(Now to prepare you dear audience for the spoilers that will be in this piece, please be advised of the spoiler warning to the left and the spoiler warning to your right. If you don’t want to be spoiled please exit out of the left or right spoiler warnings. Thank you.)
After the strong forward momentum of the past few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had to have one that took a different turn. It was weird watching this episode and it’s just as weird writing about it. In the episode promos for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was being treated as their plane being haunted, and there’s a haunting of sorts alright, just not of what you might think. The story involves a lady named Hannah, she’s been accused of events in the town she didn’t do. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have to help her and it all gets strange from there. Let’s put this episode simply, half the episode I liked, and half the episode I could probably do without and it all involves the main plotline. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did a solid job for a few weeks, while not a complete clunker of an episode, this still could have been a whole lot better.In this one though, Melinda May lives up to her nickname as she is “The Cavalry”.
Unity #1 was possibly one of my favorite comics I’ve read in a long time. Take a look at Cal’s review here, to read his opinions about the issue. It was a great introduction to the Valiant Universe for anyone to jump right into. I loved the 8-Bit Movie that was done for Unity as it was released, and that they continued in the 8-Bit tradition made me smile. To put a personal spin here, I love retro gaming. Growing up with Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and so forth, makes anything like 8-Bit Valiant special to me.
The Ultimate Batman Gift for yourself or any other Bat-fan out there has arrived, a fully drivable 1966 Batmobile straight out of the series. That’s right, you can cruise the neighborhoods and highways like Adam West’s Batman in this Batmobile. This is a completely official and approved by DC Comics/Warner Bros. Batmobile offered by Hammacher Schlemmer. It’ll run you $200,000 dollars, but it was built to function almost exactly like the 1966 Batmobile.
Spider-Man films have made Sony’s coffers full over time, but what do you do when you can’t make a Spider-Man film every year? If you’re Sony, you look into the possibilities of making spin-off films for your Spider-Man franchise. As Sony has to make sure some kind of Spider-Man movie is in development, it’s also the perfect way to keep the franchise in their hands.
Following up his run co-writing Avengers Assemble with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis is due to start up a new Moon Knight ongoing for Marvel Comics. Along with artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire, Ellis will return Moon Knight back to his roots in New York City.
(This Arrow Analysis contains possibly the biggest spoilers ever for Arrow, ever. If you have not watched the episode yet or plan on it, Read no further. Mega Spoiler Warning.)
You have to appreciate when a series pulls the rug right out from under you. This Arrow Analysis is me processing this entire episode of Arrow. We’re only on episode seven and this one has taken the series in a direction I didn’t couldn’t see coming. My rule with Arrow Analysis is no spoilers in the first paragraph, so I shall refrain from them in this stage of the game. The non-spoilery bits of the episode I will reveal here, Moira Queen’s Trial is in full swing, a sickness is running rampant through the city, and Count Vertigo has returned. That’s all in any synopsis you would find across the internet, meaning I’m comfortable sharing that early in the review. How this episode of Arrow went down was filled with surprises, shocks and downright jaw dropping moments, that will make the two week wait for the next episode a brutal one. Not in the ways you’d think either. There’s good reason why The CW is promoting this hard as one of the marquee shows of the network.
(Spoilers await thee here, for the episode and a slight bit for Thor: The Dark World, so spoilers, spoilers, and more spoilers!)
The awaited episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit tonight, The Thor: The Dark World tie-in extravaganza. This is the first time the series has been used in this matter, showing how directly a series like this can interact with the ongoing Marvel Movieverse. My main curiosity was how they were going to insert Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. There were ideas set in place for the series to use if they so desired, though the episode went in a different yet surprisingly solid direction with their Thor tie-in. It was better than anyone could expect, it’s hard to believe for many viewers including myself as I do these reviews that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on an upward trend. Believe it or not, looking at this episode and the past weeks, I think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the right track.
Stormwatch became the “Are we there yet?” of the New 52 for DC Comics, and in their case it was, “Is it canceled yet?”, with April’s #30, Stormwatch is officially canceled.
(We have a spoiler here, a spoiler there, everywhere a spoiler lies before thee!)
