REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

REVIEW: Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix is Inoffensive, Not Much Else

Full disclosure: I haven’t read anything from Marvel besides Iceman in many months.  I have no idea what’s happening with the Generations event, and so I’m going into Generations: Jean Grey/Phoenix basically blind. The one-shot story follows teen Jean Grey as something drags her into the past.  There, she meets her past-future self — the original Jean Grey, during her first time as the Phoenix. I really like this idea, in theory.  However, I thought the Phoenix in…

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TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

TBT @ THE MOVIES: Flash Gordon Would Be a Delight, if Not for Racism, Sexual Violence

My favorite kinds of movies are big, bombastic aesthetic films — movies like Batman v Superman, The Holy Mountain, and Skyfall — so I was pretty excited to watch Flash Gordon.  It has something of a reputation as a cult hit, in part due to its famous Queen soundtrack. Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular athlete, a girl named Dale, and an old scientist after they’re captured by the intergalactic warlord Ming the Merciless.  Ming…

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REVIEW: ‘Catalyst Prime: The Event’ Kicks Off Line With Explosive Drama

REVIEW: ‘Catalyst Prime: The Event’ Kicks Off Line With Explosive Drama

Free Comic Book Day this year put over 50 free issues out into the public sphere.  From publisher Lion Forge came Catalyst Prime: The Event, a one-shot prequel to each #1 in their new Catalyst Prime universe. Earlier this week, the universe started with #1 of Noble, which I also reviewed with great praise.  That said, I’m even more excited by this issue!  Introducing us to the other people caught up in ‘the Event’ — the destruction…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #6 — the Gods bear gifts, & so does this comic

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #6 — the Gods bear gifts, & so does this comic

Full disclosure: before this issue, I had never read a Wonder Woman comic before.  My only experience with the character comes from one trade of Justice League and the way Gal Gadot plays her in Batman v Superman. Appropriate, then, that I start on an issue that focuses on communication and misunderstanding. This issue opens with Diana and Steve Trevor on the invisible jet.  Steve doesn’t speak Themiscyran, and Diana doesn’t speak English.  They land, and eventually…

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TV REVIEW: Jessica Jones Season 1

TV REVIEW: Jessica Jones Season 1

Some time ago, Marvel made a deal with Netflix to create several original series for the streaming service that are not only a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but are also darker, grittier, and way more adult than any of the movies or ABC shows based on Marvel properties. The first show was Daredevil, which was released back in April to both audience and critical acclaim, and in November we saw the release of the second show,…

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REVIEW: Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead

REVIEW: Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead

I’ve been on a pretty big Star Wars kick lately due to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So to satiate my hunger for more Star Wars stories, I looked over my book collection once again and decided to reread Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead. Written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Chris Scalf, Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead is a short four-issue story that is apparently part of a…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Monster World #1 Lights, Camera, Action!

ADVANCE REVIEW: Monster World #1 Lights, Camera, Action!

Since the creation of motion picture over a century ago, countless filmmakers have used this medium to bring their imaginations to life. While fun to see, film is still ultimately an illusion. But what if there was more to it than just a little bit of movie magic? What if those creatures and monsters on the screen were more than just props and costumes? Monster World by American Gothic Press can help answer those questions for you. Written by…

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REVIEW: Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

REVIEW: Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, I’ve been preparing by rewatching all of the movies, viewing the TV shows, and reading some of the comic books. Since most of the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, most of the books that I have are made up of stories that no longer take place in the same universe as the films. So instead of reading the non-canon books or the very few Marvel Star…

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REVIEW: Welcome Back #2

REVIEW: Welcome Back #2

Welcome Back #2 by writer Christopher Sebela and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, continues from where the last issue ended with Mali starting to awaken and regain all of the memories that she acquired from her previous incarnations. Now that she is aware of the century spanning unending war that is going on around her, Mali goes on the run to rejoin her ancient order with some help from her step-dad who was reincarnated as a little girl, while…

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REVIEW: Back to the Future #1

REVIEW: Back to the Future #1

With the thirtieth anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy and the passing of Back to the Future day (10/21/15 the date that they traveled to in Back to the Future Part II), IDW comics has decided to celebrate the occasion by releasing their newest comic series based on the beloved films. Back to the Future #1 by IDW delivers two standalone flashback stories done by Bob Gale, the writer of the Back to…

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