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?”

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”

Superior Spider-Man #3 Review


“Everything You Know is Wrong,” published by Marvel.
Written by Dan Slott. Drawn by Ryan Stegman.

For over a month now, I’ve been scanning for ways that Otto Octavius has been the superior Spider-Man over the beloved Peter Parker. Reading some of the critical responses for Amazing #700 in the letters column made me ponder on the nature of heroism. Otto Octavius is running his greatest experiment: executing the duties of Mr. Great Responsibility. Will an anti-hero protagonist lose the essence of Spider-Man? I wonder about some of the readers who ended their Spidey comics run at 700. Continue reading “Superior Spider-Man #3 Review”

90s Nostalgia: Totally Kids Magazine Autumn 1994 Excerpts


Fox Kids Club was a loose network of regional clubs for Fox TV affiliates. I was a member, so I got my own Fox Kids Club membership card and a subscription to the Totally Kids magazine. I recall Totally Kids being released four times a year. The one copy I have was when the Fox Kids lineup was at, or near, its peak. I liked looking forward to weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Continue reading “90s Nostalgia: Totally Kids Magazine Autumn 1994 Excerpts”

12 Disappointments of 2012

I’ll warn you before you proceed. These are my personal disappointments without getting political or too obtuse. That means my viewpoint is expressed here and not some consensus of what others have to say. There were some terrible stuff I reviewed/seen but the expectations weren’t high to begin with. I think it’s a good year overall as I strained a bit to think of an adequate list.

Also, the items are no particular order. With that said, here we go:

Amazing Spider-Man #692 Comic & Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD

In light of finding out what happens in Amazing #700, I think Dan Slott is trying to subvert Spidey’s core message of power and responsibility. I went into reading #692 eager to find out what the new sidekick can do. I didn’t like the story and Humbertos Ramos’ art doesn’t fit Spider-Man. The back-up stories weren’t that great either. Continue reading “12 Disappointments of 2012”