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Review: A Sailor’s Story

A Sailor's Story CoverGolden Age comic book legend Sam Glanzman draws upon his own World War II experiences in this outstanding graphic novel. Glanzman wrote and illustrated this intimate account of his life aboard a Navy destroyer, the USS Stevens.

It’s been more than twenty-five years since these comics have been in print. This new collection unites both A Sailor’s Story and its sequel, A Sailor’s Story: Winds, Dreams, and Dragons, plus a never-before-seen ten-page story of the USS Stevens, Even Dead Birds Have Wings, as well as numerous tributes, a forward, introduction, and afterword.

I’ve never read the original material, so to get everything in one book is handy, and also helps put it all into context together. The numerous stories is Glanzman’s personal first-hand account of his experience during World War II. It’s an honest, raw portrayal, with both good and bad, taking us into the world of what it was like during the time, and what it was like as a sailor.

The graphic novel is adapted from Glanzman’s notes and other material, providing us his perspective of what it was like during the time. It doesn’t hold back at all, not just recounting events, but also goes into details of the ships and guns, so should be entertaining for those into that detail, as well as those who enjoy history. It’s education, and history, as entertainment, and that’s a fantastic thing.

A Sailor’s Story is a fantastic piece of history, giving us a first-hand account of what happened, and the sacrifice many made to defend freedom. A great example of using the graphic medium to capture and tell history.

Story: Sam Glanzman Art: Sam Glanzman
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Convergence: Justice League America #2

CONVERGENCE JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #2Starring heroes from Crisis On Infinite Earths! Witness the final stand of the Detroit Justice League as they fight to survive against the Tangent Universe!

The Convergence tie-ins generally have followed a formula, heroes get whisked away, and at some point in the first issue they’re presented with the fact they must battle. The second issue is a battle, with some resolution. There are some Convergence tie-ins that break that mold a bit. Convergence: Justice League America #2 sort of breaks the mold… by following the formula.

There’s been lots of Justice Leagues, and some that just don’t get respect, they get snickers instead. Enter, the Detroit Justice League as one of those teams. Writer Fabian Nicieza uses that though. Nicieza is one of the writers I grew up reading, and here he’s taken that classic team, and updated a bit with a lot of modern dysfunction. And that, actually wanted me to see more of this. I want a dysfunctional team that are being heroes, and have something to prove. I enjoy the series that takes the D-list characters and make them a team. Here, it works, and works really well! While there might be the formulaic battle, the team interaction and personalities is what makes the series stands out.

Nicieza is helped with the art of ChrisCross who just nails it. The Tangent characters, the Detroit Justice League, they look fantastic. I love the style, and the art goes well with the story. Can we please make this an ongoing and put these two on it DC? Please?

Convergence is a bit of a hit and miss. The main series is a bit blah, and the tie-ins are hit and miss. This is one tie-in that stands out… a lot. The tie-ins might have a pretty standard formula, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do somethign special to make it stand out, Nicieza shows just how to do that.

Story: Fabian Nicieza Art: ChrisCross
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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Movie Review: Poltergeist (2015)

poltI am not a huge fan of the concept of remakes especially classics which have left a mark in our memories, but under the guidance of some skillful film makers why not? In case of this film, the remake is produced by Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert, who gave us The Evil Dead films! Well, if you’ve never seen the original 1982 Poltergeist, then this movie may be absolutely freaky for newcomers, but for those who have seen the ’82 classic, this remake is both fantastic and awful at the same time. It’s essentially a retelling of the original story with a few tweaks and a ton of CGI. Is it as good as the original? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean it has no entertainment value as a standalone horror flick.

The film is certainly an admirable effort, but it needed to embrace the original’s roots, scare tactics and slow build instead of sticking with recent horror movie “tropes” like jump-scares and minimal story-telling. If the film were fifteen-twenty minutes longer and had a script rewrite, it could have lived up to the original. The story follows the Bowen family; father Eric (Sam Rockwell), mother Amy (Rosemary DeWitt) who move into a new suburban home with their three children only to find increasingly odd supernatural occurrences plaguing their house. The kids: Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), a sullen teen who is forever glued to her tablet; middle child Griffin (Kyle Catlett) who is terrified of just about everything; and cherubic six-year old Madison (Kennedi Clements) who makes a habit of talking to things that aren’t there. Eric has just lost his job with John Deere, and Amy is a failed writer who wants make time to write her book. The poltergeists, different from traditional ghosts in the way that they interact with humans in a more violent, persistent manner, wind up taking the couple’s youngest child, who can communicate with the spirits due to her innocence, and withholding her from the family.

