FOLLOW!

By pretty much all accounts, Thor: Ragnarok is another major success for Marvel Studios. The mixture of comedy and the world of the God of Thunder, under the watchful eye of director Taika Waititi, was a combination that somehow worked really well critically and with audiences. There’s a lot to like about Ragnarok, from Chris Hemsworth’s great comic timing, to the Hulk’s excellent action scenes, but the one thing that’s stuck with me the most is one of the smaller characters: Korg. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: Justice League!

MOVIE REVIEW!

justice-league-posterJustice League (2017)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Zack Snyder

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s been a long road to Justice League. After numerous false starts, a George Miller almost directed movie, and Batman V Superman, it’s finally time for DC’s all stars to take the stage on the big screen. But after a troubled development that saw Zack Snyder have to step down due to a family tragedy, which caused Joss Whedon to step in and handle reshoots, the League has finally assembled, and the hopes and dreams of the entire DCEU rest upon it. With so much riding on Justice League, and the amount of work involved in making it, being worried about the end result is a legitimate concern. But amazingly, Justice League does mostly work, especially when it comes to correcting the mistakes that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder made in previous DCEU efforts. Read the rest of this entry

When Worlds Collide?

Avengers_vs._X-Men_Vol_1_0_Cheung_Variant.jpgA major bombshell has just hit the nerd community: Disney was allegedly in talks to acquire 21st Century Fox.

Now despite what all the headlines are saying, this is far from a done deal. In fact, according to Bloomberg, the talks had been on and off for the past few weeks, but are now dead. But this still means that there’s a chance, regardless of how big, that we could finally see the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and the X-Men cross paths with the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the talks are dead now, but now that the topic has been brought up, I can’t imagine that Disney wouldn’t try again to at least get the Fantastic Four and X-Men rights back. It would take some creative finagling, but if Marvel’s proven anything, it’s that they can get finaglin’.  Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok!

indexMOVIE REVIEW!!

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo

Directed by: Taika Waititi

MINOR SPOILERS

When it comes to the “big three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor side of things has had it pretty rough. Sure, the original film from Kenneth Branagh is a great introduction to the world of Asgard (I’ll still go to bat for it), but the second entry, Thor: The Dark World, is widely regarded as one of Marvel Studios’ few misfires. With the third entry, Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios made the risky decision to hire What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi to helm the film, hoping to inject some new life into the franchise. But does a director who’s more widely known for hilarious indie movies fit into the Marvel Studios machine? Read the rest of this entry

Trade Spotlight: Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

red-rain-dracula-batman-kelley-jonesHalloween, the greatest of all holidays, is rapidly approaching. And while you may be putting the final touches on your costume, loading up on candy, or binging your favorite spooky movies, there’s still plenty of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit, and one of my favorite ways to do it is by rereading one of my favorite Batman stories: Red Rain. Read the rest of this entry

Pedal to the Metal

STL056717_METAL_Cv3_R1600_59a0794400c7f8.75344923Event comics aren’t supposed to be fun anymore. The past few years have seen countless tie-ins and additional issues with prices jacked up so you “have to find out what happens” regardless of the comic costing you almost triple the usual cover price. After Secret Empire, Civil War II, Convergence, and a host of other events, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear long time comic readers say that they “needed a break” from the world of mainstream comics. But then Dark Nights: Metal came along, and bucked the trend completely. Here’s an event that’s not only selling well, but a massive hit with readers. Lately I’ve seen fans request not only the main Metal series, but the tie in issues too, which is one of the biggest signs of a successful event for any publisher. From the one shots detailing the different demonic Batmans that appeared at the end of the second issue to the ”Gotham Resistance” storyline that ran thought Teen Titans, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow, it’s been difficult to keep up with the growing demand for this series. So what’s the difference? Read the rest of this entry

Sabrina Returns to TV!

Chilling_AdventuresOf_Sabrina_issue_2.jpgGuys. GUYS.

It’s finally happening. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is coming to TV, and more importantly, it’s coming to The CW and being overseen by Riverdale Executive Producer (and Chilling Adventures writer) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. To say this news has me excited would be an understatement. While I’m a pretty big fan of Riverdale (see last week’s column), the real reason I started watching that show was because I heard Sacasa say that if Riverdale was a success, then the next Archie property they’d adapt would be Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. And it’s happening! Read the rest of this entry

Return to Riverdale

Riverdale-Season-2-PosterYes, I’m writing about Riverdale again. Longtime readers of this column (all 12 of you) know about my weird love of the CW show that features Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and the rest of the classic Archie character in a new, “teen drama” setting. But you probably don’t know that of all the new and returning TV shows based on comic books (and holy crap are there a LOT now), Riverdale is easily my most anticipated show of the upcoming season. Read the rest of this entry

What’s In A Cinematic Universe Anyways?

indexWarner Bros has been making quite the headlines lately, with the announcement of a solo Joker movie (produced by Martin Scorsese no less), ANOTHER Joker movie set in the DCEU featuring Jared Leto and Margot Robie, and major updates on the upcoming Matt Reeves directed Batman movie: namely, that it won’t be part of the DCEU film universe, only to then be announced that it IS part of the DCEU universe, but won’t feature other characters from the DC movies. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: The Defenders!

20525205_10156451863817892_7777086020131322463_nThe Defenders (2017)

Starring: Charlie Cox, Kristen Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Elodie Young

SPOILERS

Much like the solo movies of their big screen counterparts, the main appeal of the four Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) was the idea that the four would join forces in their own team up series The Defenders.  Now that the four have had their own seasons (or two in Daredevil’s case), it’s finally time for them to join up and crack some Hand ninja skulls as only they can. While Defenders takes a while to get going, once Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) get together, the show becomes one of the most entertaining entries in the Marvel Netflix deal, albeit with a few small setbacks. Read the rest of this entry