REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 9: “Empress of Mars”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 9: “Empress of Mars”

After the completion of a trilogy of episodes that, although ambitious, wound up being deeply flawed and unsatisfying, the tenth series of Doctor Who returns to its more classical format with “Empress of Mars,” written by series stalwart Mark Gatiss, and directed with flair and style despite limitations by Wayne Yip. The result is a satisfying and throughly entertaining, if ultimately more workmanlike than inspired, episode. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt…

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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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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

The so-called “Monks Trilogy” comes to an end with this episode, written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Wayne Yip. This episode of Doctor Who starts off strong, with a bleak and tense predicament that seems hopeless and some nice thematic underpinnings about a society ruled by the sci-fi equivalent of fake news. However, its strengths ultimately don’t overcome some narrative weaknesses and a story that is resolved in an overly familiar way and easy…

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REVIEW: Black Science #30 – Coming Home to Roost

REVIEW: Black Science #30 – Coming Home to Roost

After this many issues of Black Science, you’d think that writer Rick Remender and artist Matteo Scalera would have run out of ways to raise the stakes, but if Black Science #30 proves anything, it proves that the level of cataclysmic jeopardy dogging Grant McKay’s every decision can always go from bad to worse. Reminder and Scalera’s impressive ability to invent new and more apocalyptic situations to thrill readers is matched only by their laser-sharp…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman Annual #1 – Mixed Wonder

REVIEW: Wonder Woman Annual #1 – Mixed Wonder

Tomorrow, the film adaptation of Wonder Woman premieres across the nation, and if everything goes according to plan, the Amazon Warrior will gain the big-screen popularity and success the character so deserves. So, it’s fitting therefore that DC Comics honor Wonder Woman with a splashy over-sized Annual to celebrate the icon. And while Wonder Woman Annual #1 features some enjoyable moments that speak to the heart of the character, it’s also unavoidable that it winds up…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

Way back in 1963, Gold Key Comics debuted a new science-fiction/super-hero series called Magnus, Robot Fighter. Created by Russ Manning, Magnus has always had his fans, being a character that leaned more heavily towards pulpy sci-fi concepts than straight-ahead super hero action. Magnus #1, the latest iteration of the property by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes, follows in that tradition with a debut issue that establishes an intriguing and rich classic science fiction concept and…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

“The Pyramid At the End of the World” is the second part of a kind of trilogy forming the heart of the middle of this tenth series of Doctor Who. The storyline revolves around the mysterious Monks, who we learned last episode had been using a complex computer simulation to prepare for their conquest of Earth. This episode advances that story even further as the Monks make their move and their invasion begins. But though…

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REVIEW: Seven to Eternity #6: Draining the Swamp

REVIEW: Seven to Eternity #6: Draining the Swamp

If you’re a fan of the kind of crazy sci-fi epic fantasy stories like “The Dark Tower” or “Hyperion,” then this series has been right up your alley. Writer Rick Remender is a master of this kind of weird quest stories, the kinds that used to populate the pages of “Heavy Metal,” and Seven to Eternity #6 fits right in with the stellar run of issues that preceded it. The issue uses a creepy and…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

ADVANCE REVIEW: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 – A Truly Modern Prometheus

When Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was published in 1818, it bore the subtitle of “The Modern Prometheus.” In the nearly two centuries since its publication and since it became a cornerstone of both horror and science fiction, it’s often been forgotten that “Frankenstein” was seen as a amazingly modern work upon its release.  Written by a fearless and uncompromising woman, it commented on the fears and ambitions that lay underneath the period following the advancements of…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

A good word to describe “Extremis,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, would be cryptic. As the first instalment of multi-episode arc, there is much that is left deliberately vague and mysterious in the episode. Breaking the pattern set by the previous episodes of this series, “Extremis” isn’t a standalone adventure with a refreshingly classic vibe. Written by show runner Steven Moffat, the episode is far more evocative of his most recent efforts on the…

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