5519AB0B001762__grd05.262422Desperate, confused, and low on options, the couple wind up hiring a crew of reality TV paranormal investigators (Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun) to try and extricate the house from the demons to get their daughter back. The sheer elegance and the amalgamation of two very different styles of the horror genre were precisely what made the original Poltergeist so effective and memorable. It wasn’t a choppy, vague exploration of the supernatural, offering a simple story and digestible explanations to the reoccurring paranormal activity without becoming too bogged down by exposition. In addition, we saw the blending of Tobe Hooper‘s campy, low-budget style with Steven Spielberg‘s Hollywood professionalism to great effect, as the project soon went from a questionably frightening horror film to a film that many could take seriously and believe. Right from the trailers, the remake promised some terrifying moments in comparison to the original. Luckily, it succeeds in that department. At first the setting of the house offers little threat, a few incidents happening in the day time might make you jump, but for the most part offer a safe relief from the terrors at hand. Once night hits and the power conveniently goes out, that is where the audience begins to jump.

The film plays off one’s fear of the dark, using the shadows to build anticipation, suspense, and terror at what our invisible “friends” have in store. Is there anything new? One is some new scare ploy, primarily the clowns that were not in the 80’s version, that kind of work. The design team has crafted some haunting dolls that are perhaps the scariest part with their soulless eyes and smiles. The creeps aren’t the only ploy they have in their bag though. Second is the integrating modern technology as a media for the ghosts to use such as iPhones and ipads that are generation is accustomed too. Third is the increase in special effects that help bring the horror to life, though sometimes the effects are cheesy and over flashy. It’s creepy, the camera work and sound editing making you feel abandoned in the house aside from kids who aren’t necessarily equipped to bust ghosts. The film also has plenty jump at you moments, where things suddenly jump out at you after the predictable build up. Does the remake have flaws? Yes, but even the original has flaws. There isn’t a “beast” in the remake. Just a bunch of angry ghosts. The son has more of a role in this one as does the oldest daughter who wasn’t seen much in the original. The clown attack in this one is more vicious! The tree scratching the glass was cool and a black puff of smoke called a tornado doesn’t take the tree away. I loved the seeing the youngest daughter and the son in the “other world”.

_grd006_grd002.181363All of the spirits around them pulling the rope was awesome to see. One thing the remake gets right that the original didn’t is when the family saves the youngest daughter they tried to get the hell out of there! The original family puts the son and daughter back in the same room where the daughter was abducted?! Not smart! The ending is different too. The family van being thrown into the house when trying to escape was unexpected.

Acting wise, Sam Rockwell is the obvious highlight. He’s a very talented, likable actor and elevates any scene he’s in just by his presence. He could have easily done this role in his sleep or on auto-pilot but Rockwell commits to the part and is by far the most watchable and relate able character in the movie. The family dynamic feels real solely because of him. Jared Harris gives a great performance as well considering the limited screen time he was given. Jared Harris‘ character is a huge wasted opportunity. It’s the fault of the writers really. I mean there is some truly *cringe worthy* dialogue that’s so unbelievable that it looks as if the actors are just reading off cue cards. And then they throw in a really really dumb love subplot between Jared Harris and the lead investigator which was a waste of time and excruciatingly awkward to watch. Rosemarie DeWitt was alright! The real stand out stars of the film where Kennedi Clements & Kyle Catlett, despite their young age, the terror on their faces is what evokes the emotion of fear in you. On the whole, this remake of Poltergeist was pretty effective in its way not unlike the original for what it’s worth. Its not as bad as some people are pointing it out to be! Yes, they switched, and rattled up from the original, dropping some unique aspects from the original.

Either way, this 2015 remake wins, succeeding on multiple levels, from visual effects, to execution, all the way to characters. Finally, it wasn’t the scariest film ever, not as much as the original, but it succeeds in giving the audience a feeling of unsettlement. Let’s be honest, not only have we seen this film done before in the form of the original, but pretty much every horror film within the last five years. The Conjuring, Insidious, Sinister, Paranormal Activity – frankly, I’m at a loss at exactly what the hell there is left to cover. This film is pretty much a by the numbers film in that aspect: family home haunted by malevolent forces and jump scares. In all it’s a very watchable remake that leaves you feeling entertained!

