Details: Published in 2018. Written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Dustin Weaver. Published by Marvel. Official site is http://marvel.com/comics/issue/67033/shield_by_hickman_weaver_the_rebirth_2018
Back in 2010, Jonathan Hickman was having a fine time at Marvel Comics. Often times, one comic author is so successful in what they do that Marvel let’s them pretty much shape the entirety of the Marvel Comics Universe, at least for a few years. Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar come to mind as writers who had their eras at Marvel. Hickman’s era focused mostly on the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. I read pretty much all the stuff he wrote during this time period.
One sore spot was that he wrote a story about the prolific history and origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many of the stories Hickman wrote at Marvel were more restrained, this story was classic Hickman in that it was epic and full of convoluted science fiction ideas that referenced a lot of inane shit and largely made no sense. I enjoyed the book. What really sucked about this story was that for the last couple of years, it remained unfinished. It ended at issue six and Hickman and Marvel seemingly dropped the story to go work on other things.
Lo and behold, about eight years later, Hickman, Weaver and Marvel have decided to revisit the story and finally write an ending. S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth is the first of two books that will finally conclude this story and give us that ending.
Details: First published in 2016. This is a review of issues one through twelve. Official site is http://marvel.com/comics/series/22596/infamous_iron_man_2016_-_present
At the end of Secret Wars, the Fantastic Four bid their adieu and disappeared, possibly never to return. While it is common knowledge that superheroes never truly die, it seemed as if the Fantastic Four had finally met its match: greedy fucking business people fighting over movie rights who were willing to kill a historic comic book series in order to get their way. In my stupor over the potential death of the Fantastic Four comic book line, I desperately looked for some alternative to get my science fiction comic book fix. Luckily, Marvel decided not to wipe out all the characters in the Fantastic Four franchise and left us with the Infamous Iron Man.
There won’t be spoilers for Infamous Iron Man ahead, but I will go over the events leading up to Infamous Iron Man.
Details: Released in 2017. Eight episodes at around an hour each. Aired on Netflix.
The Defenders is the culmination of all the Marvel, comic book, superhero shows that have been airing on Netflix over the last couple of years. It takes the characters from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist and smashes them all into one big crossover event of a show. Despite the anticipation and hype that the show was trying to build up, The Defenders is just okay.
Details: Published in 2017 by DC Comics. Official sites: http://www.dccomics.com/comics/dark-matter-2017/dark-days-the-casting-1 http://www.dccomics.com/comics/dark-matter-2017/dark-days-the-forge-1
DC Comics is gearing up for their next big event and these two issues act as a preview to what’s ahead. I wasn’t really sure what this was going to be about, but after reading these two books I am hyped and definitely going to read what comes next.
Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man returns and we finally get a look at the kind of Spider-Man movie the Marvel movie machine would make. Before getting into specifics, I’m going to say that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good movie that takes a very slightly different take on the character as compared to the prior Spider-Man movies.
Details: Published by Marvel Comics. Mostly written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Chris Bachalo.
I’ve never been a big fan of Doctor Strange. I’ve enjoyed watching him interact with other characters in the Marvel Universe, like when he was in the Illuminati or when he was god Doom’s sheriff. That changed with this series. They invoked one of my comic book weaknesses; they got Bachalo to do art.
Details: Aired in 2016 on ABC. The season is twenty-two episodes long and each episode is about forty minutes without commercials.
I’ve said this before about this series and I’ll say it again, this season was the best season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet. No spoilers as always.
This week I read The Walking Dead #167, Secret Empire #1, Spider-Man #16 and Batman #22. Here are the reviews.
Details: Released in 2017. Aired on FX. Eight episodes this season at around forty minutes per episode. Stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza.
As always, no spoilers in this review except a few sentences on the premise.
This show is exactly what I needed. After the disappointment of Iron Fist, I needed some superhero goodness. This show isn’t only a comic book show, this show plays homage to a lot of imagery from film history and provides cinematography that comes close to the Avant Garde films of old but stays coherent enough to tell a thrilling, fun, trippy-as-hell story.
Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. Directed by James Mangold. Rated R.
No spoilers in this review and for any of my reviews unless specifically stated otherwise. I usually have a small tagline or summary blurb that doesn’t really go into anything beyond the act one of the movie, but that’s it.