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  • The Best Comic Book Show on TV Stars a Flock of Ducks
    Blake M. Petit
    Having a baby at home, I can’t just sit around and watch horror movies all day. Oh, I can watch some, sure, but you reach a point where you start to worry that the kid is going to go all Michael Myers on somebody and maybe you should put on a cartoon. But the thing is, a lot of cartoons suck. Yeah, a lot of entertainment in general sucks, but people seem to really dismiss that sort of thing when you’re talking about kids’ shows. The idea seems to be that if something is intended for children, there’s no reasonable expectation of quality. This idea is nonsense, and I can provide dozens of examples of great pieces of entertainment that are both engaging for children and fail to make adults want to stick their heads in a bucket of acid. The many works of Jim Henson, for example. The output of Pixar Animation Studios. And, most germane to today’s discussion, the Disney Channel reboot of DuckTales. It’s not just a good show, guys. It’s the best comic book show on TV.

    People who...
    07-13-2018, 09:06 AM
  • The Terrifics #5: An Exciting Experiment
    Blake M. Petit
    The Terrifics #5 (DC Comics)
    By Doc Shaner, Jeff Lemire, Nathan Fairbairn & Tom Napolitano

    From the first issue, everything about DC’s The Terrifics has been a delight. The concept behind the team is clever (thanks to the kind of energy accident that can only happen in comic books, the four heroes cannot go farther than a mile from one another), the characters feel true to themselves, and the story is pure fun. This issue, our four heroes each have to face an element of their past. Phantom Girl is lonesome for her home planet, Plastic Man tries to reconnect with someone he lost during his five years of “Egg Time,” Metamorpho wants to bring his past into the future, and an uncomfortable question makes Mr. Terrific evade something that’s clearly a sore subject.

    What makes this issue stand out, though, is the way Doc Shaner and Jeff Lemire break it down visually. With four principles, pages are divided into quadrants, one for each of them. The four stories...
    07-09-2018, 04:47 PM
  • 2018 Superhero Watch: You Will Believe an Actor can Fly
    Blake M. Petit
    For 2018 I set a goal for myself to watch and discuss as many superhero movies as possible. As we approach the halfway point of the year and I look at the list of films I’ve yet to watch, I’m starting to think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. This might go into 2019, guys. It might go into 2020. I might still be doing this when my baby is in college. So far, I’ve talked to you guys about the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and those featuring their little brother, Spider-Man. Today, I’m returning to the hero that gave the genre his name: Superman. We’re going to look at all the performers who have worn the S on the silver screen before the current holder of the mantle. Fans of Henry Cavill, don’t worry, he’ll have his day, but not until I take a look at the DC Extended Universe. And if you want to keep track of my progress in-between articles, there’s a Letterboxd list just for that purpose.

    So let’s talk about Hollywood’s first Superman, Christopher Ree--...
    06-23-2018, 01:01 PM
  • 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
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