Comic Book Review: Reborn (2016)

Details: Six issue series. Published by Image Comics. Written by Mark Millar and drawn by Greg Capullo.

Greg Capullo and Mark Millar are comic book legends who have drawn and written some of my favorite comic book stories. With that said, Reborn is a short story that is okay, but not great.

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TV Show Review: Lucifer, Seasons 1 and 2

Details: Started airing in 2015 on FOX. Two seasons with thirteen episodes in season one and eighteen episodes in season two. Each episode is about an hour-long, including commercials.

Lucifer is a show loosely based on the character of Lucifer first established in the renowned Sandman comic books. While very loosely based on those books, Lucifer the television show is actually kind of a mashup between Castle and Supernatural. It’s a police procedural with supernatural drama going on.

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TV Show Review: Supernatural, Season 12

Details: Aired on the CW. Twenty-three episodes this season with each episode at around an hour-long, commercials included.

While not the longest running show ever, Supernatural has been on T.V. a long time. We’ve now entered the twelfth season and I think the formula of this show is well established. I like the sameness and knowing the plot beats I can expect to see, except in slightly different forms. I like this show the way it is and I do not want it to change.

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Movie Review: The Green Mile

Details: Released in 1999. Over three hours long. StarsĀ Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse.

I’ve read a lot of positive opinions about The Green Mile and how its a tear-jerker. It’s a good movie, but not a masterpiece.

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Anime Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Details: Released in 2016. Thirty-nine episodes, each episode is about twenty-three minutes long without commercials. Watched with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Diamond is unbreakable is the fourth season of the Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure anime. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a very popular, over the top anime that has a lot of action, a lot of comedy, and a lot of camp.

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TV Show Review: Supernatural, Season Twelve Episode One, “Keep Calm Carry On”

Supernatural… is one of my guiltiest pleasures. I am not the target demographic; I am not a fourteen year old girl. I am quite the opposite actually. However, after years of watching this show, from the very first episode even, I still enjoy this series despite the campy-ness present. I think it’s because I’ve gotten used to the format of the show.

As with many shows, there’s a few over arching plots throughout the season, but what I love most about this show are the standalone episodes and monsters of the week. Many popular new series have a long seasons where every episode is relevant to the overarching plot and which are meant to be binged watched. In this sort of climate, it’s nice to just be able to tune into a show with no idea what’s going on in the season, and still have a good time.

If you haven’t been following the series, God and the Darkness made up and the world was saved. In return, the Darkness brought Sam and Dean’s mom back to life. Additionally, the British arm of the Men of Letters showed up and kidnapped Sam. Not much else happens in this episode as Dean, Castiel and Dean’s mom try to track down Sam. Oh, and Sam get’s tortured a bunch.

It’s a fine premiere and pretty much stick to the Supernatural formula, which is really what we want to see. What I really enjoy is that this is a very street level bad guy, who isn’t necessarily a bad guy. They aren’t fighting Death, or God, or the Darkness, or Satan. It’s just some British people and there’s something nice that it’s just an episode that deals with ground level characters. All that fighting omnipotent entities really took away from the weaker baddies they normally fight.

Score: 6/10

TV Show Review: Supernatural Season 11

Supernatural has been going on for ELEVEN, WHOLE, SEASONS. That is a pretty damn long time in TV land and you don’t reach that many seasons without a devout fan base.

I can’t speak for all the other watchers of Supernatural, but the reason I watch Supernatural is simple: I want more of the same. I don’t really want some new spin off, which is likely why the attempted Supernatural spin offs failed. I want more Sam and Dean, hunting different monsters of the week, dealing with angels and demons, working through their brotherly issues, some pop horror, and fighting some big bad monster at the end of the season resulting in some kind of revelation. It’s a formula that has been perfected to a tee during the last ten seasons and I just want more of the same.

In that regard, this season delivers yet again. Here’s the synopsis: Sam and Dean accidentally release and must defeat the Darkness, a being seemingly as powerful as God. As they search for a solution, they fight a few unrelated monsters and see some old faces from past seasons, which I love. I love seeing familiar faces and applaud the blatant fan appeasement.

The ending of the season was cheesy, but brings back a familiar face, introduces a new character, and leaves us with a cliff hanger I really want to see resolved. I can’t wait.

It’s clear the producers of this show know what their fans want; we want more of the same. Not being sarcastic.

Score: 6.3/10