Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pop Culture Guy episode 37: Even More Comic Books I've Read So Far

The Disaster Artist

In 2003 one of the most infamously so bad it's good films, The Room, was released to widespread laughter and ironic enjoyment. The Disaster Artist, a biographical comedy drama directed and starring James Franco, is all about the making of The Room and the relationship between its director and star Tommy Wiseau and costar/coproducer Greg Sestero. Franco does a phenomenal job at portraying the odd, insane, mysterious, but somewhat likable man who we barely even know even 14 years after his film came out. The biggest performance to look out for is Dave Franco as Sestero as he plays his naiveté and wanting to perfection. Throughout the film we learn all of the crazy and insane things that happened throughout the making of The Room. In a way, this film makes us appreciate the older film due to how Sestero and Wiseau ended up making it by showing their times in Hollywood and attempting to get any job they try but constantly failing. Though there are times where Tommy is fun and full of energy, The Disaster Artist also captures his abusive and at times obsessive personality that makes one question if Sestero just lets people walk around him and is too trusting. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. The Disaster Artist
2. Baby Driver
3. It
4. Coco
5. Thor: Ragnarok
6. Wonder Woman
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
8. Logan
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
10. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
11. Blade Runner 2049
12. Dunkirk
13. War for the Planet of the Apes
14. Alien: Covenant
15. John Wick: Chapter 2
16. The Lego Batman Movie
17. Saban's Power Rangers
18. The Foreigner
19. Justice League
20. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
21. Kong: Skull Island
22. Split
23. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
24. The Fate of the Furious
25. Beauty and the Beast 2017
26. Transformers: The Last Knight

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1

Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1 is both my first solo Wonder Woman comic and first comic revolving around the DC Rebirth reboot. This issue once again retells part of Wonder Woman's origin story but focuses mostly on Diana and Steve Trevor's time before they met each other, Diana with her mother and sisters and Steve with his family and friends in  the military. Greg Rucka's storytelling goes back and forth between the two and Nicola Scott's artwork is vibrant and full of great detail and joy. The comic itself really makes you feel hopeful even when surprising dark moments like Diana getting bitten by a snake or Steve's friends dying when they crash happen. Seeing Diana and Steve doing things before they meet is definitely the most powerful moments as they show what their ordinary lives were like before, with the scenes in Paradise Island have a similar vibe to the Wonder Woman movie. Over all: 100%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1
2. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One
3. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

As always with any Disney animated film, Coco was preceded by an animated short just as memorable as the film itself. Though one thing that's odd about Olaf's Frozen Adventure is that it's a regular Disney non-Pixar animation project and that it's a bit longer than the usual shorts. However, this small sequel wherein Olaf tries to help Anna and Elsa find a new holiday tradition after the events of the original film. The comedy is on point, the voice acting is perfect with the original cast returning, the story is very thoughtful, and the music is as good as Frozen's. Olaf, himself, can make for a great short protagonist but his over the top positivity and always finding a song in everything can get a little annoying from time to time.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Coco

Pixar's Coco is all about a young Mexican boy, Miguel Rivera, who wants to become a musician despite his family's objection. Through an incident during the Day of the Dead, he ends up in the Land of the Dead wherein Miguel meets long gone family members and figure out how to get back to the living world. The animation, as always with Pixar, is truly breathtaking in capturing both Mexican culture and the entire Land of the Dead. Coco really respects Mexican society especially since a lot of the music is inspired by that of Mexico and the voice actors are mostly all of Mexican or even Hispanic descent. One negative thing I do have to say is how the reveal of the villain felt too much like past Disney films as well as that Miguel's dog was suddenly his spirit animal just came out of nowhere, though it does explain one plot hole early in the film. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Coco
4. Thor: Ragnarok
5. Wonder Woman
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
7. Logan
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
9. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
10. Blade Runner 2049
11. Dunkirk
12. War for the Planet of the Apes
13. Alien: Covenant
14. John Wick: Chapter 2
15. The Lego Batman Movie
16. Saban's Power Rangers
17. The Foreigner
18. Justice League
19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
20. Kong: Skull Island
21. Split
22. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
23. The Fate of the Furious
24. Beauty and the Beast 2017
25. Transformers: The Last Knight

