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It’s Inhumans vs. X-Men in Marvel Future Fight

Netmarble’s latest update today for the popular mobile game MARVEL Future Fight brings all-new Inhuman and X-Men characters and uniforms that are inspired by Marvel’s “Inhumans vs. X-Men” comic storyline as well as other popular Inhumans adventures. This update also brings numerous other improvements for player Agents to collect and experience.

Two new characters, Dazzler, mutant singing superstar,and Thane, the Inhuman son of Thanos, have also been added, including a Marvels X uniform for Black Bolt, an Inhumans vs. X-Men uniform for Medusa, an X-Men Blue uniform for Iceman, and an Inhumans: Attilan Rising uniform for Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan).

The update also includes new content added to MARVEL Future Fight’s Story: Alternate Mode entitled ‘Story Fragment.’ Collected Fragments of the acquired story can be synthesized and exchanged for other items. Additionally, players can get more pieces when they play the story with a Bonus Hero, which is updated monthly. Normal and Ultimate difficulties have also been added to Chapters 11 and 12 of ‘The All-War’ Alternate Mode.

Other additions to MARVEL Future Fight include:

  • The ‘Transcend Potential’ feature, which makes the ‘Awaken Potential’ feature even stronger
    • When the Awaken Potential skill reaches maximum level, players can achieve ‘Transcend Potential’
    • When players achieve ‘Transcend Potential’, stats of the selected Tier-3 hero levels increase to an even more powerful level
  • Black Bolt is now upgradable to Tier-3 and new ultimate skills have been added
  • The ‘Realize Potential’ feature is unlocked for DazzlerThaneBlack BoltKarnakGorgonInferno and Maximus
  • The ‘Awaken Potential feature’ and new awakening skills for Medusa are now unlocked.

MARVEL Future Fight celebrated its fifth anniversary with over 120 million players across the world. The game is currently available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

Review: Fantastic Four Grand Design #1 is Sometimes Overwhelming, Sometimes Fun

Fantastic Four Grand Design #1

Tom Scioli is a cartoonist whose works owes almost everything to legendary creator, Jack Kirby, and he gets to pay homage to one of his and Stan Lee’s finest creations in Fantastic Four Grand Design #1. The Fantastic Four don’t even show up as a team (Time travel be damned) until page 14 of the book. Scioli spends the first portion of this extended length comic trying to create a grand cosmic narrative for the Marvel Universe featuring the Krees, Skrulls, Deviants, Eternals, Inhumans, and cities of Attilan, Lemuria, and Atlantis with a side of secret societies and Uatu the Watcher as a POV character in a similar manner to Ed Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design. This prelude is just a foretaste of the overwhelming as a narrative, yet satisfying on a style and individual panel level that this comic is.

Scioli definitely has some storytelling chops and cleverness up his sleeve. He doesn’t start with Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm stealing a rocket to “beat the Reds into space”, but by paralleling the Fantastic Four with the four Celestials that helped accelerate evolution on Earth with a nifty pink, green, yellow, and red color palette. Uatu the Watcher saving Taa (Later Galactus) from the destruction of his planet as his body dissolves and changes form is clearly inspired by the Thing changing from human to monster and is a beautiful meditation on divine intervention. In the early going, the comic also has a nice structure with one page, almost Sunday comic strips introducing major cast members like the Fantastic Four as well as supporting cast members like the Inhumans, Namor, Dr. Doom, and even Black Panther.

However, after these character introductions, the FF’s origin, and some strong storytelling showing how Fantastic Four went from a monster to a superhero comic (It’s all about the branding.), Fantastic Four Grand Design #1 becomes an episodic, 20+ panels on a page mess. Tom Scioli has the cram 46 issues of comics into 21 pages, and he includes each and every villain battle and plot development before ending the first issue on the great, logical cliffhanger of right before the Galactus Trilogy. (The little appearances of Silver Surfer are majestic so far, and I can’t wait to see Scioli’s take on Kirby krackle and the way he moves through the cosmos.)

