Superior Spider-Man 28 Review

Well, I finally was able to catch up with the Superior Spider-Man series just as it’s heating up towards what should be a huge finale this spring.  The most recent issue, #28, totally flipped SpOck into an unusual world of chaos with him being the one to scramble for his life.

The issue opens with Spider Island up in flames. How? The last we saw of SpOck he had outsmarted the Goblin King and discovered his underground hideout with a projection of himself. Right?

It turns out the Goblin King was one step ahead of Otto and sent his three goblin glider warriors to blow up the entire island complex. This is the first time that SpOck has really been in trouble; he literally has to flee everything he has built on the back of Automaton (the magnificent whirr-klikk-iking robot).  He barely gets away, but damn, this was really an intense start to the issue.  The Goblin King doesn’t even care that Otto got away because he already has established plans to go take everyone close to SpOck hostage.

Meanwhile Mayor Jameson, of course, rolls out his newest line of “Goblin Slayers” which are really just Spider Slayers — which remind me of the navy Star Wars battle droids repainted to look like a Portal turret with a hologram of Jonah’s face in the center. Jameson has been pretty frustrated about being controlled by SpOck, so there was no surprise to see him make a prideful power move like this; although, I’m totally expecting it to just create more problems.

As I mentioned, the Goblin King had already sent out some thug units to go kidnap all of the close known associates to SpOck, starting with Mary Jane, who decided to become super badass in this issue.  Three of the flying child goblins come crashing through window; poor firefighter Ollie is helplessly swinging a chair in the air to ward them off, and all of a sudden, THWIP! TWIP! That’s right, Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and traps the 3 mini goblins to the wall.  She understands exactly how the Goblin plays games and out of nowhere grabs Ollie and pulls him out the door like she had some Emergency Goblin Protocol ready.  It’s great, she gathers up May and Jay while telling her own mother to take the first flight out of town. I think Mary Jane is the reason SpOck will be able to win this one, by “removing pieces from the board.”

We find out that Otto made it back to Parker Industries safely, but he was tracked down and confronted by Monster, who pulls off her mask to reveal that she is a Goblinized Carlie.  She forces her way through all of Parker Industry’s defense mechanisms, eventually getting her desired one on one time with Otto.  Even though this looks like it could be pretty bad, Carlie is still able to somehow temporarily take control of Monster and tell Otto that he better cure her before it’s too late.  She says that Otto has no idea what the Goblin King has in store for him,

but no, oh no, the worst thing that could happen, the issue ends with the Goblins capturing the one person that truly matters to Otto;

Anna Maria.

Damn. I really love this series, I think it’s one of the coolest original and unique ideas that I’ve ever read.  I’ve loved SpOck from the beginning; he was a fun and cool change to the character and a great break from Peter Parker.  I definitely want Pete back, but am really really going to miss the professionally serious and technical approach that Otto’s character brings to Spider-Man.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this issue was the two full page panels that showed ghost Peter slowly losing himself having to relive Otto’s memories.  While the full page layouts were nicely designed, I thought it interrupted the flow of the main story. I’m definitely interested in what happens to Peter and how he comes back, but honestly, I don’t want it to take away at all from this Goblin Nation story and how awesome and crazy it’s getting, especially with only 3 issues to go.

Overall, I thought this was another awesome issue of the Superior Spider-Man, and obviously cannot wait for issue #29, especially because Spidey 2099 appears in his costume again!

Going forward, my one big theory or expectation is that Anna Maria, sadly, will die before the series is over.  We know that Peter is coming back, and she’s Otto’s love interest, not his. Now she’s been kidnapped, and while Otto would probably do or give anything to protect her, it would be a really tragic way to show him that he’s not superior.  It’s the easiest way for the writers to eliminate the relationship and totally wreck Otto for good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

How did everyone else like this month’s issue of the Superior Spider-Man?  Let me know!

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First Look at The CW’s Flash Costume

So everyone loves the Flash; he’s the most relaxed, funny, and generally likable superhero in the DC Comic universe. It’s awesome that he will finally be represented on screen in the modern era, and holds even more promise because of how good Arrow has been so far for its first two seasons.

