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Legion -FX – Episode 1- Not really a review, review

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Before I sat down to watch this, I knew it was going to be a bit of a mind trip.  It was “broken” legion from the comics after all. I have to admit I had not read the solo series Marvel released so my POV on Legion was a bit dated.

My litmus test for this series was actually going to be my wife’s reaction as we watched it. She’s a casual “comic movie fan” and if she could get on board with what I suspected was going to be a psychedelic episode I knew FOX could go somewhere with this.To be completely honest I can think of about 40 different characters that they could have done a series with, and Legion wasn’t on that list.

Within the first 5 minutes I heard “This is doing nothing for me so far” as the delusions of a fractured psyche played out across the screen in front of us. Then something happened. Dan Stevens begin to act….and it got better from there.

If anything can make this series a success I suspect the acting chops of Dan Brown and Rachel Keller can help with that. I feel terrible saying “acting chops” there, as both of them have extensive professional training with names like “Carnegie” and “Cambridge” attached to it, and I made them sound like street carnie. For the record , there is an excellent little dance number in the episode that I thought showed a range of these actors right out of the gate.

The story itself had a nice pace to it and I did do a little internal fist bump when the name “mutant” was talked about with a fear I had not felt since the 80,s-90’s.They gave me enough to be interested ,but not too much to think they hot shotted the storyline which is become rarer and rarer in todays TV universe. I’m going to watch the first 8 episodes(full season) for sure and go from there.

Trailer is below and the series airs Wednesdays on FX.

 

 

Killer frost – Rebirth – DC – Single issue- Review

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Co-Writer: Steve Orlando & Jody Houser

Artist: Mirka Andolfo

Colorist : Arif Prianto

Letterer: Clayton Cowles

There’s nothing harder than staying on the straight and narrow when  those around you want you to fall flat on your face.

I suppose I should back up here for a moment. This particular issue fits into the DC Universe timeline after JLA VS Suicide Squad 6 issue series and BEFORE the new JLA Rebirth title. Now back to it.

This is a one off story on the “Rebirth” of Caitlin Snow and her “testing” of sorts by Amanda Waller to see if she can push her just far enough to make her go back to her old ways, while Caitlin tries to stay on the side of the angels. I enjoyed this JLA epilogue story more than I did  the one about the Atom that came out a few weeks ago. This one gave a much more in depth look into who this newest member of the JLA was going to be……and the challenges a team atmosphere may bring for her. Sometimes wanting to do good…..doesn’t mean you WILL do good.

Writers Steve Orlando and Jody Houser wrote a nicely plotted story that was designed to break Caitlin Snow and test her to her limits. In many ways it was also a story of fighting addiction, of fighting oneself .This was definitely a story more about the human Caitlin snow then the villain Killer Frost. If you’ve ever watched “OZ” or “PRISON BREAK” you’ll be a fan of this read.

Mirka Andolfo was able to draw a softer side to Caitlyn snow which I think added to the redemption involved with this story. Amanda Waller looked a little rougher with how she was drawn(Almost like a mini Kingpin) but it added to her gruffness she needed to display for this issue to work.

Colorist Arif Prianto finished with lots of shades of blues and oranges, which I think had the intention to create a sense of contrast of redemption and recidivism.

The book gave us a nice bridge to the new JLA series so mission accomplished.

P.S Bonus pic of lovely Danielle Panabaker of FLASH fame.

 

 

 

Code 8- Short film- Shameless “ARROW” plug

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This is only my second short film that I have reviewed for this site and I’m glad to say that this is my second pleasant surprise. The backbone of this short film revolves around the superhero world turned upside down with a touch of X -steria(not a real word) thrown in.

We tend to think of Super Heroes as either good or evil , respected or feared. What if that respect and fear was gone? If using their powers meant death or imprisonment? if society hated them but no longer had a reason to fear them……they’d pick up rocks for a living. That’s what they’d do. They’d do menial work which in no way gave them any kind of status in society.

So for the 4%…..that’s what they do. Treated like illegals in their own country.

More recent news on this venture came courtesy of the Fine folks at Deadline.They state that   XYZ films has acquired International sales rights to code 8.They also state Steven Amell is in the short film……and he is not.

Below is also the link to the Indiegogo fund raiser that has garnered over $1.7 million towards the budget for the film so far.