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Justice League

DC and Warner Bros's attempt to catch up with Marvel's Cinematic Universe continues with Justice League. After Batman discovers a plot to invade and change all of Earth by alien forces known as Parademons as led by New God Steppenwolf, he and Wonder Woman must unite with other heroes to form a team to stop them. While Justice League does fix and improve on some of the problems that Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad had it is in no way as good as Wonder Woman was and still have some problems here and there. The cast is perfect and all have really great chemistry as one of the most well loved superhero teams with Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. While the pacing is better it still has trouble going from scene to scene and giving everyone their own story, especially since they have to deal with so much of their backstories that should have been done in their own movies. It's easy to tell that the film was meant to be way longer than it actually is due to not only the pacing but some things that aren't well explained or feeling rushed. The action scenes themselves are really fun especially the final battle between the alien army and the heroes with a newly resurrected Superman joining in. While the film does have fun moments there are darker moments one can easily tell just don't fit together due to the reshoots. The effects are really good for the most part, except for the reshoot effects of trying to hide Cavill's mustache. I honestly don't have a problem with Steppenwolf though his design is very basic and his ability to turn people into Parademons is only seen once. Over all: 86%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. Wonder Woman
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
6. Logan
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
8. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. Dunkirk
11. War for the Planet of the Apes
12. Alien: Covenant
13. John Wick: Chapter 2
14. The Lego Batman Movie
15. Saban's Power Rangers
16. The Foreigner
17. Justice League
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
19. Kong: Skull Island
20. Split
21. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
22. The Fate of the Furious
23. Beauty and the Beast 2017
24. Transformers: The Last Knight

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One

This is the first comic I ever read that both I downloaded online, a free comic after going to see a movie and given a code to use after, and my first Hulk solo comic. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One was the first part of the Planet Hulk storyline from Marvel in which parts of Thor: Ragnarok was inspired by. The comic opens with the Hulk being shot out into space by several Marvel heroes who see him as too dangerous on Earth. Hulk breaks out of his chains and damages the ship to the point it heads to a wormhole where he lands in an alien planet where he is forced into a gladiatorial ring. The artwork is very vibrant and detailed and I absolutely loved the design of all the aliens in Sakaar and how many of them have their own beliefs about each other. Seeing the Hulk out of his element and getting knocked out so easily at times is both interesting and surprising. The fact that Hulk is all to happy to fight in death matches and exited about being sent to his execution in the cliffhanger makes me want to read more in to this storyline. While it did take me a while to get used to the online reading I eventually warmed up to it and exited to read many more that I got before this one. Over all: 95%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One
2. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Seventeen films and Marvel has once again proven itself to be able to both craft huge blockbuster films and well told stories without ever feeling old and worn out. With Taika Waititi in the director's chair of Thor: Ragnarok, he surpasses even James Gunn in making a strange and fun movie that isn't afraid to go all out as a comic book based film. In Ragnarok, Thor has to fight against her sister, Hela, the goddess of death who wants to take over Asgard and conquer all of the universe with an undead army. Trying to fight her the first time, Hela manages to destroy Mjolnir and sends Thor and Loki to another planet wherein Thor is forced to fight in a gladiatorial match against the Hulk and manages to convince him, Loki, and former Asgardian warrior Valkyrie to come back to Asgard and fight against Hela and her forces. Focusing more on comedy than the previous two Thor films, this MCU installment is balls to the wall fun. Cate Blanchett makes for an awesome villain and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster is a great secondary antagonist in all his fun, campy glory. Waititi himself plays an alien through motion capture and is absolute fun, though at times can try a bit too hard in being comedic. While Anthony Hopkins returns as Odin and does a great job in portraying him one last time, his death scene itself felt very anticlimactic. While I do love the scenes taking place in Sakaar, even I feel that it's a bit too coincidental that Thor happens to land where both Loki, Hulk, and Valkyrie eventually are. One aspect I absolutely loved is the use of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song at the beginning and end of the film during huge fighting sequences. The chemistry between Thor and both Hulk and then Bruce Banner makes for a really great buddy movie. Thor's revelation that he never needed the hammer and he always had his own lightning powers while awesome to watch feels like it was rushed a bit. Great acting, fun and well told story with some flaws, amazing visuals inspired by the comics, and comedy that most of the time works but sometimes feels like there's too much is why Thor: Ragnarok is so memorable. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. Wonder Woman
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
6. Logan
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
8. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. Dunkirk
11. War for the Planet of the Apes
12. Alien: Covenant
13. John Wick: Chapter 2
14. The Lego Batman Movie
15. Saban's Power Rangers
16. The Foreigner
17. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
18. Kong: Skull Island
19. Split
20. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
21. The Fate of the Furious
22. Beauty and the Beast 2017
23. Transformers: The Last Knight

