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COMIC TITLE: DCeased #3 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
July 3, 2019
DC Comics

DCeased-3-vc-2First, I want to start out by wishing everyone a very happy and safe fourth of July and hopefully you have some great issues this week to check out while you celebrate America’s birthday. Now that we got  some of the formalities out of the way, I have to say that I was not super impressed by this week’s releases unless you are continuing story lines that you’ve been following for some time. That is why I have decided to once again go with a comic that I have been consistently reviewing for Comic Book Of The Week in Dceased #3 which once again featured a horror cover variant and this week’s is The Nun which this time was provided by Francesco Mattina. The comic was once again written by Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist) again as well.The last issue was all about knowing the choices they have to make in this epidemic that is turning everyone into zombie like creatures. Batman paid the ultimate price as he was put down by Alfred while in this issue it is now decision time for Harley Quinn as she confronts The Joker and Superman has a tough pill to swallow as he heads back to Smallville. If you would like more information on the comic and where to get it then please visit this website.

download (2)I know that one of the biggest complaints about the comic consistently has been the writing and while there is no ultimate pay off in this issue they are definitely leading up to it. I felt like most of it was who else can we shock the readers by turning into stark raving beasts? Oh yeah, let’s make hope look very bleak as the Birds of Prey fall victim to the virus which was the only predictable thing about the issue and the only one I care to name without spoiling anything else. One thing that definitely shocked me was when they reach Atlantis in the comic because that is where the cliffhanger ends up. One thing is for sure when it comes to this comic book and that is I am definitely a fan of the artwork especially the horror covers, but some of the other covers they have are excellent as well. The artwork in the comic is the one consistent great thing about it and that is you’ll never be disappointed by what you see. Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano definitely do a fantastic job especially when they have to turn beloved characters into raging monsters which has been cool to see. There are pluses and minuses to every comic book out there, you just have to pick and choose based on what you like and I love the horror element added to this. If you want to give it a shot, I say go for it otherwise check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #2 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
June 5, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-2-Yasmin-Putri-horror-variant-coverThere are a lot of great issues that came out this week especially if you are continuing with certain series, but my excitement for today was a certain book. Last month, DC Comics released DCeased which follows the war with Darkseid which the Justice League believes it had won. What if though that was all part of a bigger plan that the planet won’t even know what hit them? In the previous issue, Darkseid with the help of Cyborg releases a virus that attacks through all forms of social media and technology turning all of the world into zombie like creatures. Now Superman and co. are left wondering how they are going to battle this. Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) returns to the second issue to write and Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) returns to draw along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist). In this issue, everyone is stunned by the events of what has happened like Aquaman and even The Green Arrow who just had to put down Hal Jordan before Jordan killed them. All Harley Quinn wants to do is end things with The Joker and move on with poison Ivy, but it’s not that simple. Batman was bitten in the last issue and he has to make the ultimate sacrifice before it’s too late. Check out the comic book everywhere comic books are sold.

LF8mPqyYAt first, I wasn’t sure if I was really in love with the series or was the fact that Yasmine Putri’s covers are amazing that is clouding my judgment. This issue as you can see above is the A Nightmare On Elm Street parody cover and it kicks ass. However, as far as the comic book is concerned, I have been enjoying it, but the real question is what is the overall payoff because we see most of our superheroes going. When the sixth issue comes out, the question will be was the payoff worth it and with the action coming the way it is, I think it will be. The question will also remain, how will Darkseid play into this comic book later on? I know one major complaint with the comic can be that the dialogue can be a little clunky at times, but other times I don’t mind it. I think the artwork is pretty good even though some people I know had a complaint when it came to Darkseid in the last issue. I am definitely a huge fan of the artwork in this issue and in the last issue, but everyone has different taste. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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:

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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.