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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E4 Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire

agents of shield season 4As Ghost Rider’s quest for vengeance brings him into an explosive confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Mack must rely on an unlikely ally in their time of desperate need; and Daisy reunites with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings some things together as we finally get an idea as to what the main goal of the bad guy is (sort of) and Ghost Rider, Daisy, and Coulson’s SHIELD come together.

The episode has Daisy and Robbie/Ghost Rider going after the Watchdogs and need to help of a familiar face from last year. There’s a twist to that little plot and it’s absolutely the worst thing of the episode. It’s a plot twist that’s not explained and so far just thrown out there. We don’t quite get why this particular thing happens and it the Watchdogs basically become a side story for the season based off of what is revealed. Hopefully they weren’t just a macguffin to get characters to this point, but we’ll see.

There’s some cool moments. Coulson and Robbie get into a drag race with some solid humor and entertaining back and forth between Coulson and Mack. It’s cool to see the two power cards take each other on and how Robbie is stopped got me to laugh pretty good. So, the action is decent.

We also get some more with Ada and I have no idea where the plot with the life model decoy is going. I’m interesting in seeing it, because this is a concept that’s really ingrained into the Marvel universe and opens up a lot of possibilities. Again, there’s some humor there too.

But, the biggest reveal is what the ghost is after and it’s an item that really takes the series and Marvel Cinematic Universe into some spiritual territory. It’s something familiar to comic fans, or at least those who read Marvel’s horror comics of the 90s. I don’t want to ruin it, but it’s a cool blast from the past for me. It’s also clear the show is going to tie into Dr. Strange somehow.

Again, the episode is a decent one. It’s not bad in any way, but it also doesn’t quite jump out to me. There’s some good. There’s some bad. Thankfully more good than bad. The episode had a goal and that was to bring together some of the characters and it pulled that off in an interesting way. We also have a direction going forward and out of everything, that’s the most interesting aspect of the episode.

Overall Score: 7.70

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E3 Uprising

agents of shield season 4May fights for her life as her illness worsens and Simmons and Dr. Radcliffe try to save her. Also: Coulson, Mack and Fitz attempt to thwart a rogue group looking to end Inhuman Registration.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us a pseudo stand-alone episode as a group sets off electronic magnetic pulses and demands the end of Inhuman Registration. There’s an obviously different motive for the move and it’s pretty clear what their plan is. It’s all convoluted, so not sure what the overall point is to it all, but it’s an episode that doesn’t dive too deep into everything else going on, but sets things up for what’s to come down the road in the series.

The rogue group really feels like it’s more meant to give some drama to May’s recovery and also put Daisy and Robbie closer together.

The loss of power expands around the country forcing some of the SHIELD team to deal with the EMP source and also Daisy and Robbie to deal with issues locally. It’s all decent with some team building but overall, kind of boring. There’s some great special fx using Yo Yo, but overall, nothing jumps out too much as far as the rest. In fact, seeing her in motion really emphasizes how boring the rest of the episode is.

Then there’s May’s condition. Simmons and Dr. Radcliffe work to save her and that too feels like there was just a need to resolve the issue, but not really a major understanding of what is happening.

The episode overall is very blah and not too exciting. It moves the plots set up in the previous two episodes but itself lacks a lot of excitement. It also sets up some things to come like who is really behind the attacks.

The episode isn’t bad, but it also isn’t necessarily good. It just is.

Overall Score: 7.65

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E2 Meet the New Boss

agents of shield season 4Daisy goes to battle Ghost Rider at a terrible cost, and Coulson faces the new Director, and his bold agenda surprises them all.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps up the momentum with the second episode of the fourth season with a whole lot going on to move the various plot points along.

Daisy talks to Robbie and gets to know him a bit. Sadly this is both good and a low point in some ways in that it follows the rather stereotypical path of fighting and then teaming up eventually. I wish things went a bit differently, but it is what it is.

Most of the episode though is to introduce the new S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace played by Jason O’Mara. That’s a character that comic fans will know, but this one is a bit different and how much the television version is similar to the comic version remains to be seen. But, there’s a reveal here that’s pretty cool.

The episode also moves along the whole “ghost” story and it’s interesting. It’s clear from the make-up that this part ties into Doctor Strange which is out this November, but what’s going on and how Ghost Rider fits in is actually a solid mystery.

This second episode was really solid with great action, a great build to whatever is happening, and a slow reveal. I have no idea what happened over the summer but the show really feels like a solid reboot in many ways and I have to say, the show is finally working.

For once… I’m actually looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Overall Score: 8.15

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets a New Promo

Ghost Rider joins the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premiering Tuesday September 20th on ABC.