Friday, October 27, 2017

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of American psychologist William Moulton Marston, the creator of the lie detector, and his very unconventional life in living with both his wife and another woman they both loved, their taste in very dominating sexual pleasures, and Marston's work in creating Wonder Woman. While some have said that the film takes some liberties with the actual life of Marston and his family, as stated by the descendants of him, the film is really well told and has a perfect cast behind it. The relationship between all three leads as played by Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote feels very real. One of the most interesting moments in the film is near the end as it looks at Marston creating Wonder Woman and dealing with the fallout of how much sexual situations who put in the comics and many conservative  groups attacking him and comics over it. An aspect that really bothers me, though, is the fact that the movie takes place in the span of about 20 years and yet no one looks like they've aged, except for their children growing up, where Evans doesn't even have any aged makeup or to look more sickly due to his cancer. The best scene in the film I found is when Marston and his wife finally come up with the idea of how to properly finish and use their lie detector by measuring blood pressure and using it for the first time. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Wonder Woman
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Logan
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
7. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
8. Blade Runner 2049
9. Dunkirk
10. War for the Planet of the Apes
11. Alien: Covenant
12. John Wick: Chapter 2
13. The Lego Batman Movie
14. Saban's Power Rangers
15. The Foreigner
16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
17. Kong: Skull Island
18. Split
19. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
20. The Fate of the Furious
21. Beauty and the Beast 2017
22. Transformers: The Last Knight

Pop Culture Guy episode 35: Carly Fleischmann

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Foreigner

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in The Foreigner, an action thriller drama that relies more on the performances than huge action scenes. Not to say the action scenes aren't great, they are, it's just that director Martin Campbell focuses more on Chan and Brosnan playing roles completely opposite to what they usually do. Chan plays a former Chinese special forces soldier whose daughter is killed by an IRA bombing with Brosnan as a former IRA member who may have ties to recent attacks. While the story itself is nothing that new it at least is told very well even if at times can be a bit cliche. The strongest part of the film is Jackie Chan proving how powerful of a performance he can give without being comedic or relying on over the top stunts using weird everyday objects to fight with. Brosnan, though not the villain, works really well as an antagonistic supporting role who has a questionable past but tries to do whatever he can to stop the next generation of the IRA. The fight sequences themselves though basic are still choreographed and filmed in such a majestic way that is both the same and new for Chan. One of the biggest problems the film does have is that it's marketed as a Jackie Chan film, but he appears less than Brosnan does. I don't actually mind that, I just wish the marketing was more clear about all that, though Chan is still perfect in it. Over all: 87%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Wonder Woman
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Logan
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
7. Blade Runner 2049
8. Dunkirk
9. War for the Planet of the Apes
10. Alien: Covenant
11. John Wick: Chapter 2
12. The Lego Batman Movie
13. Saban's Power Rangers
14. The Foreigner
15. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
16. Kong: Skull Island
17. Split
18. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
19. The Fate of the Furious
20. Beauty and the Beast 2017
21. Transformers: The Last Knight

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

Just to get it out there, I haven't seen the original Blade Runner from 1982 or any of the different cuts of it, though I do know the basic story of what happened in it and I do want to see it. What drew me into watching Blade Runner 2049 was its director Denis Villeneuve whose previous two films, Sicario and Arrival, were movies that I really loved. The film takes place thirty years after the original and deals with a replicant model, played by Ryan Gosling, working as a blade runner investigating how an older model replicant could have conceived a child which leads him to various clues after another until he uncovers a conspiracy. 2049 has a very typical detective mystery style to it while still taking place in such an advanced future. You don't really have to see the first film since the events of that don't really play that much into what happens in here since most of it has to do with what happened in between the films. The acting is perfect, especially from Gosling as he goes from emotionless drone to more emotion when he learns that his fake memories are real. Harrison Ford returns but doesn't actually appear until near the end of the film, which is a good choice as it doesn't rely on his appearance alone. Like Sicario and Arrival, the film is slow but done in a way that makes it work, though there are moments that sometimes feel like filler and at times forced. Jared Leto as the creator of the new replicants was very interesting, though it felt like many of his scenes just ended without really giving something else. The story is well told, though prodding at times, the cinematography by Roger Deakins is on point as always, and the action sequences and effects are on point. Over all: 100%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Wonder Woman
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Logan
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
7. Blade Runner 2049
8. Dunkirk
9. War for the Planet of the Apes
10. Alien: Covenant
11. John Wick: Chapter 2
12. The Lego Batman Movie
13. Saban's Power Rangers
14. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
15. Kong: Skull Island
16. Split
17. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
18. The Fate of the Furious
19. Beauty and the Beast 2017
20. Transformers: The Last Knight

