Monday, April 22, 2019

Netflix Movie Review: Someone Great






Since Netflix had added that trailer feature for their shows and movies, I have seen previews for things I had never planned on watching.  That trailer really gives you a good sense of the plot and whether I want to invest my time and energy into this show/movie.

So over the weekend, the trailer for Someone Great pops up and I immediately froze because I saw Gina Rodriguez.  And that was not a good thing.  If you have not been paying attention, Gina Rodriguez is problematic AF.  She is that woman who constantly talks over women and she has "ALL Lives Mattered" Black women on multiple occasions. And even when she was called out about it, she went on the Breakfast Club and cried some BS tears in an attempt to save whatever street credibility she had.  She even tried to pull that, "My father is part Black"( he def don't look it)!  So I fully side eye Gina Rodriguez and this movie seems like a ploy to say, "Hey, I am not the prejudice, race sensitive person that you see on TV.  Look at me, I am working WITH Black people".  It seems disingenuous and manipulative based on her previous statements and actions.

Regardless, I let the trailer run because I am a sucker for romantic comedies and the rest of the cast at least intrigued me.  Someone Great is the story of 3 almost 30-something women transitioning through major adulthood shit.  Blair, played by Brittany Snow, is in a relationship of convenience with a man she clearly does not love and is cheating with another man.  Erin, played by Dewanda Wise, is a Gay woman who refuses to settle down because she had been hurt in the past.  And Jenny, played by Gina Rodriguez has gotten the job opportunity of a lifetime with Rolling Stone.  The problem is the job would require her to move to San Fransisco and she has been in a long term relationship with Nate, played by Lakeith Stanfield.  Nate, when presented with the news of her new job thinks they should break up and not even consider doing the long distance thing which breaks Jenny;s heart and leads to each woman examining their relationships moving forward and of course a last night bash to celebrate their friendship together.

The movie is told in flashback mode to see the evolution of the relationship between Nate and Jenny and how their relationship affected the friends around them. Sadly, Blair and Erin's relationship issues are not able to be fully fleshed out as we are constantly dealing with Nate and Jenny and as their issues wrap up, a quick happy bow are put on them without any really exploration of the characters.  The movie, at 1 hour and 23 minutes really didn't leave much time left for supporting characters.

The good about this movie is the deepness of the ladies relationships and you feel that joy and angst throughout as they struggle through real life stuff.  Society will lie and tell you that you need to have all your shit together by 30 and that is a fallacy.  If anything, moving towards 30 often puts into focus the things you have not accomplished and can often lead to episodes of anxiety and depression and "what am I doing with my life" conversations.  Put on top of that a very personal relationship, with all its ups and downs... entering your 30's can often be a bigger landmine than being in your 20's and I think Someone Great captures the spirit of that!

The bad about the movie is that Jenny and Nate have zero chemistry.  I love Lakeith Stanfield and dude is a great actor but I was not feeling him in this role.  Plus, the movie struggles a lot with what it is.  Is this a comedy or a drama because its billed as a comedy but there are not a lot of laughs to be found here.

This movie was very similar in tone to another Netflix movie, Ibiza, which premiered last year.  Three women who are on a journey and we are along for the ride.  Overall, not a terrible movie, but it definitely could've been better by exploring each woman's journey more fully.  Gina Rodriguez's Jenny from the Block routine is in full swing now.  Let's see who falls for it!

The Producer


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Shazam! Review and Box Office Weekend






As Sunday closes down, the early box office numbers have Shazam coming in around the projection a month ago with about $55 million and a total closer to $60 million from the early preview weekend they did a few weeks ago.

I was fortunate enough to catch the preview and we did a spoiler review on the Marvel Hacks Podcast and you can find that link here   Marvel Hacks Shazam Review

At the time tho, my fellow Hacks had not seen the movie so it was a one-sided review and having had some time to reflect on the movie, I still feel the same way as I did when I left the cineplex.  The movie is a lot of fun and is in line with what a Shazam movie should be: Lighthearted, family centered, and fun! Lots of fun!  I found tho, in my watching and reflecting, that even tho its one of the best DCEU movies, I am 100% sure that movie was not made for me.  Now this is not a "Comic Book Guy" rant coming. Not at all.  Its more of a, " I am getting older and some of these comic book movies are not made with older viewers in mind".  And that is fine and something more I have to rectify with myself; not with DCEU.  I saw the movie with my daughter and she loved it.  She is also 12 and I feel is the real target audience of a movie like Shazam.  It plays to kids and younger audiences.  The jokes, the plot, and the character of Billy Bastion plays towards a certain demographic and I am clearly not in that demo anymore.  As a reviewer, its up to me to put that aside and review the movie for what its worth.

