All posts tagged: Comic books

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 6-8 Review

Another week so another set of X of Swords chapters. Last week felt more straight forward where this time around we had three unique narrative paths. There’s nothing too big from this bulk so let’s just get into it. Hellions: I wasn’t excited for this book in the slightest, but the writing is on point in this thing; a group of murderous mutants written like an HBO comedy is just- chef’s kiss* In this chapter we got sassy Sinister leading the charge. He presents a strategy to the quiet council to sneak into Arrako and steal the enemy swords before they can get to the tournament; this is obviously not going to work. This is indeed a suicide mission and I don’t see how any of these characters are going to get out alive; at least not all of them. It’s curious as to how Sinister is participating in resurrection protocols but at the same time isn’t? There are mutliple copies of himself hidden in his base and has more than one active at the …

Alan Moore Still Hates Comics; What Are Ya Gonna Do?

Alan Moore, the man who created Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke, and a truly superb run of Swamp Thing did a recent interview with Deadline where he took the steamiest dump on comics and comic book movies. I am a huge comic fan, but even I have to admit this bloody genius made some pretty interesting arguments and ones worth diving into! “They have blighted cinema, and also blighted culture to a degree” Moore opens with addressing how he hasn’t seen a single comic book movie since the release of the first Tim Burton Batman film back in 1989. He mentions how comicbooks themselves are no longer independent of their film interpretations and they’ve completely ruined the industry. Alright, I don’t disagree totally about the state of film in general. There’s no doubt that comic book movies seem to have completely taken over the medium- when it comes to movie theaters. With raising ticket prices, the addition of streaming, and easy access to media on the internet, the thought of investing in a …

Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Delayed- But You Can Enjoy the Story Now

It seems every day we are learning of more anticipated projects being pushed back due to COVID-19. New to the list is Matt Reeves’ The Batman which has now been set for October 2021. Ha. F*** me. Along with the announcement came the word from the films creative camp that the October shift almost “suits the mood” of the movie… Alright. Enough bulls***. This thing is CLEARLY going to adapt Jeph Loeb’s iconic, The Long Halloween. What is that you ask? Only one of THE greatest Batman stories ever written! Yes, we are going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film, but while you’re locked inside you can experience the story right now! Here are some clues that we’ve received so far of the film’s likelihood being an adaptation of the tale as well as some elements that make it so fantastic. 1: The Art of Tim Sale: I can be a bit of a diva when it comes to my comics. I know there are many stories that are worshiped in …

ALL X-Titles Thus Far and Beyond

I am a huge Hickman fan. I absolutely loved the HOX/POX miniseries we got last year. I have been enjoying the majority, but certainly not all, of the Dawn of X titles that we have been getting. With 2020 upon us it seems we’ve had announcement after announcement after announcement for new titles! Having trouble keeping up with what is coming out and when, I figured I would go ahead and address the status of the current titles and what we can expect coming up. 1: X-Force: This is one of, if not THE book, that feels like the greatest direct sequel to the HOX/POX material we got last year. It’s dark, well written, and #5 did not disappoint. I’ve said it before, I’m not a huge X-Force guy but this book really delivers. I’m hoping for Colossus to get well soon so he can join in on the action, and especially need Jean to get out of that damn groovy dress; this is X-Force not the Brady Bunch. 2: New Mutants: It dipped there for a …

‘New Mutants’ Trailer REACTION

After two years we FINALLY have a new trailer for The New Mutants! Better than the first? Sure! Enough to get people to theaters? Let’s break it down! Catches the Spirit: Right off the bat I have to say that the trailer seems to catch the spirit of what makes the New Mutants special; at least what made them special back in the day starting with issue #18, the Demon Bear Saga, and the introduction of Bill Sienkiewicz’s art. There’s a creepiness to it, a grit, and the choice to use Pink Floyd in the trailer is a cherry on top of the cake. The New Mutants comic was able to connect horror elements into the superhero genre and it worked! I can’t tell from this trailer if the film will have the same success in this medium… I’m personally not a horror fan. I don’t mind some suspense and eerie aesthetics, but if that is the limit of it I would personally be fine with it.     Sunspot Issue: This will likely get …

