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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

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Comic Reviews: Batman: White Knight and Spirits of Vengeance!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

batman_white_knight_coverBatman: White Knight #1 (of ) (DC Comics)

There have been countless classic Batman tales: The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, the entirety of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run. Hell, even The Dark Knight counts as an incredible Batman story, despite being a movie and not a comic. With Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight, the hype was building that this story could be just as good as those other classics. And now that it’s out I can tell you this: the hype is real. 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

Comic Reviews: Dark Nights Metal and Mage: The Hero Denied!

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metal-1-cover-e1498475012313Dark Nights: Metal #1 (DC Comics)

More so than many big comic book events, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Dark Nights: Metal. Of course, any book that reunites the Batman New 52 dream team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo is bound to gain some attention, but the hype surrounding Metal is definitely more palpable than other events in the works (looking at you, Marvel Legacy). Perhaps it’s the fact that this event will tie into the early days of the DC universe, or that DC has been on such a creative hot streak lately that anything they make will have a lot of attention, but whatever it is, Metal has a ton of hype, which means it has a lot to live up to. And while it’s not the action packed event that the Batman with battle axes promo images would have you believe, Snyder and Capullo are setting the stage for some major shake ups in the DC universe. Read the rest of this entry

Video Game Review: Injustice 2

indexInjustice 2 (2017)

Developer: Netherrealm Studios

Consoles: PS4, Xbox ONE

In nearly every sense of the word, Injustice 2 is an improvement. From the graphics, to the game play, to the sheer depth of things to do, Injustice 2 absolutely changes and updates everything that was great about the original game (which was quite a lot). The new “loot system” customization options for characters is both overwhelming and addictive, and ensures that you’ll never be able to stop saying “okay, just one more match” whenever you fire it up. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman and Shirtless Bear Fighter!

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BATMAN-25-600x910Batman #25 (DC Comics)

Tom King’s run on Batman has been pretty stellar so far. From introducing new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl, to showcasing one of the bloodiest Batman vs. Bane fights in years, to Batman proposing to Catwoman, King has pretty much solidified his place as one of the best writers to work on the character. But with the latest arc, “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, he may have outdone himself. There’s a fair amount of hype surrounding this issue, and amazingly the Mikel Janin drawn issue exceeded my expectations.  While you won’t get any definite resolution to Batman’s proposal to Catwoman at the end of the last issue, Batman #25 is still one of the best issues in King’s run. Read the rest of this entry

Remembering Adam West

adam-west-lifts-cowl-gettyAdam West is gone.

Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Adam West, and to the Batman, was from the famous Bill Dozier Batman series. Those reruns that aired at 7pm every night on UPN were the highlights of my day. Watching the series with my dad was a nightly ritual, and the cliffhanger episodes were torture for my small four year old mind. The feature film that was made in between the first and second season was a movie I rented so often that my parents eventually broke down and bought me a copy, which I then watched so much that they had to buy ANOTHER copy. I was enthralled with Batman at an early age, and it was all thanks to Adam West’s gloriously earnest and eager take on the Caped Crusader. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: The Flash and Curse Words!

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FLS_Cv22_non-lenticular[10]_590d2e22ac7773.69640683The Flash #22 (DC Comics)

It’s all come to this. With the hype of the entire DC universe and comic fans behind it, “The Button” has reached its conclusion. But now that we know the next installment in the Rebirth mystery is coming in November, has the wind been taken out of The Flash #22 sails? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Secret Empire and Bane Conquest!

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HT-secret-empire1-cf-170209_2_8x13_992.jpgSecret Empire #1 (of 9) (Marvel Comics)

To say that Marvel’s Secret Empire has been controversial would be the understatement of the year. Fans have been voicing their displeasure over the “Hydra Cap” storyline for a year now, so much so that Marvel had to issue a special press release that asked them to hold judgment until they read the new event to completion (and that SPOILER ALERT Captain America will be back to normal by the time it’s over). Now the storyline that Nick Spencer has been building to since last year’s Steve Rogers Captain America is here. With Cap’s “true allegiance” now in the open, the battle begins for the soul of Marvel’s greatest hero. But removed from all the hype and headlines, how does Secret Empire stack up as the latest in the long line of Marvel events? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Scarlet Spider and The Flash!

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BenReillyScarletSpider1-cover2Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1 (Marvel Comics)

This isn’t the first time that Marvel has tried to restart the Scarlet Spider, but it is the first time they’ve done it with Ben Reilly, the original character to don the blue hoodie. With writer Peter David and artist Mark Bagley on the book, Marvel is banking on the 90’s nostalgia pretty hard, but this series is so tied to the events of Clone Conspiracy that it may be hard for new readers to jump on board with the title. Read the rest of this entry