I will eventually make a list compiling the various superhero comics from Marvel and DC y'all you be reading or should have already read. Until I get around to that, I thought I'd suggest some other great comics that aren't superhero related. For now, mostly Image with some other publishing companies mixed in like Darkhorse or Oni Press etc. For one reason or another, these are all worth giving a fair chance.
Black Science – A story that takes place across the multiverse on multiple versions of Earth.
The Realm – The world has been thrown into disarray by mythical creatures such as dragons, orcs etc. The story follows a group of humans trying to survive in this ever-growing, despair filled world.
Nailbiter - Buckaroo, is a town that has given birth to the worst serial killers. Main characters must discover why and how this keeps happening.
Avatar Last Airbender Comics - Takes place after the original series but before the Legend of Korra.
Wicked + The Divine - Centers around reincarnated deities known as the Pantheon. They are reborn every 90 years and within two years, they will die. Story about Laura and her interaction with reincarnated Gods.
Saga - Two soldiers on opposing sides of a galactic war fall in love and have a child. They are now on the run.
Luther Strode Series – This is just busted ass people throwing grown man hands. Just read it for the art and action.
Morning Glories – Primarily focuses on a group of six teenagers who are invited to the prestigious Morning Glory Academy. A seemingly normal school for elite students but ... it's truly a horribly dangerous place that physically and psychologically tortures its students.
Mech Cadet Yu - Stanford Yu is just a kid and a janitor. Suddenly, he is chosen by a sentient giant robot as it's pilot and becomes a cadet, one of the planet's protectors.
Tokyo Ghost – Addicted to the digital and virtual, technology reigns supreme. Our two heroes, Debbie and her tech'd up crackhead boyfriend Led Dent are sent to the last tech-less country on Earth, Tokyo, where they have no intention of returning from.
Pretty Deadly - This narrative is about Death's daughter in a dark, horror, western fantasy. Death Face Ginny.
Wayward - Wayward is a supernatural story of a teenager who moves to Japan and gets caught up in a weird mystical world. An American manga of sorts, it’s very colorful and expressive.
Frostbite – The world is now in something of a perpetual ice age due to an experiment gone wrong by a few leading scientists. In this winter wonderland, humanity fights for warmth, heat and thermal clothing. There is also a freezing phenomenon called Frostbite. The main character tries to lead the daughter of one of the scientists to a specific location so she can fix the climate.
Kill or Be Killed - A depressed, cynical, 28 year old heartbroken man fails at a suicide attempt. He is then plagued by a demon that says it saved his life but to continue living, he must murder one person a month. The main character becomes physically ill and sick if he doesn't kill...what to do...?
Sunbakery - A comic anthology. This graphic novel has video game parodies, series that are Shounen Jump inspired and many more that continue on through the issues.
Rat Queens - Rat Queens takes place in a medieval fantasy setting following a group of four unruly, hard drinking, vulgar female mercenaries and their crazy adventures.
Trees – Trees is what I like to call pre or mid apocalyptic. Aliens drop these massive “Trees” all over the world and they have no regard for the planet or humanity. Story takes place ten years after their arrival.
Deadly Class - An unfortunate youth living on the streets who gets invited to King’s Dominion School of the Deadly Arts, a school that trains future assassins. He must deal with the burden of his past, the trials and tribulations of high school and surviving dangerous missions.
Y the Last Man – Seemingly out of nowhere, every single man in the world suddenly dies except for one (and a male monkey). What would you do if you were the last man on Earth?
Death Vigil – Are you special? If so go ahead and become a Death Knight by joining the Death Vigil, a team tasked with fighting evil and the “Primordial Enemy”. Did I mention you have to be dead to join?
Paper Girls - This narrative follows four 12 year old papergirls who are suddenly visited by some supernatural forces from the future. How will they survive and what is happening?
Blankets – Coming of age narrative of a sickly, christian boy and his first love. Family, church, school, life and early adulthood.
Invincible - Superhero comic unlike any other. This ultra violent story follows half human, half Viltrumite Mark Grayson as his powers start to manifest. Taking up the superhero name Invincible, he attempts to balance being a hero with school, family, love and world threatening events.
Sunstone - Lesbian BDSM! Okay it's more that just that. A smart narrative that has two woman explore themselves through bondage. Great themes and artwork.