Our story starts off with a cold opening and a young man who is arguing with his older brother and his dad in a car ride in the 80's.  In a moment, the young man is swept away and taken to a magical place where he meets a wizard, who judges him based on his heart to see if he is worthy of being Shazam! He is not and is cast out and over the years, after being so close to that level of power, little  Thaddeus  grows into our villain in the movie, Dr. Sivana!

In present day, Billy Bastion is an orphan in search of his real mother.  He has bounced around from foster home to foster home and after an incident with the law is placed with the Vasquez family and even though he has no intention of staying there, circumstances place him in a position to not only stay, but grow, especially to his younger foster brother, Freddy Freeman. While there relationship is initially contentious , Freddy grounds the movie purely in comic book mode as he is a living encyclopedia of the DCEU universe ( the movie is set in a world where Man of Steel and Batman  V Superman have already happened)

Billy winds up getting the power of Shazam and all the early shenanigans of learning about his powers are cute and the jokes really play well with the teenagers.  Of course, this is a super hero movie and once Dr. Sivana finds out that Shazam exists, he is out to steal his powers which he feels are rightfully his.

The CGI in this movie, especially with the demon villains that follow  DR Sivana around are kind awful.  The movie culminates with a big battle in and around Philadelphia.  Again, Shazam is about family and we do get the big Marvel Family reveal at the end of the movie and again, its fun and will play well to younger audiences.

For me, I liked the movie but I hear people over praising a bit in my opinion.  Its not the dark, drek that Snyder imposed upon DC comic and movie fans and I thank them for that.  But also, in attempting to not be drek at all, it may have been a little too light on drama and the villain is kinda awful.  That will always be an issue for Shazam as his rogue gallery is pretty weak outside of Black Adam.

Overall, fun movie!  Definitely not great like people are praising it to be.  If you are a younger fan( under 30), you will probably love it!! It was truly made for you!!

The Producer

First Look: Morbius







Our friends over at Heroic Hollywood had an Instagram photo of Jared Leto on the set of the Spider-Man spin off movie, Morbius.  We have been clear @brothascomics that any movie involving Spider-Man villains without Spider-Man is going to stink.  I know Venom made a bunch of money but that movie is not very good.  Sony does not care!  They just wanna keep pumping out theses bastard movies and people keep falling for it!

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Morbius Set Photo

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Trailers Before Shazam





I was fortunate to see an early screening of Shazam yesterday!  These are the trailer before the movie premiered!


Pokemon: Detective Pikachu




I am of a certain age that I was too old when Pokemon became so popular.  I mean I know about it and maybe watched the cartoon once or twice, but I never was actually into it.  The Pokemon I know the most is Pikachu and I really don't know that much about it. So the idea of this movie for me is a list cause since my kids are also not into Pokemon.  Plus, its got Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu and I am pretty much Fuck Ryan Reynolds outside of Deadpool and Just Friends!  Hard pass for me!!


Godzilla King of the Monsters



Godzilla has had so many relaunches over the years, its hard to get excited about another one.  The last Godzilla movie was actually pretty good, tho and this sequel brings back many of Godzilla's greatest monsters from the past.  Movie looks great and all the monsters look awesome, too.
My kids were not down with the first Godzilla but are all in on this one so its a full thumbs up for me!!

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Marvel Hacks Season 5, ep 6




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This is the finale of Season 5 of the Marvel Hacks!  I was lucky enough to screen Shazam yesterday so we have a review here.  Plus in Blerd Notes we talk the box office for Captain Marvel. the "dark" Flash movie in development, the Endgame trailer, and the final acquisition of Fox by Disney.

