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Pharoah Miles’ Favorite TV Shows of 2018

Luke Cage Season 2

Luke Cage Season 2 – In what would be its “swan song”, the show comes into its own, telling a unique story, subverting a horrible stereotype, and giving the hero a transition, which fans were sorely cheated out of.

Iron Fist Season 2 – Just like Luke Cage, this series also found its way in its sophomore outing, fans can only speculate where the show would go with two Iron Fists

Timeless – Over its two seasons, the show has more than made fans worldwide, it has given the time travel genre, a few new twists

Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil Season 3 – Though the season started slow, it had a ton of revelations and pushed its titular hero to his limits, as fans got to enjoy the show at its zenith, before its cancellation

Sense8 Series Finale – In this show’s swan song, we get one last team-up that truly puts all other finales to shame, as this particular episode I watched three times just to catch all the things they put in it.

Krypton – Kudos goes out to SyFy for doing a prequel show right, despite one of their earlier attempts, Caprica, failing. They took those lessons learned and applied it to this show, where we get to meet Kal-El’s grandfather and a Back To The Future version of Adam Strange


Titans – In a fine fist season that will be ending soon, this series gives us a gritty yet fun version of the characters have grown to love and this shows properly ”adults” them up

Black Lightning – As the newest show to be part of the CW’s DC TV Universe, this show strikes the perfect balance between character development, superhero action and tackling relevant issues, even better than its counterparts in its freshman season

The Tick – As beloved the comic, the cartoon and the first live action version of the show are, this version more than sets itself apart, as this one finally gets the humor from the comic.

The Haunting Of Hill House – As a fan of Shirley Jackson, I could not wait for this show, as it more than delivered in spades, and happened to be scarier in places where I least expected it

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Detroit Metro Times – UM Dearborn comic book cover exhibition is no child’s play – This sounds cool.

CBR – Spoon! Amazon Renews Tick for Second Season – Glad the response was good enough for this.

The Comicrhon – Hawkman Found #1 top reordered book third consecutive week; February, March Comichron pages added – For those that like the horse race.



IGN – Batman #39

IGN – Damage #1

CBR – Days of Hate #1

Talking Comics – Mech Cadet Yu #5

IGN – The Mighty Thor #703

IGN – Star Wars #42

IGN – Venom Inc.: Omega #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Actions Comics #994 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold and Superman… nuff said.

Batman: Creature of the Night #2 (DC Comics) – The second part of this series which explores the idea that Batman is just a story that inspires.

Bonehead #1 (Image Comics) – Any new Image series has us interested in checking it out.

Chasing Hitler #2 (Red 5 Comics) – Two soldiers are chasing Hitler who didn’t take his life at the end of WWII. An interesting debut and we’re looking forward to the second.

Detective Comics #971 (DC Comics) – The Victim Syndicate is on the move for what feels like a great follow up arc from their debut.

Doomsday Clock #2 (DC Comics) – The epic continues!

Eternity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – An epic from Matt Kindt continuing from his the amazing concepts from Divinity.

Eugenic #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The final issue of this series which is a fascinating think piece about society.

Hawkman Found #1 (DC Comics) – Get the scoop on the return(ish) of this character with this “Dark Nights” tie-in!

Imaginary Fiends #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue was interesting and had a world where imaginary characters exist and they’re a bit evil.

Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 (IDW Publishing) – The series is already cancelled but we want to see where the next chapter for G.I. Joe goes!

Spider-Men II #5 (Marvel) – The miniseries wraps up and we’re excited to see where it goes from here!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1 (Marvel) – Learn more about the mysterious planet!

Tick 2017 #2 (New England Comics) – Enjoying the new Amazon series? Check out this brand new series with Cullen Bunn writing!

X-O Manowar (2017) #10 (Valiant Entertainment) – Writer Matt Kindt has been putting together an epic here. Definitely a series that’s not to be missed.


Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you excited to get? What are you looking forward to reading? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Jim Zub – Creator-Owned Economics: Long Tail in a Moving Market – A great read for the inside info on the comic business.

CBR – Tick Star Donating Salary from Woody Allen Film to Sexual Abuse Charity – Good on him.

ComicMix – Ed Catto: Comic Con or Entrepreneur Con? – An interesting read.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – The Family Trade #1

The Tick Season 1 Part 2 Gets a Teaser Trailer

In a workaday world where superheroes fly among us, mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (GRIFFIN NEWMAN) suspects The City is controlled by a fabled villain known as The Terror (JACKIE EARLE HALEY), despite evidence of The Terror’s death 15 years ago. Arthur has a traumatic connection with The Terror, whose movements he has obsessively tracked since childhood. Arthur’s sister, Dot (VALORIE CURRY), is a paramedic who dotes on her brother but also provides a sibling’s tough love. The more he talks about super-villain super-conspiracies, the more she warns him to “keep it real.”

