Author: Sean Wheeler

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Movie Review

Art by Max Harley Rogerson I first started reading comics in 1990, at the formative age of eight.  I would save my allowance and hit up the local comic shop searching for anything that looked cool.  My first loves were Spider-man and The Hulk, and soon they were both featured on the cover a comic called The Infinity Gauntlet, so, of course, I picked it up.  That was my first introduction to a major comic crossover event, and it was glorious! The stakes were oh so high, there were more characters than I could count from every corner of...

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A WRINKLE IN TIME Movie Review

Art by Justin DeVine Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead! Growing up, I always loved adventure films.  They captured my imagination in ways nothing else could, and I would gravitate towards them and obsess over them to the point of driving my family crazy.  Revisiting many of those films as an adult, they are ludacris and do not hold up to scrutiny, but I still find myself loving them. A WRINKLE IN TIME is a gorgeous film that did everything it could to try and capture my imagination but, whether because I am far older than the intended audience or because...

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BLACK PANTHER Movie Review

Art by Vincent Kukua Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead! Marvel has continually played it safe with the initial film in a single character franchise. Whether IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, or ANT-MAN, they have all been formulaic and had the hero face a villain with virtually identical powers to their own, and while BLACK PANTHER does follow this formula, it manages to paint a far richer tapestry than we are used to seeing and rises above the typical introductory superhero film.  The movie opens with king T’Chaka confronting his brother, N’Jobu, in Oakland, CA.  N’Jobu had betrayed Wakanda...

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AMERICAN GODS Season One Review

Art by Max Harley Rogerson Adapting a story from one medium to another is always a tricky business because what works in print will not always work on screen.  Some adaptations make you wonder if they ever even looked at the source material, STARSHIP TROOPERS comes to mind, while some try to be as faithful to the original work as possible, like HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE.  However, I feel that the best adaptations are the ones that keep to the spirit of the source material while adjusting the narrative to work in the new medium, THE CROW...

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Field Trip: Detroit’s YOUMACON 2017

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean it is time to put your costume away because YOUMACON, Detroit’s largest anime convention, is always right on its heels, welcoming cosplayers and nerds of all ages to come and revel for the weekend.  As always, Youmacon takes place the first weekend in November and is the last major anime convention of the year in the midwest. For first time attendees, the most important thing to know is that the convention takes place in the GM Renaissance Center (Ren Cen) and Cobo Hall.  These two venues are roughly a half mile apart,...

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STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Review – Is it Still as Good?

Art by Vincent Kukua There is no doubt that growing up is hard, and even harder to do right on film or television.  The coming of age story has been common in film since the 1960s, but truly blew up in the 80s, and so it is only fitting that the genre redefining opus that is STRANGER THINGS takes place in that time.  While the first season was a brilliant and creative blending of science fiction and coming of age, the second season dives into the more tumultuous part of adolescence, complete with mood swings, heartbreak, and possession by...

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THOR: RAGNAROK Movie Review

Art by Wheeler Lentz Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead! There is no denying Marvel Studios’ massive success, and part of that success is due to their ability to adapt to changes in demand and market.  As such, their latest offering THOR: RAGNAROK pivots away from the serious, yet often times comedic, feel of the first two and instead goes full tilt into the comedic superhero genre that has found popularity thanks to films like DEADPOOL and GUARDIANS Of THE GALAXY.  While some more traditional fans may be turned off by this change, I can see why Marvel went this direction....

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 Movie Review

Art by Rick Lucey What is it to be human? This was the question at the heart of the original BLADE RUNNER and it remains just as powerful and thought provoking thirty five years later as BLADE RUNNER 2049 takes us back into the grisly, cyberpunk landscape first brought to life by Ridley Scott (ALIEN:COVENANT).  If we are being honest, no one was asking for a BLADE RUNNER sequel because when you have a film that redefined not only what science fiction could be, but arguably what cinema could be, and that has continued to garner fans and devotees...

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HBO’s WESTWORLD Season 2 Trailer

  The San Diego Comic Con has bestowed upon us a trailer for the next season of WESTWORLD and there is oh so much to be excited about!  As the indulgent sounds of “I’ve gotta be me” by Sammy Davis Jr play we see some of the aftermath of the first season finale as well as some shots of Bernard that open up some interesting possibilities. While Delores and Teddy seem to be following along the path set before them in the first season, Maeve still appears to be playing a larger game, and Bernard might just become an...

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Movie Review

Art By Jordan Bayes I love Spider-Man, as with so many other people he was my main gateway into the world of comic books when I was a mere 8 years old, and while I have not always kept up with the character, I’ve always had a fondness for him.  So, of course, I was delighted when he came to the big screen back in 2002, and provided the first big bang in what would become the ever expanding world of comic book movies.  The movie featured an outstanding cast that captured the feel of the comics, and while...