I’m not totally sold on Gustin yet, only because I haven’t seen him in anything, but from the little bit we saw in Arrowhe seemed fine.

I definitely love this picture though, the head part of the suit looks awesome and about as good as I could have imagined it. Hopefully a full body picture is released soon and the entire costume can be revealed!

What do you think?

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True Detective 1.6 Review: “Haunted Houses”

Well, after last night’s awesome sixth episode of True Detective, there are only two episodes left in this great first season.  Last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses,” answered a lot of lingering questions that link the show’s multiple timelines of past and present.  While the show was not as focused on solving the case, it was hectic and thrilling nonetheless, and tied up some loose ends that viewers probably had, mainly what caused the fallout between Rust and Marty?

The episode opened with a very intense scene of Marty dealing with the two guys that were with caught with his daughter, and he violently beats them for what they did.  We see him pushed to his limit and really pull strings to make this happen because let’s be honest; he probably wouldn’t have dealt with this in another way. Rust seems to be losing his mind a little more as well when we find him interrogating someone, but when he actually gets her confession signature, he tells her to kill herself because she wouldn’t survive in jail. These are two really tense moments to open with that are pretty dark reflections of what the characters have become.

After this Rust and Marty really just continue to butt heads and constantly clash at work; Rust is invested in secretly working the deer crown case in his free time while Marty has found himself in another affair. They are doing their usual things but the friendship has just dissolved; it’s sad, but we knew it was coming. Eventually Rust puts together that Tuttle has something to do with the murders and abductions, but gets himself suspended for pushing the theory too hard.

Maggie finds the pictures of the younger woman on Marty’s phone, but plays it cool and decides to go have an affair of her own by picking up some stranger at a bar. Then, the moment that everyone was waiting for, the reason that Rust and Marty fell out of touch…. Maggie shows up to have sex with Rust instead of the guy at the bar, and he does it. This was expected, but still crazy; Rust was pretty drunk but couldn’t resist. Let’s be honest, he’s in a bad place with Marty, he’s pretty drunk, and knows how bad of a husband Marty actually is.  Rust also knows exactly what she wants, just a one-time fling to really show Marty he’s messed up.

Marty almost can’t believe it, but we see how he really feels when Rust shows up at the department.  They have an epic brawl with Marty immediately tackling Rust and then landing some heavy right hooks on Rust’s face. Although he’s getting pretty pounded, Rust still seems in control of the fight, taking what he deserves for betraying Marty, but then taking him down in one swift move, hurling him into the back of his truck.  This was pretty fun to watch because these guys seemed bound to fight, and it didn’t disappoint, but Rust quits and we know why the two aren’t friends anymore.

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I think everything is setting up really well, and I love how they finished this episode with the guys reuniting as Rust chased Marty down in his truck. They agree to get a drink and there are two episodes, a.k.a, two hours (a movie length) left for Marty and Rust to fully solve the case of their careers.  I’m really excited for these final two episodes and feel exactly how I did when Breaking Bad was finishing up.

Right now, we know that the two people they are looking for are the yellow king and the man with the scars. My guess is that Tuttle, despite denying being involved, is the yellow king who runs that cult in the woods where they worship the devil or some type of evil.  However, I’m not sure who the man with the scars could be.  We also don’t know what the deal is with the supernatural forces that have popped up; Rust sees things, and LeDoux talks about his death right before it happens, mentioning the black stars, which then appeared to surround Rust’s head.

There are still some questions to be answered, but I’m ready to know what happens and can’t wait for Sunday to get here! “Haunted Houses” was another great episode that brought us up to speed so there is plenty of time to deliver a solid finale. If you have any theories of how True Detective might end, drop a comment below and let me know!

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True Detective Could Possibly Have Female Leads

Right now True Detective is the hottest show on television and has really been blowing myself and countless others away with it’s amazing first season so far.