Monstress - Steampunk meets Kaiju? Need I say more? This series is about Marika, a young woman with a concerning heritage and ambiguous past. Follow her as she attempts to find answers in a world where human wage war against oddities and apparitions all while Marika tries to suppress something dark deep inside of her very being.
Scott Pilgrim - Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old Canadian slacker who's in a band and in between jobs. After falling in love with a delivery girl he meets, he must defeat all of her seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to date her (in peace).
LOW - The sun has expanded into a red giant thus making the surface of the planet inhabitable and forcing humanity to take refuge under the sea. The remaining few million survivors live under water while the Caine family tries to probe habitable planets for humanity to live on. But something terrible happens and now in the face of true despair, one woman’s hope is the only thing left keeping her going when everything seems so hopeless.
American Vampire – It's a story about Vampires. I don't really know how else to explain it but it's good! Created by Scott Synder and Rafael Albuquerque, written by STEPHEN KING & Synder and drawn by Albuquerque & Mateus Santolouco (Dave McCaig, colorist).
Snotgirl – About a fashion blogger, social media and a bunch of superficial stuff. Lottie, the main character has bad allergies she hides from her fans and friends.
Motor Crush – Racer Domino Swift races for international fame in motorcycle racing ad street races at night for an illegal substance known as Crush.
Habibi – Two runaway Islamic slaves grow up together in isolation for a few years. Uncontrollable circumstance separate them and they grow up apart yet always yearning to meet each other again.
Sleeper – An undercover agent in a criminal organization who’s nigh indestructible. After his outside contact is gone, he’s stuck in this organization with no way out.
Blacksad Series – John Blacksad is a Black Panther detective that goes around solving cases in a world with no humans. Everyone is an anthropomorphic animal. The series has him deal with various cases and even racism.
East of West - This is a sci-fi, dystopian America where the Civil War never ended. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse return to fulfill a prophecy and they happen to be after the life of the US President. Watch the stories of important members of each nation unfold and the journey of Death, who is looking for someone or something important to him.
Made Men – A mission went wrong causing an entire team of Detroit Special Ops to get wiped out..except one..who is a Frankenstein. She knows the secrets of her family and guess who she's planning on reviving?
Seven to Eternity - Disgraced family, Adam Osidis joins a desperate group of magical beings to take down an omniscient king tormenting the world.
Romulus - The last assassin from an Ancient Order challenges the secret rulers of the world in order to free the world from their control.
Skybourne – The creators describe the series as a high action James Bond with fantasy elements.
Clean Room – The fiancee of our heroine kills himself after reading a book by the world famous Astrid Muller, a self help Guru. She plans to now infiltrate this massive worldwide organization to get to the truth.
Bounty - Simply put, this is the love child of Firefly and Rat Queens.
TIME FOR A LIST. These are probably my favorite comic book characters as of right now.
CALM DOWN BATSTANS. Put that Batarang away and let me explain. First and foremost, I understand that Detective Comics is a business. As a business the most important thing to companies is making money. That is a fact of life applicable to just about any industry. There are mouths to feed, you need money to fund things and thus, its all about the Benjamin's. Batman SELLS, he is popular and DC is just doing its job. But for me personally I am very, very tired of having Batman forced down my throat.
My history with Batman has been rocky. As a kid I liked Batman, then I hated Batman, then I did not like Batman but respected him and then I liked him again. And truth be told, I STILL like Batman, I mean he has never been one of my favorites or anything but I like him. I am just tired of Bruce Wayne. Too many comic books with Batman, aside from the Lego games and Injustice, only Batman gets games and these animated movie. Christ. Batman, Batman, Batman, Justice League Dark but um with Batman. You have got to be kidding me.
What ultimately worries me about this is what happens that day Batman stops working? Maybe something controversial happens that causes a group of people to see Batman as a symbol of something negative or maybe popularity just dwindles. How on Earth do they plan to move forward? They need more characters in the spotlight and it is time to take some chances and give unpopular characters a shot in the lime light.
DC has so many wonderful characters that are being neglected while Batman is just in any and all things DC, half the time I don't even want to bother because I know at some point it'll become the Batman show. Bruce Wayne train. Marvel has been in my honest opinion a mess the last couple of years, which is why I hardly read them but with DC its because I'm sick of Batman. I hope they do something about this eventually.