We also review Amazing Nightcrawler and NextGen in the Age of X-Man and we continue our review of Winter Soldier.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Trailers Before Captain Marvel





One of my favorite things to do is to check out the trailers before the movie begins to get a sense of what is coming out over the next few months.  I saw Captain Marvel last week and even tho I was hoping and praying for an Avengers: End Game trailer that did not come, I did see some trailers that may pull me back into the local cineplex. First up


Best of Enemies



Let me tell you something I am sick of.... make white people feel good about being racist movies.  From Green Book to Driving Ms. Daisy to The Upside, to this movie about a Black woman and a white man who somehow find common ground on race in North Carolina.  Man, whether based on actual events or not, these movies only serve the purpose of making white people feel good for 2 hours and then they go back to their white neighborhoods and white friends and never work to interact to deconstruct a white system designed to benefit them on the daily.  Fuck this movie and fuck everyone associated with it.

Dumbo



For me this is a solid, "Thank you, next".  The original Dumbo, while sad and emotionally, is also racist AF with them damn crows and I am not sure, but I know somehow, someway, director Tim Burton gonna keep the racism alive with this movie as he has not been a fan of the Negro in his movies.  Hard pass and honestly, I do not need to see live action versions of Disney "classics".  


Spider-Man: Far From Home





I am a huge Spider-Man fan and I loved Homecoming much more than my podcasting co-hosts. However, this trailer and the lead up to this movie got me feeling kinda uneasy.  Maybe it not being set in New York?  Maybe the addition of Nick Fury? Maybe the Happy and Aunt May thing?  I don't know, but this looks problematic to me on first glance and the full trailer did not make me feel any better.  I hope I am wrong.


Frozen 2( Electric Boogaloo)





Its become kinda the norm now for people to kinda diss Frozen; like I hear people saying that the movie was not all that good and that kinda talk was not happening when it came out a few years ago.  I mean did they play "Let it Go" to death?  Hell yes, but overall, that movie is solid and holds up over multiple viewings( trust me I know- my daughter makes me watch it still).  This teaser trailer didn't do or say much but I am not gonna sit here and lie to y'all like I am not gonna be there opening night!  Bring it on Elsa!!


Ugly Dolls



The only reason I know about Ugly Dolls is that Marvel Hacks Podcast co host Brother Beavis gave one to my kids when they were little.  They always kinda freaked me out a bit and the trailer is creepy, too.  Not creepy scary, creepy like I don't think Ima pay real ass money to watch some Ugly Dolls find their true meaning and purpose in life.  Feels like a Redbox or a Netflix watch for me and even then, it may not happen!

Dark Phoenix





Sigh.... If you have watched or read or listened to anything Brothascomics has done over the last 2 years, you know full well that we have no use for this movie.  Now with the Fox-Disney merger complete, this movie seems even more unnecessary.  It looks like a beat for beat remake or The Last Stand and that movie is straight ass cheeks.  The EFX look bad, Sophie Turner is a bad actress, Storm is still light skinnded, and Mystique has morphed into Jennifer Lawrence.  Maybe there is a good movie in there....maybe.  But I doubt it and thank god the Fox Mutant nightmare ends with this stinker.

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Triple Frontier







From time to time as a Netflix subscriber you get these, "You may like" notices from Netflix and I always assume that its based upon your previous viewing history and for the most part, Netflix be wrong as hell for me because my viewing habits is weird AF.  Sometimes I am watching cartoons, other times I binge the New Girl, and I am forever watching Spanish novellas on that thing so its a shot in the dark on what I may like.



About a week ago, tho I received a notice about the movie Triple Frontier and I was even more curious as to why it made it into my inbox.  As a general rule, I do not watch action/adventure movies because they tend to not hold my interest so I am sure it was not because flagged for that reason.  Then I looked at the stars of the movie; most notably Oscar Issac and Ben Affleck and I'm thinking, "oh yeah, now I see why it flagged".  I have probably watched the Last Jedi 50 bazillion times on Netflix and the Force Awakens another 50 bazillion so anything with Oscar Issac constantly makes its way onto my suggestions list.

First let me say before this review begins is that I am not a huge fan of violence, even fake violence in movies.  Its just not my taste.  But i forged ahead and watched this movie because I was intrigued by the stars of the movie, that not only included Issac and Affleck, but also Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund.  A quite sizable list of Hollywood hunks might I say and definitely a reason to press play without knowing anything about the movie.

