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  • DC Universe: Early Impressions
    Blake M. Petit
    It’s been a couple of weeks now since DC Universe, the new online streaming service, was launched. I’ve spent a good bit of time playing with it, and I know some people wanted to hear my thoughts, so I’m going to give you guys a quick rundown on the three major components of the service, going from the least satisfying to the most.

    First off, the movies. The movie selection is fairly small -- the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, the first two Christopher Nolan Batman movies, several of the animated films. Part of the issue here may be one of availability -- I have no idea who currently has the streaming rights to, for example, the two Swamp Thing movies, so it’s possible that DC couldn’t offer those even if they wanted to. But there are other things that they definitely DO have that aren’t there -- the Burton/Schumacher Batman movies, for example, were put on the site for two weeks following “Batman Day” on September 15, but were then removed on October 1. Why? They...
    10-03-2018, 02:00 PM
  • The Superhero Watch: X-Men Movies United (Part 2)
    Blake M. Petit
    In the beginning, there were Stan and Jack, and yea, they begat the children of the atom. And yea, it was good, And as always seems to happen with good things, eventually they made some movies out of them. In part one of this two-part installment of The Superhero Watch, we looked at the six movies (so far) that make up the main X-Men movie franchise. Today, in part two, we're looking at the three solo Wolverine films, the two adventures of Deadpool, and we glance ahead at the future of the 20th Century Fox X-Men universe once it moves over to its new overlords at the Walt Disney Global Media Consolidation Phalanx and Tiki Bar. And don't forget to read the previous installments focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Spider-Man franchise, and the Superman films. And if you want to keep track of my progress in-between articles, there’s a Letterboxd list just for that purpose.

    The Wolverine Trilogy: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Wolverine (2013), Logan (2017)....
    09-12-2018, 04:13 PM
  • The Superhero Watch: X-Men Movies United (Part 1)
    Blake M. Petit
    Before the MCU, before Spider-Man on the screen, and well after Howard the Duck, there was a different sort of Marvel Movie Universe. It wasn’t Marvel’s first hit -- that honor belongs to Blade-- but it was the series that redefined the superhero movie. In many ways, I don’t think the current dominance of superhero movies would exist if it weren’t for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. Today in the Superhero Rewatch Project (you’ll notice I dropped the “2018” -- I’ve resigned myself that there’s no way in hell I’ll finish this before the end of the year), we’re going to look at the eleven films that make up that universe thus far. And of course, feel free to read the previous installments focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Spider-Man franchise, and the Superman films. And if you want to keep track of my progress in-between articles, there’s a Letterboxd list just for that purpose.

    The story of the X-Men films to date is the story of three trilogies, plus Deadpool....
    09-11-2018, 03:25 PM
  • Someone is Dying in the DCU, and Honestly, That's Okay
    Blake M. Petit
    In a few weeks we’re going to be treated to the first issue of Heroes in Crisis, DC’s latest event series, which is being promoted as a “murder mystery.” Sanctuary -- a hidden location in the DCU where heroes can go to recover from traumatic ordeals, both physical and emotional -- is supposed to be a safe place for champions, so someone getting killed there is a shocking concept. And DC is doubling down on the shock value, with the latest issue of DC Nation magazine proclaiming “in 21 days, one of these characters DIES!” and giving us the six candidates for the victim that will kick things off. These days, though, comic book characters die and come back to life with such regularity that it’s almost impossible to get worked up about it. Heck, one of the potential victims -- Tim Drake -- has already “died” and came back since the Rebirth relaunch two years ago. So it’s really hard to believe that this death, whoever the corpse-to-be is, is going to stick.

    But the more I think...
    09-06-2018, 05:02 PM
  • Fantastic Four #1: A Wonderful Welcome Home
    Blake M. Petit
    Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel Comics)
    By Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marte Gracia, Simone Bianchi, Marco Russo, Skottie Young, Jeremy Treece & Joe Caramagna


    When Marvel cancelled Fantastic Four in 2015, with no plans to relaunch it yet, there was an uproar. Some people, some of those marvelously cynical people who live on the Internet, argued that nobody cared about the Fantastic Four anyway. But that’s clearly not true. The Fantastic Four is my favorite Marvel property. The Thing is my number two character in all of comics (after Superman). And having them missing from my life for three years has created a hole that’s just gotten bigger and bigger.

    In one issue, Dan Slott has made me feel like we’re finally coming home.

    Ben and Johnny, both still believing Reed, Sue, and the kids are dead, are trying to get on with their lives. Ben and Alicia are evaluating their relationship (as they often do), Johnny is palling around with...
    08-08-2018, 06:39 PM
  • In Which I Try to be a Ghostbuster
    danahammer
    When my friend suggested I come along on a real, live ghost hunt, my immediate and obvious reaction was “Fuck yeah!” The idea was, we would go to a haunted house, the homeowner would give us ghost hunting equipment, we would participate in a seance, and supernatural shenanigans would ensue.

    ”But you don’t even believe in ghosts,” said my husband, who often misses the point.

    ”So?”

    ”So, why do you want to go on a ghost hunt when you don’t believe in ghosts?”

    ”Um, if I have to explain to you why I want to pretend to be a ghostbuster, I don’t even know why we’re friends.”

    Anyway, the haunted house in question was supposedly the site of some gruesome murders that took place in the 1970s. The night of our ghost hunt was supposedly on the anniversary of those murders. (wooo-oooo!) Of course, after arriving at the house, I was skeptical. First of all, the house was built in the 1990s, which, for fall of...
    08-06-2018, 05:29 PM
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