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  • Upgrade
    danahammer
    The fun thing about science fiction and speculative fiction, is it’s great conversation fodder. After seeing the movie Upgrade, my husband and I now have an agreement. If I ever become quadriplegic, and a creepy guy comes into my hospital room and offers me an implant that will restore my bodily function, the answer is YES. What if the implant takes over my body and turns me into a killing machine? We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. What if the guy who implants the chip is super sketchy, and is using me for his own nefarious experiements? So? Get me the fuck out of this wheelchair. The answer is yes, always yes, no matter what, yes.

    It probably doesn’t say much good about me that I’d rather be a pawn in an evil genius plot than a quadriplegic, but there it is. I’m not sorry.

    But here’s the thing. If you have the technology and know-how to create something as advanced and miraculous as Stem, then you have the ability to safeguard it from abuse....
    06-20-2018, 01:30 PM
  • Bargain Bin Gold: Star Trek-The Next Generation (1988)
    Blake M. Petit
    Comic conventions, new comic shops, flea markets, yard sales… There’s a certain thrill I feel any time I see bargain bins of comics. Old books for a buck? Fifty cents? A quarter? Stand back, because I’m in my natural habitat. Now this is not the place to go to find the first appearance of Wolverine. Heck, it’s not even the place to look for the first appearance of Wonder Wabbit. Bargain Bins are universally scattershot and incomplete, and usually disorganized to the point of no return. It’s impossible to look for something in a bargain bin. You just look.

    It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

    Last weekend, at the first New Orleans Comic-Con, there was a two for a dollar section bigger than certain comic shops I’ve visited. Among the various treasures I unearthed there was an entire six issue run of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation miniseries from 1988. Having read the issues, I can proudly declare that I more than got my three dollars’ worth...
    06-19-2018, 05:01 PM
  • Three Wishes: Streaming the DC Universe
    Blake M. Petit
    We live in a streaming world. We have our Netflix, our Hulu, our Amazon Prime, but that's just where it starts. Do you want a vast selection of horror movies and TV shows? Subscribe to Shudder. Are TCM classics and highbrow fare more your thing? You need Filmstruck. Miss the cartoons of your youth? Get yourself some Boomerang. A fan of a certain famous science fiction franchise and want a service that includes that and literally no other reason to sign up? Right this way to CBS All-Access.

    With so many different streaming services and more on the way, you've got to start being choosy about which ones you're going to get. When DC first announced their plans for a streaming platform, I was skeptical that there would be enough content to make it worthwhile. Then the announcements started: live action shows featuring The Titans, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol and more, plus a new animated Harley Quinn series and the resurrection of the popular and be unfairly cancelled Young Justic...
    06-15-2018, 09:00 AM
  • The Flash #48: A War For Family
    Blake M. Petit
    The Flash #48 (DC Comics)
    By Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi & Steve Wands

    Superman is my favorite superhero. He has been for a very long time, and yet there’s something about the Flash family that connects with me on a deep, primal level. If I was falling off a cliff, I’d want Superman there to save me, but if I had to bet on which comic would move me to tears, I’d look at Barry Allen and Wally West’s reunion in DC Universe Rebirth #1 and everything that has happened to the characters since then. When I read that book, I felt like I had been reunited with an old friend I’d feared I would never see again. I felt it again when Jay Garrick appeared in the closing pages of The Button, when Wally and his Aunt Iris were reunited, and I would place money on Joshua Williamson doing it to me again before the Flash War storyline ends.

    The Renegades -- peacekeepers of the future -- have been sent back in time to put Iris West on trial for the death of...
    06-13-2018, 05:53 PM
  • The 2018 Superhero Watch: Doing Whatever a Spider Can
    Blake M. Petit
    This year, as I’ve mentioned once before, I’ve set a goal for myself: watch and rewatch as many superhero movies as I can. And since I’ve got something of a platform here, I wanted to periodically update you on my progress and tell you what I’ve been thinking so far. (If you want to keep up with my progress, you can follow along on the Letterboxd list I update each time I watch another film.) In my first column about this process, I talked about the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Today, our Venn Diagram is going to have a little bit of overlap, as we look at one of the few characters to have a successful cinematic career before joining the MCU: Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man.

    I didn’t watch all of these films in order, but I’m going to talk about them more or less that way. Also, In that aforementioned first column, I spent time talking about Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming, so I’m going to get this out of the way first. Holland’s Spider-Man is the best...
    06-07-2018, 08:58 PM
  • Justice League #1: As Big As It Gets
    Blake M. Petit
    Justice League #1 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Tomeu Morey & Tom Napolitano


    There have been many versions of the Justice League over the years. Some have been sublime, some have been disastrous, but the best, truest versions of the League have all had a common thread: the biggest heroes, the biggest threats, the biggest stories. The Justice League should be the biggest thing in the DC Universe. With the first issue of Scott Snyder's run, we're finally getting big.

    Following the aftermath of Justice League: No Justice, the League has reorganized with a new headquarters and a new chairman: the Martian Manhunter. Unbeknownst to them (of course), their enemies have also begun to organize, with Lex Luthor assembling a new Legion of Doom. This first issue is, as expected, a heck of a lot of set-up. We get a lovely tour of the new Hall of Justice and we see how J’onn’s chairmanship functions, using his telepathy to link all members...
    06-07-2018, 11:55 AM
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