Our plot centers around a drug lord who has taken control of an area in an unnamed portion of South America( its Colombia, they just don't say it).  Issac, playing Santiago, is working with a US government agency charged with trying to take down this drug lord.  He has enlisted a beautiful informant who has been feeding him information with the hopes of freeing her brother from prison.

Santiago has been working this government operation for many years and is looking to get out, but by doing so, he would like to make one more big score by taking down the drug lord AND stealing all that drug lords money.

He recruits his crew of mercenaries that he has worked with over the years played by Hunman, Pascal, Hedlund, and a gun shy Ben Affleck who has been out of the game for many years after being shot.  Afflecks character, Tom, is living an unfulfilled life in the private sector selling houses and going through a divorce that is stretching his finances and his patience.  The thought of one last big score intrigues him and even tho he wants to refuse, he agrees, along with the others to do this one last job.

This sets up a segment of the movie with that siege of the drug lords mansion to get the money and its a very tense and intriguing scene that does delve into much gun violence so if you are of the squeamish nature, there will be some moments where you are turning your head.  Once the job is done, our motley crue needs to escape and unfortunately for them, there are some pitfalls in their escape plan.

I do not want to spoil too much, but I will say that the last quarter of the movie often gets bogged down in the minutiae of not actually having a villain in the story.  Yes the drug dealer is a bad person, but there is no real antagonist and as the movie is moving to its ultimate climax, you are left feeling anxious as to how this story will end because no matter how you slice it, Santiago and crew are not good guys!

Overall, a fun movie.  Maybe a little too long by the end, but not too bad.  I think its a perfect Netflix movie in the sense that its more watchable from home on your big screen tv than paying $15 and watching it on the big screen.  The characters are all likeable, even tho they are doing a despicable thing.

7/10

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Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach 2019







The wonderful folks over at Comic Con Revolution were kind enough to bring Brothascomics back to West Palm Beach to cover the 2nd year of the comic con.  So the kids and I piled up the hooptie and headed the 45 minutes down to West Palm Beach.  We did cover the event last year and you can read our recap here

Comic Con Revolution WPB 2018




This year, the con expanded into a 2-day event from the 1 day inaugural year.  The folks at Comic Con Revolution do a great job keeping fans interested and invested in the convention throughout the year with timely updates and guest announcements via social media.

This year had a few huge guests in the world of comics, primarily noted X-Men Scribe, Chris Claremont.  If you have never or attended one of his panels, the man is a true wordsmsith and one of  the greatest story tellers that has ever lived- not just in comics.  He regaled me and others with tales of the X-Men and origins of some of our favorite X-characters.  A great get for the folks at Comic Con Revolution and I hope he comes back next year.



Along with Chris Claremont, making his 2nd appearance was Ming Chen- fresh off the final episodes of AMC's Comic Book Men, Ming loves the convention circuit and meeting and mingling with his fans.  I was able to chat him up for a few minutes and get the low down on his new podcasting venture which you can find here

The Ming and Mike Podcast



Lastly, and certainly not least, Venom writer Donny Cates, who was fresh off a controversy from the latest issue of Venom and he was able to talk with for a few minutes about that and his introduction into writing comics.




Lets Break down the Con

The Badge Process

Bigger crowd this year than last year and the badge process can be the biggest letdown for any convention goer; especially if its your first time headed to a convention.  Much like last year, the folks at Comic Con Revolution handled the walk up traffic very well, but its always encouraged to buy your badges ahead of time to save you money and time.  Most attendees had their printed receipts ready and could head to the ticket booth to pick up their badges.

Con Size

With the convention moving to two days, the size of the crowds were bigger, but more fluid than last year as people begin to move in and out of the convention center over the day.  With it being two days now, panels were spread out over the two days and many of the panels were so awesome, you had to attend two days.  In that regard, its probably best if you are not local, to try and get a hotel in and around the area.  For those not familiar, West Palm Beach can be somewhat expensive, especially on the weekend in the spring so book your hotel early.

