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Comic Shop Talk: Totally Metal 8/8/17

Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more.  Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories. 

0:00  We talk the latest developments in Marvel’s massive Secret Empire story.

14:30  Weapons of Mutant Destruction

19:00  Edge of the Venomverse

23:50  Spectacular Spider-Man

26:18  DC talk begins with Dark Days: The Forge

35:00  Batman regular series

38:00  DC/Looney Tunes crossover titles

42:35  Indie Comic Talk including Image Comics’ Redneck, Plastic, Kill the Minotaur, and Winnebago Graveyard

50:45  Movie talk begins with Ken and Tylor catching us up with their opinions on Wonder Woman, our anticipation for Spider-Man Homecoming, and The Transformer movie franchise

1:03:50  TV talk begins with Game of Thr0nes, Stephen King, Netflix Marvel shows, and some movies we caught on the small screen.  Then we end it all with our reaction outside our local theater after seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We hope you enjoy the show, and we’ll be back real soon with another installment!

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Shop Talk – Not So Secret Empire

Greetings Everyone,

We are so excited to bring you our very first video blog (vlog for short I suppose).  This will be the first of a monthly series that will bring you the latest in comics and pop culture!  Let’s just get right to it.  We are new to this, and we trust you will see production elements improve over time as we get into the flow of video creation.  We hope you enjoy the first journey!

Film Date: June 4, 2017

Video # 1 is All Secret Empire Talk.  Nick Spencer ticks off Captain America fans everywhere.  Hydra Cap…say it ain’t so!  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Video #2 covers various topics including non-Secret Empire comic talk, movies, and television.

1:09 – The guys talk about what they are reading lately and digging.

18:25 – We begin talking cinematic happenings including talk about DC’s successful Wonder Woman.

29:37 – We start to get into television talk for both DC and Marvel.

Thanks for watching!

The Great Stories Team

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Trailer Snark (June 2, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros) – Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content
Tag Line: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.
Starring:  Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
Plot: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Running Time: 141 minutes

Chris: I have been pretty hard on DC’s cinematic universe, but this is the first time I have some true hopefulness in one of their films.  Here’s to a wonderous Wonder Woman!
Jim: Like most of the world, I’m looking forward to seeing this. The trailer’s certainly action-packed, and Gal Gadot is a stunning-looking woman.  I found her performance very wooden in that endurance test called Batman vs. Superman. Maybe she’ll pull it off in the new movie.
Jessica: A woman-led superhero flick directed by a woman? This little feminist heart is all for it!!! I cannot wait to see it and I have HIGH hopes that it is going to be the best of the best!!!!

Check out Great Stories very own Dope Sheet Review of the movie here!

Captain Underpants (Twentieth Century Fox) – Animated/Family
Rated PG for mild rude humor throughout
Tag Line: Change is coming!
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms
Plot: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Jim: A funny trailer, looks like a good rental.
Chris: Actually looks mildly amusing, but my wife is horrified.

Dean (CBS Films) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material
Tag Line: A comedy about tragedy.
Starring: Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs
Plot: A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love, Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death.
Running Time: 87 minutes

Chris: Watching Dean totally destroy himself in front of the pretty girl was very funny, but it looks like a rental at best.
Jim: At last, a romantic comedy that’s not falling all over itself trying to impress me how witty it thinks it is. Good date night material, and the scene that Chris mentioned is very funny.

Band Aid (IFC Films) – Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line: Misery loves accompaniment
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker
Plot: A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.
Running Time: 91 minutes

Jim: Another interesting romcom, and one about a married couple that actually looks good. What a great premise!
Chris: This actually looks darn good.  A romantic comedy done in a style of its own. A romcom that is not paint by numbers…how refreshing!

Vincent n Roxxy (Vertical Entertainment) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Rated R for brutal bloody violence, language throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz
Plot: A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: That’s a whole lot of dysfunctional people in one trailer.
Jim: Blecchh. Yawn. ZZZZ.  And other negative sounds.

Tickets Purchased: Three for Wonder Woman

Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?
Righting the wrongs of Batman vs Superman?


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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – 3/8/2017

Hello comic book fans and welcome back to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that gave up being clever for lent. Every Tuesday I give you a glimpse at my new comics reading pile and let you know what I’m excited about. Another glorious Wednesday is upon us, so here’s what I’m reading this week.


