Syfy's "Krypton," which debuted March 12, varies considerably from the comics. But that's OK, because the comics themselves have never been consistent about Superman's home world.
Krypton has always been unstable, and that applies to its comics history as well. The only real constants in the last 80 years of stories have been A) Krypton always ...Read more
When Syfy premieres "Krypton" March 21, the new series will drop a lot of names that have appeared in DC Comics over the decades. No doubt the show will use these characters in new and surprising ways, but what happened in the comics is still worth consideration, as the print adventures may very well inform TV storylines to come.
Let's take a ...Read more
Some viewers may be dismissive of the latest casualty on "The Walking Dead" as just another Sunday in the zombie apocalypse. But it could well be a turning point for the show.
Before we continue, though, here's a big, fat, honkin' Spoiler Alert. If you are interested enough in TWD to read this article, and you somehow don't know to whom I'm ...Read more
"Jessica Jones" returns March 8 for her second season on Netflix, so it's time to catch up on one of TV's most fascinating characters.
Naturally, you'll want to binge-watch Season 1, which introduced the non-comics-reading world to Jones (played by Krysten Ritter), a private detective with a drinking problem, one who also has vaguely defined ...Read more
Marvel Films has finally put a "Black Widow" movie on its schedule, tentatively for 2020. Some would argue 20th Century Fox has beaten them to it.
Fox's movie is "Red Sparrow," which premieres March 2 and features Jeremy Irons, Jennifer Lawrence, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling and Matthias Schoenaerts. J-Law plays Dominka Egorova, a ...Read more
If you plan to see "Black Panther," you'll be introduced to an exciting and eclectic group of people, concepts and even geography. Here's a primer to help you prep, with notes on where the film diverges from the comics.
--VIBRANIUM: The appropriately-named alien metal vibranium absorbs vibrations (including sound) in the bonds between its ...Read more
If you've got Black Panther fever and can't wait for the movie to premiere Feb. 16, here's a (graphic) novel idea: Catch up on the best of Black Panther comics!
First, this is a must: Read the introduction of the Panther in "Fantastic Four" No. 52-53 (1966), however or wherever you can find those issues. Fortunately, they're available in a lot ...Read more
Marvel Comics rolled out a major publishing initiative last September called "Legacy." While it clearly didn't succeed at everything they hoped, the results are worth exploring for fans of Marvel comics, movies and TV shows.
Marvel needed some good news in 2017, in what proved to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. The Hollywood ...Read more
The week of Jan. 15 saw five genre shows appear on The CW – four returning from mid-season break, plus one rookie. But what's the story behind the stories? Here's Captain Comics with some Fun Facts to Know and Tell:
The Maid of Steel's mid-season return Jan. 15 was called "Legion of Superheroes," which sounds like a silly trifle ...Read more
Marvel Films and Television has two sets of super-powered teenagers on TV, with a third coming next year on the big screen. Given how popular stories about teen-age angst are, the seeming redundancy should be no surprise. What is surprising is how different they are.
The properties, despite all three being about super-teens, could never be ...Read more
"Black Lightning," a new superhero show, debuts on The CW Jan. 16. He's new to TV, but the African-American hero with electrical powers has a long, proud history in comics.
But before we talk about who he is, let's establish who he's not.
Black Lightning is not Black Vulcan, the African-American hero with electrical powers on "Challenge of the...Read more
An even dozen superhero movies are scheduled for 2018. Let's count down in reverse order of the Captain's enthusiasm:
12. "Venom" (Oct. 5): Sony Pictures is trying to jump-start a Spider-Man-villain universe without Spider-Man, who's hanging his webs at Marvel Studios these days. That preposterous proposition, coupled with Venom's unpopularity ...Read more
It's customary to look back at this time of year, and as it happens, 2017 was pretty good to fans of nerd culture. Here's the Captain's Top 10 list:
10. Horn of plenty: At the beginning of 2017, comic-based shows had already taken over TV. Seventeen shows filled my DVR: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Arrow," "Daredevil," "Fear the Walking Dead," "...Read more