The convention itself was had a great variety of creators and exhibitors to satisfy all your nerdly needs.  If you are into comics, collectibles, steampunk., manga, anime... all your nerdly desires could be met on the convention floor.  They have done a great job and making sure they provide entertainment for a wide variety of fans!!

The Cosplay

One of things Brothascomics prides itself on is highlighting cosplayers of color.  Comic convention should be a safe place for all fans to express their nerdly identify and we recognize those players on our site.  The cosplay this year was great all around.  Many of the costumes from videogames and manga- I had to have someone explain to me who they are.  Just a great job by all those involved!!






Overall

Comic Con Revolution has continued its growth into year two and the future looks bright moving forward.  Will that be 3 days? Or a bigger venue? I am not sure but I hope I am invited back next year to see what awesomeness they have for their fans!

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Brothascomics Interview with Ed Brisson




I was able to interview Ed Brisson at Comic Con Revolution.  We talked how he broke into comics, his work on Extermination, and killing off Old Cable.  Fun interview with a really cool dude.




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Comic Con Revolution Interview with Ming Chen





For the second year in a row, I was able to head down to West Palm Beach for Comic Con Revolution.  I will have a full write up later, but for now, enjoy this video with me and Ming Chen from the Comic Book Men talking the end of the Comic Book Men show on AMC, his new podcasting adventure, and filming the new Jay and Bob movie



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Monday, February 18, 2019

Blossoms 666







There is no brand of comics that are able to morph their characters into different genres than Archie Comics.  From unconventional team ups like Betty and Veronica meeting Harley Quinn and Poison Ivey to taking Archie to 1941 to fight in World War 2.  Archie Comics is constantly taking their characters into different worlds and telling stories outside of continuity.

The Horror line for Archie has been going strong for years now  The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, to the Archie Afterlife to Jughead the Hunger, and Vamperonica.  The latest entry into this line is Blossom 666.  The Riverdale tv show has truly pushed the Blossoms; especially Cheryl into a different atmosphere in terms of popularity and this spin off is right in line with the dark tone of the tv show.



Our scene, of course is Riverdale High as the regulars are discussing the recent invitation to a party being thrown at the Blossom mansion.  While Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica contemplate this Blossom shindig, Reggie is being Reggie and bullying Dilton which is seen and heard by Cheryl and she is not having it!




As is Cheryl's way, she always has an ulterior motive and rarely does things out of the kindness of heart and as she begins to take Dilton under her wing of protection, you automatically get the feeling that something is astray in Riverdale.  The one thing about these alternate time line comics, the heart and soul of these characters, remain the same.  Modern Cheryl Blossom is always scheming and plotting and when combined with her brother Jason, nothing good is going to happen.





And speaking of Jason, as Jughead is trying to explain why he does not have his term paper to Ms. Grundy.  Ms. Grundy, much like Aunt May in the Spider-Man movies, is now deaged and attractive, is not having Jughead's excuses and threatens to fail him and send him to summer school.  In steps Jason Blossom who backs up Jughead's story of a faulty laptop issue as to why his paper is tardy. Of course Grundy believes Jason over Juggy and Jughead is instantly suspicious of his new found friend.




This book is so well done and even though I am not a real huge fan of moving Riverdale personalities into Archie comics, it works well here because early Archie comics never fleshed out the Blossoms.  Although not an open book, Cheryl had really been presented as just a redhead Veronica and Jason was never a fully functioning character.  With Riverdale, Madelyn Petsch has given life and depth to Cheryl and her family creepiness fits well with this new horror genre.



I will not give away anymore because I would wind up spoiling this book.  There are enough twists and turns for new readers, enough Riverdale in it for those who only watch the tv show, and enough old school Archie comics for long time fans of the Riverdale gang. Well done from the creative team here and I cannot wait until issue 2.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Marvel Hacks Season 5, ep 4






The Marvel Hacks are back!  We got your reviews for Uncanny X-Men 11, Captain America, and Daredevil. Plus we talk Kevin Smith thinking Tom Cruise should be Wolverine and how this new Age of Xman is too familiar.  Fun Listen with your boys the Producer, Sandman, and Brother Beavis

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Batman Who Laughs #1 Review






On the Marvel Hacks Podcast, we have a segment called "That's They One", where we weekly review one DC comics are on our Marvel Centric podcast.  As, I and the Sandman are the only DC fans, picking the book each week becomes a challenge.  My DC knowledge is thin and I am not afraid to admit that.  Growing up, DC meant Dinky Comics in my house and I was raised almost exclusively on Marvel Comics.

