Posts Tagged ‘Superman’

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #1 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and James Harren– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
May 1, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-1-Yasmine-Putri-horror-variant-coverOne of the most exciting books to come out this week comes to us from DC Comics and it’s the latest horror injected miniseries they are doing. There are a lot of great first issues that have come out this week, but DCeased #1 is the comic book that caught my attention and I had to have it. To be perfectly honest, it was Yasmine Putri ‘s movie variant cover that really caught my attention as they did a parody of 2017’s IT movie poster with The Joker as Pennywise and Robin as Georgie. In the issue, the Justice League has just defeated Darkseid and all of his minions or so they think they have defeated him, but Batman notices that Cyborg is missing. When Darkseid returns to his home planet, he activates the anti-life equation and when he is returned to Earth, the equation links itself to all digital devices and begins turning the citizens into rabid zombies. Now, it is up to Superman and co. to try and figure out how in the heck can they stop this virus before it’s too late. For more information on the comic and anything else DC related, you can find out by visiting their website here.

DCeased_01_preview1What I truly love about this story is that they take what all of society is addicted to and they make it our worst nightmare. To avoid being infected, you have to avoid all forms of social media and television. Darkseid has literally sent the world into the dark ages if you think about it because how are you going to get the news if you can’t use your phone, tablet, or TV? As simple of an idea as it is, it was definitely a smart route to go because we are always exploring the dangers of technology and we always have through films and comics. I feel as though this comic starts right where Justice League 2 the film would have ended if that was still going to be a thing for the DCEU. Darkseid was going to be the main villain and this definitely explores the aftermath and how we are foolish for thinking we’ve won the war. The artwork to the comic was definitely phenomenal and I can not wait to see what they bring to the table in issue #2. This could definitely be one heck of a ride moving forward. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Wonder Twins #1 (2019)
Stephen Byrne – Artist
Mark Russell –Writer
February 13, 2019
DC Comics

wonder twinsWhen it came time to pick what comic book I was going to review this week for Comic Book Of The Week, it was a tough decision. There were so many great releases this week like the Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #5, Army Of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, but for this week I had to go with a DC title that I was curious and excited for in the new Wonder Twins #1. The comic was written by Mark Russell (Judge Dredd: Under Siege) and illustrated by Stephen Byrne (Justice League America). The duo from Planet Exxor are in some kind of trouble back on their home planet that Superman agrees to help them out by bringing them to Earth for a fresh start. They are a unique pair of twins with Changeling type powers that are odd when you tell people what they are. Nonetheless, all they want to do is belong in school which is growing to be challenging as well as doing their best at their new job at the Hall of Justice. That will be put to the test when Mr. MXYZPTLK pays their dimension a visit. For more information on the Wonder Twins and anything else DC related, just click here.

111I have to say one thing almost immediately and that is that I thought that this was the most entertaining comic from beginning to end that just provided me with so many laughs. You have all heard the legends of their powers and to see it actually happen and the reactions from guys like Batman is just absolutely priceless. If you are looking for a fun comic book to take your focus away from all the dark comics and the overly infused with action comics that are being released then this is the one to check out. So, I definitely think that with what I just wrote that I was a huge fan of what Mark Russell wrote in this comic. He knows how to mix in the humor in just the right places and it certainly pays dividends for him because I’ll be coming back for more. Stephen Byrne also does a terrific job with the artwork and some kudos is well deserved for the work that he put in because he brought them to life. I just thought a lot of the reactions were just illustrated perfectly like when Batman found out what their powers were. His reaction was absolutely priceless so with that being said, go and pick this one up. Check out my grades for the comic below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

puppet-master-3-toulons-revenge-avi_snapshot_00-03-44_2014-11-15_01-01-19The month of October is off to a great start and we have something special for all of you today. Ever since I was a kid one of my favorite horror films was the Puppet Master films because of how cool the puppets were. Last year, we covered Puppet Master II so I figured for this year, we would check out Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge which was released in 1991. The film serves as a prequel of sorts as we go back in time to World War II era Nazi occupied Europe. Andre Toulon (Guy Rolfe) is one of the world’s greatest puppeteers who attracts attention from all sorts of people even some not so wanted attention. One day after a performance, a Nazi soldier stumbles upon Toulon’s secret behind the life of his puppets and it attracts the attention of an evil Nazi soldier named Major Kraus (Richard Lynch) and Dr. Hess (Ian Abercrombie). After the discovery is made, Kraus murders Andre’s wife and Toulon swears by her to get revenge for what Straus did even if it means risking his own life and the secret of his puppets. The film also stars Kristopher Logan (Demolition Man) as Lt. Eric Stein, Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as Peter, Walter Gotell (From Russia With Love) as General Mueller, Sarah Douglas (Superman) as Elsa Toulon, Michelle Bauer (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) as Lili, and the film was directed by David DeCoteau (The Wrong Roommate).