Tom Scioli does nail the dysfunctional family dynamic, and his Invisible Girl and Namor have some searing chemistry, but the lack of transitions once he hits the “Fantastic Four go on adventures” part is overwhelming. For example, Daredevil shows up in the middle of a battle, and he is neither introduced or commented on as he just disappears once the brawl is over. Scioli pummels readers with plot summaries from the past, but with a fun art style and better one-liners than Stan Lee. His Thing is sassy as hell when he’s not being used as a plot device. In general, Scioli’s characterization is up and down as he joins the long list of creators to fail at making the Inhumans likable with the exception of Crystal’s West Side Story type relationship with Johnny Storm plus Lockjaw being his adorable self.

Tom Scioli shows his clear reverence for Marvel’s Silver Age comics, especially the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, in Fantastic Four Grand Design #1 with his powerful figure work, far out colors, and soap opera on speed plotting. He uses the beginning of the comic to try to place the Fantastic Four in an, er, grander cosmic narrative, but it all falls apart by the end. With its 20+ panel pages coupled with high attention to detail on each panel, Fantastic Four Grand Design is more hyper-caffeinated history level than an enjoyable comic, and honestly, would have worked better as a page a day webcomic in the vein of Scioli’s previous creator-owned work than a traditional floppy.

Story: Tom Scioli Art: Tom Scioli
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Death of Inhumans #1

I will give no spoilers for The Death of the Inhumans, the amazing, well written and soulful story that writer Donny Cates tells with precision bringing you further into the world of the Inhumans. Cates opens this new miniseries with a bit of a history lesson on Inhuman history and evolution before pushing us forward to Black Bolt on his mission to discover more about the 11,036 dead Inhumans that he never knew existed but feels responsible for. There’s a killer on the loose bent on Inhuman genocide and there is no question that war is coming.

Ariel Olivetti and Jordie Bellaire’s art work makes the characters look realistic and human. The mutated hybrids look both ethereal and sympathetic. The art is simplistic yet refined and gives off the feel of reading a movie rather than a comic book, it’s not so flashy that you’re distracted but, not so dull that you’re bored. The present tense portion of the story uses a beautiful blue tint that feels calming and cold, a wonderful compliment to the mission that Black Bolt finds himself on, it’s also a direct contrast to the earth tones and primitive but, detailed art style used in creation story of the Inhumans that fills the early pages of this issue. The palette and tone of the art shifts again to a more muted and realistic tone after Medusa’s pep talk as she and Black Bolt go to speak to their people. Every color change and panel comes off as deliberate , even when the features on the characters is hard to make out, you feel it’s intentionality and get moved by the feeling of despair and confusion which sets up the carnage that follows perfectly especially when the comic panels get tinged with red for the introduction of Vox and continues as a theme for the deaths he causes.

Between Cates compelling and information packed story and Olivetti and Bellaire’s scene and character appropriate art Death of Inhumans #1 is one hell of a page turner. The fact that Olivetti and Bellaire use a different color palette for each change and part of the story could be messy and disorientating but, is done so well that it helps you shift your emotion to whatever is happening on the page now. The creative team mixes what they do so well that it’s more like looking at a movie more than reading a comic book and the story is so riveting that you forget that you’re actually reading and not just watching.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ariel Olivetti, Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dazzler X-Song #1

In the one-shot Dazzler X-Song #1, writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Laura Braga, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg deliver a powerful story about facing down hate and bigotry using the power of music (and cool light shows) just in time for Pride Month. (I seriously wish that Alison Blaire’s new band Lightbringr was playing my local Pride festival.) They use the “rivalry” between mutants and Inhumans that has been simmering in stories like Death of X, Inhumans vs. X-Men, and even in the recent Secret Warriors series as a metaphor for intersectionality in marginalized communities adding layers to the frankly, quite old mutant=minority. And, along the way, Braga and Rosenberg craft hip, energetic visuals and an explosive color palette worthy of the disco Dazzler even though she’s going by Alison these days and doesn’t really want to be a superhero or X-Man for now despite Colossus begging her to join the new look team.

