I checked this out a while ago at the public library and started reading it on and off. I liked the art of this comic and the one-page stories this had. The best one I liked was “Diary of a Consumer” where it showed vinyl and CDs from 1993 to 2003, where there were so many of them back then, now there’s barely any today.
This made me want to read print media again since I feel like I spend too much time on tablets and e-readers. Feel like it might mess with my eyes or something like that. This review might be a bit short but it’s a bit hard for me to read print and comics at times since some comics are hard to find. I hope to find more at my library next time though.
Recently I saw the DC movie Shazam! and it was pretty good and lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously, almost like Aquaman. The movie is about this kid, Billy Baston, who is given magic powers from the wizard Shazam, played by Djimon Hounsou because he is of a pure heart. The name Shazam is also an acronym for the Greek pantheon, S for the wisdom of Solomon, H the strength of Hercules, A the stamina of Atlas, Z the power of Zeus, A the courage of Achilles, and M for the speed of Mercury. The last one is a bit off since Mercury was the Roman name for Hermes.
When Billy gets this power he ends up having fun with it with his friend Freddy helping him along the way. There is also a villain, Dr. Sivana, who wanted this power that was at the Rock of Eternity when the wizard Shazam tried to recruit him and Sivana failed. Sivana wanted this eye that the 7 sins whispered to him about for ultimate power. The wizard Shazam also mentions that he tried to recruit someone a very long time ago but nearly destroyed civilization.
Along the was Billy tries to find his mom who was lost at some fair when he was little. Also when he is Shazam he abuses his powers at times but he learns responsibility later on. At the end where Billy confronts his long lost mother it’s a bit heartbreaking but kinda lets Billy move on. During the final battle between Sivana and Shazam, Billy learns he can transfer his power to his foster siblings and they end up being something of a Shazam family.
At the post-credits and maybe the end credits they try to build up some of Shazam and his enemies, like Mr. Mind and maybe even Black Adam. Mr. Mind I think is some kind of super intelligent worm or Caterpillar from outer space, which is weird since he seems a bit out of place for a Shazam villain. Black Adam is considered an evil Shazam though he gets his powers from the Egyptian pantheon instead of the Greek pantheon.
Originally Shazam was called Captain Marvel but I guess since Marvel had a Captain Marvel, DC changed his name to Shazam. Also earlier in the 1970’s they also made a show about Shazam as well and had the Egyptian Goddess ISIS in it as well. She would later make it in the comics aand team up with Black Adam since she also gets her powers from the Egyptian pantheon. Anyway, I hope we get a sequel to Shazam soon and hopefully see Mr. Mind in it as well. Give this a watch if your tired of all these dark serious comic book movies now and would like something more lighthearted.
This movie is based on the kids’ books of the same name, though I only read the first 4 of the books. Though I hope to check the rest out a bit later if I can. Then I started watching this when I found out Weird Al Yankovich did one of the songs. Watched this on Netflix and it seemed to be what it made out to be. A harmless kids movie that is self-aware and has a lot of juvenile potty humor in it. It’s nothing like having actual poop and actual pee since that would end up being dirty. There are also some different animation styles in this, like one scene where these sock puppets. As well as the flip-o-rama the books had where you just flip the pages back and forth for the action.
The movie also takes some of the books plots in it as well. This movie made me want to read the rest of the Captain Underpants books to see how far the books have been going. They also made a Captain Underpants tv show on Netflix and it gets the tone from the movie and books pretty well. Give this a watch since it’s like your inner child coming out at times with this movie.
Hearing about the concept of this comic I felt, well, amazed! Having both the Amazing Spider-Man and the Ultimate Spider-Man cross over and meet each other. It was nice to see Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales see his predecessor in a way after what happened to Ultimate Peter Parker. Also, it was nice for amazing Spiderman to interact with some of the Ultimates in the Ultimate universe, which are like the Avengers. Both Spider-Men also try and find this Mysterio that’s probably from another universe and seeing their fears as well.
Peter Parker also visits his ultimate counterparts Aunt May and Gwen Stacy, even Mary Jane in a way. The book ends with Amazing Spider-Man looking up the Miles Morales in his dimension and he is shocked and we don’t know why. That is for Spider-Men 2 for you to find out. Overall this is a pretty good book if you’re a Spider-Man fan of any age and it was good to see both Spider-Men talking and interacting with each other. Even when the Amazing Spider-Man talks a bit with Ultimate Nick Fury as Ultimate Nick Fury felt regret after what happened to Ultimate Peter Parker. Also because at first, he talked down to Ulitmate Peter Parker when he first started out as Spider-Man. From what I read from the comics Ultimate Nick Fury made it sound like when Peter Parker turned 18 he belonged to SHEILD. Almost like he was an object.
The story about Ultimate Spider-Man when I first heard about it was shocking to me but also felt like the ultimate sacrifice. Since this was Spider-Man’s story, he always had something to sacrifice in the long run. Something to choose and even tried to give up being Spider-Man for a time, wanting his own life.