Michelle Bauer - Puppet Master III Toulon's Revenge_3The film really is an origin story because Toulon lets you in on the secret of the puppets and who they are exactly and you get to see the creation of a couple of puppets that we all know and love today. Before we get into any of that, I do have to get into technical aspects of the film review because it’s very important to point out what we liked and didn’t like about the film. I thought the film was well written in that it had a story that was nice and clear and it followed through with no real holes in the outline. There was plenty of conflict in the story when it was needed as well. The acting was great as the film featured the legendary Hollywood bad guy Richard Lynch doing what he does best and kudos to Guy Rolfe for a job well done as well. The sets were amazing as it felt like you really there in war torn Europe and the costumes were great too. My only issue with the film is the fact that the audio was terrible. There were times during the film that you could barely hear the dialogue and what made it worse is that subtitles were not a feature. Even with the television volume on high, it was hard to hear what was going on and that was the only thing about the film that bothered me. For all the Cheeseball Cinema and horror fans out there, there is plenty of naked women moments that will excite just about anyone. I really loved the film and I think this is definitely one to check out for sure. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade only because most sequels and their sequels usually suck bad.

superman vs batmanIt’s funny how something will leak online and it will lead to the company releasing the trailer early for everyone to see. I have to admit that I didn’t like watching the pirated version of the trailer because you could barely make out the good stuff like who was talking in the trailer. Fortunate for us, Warner Brothers has officially released the trailer for every one to enjoy and I have to be honest that I am not 100% impressed with it at all. Ben Affleck looks cool in the trailer, but what is with Metal Batman with eyes that glow? I have another question, is he Arnold Schwarzenegger or something asking Superman if he bleeds like he is facing the Predator. Don’t get me wrong because there is some really cool imagery in this film like the statue with false God written on it, the day of the dead picture, or how about Jesse Eisenberg’s voice saying that “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us, they come from the sky.” That is some powerful stuff right there coming from the man who plays Lex Luthor. This is only the first trailer so I’m sure that another one will come out that wows me even more later on, but ‘m still not 100% sold on the film as of yet. Check out some of the imagery and the trailer below:

batman 1 batman 2 batman 3 batman 4 superman 1 superman 2

friday the 13thFor today’s Filmfest Friday, we are looking at a classic film that may seem like it was released by a major company, but in reality it was independently made before Paramount picked it up to distribute. Not to mention that it’s also Friday The 13TH and what a better way to celebrate then watching the 1980 classic that stars Betsy Palmer (Mister Roberts). It’s been 20 years since Camp Crystal Lake has been open due to some mysterious unsolved murders that occurred at the once beloved campgrounds. The new owners of the campground now dubbed camp blood don’t understand that there’s a death curse on the campground as they get set to re-open along with some counselors until one by one they are all hunted and killed by a mysterious and violent killer. The film also stars Adrienne King (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as Alice, Jeannine Taylor (The Royal Romance Of Charles And Diana) as Marcie, Kevin Bacon (Animal House) as Jack, Robbi Morgan (What’s The Matter With Helen?) as Annie, Harry Crosby (The Private History of a Campaign That Failed) as Bill, Laurie Bartram (Emergency!) as Brenda, Rex Everhart (Superman) as Enos, Ron Millkie (A Return To Salem’s Lot) as Officer Dorf, Peter Brouwer (Arthur) as Steve, and the film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham (The Last House On The Left).

fridayHalloween is still one of my all time favorite Horror films and it started the slasher genre, but Friday The 13TH took the genre to a whole new level and it’s been often called the first true slasher film. What I love about this film is that it started that whole mystery side of slasher flicks where you are wondering throughout the whole film just who the killer is, when is he going to strike next, and you see things from the killer’s perspective with the special camera for most of the film until they are revealed. This truly was a classic film and even though a lot of the actors didn’t do much later on, this all started the six degrees of Kevin Bacon as he starred in this film and instead of a real glimpse at the girl, you get a glimpse of his behind in this film. This film was truly special as it was one of the rarest cases of Independent films that got distribution overseas which was rare for indies. It’s funny because if you’re not thinking properly and you get asked who was the killer in Friday The 13TH you may answer the question wrong like Drew Barrymore did in Scream, but I know who it is. The film cost them just over $500,000 so they had to save some of the money for special kill scenes while leaving others to the imagination which is OK by me. There’s a website on the web that gives compares shots from the film with shots from the real town 23 years later and a lot of it hasn’t changed. The locations were perfect for this film and check out the website here. This is a classic that all horror fans should check out especially on a day like today (it’s Friday The 13TH after all). I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

