Category Archives: Comic Book

Golden Age of Comic Books


Floored.  Absolutely floored!  That’s the only way I can describe my reactions to these EPIC pieces rendered by artist Joe Phillips.  He takes some of Comic Books’ most iconic characters and pairs them with actors and actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age.  I grew up in a house that watched movies and television programs that highly featured these legendary performers, so this was an extra special treat for me; particularly Lucille Ball as The Scarlet Witch!

I wonder if I can get him to do one with James Dean as Gambit?  Wouldn’t that be just an absolutely PERFECT pairing?!?

Normal is Overrated


Dogs of the Marvel Universe


Because there has GOT to be a parallel universe where this MUST exist, gifted illustrator and art director, Josh Lynch, brings to life some high-profile Marvel heroes and villains in the form of dogs!  These canine comic book characters hit all the right notes and make you just want to bring them home to poop on your carpet, tear through your home and potentially either save or ruin the day.

If I had to levy any criticism on these fantastic pieces, it’s that it’s one big sausage-fest.  Where’s Phoenix?  Where’s Rogue?  WHERE’S STORM?!?!?

ESPN’s Naked Avengers


Every year, ESPN has a “Body Issue” where it celebrates the amazing bodies of athletes.  It’s a time when they stop to admire the vast potential of the human form and unapologetically stand in awe of the athletes who’ve pushed their physiques to profound frontiers.  It is also one of the few times I pay attention to the publication for what I think should be obvious and very naked reasons.

This year, was a spectacular goody bag filled with geeky surprises.  ESPN asked Marvel to create naked illustrations of some of their super-powered heroes for an insert they like to call: The Superhero Edition.  Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief stated:

When comic book artists imagine the physical ideal, they have to start somewhere – and let’s face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes.  Marvel’s Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them.

Damn right, Axel and thank the Marvel Gods (not to mention talented artists) for bringing these 9 Naked Avengers into focus.  That image of Luke cage and Daredevil just does naughty things to my brain.  It’s a shame the artist didn’t keep sketching.  Finger’s crossed that the X-Men strip down next year!  Why?  Because reasons!


Happy ‘Murica Day


Dawn of Justice


Entertainment Weekly is just kilin me with with their ComicCon issue.  Why?  Because The Trinity in all their non-comic book glory is featured on the cover!  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!


It’s almost unreal to see these Titans of the DC Universe in full, living color.  I’m literally so excited I could just spit!  I’m glad to see that Wonder Woman’s outfit does have elements of her classic colors versus the very beige and brown debut from a couple of months ago.  Not that I didn’t like her Xena, Warrior Princess vibe; in fact, I personally kinda loved it!  But I know all the fanboys of the world died a little inside. Maybe now, they can calm their nerd rage a smidge?  I mean, COME ON!  This picture looks like it leaped right off the pages of a comic book!


Entertainment Weekly has a few additional exclusive set pics; so if you’re in the mood to nerdgasm a little more, head on over and check them out.

How Age of Ultron Should Have Ended


If you’ve not had the chance to watch any (if not all) of the “How It Should Have Ended” videos on YouTube, you’re missing out!  Get thee to their channel, immediately!  You shall feel all the better for it.  And if you don’t?  Well…. you have no soul.  #SorryNotSorry

Moving right along, these geniuses who clearly do God’s work, have made a 2 part episode outlining this summer’s largest blockbuster: Avenger’s, Age of Ultron and it is FANTASTIC!  Consider this your pseudo-spoiler warning for anybody who’s not seen it yet, since it kinda gives away the end plot points.  By the way, if you haven’t seen it?  Well… you have no soul, too.  #SorryNotSorry

For the rest of you?  ENJOY!

Avengers Assembled!




I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Supergirl pilot (which was not set to be aired until November this year) was inadvertently “leaked” online for all the world to see.  You may be asking why I threw those cute little quotation marks around the word, leaked?  Well, because I’ve had the inexplicable luck of running into a few leaked movies and TV shows in my day and I can tell you one thing they all share in common: they all have the words “advanced screening copy” or “property of blah blah blah studios” watermarked all over the scenes.  THIS “leaked pilot” however?  Did not.  So my inner Sherlock Homo tells me this is just one big marketing ploy by Warner Bros to drum up interest and buzz.  That being said, let’s get to my spoiler-free review as I’ve (as mentioned) inexplicably stumbled onto a copy of said “leaked pilot”.


There’s a very prevalent tongue-in-cheek quality to the show and they waste no time putting Supergirl right into action despite it being a pilot. The special effects are also pretty good and oft times, intense. You really feel like she’s flying or punching really fucking hard.  I also find Melissa Benoist, AMAZING!  She plays Kara as a strong and determined (albeit awkward) girl who’s just trying to find her way.  The whole premise of her character lies in that the mission she was sent to Earth for (protecting Kal-El as he grew), no longer exists since her ship didn’t land on Earth at the same time as Superbaby’s did.  So now, she needs to find her own way in the world.  BTW: for any of you thinking I’ve spoiled this part of the show, get over yourself and pick up a comic book.  That isn’t exactly a secret plot.


See that talk, dark and unnecessarily handsome stud standing next to Kara, up there?… pause for tastiness… ok, we’re back.  That’s Mehcad Brooks.  Some of you may know him as Eggs from HBO’s True Blood; but today, he stands before you as this show’s Jimmy Olsen.  Oh I’m sorry, he goes by James now.  Interesting take on the character, no?  I’m not referring to the glaringly obvious choice of turning the Daily Planet’s red-haired, goofy, cub-reporter/photographer into this HAWT black Adonis of a man.  It’s that Jimmy, isn’t Jimmy anymore.  He oozes sex appeal, confidence and just the right amount of smolder to make you drop your panties.  I mean… look at the way that shirt hugs his chest.  JUST LOOK AT IT!… pause for more tastiness and chest looking… see what I mean?


I assume one of the main reasons for sexing up Jimmy.. cough-cough .. JAMES, is that the world of Supergirl presents that bumbling archetype in the form of Winn Schott; Jeremy Jordan’s character.  He’s dopey, he’s cute, and he’s adorkable on every conceivable level.  He’s the kind of guy you wanna take home to mommy but first you’d have to give him a few pointers so he doesn’t say the wrong things or accidentally knock the fine china off the dinner table.


Finally, there’s Callista Flockheart as Cat Grant.  Looks like Ally McBeal became besties with Miranda Priestly and brought back some of her charm, wit and outright bitchyness to the Tribune.  Some of the interactions between Cat and Kara seem lifted straight from “The Devil Wears Prada”, but I’m not exactly mad at it.  It’s fun to watch.  I just hope they elevate the “Emily scenes” past what the movie gave us (which were phenomenal, BTW).

So there you have it; my “Leaked Pilot” musings with some hotness thrown in.  Although a few elements of the storytelling felt rushed to me, all in all it was a great watch.  Supergirl has definitely flown straight into my heart and I’ll be tuning in weekly to see how she develops…. you know… in November… when all of this was supposed to start.

I shiver with antici-


Super Baggage