The Top of the Pile: Low #16

Publisher: Image
Words: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini

What it is: NEW STORY ARC! ‘OUTER ASPECTS OF INNER ATTITUDES,’ Part One-As a gladiator, Marik Caine brought the light of hope into the one of the darkest corners of the ocean before that darkness swallowed him whole. Now, a new hero arises from the fighting pits of Poluma to carry on Marik’s legacy.

Why we love it: One of my favorite Image comics is back from a scheduled break and I’ve been dying to know where the story goes after last issue’s heart-breaker ending. Low is classic Remender, a story of optimism, family, honor and self-sacrifice, all told while pushing the main characters through the proverbial meat-grinder. Not for the faint of heart nor the small of mind, Low is high-art in low-brow format.




The Mainstream One: Action Comics #975

Publisher: DC
Words: Dan Jurgens
Art: Doug Mahnke

What it is: ‘MILD MANNERED’ part one! The road to ‘Superman: Reborn’ starts here! With Superman and Lex Luthor back on Earth, the Man of Steel turns his attention to uncovering the mystery of the human Clark Kent living and working in Metropolis. But there’s something off about this guy, and Superman better figure out just what that is, before it’s too late!

Why we like it: I’m totally sucked into this Rebirth mystery. I have a theory that explains the Clark Kent/Superman conundrum. It’s too long winded to spell out here, but it involves Crisis on Infinite Earths, Watchmen, Flashpoint, the New 52 and Darkseid Wars.


The Indie One: Copperhead #11

Publisher: Image
Words: Jay Faerber
Art: Drew Moss

What it is: NEW STORY ARC! Critically acclaimed COPPERHEAD returns with new artist DREW MOSS! Sheriff Clara Bronson’s past and present collide as an old friend arrives in town while Clara investigates the murder of Copperhead’s mayor.

Why we like it: I honestly did not expect to see another issue of Copperhead, so this is a pleasant surprise. I was really enjoying this series before it went on extended hiatus. The last issue, issue #10, was release all the way back in October. Of 2015. Copperhead returns Wednesday and will hopefully be able to stick on a regular release schedule with new artist, Drew Moss. An artist named Drew is as amusing as a quarterback named Chuck.



The #1 One: Grass Kings #1

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Tyler Jenkins

What it is: From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land. Eldest brother Robert leads a grief-stricken life, having lost his daughter to a tragic accident, followed by his wife disappearing one morning never to return. When an enigmatic young woman named Maria flees to their community in search of safe haven, Robert takes her in. Will his decision lead to ruin and retribution dooming the Kingdom? Perfect for fans of True Detective Season One or Scalped. Oversized, prestige format first issue featuring 30 pages of story!

Why we like it: Matt Kindt is one of those creators that I will always check out when they put out new stuff. From his insane, sci-fi Dark Horse titles to his insane super hero work at Valiant, the man never fails to deliver something fresh and interesting.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #18

Publisher: DC
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Bilquis Evely
Cover Art: Jenny Frison

What it is: ‘GODWATCH’ part two! Godwatch grows, and Diana has her first encounter with the ghost in the machine known as Dr. Cyber!

Why we like it: Jenny Frison has been knocking it out of the park for Wonder Woman since issue #7, but there’s something about Wundy’s pose on this cover that evokes the same iconic feeling as Brian Bollard’s cover to Wonder Woman vol. 2 #72. Insta-classic.


That’s all I got this week. Let me know what you’re checking out in the comments. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 9/28/2016

Hey there comic book fans and welcome back to the Crank File. Here at the Crank File we have the best comics reviews on the planet. Nobody has better comic reviews than us. They’re great. Trust me. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people who love them.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: Saga #38

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: ‘THE WAR FOR PHANG,’ Part Two When your babysitter’s a ghost, death is never very far away.

Why we love it: Another month, another issue of Saga at the top of the pile. May it rein for 100 issues. Yes, it’s honestly that good. At the risk of sounding like a broken records, you should really read Saga… read Saga… read Saga.



The Mainstream one: Spider-man Deadpool #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Joe Kelly
Art: Ed McGuinness

What it is: Her name is Itsy-Bitsy and she’s Spider-Man and Deadpool’s worst nightmare!

Why we like it: A new villainness makes her first appearance here, and she’s half-Spidey/half-Pooley. This team-up series has been laugh-out-loud hysterical and each issue has gone back for multiple printings. Make sure to grab a copy on Wednesday in case Itsy-Bitsy turns out to be big.