Please check the short film out. It’s well worth it for the acting, cinematography ,and very real near future of drones .

Robbie & Stephen Amell’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Code 8’ Ramps Up With XYZ Films Deal – Berlin

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/code-8-a-film-from-robbie-stephen-amell#/

Kingpin #1 – Marvel Comic review.

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Writer: Matthew Rosenberg

Artist: Ben Torres

Color Artist: Jordan Boyd

Letterer: Travis Lanham

 

Matthew Rosenberg is a very, very good writer. Let’s get that out of the way right now in the beginning of this chat. This story flowed so smoothly I was almost surprised when I got to the last page of the book. This was more of a an introduction story, and NOT of the Kingpin  It held my attention more than a story with 30 heroes in it that I read about 2 weeks ago(looking at you “Monster Unleashed”).There is something to be said for a “slow burn” in telling a good story.

Most comic readers have known for years that the Kingpin is a very complex character. The Netflix series “Daredevil” just added to that complexity with the brilliant acting of Vincent D’onofrio.From doting lover one minute, to violent sociopath the next, there is a lot of ground to cover…..and this book has started to do that really well.

I liked the art of Ben Torres also. It had kind of “noir” feel to it and the great use of shadows helped to give it a grittier feeling, and much more of a street feel even though the setting was anything but. The colors were kept darker which help set the slower paced tone of the story.

I’m putting this title on my pull list next week. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this issue exceeded expectations. Did I mention Matthew Rosenberg is an awesome writer?

Cheers

Scott

 

Billions- 2 nd Season Trailer

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I knew what I was getting into ……before I even got into it. Have you ever seen a trailer for a show, and you knew that there was no WAY this show was going to be a dud? You looked at the cast…….you looked at the writers……you looked at the thesis of the show, and just knew you were about to see nothing but quality?

That’s where my head was with “BILLIONS” before I saw it.This series delves into the uber dark world of wall street trading and the consequences faced by those left behind…….both in the money world and the legal world.

Starring Damian Lewis(Nicholas Brody- Homeland, for which he won an Emmy) and Paul Giamatti(John Adams- John Adams, A masterpiece of American political history)as the ying and yang of the business world. These two seem built specifically as the “frenemies” of each other. So much in common, yet so far apart ideologically. Rounding out the cast is Maggie Siff( Sons of Anarchy),Malin Maria Akerman(Silk Spectre2- Watchman),and David Costabile(Breaking Bad).

If you haven’t watched the first season you still have time as the second season does not start until Feb.19th.I believe it’s on Netflix or Showtime on demand.

Here’s the Season 2 Trailer

Joss, The fate of Firefly is in your hands now. No Pressure…….

 

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Reports are in that FOX might be okay with starting FIREFLY back up again. On one condition. Mr.Joss Whedon is involved. I’ve of two minds on this one.FOX could be just blowing smoke up everyone’s butts by suggesting that they would do it if Joss came back OR they may be extending an olive branch to see how far it grows out. I really hope it’s the latter.

Obviously a reboot would be missing a few characters. The late Ron Glass” Shepard” and DOA in the movie “Serentity”actor Alan Tudyk”Hoban Washburne”.Nathan Fillion and Alan are actually working on a web series right now called”Con Man” and I suspect if one was in, the other might join on also.

Gina Torres just did a stint on “Westworld” but I think her other engagements are relatively open and I would be surprised if she turned down the opportunity. I’m slowly talking myself into it folks.

Thanks to the “The Verge” for the source material.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/10/14576156/fox-firefly-reboot-joss-whedon-serenity

Walking Dead back this Sunday

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Very much looking forward to this premiere Sunday night(Feb.12th). Just in time for Valentines day. I actually enjoyed the first half of the season quite a bit and offered hugs and shoulders to cry on for the more sensitive among us who thought that scenes with a baseball wielding maniac were turn out as anything other than what they were.

Oh, and fuck the PMRC.

This next half of the season I think will give folks a little more to cheer about. I’ve read more than one story that states that the story of Negan will be a little shorter than in the comics which might make a bit more sense as the TV series may not have the shelf life that the comic series does.

Some tidbits of clips below to wet your whistle(not a real thing)until Sunday rolls around. Cheers