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Decades ago, comics were sold in grocery stores, three comics to a bag, with the middle comic being a mystery. One day I used my paper route money to buy one of these bags, and inside it was X-Men #148.…
Back in the day, both Marvel and DC Comics had what were known as team-up books. DC’s books were The Brave and the Bold which starred Batman (which was discontinued to make way for Batman & the Outsiders), and…
Nerds. They kick ass. Also, in that one movie, they committed a disturbingly high number of sex crimes. But above all, they like to argue with each other. They absolutely love it. They love it the way Robert Carradine and…
This Halloween, more children than ever dressed up as their favorite superheroes, according to a statistic I just made up. It makes sense for children to aspire to be powerful, respected bats and metal drunks. But my family is Jewish,…
Back when they started out, superhero comics didn’t care all that much about keeping track of who did what, mainly because it was the 1940s, they were printed on the cheapest possible material (which incidentally is why most old comics…
Wolverine from X-Men and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a surprising amount in common. Both are hot-tempered and quick to turn to violence to deal with problems. Both characters are mutants. They both have weapons that are sharp,…
Expressionist film is incredibly high concept, and trying to mix that with the over-the-top nature of superhero characters is like trying to perform heart surgery with a chainsaw--technically possible, but you're more likely to end up with a gross mess and a mountain of lawsuits.
What the hell was up with that single nipple spike? He looks like a kid trying to piss off his suburban parents rather than a supervillain on a rampage.
Logan says goodbye to the Wolverine in a way that's respectful to Hugh Jackman's tenure and tackles what mortality means, which is generally difficult to do for characters who are either literally immortal or too iconic to fade away.
Coming up with a recurring enemy for Wolverine is harder than it sounds, because he has a habit of gutting them from throat to crotch like a misbehaving catfish, which is sort of understandable when your power is mostly indestructible claws and mood swings.
You’ll never recapture the magic of an old movie by imitating it. The story and style were products of their time. Let them go. Only characters are timeless. That’s why we’ll still be lining up to watch Bruce Wayne battle the Joker on the big screen 20 years from now, but any attempt to recreate The Dark Knight is destined to suck.
“The characters are all well acted and mostly well written; it’s just a pity that they all got sidelined not just for an action-disaster movie, but for a boring action-disaster movie.”
“Wade Wilson might be a rude, violent borderline sociopath with a potty-mouth who drops more F-bombs in the first 20 minutes of this movie than all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox-Marvel movies combined, but he isn’t (completely) lying when he calls this film ‘a love story’”
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By popular demand, Sybil looks back at one of the most maligned comic book movies ever produced. But will she say what you want her to say about it?
“When 2017 rolls around and audiences find themselves being forced to see seven different movies (all within a four-month window) just to keep track of everything going on in multiple universes, we may see a real backlash.”
Tom follows up his previous Retrotorials about what makes a great (or bad!) villain with a look at a kick-ass villain who was completely botched: the X-Men's White Queen, Emma Frost.
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“Doesn’t Mystique feel like a rare breath of fresh air? A female antihero with her own goals and desires who’s not condemned by the narrative and isn’t defined solely by her relationship to a man?”
“This movie left me wanting more, rather than leaving me frustrated, which is high praise for a film that deliberately screws over its own continuity this much.”