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September 30 2015

Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones: A Primer

Marvel's Jessica Jones brings the dangerous world of a super-powered private detective to Netflix. The feature film and television adaptations of Marvel Comics characters like Iron Man,...
July 28 2015

The Essential Jim Gordon Stories, Or, When Gordon Became Batman

In the current storyline in DC’s Batman and Detective Comics, Jim Gordon’s shaved his mustache, ditched the overcoat, and done some serious body sculpting for his new job—the pilot...
June 3 2015

Now That You’ve Watched Daredevil, Read These Comics

Daredevil’s thirteen-episode season was a non-stop crime noir thrill ride populated by characters that stayed with me long after my binge watch ended. The bad news: a second season won’t...
May 14 2015

Batman Eternal: The Only Gotham Story You Need

Setting is character. The iconic image of Batman on the rooftops of Gotham City, protecting his dark, violent world tells the reader all they need to know about what kind of person this masked...
May 5 2015

Gotham Season Finale: 1.22: “All Happy Families Are Alike”

It started, as the Batman legend does, with the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of their young son, Bruce. What Gotham promised to viewers in the premiere was a story about Jim...
April 21 2015

Gotham 1.20: “Under the Knife”

It finally happened. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) finally conduct an actual police investigation, though I’m still having trouble buying the premise. Their target...
April 14 2015

Gotham 1.19: “Beasts of Prey”

This weekend, I was binge-watching a great superhero noir series set in a corrupt city where the only justice to be had was by skirting the edges of the law. The show also featured a magnetic,...
March 13 2015

“There are Other Ways to See”: Trailer for Daredevil

Up next in the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe is Daredevil, which becomes available on Netflix on April 11, 2015. In typical Netflix fashion, the complete season will be available from...
March 3 2015

Gotham 1.18: “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”

“Petulance and naiveté are a bad combination.” That’s Police Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari) telling Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) that he’s going about fighting...
February 25 2015

Agent Carter 1.08: Season Finale “Valediction”

On its eighth and final episode of the season, “Valediction,” Agent Carter comes to something of an awkward conclusion. In many respects, the show does a workmanlike job of bringing...
February 18 2015

Agent Carter 1.07: “SNAFU”

The folks behind Agent Carter have been smart about how they parcel out information. Take the character of Dr. Ivchenko (Ralph Brown). We first met him as a prisoner that Peggy (Hayley Atwell)...
February 11 2015

Agent Carter 1.06: “A Sin to Err”

Episode 6 of Agent Carter, “A Sin to Err,” finds Peggy (Haylet Atwell) in full-on super agent mode. Last episode, we saw her reteamed with the Howling Commandos for some overseas adventuring,...
February 10 2015

Gotham 1.15: “The Scarecrow”

Gotham has been a roller coaster ride most of this season, its overly-fast pacing covering over its many flaws. But now that we’re at Episode 15, it’s time to decide whether this show...
February 4 2015

Agent Carter 1.05: “The Iron Ceiling”

Let it be noted that Episode 5 of Agent Carter is the moment where the show goes from “promising” to “good.” After setting up various plot points and intrigues over the...
February 3 2015

Gotham 1.14: “The Fearsome Dr. Crane”

Gotham offers such wonderful bits and pieces of stories. This episode was no different but, still, I always wonder what the show would be like if it tightened its focus. For instance, Oswald...
January 28 2015

Agent Carter 1.04: “The Blitzkrieg Button”

Considering Episode 4 of Agent Carter takes its title from a military maneuver notable for its ferocity and overwhelming power, it’s surprising that the episode itself is the most laid back...
January 27 2015

Gotham 1.13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

Welcome back, indeed. This was the most coherent and compelling episode of Gotham to date. Not only did we get the usual surface fun—Oswald and Mama Kapelput, Fish being gleefully defiant—but...
January 20 2015

Gotham 1.12: “What the Little Bird Told Him”

“You think you’ve been careful so far?” Lest we forget, Harvey Bullock repeats the phrase three times, each more incredulous than the last in the latest Gotham. It’s...
January 14 2015

Agent Carter: 1.03: “Time and Tide”

By this point, we know that Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is on the trail of something big. Howard Stark is on the run from the SSR, and while all the other agents are chasing him, Agent Carter...
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January 14 2015

“Everyone Creates the Thing They Dread”: New Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel has released a new trailer for this summer's inevitable blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it seems as if this movie will have a much darker tone than the last Avengers. After...
January 7 2015

Agent Carter: 1.02 “Bridge and Tunnel”

One of the charms of Captain America: The First Avenger was the way Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) held her cards close to her vest. Quiet and watchful, she seemed to know more about what was going...
January 7 2015

Agent Carter 1.01: Series Premiere “Now Is Not The End”

First, a confession: I am Agent Carter’s ideal audience. One, I like women who kick ass. Two, my grandmother was an English lass who endured World War II, met a nice soldier from Texas, married...
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December 25 2014

Joy Through the Underworld and Peace on Earth!

Don't get homicidal for the holidays, at least not without us and 7 Noir Holiday Films Encypted Messages from the North Pole? Christmas Movies with Explosions Warped,...
December 3 2014

Fresh Meat: Bad Machinery Vol. III: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison

Bad Machinery Vol. III: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison sees the return of the teenage Tackleford gang as they try to solve an arson case (available December 10, 2014). I greet...
November 18 2014

Gotham 1.09: “Harvey Dent”

This episode was called “Harvey Dent” but it should have been dubbed “Two-Face,” for the dual nature of nearly everyone involved, starting with those crazy kids, Bruce (David...
November 11 2014

Gotham 1.08: “The Mask”

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m a little dizzy this morning from all those quick jump edits on Gotham last night. I appreciate the show wants a quick pace but this is becoming ridiculous. In...
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November 6 2014

He’ll Take Care of You... And Maybe Save the World: Big Hero 6 Trailer

In a future not so far away, a “non-threatening, huggable” robot is sent to take care of a teenage boy and his family. Soon, he's one of the few things standing in the way of the...
October 29 2014

Comics without Capes: Crimes by Women

Crimes By Women was a ten cent comic book published by the Fox Features Syndicate from June of 1948 to August of 1951. It was an anthology series that showcased a series of femme fatales, gun molls...
October 28 2014

Gotham 1.06: “Spirit of the Goat”

You have to love the way Oswald makes entrances. First, he shows up at Barbara’s clock tower to say “hi” to his good friend, Jim, then he shows up at his mother’s place...
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October 28 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Marvel as Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks with Marvel to play Doctor Strange in a film to be directed by Scott Derrickson. Strange has been teased in two previous Marvel films Thor and Captain America:...