Overall Rating: 7.1

Director – Gil Kenan
Starring – Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 93 minutes

Review: Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2

Convergence Green Lantern Corps #2 CoverStarring heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths! The Green Lantern Corps is revived when Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner power up and race to take on Hercules Unbound and Anti God from the Great Disaster!

The two issues of this Convergence tie-in has mostly focused on Guy Gardner and his issues with Hal Jordan, and some things that happened to him in the past. But, here’s the thing, I read Green Lantern back in the day, I clearly either didn’t read this, or don’t remember the specifics.

Not know those specifics, it took me out of the series, because Gardner’s PTSD just doesn’t quite hit me at all. THe two issues could have dove heavy into covering the PTSD, and focused on the battles less, but this issue we get battles, including Gardner knocking out some dragon like thing with a bat. I think that really says it all. The battle to wrap up the issue goes quickly, and the possibility that team Green Lantern Corps loses

Convergence has been very hit and miss, this one is a miss for me. Ande Parks and Steve Ellis‘ art is good, but can’t save this issue. I mean seriously… he hits a dragon with a bat! Did I mention that’s while riding a motorcycle? It’s fun to look at though.

If you know the history, the issue might be better. It does take us back to a time when the Green Lantern Corps’ human members were rather dysfunctional. We don’t get enough of that though.

Story: David Gallaher Art: Ande Parks, Steve Ellis
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: Avengers World #21

Avengers World #21The last stand of A.I.M. … in the Savage Land! Thor and Hyperion unleashed! Can Namor survive The Cabal?

While much of the attention for the epic story leading up to Marvel‘s Secret Wars has been on Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers, for the last six issues, writer Frank Barbiere has transformed Avengers World from an “also” series, into one that not only equals Hickman’s main tale, but surpasses it in many ways. This issue is the apex of the series.

While Hickman gives us the main story of time winding down, Barbiere has focused the story on other aspects overlooked, filling in gaps. First Roberto Dacosta’s purchased of A.I.M. and attempt to save the world has been a lot of the story, but the thing I really liked about this issue is something else.

Barbiere has taken the questionable hero Namor and taken him from someone who will cross the line and do whatever it takes to survive into a broken, fallen hero. Namor was attacked and left for dead some time back and since has been running with Thanos’ Cabal, destroying worlds. Up to this point he came off as a strong leader, but we learn things aren’t what we’ve seen, Namor is broken and has become a sympathetic, broken king. As the issue plays out, it becomes clear what we thought was the story isn’t so much. Pieces of the puzzle are put together weaving a tragic tale. Barbiere has brought sympathy for the villain, and at the same time cast Thanos as an even scarier force.

Helping Barbiere is artist Jeff Dekal on cover and Marco Checchetto on interiors, and Andres Josè Mossa on color, all of whose art is jaw dropping. How they are all not headlining numerous series is a crime. The art for these past few issues have been amazing, and they’re all talents that should be headlining some big titles. Expect to see these name a lot over the next few years.

Avengers World is a series that’s flown under the radar, overshadowed by the higher profile Avengers series. Barbiere and Checchetto have turned it into a top tier series that not only entertains, but adds depth in both the greater world building and characters themselves.

Writer: Frank Barbiere Cover Artist: Jeff Dekal Interior Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

10353400_661462377292620_5650103949489993553_oFrankly, I don’t remember much of the original Mad Max series, well having seen just the 1st installment many years ago, my memory of the events which transpired is somewhat limited, especially when it comes to more specific elements of the world, so I might be wrong in saying that this sequel/ reboot has some of the most ingenious and in-depth world building I’ve seen anyone accomplish. Even if I’m wrong about that, the post apocalyptic society Miller has constructed in this film gives an insight into what humanity might devolve into after the apocalypse. In a time when superhero films like Avengers or aliens robots beating each other up (Transformer series) are considered action blockbusters, director George Miller has given us something which we could not even imagine from its exciting trailers – a true blockbuster!! George Miller has returned with the some serious firepower at his disposal. Firepower in the form of 150 million dollars and the limitless wonders of modern technology.