The Indie One: Hillbilly #3

Publisher: Albatross
Words and Art: Eric Powell

What it is: The Flesh Eating Witch Child of Hoodoo Ridge crosses paths with the tear stained traveler Rondel!

Why we like it: Hillbilly is a southern-fried mix of fantasy and horror with Eric Powell’s unmistakable artwork. The first two issues were instant sell-outs. Look for issue #3 to do the same.



The #1 One: Surgeon X #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Sara Kenney
Art: John Watkiss

What it is: What do you get if you cross a far-right British government with an antibiotic apocalypse and a gruesome murder? The birth of Surgeon X and her renegade practice. Extreme times call for extreme medicine.

Why we like it: When Karen Berger is working on a book, you pay attention. She was instrumental in the success of DC’s Vertigo imprint, bringing us essential series like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Hellblazer, Preacher, V for Vendetta, Y: the Last Man, Fables and 100 Bullets.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #7

Publisher: DC
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp
Cover art: Jenny Frisson

What it is: One god down-how many more to go? Diana takes another step closer to the truth, and Steve Trevor confronts his past!

Why we like it: I thought I was done with Wonder Woman after Cho was kicked off the alt covers, but this Frison cover is absolutely gorgeous.


That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 8/24/2016

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File, the only place on the web that’s finger crankin good. I watched the Killing Joke animated feature and liked it a lot. I grew up watching Batman the Animated Series, so hearing Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy reprise their iconic roles as the voices of Joker and Batman was fantastic. There was a Bat-girl/Oracle origin story that book-ended the original story, which I didn’t love, but it did give Barbara’s story some meaning besides just being the setup for the Joker’s most twisted joke. Otherwise it was a near exact retelling, complete with song and dance routine. Dark, haunting and still relevant after almost 30 years, Alan Moore and Brian Bollard’s classic is the definitive Joker story.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:



The Top of the Pile: Wonder Woman #5

Publisher: DC
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp

What it is: ‘The Lies’ part three! Steve Trevor finds himself trapped in the heart of Urzkartaga’s darkness, with Wonder Woman and Cheetah the only hope of rescue for him and his men. But how far can Cheetah be trusted?

Why we love it: Wonder Woman’s Rebirth has been off to an interesting start. Greg Rucka has been weaving two separate stories, one retelling Diana’s exile from Themyscira and the other set in present day where Wonder Woman has entered into an alliance with her arch nemesis Cheatah in hopes of finding a way back home. The two stories lines alternate each issue and will eventually tie together to reconcile Wonder Woman’s multiple, conflicting origin stories. It’s a monumental task and will be an amazing feat if Rucka can actually pull it off.



The Mainstream one: Detective Comics 939 (Albuquerque variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Eddy Barrows

What it is: ‘Rise of the Batmen’ part six! The full scope of the Colony’s plans, and their mysterious leader, have all been revealed, so what’s it going to take to stop them? Believe us, you are not prepared for the last scene.

Why we like it: Tynion’s run on ‘Tec has already thrown us a few good twists. Sounds like he’s got something big cooked up for us this week and I’ll be reading with great interest.


Outcast 20

The Indie One: Outcast #20
Publisher: Image
Words: Robert Kirkman
Art: Paul Azteca

What it is: A POWER EXPOSED’ Allison is learning that there is in fact something very special about her daughter. But where is Kyle?

Why we like it: The reigning king of horror returns with another terrifying issue of Outcast. The current arc has been serving up heaping piles of scares and answers. And as we learn more about the nature of Kyle’s powers, the more dangerous we realize his situation is.



The #1 One: Kingsway West #1

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Mirko Colak

What it is: After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won’t leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.

Why we like it: I’ve been excited for this series since I met Greg Pak at a convention last year. He told me about his creator owned comic about a Chinese gunslinger’s adventures through a magical American Old West and I was instantly sold. It’s pretty much the story that I would write and draw if I had the time, and talent. Thank you Pak-man!



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Venom Space Knight #11

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Robbie Thompson
Art: Aaron Kim Jacinto
Cover Art: Gerardo Sandoval

What it is: ‘CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN! Venom versus the Amazing Spider-Man! Secrets, symbiotes and superiority! Flash and his hero have enough to fight about without the conflict that’s tearing the Marvel Universe apart!

Why we like it: Marvel eeks its way onto the list with an old, reliable gimmick, a sweet-ass Venom cover.