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KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Movie Review

You never quite know what to expect going into a Guy Ritchie (THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) film, and this was doubly true of his latest picture because it is the first time he has tackled something as fantastical as the Arthurian Legend. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD is certainly a fresh take on the well covered legend as it maintains many key elements of the story while shifting and twisting others to create something more original.   I definitely have to give the writing team credit for originality, because this movie fuses traditional elements of the Arthur story...

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Movie Review

Longtime fans of Marvel have been salivating for more Thanos ever since they first saw him in the first AVENGERS film, and with INFINITY WAR on the horizon I’m sure most of us were expecting him to play a central role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.  However, the writers took a different approach and gave us a far more personal Guardians film rather just another building block towards a future film.   A testament to Marvel’s ability to create great characters is that even when the story isn’t the best, you can’t help but still enjoy yourself,...

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AMERICAN GODS Series Premiere Review

Starz has been consistently upping its pedigree in regards to original programming, and their latest offering may just be the one that finally elevates them to the next level.  AMERICAN GODS, based  on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, is a strange trip through America and the strange things that exist between the cracks.  The series focuses on Shadow Moon, a convict with a penchant for strange dreams who is released from prison a few days early because his wife died in a car accident.  On his way home he encounters a bit of a hustler...

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STAR WARS REBELS Season 3 Review

Jean Chen When the Star Wars extended universe was scrapped to make way for THE FORCE AWAKENS, many fans’ only hope for characters they love still being canon became STAR WARS REBELS, and while it is impossible to please every fan, the show certainly tries to build a narrative that bridges the prequels and the original trilogy while re-establishing long loved characters from the expanded universe.  The events at the end of season two set the bar pretty high for this season, and they more than met expectations by taking an unexpected path.  While we see the consequences of...

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GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) Movie Review

  Art by Casey Desilets GHOST IN THE SHELL is one of the most popular anime franchises of all time, with multiple animated features, mini series, television shows, and comics making up its vast history, so it was only a matter of time before a live action version was made.  While the film features the main characters from the franchise, it is not based on any lone previous work, rather it is an amalgamation of several plot points from the series combined to create a stand alone story.  It centers around the Major, a woman whose human brain was...

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) Movie Review

Katie Bacigalupi Thanks to the success of CINDERELLA and MALEFICENT, Disney has decided to bet big on live action adaptations of its franchises and the latest installment is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  The film follows pretty close to the animated feature it is based on, with a couple of minor variations to flesh out the story into a more cohesive live action narrative.  The film opens with a summation of how the Beast was cursed by an enchantress for his cruelty, and must find true love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose or he’ll be stuck...

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO Movie Review

Victor Cayro Heads Up: Minor spoilers withn! Get ready for more gratuitous violence and head shots because JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO dishes out just as much death and mayhem as the first film.  The movie picks up in familiar territory, John Wick killing people while looking for his car.  Following an all out brawl in a chop shop, John sets his past aside and returns home to hopefully resume his retirement.  Unfortunately, a ghost from his past arrives, Santino, who has come to call in a marker John gave out to facilitate his initial retirement from contract killing.  John...

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UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS Movie Review

Max Harley Rogerson Let’s be honest, no one goes to see an UNDERWORLD movie expecting great writing, you go to see vampires and werewolves dishing out ultra violence, and that is exactly what you get in UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS.  As with most of the other films in the franchise, the movie centers around Selene, who is still on the run from both vampires and lycans (the series’ name for werewolves) as they are both seeking her in hopes of discovering the location of her daughter, Eve.  While battling a group of lycans, an unexpected ally shows up who goes by...

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 2 Review

The grooviest show on Starz returns for more hilarious demonic mayhem with ASH VS EVIL DEAD season 2.  The season opens with Ruby fleeing from her demonic children, and in an act of desperation casts a spell to summon Ash.  This puts a kibosh on Ash’s, Pablo’s, and Kelly’s life of leisure in Jacksonville, Florida, as deadites start to pop up at the party and completely ruin the atmosphere.  Ash and crew head back north to figure out what is going on, but Pablo is having intense daydreams of evil things that has him worried the Necronomicon isn’t done...

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PASSENGERS Movie Review

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! What would you do if you found yourself awake 90 years before you were supposed to be on an interplanetary voyage with no way to go back to sleep and no one to keep you company?  That is the questions poised in PASSENGERS, Hollywood’s latest science fiction drama.  The film centers on Jim Preston, a man who is awoken from hibernation after his pod malfunctions after the ship collides with one too many massive asteroids.  Jim quickly realizes that not only can he not go back to sleep, he can’t access the command center or...

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