Wonder Woman: 1984

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Wonder Woman was quite honestly a superhero movie I think did not only DC a service but superhero movies in general. It had good characters, was serious but broke the mold of edgy DC films, and had a unique and beautiful color pallet. I had concerns over the sequel; I think we all did. Cheetah looked funky, the comparison to the MCU vibes were getting heavy, and early reviews weren’t really kind to say the least. So I wondered what was in store for me…oh boy.

It’s 1984 and Diana Prince is kicking ass as a curator for the Smithsonian while being Wonder Woman in her spare time. She’s mourned over Steve Trevor since WWI and the pain lingers beneath her caring smile. During a routine mall robbery, an artifact is discovered. To help uncover the artifact is Barbara Minerva, a hapless nerd who quickly befriends Diana and envies her outer beauty and the life she perceives. With this artifact comes Maxwell Lord, a failing con man who desires riches, wealth, and success.. Lord understands the relic grants wishes and wishes to become the embodiment of it. Barbara wishes to be like Diana, surprised at her newfound strength, speed, and agility. And suddenly Diana is reunited with Steve, but at what cost are these wishes coming?

Ok, I’m pretty at odds here. First of all, I give the cast credit because they gave it there all; that I can say for sure. The cinematography looks great and I appreciate the color of the film. Hans Zimmer adds a solid score that sadly maybe his weakest but still more solid than most. And the final fight with Cheetah was pretty cool as was the end credit cameo. And that’s the good; the rest of this movie is a fucking mess. The CGI looks goofy and a lot of the movie feels painfully retro in a bad way. I got a cheese vibe circa the classic Wonder Woman show, some of the action scenes, especially the flying scenes felt like modern Chris Reeves Superman, and the humor felt like runoffs trying to copy Thor: Ragnarok which comes off harsh. The ending falls flat and the action scenes aren’t too impressive or believable. In the end, I don’t hate this movie but I sure don’t recommend it unless you want to laugh and have a cheesy superhero romp. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Inhumans

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Of all the strange corners of the Marvel universe, the Inhumans of Attilian are some of the most mysterious, powerful, and dangerous. A city devised of superpowered beings granted power from the mythic Terrigen Mists, every citizen is genetically unique and given a place under the royal family led by the silent king, Black Bolt. There is peace and prosperity until they misjudge a young Inhuman at changing ceremony named Woz, enslaving him with the unfortunate Alpha Primitives, despite his hidden powers to transit through reflective surfaces. Its soon after that Woz is drawn unto Maximus, the greatest threat Attilian has ever faced who plans to revolt the city, start a war and usurp his brother, Black Bolt. Can a overwhelming conflict from inside and out be avoided without coming to devastation and full fledged war?

So I want to say I love Marvel Knights productions, which cover the grittier stuff in Marvel, and this book is a Marvel Knight’s production. The art steals the show with some truly memorable and frankly imaginative designs. The writing is really good too and there is a really good story here that isn’t your typical superhero romp. That point however is where I feel people will get divided. This book sure as hell isn’t for everyone. While most comics balance between action and world building, this book is about plot and character rather than Blockbuster action. Between the heavy exposition and world building combined with the length a lot of people will find this book bloated and boring. Since I’m a Marvel fan, a sci-fi fan, and a Lit nerd I think it’s a really good tale from one of the weirdest corners of the Marvel universe. I recommend this story if you are a Marvel fan or like deep sci-fi. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Green Arrow: The Kill Machine (New 52 vol 4)

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Oliver Queen is about to learn not to take being ok for granted. It begins with having Queen Enterprises swept from under his feet by the man meant to take charge until Ollie was ready, and if that wasn’t a shock enough, Ollie is on the run after he’s murdered in front of him by a skilled archer- enter Komodo. With no money, wanted by the the feds, and his friends kidnapped by Komodo, Ollie is left having to face a superior foe who not only tests his skills but everything he believed in about himself, his origins, and his destiny as he must hunt for a fabled weapon sand face the ancient Outsiders…

I’d heard of all the new 52 this was some of the best Green Arrow had to offer and with Jeff Lemire taking over the writing, I’m inclined to agree. The story feels like a revenge take on a Uncharted game or old school Indy movie and I really dug that. While Green Arrow is pretty cool, I admit I like the sadistic take on Count Vertigo in this book. While the story is really good, the art, while cool to look at can be jarring and make certain scenes hard to follow. For the 4th book of DC’s New 52, it’s pretty accessible. In the end, if you ever wanted to pick up some Green Arrow, this book wouldn’t be a bad place to start. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren

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Ben Solo, the apprentice and nephew of legendary hero Luke Skywalker as well as the son of legends Han Solo and Leia Organa, as well as the grandson to the incomparable Darth Vader, one of the galaxy’s greatest villains. Ben is a talented young Padawan born of legacy with all choices taken from him, or as he feels. For years, a voice named Snoake has been been guiding him alongside Luke, rather against Luke, telling him his fate isn’t as a Jedi but rather with his grandfather in the dark where his true freedom lies. After coming into contact with the Knights of Ren, a cult worshipping the dark side of the Force, Ben decides to join them after Luke’s betrayal, beginning a new age of infamy as Kylo Ren begins.