That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 6/22/2016

Welcome back comic book fans to another episode of the Crank File, the only blog on the web that cranks late so that you can read great.

I attended the New England Comic Con up in Wilmington, MA last Sunday and much to my delight (and to the vendors’ chagrin) there was hardly anyone at the show. I didn’t find any dollar bin gems or high value keys at a discount, but there were a couple of highlights. My girlfriend really wanted to meet Karyn Parsons (aka Hilary Banks of Fresh Prince fame) and since the con was practically deserted we ended up hanging out with her at her table for half an hour just chatting her up. She was a sweetheart and is still achingly gorgeous. Later in the day we stopped by the lounge to grab a drink at the bar. We order our drinks and look over and we’re sitting right next to Micky friggin Dolenz of the Monkees. Unfortunately he must have been on his fourth or fifth whisky and didn’t feel much like singing, playing or monkying around. At least not with a couple of comic nerds, which is understandable.

Here’s what I’m reading this week.



The Top of the Pile: Flash #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico

What it is: ‘LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE’ chapter one A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well… you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts-but just where did this amazing new friend come from?

Why we love it: The Rebirth train keeps on rolling and the Flash races to the top of the pile along with it. Who’s this new speedster they are mentioning? Will we see more of the mysterious Godspeed who was teased in the Flash Rebirth issue, or will an all-new hero tap the Speed Force? There’s only one way to find out. Run, don’t walk, to your comic shop because this one’s already selling out.



The Mainstream one: The Totally Awesome Hulk #7

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Alan Davis

What it is: Bruce Banner’s fate during the 8-month gap post-Secret Wars is revealed! Was he really cured by Amadeus Cho? Did he survive? Has Amadeus made a disastrous miscalculation?

Why we like it: One of the biggest Marvel mysteries since Secret Wars has been, what the heck happened to Bruce Banner? Seems like we’re going to find out what the heck right here.



The Indie One: Rai #4 (Guinaldo variant)

Publisher: Valiant
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Andres Guinaldo

What it is: For the first time ever, witness the violent foundation of Father’s space-born utopia of New Japan and, with it, the shocking genesis of the line of guardians that bear the name Rai! Born and bred by Father to enforce peace at any cost, follow the first Rai and his successors across two millennia as they chronicle the history of 4001 A.D. – from the launch of New Japan into orbit to the latest Rai’s crusade to bring it crashing back down to Earth!

Why we like it: It’s the introduction of a new Rai. A female Rai. Hey, it’s working for Divinity II (whose issue #3 is also out this week from Valiant).



The #1 One: Deadpool Vs Gambit #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ben Acker
Art: Danillo Beyruth

What it is: Gambit-one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool-one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That’s right-the grift is on as the Regeneratin’ Degenerate and the Ragin’ Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together.

Why we like it: Deadpool vs. Spiderman has been absolutely hysterical. I’ve always been a big Gambit fan so I’m hoping for another uproarious team-up book.



The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Wonder Woman #1 (Cho variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Liam Sharp
Cover art: Frank Cho

What it is: ‘THE LIES’ chapter one Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!

Why we like it: Dem thighs!


That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 01/11/2015

The Top of the Pile: Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Eastman variant)



Publisher: DC/IDW

Words: James Tynion IV

Art: Freddie Williams II

Trapped in a world where they can scarcely tell friend from foe, the Turtles’ first encounter with the Dark Knight puts their fighting skills to the ultimate test. And while Batman and scientist Lucius Fox search for any clue as to where these strange ninjas come from, Shredder strikes a deal with The Penguin!

The first issue of this unconventional crossover felt very natural. Using Killer Croc to segue into a universe shared by both series was brilliant. I was surprised by how well the distinct styles of the two worlds meshed together. I can’t wait to see more and especially look forward to when Batman gets a load of Krang. Bats has seen some strange stuff in Gotham, but a brain being from another dimension…  Love Eastman’s swipe of his iconic TMNT #1 cover.


The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #9



Publisher: Marvel

Words: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Esad Ribic

Prepare for GENESIS and witness the birth of All-New, All-Different Marvel.

In reality it is three months after Genesis and we are finally finding out how the current Marvel Universe came to be. There will be answers and hopefully some will be enriching, but since Marvel rebooted in October the secrets of Secret Wars have lost a lot of their intrigue.  The series has actually been amazingly good, but it was disappointing not knowing the conclusion before Marvel rebooted.


