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
In comics, history not only repeats, but it usually raises the stakes.
Case in point: "The Year of the Villain." This massive crossover at DC Comics features a major villain making offers to a wide array of supervillains to boost their powers and ... well, I'm not really sure where it's going, because it just got started May 1 with the 25-cent ...Read more
"iZombie," "Lucifer" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." -- three shows whose obits had already been written -- returned this month. Oddly, it's only the zombie show whose death will stick.
I can understand if the ratings for "iZombie" may have slipped. The CW show has moved far afield of its initial premise, which means older fans might have...Read more
Publishers have gotten much better at Free Comic Book Day. Rather than a collection of teases to books we may never see, most of the 51 titles that were given away May 6 had full stories -- and then some teases. Here are some of the most interesting:
With "Avengers: Endgame" burning up the box office, interest is high in what...Read more
"Avengers: Endgame" had a lot of great callbacks to the comics, not all of which were obvious. With a huge, honkin' SPOILERS AHEAD warning, let's look at a few:
CAP vs. CAP: Superheroes battling their own doppelgangers is a staple of comics, and Captain America is no exception -- the "Endgame" scene where he fought his younger self could have ...Read more
Genre fiction seems to have rediscovered a powerful piece of storytelling: The ending.
The most obvious example of that is "Avengers: Endgame," which has been described all over the media by Marvel Cinematic Universe mastermind Kevin Feige as a finale of what began with "Iron Man" in 2008. That is to say, the overarching story that Marvel has ...Read more
If you're inspired by the Avengers movies to read more about Thanos, you've probably found a bewildering array of hardbacks, trade paperbacks, comics and miniseries, whose online or back-cover descriptions don't indicate what's good, what's bad and what's mind-numbingly redundant. Fear not! Captain Comics comes to the rescue, with a host of ...Read more
"Shazam!" has arrived, and Holy Moley, there's a lot to talk about! With SPOILERS AHOY, Here are 10 takeaways:
1. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
"Shazam!" is a Christmas movie. It takes place during the holiday season, carols pepper the soundtrack and decorations play a role. It's also a feel-good movie for the whole family, that probably would have ...Read more
With the recent release of "The Unknown Anti-War Comics," Yoe Books publisher Craig Yoe has once again proven that comics can and do attempt every topic under the sun -- and that he is going to bring them to us.
"Unknown Anti-War Comics" assembles a generous collection of comics that are, yes, anti-war -- moreso than, for example, other vintage...Read more
Are you worried that when "Shazam!" comes out April 5 that you won't be conversational about him? Take heart! Here are 21 fun facts to know and tell about Shazam:
1. As the internet keeps reminding us, Shazam was called Captain Marvel when he debuted in late 1939. The star of Marvel's "Captain Marvel" movie is the ninth comic book character to ...Read more