Jla_doom_2012A lot of DC Comics fans are going to be so happy when all of DC’s plans are fulfilled and you see the first Justice League film come out in the theaters. But for now, we have all of the animated films to watch to see what kind of scenarios they could come up with for the film. For today’s Super Sunday film, I watched the 2012 animated film Justice League: Doom. In the film, Batman (Kevin Conroy) has some special files which are contingency plans to contain all of the members of the Justice League just in case they went bad. Well, the self proclaimed God Vandal Savage (Phil Morris) sends Mirror Master into the bat cave to steal all of the information that will tell him about all of their weaknesses. With this information, he sends in a team of super villains to vanquish the Earth of the super heroes so that he can carry out his plans of world domination. The film also stars Tim Daly (Wings) as Superman, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion (Slither) as The Green Lantern, Carl Lumbly (Men Of Honor) as Martian Manhunter, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) as The Flash, Bumper Robinson (Enemy Mine) as Cyborg, Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet) as Bane, Claudia Black (Rango) as Cheetah, Olivia d’Abo (Conan The Destroyer) as Star Sapphire, and the film was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Doomsday).

LegionOfDoomI actually loved the concept of the story for this film because it gives us a different look than what we usually get because all of their identities are compromised. Think about it, Randal Savage learns about all of their weaknesses and then sends Bane and Co. to take care of business so that he can go ahead with his master plan without those pesky superheroes around. We actually see most of superheroes defeated by The Legion Of Doom and like a phoenix they rise from the ashes to hopefully save the day (watch the film to find out). The only thing I didn’t like about the film was the voice they chose for Bane, but then again some people have a problem with Tom Hardy as Bane. I certainly didn’t, but you can please everyone (me included). This one is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of DC Comics and any of the animated stuff they have put out over the years. Here’s to the future, but for now I am going to give this film an B+ for a final grade.

man of steel titleFor this week’s Super Sunday, we are heading back into the DC Universe for one of the comics that basically made them who they are today. For a lot of us comic book fans that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Christopher Reeve was the man known as Superman in all of our eyes. In 2006, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to bring back Superman to the big screen considering things were hot for Marvel at the time with Spider-Man and X-men. The only problem is their 2006 film Superman Returns was a huge flop and disappointment in the eyes of many fans. It would take seven years and for Christopher Nolan to dominate with his edgy and dark take on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Trilogy for DC and Warner to finally realize what they had to do with the Superman series and now we have 2013’s Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) stars as Clark Kent, Kal-El, or Superman as the film explores his origins of how he made it to Earth. Although in this film, we learn that General Zod (Michael Shannon) and the fact that Krypton was about to end was the reason for him travelling to Earth. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) had to sacrifice their lives so that Kal could live on a new planet. That doesn’t stop Zod and his outlawed and banished team from trying to find Kal so that they can recover something that is key to their planet. The film stars Diane Lane (Chaplin) as Marta Kent, Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Antje Traue (5 Days Of War) as Faora-Ul, Richard Cetrone (Watchmen) as Tor-An, and the film was directed by Zack Snyder (300).

superman Visually, I think this film is out of this world and that expression, “This film is visually stunning” is 100% accurate about Man Of Steel. Where Superman Returns failed, this film made up for it in every category. There is a reason why this film won the superhero movie of the year award last year in the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards with 50% of the vote and it was because it was that badass. I can’t pinpoint one performance that wasn’t better than any other performance because the cast was superb and Michael Shannon played an excellent villain. The special effects were great and the cinematography was on point. The only thing is that I wasn’t used to the idea of the film having Superman meet Lois Lane before he starts to work at The Daily Planet. This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and unfortunately we have to wait until 2016 to get the second film in the series Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. which stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. If you want to get involved in the voting process for the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which features everything from Superhero film of the year, Horror, Action, comedy, and music categories as well, then click here.

man of steel