FURY ROADMiller fires off this ammunition at full force to create the impossibly vast and intimately gritty world of Max Rockatansky in the grandiose way I think he envisioned it from the start. Upon seeing the first trailer for this film I said it looked like the Mad Max film Miller always wanted to make but didn’t have the tech or the money to accomplish. Seeing the movie in its glorious two-hour entirety affirms that statement. The story follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), an ex highway patrolman haunted by his past who after roaming the deserts is captured & held captive in the Citadel, the city where the ruthlessly totalitarian leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) is ruling over. The grotesquely brutal lord maintains tight grip of every valuable resources across the land. This brings the entire populace crippling under his control. As for Max, he becomes merely a blood bag for Nux (Nick Hoult) one of Joe’s War Boys, who is a fatal devout to the cause of their fascist leader, who has promised them the glory of getting into Valhalla, the promised land. During a high-octane speed chase, he He meets the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who is being pursued by the dictatorial Wasteland leader “Joe”. Furiosa reaches for Max for help in keeping the ‘Five Wives’—women she brought with her—into safety, as Joe’s deranged breed of warriors called The War Boys, that are barely humans, are raging across the desert to capture them. This pursuit throws the unlikely partners into the walloping dangers of bloody escape, suddenly sending them into a game of survival. Much of the movie is spent with furious speed chases that goes from end to end of Joe’s subjugated land, while also taking surprising twists and turns along the way. It’s like it doesn’t know how to stop, and if it does, that’s surely only to allow us breathe and catch up with the next electrifying action set piece. There’s an enigmatic style Miller has employed to provide distinctions in his fantasy world, and it keeps the momentum in tack, if not ever progressing. The tone of the movie, all those vividly dark colors, that magically shifts from something to another, imparts a drowning experience, only it’s enjoying and looks festive to the eyes. This makes every eye-squashing spectacles take mammoth forms of visual extravaganza, turning all those burning combustion, metal blasts, and endless pursuits, from mere technical marvels into a hair-raising escapade.

mad-max-fury-road-tom-hardy-3The action is so brutal and appropriately high-octane. I thought to myself more than once, ‘I think I am loving this more than Terminator 2′ but other than that, there wasn’t time to think. It kicked off fast and barely stopped, and the lulls were amplified by the insanity preceding them. Amid these sanity-grabbing action sequences, though, is an emotional streak that keeps Max and Furiousa’s humanity alive. Hardy is brilliant as the tortured lead character and delivering a believable portrait of his desire to survive the present while mentally enduring his past. He is given minimal dialogue, but is able to become the heart of this post-apocalyptic tale. Interestingly, Hardy is not the primary lead in the film that bears his name. Charlie Theron‘s shining portrayal of Furiosa is the literal and figurative driver of the film. She manages to redefine feminine heroism for film makers. She has strength, purpose and a sacrificial depth that presses the story beyond a mindless chase scene. In a genre that tends to victimize or sexualize the female leads, Miller portrays a strong female lead without any unnecessary feminist underpinnings. In masking her natural beauty, Theron is allowed to develop her strengths and vulnerabilities without making a political statement. Both Hardy and Theron are supported by an excellent supporting cast that moves this experience from a mere adrenaline rush to a story of fighting for your right to live, seeing that sacrifice is part of freedom and ultimately for the hope for redemption. Nicholas Hoult and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are likeable! Director George Miller delivers a masters class in story telling and stunt driven effects that successfully convey back story, cultural nuance and the justification of these desperate acts of disobedience and violence.

mad max fury roadEven as the fourth outing for this character, we are given a fresh storyline and wealth of new characters for a new generation. Apparently, It is not necessary to see the original films to enjoy this chapter in Max’s adventures, but just for the sake of it I might go back to watch the first two well received films in this anthology. On the whole, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘  is a visual masterpiece! It’s an explosive, obscene, grotesque, beautiful movie which is made to satisfy every movie goer! This is a film that needs to be experienced, felt, and forever cherished. This is the best film released all year, well it is the best action film so far this of this decade, and that is no exaggeration. The moment I stepped out of the cinema, all I could feel is “What a lovely day.”