Fate soon brings Arthur together with a tall, verbally adroit muscleman with superpowers and a mysterious past: The Tick (PETER SERAFINOWICZ). As they investigate the mystery surrounding The Terror, they draw attention from the electrifying enigma known as Miss Lint and a hyper-violent vigilante named Overkill, confronting the complexity of the struggle between good and evil. The Tick, bursting with relentlessly original storylines and quotable dialogue, shows what a blast crusading for truth and justice can be. Our culture is now awash with self-serious mythologies and grimly determined, interchangeable characters filling not just franchises but entire universes. The time has come for The Tick.

The Tick returns February 2018.

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E6 Rising

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Arthur try to use Ramses to prove that the Terror is alive and run into trouble. Miss Lint takes the advice of an old friend.

The Tick wraps up its first season with an episode that leaves things so open there’s no way this isn’t coming back in some way. It’s hard to review this episode without spiling a lot, but the Terror steals the show as Jackie Earl Haley has tons of fun and does/says things that are so over the top that there’s no way it’s not funny.

What’s interesting is that with just six episodes things are far from complete and it feels like that. It leaves an unsatisfying ending to it. While it’s a cliffhanger ending, it doesn’t feel like one for a season, instead more of a mid-season, and even then the six episodes are so short and so little accomplished the overall package doesn’t quite pull together here with the final few moments.

And that’s the thing that gets me about this episode and the “season.” With just six episodes (five new ones), the season feels too short and not much happens. Double the length would feel a bit more satisying in many ways and a lot more could be done as far as story and action. As is, this all still feels like a teaser of things to come. There’s lots of reveals and some great reveals, but this episode, like the season feels like it’s just a little bit to put it really over the top.

As is, the fundamentals are all here, there’s just a special spark that’s missing.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E5 Fear of Flying

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Dot help Arthur try to control his flyaway supersuit as the Pyramid Gang pursues them. Miss Lint has an unexpected caller.

Arthur has his suit and we get some excitement in a certain moth suit. Compared to a lot of the previous epidoes this one feels a bit more action packed mixing some jumor with it all as various folks track Arthur and his adventure.

Overkill, Ramses and the Pyramid Gang, and the Tick are all after Arthur and the suit in their own ways that eventually leads to some solid action in what is the first inevitable showdown. But, the episode has fun with that as some tropes are made fun of such as bad guy cliches and good guys at first fighting.

The episode does a good job on contrasting the various heroes in Arthur, the Tick, and Overkill. There’s some conflict, and humor, in that but both aren’t presented enough. That’s a lot of the series in that it feels like it holds things back a bit never fully embracing the humor, the action, or ludicrousness of it all. We get the biggest example in the form of Danger Boat who has so much potential for the over the top nature of it all.

There’s nothing bad about this at all. It’s entertaining and at 20 something minutes an episode it never feels too long or drawn out. But, the series has a theme to it which is that it feels like it plays it safe in many ways and would be better if it just embraced its zany past.


You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E4 Party Crashers

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick crashes an Everest family party to convince Arthur’s sister Dot of her brother’s super-heroic destiny. Another more dangerous party-crasher arrives to threaten Arthur and his family.

It’s taken four episodes, but here we finally see some of the humor I expect in a live action The Tick series. The episode takes Arthur to a birthday party for his father where he’s confronted by Miss Lint who needs his help regarding the mysterious suit. The humor is both physical and written and really nails it in a lot of ways.

The Tick comes off as innocent and just plain dumb as he sits enjoying presents being opened in a childlike way that’s somewhat endearing. There’s also his embracing of a homeless person and not remembering a bad guy, this Tick isn’t so much a goofball as he’s pure innocence.

Then there’s some physical humor regarding Arthur’s super suit that’s fantastic as it mocks heads up displays and wearables. It’s just gooy and done in a way that had me snickering.

Then there’s Overkill and hist boat which feels like the worst update to Knight Rider ever… or maybe the greatest.

None of this is laugh out loud funny but it has the underlying silliness of the original two versions. This is just the dry sarcastic brother of them all. It’s a dierent sort of Tick, but one I’m really appreciating in its reserved sense of humor.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 7.0

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