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Once again, PAD is singling out one character in focus, as the team has been scattered after it’s titanic battle…

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Look, I don’t know all that much about Diggle, about Kirkman, Martinbrough, etc. I mean I’m the kind of reader…

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This is a good comic, despite itself. Because let’s face it… much of what’s happening is stuff we’ve seen before…

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December 17, 2018 8:53 am YES. Pretty much an echo on all points. Although a hard disagree on Nick Cage's voice. That took me straight out of the experience. As someone who read the Spider-Verse event, I recognize the Peni as SP//DR. I also noted the pointed way Peter B Parker ("Hobo Spider-Man"?) was so resonant with the adults in the audience. It was weird to experience both identifying with Miles and with Peter B, and how it was Miles (the younger generation) giving redemption for the older. That was quite a meta way to experience the film. I must say this film is really one of the best and will definitely be among my top 5 comicbook films.
June 26, 2017 2:37 am So was I the only one who saw Wonder Woman - Tasmanian Devil #1 and got excited that we were going to see the obscure Australian hero from the JLI? Oh. Well, sounds like that would have made a better comic, anyway.
June 5, 2017 9:29 am I devoured all the schlocky kung fu from Marvel (although only as a back issue dumpster diver as I came into comics in the late 80s) and Iron Fist was certainly among my faves. What got me about it was how his original Marvel Premeire stuff had taken tropes from martial art flicks (the betrayal of a "brother" from the same house, a tower pagoda gauntlet of enemies) and applied it to the corporate boardroom. With Marvel seeming to embrace a distinct genre flavor for its properties (noir, blaxploitation), I was expecting way more homage and subversion along those same lines. Instead... meh. Just bland and aimless stuff that actually didn't end up saying anything. Not much more to add (altho for the record I did like it, at about a Conor level on the Electro scale) but feel there was a missed opportunity for a Harry's ad with a protagonist who somehow DESPERATELY NEEDED SHAVING
May 29, 2017 8:14 pm Or the lack of comments is due to the braintrust saying everything that needed to be said. :) And since everything was mostly positive, I have to agree. I had fun watching this movie, whereas some of the other DC animated offerings were much more hit or miss. I really enjoyed the balance between all the characters-- no one got short shrifted, which was implicitly mentioned at least. If anything, the narrative through-line could have been emphasized with a singular point-of-view character, but that would certainly have lost that balance that makes this truly an ensemble film. The running time was noticed as long, and if it's true, then maybe that's a contributing factor to letting things breathe. The one thing I was really hoping would get a mention was the distinct lack of Dick Grayson's neck chain, and I was both happy it was gone and sad that I couldn't laugh at it anymore.
March 9, 2017 6:21 pm I live in Shanghai and got the chance to see Logan on the big screen here, thankfully. (Deadpool never made the cut!) I really wondered about the R rating, because it didn't seem so bad to me, but my friends I noticed the running time here was significantly shorter-- they cut about 20 minutes from the film for showing here. (Also, you mentioned something about Xavier and the horses. Huh?) So even without some scenes and some extra violence, the movie still holds up. I think a 4.75. Kind of interesting to remember fandom's reactions to X-23 when she first appeared in NYX and how she became so entrenched into the Wolverine mythos since then.
October 21, 2016 3:51 am Late to the comments I guess :-/ I for one have been enjoying Amazing Spider-Man and don't feel Slott's worn out his welcome. I mean, I am so disappointed in the out-of-left-field Black Cat stuff, am cautiously pessimistic about the Prowler's new status quo, and downright HATE the glowing spider to a Josh Flanagan degree, but still... But it's weird to say that it's the "same thing" when there are just as many comments that it's all so "different," like with Parker Industries, lack of familiar supporting cast, etc. Even after twenty years, is it still "too soon" for clones?
June 1, 2015 7:57 pm Sure! Sequels are always tricky. But the way I'm reading it Fight 2 is emerging as a slightly different story. The first was the story of the title character's recovery from madness (and some social commentary,) delivered to the audience thanks to the famous "twist" reveal. Now that the reveal is out of the way, so to speak, the story becomes more of a horror story, like a ghost story/haunting that has to be exorcised. And some social commentary. It feels like a logical second chapter and not a retread, at least so far. I wrote a review of both stories for weeklycomicbookreview.com but my editor didn't publish the Monsters review yet. :)
May 31, 2015 7:26 pm I would have picked Fight Club 2. You're right that there is way more visually going on that you might expect for first time writer going into comics, although it borders a bit on too much, like a student filmmaker that throws in all the "tricks." What's strange is that your criticism for Fight Club 2 is that it's more of the same, but that's exactly what you say makes Where Monsters Dwell such a pick this week. Maybe I just don't like the typical Ennis bastard character, but really there's nothing special about it beyond just a pulp adventure. If it were billed as just a pulp adventure, it'd be fine (while still not really bringing anything new to the genre.) Just saying "look! there are *dinosaurs*" isn't enough anymore to make it distinguishable.
May 4, 2014 7:43 am Oh, and I saw the movie outside the US and definitely all the people with me did not know the "real" story of Gwen Stacy. It was a very effective scene in that respect as it visibly moved my friends.
May 4, 2014 7:40 am I'm on team Conor, it's both good and bad. Some of the "bad" is even in the part that everyone kind of really agrees on as pretty good-- the Peter and Gwen relationship. I felt that there was no coherent through-line of this plot, and it just meandered and limped along until the demands of a formulaic three-act structure allowed it to do something. And even Garfield himself is both good and bad. I really like him as Peter Parker, but I really don't buy into his Spider-Man. There's too much of a disconnect from his voice and the character on the screen (whether that's in a suit or animated) so that it feels like an unimpassioned voice over of an international dub. Some of that could be scripting issues, like jokes that don't land, but Garfield doesn't really play up the dual identity of Peter vs Spider. I'm not asking for Orphan Black levels of dual identity, but some kind of differentiated performance would be needed.