Been awhile since I've updated my blog. I just want to talk about a certain scene in Suicide Squad that meant a lot to me. Now before I talk about it, I want to state that I'm fully aware of all the issues Suicide Squad went through after the backlash of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. And while this movie wasn't perfect, I had a great time both times I went to see it. If you want to read my review on the movie check it out here:
I found the Harley Quinn and Joker dynamic to be intriguing. In case you didn't know, Joker and Harley do not have a some deranged, lovey-dovey relationship. From her introduction in the 1992 Batman the Animated Series, to the comics and even the Batman Arkham video games series, the Joker has only ever used and abused Harley. He's never really loved her. He beats her and verbally abuses her all the time. He has always only seen her as an occasionally useful tool. Even in this movie, originally, they were going to depict this version of their relationship but instead went a different route.
The Joker seems to genuinely care about Quinn in this film. Even Amanda Waller says, "God help anyone who disrespects [his] queen." The subplot of this movie is Joker trying to get Harley back. This is new and I find it interesting because it actually gives the Joker some sort of twisted humanity. The Joker to me has always been an irredeemable, self aware, high functioning psychopath and a homicidal maniac. He's always challenged moral conventions by getting people to abandon their ethical and moral compasses. To take the upstanding and stain them by having them descend into anarchy. To essentially prove that anyone can be as fucked up as The Joker if they have just one-bad-day. But let me not get into the Joker's psyche and thematic role and talk about my favorite scene.
My favorite part of the movie is when the Joker and Dr Harleen Quinzel are at the Ace Chemical Plant, the place where "The Joker" was created. Very briefly, let me explain this for those who don't know because several people have asked me about this particular scene. The Joker's abnormally pale skin and green hair are a result of him falling into a specific batch of chemicals at Ace Chemical Plant. Not makeup, war paint or just how he looks naturally. I know a lot of you guys are only familiar with Heath Ledger's depiction of the Joker from the Dark Knight Returns so I thought I'd explain that for those who don't know.
So, Joker brings psychiatrist, Dr. Harleen Quinzel to the plant and asks her some questions:
Question,would you die for me?
That’s too easy,would you...Would you live for me?
Careful,do not say this oath thoughtlessly. Desire become surrender, surrender become power.
I interpreted this quote differently both times I heard it. Initially I thought it was kind of dumb. How could living for someone be harder than dying for them? "Desire become surrender, surrender become power." I thought he was saying, if you desire to be with me you must surrender yourself to me and by doing so you'll gain power over me. Which I thought was weird, kind of like how some say submissives in a BDSM relationship actually have more power over the dominator. That the masochist actually controls the sadist.
The second time I watched it, it meant something completely different. "Would you live for me", became would you devote your life to me? Would you give up your own wants and needs for my selfish desires? She says, "yes". Yes I'd do anything for you, yes I'd sacrifice my life for you and yes, I will give in to your way of life. And I got goosebumps. I was taken back a bit. "Desire becomes surrender, surrender become power." That to me the second time around meant, if you really want this you have to surrender your sanity for power. Because by relinquishing your mental stability and not caring about the rules or laws that man has created you can gain true power. See their ethics for the joke that it really is, see how truly fragile their morality is. And I thought that was very powerful. He was trying to let her in on the "joke."
It doesn't stop there. After all that, she then takes a leap of faith into the dangerous chemicals below and the Joker starts to leave. He was ready to leave her there, be on his way and then seems VISIBLY frustrated by the idea that he actually cares about her. He takes off a layer of his clothing and jumps in after her. From the chemical submergence, Dr Harleen Quinzel is no more, and from underneath the surface of this dangerous waste rises: Harley Quinn. She is reborn.