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Every year, Tate's Comics, one of a few comic book stores I regularly go to, hosts a Comic Con-esque event at the same time as the San Diego Comic Con for those who can't make it to the real one. There they hand out a mini comic that has a map of what there is during the event as well as stories people in the area wrote and drew and sent in. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8 was the first time I attended and received a copy of the mini comic. In it you see various one or more paged stories by comic book fans near Tate's. Many are written and drawn really well, while some others are very basic, though a big problem is that they sometimes end without anything else happening. Some of the stories actually tell you that you can see more of certain stories by going online to a link they posted. Many of the stories are actually interesting enough to continue reading online, though there are more that don't feel as exiting. Over all: 79%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Top 10 Moments From My First Ten Sets of Comics

1. Supergirl's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths
2. The Ghost Patrol always humiliating the Nazis in The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
3. The Fourth Doctor's appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
4. Batman and Superman's fight in The Dark Knight Returns
5. The Hulk's death in Old Man Logan
6. The villains killing off Falcone in Batman: The Long Halloween
7. Jason's weekly life in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
7. The unnamed narrator plotting to kill Batman in An Innocent Guy
8. Finding Captain America in Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
9. Batman's enemies revealed to be mutated in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
10. Alpha growing big in Justice League/Power Rangers #5

Honorable Mentions:
The Defenders breaking into a club in Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017
The battle between heroes and villains led by Hydra Captain America in Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
Taylor going crazy on the Enterprise in Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
Rod and Todd getting lost throughout Springfield in Free Comic Book Day: Bong Comics Free For All 2017
Agent Coulson's rescue in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Punisher refusing to fight back against Captain America in Civil War
The cliffhanger at the end of Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
Deadpool's inventive murder of various literary figures in Deadpool Killustrated
The Cartoon Network heroes escaping and fighting back against the villains in Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
Goldar's backstory in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
Joker talking about his backstory in Batman: The Killing Joke
Deadpool's intro in The New Mutants #98
Batman showing Raphael what led him to become Batman in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
Iron Fist pretending to be Daredevil in Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
Howard the Duck's story in Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
The Rangers confront Batman for the first time in Justice League/Power Rangers #1
Deadpool ending up in the real world in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
The Flash's sacrifice in Crisis on Infinite Earths
Wolverine popping his claws for the first time in Old Man Logan
The final fight between Iron Man and Captain America in Civil War

Revised Overall Ratings of Comic Book Events As A Whole

1. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017-100%
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-99%
3. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017-98%
4. Justice League/Power Rangers-98%
5. An Innocent Guy-98%
6. Batman: The Killing Joke-95%
7. Batman: The Long Halloween-95%
8. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1-91%
9. Deadpool Kills series-89%
10. Crisis on Infinite Earths-88%
11. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire-82%
12. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive-80%
13. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2-80%
14. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-78%
15. The Dark Knight Returns-76%
16. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1-76%
17. Marvel's Civil War series-75%
18. Old Man Logan-72%
19. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War-71%
20. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1-69%
21. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1-68%
22. The New Mutants #98-52%

Revised Overall Ratings of My First Ten Sets Of Comics

1. Justice League/Power Rangers #6-100%
2. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017-100%
3. Justice League/Power Rangers #5-100%
4. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017-98%
5. Deadpool Killustrated-98%
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6-98%
7. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1-98%
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4-98%
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3-98%
10. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2-98%
11. An Innocent Guy-98%
12. Batman: The Killing Joke-95%
13. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-95%
14. Batman: The Long Halloween-95%
15. Justice League/Power Rangers #4-95%
16. Justice League/Power Rangers #3-91%
17. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1-91%
18. Justice League/Power Rangers #1-89%
19. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe-88%
20. Crisis on Infinite Earths-88%
21. Justice League/Power Rangers #2-86%
22. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire-82%
23. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-80%
24. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive-80%
25. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2-80%
26. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-78%
27. The Dark Knight Returns-76%
28. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1-76%
29. Old Man Logan-72%
30. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War-71%
31. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1-69%
32. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1-68%
33. Civil War-62%
34. The New Mutants #98-52%

