I am a massive fan of Daredevil, always have been, always will be. I’ve read the comics religiously for several decades and have really wanted to see a good movie or TV series, be it live action or animated. I was disappointed by the Ben Affleck movie because it failed to capture the nature of the comic book. Then I heard that ol’ hornhead was coming to television as a 13-episode series on Netflix and I was cautiously optimistic. I mean, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been great, it hasn’t put out any serious failures, either on TV or in the movies, but my favorite version of Daredevil isn’t the super-dark, ultra-violent version made popular by Frank Miller and I knew that the series was at least motivated by Frank Miller’s stories of the 80s, that made me a bit hesitant. However, when Netflix dropped the entire 13-episode series on April 10th, it was clear that I had nothing to worry about, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight had it well in hand and gave us a Daredevil we could all be proud of. Therefore, let’s go straight into the story of Marvel’s Daredevil.
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I’ve been really hesitant about Marvel’s new universe-ending Secret Wars event, but I really never knew anything about it and although I knew they were ending a bunch of their books, at least temporarily, I never realized that virtually my entire reading list would be going away this month. I also never realized how much I was going to hate the whole concept behind Secret Wars. Therefore, as shouldn’t be much of a shock, I’m probably going to be dropping virtually the entire Marvel comics line over the summer and may or may not pick any of it up again in the fall.
I’ve tried out a lot of fannish podcasts over the years, some of which I keep and many of which I discard because they just don’t appeal to me, because their hosts are obnoxious, because they are long and boring, etc. As a podcaster myself, there are a lot of technical problems that drive me crazy and the presence of absurd vocal tics, a complete lack of editing and no self-control will have me turning off a podcast faster than you can say “zipadeedoodah”.
However, there’s something else that has bothered me a lot that I wanted to talk about, something that has made it virtually impossible to find podcasts in some genres to listen to.
There are a lot of nostalgia comics out right now from a couple of different comic companies. I recently reviewed a couple of them from Dynamite Entertainment, but here goes another one, dating back to the late 80s, by BOOM Studios. This time, we rejoin the classic story of Alex Murphy, former cop, now cybernetic officer of the law in Old Detroit.
The question, as always with these nostalgia fests, is how well they do with the story, is it just a cheap tie in, appealing to people’s childhood memories, or have they actually done the research and the hard work to match the look and feel of cherished classic movies and TV series? Therefore, let’s look at the first seven issues of Robocop and see which it turns out to be.
Instead of doing a weekly breakdown of all of the shows I’ve watched, for which I really had no time to accomplish, I’ve decided to take selected shows and give season-long reviews. It won’t be for every show, particularly long-running series, but for new shows or those that I feel I have to say, I think it’s the best way that I can keep reviewing TV without spending 12 hours a week writing it up.
This time out, I take a look at Syfy’s fledgling series 12 Monkeys, based very loosely on the 1995 movie of the same name. The movie was a critical and financial success, can the series be just as good? Let’s take a look.
I recently reviewed another J-drama, Fugoh Keiji, which I panned. It was about a super-rich detective that used her family’s money to solve cases. Then I pulled this one out of the pile, about a super-rich detective that uses her family’s wealth to solve cases. Is this going to be history repeating itself or can this series about crimes being solved after dinner prove that it’s not the hook but the execution that really matters?
Therefore, let’s call the butler, get a glass of wine and see how this 10-episode detective series plays out.
There was a recent discussion about Delta, the woodworking brand that used to be the powerhorse of American woodworking, yet today languishes in the hands of an overseas owner, producing cheap tools that nobody wants. People had lots of ideas why Delta failed but the major suggestion placed the blame at the feet of the American consumer who doesn’t want to pay more money for a “good brand”.
Well, they shouldn’t. Here’s why.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Silver Surfer or really, of anything cosmic in the Marvel Universe. I’ve always felt that when you get to that level, humanity has to take a back seat and there’s very little that I, as a reader, can personally identify with. I don’t want power, for the sake of power, I want good stories that I can relate to and characters I can understand on a human level. That’s never been the case when you’re talking about Galactus and his heralds. Throwing around the Power Cosmic just isn’t very approachable in my opinion.
However, when Marvel introduced this new series, it was significantly different than the serious and super-powerful character that inhabited the Fantastic Four books so I gave it a shot. Here’s my thoughts about the first five issues of the new Silver Surfer.