So personally that scene really hit me, it's easily my favorite part of the movie. The idea of Joker being in love is still something I'm getting used to but if the DCEU is going to properly explore this, then I am on board one hundred percent. Let's see if the Clown Prince and Princess can paint the world in despair together. <3
DC, I have been impressed lately. Lately I peep Marvel and DC stuff more so for the sake of not getting left behind. Not because I was enjoying stuff. I'm more of an Image guy, they have some of the most quality comics I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing but I'm getting off topic. From Batman v Superman (yes I fucking LOVED it FUCK YOU), to The Flash TV show, Suicide Squad hype, Injustice 2 and DC REBIRTH, my love for the publishing company is back. DC just keeps hitting me with good new. Gym Gordon (J.K Simmons playing an old, brawling Commissioner Gordon), and Geoff Johns taking up an important leadership role in DC. Nothing but good news. While I'm not a big fan of the Killing Joke, that's exciting and I heard we'll be getting a Justice League Dark animated film. CRAZY SIYACK. *Ice King voice*
Starting with Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition, I'm stoked to see the whole movie. I feel like the movie will be more coherent, flow better and expand upon the motivations of certain characters. I could tell from the theatrical release that a lot was cut from the movie, just like I could when I watched Age of Ultron. Flash Season 2 ended off really good, we might be getting a CW take of one of the various Crisis and/or FLASHPOINT. Excited as a mother lover for the third season. Unfortunately I don't care for Arrow much and DC Legend's of Tomorrow is just okay to me.
Since seeing the SDCC promo for Suicide Squad, for better or worse I put my whole heart and soul into that movie. I believe in it wholeheartedly. I think it's going to be the 'comic book' movie of 2016. I really can't wait. Injustice was my favorite fighting game ever, so I am insanely excited. I wanna see the roster ad new things they add to the combat. The story intrigues me and so does this armor business.
DC Rebirth has been incredible so far. They kept was was working with the New 52 and brought back was used to worked pre flashpoint. That includes Wally West, killing New 52 Superman and bringing back pre-crisis Superman. Oliver and Dinah are exploring their love interest and Oliver has his older iconic look back. It really is a good time to be a DC fan.
Killing Joke brings Conroy and Hamill back in their roles as Batman and Joker to bring the incident that paralyzes Barbara Gordon. I personally wasn't a huge fan of this run, mostly because I don't like what Joker did to Batgirl (one of my favorite characters). I never reread it. It's going to be hard for me to watch. But Justice League Dark will expose a side of dark magic and magic user in the DC Universe that most people don't know about. John Constantine is a fantastic character that needs more spotlight.
DC is also doing some cool stuff with their Vertigo imprint, and Preacher did get a tv show. Keep it up DC.
Overall, as corny as Flash can be at times, it's a great show. It doesn't shy away from diving straight into the character's mythos and speed related content. It's fast paced ... I like that. It does suffer having annoying characters and episodes I consider to be filler, but its been a great ride. This latest episode that we've had to wait two weeks for is by far the dumbest episode I've watched so far.
I'm so upset at this episodes I almost don't want to talk about it. But I can't ignore this. First let's just quickly recap the events. Actually, no, fuck it. Let's just talk about the stupidity. Barry has the tachyon device on him thus making him faster (he goes to Supergirl's world and comes back). This doesn't feel right. Instead of him growing to properly harness the Speedforce, it feel like our hero is cheating. But anyways, with it on, he's faster than Zoom. So what does Barry do? IMMEDIATELY challenge Zoom and GIVES away his element of surprise. That he's faster now. After leading Zoom into Star Labs (why would Zoom follow him there) Barry manages to incapacitate him. Yayyy. NO.
Zoom escapes and steals Wally. He wants to trade Barry's speed for Wally's life. Barry immediately gives in to the plan and it's not even like it's an exchange. Zoom GIVES them Wally back. Yes. You heard me. Before even taking Flashes power, Zoom actually releases Wally. Then Wells explains that Flash has to run on the treadmill with this device thingy drains his speed. So let's recap. Barry is faster than Zoom. Yes. Barry has Wally back. Yes. To even lose his powers he has to willing run his speed into nothingness. Now, what hero in their right mind who has all the advantages willingly discard their powers? What? Barry then goes, loses his powers, Zoom injects them like a druggie, gets faster and then takes away Caitlyn after she tries appealing to the "good" in him.
This is our reward after two breaks. Utter fucking shit. Next episode he has no damn power so that's going to be fucking boring as shit too. I'm tired of Barry being an idiot, give Wally his powers and let's see if he's any bloody smarter.
Now that I've seen The Force Awakens more than four times and have had some time to digest the movie, I think it's time to talk about some theories, speculations, predictions and inquires we may have about the movie (and franchise). Also note that not only have I seen all seven movies numerous times, I've also read tons of Star Wars Legends comics (previous known as the Expanded Universe), I have completed Clone Wars and I am caught up in Star Wars Rebels. All of which make up the current Star Wars canon so, possible spoilers for those, you've been warned.