A First Look at Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes in Agents of SHIELD

Robbie Reyes, aka Ghost Rider, is coming to the upcoming season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being played by Gabriel Luna.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look of Luna as Reyes.

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Ghost Rider Found Cell Phone Footage

Vengeance comes this fall to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Ghost Rider makes his debut! Check out the season premiere Tuesday, September 20th at 10pm EST on ABC!

Ghost Rider Races into Marvel NOW! to Bring Vehicular Vengeance

Start your engines, True Believers – this one is going to be a scorcher! You heard right – Robbie Reyes is back! Hell on wheels comes to Marvel NOW! as the Spirit of Vengeance returns to comics in an all-new Ghost Rider #1! Robbie Reyes co-creator Felipe Smith is back to pen the ongoing adventures of this high-octane hot-head, and he’s bringing artist Danilo Beyruth along for the ride!

A bizarre object has been discovered in Southern California and the mystery behind it has lead Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk, to Ghost Rider’s backyard! What chaos will be unleashed when this jade genius comes face-to-face with the ultimate speed demon? And what other guest star is around the corner?

Plus – don’t miss the debut of the newest speed trap in Ghost Rider’s life in a special 10-page bonus feature from original series creators Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore.

Strap in and buckle up, because Robbie Reyes is hitting the gas and speeding headlong into Marvel NOW!. Don’t get left in the dust this November!

Coming in November!


SDCC 2016: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Teaser

Ghost Rider is now an Inhuman!? Vengeance comes this fall to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Season premiere Tuesday September 20th at 10pm EST on ABC!

The Importance of Faithfulness in Comic Book Costumes

It wasn’t that long ago that the world’s first glimpse of a new superhero costume for a live-action project would premiere in, say, the pages of a fan magazine, or even an early trailer. Now, we live in a time when every major news outlet scrambles to score the first run of such an image. The recent debuts of Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Melissa Benoist‘s Supergirl costume from the upcoming CBS show got me thinking.

With so many examples of superhero costumes for fans to examine, which have been the most faithful to their four-color roots? And is there any connection between the loyalty of a costume to its source material and the quality of the adaptation; that is, do they go hand in hand? Let’s take a look through some of the most reverent examples and see what we can find. All of the costumes I considered for this article were from live-action projects, as animation doesn’t carry as many challenges for transitioning a costume. I also omitted CGI characters such as The Hulk and The Silver Surfer, since their creation was primarily digital.


1) Christopher Reeve as Superman, Superman: The Movie (1978): What better place to start than with an icon? While the suit doesn’t conform expressly to any one comic artist, it does replicate all the hallmarks of the widely accepted Superman look: spit curl, wide “S” on the chest, secondary yellow “S” on the cape, thin yellow belt with circular buckle, even the subtle “M” shapes cut into the top of the red boots. The thorough translation of that look, along with Reeve’s heartfelt performance, lifted Superman: The Movie to its status as both the first serious superhero blockbuster and the grandfather of the entire comic-book film landscape.

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2) Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): Another iconic hero, another familiar costume, though perhaps not from a film afforded the same affection as Superman: The Movie. Whatever your thoughts regarding Marc Webb’s second stab at Spidey, you have to admit that the costume is hard to criticize. It’s all there, as if he just swung in from an early Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. issue: the rounded white eyepieces (not pointed; a detail that bugged me about the Raimi films), the bright blue and red in their classic configuration, even the black web-rings that encircle the web-slinger’s fingers. If anyone ever thought that the Spider-Man costume wouldn’t work on film as is, here’s proof to the contrary.

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3) Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): A more recently created character, but another successful translation from page to screen. The Winter Soldier springs from the mind of Ed Brubaker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, complete with metal arm and a half-mask that makes him look like a Cobra trooper. The comic design of the Winter Soldier already lent itself to cinematic copy, and the recent debut of the character allowed much of the general audience to experience the character on film without prior knowledge.

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4) Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman (1975 – 1979): Much like Christopher Reeve’s super-wear, this costume was a crystallization of Wonder Woman’s history of slightly modified battle attire (sometimes shorts, sometimes a skirt, etc.) by cementing the “swimsuit” style look in the public’s mind. Like Reeve, it helped that Carter was a solid physical match for the character. This is generally what springs to mind when one thinks of WW: golden tiara with red star, gold and red top, blue star-spangled lower piece, bullet-stopping bracelets and striped red boots. While the show suffered from an overabundance of camp and the absence of a generous budget, the costume would continue to appear in much the same form across multiple media formats for decades.