But, I have grown to enjoy DC over time and my kids are way into DC so I have increased my reading of their comics; especially events.  Coming out of one of these most recent events, DC Metal, there was an introduction to 7 Dark multiverses and the Batman in those multiverses made their way to the regular DC Universe.  One of those characters is the Batman Who Laughs and the character become so popular, it got this mini series.

In this book, we get Batman investigating a group of people who have been robbing the bodies from Potters field in Gotham and the mystery is what they are doing with the bodies.  Batman, working with Alfred have found the robbers and there is a great car chase scene.  There is a little, what I have dubbed "Batman Bullshit" as these impossible things happen with Batman, but I digress.



Once Batman finds the coffin, he opens it up to find... Bruce Wayne.  The plot revolves around who and where did this Bruce Wayne come from and this plot leads us to Arkham to visit the Joker.  But the Batman that shows up, is not the Batman you expect and he is leading the Batman who Laughs!

The book does a great job unfolding the story with great art and dialogue by Scott Snyder.  I am trying to not spoil much about this issue because there are lots of twists and turns and reveals.  Suffice to say, things are not as they appear and Snyder and company have introduced a new villain(s) to the Batman Rogue Gallery that will definitely make an impact on the Dark Knight moving forward.

Great book! I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did because Batman is not my favorite character. and I think DC relies too much on him to carry their entire universe.  But, in this instance and with a writer like Snyder who has such a great grasp on the character, The Batman who Laughs is a wonderful addition to the overcrowded Bat-line of books.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Friends from College Season 2 Review






Season 2 of the Netflix "comedy" is back and I binged watched it over the weekend.  I reviewed season 1 and you can find that link here..... http://www.brothascomics.com/2017/07/friends-from-college-review.html
but to summarize season 1, the show was billed as a comedy and there were not many funny moments.  It was a drama in the way of 30 Something and calling it a comedy had people watching for laughs and there were not many.  Season 1 had this great cast of comedy characters and they turned them into bland, unfunny folks and I was never certain if that was the purpose.  Season 1 was inconsistent and uneven and it was difficult to either like or hate any of the characters because they were just bland caricatures.

To recap season 1, Ethan and Lisa are a married couple moving back to New York from Michigan  where all their Friends from College live.  The big secret is that, since college, Ethan and  Sam ave been having an affair and only one person, knows about it.  Season 1 revolves around each friends lives and their continued grasp at their youth as each person is closing in on forty.

Of course, the affair is revealed and friends are sleeping with each other and it all culminates at the birthday party for another friend and Lisa asking Ethan for a separation.

Season 2 picks up a year later! The pull back for all the friends is that Felix and Max are getting married and their engagement party has all Friends invited together for the first time in a year,  Ethan  has not seen Lisa in a year and Sam and her husband are still dealing with the betrayal of her affair and staying together only for their children and working through their issues in couples therapy.

The season evolves around the friends relationship post the affair reveal and their differing emotions dealing with it.  The anger and hurt from cheating is played out wonderfully through Lisa( Colbie Smothers) all season long and even tho she still makes questionable decisions, she comes off likeable and despicable all at the same time.  The show finds its groove in season 2 by settling on the drama and leaving the comedy to a minimum( on purpose) and allows the viewers better insight into each character over the 8 episode run.

I would rarely recommend this, but I would advise people interested in this show to skip season 1 and just watch the Netflix recap before starting season 2.  It will catch you up on all the major plot points in 2 minutes and you can move onto enjoying season 2.

Much better effort and hopefully we will get a season 3!!

The Producer

Young Justice #1




Back in October, DC announced their new, teen focused Wonder Line of comics.  These books would be overseen by Brian Michael Bendis as he has been known for being able to capture and make popular teens in comics with his run on Miles Morales: Spiderman and IronHeart!

Young Justice opens with a discussion of the 7 Crisses by a group of space fairing aliens called the Gemworld and how these Crisis' have become a threat to their world and Earth must be dealt with.



