REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

“Thin Ice” continues the trend of this 10th season of New Doctor Who embracing the best qualities of what makes the show such effervescent fun when it’s at its best, even as Sarah Dollard‘s script improves upon the first two episodes of the season in how it manages to weave in some weightier themes and character moments along with the fun. I really enjoyed the first two episodes of this season, but “Thin Ice” might be…

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FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

FRIDAY FIRST LOOK: Marvel’s I Am Groot #1 – From Little Acorns…

Marvel Comics has just released preview pages for their new title I Am Groot, starring everyone’s favorite sentient tree with the big heart and limited vocabulary, Groot of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Christopher Hastings, best known from “The Unbelievable Gwenpool” takes on the writing chores, while “Power Man and Iron Fist” penciler Flaviano is on art duties. The series looks to be yet another attempt by Marvel Comics for some corporate synergy with Marvel…

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Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

Batman/The Shadow #1 may not be the first time that the Dark Knight has met his more direct literary antecedent, but it may be the flashiest and most high-profile team-up of the two legendary characters, boasting a script by two of DC’s top writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, and evocative art by Riley Rossmo. The opening issue certainly proves that the creative team knows what has made these two properties so resonant with fans…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 – An Ordinary Diversion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 – An Ordinary Diversion

The third year of Titan’s series depicting the adventures of the Twelfth Doctor kicked off with a first issue that was a fun mash-up of iconography from the classic TV series with the fast-paced character-based storytelling approach of the modern series. It boasted a promising start for the third volume of this series. And that’s why it’s undeniably a bummer to see Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #2 be basically a fill-in,…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

“Smile”, like “The Pilot” before it, represents a return to a classic approach to this season of Doctor Who, and just like the premiere episode, this instalment is refreshingly fun, engaging and tremendously enjoyable. Its structure in many ways is a modern interpretation of the archetypal Doctor Who story; the Doctor and his companion arrive at a  otherworldly locale, wander around for a bit, then get sucked into a conflict due either to the Doctor’s…

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Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel Studios and Freeform have just released the first trailer for their upcoming young adult series Cloak & Dagger, based on the cult favorite Marvel comic. The comic followed Tandy Bowen and Tyrone  Johnson, two teenagers who acquire super-powers and form an unlikely but deep partnership as the urban vigilantes Cloak & Dagger. The characters were created in 1982 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, and were designed to reflect some of the…

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REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

Curse Words #4 continues to prove that writer Charles Soule and artist Ryan Browne have one of the most consistently funny and irreverent titles on the stands right now, but this latest issue doesn’t just rest on its laurels. Soule and Browne use the issue to offer up some pretty fascinating developments in both plot and character, making this one of the most enjoyable and well-constructed issues since the stellar debut. As Wizord finds himself…

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REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. The issue is the opening chapter of an arc entitled “The Button” and it seems to be some kind of attempt to integrate landmark self-contained comic series “Watchmen” into the DC Universe proper. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

ADVANCE REVIEW: Archie #19 – A Guy, A Girl, and a Jughead

Archie #19 is in many ways, your typical Archie story, but it’s typical in both the way it follows a pattern of the franchise since it began long ago and typical in the way the publisher’s revised approach to Archie and his pals has created some of the most satisfying YA comics around. In this way, Archie #19 is the best of both worlds, both funny and light-hearted even as it manages to be insightful…

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