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5) Robert DowneyJr., Iron Man, Iron Man (2008): An instant classic. Utilizing Adi Gradov’s Extremis-era armor design from the comics (which made sense as Gradov worked as a concept artist on the film), the Stan Winston Studio delivered a detailed, believable armored battle suit that filtered the multitudes of Iron Man suits into a crowd-pleasing singularity. Bonus points for the design of the Mark 1 armor, capturing the DIY feel of a clunky, first-draft walking tank with panache. A rare example of all elements of a film working together to produce something special and unexpected.

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6) Brandon Lee as The Crow, The Crow (1994): While admittedly a relatively simple look to replicate on film, the late Brandon Lee’s striking performance leapt out from behind the rage-mime makeup to create a truly memorable character: raw, emotional, caring and vengeful. The unadorned black clothing kept the focus on the power of the character and his mission while satisfying the fans of James O’Barr’s graphic novel.

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7) Billy Campbell as The Rocketeer, The Rocketeer (1991): Such a period-evocative costume design that feels as if it could only have exploded out of the 1930s, yet Dave Stevens’ high-flying aviator first appeared in 1982. Disney’s 1991 film followed Stevens’ lead exceptionally well, nailing the thick-buttoned leather jacket, jet pack, puffy pants, boots and that Art Deco helmet that looks like Dr. Fate’s blue-collar cousin. This adherence to Stevens’ design helped the film achieve its rollicking derring-do and high adventure as an energetic throwback to the early days of cliffhanger serials.

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8) Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider (2007): Ghost Rider’s costume design isn’t necessarily the most eye-popping, from the neck down. From the neck up, well, it’s just hard to beat a burning skull that can talk, laugh and spew brimstone. But the filmmakers did an admirable job of equipping that flaming skull with all of his comic-accurate accoutrements: lots of leather (with buttons that transform into metal spikes), a long length of lethal chain, and of course, that seriously intimidating bike. While the film may have stumbled with wild shifts in tone, the look of the main character was handled with aplomb.

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9) Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Hellboy (2004): A great example of an above-and-beyond creation of costume design. The Hellboy design team, under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, duplicated Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic design even down to the underbite that gives him that tough-guy profile. The devil’s in the details: the filed-down horns, the symbols cut into his skin, the worn duster jacket, and of course the Right Hand of Doom. The character’s relative human-like size allowed practical effects to create him believably in live-action, as opposed to Michael Chiklis’ Thing in Fantastic Four, who was rendered much smaller than his on-the-page counterpart. Coupled with Ron Perlman’s surly yet lovable performance, Hellboy translates improbably well into our world.

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10) Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Watchmen (2009): Aside from the shifting mask, the rest of Rorschach’s ensemble may seem a bit pedestrian. But this one’s all about the little touches: broken belt loops, old bloodstains; all the effects of an obsessive crime-fighting mission on a man without Bruce Wayne’s resources. This wear and tear, combined with Haley’s mastery of the character’s objectivist rage and bulldog tenacity, made Rorschach as much of a standout in the film as he was in the graphic novel.


Now obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list, or even particularly ranked on a subjective scale of comic-faithfulness. It’s simply my opinions regarding the examples that bridged the visual gap between comic and film in the best way. But within these picks there seems to be one through-line that pertains to the best examples: attention to replicating a character’s costume usually runs parallel to attention paid to the character’s inner workings and personality. Not always the case (Ghost Rider may be an exception) but many times a commitment to the legacy of a character’s outside equals a respect for the character’s inside.

Wizkids’ 2015 Convention Exclusives include Spider-Ham, Loki, Adam Strange, Animal Man and more!

Wizkids has announced their Marvel and DC Comics Heroclix 2015 Convention Exclusive figures.

As prize figures, the Marvel figures that will be released include Spider-Ham (as Spider-Man), Loki, Agent of Asgard, and a new Ghost Rider.

Group1They will also be selling two new Marvel Heroclix exclusives on top of the three figures above which are just prizes. The two figures include the Supreme Intelligence, and a new Doctor Strange. The Supreme Intelligence will cost $50 and Strange will be $15.

group21DC Heroclix players aren’t left out of the awesomeness. For their three prize figures, they’ll see an Adam Strange, The Weird, and Animal Man figures.

group51For their two convention exclusives that’ll be on sale, DC fans are getting a Brainiac Skull Ship and Felix Faust.

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Brainiac will cost $70 and Faust will cost $15.

The figures will first be offered at the Wizkids U.S. Nationals Event in Maryland this April.

Also, Wizkids has released a new ATA for the Squadron Supreme that will allow you to use these figures as a team. Since they’re Primes, you should only be able to use one per force, This ATA helps you get around that.


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