The Indie One: Walking Dead #150 (Moore variant)



Publisher: Image

Words: Robert Kirkman

Art: Charlie Adlard

In our 150th issue, Rick Grimes finds himself… BETRAYED.

Issue 100 was a huge milestone issue for the series and it was marked by the brutal murder of a major character. What will #150 bring? With the way things have been shaking out for Rick’s crew, probably someone important is dying. There are a handful of covers coming out with #150 and they are all pretty awesome. The Tony Moore swipe of Walking Dead #1 is going to be popular, but the jewel will be the black and white, regular cover. Not a ratio incentive variant, every comic book shop will be sent one copy and only one copy of the retailer appreciation variant. Already pre-selling for more than $200, the black and white variant is going to be a ghost on Wednesday.


The #1 One: Legend of Wonder Woman #1



Publisher: DC

Words and Art: Renae De Liz

In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future-and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

This series has already been released digitally and it is a gorgeous, modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story. One of the best things that DC has done with Wonder Woman’s character is allowing women to write her. The most talented female writers in comics have graced the pages of Wonder Woman, which shows how much faith DC has in newcomer De Liz, an artist to keep an eye on.


The One I’m Buying for the Cover: All New Wolverine #4 (Sook variant)



Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Tom Taylor

Art: David Lopez

THE DOCTOR IS IN! Things get truly STRANGE when Wolverine turns to the Sorcerer Supreme in the next mystical chapter of the mystery of the three sisters. But will the supernatural efforts of Stephen Strange combined with the raw power of THE WOLVERINE be enough to combat the evils of Alchemax? Parental Advisory

Best Wolverina cover yet. A lot of people are making the case that Ryan Sook’s covers are on the same level as Adam Hughes. I think a more accurate comparison is with Dodson, but there’s no denying that the guy’s got serious talent.


The Speculation One: Silk #3


Publisher: Marvel

Words: Robbie Thompson

Art: Stacey Lee


Looks like Silk’s got her hands full this week. I know I say it every month, but I am loving this series. In issue two we were briefly introduced to a mysterious, goblin looking dude with sweet phasing abilities. Is he an ally? Who is he working for? And how does he know Silk’s secret identity?  Will we get a full introduction this week? The 1:25 Campbell variant cover is already creeping up to triple digits on the Bay and should be on your radar on Wednesday.


Carpe Comics!

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The Female Perspective: Yes Please, Agent Carter!

Welcome! This blog is written by author J.L. Metcalf and will chat about comics, movies, garden gnomes, ghosts or even books and daily life. It is a place where I offer my ladylike perspective on anything and everything my brain can think of. 

Agent Carter = Awesome
Agent Carter = Awesome

Yes Please, Agent Carter!

Yesterday I wrote about why we need a Wonder Woman movie, today, it seemed appropriate to write a short review about the premier of the seven week mini-series “Agent Carter” on ABC. Here we have a woman carrying an entire show and she does it with grace and dignity. While also kicking lots and lots of bad man butt.

This mini-series is a big gamble for Marvel (and for those of us who pine for a Wonder Woman movie). The success of Agent Carter will tell the studio mucky-mucks that maybe, just maybe a woman can, in fact, hold the attention of an audience while also showing the world that a woman can kick butt and still retain her femininity and humanity. You can bet that the studio heads are paying close attention to the reviews and viewership of this mini-series.

Agent Carter herself is played by actress Hayley Atwell, who also played Agent Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger” along with a short film on the “Iron Man 3” DVD extras. She gives Agent Carter the grace and dignity that the character needs to make her likable. Not to mention, she is not the usual blond, stick-thin starlet we see in so many movies and televisions shows these days. She’s a normal sized, curvy woman who manages to beautifully toe the line between being sexy and being tough. Everything she does is with great style and poise.

The fight scenes during “Agent Carter” are beautifully choreographed. Especially the one when they flash back and forth between the “Captain America” radio program and Agent Carter’s fight scene. That was a work of pure genius, the silly dialogue and inventive sound effects interspersed with “real life” fighting was fun to watch and wildly inventive.

What I also enjoyed was that the show didn’t shy away from showing Agent Carter as having emotions. She cried at the death of her friend and she is clearly still grieving the loss of Steve Rogers. Not to mention, she is very careful about allowing anyone to get close to her for fear of them dying as well. It takes a stern talking to from Jarvis to remind her that even Steve Rogers needed her to keep him grounded.

