New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 5/23/18

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X-O Manowar #15 (Valiant)

Aric is headed back to Earth but the armor wants to remind him of how worthless humanity is, so this is a flashback tale to times before Aric ever had the armor. The art inside is just as beautiful as that of the cover art… however… this is a flashback issue. So no real X-O Manowar here. For much of this run, Aric has been separated from his armor in some way and all I can think of for a reason, is the Superman effect. X-O Manowar is just too powerful of a character and the current writer doesn’t seem to be capable of figuring out how to let him be full on X-O and have an enemy.

Don’t get me wrong here, I like the current writer but as we have seen from years and years of Superman, only certain writers can get powerful characters correct and make them interesting. The other nagging feeling is that this is just more “filler” in the lead up to Harbinger Wars 2. I’ve said this about this series and the current Bloodshot series lately, and it just feels like both are offering up filler to hold off on doing anything exciting until the summer HW2 event has completed.

HW2 looks to be awesome but I feel like X-O needs a new writer for a fresh infusion and a change of pace. Hopefully the main event this summer will lead to that.

 

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Review – NO Spoilers)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story, is an awesome movie that is action packed from start to finish. If I had to offer up a complaint it’s the cinematographer (it’s always the cinematographer!!!) for using those damn gray/blue filters that make everything so damn dark. Otherwise, it is an excellent heist film in the Star Wars universe where you get to see the Kessel Run, Han meeting Chewie, the winning of the Falcon in a card game, and so much more!!!

Those bullet points above are NOT spoilers because we know from previous movies they happen. So go see Solo!!!

 

 

Amazon (like I said) is Close to Picking up the NEXT Season of The Expanse

I said in a previous blog post that ONLY Amazon could do this because Netflix is getting all jaded and ONLY forking over billions for original content. The days of hoping Netflix can be a show’s saviour are over.

However Amazon already had streaming rights to The Expanse so it only made sense for them to pick up the show. There really was no other saviour but Amazon for this show. Happily, it looks like we will get the 4th season (and hopefully more) thanks to Amazon!!! Fingers are crossed!!!

SYFY Drops The Expanse

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Remember when Dark Matter was cancelled by SYFY last year because SYFY only had first run LIVE viewing rights? Turns out, the same is true of The Expanse, and since SYFY can’t make any money streaming it, they are dropping it. Our lesson should now be that we check the viewing rights for any show SYFY greenlight’s because if they don’t have them then expect a 3rd year cancellation.

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The studio that makes The Expanse are going to try and shop the show’s fourth season around but I don’t have a lot of hope for a new home to be found. After all, Dark Matter had even more viewers and no one picked it up. If this was the time of the up and coming of Netflix, Prime, and HULU then there may have been a shot. As it stands, those “saviors” don’t go for left overs much these days. Especially expensive leftovers. The truth is… It’s better to not hold out hope of a savior for the show and then if it does happen, enjoy it as a surprise.

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It also seems like SYFY is announcing this now, after only 5 episodes have aired in season 3, in the hopes of actually killing it’s chances of being picked up elsewhere. If people see that the show has been canceled now, then many will just drop it now. The ratings for the last half of the season tank, and then the metrics are worthless. It’s a pretty shitty thing for SYFY to do.

I’ll finish off this season, watch the final season of 12 Monkey’s and Killjoys, and that just leaves The Magicians left for me to view on SYFY. I may not even bother with George R.R. Martin’s Nightfliers because the chance for cancellation is just to great on this channel. SYFY needs to learn that you can’t just dump on the core viewers like this. Pretty much all of the goodwill SYFY fostered over the last decade has now been drained right out. It’s a pretty pathetic game plan if you ask me.

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 5/9/18

Medieval Spawn and Witchblade #1 (Image)

Here comes a nice little crossover series that will have Spawn and Witchblade mingling together. Will they fight or join forces… Or fight then join forces (that seems to be a pretty normal dynamic now). The art looks beautiful and the story in this first issue is basically just setting up Medieval Spawn and that he was once a former king. The land was once green and lush but now evil is everywhere. It’s Spawn though so it’s automatically worth checking out!!!

Scooby Apocalypse #25 (DC)

Whoa… We lose a cast member!!! I was not expecting this. I mean, this series is more adult than the after school cartoon version but we actually see the death of a main cast member in this issue.

This series has really been stellar so far and it works on so many levels. My only complaint is the backup story needs to be dumped so we get more pages of the main story every month. Other than that… I have no issue at all about recommending this. It’s a really good read!!!

Ahead of the Superhero Curve

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I was always ahead of the super hero curve. That’s what comes from being a comic book collector from way back. I was buying and wearing Batman T-shirts a whole year before Batman (’89) came out (that’s about when you could start finding them). I remember in middle school there were others who made fun of me, “What a loser, wearing a Batman T-shirt.) The next year, after the movie was released, guess what? Those same losers who made fun of me, were now sporting Batman t-shirts. And now? Superheroes have blown up!!!

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I no longer have those old shirts but I quick Bing image search and I found them (Google…. man you have fallen so far. You didn’t even pick these up). My favorite was the top one with the purple tinge to it, and the street gang beaten up at his feet. Then I liked the second one with the cape hanging down in a cool way. The third one below was a cool swinging depiction which I believe came out after the first two above because I remember other people wearing this one.

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My point being… Well… No point really. I just found it funny that the clique morons made fun of me one year and then were doing the same thing the next year. Some of us live like individuals and don’t follow the beaten path while others… they follow us even though they look down on us from their fake platform of superiority. Being an individual is ALWAYS better than being a follower or some member of some group. Just saying…

 

 

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 5/2/18

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Harbinger Wars 2 Prelude #1 (Valiant)

It begins. The government goes too far and while keeping LiveWire distracted, they go after LiveWire’s Secret Weapon psiots. However, a small power fluctuation allows LiveWire the ability to break the psiot dampening in the building she is in and she learns of the threat to her the Secret Weapons. This is the first shot fired and it pushes LiveWire into the position making a massive move back. In this case, killing all of the electronics in the country. As in EVERYTHING!!! Now the stage is set for the Harbinger Wars 2.

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LiveWire is my favorite female comic book character. I love her story. I love that she started out as a somewhat side character and her story naturally progressed to the point where she is one of the most powerful characters in the Valiant Universe. I know that this HW2 is going to put LiveWire and Ninjak on opposite sides (they’re in a relationship) and this is going to be intense when it plays out.

Of special note in this issue, LiveWire is “hearing” everything done through technology and remember in Superman Returns when Superman is hearing everything and trying to tone out all of the voices, she is somewhat in the same boat but I think she is really “hearing” and “seeing” even more. I love the way this “over stimulation” plays out in this issue. I highly recommend jumping on this massive event NOW!!!

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Spawn  #285 (Image)

This is a great issue. Spawn is playing the game of being powerless and mute, moving the pieces on the board to achieve his ends. What are those ends? We the reader don’t really know yet but it works. The art is still terrifying and beautiful to behold. I’m loving this journey that Spawn is now on. I’m all in on this ride!!!