Scarlet Spider #1 Review

Kaine. Who would have thought ANYTHING from the ‘Clone Saga’ blunder could affect the here and now? Regardless, it’s a good read. ‘Scarlet Spider’ #1 takes place immediately after the events of ‘Spider Island’ (get it while you can!). Now a fugitive from the law, Kaine must now remain on the run from everyone…EVERYONE. You name a group, faction or agency, they are after him. If you can’t get all of the ‘Spider-Island’ series, at least pick up Marvel’s ‘Point One’ one-shot. This issue marks the official start in the new life of the Scarlet Spider.

Now that he is cured of his mental ailments, Kaine now has a chance to live his own life. And being a genetic clone of Peter Parker but not having the same upbringing, he must now figure out why he has this “nagging” sense of responsibility. It gets him into trouble half-way through the book after he hears a lady buried amongst the dead and digs her out. Even though he was trying to do the right thing, it just causes him to get into a problem that wasn’t his to begin with. Or at least not the brooding Kaine were just introduced to. Though he is cured of his mental problems, he still looks to the mental image of Peter Parker for approval. You can tell he looks up to him like he was his bigger, more popular, brother. With a new costume and some newer powers, THIS is the dark vigilante character that the Spider-family has been in need of for a long time.

Speaking of new powers, can Kaine possibly be Earth X’s “Spider-Man”? Time will tell.

Read the preview at Comic Book Resources!

March Media Madness - Shinjuku Incident Review

Shinjuku Incident movie poster

I was intrigued to see my favorite action star take a major dramatic turn. The action sequences are handled realistically and they serve the plot beyond showcasing Chan’s awesome skills. Somewhere is some social commentary about Chinese-Japanese relations and even a romance or two. Those may have been lost at sea, however. Continue reading “March Media Madness – Shinjuku Incident Review”

REALLY Wild Speculation - The Future of SOAPnet

NOTE: I am NOT an industry INSIDER. Do not take the following speculation as CONFIRMATION.

SOAPnet logo

Will people still get their nightly fix of super-wealthy jerks and convoluted romances? As far as I can interpret things, SOAPnet may stick around after March 24th:

We’re excited to announce that cult hit Veronica Mars is coming to SOAPnet! Starting on Saturday, April 7, Veronica Mars will air Saturdays from 1pm/12c to 4pm/3c, and Sundays from 10am/9c to 1pm/12c.

SOAPnet official announcement

So, there will be a SOAPnet? Hold on:

“Yes, it’s true that ABC Family has been given the opportunity to work with SOAPnet during the transition of the channel to Disney Junior,” a spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth. “There are some great programming opportunities and numerous cable operation protocols/systems between the two groups that make this a smart move.”

SOAPnet should stick around as a block sharing time with Disney Junior. Maybe Veronica Mars will stick around after the transition as part of Disney Junior’s weekend schedule? Nope; SOAPnet & Disney Junior are distinct channels.

[…]As such, SOAPnet will remain available for an undetermined period of time as additional carriage deals for Disney Junior are finalized with distributors.”

– From Soaps In Depth article

I see that the transition is not coming along smoothly. SOAPnet was supposed to be a goner last month.

While I’m not a fan of the soap opera genre, I do sneak a peek at never-ending Newman-Abbot feud. Hopefully ABC/Disney will get rid of SOAPnet so that there will be a nightly home to melodramatic shakeups.

More information: Soaps In Depth article.