The just-ended, comics-based shows "iZombie" and "Swamp Thing" have three things in common:
1. Both just aired their series finales.
2. Both were uncommonly entertaining for most of their runs.
3. Both ended in a clumsy, rushed manner.
Writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred launched "iZombie" in 2010 at Vertigo, a DC Comics imprint,...Read more
You might have noticed that it's hard to find heroes in Amazon Prime's new series, "The Boys," which dropped July 26. A look at the source material shows that this is by design.
"The Boys" began as a comic book series at WildStorm, an imprint of DC Comics, in 2006. After six issues, though, the anti-superhero slant -- and no doubt the over-the-...Read more
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced the entire lineup for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe July 20 at Comic-Con International: San Diego. While he piled surprise atop surprise, comics fans may have had a sense of deja vu.
Let's explore the new Marvel slate to see why:
1) "Black Widow" (May 1, 2020): The movie is set after...Read more
DC Comics is reviving the Legion of Super-Heroes with some pretty big names. And, judging by the reaction on the internet, it's going to make a legion of readers pretty happy.
The Legion isn't among DC's best-known properties, and its existence is more a testament to fan enthusiasm than editorial planning. But that enthusiasm launched one of ...Read more
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" was a whiz-bang, crowd-pleaser of a movie. But, as usual with a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, there are elements with long, unmentioned histories in Marvel Comics. So with a hearty "Spoilers ahoy," let's dig down on some of them:
EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER
The "four elements" of ancient Greek have a long, deep ...Read more
So just who is this Mysterio guy in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"? Let's go the Sacred Texts of the Nerd Canon to find out!
Mysterio first appeared in "Amazing Spider-Man" in 1964, in the 13th issue. That proved to be anything but unlucky, as that was the launch of a long career for the master of illusions.
The issue opened with Spider-Man ...Read more
The comics ticker is rattling away with news -- good, bad and uncertain:
FLASH! Fans of DCUniverse.com, the DC Comics streaming service, have had reasons to be nervous of late. But Comic-Con International: San Diego has given them reason for hope (maybe).
Despite the apparent success of its first two live-action shows, DCU's debut of "Swamp ...Read more
A lot of comics-related TV shows have been canceled lately, and some folks will call it a backlash, a correction, or the end of a fad. Don't believe them.
Yes, it has been something of a bloodbath. But not many shows were axed due to ratings. There's something bigger going on, as the big boys jockey for the streaming wars on the horizon. This ...Read more
Box office numbers indicate that movie-goers have found "Dark Phoenix" a bit underwhelming. That comes as no surprise to longtime X-fans.
For one thing, "Phoenix" had three strikes against it, just from a movie perspective:
1. The Dark Phoenix story has already been told (badly) in "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006).
2. No Wolverine. While the ...Read more
The new "Swamp Thing" TV show isn't your daddy's swamp monster. It isn't even Alan Moore's.
Moore is the English writer famous for "From Hell," "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "V for Vendetta" "Watchmen" and a slew of famous stories on major DC Comics characters like Green Lantern ("Mogo Doesn't Socialize") and Superman ("For the Man Who ...Read more
Season finales usually wrap up all the themes and plots, maybe tack on a cliffhanger, and if we're lucky, toss in a hint of what's to come in the following season. The four "Arrowverse" shows did all that and more. With a hearty "Spoilers ahoy!" let's take a look:
"Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash" and "Supergirl" -- dubbed the ...Read more