‘Dawn of X’ Titles Ranking

We are approaching the end of the year and have received our LAST installments for the six ongoing Dawn of X titles launched since the conclusion of Jonathan Hickman’s (iconic) House of X and Powers of X. As the twelve part mini-series revived my hope in the franchise, I have been tuning in every Wednesday to get my mutant fix. I thought it would be a good time, now that we’re done with new X-books for the year, to rank the six titles from best to worst! Here we go. 1: X-Force: I admit I wasn’t looking forward to this book when it was announced. I was never really an X-Force fan. I couldn’t get on board with the vibe. However, no other book of the six titles that have launched seems to carry-on the aesthetic and themes from HOX/POX as much as this book does. I appreciate what Benjamin Percy has done with the first four issues. I admit, Xavier’s death sparked a very loud, “al-F****-ready?!” but I think they landed that plane really …

‘Infinity Saga’ Box Set Costs WHAT?!

When the box set for the Infinity Saga was originally announced I too was yelling, “take my money!” However, with the reveal of the set also comes the reveal of the HEFTY price. The collection that includes all twenty-three (yes, including Hulk) films has a $550 price tag; that’s INSANE. Even if each film alone was marketed at $20 (average for a blu ray) this thing should be around the $460 range. Yes, it’s a pretty set and I appreciate the bindings making a cool visual for display, but I just find that amount to be ridiculously not worth it. We should also remember, that all twenty-three films will be available for streaming on the upcoming Disney+ platform that is set to drop next month. Thanks Feige, but no thanks.  

‘Titans’ 2×03: ‘Ghosts’ Review

Another week so another episode of Titans! No time to waste; the good and the bad of the latest episode of the DC Universe sophomore season. THE GOOD Varsity Team Together: In this weeks episode our veteran members return to Titans Tower in order to address the threat of Doctor Light! As mentioned last week, once again that foundation laid out in season one shows its benefit here; We already know our characters and their relationships so when this plot shows up we can just get right into it! Dove unfortunately returned to her passive supporting voice to Hawk’s (justified?) frustration, but whatever. I’m glad to see not just the four of them working together, but to see the JV team continue training and continue to master their skills. They felt like nomads in season one and finally we’re getting to see superheroes be-well- super! Baddie Duo: Of course, respect is owed to the scenes with Doctor Light and Slade. I still can’t believe we’re getting a live-action series with all these characters!! Now  I’m wondering, with …

Jharrel Jerome Wins Emmy for”When They See Us”; Will He Be Our Mister Miracle?

Just some minutes ago we had the pleasure of seeing Jharrel Jerome accept his first Emmy for his work in When They See Us. Now, not just any Emmy, but the Emmy for Best Lead Actor! HUGE moment for this 21-year-old talent from the Bronx. Now, my nerd brain goes immediately to thoughts on Ava DuVernay’s next project, The New Gods.  DuVernay herself has said that she often brings talent from previous projects into the next, and I have a feeling that Jharrel’s win tonight could easily make him a front-runner for the DC property cast.  To play who exactly? Why, Mister Miracle of course! Playing the natural born son of High Father of the planet New Genesis, Mister Miracle was offered up in a trade in order to secure peace with the rival planet, Apokalips. That’s right, ya’ll! Darkseid is the adoptive father of this character! There is a kindness to Jerome’s face and very much to how he carries himself. Mister Miracle, despite growing up in a torturous environment, never surrendered his optimist …

‘Herogasm’ is Coming (no pun intended) to ‘The BOYS’ in Season 3

Have you finished the eight episode first season of Amazon’s new original, The Boys? No? Well what are you waiting for? Hurry up! For those of you that have, and are starting to feel the withdrawal, I have some news that is going to make the symptoms a little worse. None comic fans have just recently become aware by watching the season that this IP is f***** up in grounding and, at the same time, hysterical ways. It deconstructs the superhero genre while making us laugh and gasp from the buckets of bloodshed. The one thing about the series that DID seem more tame was the use of sex. The comic is unapologetically borderline pornographic at times. The best example would be the six-issue story titled, Herogasm. It is literally six issues of the boys infiltrating a weekend-long superhero retreat where everyone does drugs and engages in multiple orgies. Creators of the show recently confirmed that should they get the green light for season 3, an episode will release dedicated completed to the miniseries! I see …