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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you’re thinking about that. Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – A Hotel Strike Was The Talk Of This Year’s TwitchCon – Please don’t cross picket lines.

CBR – Fox Announces Gotham Season 5 Premiere Date – Cool.

CBR – Marvel’s Runaways Actor Kip Pardue Accused of Sexual Assault– No excuse. He needs to be dumped.

The Beat – When a Con Goes wrong: Alamo City Comic Con Cosplay Contest host goes in blackface – Was it Megyn Kelly?That’s one show to not support.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #1004

Talking Comics – Judge Dredd: Toxic #1

Pop! Marvel – Marvel’s Runaways are Coming this Summer

Marvel’s runaway teenage Super Heroes are getting the Pop! Vinyl treatment, which might not erase the sting of discovering that their parents are Super Villains, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Nico, Alex, Karolina, Gert, Molly and Chase will bring style, sass and a smorgasbord of Super Hero abilities to your collection. Nico comes with the Staff of One, Gert is armed with her signature riot grrrl style and Chase is armed with his Fistigons and ready to fight.

Pop! Marvel –  Marvel’s Runaways are out this summer from Funko.


Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

The Beat – Help Wanted: Comics Outreach Lead for Kickstarter – Another great job in the comic industry.

ICv2 – Top Five Comics Business Events in 2017 – Agree or disagree with this list?

CBR – Fox Officially Renews The Gifted for Season 2 – What will debut in the second season?

CBR – Marvel’s Runaways Reportedly Renewed for Second Season – Yay!!!

 

Reviews

ICv2 – The Prince and the Dressmaker

CBR – Rogue and Gambit #1

Comic Attack – Transformers vs. The Visionaries #1

TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E5 Kingdom

After their not-so-fearless leader is taken, the kids spring into action. Alex discovers long-buried secrets about his dad, as the kids uncover new truths about themselves.

Marvel’s Runaways continues the mystery and the action as various plotlines come together. Alex was kidnapped in the last episode by Darius and we find out what the deal is between Darius and Geoffrey. Who’s going to save Alex? Will it be his father or will it be his friends?

It’s a solid episode in that it moves plotlines forward and at the same time reveals a lot about the various characters. And it allows the characters to discover more about each other too. In that sense, we see them finally come together as a team and the reaction is what you might expect from teenagers as they discover one can do magic and another can lift cars. Up to this point the series felt like acquaintances coming back together but this is the moment we see them as a team.

With all of that comes a lot of character growth and changes. Alex has realized how bad his father is and is forced to perform an action he didn’t expect stealing his innocence away in a quick moment. But, that loss of innocence is realized and accepted by everyone.

Molly – “Why would our parents do horrible things?”
Gert – “I guess, because they’re horrible people.”

While the above might seem a bit silly to say, it’s a moment of realization that puts it out there as to where all of the kids are. Their parents have a lot they’re hiding and aren’t the good people they thought they were. It’s that moment of the movie where someone states they need to “rescue their friend” or “stop the evil plan.” We know that’s what’s coming and what they’re thinking but it needs to still be stated in some ways.

The acting and production value still is great and the fact this is airing on Hulu bows my mind. It’s all the equal of Marvel’s Netflix releases and is at times better than the movies. Each episode looks fantastic and what should come off as goofy at times has worked in every instance and exceeded expectations. The cast too has gelled in a way that others haven’t. They really do feel like long time friends who drifted apart and have come together. Their parents balance both approachable and scheming. It just all comes together in a fantastic package.

This episode is the one that really gets things going especially with an ending reveal that’s fascinating, mysterious, puzzling, and exciting. The series continues to impress and is the one live action comic adaptation I’m excited for each and every week.

Overall Rating: 8.95

TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E4 Fifteen

The parents try to find a solution to Pride’s problem, and the kids grapple with a new discovery that yields more questions than answers.

Marvel’s Runaways continues to impress as things come together and fall apart in so many ways. The Pride is scrambling after discovering their sacrifice didn’t do what they wanted. This leaves them trying to find a replacement. While things still aren’t quite explained, it’s all very mysterious and it’s nice to see the villains’ plan not going well unlike so many other series that are out there. It raises the threat in some ways and shows the villains as fallible.

What’s also solid is the cracks in the group. The Yorkes want to get the hell out of dodge and to safety, which we learn isn’t really safe. The Yorkes are part of the Pride that you get a sense that they’re forced into this situation and aren’t completely on board. It’s an interesting aspect and shows how sinister other members are.

While the adults have a lot of the episode dedicated to their machinations, it’s their kids that continue to be the draw as they figure out what’s going on. The general decision is made that they should assume their parents are killers and protect themselves, which seems smart. But, what’s really nice is the episode focuses on the “non-mystery” aspect of them all.

Chase gets confronted by the fight over the attempted rape of Karolina in the first episode. While there’s aspects of this plot that aren’t good, using Karolina to further Chase’s story, there’s good too in that this is a very real aspect of teenage life that’s explored. The fact Karolina is confronted by another girl and blamed for the friction in the lacrosse team as opposed to the would be rapists also is interesting and a bit more realistic. It’s no longer just about putting Chase over, it’s also about teen dynamics and issues that they face. I totally understand why some don’t like this aspect of the show and now that it’s revisited in this way, it feels a bit less like a mechanism to push Chase’s story.

There’s also humor on top of the drama. Gert’s club is revisited, Molly has solid lines, and the Yorkes are cute in their craziness.

