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TV Review: Lucifer S2E18 The Good, the Bad and the Crispy

Lucifer TVAfter Charlotte accidentally charbroils a man to death in self-defense, Lucifer tries to hide it from Chloe; Maze goes looking for Charlotte and Amenadiel; Lucifer tries to find a permanent solution for the ticking time bomb he calls Mom.

Lucifer wraps up its shortened second season with an episode that excellently touches upon all of its plot threads really well and in a way that feels satisfying and at the same time ends things in a way that feels like it’ll be an interesting third season in quite a few ways.

I have no idea where to begin but the plot with heading back to Heaven, his mother, his mother being a lawyer, his mother burning someone, the sword, there’s just a hell of a lot packed in and it flows effortlessly. And, how things are resolved both makes sense and also leaves things open in a way for it all to come back in an epic way.

And what’s impressive is that it does all of that and still moves so many characters’ forward in each their own way. Maze and Amenadiel both stand out as these last couple of episodes feels like they have focused on the two of them and really moved them ahead in so many ways. Maze especially has advanced from just being the muscle of the team and instead she gets some depth.

Then there’s that ending… holy crap does that open up some questions and has me baffled as to where it’s going. While it feels similar to the beginning of this year, I’d imagine that’ll be addressed. Overall, a solid ending for the season that has me even more excited to see what happens next.

Overall Rating: 7.65

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TV Review: Gotham S3E20 Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine

season_3_posterGordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus; Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with The Shaman; Gotham’s most deranged villains band together.

Gotham takes even more steps back as it begins to wrap up its third season with just a few episodes left. Every storyline you can think is touched upon as the episode bounces around like it can’t keep focus and  changes tone and look at a drop of a hat.

That’s been my biggest issue with the season as it can’t quite figure out what it wants to be, the show with lots of crazy villains, the detective series focused on Gordon and Bullock as cops, Bruce growing into Batman, or all of the above. This episode is an all of the above as the war brews between Penguin’s crew and the Riddler’s. The Shaman confronts the Court of Owls before releasing the virus, and then we get Lee going all crazy and how that plays out with Gordon.

Every plotline feels worse than the last with Lee taking the Tetch virus and enacting her vengeance against Gordon being the worst of them. The resolution had me shaking my head as to where it all goes and what happens. That plotline is the worst of the bunch and that’s saying something as the plot with the Court of Owls is as uninspired as they come being a riff on Batman Begins (though that took inspiration from the comics) and even Ra’s Al Ghul is hinted at.

Then there’s Penguin and his battle with the Riddler with the actual plot feeling like it doesn’t really go anywhere, just the usual fake outs and confrontations that don’t result in anything really. It’s also so different in tone from the rest of the episode it’s almost as if there’s two different shows here.

And that’s the biggest issue of this season. Part of it wants to be the more serious Batman films and part of it wants to be the campier films. And those two things don’t work very well together, at least this show hasn’t successfully made it work.

With just two more episodes left in the season, what looked like a season that was going to end on a high note, actually feels like it’s giving us a finale that’s as much of a mess as the rest of the season.

 

 

Overall Rating: 6.15

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films

Last week we wrapped up our coverage of 2016’s comic adaptations and this week we begin to look at 2017 where there’s already been six films released in just five months.

Already, there year is an interesting one with two clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village are in that debatable area, and Wilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers:

Total Domestic Gross: $819.5 million
Total International Gross: $1.238 billion
Worldwide Gross: $2.0 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $552 million
Total “Profit”: $1.505 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $136.6 million
Average International Gross: $247.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $333.4 million
Average Budget: $92 million
Average Profit: $250.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Wins the Weekend with Mixed Results

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales easily won the weekend with $62.2 million beating the competition by a mile. While it won the weekend, the film didn’t do all that well considering the fact it has a reported budget of $230 million. But, the film did earn $208.4 million at the foreign box office for a total of $270.6 million. It did set a record in Russia  for an opening.

The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from the opening day audience and was 53% male and 65% over the age of 25. 72% of all showing were in 2D. With so many blockbusters coming in the following weeks, this will be a tough battle to make a decent profit. Its future will mostly be in the hands of the foreign box office.

Dropping to second place was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which earned an estimated $19.9 million domestically bringing its total to $333.2 million. Worldwide the film has earned $783.3 million.

Another new film, Baywatch, came in third place for the weekend. The film earned an estimated $18.1 million. With a budget of $69 million, that’s not a disaster but the film will have to do well at the foreign box office. The R-rated film received a “B+” CinemaScore and was 52% female with 55% of the overall audience 25 years or older.

As expected, Alien: Covenant dropped hard earning just $10.5 million in its second weekend. That’s a 70.9% drop. The film has earned $57.3 million domestically and $158.4 million worldwide. With a budget of $97 million, the film should make a small profit when it all wraps up.

Wrapping up the top five was Everything, Everything which earned an estimated $6.2 million. The film has earned $21.5 million so far with a $10 million budget.

When it comes to other comic adaptations…

Logan came in at #27 earning $106,000. The film has earned $226.1 million domestically and $607.5 million. It, along with Deadpool, that you can do comic action films with smaller budgets and make a healthy profit.

We’ll be back in an hour with even more coverage of 2017’s comic adaptations and later this week we’ll have a review of Wonder Woman which debuts this week and definitely win the weekend box office.

Unboxing: Nerd Block’s May 2017 Classic Block

Nerd Block Classic‘s May 2017 box has arrived and here’s what you can find inside. The box features items from Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jessica Jones, and Ace Ventura.

What’s inside? Check out the video to find out!

You can get your own Nerd Block!