Visaggio and Braga kick off the book with a beautiful establishing page: a four panel entry into the world of Alison and her bandmate Farley setting up for their show; an Inhuman Nora, who has similar powers to Dazzler, and her pal Zee getting ready for the Lightbringr gig, and a member of the Mutant Action ready to get his hate on. Dazzler X-Song #1 has plenty of stylized music video touches, especially in Rosenberg’s colors when the crowd at Alison’s show is overwhelmed by pink, but the narrative is fairly grounded in overcoming  hatred through the power of music. Alison wants the “others” of the Marvel Universe to enjoy their music and have an opportunity to be themselves for one amazing night. But, sadly, like the “no fats, no femmes”, white gay men on dating apps (and sometimes at the club), some folks just wanted to be bigoted and not share the love and enjoy the scene.

One interesting part of Dazzler #1 is Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga’s nuanced approach to violence. Many X-Men comics are known for their big, pitched battles to show off the various mutants’ cool powers, but Alison only fights when it’s necessary. Thanks to a sobering tip from Nora after a show, she is aware that the Mutant Action members are at her show and staves them off with a no violence tolerated policy and focusing on the music and de-escalation. In the long run, this doesn’t work, and the Mutant Action starting act worse and even bring power dampeners to gigs so they can assault Inhumans. Seeing a helpless Nora causes Alison to return into action in a a powerful splash page from Braga where you can see the Mutant Action member’s cheek wobble as she decks him Richard Spencer style with Rosenberg adding pink speed lines. Maybe, Alison isn’t ready to put on a spandex costume yet, but she has a good heart and cares about protecting people, who are discriminated against. And her fans end up giving her an assist in the big climax where their vocals amplify her light abilities, and Alison scares away Mutant Action once and for all.

What makes Dazzler #1 refreshing is that Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga gives readers a mutant/Inhuman perspective on the Marvel Universe in a way that doesn’t involve folks wanting to be superheroes in a similar manner to the late, great Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat. Nora doesn’t want to beat up supervillains; she wants to use her light abilities to make the dance floor an even more epic place. However, when threatened by mutant bigotry (In a great metaphor for white members of the LGBTQ community being racist towards people of color.), she confronts it directly without getting all superhero clubhouse about it, and Dazzler does the same and even makes a big speech about how mutants and Inhumans can stand together and be powerful without being a part of a superhero team. Their abilities might be fantastic, but they can find community in a way that doesn’t involve costumes, codenames, and Danger Room training.

Dazzler X-Song #1 light show visuals from Laura Braga and Rachelle Rosenberg that perfectly fit a book starring Alison Blaire and a strong message of pride and intersectionality from Magdalene Visaggio. It shows that cool mutant/Inhuman powers, social commentary, characters arc, and sassy humor can co-exist in one great comic book. Now, I need a follow up comic where Alison meets Karen O…

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Laura Braga
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Letters: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap. Our first review of Deadpool 2 goes live at 11pm tonight. While you wait for that, interviews, and more, here’s some comic news and reviews.

Bleeding Cool – No Enemy But Peace – Richard Meyer, Antarctic Press and Jawbreakers – A very good read.

Kotaku – The Real-Life Politician Running For EVE Online’s In-Game Council – Interesting. Really interesting.

U.S. News – New Ohio Exhibit Explores History of Blacks in Comic Books – Sounds interesting.

Herald Mail Media – ‘Bam!’: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts celebrates graphic novels with exhibit – Also sounds interesting.

WPXI Pittsburgh – Death Dealer painting outshines Superman comic at auction – That’s some a lot of money.

CBR – Gotham Renewed for Fifth and Final Season on Fox – Good…

Newsarama – Inhumans Cancelled – This is a surpirse?

Newsarama – Lucifer Cancelled – Booooo!

ICv2 – DC Raises Prices On Ongoing DC Universe Titles – Holding the line not so much.

ICv2 – Exclusive: Lion Forge Hires Carol Burrell as CubHouse Executive Editor – Congrats!

 

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TV Review: Marvel’s Inhumans S1E7 Havoc in the Hidden Land

MARVEL'S INHUMANSThe Royal Family returns to Attilan and comes face to face with Maximus.

Just when you think Marvel’s Inhumans can’t get any more worse, the show surprises you and does something that makes you not only scratch your head but also question why you’ve wasted the hours watching the show.

I wrote the above about the previous episode but this week’s hits new lows in not only stupid but also showing the hints of a much more intelligent show that failed to live up to its potential.

Lets talk about that potential bit….

