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September 30 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Pretty Deadly

The Series: Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos. The Heroes: A rag-tag group of sinners and mystical beings. The Ideal Format: Live-action blended with CGI wizardry,...
September 19 2016

Head Back to School with the Adolescent Assassins of Deadly Class

I haven’t attended school for some time now, but every year, without fail, I start to feel a bit of gnawing anxiety when it becomes clear that summer is over and fall is about to begin. I...
August 26 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Mouse Guard

The Series: Mouse Guard by David Petersen. The Heroes: Warrior mice who patrol to keep their fellow rodents safe from predators. The Ideal Format: An animated series—hand-drawn,...
July 22 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Rat Queens

The Series: Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Sejic. The Heroes: A team of hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, fun-loving, totally asskicking female mercenaries. The Ideal...
June 24 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—The Sandman

The Series: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Hero: Dream (also known as Morpheus, among other aliases) of the Endless. The Ideal Format: A live action series with significant amounts of...
May 27 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Lackadaisy Cats

The Series: Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. The Heroes: Anthropomorphized cats in a Prohibition setting.  The Ideal Format: An animated series—think Boardwalk Empire meets...
May 23 2016

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed—The Losers

Who doesn't like a good comic book movie? (Notice I said good—I would never try to inflict The Green Lantern on you. I love y'all too much for that sort of betrayal, Ryan Reynolds's...
May 13 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Spectre

One of the factors that distinguishes a costumed vigilante from another is their attitude towards crime. Does a caped powerhouse see villains as foe to be bested, in a kind of high-powered sports...
May 12 2016

Why So Serious? A Little Less Grimdark and a Little More Fun, Please

“Are you a Marvel or a DC?” It's become one of those questions—just as everyone has to pick Bats or Supes or side with Cap over Iron Man. And, for the most part, I've...
May 6 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Madame Xanadu

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree … The cover is electrifying. Sinuous, sensuous, enticing, entrancing…seemingly created by the same magic the story’s...
April 29 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Swamp Thing

The history of comics is a catalog of creations that began as throwaway entertainment and ended up succeeding far, far beyond what their originators could have ever predicted. The pair of Cleveland...
April 29 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Runaways

The Series: Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (and others, including Joss Whedon). The Heroes: The teenaged sons and daughters of a secret society of super-villains known as...
April 15 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Black Orchid

What are you left with when you take away a superhero's origin story? A costume, some powers, and...that's about it.  Origins are huge part of the standard comic book character...
April 13 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 11-13

Hello, and welcome back to the final installment of this edition of Binge-Worthy, where I'll look at the final three episodes of Daredevil Season 2 from my perspective as a longtime comic fan....
April 8 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Phantom Stranger

Ask me my favorite superhero—that's easy. The one character whose comics I want to be buried with; the guy I would dress as at Comicon, were I to be so lame; the hero whose powers I would...
April 6 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 8-10

Hello, and welcome back to the penultimate installment of this latest edition of Binge-Worthy. If you've been following my reviews, you know that the episodes I'm going to talk about here...
April 5 2016

Powers 1.10: “F@#K the Big Chiller” Episode Review

So, where are we left at the end of Powers? Where has the journey led, and what have we discovered from this hard-to-categorize show? What, exactly, did we watch? A little evaluation of the...
April 4 2016

Powers 1.09: “Level 13” Episode Review

Episode 9's official title is “Level 13,” but for a show that favors music-related titles, a fitting one here would be “Who's Zooming Who?” Christian Walker (Sharlto...
March 31 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Deadman

A recent query from Criminal Element asked which overlooked superheroes would be deserving of their own movie or TV show. One logical answer to that is DC's Deadman, except for one thing: Deadman...
March 29 2016

Powers 1.08: “Aha Shake Heartbreak” Episode Review

We were wrong about Johnny. So, remember that drug Sway that Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor) was making from DNA he stole from Wolfe (Eddie Izzard)? The drug that he was peddling to “Powers...
March 29 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 5-7

Hello again! Welcome back to my look at Season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil series, which just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds more twists and turns. Last time, I took a look at the...
March 28 2016

Powers 1.07: “You’re Not It” Episode Review

The direction of this series hasn't always been clear—the way it jumps in and out of various genres can make it tricky to anticipate—but at this point, there's a definite shape...
March 25 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Beasts of Burden

The Series: Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson The Heroes: A pack of dogs—Jack, Whitey, Pugsley, Ace, Rex, Miranda—and one cat, The Orphan. The Ideal Format:...
March 24 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Horror and Supernatural Comics

The first stirrings might have begun with the Deadman, an acrobatically-inclined ghost who inhabited the bodies of mortals for a few moments at a time; or it might have really become a trend when...
March 23 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 1-4

Hello! Welcome back to Hell's Kitchen! My name is Dave Richards—I was your guide through Marvel's Netflix series Jessica Jones, discussing the show from my perspective as a comic...
March 22 2016

Powers 1.06: “Raconteur of the Funeral Circuit” Episode Review"

If Episodes 4 and 5 headed into Aliens territory, Episode 6 opens like a tribute to Silence of the Lambs; Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) is back in his cell, which now has a drainer to keep his powers repressed...
March 21 2016

Powers 1.05: “Paint it Black” Episode Review

Although Episode 4 ended with viewers smack in the middle of Wolfe’s (Eddie Izzard) rampage through his prison, Episode 5 opens in the 90s, at a nightclub where young Christian Walker (Sterling...
March 18 2016

Nelson & Murdock: Avocados at Law Magnet

Foggy: Me and you, pal...We're gonna do this. We're gonna be the best damn avocados this city has ever seen. Matt: Best damn avocados. Are you the person that likes obscure jokes displayed...
March 17 2016

Marvel’s Daredevil Season One Recap: Episodes 8-13

Note: not every plot detail is revealed but major spoilers exist and will harm your innocence. See also: Marvel's Daredevil Season One Recap: Episodes 1-7 [Read the recap of Daredevil...
March 16 2016

Who Is the Punisher?

Before their film and television studios became entertainment powerhouses, Marvel Comics sold the rights to their characters to a number of different studios. Over the years, those rights have...