If you've seen my review of Episode 7, you'll know that I really enjoyed it, though by no means was it perfect. I want to discuss some of the things I noticed and things I'm wondering about after having seen it so many times. One thing I've never liked about Star Wars is how inconsistent it is and how the power ranking/scaling is just as bad as your typical Shounen Jump manga. But I digress, let's jump right in.
How strong was Kylo Ren in actuality? Originally, I feel like a lot of us may have overestimated how powerful he truly was (not to say he was weak though). Kylo was trained by Luke for a bit and then Snoke. However, Luke isn't particularly a great Jedi, his Force sensitivity is off the charts, but he has very little formal training. This is a world that hasn't really seen any true Jedi for nearly 70 years. A lot of knowledge has been lost over the ages and I found that evident in the movie. Canonically, Luke hasn't preformed any incredible Force feats and his Lightsaber skills were sub-par at the end of Return of the Jedi. Even Phantom Menace Obi-Wan is a more capable duelist than Episode 6 Luke. So knowing that, I came to the conclusion that in a sense, since there are no Jedi to train him properly, there's no way he could have been a great Master. There's also so little people in the galaxy who have any Force training and those who do have to start from scratch.
So with that in mind, unless Snoke truly IS Darth Plagius, Snoke should be a new generation "Sith" as well ... meaning he also isn't trained the way we are used to seeing. Say what you will about the first 3 Episodes, but a lot of the Jedi are a lot more skilled with a Lightsaber than Luke ever was and anyone in Episode 7. Kylo Ren and Rey included. These Force sensitive people are strong but only in an era with no properly trained Force Users of any side. Comparatively, the potential is greater than it's ever been, but they are all unpolished.
Bringing it back to Ren, the first thing we see is his Force TK (Telekinesis) prowess. Able to hold a blaster shot in mid air for minutes, with only his mind while talking to other people. We see him sense something wrong with Finn, feel the presence of his father and even using Mind Probing. He even overwhelms Rey in almost every instance they met except twice. First of all, I believe Rey is stronger than Ren, there's little reason to believe otherwise. But Ren is much older and better trained so I was taken back those two times she overpowered him. Even though at the end, he was in emotional turmoil and wounded from Chewbacca and Finn, I thought he shouldn't have lost. There's arguments for both sides and even though shit like that just happens in Star Wars I thought of something. Who has Ren ever had to fight that was near or on his level? Sure, he can Mind Probe Poe, and Rey before she understood how strong she was but he's probably never had to face off versus someone as powerful as him.
Snoke even tells him, "even you, master of the Knights of Ren have never faced a task like this before". I believe he was not only talking about Han Solo, but Rey. If you watch the fight again, look at the moment Rey focuses, feels the Force and starts believing. Ren after tanking the first stab begins to doubt himself (afraid of not being Vader) and at that moment the battle was lost. He takes a frustrated, undisciplined swing at Rey, leaving him open. Undisciplined, disorderly and uncontrolled. Those things define Ren. Down to his Lightsaber which is crackling and looks like at anytime it might stop working, yet, menacing. Unlike Rey who is holding Luke's Saber that has a nice, confident, clean beam coming out from the base of the Lightsaber.
So how powerful is Rey? Is she too strong? Too perfect? She's a gifted pilot, competent fighter, mechanic, great shot with a blaster, extremely Force sensitive and was able to use the Jedi Mind Trick with no prior training. In a lot of ways, I see in her what Anakin should have been in the prequels. He should have had her natural talent, mixed with the multi-dimensional character depth of Kylo. But anyways ... On Jakku, Rey has become proficient with a staff but does that translate well into Lightsaber wielding? Should she have been able to beat Ren like that? Ren was clearly not as good as a duelist as he was with Force knowledge. Untrained sporadic swings, none of the seven forms present in his fighting style, even his tantrum swings are unclean.
It's not uncommon for a Force user to be better in one aspect than they are the other. Obi-Wan was a competent Force user but was much better with a Lightsaber than he was with Force knowledge. Anakin was balanced but thought himself to be much better with a Lightsaber than he actually he was. Later on when he became Vader, that would change. Dooku and Windu are praised to be some of the best duelist ever seen and Ahsoka Tano was very skilled with Lightsabers at a very young age. Her Force application was decent but her unconventional and duel wielding combat style was hard to best. We see proof of this when she easily beats two Inquisitors that Erza and Kanan couldn't beat. For those who don't know, Ahsoka was Anakin's Padawan.
Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Where did he come from and how strong is he? Am I supposed to just accept that in the past 30 years, some new big bad became a Force monster and created the First Order? That's kind of a big pill to swallow and I hope they explain that in detail in the coming movies. Some people believe that Darth Plagius is the true identity of Snoke which isn't impossible but there really isn't any evidence for or against it. So I'll just leave it at that. However, it might make sense if this fan theory is true.
The identity of Rey is a big mystery in this movie. But the movie strongly alludes that she is Luke's daughter. Anakin's Lightsaber is almost like a family heirloom at this point. Obi-Wan passed it off to Luke and then the weapon called to Rey. Part of me wants to beleive that it is a Saber that only calls to those with Anakin's DNA. Maz Kanata also tells her that, the belonging she seeks in not in her past, but in her future. What does that mean? That the person or persons she's waiting for on Jakku are not coming back there and to find them, she must embrace her destiny and move forward. So while Luke is the obvious answer, I also think it makes the most sense. Luke was ultimately as strong or stronger than Anakin so it would make sense that Luke's kid is as strong or stronger than him.
Let's talk about Luke for a bit. What's up with him? Why did he rage quit and leave the galaxy in chaos? I have a bit of a theory. First of all, Luke was always a quitter. YES, your hero Luke often doubted himself in the original trilogy, so miss me with "that's not Luke, Luke wouldn't do that." He would and he has. He rejected his initial call to action but only went with Obi-Wan after his family was killed. He constantly doubts himself when training with Yoda, especially when he has to raise that ship out of the water. He then leaves before finishing his training, gets smoked by Vader and runs. This would be a different story in the Expanded Universe if Master Luke was canon but it is not.
I think it was too much for Luke to handle. He redeems his father and starts training Jedi, something he's not even qualified to do. I assume he had the Force Ghost of Anakin, Yoda and Obi-Wan to consult at times but he was on his own. Now, your nephew turns to the Dark Side and with the Knights of Ren, murders everyone you were training. But that's not all, I beleive in the midst of all that, whoever Luke was romantically invovled with died as well. So he left it all behind and became the "strange old hermit" he once called "Ben Kenobi". It's also interesting to note that Ben Solo is essentially a combination of Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker from the EU while also being consistent with the fact that in the EU, lots of Luke's students get seduced by the Dark Side.
We've still got a lot of unanswered questions left like why Ren chose to construct his Lightsaber the way he did, what happened with Han and Leia and why/how Ben Solo got turned to the Dark Side. But now let's talk about what I hope to see. The Force Awakens played it safe, reestablished the franchise with the tone and feel we love. Time for something new. Deviate from the sequels, the prequels and become a brand new Star Wars story like no one's ever seen before. They've laid down the groundwork and now it's time to build off of the great foundation.
I'm not entirely sure where the story is going to go but, I hope to see a trained Rey and Ren. Ren needs to control himself better and learn from his defeat. Rey needs to tap into her latent powers and bring Luke back. Assuming Luke is even willing to train her. But I find that he probably will or else why leave a map to where you're hiding? I want to see some flashbacks about some of the events that have taken place in the last 30 years. I also want to know how strong Luke became and if he's fully realized his Force potential like he does in Star Wars Legends. Grandmaster Luke is broken.
I need more Poe x Finn bromance. Finn and Poe need to become the leading forces of the Rebellion and be the figure heads. Maybe Finn learns from Poe how to fly and maybe becomes a General. I'm a little sad he's not a Jedi but, I still love Finn and think he has a crucial role to play. Captain Phasma needs to redeem herself and not go the way of Jango or Boba Fett. Boba Fett has great feats in the cartoon and EU, but is the most overrated character from the original movies. He really didn't do much and I never understood why so many fans loved him.
Ultimately, the onslaught of Star Wars movies we have coming up has started off great. Episode 8, 9, Star War Rouges, the Boba Fett movie (I think) and the Han Solo movie. Hoping for greatness.
RWBY has hit its mid-season finale and my, that was quite the cliff-hanger. The plot has taken some significant strides and it’s rather impressive. The show often receives criticism for its predictable, straight forward and lackluster plot. While I personally don’t think the story is particularly bad (just simple), this web-series thrives off of its characters, humor and action( emphasis on the action). Either way, it’s enjoyable to tons and will continue to remain relevant for years to come.
