There’s been a recurring theme for reader feedback on my Marvel Cinematic Universe power rankings, namely confusion and surprise at my (admittedly atypical) number two ranking of Jessica Jones season one. [Read more…] about Jessica Jones Season Two Review!
Comic Book TV
In some very unexpected ways, I’ve found myself appreciating Punisher more and more after seeing and thinking about Black Panther.
While the entries in the MCU are very different, I repeatedly found myself extending praise toward Black Panther for approaches the Punisher mirrors. Most notably, Black Panther is the rare Marvel Cinematic Universe film that can combine sheer fantasy entertainment with very real debate around relatable, complex human issues. [Read more…] about Marvel Netflix Punisher Review!
When it debuted in 2003, the hook for Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona’s “Runaways” was the beautifully simple line, “Everyone thinks their parents are evil. What if yours really were?” [Read more…] about Marvel’s Runaways Season One Review: So This Is Prestige Comic Book TV
When Iron Fist was announced, I had exceedingly high hopes for the Kung-Fu mastery of Danny Rand on the prestige Netflix stage. From Winter Soldier’s paranoid spy thriller to Ant Man’s miniature heist, Marvel has proven skillful at genre-smashing superheroes, and the mystical Kung-Fu of Iron Fist offered endlessly fertile visual territory.
Depressingly, Iron Fist, a book steeped in Kung-Fu since its 70s origins, resolutely refuses to become an off the wall martial arts showcase set inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, Iron Fist is a boardroom drama masquerading as set-up for The Hand’s villainous role in Defenders, a slow burn in which Marvel simply forgets to light the candle.
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Making an artistically exquisite masterpiece of a superhero show has almost reached ‘cinematic porn’ levels of mythicism. No matter the creative talent, the critically minded wonder, is it even possible within the medium? (For porn, the answer is of course: Boogie Nights, so yes.)
*Spoiler-Free Review For the Episode, but I do mention Legion Comic Book History, which you may not want to know yet if you’re only watching the show!*