ADVANCE REVIEW: Noble #1 Puts the Focus on Family

ADVANCE REVIEW: Noble #1 Puts the Focus on Family

On May 3rd, 2017, Noble #1 from Lion Forge drops onto store shelves and digital retailers, introducing new readers to the Powell family.  David Powell, astronaut, husband, and father, was forever changed when he sacrificed himself for humanity in something called “The Event.”  He has returned one year later with no memory of his former life, and with immense, strange new powers. The core of the comic, however, belongs to his wife, Astrid.  Astrid appears at the…

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WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

Be not afraid, Wonder Woman fans! Sources for TheWrap have stated that the marketing for Wonder Woman will ramp up in May, once the Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters and its marketing dies down a little. This comes in conjunction with Vanity Fair reporting that the amount spent for Wonder Woman‘s TV ad campaign beats out the campaign for Suicide Squad last summer. Suicide Squad‘s campaign cost $2,645,643, but the Wonder Woman campaign cost DC and…

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Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Over the last few days, people have asked if the Wonder Woman marketing undersells the picture. Considering the history of studios not standing by or hyping female-led CBMs, this worry has some legitimacy. That said, I’m not sure it’s a valid worry in this case. Looking at Wonder Woman in the context of her cultural heft, the dominant narratives surrounding the movie, and the previous entries into the DCEU, I think that the marketing team…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow takes us into two of the most dangerous places: the inside of the mind and the ancient past. The episode opens with the compass not really working too well.  Sarah and Jax talk about what’s going on.  They then tempt fate by saying he’s in the brig where he ‘can’t hurt anyone.’ Then we cut to Rip, who uses a Captain’s override command to get out of the…

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REVIEW: Midnighter/Apollo #6 Provides Stunning, Inevitable Conclusion

REVIEW: Midnighter/Apollo #6 Provides Stunning, Inevitable Conclusion

Yep.  This is it guys, my final review of my absolute favorite miniseries.  Midnighter and Apollo #6 dropped on the first of the month, and it created the inevitable ending that I needed.  Steve Orlando concludes this love story in the way you really need to.  Art from Fernando Blanco and Romulo Fajardo Jr. create stunning visuals that tie it all together. We pick up where we left off last month.  Apollo has come to rescue Midnighter from Neron.  He…

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REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow gave me some really good stuff and some stuff I really don’t think I approve of.  I think it was better-written than last week by a significant margin, but where it goes wrong, I feel it really goes wrong.  First, let’s recap: Rip murdered Washington and gave guns to to the redcoats, basically ruining the American Revolution.  Back on board the Waverider, Mick and Ray have a brief interaction, talking about…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

In what’s becoming a regular monthly trend, Midnighter and Apollo is exactly the comic I need this week, two weeks into the most dangerous administration my country has ever elected. Point blank, Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. have once again performed an alchemy to create something topical, universal, and somehow utterly informed and made real by the queer experience. In terms of plot, this issue focuses primarily on the fight between Neron…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

Hey everybody, I’m back with this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, aptly titled “The Legion of Doom.”  While I’m not as excited by this episode in terms of writing as I wish I was, this episode is definitely huge in terms of plot.  Additionally, the emotional subplot of the episode has some genuinely affecting moments, even when the scripting doesn’t do the characters justice. The episode opens with Damien Dahrk and Eobard Thawne recruiting Malcolm Merlyn into…

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REVIEW: Midnighter & Apollo #4 Reminds Us of What We Deserve

REVIEW: Midnighter & Apollo #4 Reminds Us of What We Deserve

Top of the month, and we all know what that means: Midnighter & Apollo time!  This issue picks up where last issue left off — Apollo, trapped by Neron, and Midnighter about to face down the demon that killed him. Neron keeps going on about how Apollo “knows” that his soul’s tainted by pride, lust, anger, and murder.  Apollo keeps trying to tell him he’s wrong.  Midnighter, meanwhile, fights Mawzir with nothing but a single bullet…

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FILM & TV WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RIP Carrie Fisher

FILM & TV WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RIP Carrie Fisher

This week, I reflect on the passing of an icon: Carrie Fisher. Ms. Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa, leaves behind a world that she helped make more beautiful.  As an actress, as a mental health advocate, author, and legendary script doctor, she brought so much meaning to our lives. Personally, Princess Leia in that white hallway is the first clear memory I have. But the woman she became: bitingly witty,…

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