Category Archives: Comic Books

The Punishing Spirit of Vengeance of the Cosmos

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My Man, Indeed

maxresdefaultIt’s official, Aquaman is the highest grossing DCEU movie. It’s a hard statistic to accept, but also pretty awesome if I’m being honest. Somehow, audiences have been showing up in a big way to see Jason Momoa toss a trident around, so much so that it’s on track to become the first movie in Warner Bros’ fledging cinematic universe to cross a billion dollars (a feat that Marvel has pulled off a few times already). So what is it about Aquaman, of all characters, that makes it so appealing to audiences? Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2018

2018 was a massive year for pop culture, so much so that there’s things on this list that I had to remind myself that they even came out this year. Seriously, the amount of great entertainment that came our way in 2018 was enough to fill three years, so why don’t I just get out of the way and break down some of my favorite things of the year 2018? Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Aquaman

MOVIE REVIEW!

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Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Directed By: James Wan

What if I told you that one of the best movies to come out of DC and Warner Bros’ current lineup of films was one starring Arthur Curry, aka the Aquaman? You’d think I was crazy, right? Well, believe it, because James Wan’s Aquaman is one of the most entertaining superhero movies to come along from the studio, mainly because of how it embraces every aspect of the character, no matter how goofy it is. At times, the Jason Momoa-led film almost borders on sensory overload with how much is thrown on the screen, almost as if this was Warner Bros, looking at the returns for Justice League, saying “well, we don’t have anything else left to lose, we might as well put everything into this one Aquaman movie”. It’s a bombastic, over the top, incredibly goofy film, and I loved every minute of it. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

MOVIE REVIEW!

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Starring: Shamiek Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schrieber, Mahershala Ali

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
Spider-Man has had many films, but Into the Spider-verse is different. Not only is it the first animated feature film starring the wall-crawler to hit theaters, it’s also the cinematic debut of not only Miles Morales, but Gwen Stacey’s Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen). Showcasing the young Miles’ origins as the new Spider-man, as well as hosting a bunch of other spider-characters, Into The Spider-Verse could have been a mess, a cheap corporate cash-in on the Spidey brand name. Instead, it stands as not only the best animated feature of the year, but one of the greatest comic book films ever, and possibly even the best Spider-Man film. Read the rest of this entry

In Need of a Miracle

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One of the best comics on the stands came to a close last week: Mister Miracle. The Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ miniseries focused on the life of Scott Free, the superhero/escape artist known as Mister Miracle who’s originally from the dark world of Apokalips. While you may have thought that this series would focus on Scott’s struggles with his adoptive father Darkseid and the war for home of the New Gods, it actually had more to say about family, grief, and mental health. Read the rest of this entry

Stan

Stan!Stan Lee is gone.

Even typing those words feels surreal. For many, myself included, it seemed like Stan Lee would be around forever, making Marvel Studios cameos and appearing at cons with a joyful, boundless energy that seemed too much for his age. This was a man who, in his 90’s, was still making multiple appearances a year at many different venues. He’s been a part of my life since I was first aware of comic books, introducing my Pizza Hut X-Men tapes with a joyful exuberance that made him feel like a grandparent from the other side of the glass. He’s had an insurmountable, almost impossible to describe impact on my life, and I’m glad I got the chance to at least tell him so, in my own weird, awkward way. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

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People who follow my column know that I’m a big fan of Sabrina The Teenage Witch and her comic The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So naturally, I was very much looking forward to Netflix’s series based on the Archie Horror series. My expectations were high, possibly even TOO high, but after devouring the series over the past three days, I’m happy to say that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not only one of the best debuts of the year, but also something that worked well to revitalize the franchise for a new generation. Read the rest of this entry

Suicide Gunn

james-gunn-suicide-squad-1138199-1280x0Ever since he was fired from Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3, the nerd world at large has been wondering just what would become of James Gunn. Would he retreat from the public eye indefinitely? Go back to the smaller genre films that he was known for before Guardians? Or would he jump ship for a rival studio?

Well, this week we got the answer, and it’s option three. Read the rest of this entry

Superman No More?

gallery-1510933656-batman-v-superman-henry-cavillIf the rumors are to be believed, then Henry Cavill may be giving up the role of the Man of Steel. A lot as happened since the day that the Cavill bombshell dropped, but since then there’s been really nothing about Cavill’s role in the DCEU. Aside from a very cryptic response from Warner Bros, and an even weirder Instagram post from Cavill, we comic fans are still left with nothing that really tells us definitively if Cavill is truly out or not and as the weeks go by, that gets pretty frustrating. Read the rest of this entry