DC Films hasn’t put out a decent film in almost a decade. Loud, brash, abrasive films with overlong runtimes, grim tones, and bland, muted color palettes comprise just about everything that’s wrong with the superhero genre. Instead of letting up on the oppression, DC Films doubled down placing Zack Snyder as the visionary for a DC expanded universe. Therefore, I had no expectations for Wonder Woman. Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017)
Marvel Studios took a big risk with Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a fringe Marvel property and not the kind of film that on paper would attract the number of fans who went to see the Spider-Man or Captain America movies. Even more than that, they put comedy director James Gunn at the helm and let him take the film in a much different direction than the rest of the franchise. Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Witching is back! After my adoration with The Witcher’s unique role-playing experience as a monster hunter, I was disappointed that The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings focused more on politics and less on wonderful, wonderful monster-hunting. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt brings back that experience and smooths out a lot of kinks resulting in the best title in the trilogy. Continue reading The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
If Logan is the best of the three solo Wolverine films, I am grateful I’ve been spared from the previous two titles because this is some of the most mediocre storytelling I’ve seen in a long time. The R-rating does not add any gravitas and depth to the film, just more offensive content to try to cash in on the success of Deadpool. Continue reading Logan (2017)
Note: This is a review of books 1-7 of Usagi Yojimbo as printed by Fantagraphic.
At first glance, Usagi Yojimbo is a simple book. No colors, the art is simple with even simpler stories. There’s no complicated nuance, no hidden thematic depth, it’s all a straightforward, surface level affair. And yet, something about that makes it so elegant, beautiful, magnificent and masterful. It is not only a simple book, it’s simply delightful. Continue reading Usagi Yojimbo (Fantagraphic Run)