Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

Can Fandom Go Too Far? Nick Spencer, Secret Empire and Outrage

As I write this, Marvel is a little under a week away from releasing Secret Empire #1, their big summer event series for 2017. The storyline for this event revolves around what may be the most controversial story Marvel has published in years; the revelation from last year that Steve Rogers, Captain America, is in actuality an agent of HYDRA, and he always has been. Secret Empire follows Rogers after he steps out of the…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor: Ghost Stories #1 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a TARDIS!

REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor: Ghost Stories #1 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a TARDIS!

For the uninitiated, each Christmas day since 2006 “Doctor Who” has aired a television special. These specials are typically light on continuity, big on spectacle and designed to bring in the casual viewers and entertain the whole family. Last year’s edition, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was a fun look at the world of superheroes through the lens of “Doctor Who.” Given the subject matter it was pretty much a no-brainer that the special’s superhero,…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episodes 10 & 11

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episodes 10 & 11

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist. You can check out my reviews of previous episodes by clicking the links below: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9    Episodes 10 (“Black Tiger Steals Heart”) & 11 (Lead Horse Back to Stable”) At this point, as we start to move into what ostensibly should be the climax of…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Star Trip

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Star Trip

Space might seem like a fun place to visit, but there are rules for navigating the complex galactic society.  And Jas, a young human from the hick planet Earth, will have to learn quick if she wants to survive. Jas’ life isn’t going so good:  rent’s due, fired from the job, dropped out of university.  Walking home one night, she finds Khut, a shape-shifting alien on the run from Taikese commandos.  In exchange for helping…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 5: “Under Leaf Pluck Lotus”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 5: “Under Leaf Pluck Lotus”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist. You can check out my reviews of previous episodes by clicking the links below: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4   Episode 5: “Under Leaf Pluck Lotus” After some improvement in the previous episode, it was disheartening to see Marvel’s Iron Fist to slip back into another episode of frankly boring character interactions and a narrative that still lurches along…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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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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Back Issues: WTF Logan? 5 Dumb Wolverine Moments

Back Issues: WTF Logan? 5 Dumb Wolverine Moments

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. With 20th Century Fox’s “Logan” opening in theatres today, it’s a big day for everyone’s favorite hirsute Canadian (sorry, not you, Eugene Levy). The film marks the final time Hugh Jackman will sheathe his claws (unsheathe his claws? Both?) in the role that made him a star, and…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

With Wonder Woman #16, writer Greg Rucka continues with the alternating system that forms the foundation of his most recent run on the character, with each issue alternating between one story arc set in the present, and one set in the past just after Wonder Woman appeared in the human world. This issue forms the first chapter of the flashback “Godwatch” arc, and also features the debut of new alternating regular artist Bilquis Evely. And…

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