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‘Hunters’ Season 1 Advanced Review

*Amazon was happy to share the first five episodes of Hunters with Talkies Network, so remember there is more to the story than what I’m reviewing in this article. Whether it be in a fictional alternate history or real life, the world can’t seem to rid itself of Nazis – or at least people who ...

‘Iron Man 2020 #1’ Comic Review

I must confess to not being the biggest fan of Dan Slott’s Iron Man run, which I find to be a meandering and generic take on Marvel’s armored avenger. However, Iron Man 2020 could be an opportunity for Slott’s run on the character to go down in comics history -- that is if the creative ...

Dawn of X: ‘X-Men’ #1 Comic Review

Jonathan Hickman follows up his epic House of X/Powers of X series with a strong opening to Marvel’s Dawn of X relaunch. The X-Men, and mutantkind as a whole, have entered a new era of prosperity and looming threats. Focusing on X-Men captain Cyclops, Hickman’s relaunched X-Men title is a solid follow-up to Hickman’s weekly ...

‘Superman Year One #3’ Comic Review

Frank Miller’s uneven Superman origin story has come to its inevitable uneven conclusion. Superman Year One’s final issue starts out strong because Miller has a good understanding of the main character, but the narrative goes off the rails when Miller tries to tie the series into his larger Dark Knight Universe. Superman Year One #3 ...

Last Week’s Highlights: ‘Batman #80’ Comic Review

Except for its first chapter, which had lots of pages and very little story, City of Bane has been a captivating read – and the latest installment is no exception. Tom King’s script is largely action oriented, with Batman making quick work of Bane’s brainwashed police force of Gotham hoodlums. After two issues focused on ...

‘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 ...

‘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 ...

‘Swamp Thing’ Advanced Review

*This is a spoiler-free advance review of episodes one and two of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing* Regardless of what one may think of DC’s streaming service, it does offer creators an outlet to tell more experimental stories using established characters. This was best seen in the meta-fictional and quirky stories being told in Doom Patrol, ...

Spider-Man Life Story #3 Comic Review

The first two issues of Chip Zdarsky’s ambitious Spider-Man epic were well crafted stories that cleverly remixed existing continuity. The series’ third issue falls trap to the possible consequences of Zdarsky’s approach to Spider-Man Life Story. Each issue covers a lot of ground, and up until this point Zdarsky managed to tell a complete story ...

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