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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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Midseason Finale Brings Back Old Faces!

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Midseason Finale Brings Back Old Faces!

All right, we’re officially into the midseason hiatus for the entire Arrowverse! Legends of Tomorrow brought the last midseason finale of last week’s crop, and wow. “The Chicago Way” pretty much knocked it out of the park. First, to get it out of the way: HOLY $#%^, LENNY. For those not aware of my proclivities with this show, Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, (played by Wentworth Miller) was my favorite character, and I was really…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

Another month, another Midnighter and Apollo.  Can I just say I needed this?  Because I really, really needed this comic.  I had a rough November, but, to paraphrase a favorite meme, this comic “cleared my skin, watered my crops, opened my pores, and cleansed my soul.” Allow me to explain.  If you’ve just started Midnighter and Apollo with this issue, here’s the plot basics: the guy who created Midnighter and Apollo had Apollo murdered and sent to Hell.  Midnighter…

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DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

This week, it may feel silly, or trivial, or what have you, to focus on fiction.  The U.S. has elected Donald Trump as our next president, proving a whole multitude of American stereotypes correct.  Bigots countrywide now know that the new establishment stands with them.  People living in fear, too, because of the color of their skin, the nature of their religion, their relationships to others, and the relative strength or ability of their bodies….

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#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

So, due to some personal reasons and election anxiety, it took me two weeks to watch Dick Tracy.  That said, I had a great time with the film, which diverges from the usual superhero fare for comics movies.  The titular Dick Tracy works as a detective, hot on the trail of mobsters all over his town. The star-studded cast includes Warren Beatty as Tracy, Madonna as femme fatale Breathless Mahoney, and others such as Al Pacino,…

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SUPERGIRL 2×05: “Crossfire” brings Major Plot Developments

SUPERGIRL 2×05: “Crossfire” brings Major Plot Developments

I don’t know if anyone here really knows just how invested I get in the Luthor family.  But boy oh boy, this episode of Supergirl basically feels as if made specifically with me in time.  Development for Alex and Maggie’s romantic arc!  Lena Luthor being more than she lets on!  Huge, plot-shaking revelations! Honestly, if not for Mon-El, this would rank as my favorite episode of the season so far. Unfortunately, I personally cannot stand Mon-El, and…

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GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

In this feature, GRUDGE MATCH, I or another writer on the Capeless Team will issue a satirical challenge to duel someone in the comics/adaptations industry.  The challenge is delivered in old-school epistolary format.  Basically, this is “Your Obedient Servant” meets the comics industry. This week, I challenge Benedict Cumberbatch. My Dear Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch: No one in my life has ever bothered to call me ‘slow to anger’ or some such nonsense.  However, this grievance…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #2 Continues Bringing Great Pulp Drama

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #2 Continues Bringing Great Pulp Drama

It’s that time of the month again!  Midnighter and Apollo #2 hit stands and screens today, and man, I loved it!  Monologuing villains, civillian friends not realizing that Death’s Cheap in superhero comics, a gay guy literally trapped in literal Hell — Yep.  They went there.  And it was awesome. I have to say, I really love hyperviolent pulp.  Sex and violence as catharsis and escapism always have a place in my heart.  Midnighter provided a lot…

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DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

Whoo, we had a week this week in the grand halls of Discourse, that’s all I can say.  From the lingering fallout of the Midtown Comics Invincible Iron Man variant cover to discussions of whether casting a white woman as an Asian man is better or worse than the Mystical Asian trope, it’s been wild.  But I want to focus, today, on Chelsea Cain and the associated hashtag, #IStandWithChelseaCain. Chelsea Cain co-wrote the Mockingbird solo series, which just…

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