#ComicsHatesNazis: Creators, Fans, Press Rally Around Antifascist Hashtag

#ComicsHatesNazis: Creators, Fans, Press Rally Around Antifascist Hashtag

Never say that comic books shouldn’t be political, because writers, fans, and press will prove you wrong.  Earlier today, in response to Nazi/white supremacist rallies last night and today in Virginia, comics legend Gail Simone coined the hashtag #ComicsHatesNazis. Okay, we clearly need a #ComicsHateNazis tag. Please fill this tag with comics heroes beating up Nazis. pic.twitter.com/R6wyfvxvuh — GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) August 12, 2017 Predominantly, the tag does consist of panels of comics heroes beating up Nazis….

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REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

Full disclosure: I haven’t read anything from Marvel besides Iceman in many months.  I have no idea what’s happening with the Generations event, and so I’m going into Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix basically blind. The one-shot story follows teen Jean Grey as something drags her into the past.  There, she meets her past-future self — the original Jean Grey, during her first time as the Phoenix. I really like this idea, in theory.  However, I thought the Phoenix in…

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Disney Breaks With Netflix: Potential Industry Consequences

Disney Breaks With Netflix: Potential Industry Consequences

As of the company’s recent earnings report, Disney has announced plans to launch a streaming service in 2019. In concert with this, the company will be pulling its Disney and Disney/Pixar branded content off of Netflix. CEO Bob Iger commented to CNBC that “This represents a big strategic shift for the company.” Disney feels that a direct-to-consumer branded service will “give [them] control of their destiny.” That said, as of right now, there are no…

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TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

My favorite kinds of movies are big, bombastic aesthetic films — movies like Batman v Superman, The Holy Mountain, and Skyfall — so I was pretty excited to watch Flash Gordon.  It has something of a reputation as a cult hit, in part due to its famous Queen soundtrack. Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular athlete, a girl named Dale, and an old scientist after they’re captured by the intergalactic warlord Ming the Merciless.  Ming…

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REVIEW: SUPERB #1 Serves Up a New Escapism for Disabled Readers

REVIEW: SUPERB #1 Serves Up a New Escapism for Disabled Readers

Superb by David F. Walker and Sheena C. Howard made a splash a few months ago when it was first announced, because it is the first superhero title with a hero with Down syndrome.  As a disabled person whose disability is neurological in nature, seeing this was happening had my interest piqued from the get go, and I was not disappointed by what I received. In this comic, we get a glimpse into life after The Event,…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Likely to Bust $400mil Domestic Cume

Spider-Man: Homecoming Likely to Bust $400mil Domestic Cume

With Wonder Woman still rocketing along toward the $380-$400mil range, the only film that could conceivably harm its box office totals this summer is the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. I set out to do the math and see: what might this new Spidey flick make? Box office predictions aren’t a science. For comic book movies, only two reporters seem interested in trying to make a guess: me, and Scott Mendelson from Forbes. We also have totally…

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WONDER WOMAN On Track To Crack Top Ten Superhero Movies Ever!

WONDER WOMAN On Track To Crack Top Ten Superhero Movies Ever!

Wonder Woman proved an unexpected tour de force at box offices these last three weekends.  At most recent count, the film has made $275 million domestically, and has a worldwide gross of $572 million. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman origin story currently ranks 24th worldwide, sandwiched between Iron Man at 23rd and X-Men: Apocalypse at 25th.  Domestically, it ranks 17th, just under Man of Steel‘s $291 million total.  Another incredible factoid: the film has the lowest second-weekend drop…

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REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

So this review is a week late, and I apologize for that.  But, dude, Noble from Lion Forge is still so damn good.  Last month I talked about how the comic centered the perspective of Astrid Powell, the title character’s wife.  This is still definitely evident, though the narrative feels more evenly split this time. Warning: this review is not spoiler free, so proceed at your own caution. We open with a flashback to six months ago.  Dr….

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WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

Seventy-six years in the making, essentially, the Wonder Woman film, directed by Patty Jenkins, delivers on the intrinsic promises made by the character. Graceful, flowing, and visually exquisite, Wonder Woman has it all in terms of superhero cinema and then some. Firstly, anyone who feared that Gal Gadot might now be able to carry a two and a half hour film, fear no longer. Gadot’s Diana is innocent, fiercely compassionate, and her blunt insistence on…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

Guess who’s back with Throwback Thursday!  That’s right, after a long sabbatical from the column, I’ve returned.  This week’s film is Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.  While the 1975 flick may not be a ‘comic book’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely presaged the genre in the same way the pulps it came from influenced comics back in the day. Doc Savage, frankly, kind of sucks.  I just want to be clear on that.  The acting…

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