This is a comic about the struggle of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. It’s also based off another comic about Martin Luther King way back in the 1950’s. The comic is told in flashbacks from one of the civil rights starters, John Lewis. Now I haven’t read this in a few years so sorry if I’m vague. It’s also history but I like for people to actually read this and not say they read this.
John Lewis talks about his upbringing at a farm, as well as the Jim Crow laws, and segregation at the time. Then he talks about meeting MLK and how they shared the ideas of equality and started the civil rights movement. The story shows how they and other civil rights followers went through the struggle. At the end where they were at Selma, Alabama, I was a bit worried and it made me feel hopeful at the end of the book. Everyone should give this a read when you can, it showed a lot of the struggles they went through.
First heard of this show from hearsay but it wasn’t until I found out it wasn’t until I found out Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, did the model work for the show. Also was surprised that Martin Landau and Barabra Bain were in it as well. They were both in the Mission Impossible TV show and I guess this is what they did after it ended.
This show takes place in the retro-future of 1999, this show was also made in 1975 and you can tell from the opening credits. The first episode gets the series going and after that, all the journeys they go on are pretty cerebral. Theirs’s a lot of talk about nuclear radiation and immortality motifs in it so far. I’m still watching it on and off on tubi.tv since the DVDs and digital copies are hard to come by. They also made a 2nd season that’s more on the action side and a 3rd season, though it was canceled last minute.
This show became a cult hit in the later years and you can watch it on tubi.tv if you don’t mind commercials. There’s even a comic about the fate of the earth after the first episode. It’s a pretty good show so far and I’m just going to say this show isn’t Star Trek at times.
Reading this it felt like Native Amercian Sopranos at times and it really shows the plight of Indian Reservations. The story is about this guy that goes back to his tribe’s reservation after running away 15 years ago. He’s also and undercover cop and it seemed like he was going to stop this guy, Chief Red Crow. Seeing all the people react to our main hero’s return seemed shocking since some people hate that he left the tribe so long ago.
Seeing all that happens through this story and through some flashbacks were also pretty shocking too. Surprised how the Native Americans have to grow up so fast at times in Indian Reservations. I’m not explaining most of the story since I got the just of it from other Native American stories about the present day Native Americans.
Also, this book isn’t for everyone and is for mature readers since it’s Vertigo Comics. The reason I read this was it was a part of the top 10 DC Comics you need to read before you die article. Here’s the link to the article if you want to look at it yourself.
When I checked this out at the library I already knew the highlight of the story from a documentary about comic books through the years on the History channel. In this book or comic both Batman and Robin, who was Jason Todd at the time, go to the Middle East to find the Joker and Jason Todd’s birth mother. After the Joker blackmailed Jason’s mom, Jason meets his mom for the first time but then the Joker lures them into a trap. The Joker beats up Jason himself and leaves both him and his mom locked in some warehouse with a bomb.
Around the time this story happened there was an ad for two numbers to call, one to keep Jason Todd alive while the other number lets Jason die. Some fans think the numbers were rigged so that Jason would die anyway since I heard he was kind of a jerk in the comics. Jason dies anyway and Batman is just torn up about losing him and thinks back to the time when he met Jason as Batman. Jason was just a kid at the time trying to steal the Batmobile’s tires as a way to get some money. Also, Batman mentions how he took him in and how he was pretty angry at times.
Word get’s out for Dick Grayson, who was the first Robin, on the death of Jason Todd and goes back to the circus he used to live. There he finds a promising new Robin with a kid named Tim Drake and even saves Batman and Nightwing when fighting Two-Face.
Overall this is an amazing Batman story and as time went forward Jason Todd gets revived and this time becomes the Red Hood. There would also be more stories with Time Drake as Robin like a major one in Identity Crisis. Even as he gets a bit older he becomes Red Robin fighting crime all over Europe.
I wasn’t a real fan of these live action superhero TV shows. It’s like they can’t quite capture the soul of the people or the powers. So it ends up kind of boring almost like Smallville, more of a soap opera, than a superhero epic.
When I first watched this on the CW I was skeptical but then saw that one of my favorite comic writers, Geoff Johns, helped make it. So I started to take it serious I watched it and it showed the soul of the people AND the powers. Also that it takes the comic mythos to the show as well.
The guy playing the Flash does a good job both as Barry Allen and the Flash. What some people also don’t know about the villains of the Flash. It’s that they’re pretty human, almost as human as anyone on the hero’s side. They just do a life of crime because that’s all they know sometimes.
Also the people that do Reverse Flash, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Pied Piper, and maybe even the rest of the Rouge’s Gallery might be as good as the comics. I also won’t tell who the Reverse Flash is because it’ll spoil the surprise to it all. Anyway this is pretty good and not too serious and dark as Arrow is considered to be.