From Starling City to Moscow, Russia, here comes Arrow Analysis for episode six of season two. TheArrow team goes to Russia, as Diggle needs help with a tricky situation involving an Agent of A.R.G.U.S., which I shall explain more of in the main review. It’s fun to see a Diggle focused storyline, showing more of his history as a person outside of the main Arrow-tastic adventures. Of course, even Oliver Queen needs focus too, with the continuing adventures of the flashback scenes furthering the episode rather than hindering it. Really everyone gets character moments here, this has probably been the best episode for the Arrow team proper in awhile. Not just one or two members but the main trio all getting a strong focus moment or two in the scheme of the episode. Summer Glau’s Isabel Rochev even gets some nice moments, which means character fleshing out is happening in a big way. Streamlining stories can work well for Arrow, and onwards to the full spoiler time of Arrow Analysis! You have been warned.
‘Tis the season for DC Characters on Arrow; Vampire Diaries actor Steve Mcqueen joins Arrow as Nightwing. With this season alone introducing The Flash, Ra’s Al Ghul, Bronze Tiger, Professor Ivo, and more, now Nightwing is part of the mini DC Universe lying within Arrow. The rumors were already being spread around that Nightwing could be part of Man of Steel 2, while that’s unconfirmed, we have at least one confirmation of where Nightwing is going to be. It’s unknown when Nightwing will be making his debut in Arrow or even what kind of storyline he’ll be part of, though many fans are wondering, how can you have Nightwing without Batman?
The concept behind Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight intrigued me, mostly because Grindhouse films at their core are ridiculously fun. Yes they can be gory, messy, and twisted, but if you’re in the mood, they’re a blast. Alex de Campi and Chris Peterson’s first issue was a good time, the Bee Vixens from Mars was just crazy enough to work. Overall the idea worked, and though I didn’t quite get into Chris Peterson’s art for the most part, it works for de Campi’s atmosphere she’s looking to create. I had a lot of fun with the first and the second had my eye, while not perfect, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight had a solid issue here. I can definitely say this much, it’s one of the better comics out there that captures the Grindhouse.
(Spoiler Parade, Spoiler Parade, I’m waving the flag of the Spoiler Parade, Mega Spoiler Parade, Mega Spoiler Parade!)
Last week I do believe started a major turn around for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the best way possible. After a few what we could call lost weeks of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., now we see the series finding its footing and getting comfortable in its own skin. With this episode being the introduction to Victoria Hand, this was an episode many out there were looking forward to. Another character from the Marvel Universe being introduced into the show. That’s just a start though, secret missions, classified information, new information on our characters and more were revealed here. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been unveiling more and more about itself as time goes on, which means as we learn, patience in a virtue at times with certain shows. At this point I’m thinking that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. uptrend was not a fluke, and this episode continues it. Now you may ask what has me so enthusiastic, well read on to learn why.
Dragon Force is a newly released anime based on an original story by long time Tokusatsu director Kazuya Hatazawa, who is a chief director on the film along with director Tommy Wong.
Here’s what I got from a loose translation of the synopsis from the website; Dragon Force involves taking five children from across the world to form Dragon Force, a team dedicated to saving the world from aliens.
Toei Hero World is for fans of Super Sentai/Power Rangers and Kamen Rider/Masked Rider, as one giant indoor amusement park and a museum dedicated to these legendary Toei properties. As Toei Hero World nears its December 20th opening, they’re previewing what attractions are going to be at the amusement park. Each attraction features an aspect of each of the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider Universes, a playground encompassing all things Super Sentai and Kamen Rider, a train ride based on the time traveling train made famous in Kamen Rider Den-O, and a place for kids to shoot at bad guys in a fun little shooting gallery. The Museum is also going to have everything you could ever want to see involving the two mega franchises in Japan, overall they’re aiming for kids and adults and from the looks of it they have everything you could ever want and more.
I’ll say this for Dynamite Entertainment CEO Nick Barrucci, he’s not talking lightly with Bill Willingham’sLegenderry #1, that’s for sure. The upcoming Dynamite Entertainment mini-series takes the Dynamite stable of characters and puts them in a steampunk environment, and Barrucci predicts it will sell 40,000 copies at retail. For Dynamite Entertainment and many comic companies now, that’s a huge number to go towards. Though Barrucci is planning an aggressive promotional push for Legenderry #1, comic retailers have the option to be able to return however many copies of Legenderry ordered, meaning that if they have a lot of unsold copies they can return them with no issue. Ads for Legenderry are going to be all over the Dynamite Entertainment line of comics the week before release, and there will beea contest to help promoteLegenderry as well. Could this all result in huge sales for? Hmm, call me curious here.