Maximus pivots here and we learn that his coup-de-tat was all about getting a second chance a Terrigenesis. There’s not an easier way to go about this? He pivots and where the character was a populist in many ways, now he feels like a Trump stand in, only in it for self gain. If the season had played off of that from the beginning things might have improved but it’s taken seven episodes for the bad guy’s motives to actually be shown as bad. And this is his move? Take over in a risky move so he can get a do-over? The want is rather disproportionate from the action to obtain it.

Then there’s Black Bolts’ group’s response. They confront Maximus and trade the one thing he wants for the throne. They don’t stake a rightful claim, they make a deal, again treating the people as pawns as opposed to a group they actual want to lead and treat well. This is a game between two factions of elites and everyone else is a pawn in that. They accept the deal and don’t get it in writing and then lose their bargaining chip. This is the dumbest leadership I’ve ever seen and besides their “haves” attitude, this action alone should disqualify them from ruling again. They’ve shown they can’t think beyond anything other than themselves.

Then there’s Gorgon, who’s still dead. But a plan to bring him back through a second Terrigenesis? Wait. What? Why not just inject the DNA that’ll bring him back alive? How does being dead for a day now not stop this from even happening? It’s the low point in a show full of them. Everyone involved with the show should not allowed to touch others after what has been displayed here. It’s just a bad understanding of all of the source material.

When you think this show can’t get worse, it somehow manages to with plot aspects that make no sense at all and characterizations that make you dislike the characters even more.

Overall Rating: 2.0

TV Review: Marvel’s Inhumans S1E6 The Gentleman’s Name is Gorgon

MARVEL'S INHUMANSGorgon and Karnak take on Auran and her Inhuman army with disastrous results.

Just when you think Marvel’s Inhumans can’t get any more worse, the show surprises you and does somethign that makes you not only scratch your head but also question why you’ve wasted the hours watching the show.

The show converges two plotlines and as another having you really question what the writers of the show were thinking.

Most of the show feels like the characters wandering around in a haze as they try to find each other and finally Crystal is united with Black Bolt and Medusa. How it happens is a little silly, but what could have been resolved a few episodes ago finally happens. There’s some interesting decisions that involve a jealous ex-girlfriend in a plotline that was unnecessary and rather a waste of time. It feels like this entire plotline’s plot is to say “not all humans are bad.” It then kills that argument in one scene that again makes you wonder why even go that route. A waste of time and potential.

Then there’s Gorgon and Karnak who go after Auran and her army cause fighting drug dealers wasn’t enough. The action is boring and results in someone dying but that unto itself left me frustrated and angry at the waste and set up. Basically, one of Auran’s forces is too dangerous (and you can guess who) and a choice is made to bring down a roof on him which catches Gorgon in it too (spoiler, sorry, but do you care at this point?). So, Gorgon is seemingly killed. But, Gorgon had the enemy in a choke hold and could have choked him out or snapped his neck. For training this force, Gorgon sucks at his job. The set up was also a bit too close to Man of Steel and in this case self-sacrifice was chosen. While Gorgon was one of the more interesting characters, he never reached a point his death would have a major impact on viewers. It’s shock without actual connection.

And that sums up the show really. It goes through the motions with strange choices and decisions that don’t make much sense when you think about it and feels like no one really has a handle on the subject or the characters. While many think Marvel’s Iron Fist was a low for the company Marvel’s Inhumans says “hold my beer.”

Overall Rating: 3.0

TV Review: Marvel’s Inhumans S1E5 Something Inhuman This Way Comes…

MARVEL'S INHUMANSOn the run from Auran’s forces, Black Bolt and Medusa reluctantly work with Louise to help locate the rest of their family; Maximus’ actions change the game completely.

With the series half way through its first season run, it’s hard to call Marvel’s Inhumans a success. Instead of the trippy visuals and epic family drama created by Jack Kirby, we’re dealt with Lost… literally lost, the cast has spent the last three episodes looking for each other. Slow is an understatement as to how to describe this series which has sucked anything interesting out of its source material and delivered a bland show that feels like it should have been burnt off during a summer run after which we could all forget it.

