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Captain Comics: Welcome to 'geek TV'

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The week of Oct. 9 saw the season premieres of the four inter-connected superhero shows on The CW based on DC Comics, which constitutes a data dump of extreme importance to lovers of geek culture. This must be examined immediately.

The series are often referred to as the "Arrowverse" in honor of the first one, "Arrow," which launched its sixth ...Read more

Captain Comics: 'Marvel's Inhumans,' not so bad after all

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As it hits the mid-point of its run, "Marvel's Inhumans" is obviously not as bad as critics made it out to be. But it does have a conceptual problem going back to its comic book roots, and it remains to be seen whether that will be a bug or a feature.

First, let's address the catastrophic critical reception of the first two episodes, which were...Read more

Captain Comics: Slow sales have Marvel Comics stirring the pot

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Marvel Comics is suffering a historic sales slump -- and it's looking to an initiative called "Legacy" to get back on top.

It's hard to believe, given that Marvel dominates the box office and is ubiquitous on TV. But print sales have fallen off the Bifrost, and that has not only Marvel but rival DC Comics worried, not to mention all of America...Read more

Captain Comics: 'The Gifted,' somewhat 'X' connected, but not entirely

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"The Gifted," premiering Oct. 2 on Fox, is an X-Men TV show. It doesn't fit specifically into the X-comics, X-cartoons or X-movies -- but samples a little bit of each.

"The Gifted" does take place in the same universe as the X-Men movies, but won't connect directly to them. (Sort of how "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." references and builds on the ...Read more

Captain Comics: 'Preacher,' 'Gotham' and 'Kingsman' comics and TV versions differ vastly

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Sure, a lot of movies and TV are based on comics these days. But as a lot of the current genre material demonstrates, that leaves a lot of wiggle room for directors and showrunners.

"Preacher," which came to the end of its second season on AMC Sept. 11, is a case in point. It follows the tone, themes and broad narrative of the DC graphic novels...Read more

Captain Comics: Harley Quinn shines on Batman Day

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Can it really be 25 years since Harley Quinn first entered the pop culture lexicon? Well, it's true -- she first appeared on "Batman: The Animated Series" in 1992 -- and DC Comics is celebrating by letting the Maid in Motley take over "Batman Day" Saturday, Sept. 23.

That would be a bigger deal if more people knew about Batman Day. Begun in ...Read more

Captain Comics: 'Death of Stalin,' surprisingly humorous

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You wouldn't think that a graphic novel named "The Death of Stalin" would be funny, but it is.

In fact, this blackest of black comedies was snatched up by a writer/director of political comedies, Armando Iannucci (creator of "Veep"), and turned into a movie that will debut at the Toronto Film Festival Sept. 17. And despite being a French-UK ...Read more

Captain Comics: Who are the Inhumans? Glad you asked.

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The arrival of "The Inhumans" on the nation's IMAX theaters Sept. 1 raises a lot of questions. Here to answer them, as ever, is Captain Comics:

Q: Why is there an "Inhumans" movie now, and an "Inhumans" TV show premiering on ABC Sept. 29?

A: They're the same thing. The "Inhumans" movie is essentially the first two episodes of the TV show, ...Read more

Captain Comics: Binge reading required before next 'Defenders' Netflix series

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Want more "Defenders"? Let Captain Comics take you to the source for the reading that will tide you over until the next Netflix series comes out.

But first, let's get this out of the way: While the comic book Defenders are mostly like their Netflix counterparts, there are some surprising differences. For example, in the comics:

--Luke Cage and...Read more

Captain Comics: Dizzying Disney decisions perplex 'Defenders' viewers

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It's a pretty dizzying time for streaming services, especially if you're a fan of Peak Geek TV.

First, Disney announced it was removing its content from Netflix and starting its own streaming service.

Then they walked it back a little.

The day before that, Netflix announced it was buying a Scottish comics publishing company to make its own, ...Read more

Captain Comics: Binge-watch Netflix shows to prep for 'The Defenders'

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"The Defenders" are coming to Netflix Aug. 18, an old name from Marvel Comics that is getting new life from a TV show.

This is not the first TV series named "The Defenders," of course. That honor goes to a CBS courtroom drama that ran from 1961 to 1965. It starred E.G. Marshall ("12 Angry Men") and Robert Reed ("The Brady Bunch") as a father-...Read more

Captain Comics: There's more than Comic-Con in the news … read on

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All the big news from Comic-Con International: San Diego in the last few weeks has drowned out some smaller, yet still important, stories. Let's check the Comics Cave's teletype:

'BLONDE' DATE

Those who saw "Atomic Blonde" after its July 28 premiere might be surprised to learn that the movie was based on the graphic novel "The Coldest City," ...Read more

 

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