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All posts by Mathew Simoes

Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes is a human being (?) whose existence is dedicated to movies, TV shows, comic books and other associated items of entertainment. He’s a writer for this fine web establishment and studies at a Canadian University. His dreams are typically in comic book format.

‘Lucy in the Sky’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Noah Hawley is a consistently innovative writer and filmmaker. His visual storytelling is virtually unmatched, with Hawley channeling his inner David Lynch in the last couple years. Hawley brings that visual flair, best seen in his FX series Legion, to his feature film directorial debut: Lucy in the Sky. Inspired by the real-life story of ...

‘Uncut Gems’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Winning -- at anything -- can feel really good. Especially after a series of miscalculated failures. The rush someone can derive from it is immense and extremely pleasing. That attitude, however, can ultimately prove dangerous when winning involves big risks, which can lead to a self-destructive path fraught with peril. In their latest film, Uncut ...

‘Boondocks’ Writer Rodney Barnes Teams with ‘Spawn’ Artist Jason Shawn Alexander For new Horror Comic ‘Killadelphia’

The Boondocks and American Gods writer Rodney Barnes is officially heading back to the world of comics as he teams with Spawn artist Jason Shawn Alexander for a new horror/vampire series, Killadelphia. The comic follows a small-town beat cop who comes home to bury his murdered father—the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr. Upon his ...

Jonathan Hickman Responds to ‘House of X’ #2 Plagiarism Accusations

When Marvel decided that it was time to reshape the X-Men, the called on famed writer Jonathan Hickman to lead the charge. Hickman, along with Pepe Larraz crafted House of X, a series that not only flips the entire team on its head, it takes one of the franchise's most storied character's and retcons her ...

‘Powers of X’ #1 Review

Writer Jonathan Hickman put forth some bold new ideas in House of X #1, but Powers of X #1 takes his ideas to a whole new level. Structurally and thematically, this may be the writer’s most complex Marvel comic yet. Powers of X takes place in four different time frames, one of which is the ...

‘House of X’ #1 Review

After having epic runs on the Avengers and Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch was eagerly anticipated by comic book readers (yours truly included). House of X #1, the beginning of Hickman’s multi-year plan for Marvel’s mutants, does not disappoint. House of X #1 establishes a brand new status quo for Marvel’s mutants -- and ...

‘The Boys’ Season 1 Advanced Review

The Boys is an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ deconstruction of the superhero genre. The series first season is an excellent exploration of superheroes as a concept, unchecked capitalism, and the price for revenge. The titular Boys exist in a world riddled with superheroes, all under the control of Vought International. They are humanities last defense when ...

‘Batman: Universe’ #1 Review

I have to admit, Bendis’ first Batman series at DC surprised me. Rather than the urban noir style that he approached similar properties like Daredevil and Moon Knight with, Bendis’ first Batman comic is more in line with The Brave and the Bold cartoon than any current version of Batman. The result is an absolute wonder ...

‘Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds’ #1 Review

After a brief (but not that brief) interruption, Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol series has returned to publication with a new number one. While the numbering may have changed, Weight of the Worlds #1 is both a perfect continuation, and fresh jumping on point for the series. The Easiest way to summarize Weight of the Worlds ...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Film Review

Avengers: Endgame was the finale to the MCU’s first decade of storytelling — completing the various plot threads that began with Iron Man in 2008. As the next film on the MCU release schedule, Spider-Man: Far From Home had to serve as the epilogue to Endgame and end a five film arc centered on the ...

DC Comics Retiring Vertigo Imprint; Announces Plans to Re-Brand as Single Banner

The age of Vertigo is officially coming to an end. Today, DC Comics announced the company will re-brand in 2020, bringing all of its publishing content together to be organized and marketed under the DC brand. The comic brand will now operate with three labels under it: DC Kids, DC and DC Black Label. The ...

All the Comics Coming to Marvel Unlimited This June

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 25,000 issues of Marvel's classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here is the latest batch of comics hitting the online service this month! Week ...

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