There are only two episodes left, and sadly, it means only two episode left of McConaughey and Harrelson as one of the best duos on T.V. The biggest question on my mind, and soon everyone’s, is who will follow up these two and be the focus of season two?

In an article found here, creator Nic Pizzolatto responds to a tweet about female characters, leaving the fan with the open-ended, “Next season…” Obviously this is no guarantee, but at least cool to know that the writers are open to having any types of detectives.  Pizzolatto has done such an amazing job with the writing so far in this first season, so I’m sure that whoever signs on for season two will have a great character written for them.

True Detective has been everything I expected and so much more. There are still two episodes left in this season that I am massively anticipating (as I’m sure you all are), but I can’t help but think a little bit about what will come next from this show.

Either way, I’m excited to hear ideas for season two and will report more as soon as they come in!

Also check out my review of last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses” right here!

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The Walking Dead 121 Review

Alright, so here we are entering the final chapters of the All Out War story line.  Issue 121 of The Walking Dead comic is chapter 7 out of 12 in this run, which technically begins the start of All Out War: Part Two, and is setting up for the end of this arc which has been very intense so far.

In this issue Eugene and the bullet makers for Rick’s side get compromised and captured by Negan and his gang, meanwhile everyone else just seems really tired from this war and unable to stand the casualties it has cost them. It turns out everyone is going to relocate back to the Hilltop with Maggie and her crew.

It seems like there is going to be one last major battle between Rick and Negan that takes place at the Hilltop, which will probably work to Rick’s advantage.  It obviously really hurts to have Eugene in Negan’s possession, but I really hope he holds out somehow and doesn’t end up supplying them with the ammunition.

Either way, I think that the reason Negan will be defeated is because of Dwight. We know he’s secretly on Rick’s side, and proved it by killing Negan’s men and giving Jesus the grenades.  I think he’s possibly been getting a group together to turn on Negan, which could come as a nice flank for Rick in a battle…

There have been a bunch of deaths so far in All Out War, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more in these next five issues.  That’s plenty of time for a lot to still happen, and this will probably have a very big and thrilling end because Negan has been the toughest challenge that Rick has faced so far.

Overall, I thought that issue #121 was relatively boring and was mainly set up to kick off All Out War: Part Two, but I’m really excited for the rest of this story.

Important Parts:

- Eugene has been caught by Negan. Ouch. Hopefully he holds out.

- Rick’s group is moving to the Hilltop. Could be an advantage in positioning.

Minor Parts:

- Heath said goodbye to Denise. I think that this will cause him to rage and either blame Rick or aim his anger towards Negan and become a huge asset.

- Ezekiel and his people are possibly leaving, but are considering going to the Hilltop with Rick and gang. I think they’ll head to the Hilltop, or return in a final battle.

What did everyone think of this issue? Drop a comment below and let me know how you see the All Out War story unfolding!

 

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True Detective 1.5 Review: “The Secret Fate of All Life”

So far, this first season of HBO’s mystery crime thriller, True Detective, is easily on the same level as last year’s final season of Breaking Bad. I want, so bad, to call this one of my favorite shows, but keep remembering that McConaughey and Harrelson are only set up for a one and done, and the show will feature two new detectives each season.  Now, I’m sure it will still be awesome, but until I can develop more of an opinion, I’m keeping my excitement to a seasonal level.  However, the quality, suspense, and writing of True Detective have definitely elevated it into the standards of televisions top tier.  Last night’s fifth episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life,” continued the show’s steady episodic improvement, and at points had me standing up with my hands on my head in awe of the plot.

Following up last week’s Alfonso Cuarόn-esque final scene, Rust and Marty are finally able to track down Reggie LeDoux. As the detectives are trekking through a lengthy stretch of deep woods strung with booby traps and the familiar wooden structures from the past crime scenes. This seems like it, the big gun battle we’ve been waiting for since Marty mentioned it a couple episodes ago; however, it turns out there was no shootout, and the guys carefully inched closer to the property where they confronted and captured LeDoux and his partner.  I thought this was an amazing scene and was super shocked when Marty just walks out and blows LeDoux’s brains out.  It was definitely justified when we figured out there were drugged children in the garage, but was pretty crazy that they framed the entire thing, that definitely had me laughing as they hopped between the present and past to explain and show what happened.