Another solid episode and out of all of the comic turned television shows this one had me nervous but four episodes in I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Overall Rating: 8.75

TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E3 Destiny

The kids are reeling following last night’s events. As an investigation begins, they discover their parents may have more to hide than they could have imagined.

While the first two episodes were the set up, the third of Marvel’s Runaways is an interesting one as the main story expands and the team begins to figure out if their parents are murderers.

While the episode has a bit of Scooby-Doo to it, there’s a lot of solid here mostly revolving around the interactions of the characters and the high production quality of it all. The various teens split up to explore their own little corners of the world to figure out what’s going on and the results feel like even more of a mystery. For those that have read the comics, it’s not, but for those that are new this all might seem a bit… weird.

Snow falling from the ceiling, a dinosaur in a basement, x-ray specs, Runaways has its foot in a lot of genres and plays it all off well as the television show focuses on the tween aspects that made the comic series a success.

But, what’s really interesting is how it treats its adults who gain lots of depth in this episode as more is explored. Though the Pride has the makings of a well knit group, it’s clear they’re not as some members aren’t completely sold on what’s going on and others are… have affairs!? Yes, the drama isn’t relegated to the teenagers, it’s also present with the adults too.

At its core, despite the powers to come and the cool gizmos, the show is about the relationships and interactions between all of the characters and each episode so far has remembered that key point. It’s just all done really well at the same time.

Overall Rating: 8.5

TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E2 Rewind

The second episode of Marvel’s Runaways is a retelling of the first episode, as seen from the parents’ perspective. Everyone’s on edge, but after tonight, should all go as planned, they won’t have to worry about their obligations again.

 

With the weirdness and ending of the first episode on our mind, the second episode gives us a review of the first with a twist telling the story from the parent’s perspective. Going this route gives us a deeper understanding of the world, though so many questions are still left on the table.

The parents have a solid amount of depth added to each as every one gets a decent amount of time on screen. Though things aren’t completely laid out, enough is there that we get a sense of who they are and more importantly the varied amounts of friction that exists. Though they’re clearly part of a secret society, not all are on board in the same way. There’s cracks in the armor. Beyond that we get a sense of each parent’s personality and a bit about their history. It’s a solid way to add to the first episode’s introduction and let us know about the large cast of the show in a different way. The episode succeeds on multiple fronts.

But, it’s not all a catch up, it also takes us to the moments after the events of the first with the kids freaking out over what they’ve seen and the parents attempting to figure out what the flash was. It’s all set up in a Scooby-Doo(ish) sort of way as the kids scramble to not get caught.

Like the first episode, the second is a solid mix of interactions and personalities. The series is based on a comic book and that “capes” aspect of it all is secondary to the mystery and characters. Two episodes in we’ve got a good base as to where things stand, what’s happened, and some of the “why” of it all. This is a show that’s about two groups of friends and as one comes together the other is fracturing in a way.

Marvel’s Runaways in two episodes continues to make the case that it’s the best live action comic show in 2017 and on the air right now.

Overall Rating: 8.5

TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E1 Reunion

Adapting the classic Marvel comic series Runaways, we finally have a chance to see these characters on the small screen in a new live action series Marvel’s Runaways airing on Hulu. It’s the latest example of original programming only being available through a subscription service another. In this case you’ll be shelling out $6 or $12 at a minimum a month for the series which will see a new episode air each Tuesday. I myself abhor this new business model and already feel like I’m paying too much between cable, my underused Amazon Prime, and Netflix, so I was hesitant to pay for the privilege to watch just this series since I already have much of what Hulu offers elsewhere. And after finishing the first episode, I can say, I’m actually happy with the investment.

A group of six Los Angeles teens, fractured by a tragic loss, reunite only to discover that their parents may be hiding a terrible secret that turns their world upside down.

That’s the basic idea of the series and to give more would ruin the surprise and secret so I’ll do my best to focus on just this first episode and what’s presented, not what I know of what’s to come. Runaways is about extraordinary kids placed in a difficult situation along with everything that comes with being a kid. For the first 40ish minutes of the first episode, that’s the series focus. Who are these kids, their personalities, and their relationships and lack there of. Something happened in the past to fracture what was once a close group. Alex, Nico, Karolina, Molly, Chase, and Gertrude are the six individuals we’re introduced to and the episode portrays them in a way that’s believable. These are kids, partying, being snarky, and dealing with real issues like the loss of a friend, drugs, rape, and more. The show’s first episode is straight up drama hinting at the fantastical to come. And what it does so well is give us emotion.

It’s that emotion that makes the series stand out from every other series Marvel has released so far. More CW drama than Netflix, the series’ focus is the characters and their relationships first. Everything else comes second. The show first and foremost is about friendship and heart and it nails that almost perfectly and somehow enhances tropes while not sinking in them.

The direction and production value of the episode is fantastic. While some of the shots are typical, there’s a fantastic balance between lingering close ups that are slightly off center and emphasizing each character. The fantastical is kept to a minimum instead keeping things grounded. And the episode builds to those last few minutes where things begin to spiral out of control.

The series is definitely mature with no issues dropping swear words, flipping a finger, or tackling topics we’ve seen in Afterschool Specials. It’s a breath of fresh air in so many ways with a natural story and actors who feel like the right ages of the people they’re portraying. One episode in and surprisingly the upstart show on the upstart video service is one of the best live action comic adaptations of 2017.

Overall Rating: 9.0

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