TOY REVIEW: Hot Toys ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Spider-Man 1/6th Scale Figure

- 10-18-14Featured, Nerd Culture, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a hard movie to like. It was a highly uneven sort of mess, an incoherent hodgepodge of a story/ideas and villains without a semblance of motive or substance. The film did, however, have some good qualities. It looked pretty (effects and action sequences were a true splendor). Andrew Garfield makes for a great Spidey (perfect balance of cocky and snarky). The relationship between Parker/Gwen was played out well (genuine and infectious chemistry). Above all else, this is probably the best Spider-man has ever looked on-screen… like ever. The suit design this time around is without question the closest comic-to-screen realization. When some fans grumbled that 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man‘s suit strayed too far from the look of the original comics (it had a BMX biker look to it and drew in an uncomfortable amount of attention to Garfields crotch), the filmmakers listened. They got it spot on with the eyes, belt, logo, and colors.

And wouldn’t you know it (how’s this for a segway), Sideshow Collectibles (via Hot Toy) has transformed Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of Spidey into a figure. Never has Spider-Man looked so good on-screen and I can say the same about this figure – never has a SM toy looked so damn good. OK, there was that one time in the 90s when Toy Biz made Beach Rescue and Safari Footage Spidey which were the pinnacles of Spider-Man figures (note the sarcasm). But I digress. Sideshow was kind enough to send us The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man figure from Hot Toys for review. It made our Spider-sense – aka nerd-sense – tingle in all the right places (well mostly).  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E2 – “Sara”

- 10-15-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Before we dive into this week’s Arrow let’s agree about one thing: Laurel kinda sucks. No disrespect to Katie Cassidy, she’s done fine work with what she’s been given, but to be honest, what she’s been given hasn’t been very much. The Arrow team is clearly trying to create a more compelling path for Laurel, one that was hinted at in last season’s finale when Sara gave her big sister her Black Canary jacket. Said jacket made a reappearance in tonight’s episode, a moment of epiphany for Ms. Lance, and the audience, that says “Oh yeah, I have a destiny.” With all subtlety of a bat crash through the library window at Wayne Manor, Laurel now realizes that she must become someone else; she must become something else. And that thing is a hot, blonde, leather-clad crime-fighter with the initials B.C. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1E2 – “Fastest Man Alive”

- 10-15-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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After one of the better pilot episodes in any genre in recent memory, fans were a bit cautious about getting excited for the second episode of The Flash.  No one likes being burned and after its epic premiere, it seemed that The Flash had nowhere to go but down.  Luckily, the creators behind the series know the characters that live within the new CW series and, better yet, they know its fans.  For those that were a bit skeptical about where the show would take them, tonight’s episode wiped away any doubt in the series, and for those that were already in for the long haul, the episode rewarded your loyalty with yet another almost perfect episode. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E4 – “Face My Enemy”

- 10-15-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moves into its fourth episode of the second season, I have to say that I’m fairly impressed. They’ve managed to take a series that was a giant, flaming turd for the majority if its first season run and turn it into something that has us guessing. This week, the show pushes itself even further and keeps the momentum of the first three episodes while introducing some of the casual humor that S.H.I.E.L.D. has tried (and mostly failed) to capture before. ‘Face My Enemy’ keeps the plot rolling while alleviating some of the serious tensions that have been building – the hallmark of a potentially great show. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E04–“Arkham”

- 10-14-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Gotham‘s 4th episode is a good example of something viewers like me need to keep in mind: This ain’t your daddy’s Batman.

Not that that’s a bad thing, indeed the whole purpose of the series is to show a side of the Batman universe fans haven’t seen yet–and in that sense, “Arkham” is a strong episode. Just don’t make my mistake of letting the title fool you into getting ahead of where we are in the timeline. There are no imprisoned supervillains to be enjoyed here (and I doubt if Harley Quinn is even a gleam in Mr. Quinzel’s eye yet).

Instead, what we have here is a power play between the syndicates controlled by Mob Bosses Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas).

Btw, am I the only one who thinks their respective outfits should be referred to colloquially as the ‘Conies and the ‘Ronies? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E1 – “No Sanctuary”

- 10-13-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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‘No Sanctuary,’ the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, reminds us what we’ve known for a long time, there is no safe place in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. With fractured spirits, how will our group survive their new enemies – who are quite possibly the most terrifying ones they’ve ever faced?  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E3 – “Making Friends and Influencing People”

- 10-08-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Two episodes in and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 is already blowing season 1 out of the water. For the last few episodes, we’ve been watching as Coulson tries to get the fractured S.H.I.E.L.D. into some sort of order, using mercenaries and guerilla tactics. There aren’t too many S.H.I.E.L.D. allies left, so he’s using what he can to fight off H.Y.D.R.A., the enemy organization that seems just as screwed up as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. But with last episode’s Absorbing Man finally defeated, what will the team have to deal with in episode 3, ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’? As it turns out, another familiar face is returning to the show. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S01E01 – “City Of Heroes”

- 10-08-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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DC is definitely hitting the small screen with a vengeance this season.  In addition to their highly successful property, Arrow, DC premiered Gotham this season, Constantine hits NBC in just a few weeks, iZombie will be airing on CW soon, and there are plans for a live action Teen Titans in the works, as well as plans for live action versions of Lucifer and even Supergirl.  One of the most highly anticipated adaptations, however, is the Arrow spin off, The Flash.  Ever since the superhero spin off was announced, fans of both Arrow and the comic book incarnation of The Flash have been excited to see just what CW had in store for them.  Would it be a dark and gritty take on the character, much like Gotham is offering?  Would it be a bit too heavy on the soap opera side, such as Smallville had a tendency to lean?  Flash fans can rest assured now that the premiere has finally aired.  Not only was the pilot episode of the new series a separate creature unto itself, it was a perfect way to introduce Barry Allen, aka, The Flash. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E3–“The Balloonman”

- 10-07-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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In my review of last week’s installment of Gotham: “Selina Kyle”, I discussed my main objection to the series thus far: That the first two episodes seemed overwritten and unmanageably complex.

I’m not arrogant enough to even consider the notion that the Gotham writers heard my complaints and wrote “The Balloonman” specifically to address them, but if I could have asked them to, this is precisely the episode I’d want them to make. It’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy to follow–and if the rest of the season follows The Balloonman’s lead, Gotham has a real shot at being a truly great show. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E2 – “Heavy is The Head”

- 10-01-14Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by Jason McAnelly

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When last we left the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team, they were struggling on despite a distinct membership deficiency. After the events of season 1, the once proud government organization wasn’t exactly welcome anymore. The remnants of the team, now led by Agent Coulson, consisted of mercenaries, a jailed Ward and a crazy version of Fitz. When they went to retrieve an artifact, they were confronted by Crusher Creel, aka the Absorbing Man. He got the best of them and the artifact was in the middle of being stolen away from S.H.I.E.L.D. for good. So what does ‘Heavy is the Head’ have in store? (more…)