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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review


The Amazing Spider-Man 2…not quite amazing. Good, just not AMAZING. I guess I can do the bad news first and then work off the good news. Most people seem to like it that way. In this case, there was way too much back story for my taste. The groundwork was laid in the first movie and could’ve played throughout the first movie, in my opinion. Brief flashbacks could’ve been used instead of entire sequences. This pretty much muddled up the story line for me. Continue reading “Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review”

Sticking Around After 31 Issues of Superior Spider-Man For… This?


It’s been a “Superior” year-plus, but Peter Parker is now home righting the wrongs of the Green Goblin and picking up the pieces of “SpOck’s” life. The series finale moves at a brisk pace re-establishing Parker into the Marvel Universe. Part of me dreads that we’re going back to Pathetic Pete’s mundane “power and responsibility” routine. Spoilers for the “Goblin Nation” 40-page conclusion ahead in this review! Continue reading “Sticking Around After 31 Issues of Superior Spider-Man For… This?”

When Hulk Hogan and Marvel Collided


One of my favorite bits of trivia about pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is that for many years, Marvel Comics was the owner of the name “Hulk Hogan.” I derinitely noticed the credit to Marvel on some WWF merchandise I had. Marvel Comics potentially had a great opportunity for Hulk Hogan comics, but what did Marvel do with the Hulk Hogan trademark? Continue reading “When Hulk Hogan and Marvel Collided”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Delivers the Goods [REVIEW]


Let me start off by saying I absolutely LOVED Captain America: The First Avenger. I regard it as one of the best superhero origin movies ever! Moving forward, I went into Captain America: The Winter Soldier with high hopes that the sequel could surpass the first movie. I could not be more pleased with this sequel. If this is the quality of movies we can expect to see from Marvel Studios in the future, things will only be getting better! Continue reading “Captain America: The Winter Soldier Delivers the Goods [REVIEW]”

About The Scorching Furor Over Michael B. Jordan As Human Torch


Here are my general thoughts about yet another “controversial” casting decision.

Michael B. Jordan discussing the possibility that he’ll be the new cinematic Human Torch ignited heated discussion of some Internets forums and comments sections. I personally don’t care either way since I’m not very excited about the Fantastic Four in general. However, I’m curious to know how 20th Century Fox will cross over Marvel’s First Family with the X-Men.

Some folks are arguing that casting a Black actor in a traditionally White role will ruin the movie forever and ever. It’s a tired argument by those who easily take offense at their precious icons. Continue reading “About The Scorching Furor Over Michael B. Jordan As Human Torch”

Agents of SHIELD Episode 11: Magically Meh


To my surprise, Agents of SHIELD inches forward. “Tahiti” is a surgically-implanted illusion and Coulson actually is incapacitated for a significant amount of time instead of mere seconds. Skye displays a whopping amount of social engineering, though it could’ve came apart in a few ways. A man who’s just a Level 8 causes SHIELD’s fight against Project Centipede ramps up, but we’re stuck with being told this info and seeing a bunch of dots on a radar map. At least Clark Gregg can deliver a rear naked choke. What a vast and awesome world! Continue reading “Agents of SHIELD Episode 11: Magically Meh”

Superior Spider-Man Annual #1 Review


Some mild spoilers ahead…

One thing Peter Parker and Otto Octavius have in thing in common is their devotion to protecting May Parker. In Superior Annual #1, May is in danger by the half-demon Blackout. Otto, as Spider-Man, must use his cunning to overcome this freak holding May hostage.

Superior Spider Man Annual #1 has an cool fight scene and an interesting resolution to the Blackout vs. Spider-Man fight. When the dust settles, it doesn’t push the arching plot much and doesn’t show off new insights into the mind of Otto Octavius. The recap page and the bits of exposition sprinkled throughout the issue help newcomers who aren’t used to the post-Peter Spidey. Continue reading “Superior Spider-Man Annual #1 Review”

Rancid Reed Richards, Super Simians, & The Rots of the Marvel Zombies


Marvel, in their never-ending battle to give fans a reason to buy their wares, publishes stories about undead versions of their most cherished heroes. The initial series is written by renowned zombie expert, Robert Kirkman, and shows the aftermath of a myserious virus that gives the Marvel heroes an insatiable hunger for flesh.

With the zombie love at a high, I examine some issues from the Marvel Zombies line. I’m not in love with them, but the issues sometimes provide some compelling or humorous moments of note.

I’m limiting my commentary to: Marvel Zombies 1 #1, its prequel, Marvel Zombies: Dead Days (Robert Kirkman, Sean Phillips), and the one-shots Marvel Zombies Halloween and Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution. I’ll admit that I may come off as ignorant about the Zombie Universe, but I’m not paying lots of money to get all the stories. Continue reading “Rancid Reed Richards, Super Simians, & The Rots of the Marvel Zombies”

Not Cheap Or Disposable: PBS' Documentary About Superheroes and Americana

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

The PBS documentary, Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle, is a collection of American comic book’s greatest hits. For 75 years, superheroes are intertwined with the once-cheap medium. Battle tries to go through every era, from the metallic Ages to today, covering as many highlights as possible within three hours. The three chapters, directed by Michael Kantor and written by Kantor and Laurence Maslon, are “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” “Great Power, Great Responsibility,” and “A Hero Could Be Anyone.”

A Never Ending Battle bookends with the ultimate superhero, Superman. You may know the origins of Supes: two struggling cartoonists trying to sell their powerful hero until the company that would later become DC Comics brought Superman to Action Comics in 1938. At the end, after all the movie mentions and mingling with pop culture, Superman not only endures, but still stands.

Unlike the Shadow or Man of Bronze, Doc Savage, merchandising opportunities have always been very good the Last Son of Krypton. Continue reading “Not Cheap Or Disposable: PBS’ Documentary About Superheroes and Americana”