This was a really intense episode; finally catching LeDoux, Marty’s personal life, and then realizing the case still hasn’t been solved. I was definitely shocked to see that they want to pin Rust as the killer, but I just think he’s doing some off duty undercover work that nobody is aware of.  That’s the type of detective Rust is; he knows that he is smarter than the rest of the guys on the force. I’m pretty sure he’s making headway on the real conspiracy going on and the storage container is filled with evidence, like a ton of those little wooden structures, which would look really bad for Rust.

I really enjoyed the time jump in the past, and seeing us move out of 1995 and into 2002.  I’m curious to see if Marty’s personal life is leading to more of a tie in with the case, or if we are just witnessing the destruction of his character and family. They include a lot of possible foreshadowing with his kids.  When he runs over the tricycle, which I believe was the same episode when they confront his daughter about her sexual drawings, could be the destruction of her innocence.  Now we see the two sisters arguing over a plastic princess crown, and the first girl killed was given the deer antler crown.  I guess we’ll see, I’m not too concerned about it because a small portion of the episode is designated to their personal lives.

Either way, this was just another fantastic episode of True Detective, and I really am blown away each week. Although I’m pretty sad that there are only three episodes left of McConaughey and Harrelson in this first season, but I also cannot wait to see what happens next week. What did everyone think of this True Detective episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life.” Have any theories on how it’s gonna finish up?

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Students of Cinema

Hey,

So I’ve been pretty absent lately, and the reason for that is mainly due to a new WordPress blog I’ve created with two of my best friends called Students of Cinema. It’s strictly dedicated to movies and our differing views within a shared passion.

I’ve also been distracted by school, True Detective, and now House of Cards Season 2.  I’m hoping to write up a True Detective episode 5 review later today and eventually drop a House of Cards Season review when I finish the season later today or definitely tomorrow.

I’ll be dropping my Top 10 movies of the year list over at the other site, but am going to post it here as well.  My post relating to movies will probably lessen here because it’s the focus of Students of Cinema, but I’ll still be pumping out TV news, and should also be putting more comic reviews out very soon as well.  I’m almost caught up with The Superior Spider-Man and want to roll right into X-Men: Days of Future Past.

So feel free to check out my new website, it’s really awesome and we are pumping out a lot of content! Otherwise, I’ll have some TV and comic reviews out soon!

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Marvel Movie Rights

Marvel Movie Rights

So this is a good visual aid from the Reddit r/movies page to help you stay clear on which studios have the rights to certain Marvel characters and groups.

It’s nice and easy to follow!

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Get Pumped for The Vision!

Get Pumped for The Vision!

So the news hit last night that Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, will be taking his role in the MCU to the next level by playing the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Yes! It’s true, and I’m so happy to hear that they will be including the super AI hero who largely ties into the Ultron story line (for those who don’t know).  He also is widely known for having a relationship with The Scarlet Witch who will be in the film as well (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen).

The article I’m sharing gives a little more insight into the Vision and talks about the first ideas for his costume! I think that it sounds pretty cool so  far.  I trust Joss, and he knows that this is a character they are going to have to take baby steps with to portray him correctly.

I think a dark and subtle green and yellow will look really awesome, but would love to see the red face as well.  That will for sure be the toughest part, getting the face correct, which they discuss in the article.

Either way, the inclusion of the VIsion has me even more excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out! Check the article and let me know what you think!

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Studio Ghibli to Produce First TV Series

Studio Ghibli to Produce First TV Series

This awesome article from The Hollywood Reporter released yesterday (that I saw but didn’t get to read until now) that Hayao Miyazaki’s studio will be pushing forward with a TV series based on the Swedish kid’s book “Ronja the Robber’s Daughter.” I think this looks awesome and has an adventurous story that fits perfectly with Studio Ghibli’s past works.

Miyazaki’s son will be directing the show which is set to premiere this fall in Japan.

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