She is a human superhero. An unusual, complex and delightful character. She can kick serious butt when she needs to (there is nothing quite like watching a woman slug a guy, knocking him to the floor. I’m not a violent woman but I have to say that was quite a bit of fun when she first meets Jarvis) but she also uses her brain and her feminine wiles when needed. The scene were she excuses herself from work for “lady issues” was wonderfully comic (because even to this day, women can still do this and fill men with fear that they’ll start telling them what their “women issues” are!).

All-in-all, I am quite excited for the next few episodes of “Agent Carter”, I think she has the potential to move the studio execs in the right direction, that direction being a full-length movie about a female superhero. Until then, I am excited to have five more episodes of Agent Carter to watch!

She is stylish, beautiful and tough as nails. Love me some Agent Carter.
She is stylish, beautiful and tough as nails. Love me some Agent Carter.

Did you watch “Agent Carter”?  What did you think? Tell me in your comments!

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The Female Perspective: Where is My Wonder Woman Movie?

Welcome! This blog is written by author J.L. Metcalf and will chat about comics, movies, garden gnomes, ghosts or even books and daily life. It is a place where I offer my ladylike perspective on anything and everything my brain can think of. 

Where is My Wonder Woman Movie?

Wonder Woman. She kicks serious butt.
Wonder Woman. She kicks serious butt.

Think Ladies Don’t Care about Comics? Think Again.

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy audience was comprised of 46% female viewers.
  • The audience for this years San Diego Comic Con was 40% female.
  • Wonder Woman is the longest continually published comic book character to date.
  • She kicks serious butt. Just sayin’

In Case You Didn’t Know

Published by DC Comics, Wonder Woman was created in the 1940’s by the American psychologist and writer, William Moulton Marston. She made her first appearance in 1941 and she has been a constant publication for DC Comics ever since. She is an Amazonian Warrior Princess who, when outside of her homeland of Paradise Island (a land that is free of men which may sound fun but really isn’t), is known by her alter ego Diana Prince. She has a wide range of skills, from superhuman strength to combat and battle skills. She has various weapons, my favorites being the Lasso of Truth, her bullet proof bracelets and her invisible airplane.

In recent years there has been a lot of speculation about when a Wonder Woman movie will make an appearance on the cinematic landscape. The story we fans get is that the studios simply don’t have time (but they do have time to make movies like “The Interview” or other such nonsense). I wonder really if they are so clueless as to think that a Wonder Woman movie would tank. I think studios are completely out of touch with what people want and right now people are digging superhero films! What often amazes me is that, years ago Joss Whedon (who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer) went to them with what I can only imagine was an amazing script for a Wonder Woman movie and he was turned away.

I suspect that whoever made that decision is no longer working at that studio because Joss Whedon writes women as strong, smart and more than capable of saving the world. His Black Widow is fantastic in The Avengers and honestly, Buffy is and always will be a prime example of how to write a strong woman well. He made Buffy powerful but he also made her vulnerable to every day troubles. Boyfriend problems, friend problems, life problems all made there way into the Buffy-verse every episode. All while she fought her way through hordes of demons and vampires. I hope that one day Mr. Whedon gets another chance at the Wonder Woman movie. I honestly cannot think of anyone directing/writing today that could do it better.

Wonder Woman has always fought for truth, justice and equality. According to stats found on Wikipedia, Wonder Woman was named the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire Magazine. Wonder Woman also placed fifth on IGN’s “Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time”. Her legacy will endure for years to come and she paved the way for other strong female heroes like Buffy, Black Widow and even the new female Thor. Wonder Woman proved that a woman can be strong, sexy and smart without being trashy or angry.

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The Future…

In the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel we are going to see the first ever big screen version of Wonder Woman. It will be the first time she gets to go head-to-head with both Batman and Superman. While details of her role in the plot movie are scarce, there is hope that she will be as big a part of the storyline as the guys. I am really hopeful that she will be fighting toe-to-toe with these guys.

I am also hopeful that she will make a big enough impact on movie studios that they will finally see the value in a Wonder Woman movie. There is a lot riding on Gal Gadot’s portrayal of this iconic character. I am nervous that they will somehow minimize her role or make her weaker than the guys. Regardless, I will be there opening week with popcorn in hand, hoping that I’m wrong and that Wonder Woman will kick just as much butt as Batman and Superman!

Actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Zak Snyder Superman movie.
Actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Zak Snyder Superman movie.