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Lynda Carter attacks

Wonder Woman - Lynda Carter - attacks



Psylocke may soon be dead again: she is not being mentioned in solicitations on coming Marvel comics - - source: 29yearoldvirgin.tumblr

Uncanny X-Men 004 - Psylocke

Next Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 15, 2017 is the release date for the next Disney/Lucas Star Wars film. The Last Jedi features the late Carrie Fisher, also Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.

Rumor threat on internet: Some are speculating that Mark Hamill's character dies in this series entry – and this is upsetting devoted Star Wars fans.

Star Wars dont kill Luke Skywalker


Bat and Cat

Catwoman and Batman - Dan Mora

Art by Dan Mora



Inhumans Vs X-Men #2, March 2017 - art by Leinil Francis Yu

Inhumans vs X-Men 2 Cover art Leini Francis Yu

Art by Leinil Francis Yu

"Remember the future"


Mini Review

Amy Adams gets her brain "re-wired" in this film in which 12 alien spaceships set up shop around the globe and start communicating with the local inhabitants in a primitive but unsuccessful way. This sends the population of the planet into paroxysm of panic, looting and general Hollywood nuttiness.

Adams plays a genius linguistic specialist and the US military moves her to a landing site so that she can help create some way of communicating with the alien creatures (they look like mangrove trees and squids spliced together, and they squirt something like squid-ink, except its more like a mist, and this mist turns out to be a symbolic language).

Jeremy Renner is along for the ride as a scientist who is mostly on screen to provide positive moral support and admiration for Amy's brainpower. That mental agility turns out to be the only thing getting results as the US military teeters on mutiny and the same scenario seems to be repeating all around the globe at the other landing sites, especially one in China where a certain General Shang (Tzi Ma) is hell-bent on starting a galactic war with the aliens.

Pay attention in the beginning, because while you may think you're getting flashbacks and interior thoughts from Amy's head, but its just not that simple, and though this film has no time travel in it, time-shifting starts to mean something as disaster seems to be hemming in on all sides.

Brief moments of common profanity, and tension.

Would watch again? Sure.

Arrival - Released November 11, 2016. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

"What's for dinner?"

Bone Tomahawk

Mini Review

Kurt Russell is an easy-going but no-nonsense lawman in a small Western town that has a few inhabitants abducted from it by an outcast cannibal tribe of Native Americans (the town's Indian expert, who happens to be an Indian and seems slightly amused by the white people, tells us the cannibals are "troglodytes." And he doesn't mean the monster from Joan Crawford's 1970 film Trog).

This film was made on a very thin budget (reportedly $1.8 million) but it rolls along like a majestic classic Western, though with limited production values, well-done period costumes, and horses. What it has going for it is twice the normal amount of dialogue, which is well-written and tends to contain clever zingers while trying to keep the speech form somewhat authentic sounding (though not as extreme as the 1993 Tombstone). Kurt Russell leads the cast, and the main players do a good job (Lili Simmons, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins) and thats what makes the film successful, the character interchange, Russell's indefatigable lawman, and a plot that slightly echoes John Ford's classic The Searchers.

On the other hand there is our cannibal tribe, and director S. Craig Zahler lets us have it full-on wide screen as the troglodytes prepare another captive for dinner, and the gore factor is as violent and extreme as any zombie film (though the troglodytes go about preparing their meal with a businesslike perfunctoriness that would be hilarious if not for the ultra-gruesomeness). Native American cannibalism was historically a very real thing, but if this presentation in Bone Tomahawk is authentic, I do not know.

Contains common profanity, a scene of sexual intimacy between a married couple, and as mentioned, cannibalism in Redcode 35 mm Digital.

Would watch again? Only if cut down to a PG-13 status.

Bone Tomahawk - Released October 2015. Directed by S. Craig Zahler

"The Real Suicide Squad"

Star Wars Rogue One

Mini Review

A faster, more enjoyable Star Wars movie than the bombastic The Force Awakens. Director Gareth Edwards keeps the tale pushing forward and has less overhead baggage than the J.J. Abrams film from 2015, though Rogue One is also littered with references to the famous original Lucas films (which makes sense, of course, Rogue One is a true prequel to the 1977 Star Wars). A technological innovation is a CGI Peter Cushing (as Grand Moff Tarkin) and this is both bizarre and amazing. Its also not completely successful, he's obviously not the real Cushing and isn't a genuine filmed human. The same goes for the end section where Carrie Fisher is "re-youthed" by CGI, but her eyes sort of float on her face a bit in a way that just isn't real.

CGI complaints aside, once Rogue One sets up its objective, it pounds forward like a World War II commando film, and the main cast (Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, and Alan Tudyk as the robot K-2SO) is quite likeable and warm, though they're not on screen to build up their characters past a certain point, but rather to accomplish the plot goals that connects Rogue One to the 1977 Star Wars.

I wish the coming batches of Star Wars films could all be this slightly shlocky and with this much verve.

Contains comic book movie style violence, sci-fi action tension, and possibly an unexpected ending that might surprise young kids.

Would watch again? Certainly.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Released December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards

Wonder Woman

Elmore Poe - Wonder Woman

Art by Elmore Poe

Harley and Gang of Harleys

Gang of Harleys 6

Harley's Gang of Harleys #6 - Art by Mauricet

Black Panther and Storm

Black Panther & Storm by Leinil Francis Yu

Art by Leinil Francis Yu

Has no superpowers

Batman has no superpowers

Mike Allred - Batwoman

Mike Allred Batwoman art

Classic era Batwoman - Art by Mike Allred

Batwoman #30

Batwoman Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Art by Rafael Albuquerque

More Batwoman

Richie Rich Success Stories #31

Richie Rich Success 31

Batgirl #30

Batgirl 30 Art by Clay Mann

Art by Clay Mann


Wolverine by Bill Sienkiewicz

Jack Kirby's DC Years

Kamandi issue 20 - Computers and Men

"After his breakup with Stan in 1970, Kirby had gone over to DC, where publisher Carmine Infantino had promised him artistic and editorial freedom. Kirby created several titles for the company, including the acclaimed Fourth World Line – The New Gods, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, The Forever People, and Mister Miracle. However, it soon became apparent that Kirby, for all his mastery of plots and pencils, needed an editor, someone to restrain his more outlandish impulses and to clean up his clunky dialogue. At Marvel, Stan had fulfilled this function in what had been a near-perfect arrangement for both men until their later difficulties . On their own, neither creator would ever again match the specific, accessible brilliance of their combined efforts during the formative years of the Marvel Age. Kirby's early-1970s DC work – raw, frenzied, laden with metaphor but occasionally baffling – underscored that point. Increasingly, DC's editors meddled with Kirby's titles, rankling the veteran artist to the point that when it came time to re-up his contract in 1975, he was already headed back to his former employer."

Stan Lee - The Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, by Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon, page 178, Chicago Review Press, 2003.

Frazetta "Reality Show"

Frank Frazetta Self-Portrait - Doc Dave Winiwicz Collection has an article about a reality TV show with an episode featuring the Frank Frazetta's estate feud from a few years ago:

"The third season of "Strange Inheritances" will feature the saga surrounding the estate of artist and illustrator Frank Frazetta, whose "Conan the Barbarian" bookcovers made him famous and whose works have sold for more than $1 million.

"My father was an incredibly successful artist and a great dad, but not such a great estate planner," Bill Frazetta told Fox Business. "So when he died, he left my siblings and me a valuable inheritance that nearly tore us apart."


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Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter - Wonder Woman