It’s hard to really say what stands out this episode. There’s Karnak getting his mojo back sort of and… well that’s about it. There’s little that’s interesting and the acting and dialogue remain as bland as ever. This is the “white bread” of live action comic adaptations. It’s unassuming, bland, doesn’t take risks, yet we eat it because we feel like we need to. Five episodes in and I keep holding out hope that we’ll see a twist that’ll make it all worth it, a tie-in to the Inhumans plot lines we’ve already seen on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The one good thing about this episode is that we finally get Maximus being bad and begin to betray his philosophy and freeing of his people. But, on the flip side we get Medusa and Black Bolt entrenched in their rule and when confronted they brush off criticism. There’s no growth and we aren’t given much to cheer for either warring faction.

I hold out hopes, but it looks like this series may go down as one of the worst live action adaptions in recent memory. But, there’s still a few episodes where it can redeem itself… so we’re saying there’s a chance.

Overall Rating: 5.0

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TV Review: Marvel’s Inhumans S1E3 Divide — And Conquer

MARVEL'S INHUMANSThe Inhumans desperately search for each other in the wake of Maximus’ coup; They must learn who they can trust on Earth.

While the first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans weren’t the disaster that everyone made them out to be, the third episode isn’t much better as it feels like it expands upon the first two and not much else.

We catch up with the various characters whether they’re on Earth, being pursued on Earth or on the Moon. They wander around and try to figure out what’s going on (everyone is) and by the end of the episode things feel like they’re almost in the same spot.

There’s some plot movement in that Black Bolt rallies some allies as does Gorgon. But then there’s groan inducing moments like Maximus allowing Crystal to escape and Medusa attempting to get money from an ATM. Karnak’s issues are explained but overall the episode and plot moves at a glacial pace. Maximus unleashes what’s hinted at as a deadly Inhuman but even that feels rather ho-hum when things get rolling. It’s all rather… boring. Again, it’s not bad, it’s just not very interesting or good either.

The other issue is that Maximus, who’s supposed to be the villain, actually is right in many ways. He wants to throw off the caste system and remove his people’s history of determining citizens’ roles based on their abilities. At its core, he’s right, it’s just he’s also a major creep, especially when it comes to Medusa and Crystal. So, right message, wrong messenger.

With a muddled plot (where the bad guy is right) and characters we could care less about, we’re left with a bore of a show that only feels like it should be watched to see how it connects to the great Marvel universe. The show isn’t good. The show isn’t bad. The show is flat, like its acting.

Overall Rating: 5.0

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TV Review: Marvel’s Inhumans S1E1 & 2 Behold…The Inhumans; Those Who Would Destroy Us

MARVEL'S INHUMANSAfter months of trailers, abysmal reviews and a less then stellar release in IMAX theaters, Marvel’s Inhumans made its television debut last week with a 2 hour airing of the first two episodes. Given the amount of bad press this series has gotten, it was impossible for me not to have read some of the reviews and thoughts on this show before seeing it for myself. But, I promised myself to keep an open mind; maybe it wouldn’t be as bad as critics were saying it was. 2 hours and many eye rolls later, I came to the conclusion that everything I had read was right; this was indeed the weakest entry in the Marvel cinematic/television universe. Warning, spoilers are possible; when I start ranting I just go with it.

Inhumans follows king Black Bolt, queen Medusa and the rest of the Inhuman royal family as they rule over Attilan, a hidden city on Earth’s moon where inhumans live in peace and safety among their own kind. As in the comic books, Black Bolt’s brother, Maximus, stages a coup against the royal family, thinking that he is better suited for the throne to lead the inhumans forward. This leads to the royal family fleeing their home and ending up on Earth, separated from each other and trying to devise a plan to get back home and stop Maximus.

Doesn’t sound bad, right? A monarchy on the run, family betrayal, all with super powered characters?  Sign me up!  Too bad the execution doesn’t connect with the idea. The biggest problem with Inhumans are the characters and how they are portrayed. Serinda Swan (Medusa) is stiff and wooden, not at all carrying herself as a queen, let alone how Medusa is shown in the comics. Anson Mount (Black Bolt) is pretty much just a guy standing around, as Black Bolt cannot speak unless he wants to destroy all of Attilan with his voice. Which is fine, that is the character, and the use of sign language allows him to communicate through Medusa which is different from the comics, but a nice touch to have him actually do something.  The rest of the time, he is just staring at his co-stars or mugging badly for the camera.  Seriously, some of his over exaggerated facial expressions had me laughing out load at my tv, so often in fact my dog got tired of hearing me and left the room. Iwan Rheon (Maximus) is the only one who shows any signs of acting. Though his Maximus plays off as a watered down Loki, at least with him we get some hints of emotion and purpose.