So I was really anticipating this comic after my liking of the sequel trilogy crash and burned for me. Kylo was one of my favorite characters and after reading this, I still find myself loving and hating him as a character. The Knights of Ren are interesting adversaries that I really think could’ve made for great villains if written better. Luke is great in this book and his fight against the cult is badass. The art is great and the writing is pretty good. My biggest issue is the book feels rushed as hell and I feel like more time could’ve been spent of Ben’s character and his time with Luke. In the end, it’s a solid book but not great and adds some depth to a lackluster triloy. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Marvel Spider-man: Miles Morales

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Six months after the events of Marvel’s Spider-man (PS4) , Peter Parker has taken young Miles Morales as his protégé in web-slinging after demonstrating his new powers. When Peter and MJ go on a job overseas, Miles is left alone as Spiderman, developing new abilities unlike Peter’s, bio-electricity and camouflage. The young hero is quickly drawn into a conflict between the diabolical Roxxon Corporation led by corrupt hipster Simon Krieger and the extremist high tech group The Underground led by the Tinkerer. Can this young hero handle the forces looming against him as well as his new powers as well as trying to be a good friend and son?

I was excited for this game mainly just to learn about Miles Morales. I don’t really know much about him. This game is well written and Miles is a cool character to follow. Gameplay, while similar to the first game, is addictive as hell with Mile’s new powers and gadgets. Honestly, I appreciated the old/new ratio when it came to the gameplay and it stands solid on its own. While the villain roster is way smaller than the first game, the last 2 boss battles are intense both personally and game wise. While the game isn’t overly long and surely I don’t recommend buying it at full price, it’s a lot more satisfying experience than Resident Evil 3 (2020) was. The only huge drawback I had was the glitches- people would randomly appear on the street and rooftops, guys would get stuck in car doors, the textures would get muddy and once my web zip went nuts. While nothing game breaking, these issues do subtract from the experience. In the end, it was a damn good follow up with some small bugs but well worth playing. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Joker

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Of all of Batman’s enemies, many legends, none reaches the intrigue and villainy as the Joker. With dozens of incarnations across mediums, it was pretty interesting that he would get his own solo movie- without the Dark Knight. This movie came through controversary and struggles, winning plenty of awards but was it all worth it?

Arthur Fleck is a mentally ill man racing towards a breaking point. Beaten down, alone, and struggling to care for his ailing mother, all he ever wanted was to bring joy to the world. After a series of personal tragedies and getting humiliated by is idol, Murray Franklin on live TV, Arthur finds a thrill after killing three people who made his bad day worse. On the brink of suicide, Arthur finds his purpose not only spreading joy to the world but changing the climate of Gotham forever.

At first I didn’t want to believe the hype over this movie but honestly I loved this movie. Phoenix is superb as Fleck and honestly is a damn good Joker in the final act of the film; the acting all around is really damn good. The cinematography and soundtrack is great. I can say the movie stands out amongst films of the genre, being really sincere and character focused which is a huge breath of fresh air in a culture of popcorn fluff. If you want a feel good, action packed superhero romp- there are a dozens. If you want a brilliant character piece full of chilling moments and social satire, check this movie out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Marvel’s What If…trailer

I’m on the fence here. While I think the concept is cool and the animation is surprisingly good, sadly I think I’m starting to get worn out on the MCU. Bit by bit I find myself feeling fatigue for it. The show looks pretty cool and could be a nice addition to the MCU. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Loki trailer

I’m pretty confused what the hell is going on in this trailer and what the hell is supposed to be going in this show. I love Loki but why did he need a show of his own? He had a great arc throughout the MCU. While I’m not the most versed in Thor’s stories, I hope for the best in this series but I can’t say I’m ecited for it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer

I have to admit, Falcon’s Cap suit looks pretty badass in real life. With the exception of WandaVision, I’m actually kind of excited for this show on the account of Zemo’s return. While I love Falcon and Soldier, Zemo is one of my favorite Cap villains. So far the show looks pretty awesome and it’ll be fun to see. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon trailer

Batman has literally been to both sides of the tonal spectrum: from the goofy Adam West show to the gritty, tortured portrayal by Ben Affleck in Batman Vs Superman and with that being said, I don’t know where this goes. With the tone and music, I couldn’t help thinking of a 70’s exploitation film with Batman. While its a different pace from Batman’s recent animated movies, I cant help but wonder how it’ll turn out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.