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Comic Reviews: Doctor Doom and The Batman’s Grave

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dd1_1Doctor Doom #1 (Marvel Comics)

Villain led comics are typically pretty hard to pull off, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel isn’t going to try with Doctor Doom. From Halt and Catch Fire creator Christopher Cantwell and artist Salvador Larocca, the new series focusing on Victor Von Doom is both intriguing and a little confusing, mainly due to the characterization of Doom himself. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Joker

MOVIE REVIEW!

D3KMvvFU0AADLajJoker (2019)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy

Directed By: Todd Phillips

SPOILERS

Being a big Batman fan, I’ve seen a lot of takes on the Dark Knight. That also means I’ve seen a lot of takes on his arch nemesis, the Joker. From Heath Ledger’s scarred anarchist to Jared Leto’s tattooed thug, The Joker has had arguably the most interpretations of any comic book character in history, and since he’s my all-time favorite villain in fiction, I’m pretty protective of him. Which is why I was going into Todd Phillips’ Joker with some pretty heavy skepticism. On the one hand, you have Joaquin Phoenix, arguably the best actor of our generation, in the lead. On the other hand, this is a Joker origin movie (strike one) that doesn’t feature Batman (strike two), and is from the director of The Hangover and Due Date (movies that I find funny, but strike three). Add in the fact that it seems to be more influenced by early Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy than anything from the Clown Prince of Crime’s myriad comic book appearances, and I was starting to get a feeling of confusion over what the point of even calling this film “Joker” was . With the storm of controversy and furor surrounding the film’s release, including winning the Golden Lion at Cannes and increased police presence at showings (plus Todd Phillips’ increasingly stupid comments on the state of comedy), and it was getting to a point where I was looking forward to seeing the film less out excitement and curiosity, and more out of a feeling of “let’s just get this over with”. The end result has me falling somewhere squarely in the middle on Joker, a film that has many flaws, but an undeniably great lead performance in Joaquin Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman/Superman and General Hux!

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batman-superman-1-preview-coverBatman/Superman #1 (DC Comics)

Every few years DC restarts a team up book for Batman and Superman, and it seems we’re about due for a new one. Unlike previous Superman and Batman series, Batman/Superman #1 is deeply rooted in the main continuity of the DC universe, and directly follows the events of the Batman Who Laughs miniseries that just wrapped up. However, those that didn’t follow that series won’t be completely lost, as the Joshua Williamson and David Marquez debut issue does a pretty good job of serving as an entry point into the modern day DC universe and it’s happenings. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Curse of the White Knight and Sword Master!

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indexBatman: Curse of the White Knight #1 (DC Comics)

Batman: White Knight was a critical and commercial smash for DC and Sean Gordon Murphy, so it’s no surprise that a sequel has come along to expand this corner of the DC universe that I’ll coin the “Murphy-verse”. Unlike the original series, which put a new dynamic on the Joker/Batman relationship, Curse of the White Knight looks back into the past of the Waynes and their ties to Gotham, creating a much different story than the previous one. Read the rest of this entry

“I’m Batman…. At Thirty”

MV5BMjA3MzI3NjI2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjIzNjEwMzE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1512,1000_AL_.jpgTim Burton’s Batman did a lot of things. It changed the cultural landscape for superhero films, proved that Michael Keaton could be more than Mr. Mom, and kickstarted a whole new generation of comic book movies. It was also one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again, to the point where I almost burnt out the VHS tape it was on. As the movie hits the 30 year mark, I wanted to take a look back at a movie that stands as not only one of my all-time favorites, but one of my first instances of seeing a comic book brought to life as a movie. Read the rest of this entry

The Rise of Battinson

s0rRXNiAfter some unverified reports a few weeks ago, we can finally confirm who our next Batman will be. After months of speculation, the next Dark Knight is none other than Robert Pattinson, the man made famous thanks to the Twilight Saga. It’s a surprising development, but one that I’m pretty intrigued by, and no one is more surprised by that statement than myself. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Last Knight On Earth and She Said Destroy!

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BM_LKOE_Cv1_1500_5cdc620e979443.57980730Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s Black Label imprint got off to a pretty shaky start with the release of Batman: Damned last year, but it’s now set to release another monster (though probably less controversial) hit with Batman: Last Knight on Earth. Re-teaming the legendary duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the newest installment of the imprint finds the Dark Knight in a mysterious wasteland world, with no memory of how he got there, what’s happened, and why he has the head of the Joker in a lantern. Read the rest of this entry

The Bat and The Cat

indexAny time a creative team is taken off a book early, it’s bad. But when news hit that Tom King would be leaving Batman with issue 85, twenty issues before his planned run was ready to end, it was near catastrophic. The acclaimed, Eisner-award winning writer behind Marvel’s Vision and the recent Miracle Man miniseries had done wonders with the Dark Knight, and it seemed like King was still going to have free range to finish out the story that he wanted to tell on the title. But now, that’s changed, and DC and King himself are making this seem like it’s similar to Grant Morrison’s run on the character, which spanned the initial Batman series before moving into it’s own title, Batman, Inc. But I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Read the rest of this entry

The Dark Knight Turns 80

225472_1291832_1003.jpgThis week, the Batman hit the big 8-0. For someone who should be in a walker at a rest home, he looks pretty great, still cracking skulls and dishing out justice on the streets of Gotham. While he didn’t hit the 80th anniversary (or the 1000 issue mark) before Superman, it’s not unbelievable to say that Batman is the most recognizable character in the world, and nothing can really hurt his image. Not nipples on his suit, bad cartoons, or even a misguided attempt to use him to build up a cinematic universe to rival a major studio. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Damned and Return of Wolverine!

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indexBatman: Damned #1 (of 3) (DC Comics)

DC’s put a lot of hype behind their new “Black Label” imprint, which allows some of the best creatives at the company full creative freedom behind their vast stable of characters. There’s books from Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and John Ridley coming our way, but the first up is Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. DC has a lot of expectations for this line of books, with the hope that this line will birth a new Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns. While it remains to be seen if Damned will reach those levels of popularity and acclaim, it’s definitely off to an intriguing, if strange, start. Read the rest of this entry