Karnak, Gorgon (or Gor-gone, as his name is pronounced in the show and drove me crazy every time!), Triton and Crystal round out the royal family, and I really have no need to go into much depth with them. With the exception of Karnak (Ken Leung) who shows some moments of being an interesting character, the cast really need to work on their delivery.  I felt nothing from any of them, and don’t think they were the right choices for their roles. Gorgon is in no way an imposing captain of the royal guard, and the acting shown by Isabelle Cornish (Crystal) did a real disservice to a character I have always liked. But this all really isn’t the actors fault (entirely) but rather of the dialogue and story they are given to work with. Sure, we have a royal coup, but that’s just a plot point; there is no real tone or direction to this story and it just seems to drag along from scene to scene (and believe me, it feels like a long drag).

And WOW, the settings and costumes! Attilan feels cold and sterile, both inside and out. More of an industrial warehouse and less like a kingdom and safe haven for a civilization. The costumes, if we call them that, are underwhelming and cheap looking.  I would expect a royal family to look a little more dignified and not be running around in pleather and leggings.  The make up isn’t anything spectacular either; we have Triton who’s only defining aquatic characteristic are some subtle gill lines on his neck, but otherwise looks like a melted Gumby with a slight ridge or seam running the length of this head.  Would it have been that hard to give him a fin like the books? And Gorgon’s hooves, or what are supposed to be his hooves, look like knee high boots and don’t really look like the impressive legs of his comics counterpart. In fact, that was a problem gnawing at me through the whole show; these Inhumans don’t look, well, inhuman! Yes, I know that not all inhumans have outward transformations, but through all the scenes of the various inhumans on Attilan, and Gorgon and Triton themselves, we don’t see any over the top, strange transformations. I understand this is tv, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us a Lash that matched the comics, and Raina had a huge transformation that was treated well for tv. A little more effort on this would have given Inhumans a more cohesive feel to the source material.

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Then there are smaller moments that really just angered me. Karnak is an inhuman who is able to find the flaw in anyone or anything. This ‘power’ was shown in an interesting way that I really liked.  But then we have Karnak attempting to climb down a mountain, and falls. He couldn’t see the flaw in his descent and work out a safe way to get to the bottom? Or Black Bolt, when he arrives on earth, is amazed by someone taking pictures on their cell phone, that he snatches it and with a caveman like expression, looks at it like some wonderful new thing. Yet in scenes before this, the royal family have wrist communicators that can bend from wrist watches to mini computers, and video screens that appear in thin air…hard to see why a cell phone would baffle him. But the worst moment for me (spoilers, as warned) is with Medusa. In early trailers, fans everywhere were appalled by how bad Medusa’s hair looked when using her powers. Even in this aired pilot, it isn’t the greatest accomplishment in special effects, but it is better then the trailers. But 30 minutes into the show, Medusa is stripped of her power, a little too easily if you ask me, and left broken on the floor. WELL, I guess that’s how they decided to address that problem! We don’t know how to handle it, so we’ll just get rid of it. I was so close to turning it off at that point.

By now, I’m sure I’ve made my feelings clear on this show’s premiere. Weak writing, stiff acting and cheap looking costumes and effects just make me shake my head and want to ask the higher ups at Marvel what the hell were they thinking to let this air? It certainly did not deserve an IMAX release, and the 2 hour premier just dragged along at a very slow pace. I didn’t come away feeling anything for these characters or the story, other then disappointment. The ONLY bright spot for me was Lockjaw.  The computer generated dog had me rooting for him more then the flesh and blood actors did.  I must be a glutton for punishment, because I am planning on tuning in next week. Not because I’m on the edge of my seat with anticipation, but to see if there is any chance of this getting better. It’s probably a lot to hope for.

Overall Rating: 3

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