This season kicked off the Vytal Festival with an awesome showdown between Team RWBY and ABRN. Team RWBY was successful in the first round (the round four). Team RWBY then celebrated with some bowl of ramen where Weiss’ card got declined after she ignored a call from her father. Team JNPR would go on to win their match too. Team SSSN barely defeats the beautiful Team NDGO. Qrow is seen in a bar and when an Atlas ship belonging to Winter Schnee arrives at Beacon, he leaves to confront her. Weiss and Winter reunite but is interrupted by Qrow. Qrow and Winter engage in an epic battle on school grounds but Qrow stands down just in time for Winter's superior, General Ironwood, to catch her attacking someone "defenseless".
Ruby and Qrow also see each other again for the first time in a while, then Qrow goes off to talk to Ozpin, Glynda and Ironwood about important Hunter business. He mentions that someone named Autumn (Ember?) got attacked which makes little to no sense at the time. The tournament continues, showing off some of the other teams, especially the prowess of Emerald and Mercury. They easily defeated Coco and Yatsuhashi, two renowned Beacon seniors. Qrow spends some time with his nieces and gives them important advice before heading back out. Weiss & Yang face off against Flint & Neon, an interesting duo that our girls barely manage to beat.
AND that brings us to our most recent episode. Ozpin brings Pyrrah into his office and asks her for her favorite fairy tale. They go through a few and ultimately end up talking about the story of the Four Maidens, who become the four seasons. Ozpin then claims that this tale is no myth, but truth. That the seasons need a guardian to inherit them. Pyrrah may be the Maiden of Fall and the current Fall Maiden was attacked by who we can assume was Cinder Fall. The process for passing on the powers of a Maiden into the next host is still relatively vague and complicated but the power generally transfers to the last person the current maiden was thinking about. Ozpin, Glynda, Qrow and Ironwood fear that the powers will transfer to the attacker.
Ironwood has in theory, figured out a way to forcibly transfer the current Maiden's power to Pyrrah, but at a cost. Their lives will be bound and there’s no guarantee Pyrrah will be the same person after the process. The 1v1 finals start with Yang vs Mercury. After a short but sweet battle Yang ends up winning but, Mercury attacks her after the match, forcing Yang to defend herself. She breaks his leg. The Atlas military surround Yang much to Yang’s confusion. Turns out she attacked defenseless Mercury for no apparent reason, shocking and scarring all the people watching. The Grimm sense the negative emotions and the episode ends with Yang’s panicked face.
As you can see, episode 6 introduced quite a bit. I find that this season has been the strongest so far in terms of trying to push the narrative forward. Introducing the older characters, diving into the main conflict, showing off more Semblances and having a twist ending with the latest episode. Yang and Pyrrah both have important moments coming up soon.
Qrow and Winter have been great additions to the cast . Qrow, the drunken foul mouth uncle who cares about his nieces and Kingdom. Then there is Winter; the stuck up, prim and proper older sister who loves her little sister. Personally I relate to Qrow because I too have multiple nieces and my relationship with them is similar to there's. Moving on, we can assume that Pyrrah will have a hard time concentrating on her upcoming battles in the fighting tournament. With a decision this heavy weighing on her mind, it would be hard to not be distracted. And Yang. My poor baby got framed. It's evident that someone on Cinder's team has illusion based powers, presumably Emerald. She used them during the match to make Yang think Mercury was attacking her while in reality, she attacked him for no reason.
What's next to come? I speculate that Pyrrah will fight next and either lose or barely win assuming the fighting continues. The Grimm have sensed all the negativity from the people of Remnant and it's possible they might attack. If not, we can assume Yang will be arrested or/and expelled/suspended. The question is that does her act disqualify Team RWBY or can someone else take her spot and continue to fight on? SO much to speculate but we'll have to wait until January 2nd, 2016 for episode 7. Make sure to watch the RWBY podcast this week and the World of Remnant episode on the 26th.
Good grief Charles M. Schulz, it’s been over 60 years since the first Peanuts comic strip and it’s still managed to stay relevant. It always baffles the mind how some of these cartoons stick around and withstand the test of time. I mean who would have thought that any movie company would care to bring back Charlie Brown in 2015? Peanuts was a comic strip that was around way before I was even born, covering topics from the 60s that used to go way over my head until I was a little older. Peanuts the Movie was by no means perfect, but it does a good enough job preserving the heart and soul of the franchise while appealing to a new audience.