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #6

The last issue of Justice League/Power Rangers begins with the Rangers and Justice League fighting Zedd and Braniac's forces as they defend NATO. With Zedd holding Zordon, Billy and Cyborg come up with a plan to defeat the two villains by implementing a computer virus which leads to Braniac's forces shutting down and the Zords given back to the Rangers to form the Megazord. Zedd grows big to fight all the heroes but finds it hard due to never being that size and is thus defeated, goes back to the moon, and leaves Zordon and Angel Grove for it to be grown back. The battle sequences are awesome and have really great artwork, the story ends in a great surprising cliffhanger twist with Alpha being controlled by Braniac, and the interaction between both superhero teams is done really well whether when they're fighting or after the battle just hanging out. Hopefully the ending means there will be more stories involving crossovers like this between Power Rangers and DC or other franchises. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Justice League/Power Rangers #6
2. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017
3. Justice League/Power Rangers #5
4. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017
5. Deadpool Killustrated
6. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
7. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
10. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
11. An Innocent Guy
12. Batman: The Killing Joke
13. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
14. Batman: The Long Halloween
15. Justice League/Power Rangers #4
16. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
17. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
18. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
19. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
20. Crisis on Infinite Earths
21. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
22. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
23. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
24. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
25. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
26. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
27. The Dark Knight Returns
28. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
29. Old Man Logan
30. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
31. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
32. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
33. Civil War
34. The New Mutants #98

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #5

Picking up right where the fourth issue ended, the Justice League assures the United Nations of the Power Rangers' universe not to panic after Angel Grove disappeared all the while it's revealed that Braniac and Zedd have the real Alpha and are trying to control him. Halfway through the comic, Alpha explains to Braniac why he will never betray his friends even through reprogramming as they battle his forces and rescue him. It all ends with Alpha joining in the battle by using one of Zedd's bombs to make himself grow and fight the monsters. One of the most interesting uses of narration I've seen in any comic, Justice League/Power Rangers #5 is able to capturing everything great for both Power Rangers and DC heroes. The artwork is spectacular, especially during the big battles both outside and inside of Braniac's ship. Wonder Woman's entrance in to the UN is great at paying attention to what characters are best known for and the ending is freaking awesome. Over all: 100%
Top list so far:
1. Free Comic Book Day: Bongo Comics Free For All 2017
2. Justice League/Power Rangers #5
3. Free Comic Book Day: All New Guardians of the Galaxy 2017
4. Deadpool Killustrated
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
6. Civil War: Choosing Sides Vol. 1 #1
7. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
10. An Innocent Guy
11. Batman: The Killing Joke
12. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
13. Batman: The Long Halloween
14. Justice League/Power Rangers #4
15. Justice League/Power Rangers #3
16. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1
17. Justice League/Power Rangers #1
18. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
19. Crisis on Infinite Earths
20. Justice League/Power Rangers #2
21. Free Comic Book Day: Secret Empire
22. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5
23. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
24. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
25. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
26. The Dark Knight Returns
27. Doctor Who: Beneath the Waves Part 1
28. Old Man Logan
29. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War
30. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol. 1
31. The Comic Cavalcade: Archives Volume 1
32. Civil War
33. The New Mutants #98

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Set a year after the first Kingsman film, The Golden Circle ups the ante with a lot more over the top action sequences and futuristic looking gadgets. After the Kingsman is all but destroyed, with only Eggsy and Merlin surviving an attack by a drug cartel boss with an affinity for 1950s nostalgia who wants to gain immunity for her crimes by making special drugs that causes painful death and only she has the cure for. With no one left from Kingsman, the two survivors learn that the agency has a secret American version known as the Statesman wherein they get help from them in stopping the main villain while also learning that Eggsy's mentor survived from the first film but with amnesia. While the action sequences are just as crazy and fun as the first film and the acting is really great, the second Kingsman film isn't as great as the first one. There isn't a lot of interaction between Julianne Moore's bubbly villain and the spy heroes just like with Samuel L. Jackson in the first. Though most of the action scenes are well done, many of them feel way too frenetic and occur too often at times. While seeing the Statesman agents was great to expand on this universe, the fact that Channing Tatum only appears for about ten minutes and doesn't do much is very disappointing. The most memorable part of the film is the final battle at the end between Eggsy and his allies against Moore's villain and her goons, though how it ends just feels confusing and doesn't make any sense. Over all: 80%
2017 top lists so far:
1. Baby Driver
2. It
3. Wonder Woman
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5. Logan
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
7. Dunkirk
8. War for the Planet of the Apes
9. Alien: Covenant
10. John Wick: Chapter 2
11. The Lego Batman Movie
12. Saban's Power Rangers
13. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
14. Kong: Skull Island
15. Split
16. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
17. The Fate of the Furious
18. Beauty and the Beast 2017
19. Transformers: The Last Knight