 

 

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Unboxing: Loot Crate’s May 2017 Box “Guardians”

Loot Crate‘s May 2017 release has arrived and here’s what you can find inside. The theme for this month is “Guardians” so check out what’s inside including items from Guardians of the Galaxy, Goonies, Star Wars, and Destiny.

There’s a decent amount of items in the box and some cool properties, but how do they stack up?! Find out!

You can get your Loot Crate here.

 

 

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The Library of Congress will Celebrate the World of Comics

The Library of Congress is gearing up for a super summer treat celebrating the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy, as collectibles, in the arts, advertising, sociology, popular culture and history. Making a variety of collection items more accessible to the general public, the “Library of Awesome” features a pop-up display of famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related items. Programming for all ages will be offered.

Nearly 100 comic-book collection items will be on display for “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up exhibit featuring items from the Library’s comic-book collections presented in conjunction with Awesome-Con, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention of comics, cosplay and pop culture. The display will be on view Wednesday, June 14 – Saturday, June 17 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. Tickets are not required.

The collections of the Library of Congress include nearly 140,000 comic books dating back to the 1930s. Visitors will see famous editions of such comic-book characters as Wonder Woman, Superman and some of the most significant artwork and storylines in comic-book history. These include original artwork for the first appearance of Spider-Man and the American classic known as Famous Funnies No. 1 (1934), considered by many to be the first American comic book. First appearances of Batman, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk will be on display, as well as rare early science fiction and children’s comics. The exhibit will also feature first issues of Archie, Luke Cage: Hero for Hire and Supergirl.

Additional programming includes a family-friendly costume contest with a chance to win a pair of tickets to Awesome-Con 2017, workshops and demonstrations.

Events are free and open to the public. Visitors who come to “Library of Awesome” dressed in a superhero character costume will receive a 15 percent discount on merchandise at the Library of Congress Shop.

The programming includes:

Wednesday, June 14

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (LJ 113, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)

“Library of Awesome” Comic-Book Display

Visitors are invited to explore this pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The display will feature multiple themes including Wonder Woman and milestones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, children’s comics and sci-fi comics. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Thursday, June 15

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (LJ 113, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)

“Library of Awesome” Comic-Book Display

Visitors are invited to explore this pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The display will feature multiple themes including Wonder Woman and milestones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, children’s comics and sci-fi comics. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

2 p.m. (Young Readers Center)

Cosplay Demonstration

Library Technician Ashley Dickerson and other cosplayers will demonstrate how they develop characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

3 p.m. (Young Readers Center)

Cosplay Workshop

Library of Congress Young Readers Center staff and cosplayers will teach visitors how to make superhero arm gauntlets using basic craft supplies. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Friday, June 16

9:30 a.m. (Neptune Plaza)

Costume Contest

Get your capes ready! Come dressed up as your favorite comic-book character for the ultimate costume contest. There will be separate categories for children and adult participants. The winners of the adult contest will receive a pair of passes to 2017 Awesome-Con to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Free and open to the public. Reservations required; visit Eventbrite for reservation and official contest rules.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (LJ 113, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)

“Library of Awesome” Comic-Book Display

Visitors are invited to explore this pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The display will feature multiple themes including Wonder Woman and milestones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, children’s comics and sci-fi comics. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Saturday, June 17

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Young Readers Center)

“Library of Awesome” themed activites and displays 

Young Readers Center staff will host activities all day, including drawing comic books, creating props, and assembling costumes. Visitors will also be able to explore comic books, graphic novels and other Young Readers Center collections and partake in superhero and sci-fi-themed photo shoots.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (LJ 113, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building)

“Library of Awesome” Comic-Book Display

Visitors are invited to explore this pop-up display of more than 100 iconic comic-book issues of today’s most popular characters. The display will feature multiple themes including Wonder Woman and milestones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Children’s comics and sci-fi comics. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

11 a.m. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)

“Comics Conversation: Collections and Preservation at the Library”*

Join Library of Congress staff members, including Senior Rare Book Conservator Claire Dekle, Curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art Sara W. Duke, Reference Specialist Megan Halsband, Head of the Newspaper Section Georgia Higley and Curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art Martha H. Kennedy, for a panel discussion about the original art and collections held at the Library. Panelists will share highlights of the collections, provide insights on the conservation and preservation of this material, and suggest how attendees might come to use the Library’s collections for their own research. *Awesome-Con 2017 ticket required for attendance.

The Library of Awesome is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Fund. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact devofc@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Unboxing: WizKids’ DC Comics Dice Masters Batman Gravity Feeds

The newest Dice Masters set is out and there’s so much inside include new mechanics and rules. We’re opening two DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman gravity feeds to show off what you can expect and get prepared for this set which is sure to change the game in many ways.

We open up and show off a full Gravity Feed, dice and cards.

Unboxing: May’s Comic of the Month Club

Comic of the Month Club is a new monthly comic subscription box for comic book fans everywhere. Subscribers receive 8-9 personally curated comics every month and fill out a preference form as to what they’re interested in.

There’s five different types of boxes ranging in cost from $9.99 on up to about $30. This is the high end “Collector’s Edition x2” version of the box.

You can subscribe now at http://comicofthemonth.club/. Please include “Graphic Policy” in the referral space. You as a subscriber receive an extra bonus and we do get something in return.

This month’s comics with “rough value.”
Batman Shadow of the Bat #1 – $5
Harbinger #14 – $4
Harbinger #16 – $4
The Man-Thing #7 – $26
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2 – $3
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #6 – $3
X-Men #1 – $6
X-Men #2 – $5
X-Men #3 – $5

Total: ~$61.00

 

 

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Review: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1

When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity.

Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1 is an intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.

A new take on the classic story from writer Victor LaValle, artist Dietrich Smith, and colorist Joana Lafuente.

You can pick up your own copy now.

 

 

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