Overall Rating: 9.8

Director – George Miller
Starring – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Rated – R
Run Time – 120 minutes

Movie Review: Gaming in Color

Gaming_In_Color_movie_posterGaming in Color is a documentary exploring the story of the queer gaming community, ‘gaymer’ culture and events, and the rise of LGBTQ themes in video games. A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in an online social game. Diverse queer themes in storylines and characters are still mostly an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. Gaming In Color explores how the community culture is shifting and the industry is diversifying, helping with queer visibility and acceptance of an LGBTQ presence.

Filmed in between GamyerX 1 and GaymerX 2 conferences, the film examines the LGBTQ gaming community, the good, the bad, and the future. The documentary begins focused on the issues within the gaming community and experiences of the gay individuals as gamers. It throws you in the deep end, jumping right into the subject. Each person comes off as very relateable in their experience, no one is abrasive, or comes off bitter or angry. Instead there’s a fine mix of experiences that doesn’t really paint anything negatively, instead it shows things honestly. Personal experiences are hard to refute, and the documentary going that route was a smart decision that changes the tone from an academic one to a human one.

The second part of the movie shifts to focus more on where things stand now. It does show progress from where things were, to where they are today. Again, the positive is emphasized not just showing off some of the LGBTQ games out there, but also why they’re important. The sense of community is strong, and that community is emphasized by a positive tone. They come off as a group that you should want to game with, whether you’re LGBTQ or not. But, while there’s positive advancement in representation, it’s not all the way there, and that’s how the movie ends, where things need to go.

My only knock at all, and it’s minor, is the documentary uses gaming as a general term, shows images of tabletop games, but primarily talks video games. It’s a weird mix, and a distinction between the board game community and video game community might have been good to do.

The documentary is a fine introduction to the LGBTQ game community. We’re not talking a deep academic look, or go too deep into the history or issues. Instead the documentary puts human faces to the experience, showing there’s a real person you’re interacting with through technology.

The documentary is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, VHX, Gumroad, and Vimeo. The film will also be coming to steam at a date to be announced. For those interested in LGBTQ issues, or gaming culture, it’s a film that’s an absolute watch.

Overall rating: 8.75

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Review: Convergence: The Flash #2

Convergence-Flash-2 coverStarring heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths! Barry Allen lashes out against the heroes of the Tangent Universe as he tries to protect Gotham City from Convergence!

The Convergence event to me has been interesting, in that the main series has stumbled, but many of the tie-in series have actually shined. This is one of the better series. The first issue’s focus was primarily on Barry Allen, and how being whisked away for Convergence affected individual’s lives. In Allen’s case he’s been away from his love for a year. Does he try to move on with his life? Does he hold out hope? It’s a touching first part.

Convergence: The Flash #2 moves beyond that and takes us into the battle portion of the event. But, here’s the problem. The loser of the Convergence battle is destroyed, along with their city. But, Barry is key in the classic DC event Crisis on Infinite Earths. If he and his city is destroyed, what does that mean for that iconic event? That’s the quandary that writer Dan Abnett tackles head on. And that’s what makes the issue stand out from the pack.

Abnett slides to the side the battle portion of the event. There’s fighting, but in the end, the victory is achieved through logic, not fists. And in doing so, Abnett gets at the heart of what makes many of the classic DC characters great, that they’re truly heroes who will sacrifice themselves to save the world. It’s an almost pure story in that way, and so refreshing from the at times dark and violent heroes that have become the norm.

Abnett’s helped by artist Federico Dallocchio who does a fine job on art, some of the best of the event. His style is very clean, and is modern, but also has a classic sensibility about it. I’d love to see most of his work after this event is through.

Overall, the two issues are a solid one with a clear vision, voice, and purpose in each issue. This isn’t just some boring battle like some of the tie-ins are. Abnett is a fantastic writer, and these two issues show off how solid he is.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Federico Dallocchio
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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Movie Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks-The-Greater-Good-UK-Quad-Poster-slice-1024x444Esquire magazine has tag lined this film – “Mission Impossible meets Bourne“, well that’s actually a lot to live up to, considering both series consist of some of the finest films of the spy genre. First of all, this movie is a spin-off from the BBC TV Series Spooks, luckily you don’t need to have seen the TV show in order to understand what is going on as the film itself is an effective stand-alone piece. For the uninitiated, ‘Spooks‘ was a British television show centered around MI5 spies (nicknamed Spooks and essentially the British NSA). Be under no illusions: this doesn’t have blind patriotism, missing super-weapons or a suave chiseled hero. And while Kit Harington is the being promoted as the lead star, the actual star is none other than long-time veteran & the star of TV show Peter Firth. Even though I have never seen the show myself, I have been told the film does consist of Easter eggs linked to the TV series as a nod to the fans.

