REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 3: “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 3: “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage. Check out my earlier reviews below: Episode 1  Episode 2 And, now, as Pops would say, Always forward. Episode 3: “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?“ If there’s an indelible image of these early episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage, an aspect that breaks down what gives this series an impact beyond being a super-hero show, it’s an image that arises most forcefully in…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 2: “Code of the Streets”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 2: “Code of the Streets”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage. Check out my earlier reviews below: Episode 1 And, now, as Pops would say, Always forward.   Episode 2: “Code of the Streets“ Things are starting to pick up speed in this episode after the slower start that was episode one, albeit not in a huge way. Part of the issue the series faces is the reluctance of the series’ central…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 1: “Moment of Truth”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 1, Episode 1: “Moment of Truth”

Right out of the gate, Marvel’s Luke Cage feels unlike anything the studio has done to date. The third TV series from Marvel studios produced in partnership with Netflix (after “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”) shares its gritty noir sensibility with the other Netflix shows, true, but Luke Cage is the first Marvel product to not be set in world where white people dominate the action. That alone makes it feel vibrant, refreshing and compelling, capturing an authentic sense…

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BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, we look at the history of the Hero for Hire, Luke Cage! Tomorrow the latest Marvel TV series debuts on Netflix. Luke Cage joins Netflix’s line of Marvel series, which include “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”, both of which have been hits with audiences as well as…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #941 – Monster Mash in Gotham

REVIEW: Detective Comics #941 – Monster Mash in Gotham

Why the hell does anyone continue living in Gotham City? Every other month, a city-ending apocalypse is visited upon that city. Hardest job in Gotham? Real-estate agent. Detective Comics #941 is the third chapter in the “Night of the Monster Men” storyline, which features yet another all-out assault on Gotham, this time orchestrated by Hugo Strange, involving mutating human beings into gigantic grotesque monsters who rampage across Batman’s home town. To that end, while the…

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REVIEW: Blue Beetle #1 – New Direction, Rocky Start

REVIEW: Blue Beetle #1 – New Direction, Rocky Start

Blue Beetle #1 feels like it’s all over the place. There’s a lot of disparate elements going on in the issue that separately are interesting, but when combined into one book, result in a diffuse mishmash of plot points that never settle into one narrative, and a central relationship that winds up more irritating than engaging. It’s too bad, too, because there’s a ton of potential on display that could coalesce into an effective and…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Spell on Wheels #1 – Witches On the Road and On the Hunt

ADVANCE REVIEW: Spell on Wheels #1 – Witches On the Road and On the Hunt

Just in time for Halloween, Dark Horse Comics is publishing a new series by Kate Leth and Megan Levens that stars a trio of witches. But unlike a certain Shakespearean Scottish play, Spell on Wheels #1 doesn’t star terrifying prophets of doom, but three thoroughly modern witches who find their way of life and the survival of humanity under attack by a sinister force and a spurned man seeking revenge. The result is a debut…

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PREVIEWS: “Don’t Stop Me-Ow”- First Look At Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #11

PREVIEWS: “Don’t Stop Me-Ow”- First Look At Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #11

Marvel and creative team Kate Leth and Brittney Williams are bringing Hellcat face-to-face, and claw-to-claw, with the villainous Black Cat in October 19th’s Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #11, and we’ve got preview pages! The irreverent series launches into a brand new story arc this October that sees Patsy Walker come into conflict with Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat, with guest star Jubilee on the sidelines. But on whose side will the Vampire X-Man enter…

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PREVIEWS: “Take Back the Shield” Begins With a Look at Captain America: Sam Wilson #14!

PREVIEWS: “Take Back the Shield” Begins With a Look at Captain America: Sam Wilson #14!

Marvel and the creative team of writer Nick Spencer and artist Paul Renaud kick off the Captain America event “Take Back the Shield” on October 19th with Captain America: Sam Wilson #14, and we’ve got preview pages here! Reflecting not only our politically divided nation, but also the nation of comic fans who question the need for two Captain Americas, the story finds Sam Wilson dealing with global pressure to step down as Captain America,…

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SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Bedrock City Comics – Something For Everyone in Houston

SUNDAY AT THE SHOPS: Bedrock City Comics – Something For Everyone in Houston

Welcome to “Sunday at the Shops”, our weekly column that celebrates your local comic shop, no matter where that is. This week’s instalment is going to look at Houston’s comic store chain, Bedrock City Comics. The first store opened its doors in March 1990, and 26 years later, Bedrock City Comics has five locations around Texas, with a focus on providing something for every kind of nerd, geek or newbie that walks through the doors….

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