REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 2: “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 2: “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist. You can check out my review of the first episode here.   In my last review, I talked about how the premiere episode failed to deliver the thrills and well-executed action that Marvel’s Kung Fu showcase series should specialize in, and that its lack of suspense and excitement failed to cover up its more formulaic qualities. So, do things improve in the second…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

So far, the Marvel Studios/Netflix partnership has produced some pretty stunning results. “Daredevil” has been a huge success, even if its second season was more uneven than its brilliant first season. “Jessica Jones” is the crown jewel so far, a brilliant and gripping series anchored by a superb central performance. And “Luke Cage”, though it had its faults, wound up overall being perhaps the most aesthetically assured and innovative series Marvel has produced. The streak…

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Review: Super Sons #2 – The Odd Caped Couple

Review: Super Sons #2 – The Odd Caped Couple

“The Odd Couple” pairing of polar opposites to comic effect was a trope long before Neil Simon named it explicitly in his classic play. And Super Sons #2, which continues to build upon the fractious and hilarious pairing of the earnest Superboy with the precociously arrogant Robin, mines the concept to great effect. The issue clicks when it shows the two title characters barely restrained from coming to blows as they irritate each other and try…

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REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

The Wild Storm #2 has to follow its brilliant first issue, which made the most of hiring writer Warren Ellis as the mastermind for revitalizing the Windstorm Universe for DC Comics. That first issue was a thrilling melding of espionage thrills, transhumanism ideas, and thoroughly contemporary super-heroics. It’s too bad therefore that this second issue spends much of its time on exposition, and worse, exposition between characters that should all already know the info being spouted. The issue…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

Writer/Artist/Letterer Francesco Francavilla continues to deliver the goods with The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2, proving that Will Eisner‘s most famous creation packs his boldest punch when there’s a singular creative vision at the helm. The issue opens with what is probably Raymond Chandler’s definitive quote, “The streets were dark with something more than night…” and utilizing that quote and that writer should tell you the kind of Spirit story Francavilla is telling. After last…

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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: Logan – The Best There Is

REVIEW: Logan – The Best There Is

Appearing in nine films over seventeen years, perhaps no actor today is as well identified with a signature role as Hugh Jackman is with that of Logan, aka Wolverine. Jackman went from relative obscurity to movie stardom when he landed the role for 2000’s “X-Men” and he’s formed the centre of the X-Men movie universe ever since. Logan is said to be Jackman’s final outing in the role that made him famous, and as swan…

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REVIEW: Superman #18 – Superman: Reborn Begins

REVIEW: Superman #18 – Superman: Reborn Begins

It’s an interesting time for Superman fans, as Superman #18 proves. First off, the post-Rebirth era has seen the New 52 version of Superman killed off and replaced by the prior version of Superman from before the new 52’s line-wide shake up. But since this switcheroo took place, Superman has been observed by a mysterious figure names Mr. Oz, who has kidnapped several DC characters and has an obsessive interest in Superman, claiming that neither…

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REVIEW: Savage Things #1 – High Concept, Troubled Execution

REVIEW: Savage Things #1 – High Concept, Troubled Execution

There’s a solid concept at the center of Savage Things #1, the debut issue of a new series created by writer Justin Jordan and artist Ibrahim Moustafa. The series centres around a shadowy organization that, decades ago, located and abducted children they believed were budding serial killers. They took these kids, nurtured homicidal tendencies within them, and trained them to become weapons. The series opens with this organization now recognizing the dangers of this project…

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