Back on Earth, we get the slow introduction to the team.  First up Jenny Hex, on her way to Metropolis from Texas and she is the first to encounter the police and the Gemworld when they attack.  Next up, Tim Drake as Robin as the attack begins in earnest and this Robin is clearly going to be the leader of this group of Young Justice.  Next up, Wonder Girl, but not the Donna Troy version.  She tells Robin she is not about this hero life right now, but eventually she does make her way into the battle.  We also get Impulse making his way into the book and team, along with Teen Lantern.





The battle culminates with our heroes of Young Justice running off Gemworld as they go back into their teleporter and Young Justice follows them and get sucked into different portals.  Without spoiling too much, each member Robin and Impulse are reunited with someone from their pasts.

Overall, I thought this book was ok.  It was a little uneven and the dialogue felt a bit forced; like a middle age man trying write dialogue for teenagers.  And then it hit me:  This book is not necessarily written for me; its written for a younger audience and when viewing it from that lens, I understand it a bit more.  This is a great, out of continuity book for a new reader to pick up and read.  Its fun, it has action, and is drawn beautifully. 

Even tho its not my cup of tea, I will still finish out the first story arc because I am interested in seeing how the team comes together.  Solid, but not spectacular issue from Bendis.

The Producer

The Marvel Hacks: Season 5 Episode 1





Marvel Hacks Season 5, Ep 1


The Marvel Hacks are back!! We took a long vacation for the holidays but the New Year brings a new season and podcast.  This week we late review Aquaman and The Spiderverse and talk how hyped( or not) we are for Captain Marvel.  In comics, for THATS THEY ONE, we review DC's new Young Justice title under the Wonder Banner.  Plus we review the Champions #1, Winter Soldier #1, Killmonger #1, and the Avengers reach a milestone with issue 700.

Great fun and listen with your boys! Come get some and share with your friends on Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Apple Podcast!

The Producer


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Betty and Veronica #1 Review





As the Archie Forever line continues, the reboot of Betty and Veronica reboots written by Jamie Lee Rotante and pencils by Sandra  Lanz.  To recap, this Archie Forever line kicked off with Archie 700 and is continuing the foundation laid by Mark Waid when they rebooted Archie in 2015 with a more realistic storyline.

The first Betty and Veronica reboot only lasted the issues and disappeared because of massive shipping delays from the Adam Hughes creative team.  This new relaunch is scheduled as a 5 issue 5 series and hopefully can stay on a regular schedule.

This issue kicks off at the end of the summer as Betty and Veronica reflect on all their happenings away from the Riverdale Gang this summer.  There were trips to the big city and social projects as each girl helps complete the other.





My first reaction to this was, I really wish Archie comics would make the step to put Betty and Veronica together as a couple.  They are best friends, yes... but who says you cannot date your best friend?  On top of that, maybe they are better for one another than Reggie or Archie is.  Just my thought...

But there is the teenage heartbreak and reflection as the girls move into their senior year at Riverdale High School.  The girls, not wanting their magical summer to end, make a pinky pact to attend the same college as one another.  AND that neither one would pursue a romantic relationship with Archie moving forward.



The book is light and fun, as Archie books should be; however this is an interesting period to focus on Betty and Veronica.  Each looking into adulthood and dealing with issues that many high school seniors deal with: Where should I go to college? How can I afford college?  What will I study?  This is on top of the academic pressures students face, as well as the pressure parents put on their children about their future.  I think this is a rich and interesting spot for this book to live in( even only for a bit).  The ladies do visit a local college in Riverdale and attend a mixer and even though they are supposed to stay together, they get separated and Betty drunk texts Archie for help!



I do not want to spoil too much here but our book ends on a cliffhanger where our two main protagonist are each wondering what is going to happen next.

I truly enjoyed this book and I always enjoy when the focus is taken off Archie.  Plus, this book avoids something that Archie #700 did which is try to make a connection between the Archie comics and the Riverdale TV show.  In my world, the only connection between the two are the names of the characters and they should not be crossed over.

Betty and Veronica is a great book and a great jump on point for new readers to the Archieverse.  I highly recommend this book!!

The Producer