This week's episode sees an end to season one of the show. In this episode we are joined by Deborah Etta Robinson, who shares her love of bad television, while Gavin helps probe the mind of a modern comic and shares his telephone tales of woe. Jeff brings us up to speed on the recent comic news, and provides what can only be described as the best questions for a grown persons slumber party.
Focusing on licenses, and “re-developing” stagnating properties, IDW has had some major success with GI Joe, Transformers, and less-mainstream-but-even-hotter Suicide Girls comic. None of these series come close to matching the fun and excitement that IDW has returned to... Dungeons & Dragons.
Rocksteady Studios certainly know how to make an announcement. At a pre-E3 showing of Batman: Arkham City, details emerged about a second playable character. In addition to beating up thugs as Batman, you’ll spend some time as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.
I knew going into "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" that I wasn't going to like these episodes at all. After watching the trailer for this two-parter, the episodes immediately felt like the dismal Silurian two-parter in Series Five - "Cold Blood" and "The Hungry Earth". Both two-installment stories deal with representations of humanity and a war between humans and their human-like counterparts (now enemies).
The Rocketeer, and its creator Dave Stevens, never really broke big in the mainstream comic culture, settling instead into its "classic indie" status. IDW hopes to change all that with Rocketeer Adventures #1.
And so episode seven leaves many of our players in even worse shape than they were before - as if that were even possible! Death, betrayal, uncertainty and now the likely prospect of invasion. Things have never been worse for the people of the Seven Kingdoms.
Although Disney seems to have a financial lock on the characters and their escapades, the fact that original muppeteers such as Frank Oz, and Jim Henson's son Brian, are still at the helm means that the new film should be keeping in the original spirit of the brilliant series and early films. The script is written by Jason Segel, a solid actor and singer despite some questionable film choices, and also stars Amy Adams, who I maintain is an amazing talent.
Gavin and Jeff discuss the future of science fiction, proper nerd classification, and the invisible stripper pole in Gavin's office.
In this introductory issue of the recently reformed Canadian super-team Alpha Flight, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham hit the perfect balance between a comic that will appeal to all readers and a story that has some fun ‘Canadiana’ shout-out moments.
My opinion of webcomics is about the same: anything with a continuous thread more than five panels long gets on my nerves. Thankfully, Dark Horse Books has been compiling some of the most prolific webcomics into hefty printed volumes, the latest of which is Christopher Hastings’ The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers, which debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
I cannot give a film a pass simply because it is fun to watch. There are plenty of really bad films that are fun to watch, but that doesn't make them good films. Which is why to some degree it pains me to give the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise a modestly negative review. It almost gets everything I like about the series right, but once you leave the theatre it will dawn on you that what you just saw wasn't all that great.
This is the episode that Whovians have been waiting 47 years for, but just didn't know it. With a woman-turned-TARDIS, companions running through actual TARDIS corridors and Neil Gaiman on board, it would be very hard to go wrong. There is no doubt that "The Doctor's Wife" will go down as one of the most iconic episodes within both Series Six and the decades-spanning television series Doctor Who as a whole.
Gavin and Jeff are back and discuss the plight of the Playstation Network outage, the outcome of comic book event fatigue, and a quick recap of death in the fantasy genre.
Tintin is not just a comic series; for many, it's a religion. The Adventures of Tintin has been in works for a while, and finally we have a trailer. With Steven Spielberg directing, Peter Jackson producing, Edgar Wright, Steven Moffat & Joe Cornish writing, and Jamie Bell, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (among others) acting, I have high hopes for this film.
The fifth episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, titled “The Wolf and the Lion,” was the most action packed and gruesome of the first season so far. If we were to compare the series through five episodes to a Rube Goldberg machine – and why not – the first four episodes were the set up. In this week's episode the start button was pushed, and the machinations began to pay off dramatically: the pace quickened, threats flew in earnest and lots of blood was spilled.
The Doctor, Amy and Rory have decided to go on adventures after three months of fighting The Silents. Their first stop is a pirate ship manned by one Captain Avery. Avery and his fellow pirates are being picked off one by one by a siren who can smell even the smallest drop of blood. Episodes immediately following the premiere episode are least spectacular episodes of each series. They are often self-contained stories that are lighter in theme that usually go back in time rather than forward. Series Six's "Curse of the Black Spot" follows in this same vein, but thankfully for Doctor Who audiences,"Curse of the Black Spot" blows the previously mentioned episodes out of the water.
DC's summer super-event, Flashpoint has both the fun of an alternate reality tale and the reward of a continuity storyline. Written by Geoff "I am DC" Johns, with stunning artwork by Andy Kubert, the first issue is largely spent setting up this previously unseen ‘world’. And what a world they have crafted! Though I'm more a fan of Green Lantern than of The Flash, this event looks to be far more exciting... and dare I pun ‘fast paced’, than Blackest Night or Brightest Day.
Grant Morrison's seminal run on X-Men returns to print... and just in time for the new movie! Originally penned when the first X-Men film was reigniting the public's favour with these long running characters, Morrison sought to incorporate new, modern elements while remaining true to the spirit of the earliest issues. What resulted was signature-style Morrison bizarre, which is to say, pure mutant gold.