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Comic Reviews: Justice League of America and Kingpin!

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index2Justice League of America Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)

Spinning out of the pages of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Justice League Of America Rebirth features one of the strangest teams to ever bear the name “Justice League. I mean, who would’ve thought we’d ever see Batman and Lobo on the same team? But Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis have done it, and added a whole new aspect to the stellar DC Rebirth relaunch. Read the rest of this entry

Batman No More?

batman-f4fc5109-b885-4cb9-b585-23d9a32fecbeBen Affleck has left The Batman.

Well, not AS Batman. Just as the director of The Batman.

While this news is disappointing, it’s not all that surprising. Affleck has been pretty dodgy about answering if he would direct a solo Batman movie going as far back as when he was first cast in the role. After the release of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad (and the receptions they got), that demand only intensified. Affleck was fielding “when are you working on Batman” for months, and it reached a fever pitch while he was promoting Live By Night, his latest directorial effort. Add in the fact that the head of Warner Bros was pretty adamant that Ben Affleck would be directing The Batman, even going so far as to announce it at a trade show without talking with the star in the first place, and it’s easy to see why Affleck would walk from the directing duties. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Justice League vs Suicide Squad and Captain America!

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justice-league-vs-suicide-squad-6-cover-1-300x461Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6 (of 6) (DC Comics)

MILD SPOILERS

In a lot of ways, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad has been the complete antithesis of a lot of major comic book events. It was weekly, on time, and didn’t involve a ton of crossovers with other books. In fact, if you just read the main event series, you’d be just fine. An added bonus has been the fact that the Joshua Williamson written event has been pretty fun, and featured a lot of fantastic artists on each issue (which helped the timeliness of the event). Which is why as we reach the final issue of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, I’m kind of bummed to see it go. This has been such a fun ride that it’s the only time I actually WANT an event to be given a few extra issues. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Justice League/Power Rangers and All-New Wolverine!

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la-1476459193-snap-photoJustice League/Power Rangers #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/Boom Studios)

DC Comics have become the go-to publisher for intercompany crossovers lately. From the Green Lantern Corps meeting the crew of the Enterprise to Batman and the Ninja Turtles teaming up, DC has done some pretty wild crossovers the past few years. But none are as wild as Justice League/Power Rangers, which features, well, the Justice League teaming up with the Power Rangers. This is one crossover that could be really dumb, but after checking out the first issue, I can easily say that so far the Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne crossover is one hell of an awesome ride. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2016!

deadpool-best-movies-2016.jpgWell, we’ve slogged through the worst of the year, and now it’s on to the best. These are the comics, movies, TV shows, and other assorted media that helped take the sting of our darkest timeline off my mind for a little while. Perhaps they helped you, or you can discover them for yourself if you need them. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Civil War II and All-Star Batman!

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portrait_incredible.jpgCivil War II #8 (of 8) (Marvel Comics)

SPOILERS

After a long and very delayed road, Civil War II has come to an end. I wish I could tell you that the Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez event bucks the trend of lame final issues for Marvel events, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, Civil War II’s final issue ranks as not only one of the worst final issues of a Marvel event, but also one of the worst comics of the year. Read the rest of this entry

The WORST of 2016

screen_shot_2016-08-03_at_11-08-01_am-0I think a lot of us can agree that by and large, 2016 was a pretty bad year all around. Nearly every major blockbuster movie disappointed, the country showed us how terrible it can be, and we lost a ton of great performers and celebrities to the man upstairs. That’s what makes this installment of my annual ‘Worst of” lists so much more difficult. In a year as crappy as this one, how can you choose the absolute crap of the crap? Well my friends, I’ve thought long and hard about this one, and after much deliberation, I give you my absolute WORST of 2016. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad and Locke and Key: Small World!

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jlvsssq01_cvr_583e0b44018de5-16130237Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 (of 6) (DC Comics)

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Justice League vs. Suicide Squad. As the first major event of the DC Rebirth era, DC is putting out all the stops for this one. Up and coming writer Joshua Williamson is handling the script duties, and the series will host a who’s who of top DC art talent, with this first issue featuring the one and only Jason Fabok. While putting this much marketing and hype behind something is usually a recipe for failure, it’s a relief to see that that’s not the case with this opening issue. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Inhumans vs X-Men and The Flash!

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ivx_1_coverInhumans vs. X-Men #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)

The throw down Marvel fans have been waiting for is here: Inhumans vs. X-Men (or IvX if you want to be picky). The past few years have been quite a ride for both franchises, as Marvel has made a pretty obvious ploy to play up the Inhumans while distancing themselves from the X-Men. It hasn’t worked, but IvX is the latest attempt by Marvel to try and get people to care as much about the Inhumans as they do about the X-Men. With Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire writing, and Leinil Yu drawing, it’s clear that Marvel really wants this one to work (especially because it’ll lead into their RessurXion event), but does it all add up to a readable event? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Star Wars: Dr. Aphra and Superman!

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doctor-aphra-1-coverStar Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (Marvel Comics)

Of the vast characters in the Star Wars universe, it’s a little odd that Doctor Aphra would be the next one to get an ongoing series. After appearing in the Darth Vader series, Aphra certainly became pretty popular, but even with that, it’s a little surprising to see her name with a new #1 behind it. Luckily Vader writer Kieron Gillen is on hand to write this series along with artist Kev Walker. Since Aphra’s the first original Marvel Star Wars character to get her own series, this is pretty cool. But is this a book that’s worthy of a monthly series? After reading this first issue that’s tough to say. Read the rest of this entry