Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Complaints About Reviews and Reviewers

September 13th, 2014

bad-reviewIn the last couple of days, I’ve listened to two podcasts that both did this so I figured I had to bring it up.  People, if you’re going to review a book, a TV show or a movie, at least review it in the context of the period that it was made!  I say this because the reviews, both of which were of shows and movies made in the 1970s, simply dismissed them because they didn’t follow modern conventions and have modern effects.

If you can’t review the movie as made, without having absurdly unrealistic expectations, don’t review it at all!

Comic Review: Moon Knight #1-5 (2014)

September 9th, 2014

Moon Knight 1 CoverMoon Knight is an odd bird.  It’s a concept that has gone through a lot of different iterations over the years, the story of Marc Spector, former mercenary who “died” in Egypt beneath the statue of Khonshu, supposed Egyptian deity of the moon.  When he was “resurrected”, he adopted the visage of Khonshu and went on to become a costumed crime fighter. Marc Spector is completely insane, I might have missed that little fun factoid, he has multiple personality disorder and routinely talks to the images of his other “selfs”.  This version of Moon Knight explores a lot of these issues and since each issue is an independent story, I’m just arbitrarily choosing to review the first five.  Here we go.

Better Female Characters in Comics

September 7th, 2014

powergirlThis is a perennial issue in American superhero comic books and, to be honest, I don’t really know how to handle it because it brings along with it some complex problems.  The portrayal of women in most American comics is, let’s be honest, meant to appeal to male readers.  Skimpy costumes, exaggerated features, erotic poses, these are things that have been going on for many years and the complaints have largely existed for as long as I can remember.

There are women who would like things to change, who would like to see women portrayed more realistically and not as sex objects and masturbatory fantasies. I can certainly understand that and agree with it but there are some problems that again, I don’t know how to overcome.

Book Review: The Strain (2009)

September 6th, 2014

StrainDelToroHoganCoverHere we go again!  Okay, that’s unfair, but I have seen every single version of this story over the last couple of weeks and I’ll admit, I’m approaching burn-out, which isn’t fair at all because it really is a good story, but when you’ve seen the TV show, read the comic and now the books, all of them virtually identical, it stops being fair to the story because I found myself not being surprised by very much, it’s just the same thing, different genre. That’s why I’m taking a break before I read the next book in the series, just to let things fade a bit.

So here’s my take on Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s 2009 horror novel, The Strain.

Comic Review: The Star Wars #0-8 (2014)

September 2nd, 2014

The Star Wars 1 CoverIt’s been a long time since I’ve been a fan of a Star Wars comic book.  Granted, it’s been a long time since I’ve been a fan of Star Wars.  As far as I’m concerned, Star Wars ended in 1983 with Return o the Jedi. There are no prequels.  There is no expanded universe.  It’s all fanfic, I refuse to acknowledge that any of it actually exists because, for the most part, it’s all just bad.  I haven’t read a Star Wars comic since the Marvel versions in the late 70s.

However, Dark Horse put out an 8-issue mini based on the original George Lucas notes for Star Wars, before it was ever Star Wars.  That, plus an issue 0 intro book, is what I’m going to look at today.  How does it compare to the actual film?  Let’s see!

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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.