Making any movie like this presents a difficult challenge. How does one satisfy the nostalgia of the older generation while appealing to a newer audience? Well in all honestly, this film managed to do that well enough. The animation of the movie is clean and new enough that it doesn’t look like crap to the new generation while still having the style and physics of the old Charlie Brown cartoon. It looks great, it feels great and it would be great to see more franchises take this approach when bringing back older series’ to new audiences.
The voices sound like they should; at no given point did anyone sound weird and thank God. One thing I don’t particularly enjoy is seeing the same animated character in various media but hearing a different voice. The music was the same classic sound we know and love thrown in with one or two more “modern” songs some kids might identify with better. That being said, one of the stronger parts of the movie was its unwillingness to fully change with the times and become “contemporary.”
The setting, references and technology remain the same in this film as it was in the cartoons. I was afraid I was going to hear tons of new pop music, see cellphones and characters taking God damn selfies but the movie does away with all that. I figured they’d modernized the crap out of this movie, heck, I even thought they might make the parents speak. But Peanuts doesn’t give in to the times and keeps the movie in the same era it should be in.
The plot of the movie may be a bit familiar to long time watchers of the cartoon; it emulates one of the Christmas specials where Charlie Brown decides to fly a kite in the winter while it takes a bit from the first on screen appearance of “Heather” (The Little Red-Haired-Girl). Charlie has always been a hapless, self-loathing, unlucky loser. A boy who fails at almost everything he tries to succeed in, a pessimist with a never give up attitude. He falls in love with the new girl that arrives at his school and is determined to show her a new and improved Charlie Brown. Not the down on his luck downer he really is. The subplot is with Snoopy’s imaginary adventure to save Fifi and defeat the Red Baron. A charming and fun detour from the central plot but ultimately has no actual effect on the plot.
In order to keep the movie PG, I found that a lot the comments and saying from the original cartoon didn’t make it into the movie. I mean, cartoons used to be a little more lenient. Some of the low blows the character deal to Charlie Brown are still present and often witty, but not as harsh as they used to be. Even when Snoopy is fighting the Red Baron, you don’t hear the gunshot noises from the imaginary guns; you just see the holes after. A change I could do without but I completely understand. Any super obscure reference and such other things as to not ostracize the young kids and I guess not piss off parents.
The movie is pretty quirky and fun enough for kids to enough, even if they have no prior knowledge or know how about Peanuts. As a standalone it’s still a good movie, not perfect but good. The problems with the movie is that it’s primarily a Charlie Brown and Snoopy movie. We get little moments and clips of other lovable favorites such as Schroder, Lucy and Peppermint Patty but they weren’t in the movie enough. They all just offer a supporting role as a Charlie Brown hater or helper. We do get classic scenes as the football scene and Linus and Charlie leaning against the brick wall but they were just there for us older fans. Kind of like a reward for being patient with the new film.
Ultimately, Peanuts the Movie is an endearing film that bridges the gap between generations of old and new and offers a newer yet familiar take on a beloved classic. The very essence of what makes Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown is still there and I hope for more to come.
The Flash is coming off of a strong first season, still doing extremely well and recently hit it's season high in ratings with episode five, season two. The show has set up various plot points and added many mysteries still yet to be solved. We had epic foreshadowing when Caitlyn Snow said that someone won't become evil just because they get powers. We saw Cisco finally accept his powers and even get his name (Vibe). Wally West coming along later has also been set up but most importantly, most viewers are wondering. Who is Zoom?
I have I few ideas but I am going to stick with two. Professor Zoom of Earth-2 is either Barry Allen from that Earth or Daniel West ( Wally West's Uncle). With setting up Wally West, you can possibly extend the family tree by showing more members. But, that's not my prevalent theory so for the time being, let's leave that alone. The show is setting us up to believe that it's Barry Allen. The theme of this season seems to be doppelgangers. Barry's other self is one if not the most important identity. What and who is Barry Allen of Earth 2? Why did Wells say he created "Zoom" (Thawne created Earth-1 Flash) and did anyone else hear Zoom say he was the fastest man alive? Could the evil Zoom be, Barry Allen? Food for thought...