DC Comics once again did not have a traditional booth presence at a NYC convention. Like last year’s Superman celebration, DC went all in with Batman branding for their role and single panel at Special Edition: NYC.
When you walked into the con, you were greeted by eight cutouts of various iterations of Batman (gallery at the bottom of this post). They flanked the entrance way. This is the year of Batman and DC will not let you forget it.
I wasn’t even sure I could actually write a review of The Toxic Avenger. I’m a fan, for sure, but it’s kind of impenetrable in its own way. The Troma team wasn’t setting out to do anything traditionally cinematic with it and succeeded on their own terms. That’s the challenge in trying to dig into the how and why of the film.
Horror Thursday: The Toxic Avenger
The first thing you need to know about X-Men: Days of Future Past is that it’s not actually the story you might know as “Days of Future Past.” In order to fit in with the framework established in First Class and the popularity of certain mutants, the time setting, key characters, and metaphors (and by metaphors, I mean what metaphors anymore?) have been altered significantly.
Get past that disappointment, and it turns out that Days of Future Past is the strongest X-Men entry yet.
The new Sailor Moon series will premiere worldwide in July. You already know that.
Did you know that Hulu finally started putting up the original run of Sailor Moon, unedited and with accurate subtitles? That’s pretty remarkable. I’ve watched the available episodes so far and they feel right.
See, Sailor Moon isn’t just a silly series for kids. There is a good bit of depth there. It does go to dark places. The characters aren’t perfect and the ever-expanding web of players adds some intrigue.
Something is very wrong in the Marvel cinematic universe. Everything you thought you knew about S.H.I.E.L.D. and Steve Rogers’, aka Captain America’s, role in America has changed. A suspicious mission saving a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship from French pirates leads to Nick Fury being questioned by his international superiors about the true nature of his actions. Stranger still, a mysterious assassin known as The Winter Soldier has appeared, turning Captain America and Black Widow into fugitives with three shots.
Anthony and Joe Russo, taking over directorial duties from Joe Johnston, have taken an entirely different approach to world of Marvel. They have created a spy thriller using superheroes. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the most shocking and action-filled Marvel film yet. This combination of characters allows for a far more grounded approach than any of the other solo superhero properties so far.
Gail Simone, creator of The Movement, watched and reblogged my Slipstream episode discussing The Movement on her Tumblr. Winning!
This week on Slipstream, we say goodbye to The Movement, one of the best new comics of 2013, and look forward to five great superhero films that could happen. Anything can happen, right? I mean, I know five is unlikely, but never say never.
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The third review for Cannonball Read 6 is up. I really struggled to get through Lavie Tidhar’s The Violent Century. There’s a point where style actually starts to hurt the content and Tidhar reaches critical mass on the first page of his alternate history superhero novel.
The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar Review