article-2604953-1D1FB67800000578-567_634x442Well, the movie has a fairly decent storyline and that is what it mainly focuses on. There are also a couple of intense moments which is what I like in a thriller. There is also a bit of character development as well. Without giving anything away there are also a couple of twists. Don’t go into this movie expecting a lot of gun fights and car chases – you will be disappointed! As the whole plot works the characters & their mind games with each other. The story follows MI5 spymaster Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) who is in disgrace after America’s most wanted Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes during his transport. Convinced about a traitor in his mix, Sir Harry stages his death in order to find Qasim on his own & offer him a deal to give up the traitor in his company.  With the help of his former decommissioned agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington), Sir Harry must  recapture Qasim, before he plants his monstrous attack on London. The plot is all sub-Tinker Tailor twisty turns, the action highly inspired by of Bourne-like shoot-outs and chases, with an emphasis on techy surveillance. It’s nonsense, but there’s fun to be had in the endless double-crosses, and I am sure fans of the TV show won’t feel disappointed. It is a very good combination of atmosphere, character, event and action, with excellent London location work and thoughtful cinematography, and I enjoyed it a great deal more than I thought I would. This feels like not a television movie but a gritty British film worthy of recognition. Although you won’t be seeing Kit Harrington drop forty feet on a rope, catch a bead of sweat in slow motion, before it hits the floor sensors. You will see a nod to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the internal corruption of the British Secret Service.

STGG_LD_2923-369Its well put together, takes you one way and then spins you 180. Yes! It has his fair share of flaws, especially the opening sequence itself, which almost shows MI5 as incompetent! The scene when a motorcycle terrorist gang is driving down traffic, the easiest way to stop them is to open the car door! But an entire special forces unit that seem afraid of their own guns? Why not just turn the sirens on and drive off? Where are the helicopters? Why are the police 30 minutes away? Imagine only if they would have done that right! The performances – Peter Firth is a very British older version of Jack Baur (24 TV series). Never has a older man with wrinkles and a receding hairline been so bad-ass, well other than Liam Neeson. Kit Harington slightly underplays a Jason Bourne clone & is likeable as an action star. Elyes Gabel is is sympathetic, never cartoonish or monologuing unlike spy movie villains! M. Jennifer Ehle, Tim McInnerny and David Harewood vie with each other for creepiness as a trio leading MI5. While, the mole plot seems recycled from many spy tales, director Bharat Nalluri manages to keep us indulged with pleasing twists and turns. On the whole, ‘Spooks: The Greater Good‘ is  a stimulating enjoyable spy film, which engages the audience to actually have a think while watching it. As good as the M.I and Bourne franchises are, this is all together different. I have never seen Spooks on BBC, but this has pushed me to take a look at what I’ve been missing out on.

Overall Rating: 7.4

Director – Bharat Nalluri
Starring – Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 104 minutes

Review: Justice Inc. Avenger #1

JusticeAvenger01-Cov-A-RossRichard Henry Bensen is a cold (quite literally in fact), calculating, iron man… no that’s taken… man of steel… shoot… well he’s a man, whom, in a freak unspecified accident has become a part man, part metal, all crime-fighting private detective.

Justice Inc. Avenger #1 resembles a mash-up of Sherlock Holmes, Tales from the Crypt and maybe just a dash of Scooby-Doo.

As our brave hero uses logic and cunning to first outwit a group of Italian mafioso’s on a train, and then to track down the ghost terrifying old women in a rough part of town, we are introduced (briefly) one by one to his partners in crime-fighting. We also get a little taste of Benson’s history. A glimpse into the pain that wrought the metal-man into the grey-faced hero with eyes of ice and fire.

This series from Dynamite Entertainment is dark, gritty and told with a vocabulary not seen often in action comics. It’s a great pick for the more linguistically incline readers. it has all thee makings of an action-mystery comic with lots of room to grow. The team that surrounds Benson seem to be the tops of their fields and I hope they get their time in the spotlight in future issues.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Ronilson Freire
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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