In this week’s episode, Anthony and J. R. are discussing part 6 of The Dark Tower series, Song of Susannah. Find out what happens to Roland’s ka-tet after the battle in Calla Bryn Sturgis. Later on, Casey stops by to do a quick recap of the season 7 premiere episode of Game of Thrones, “Dragonstone,” and he also gives some thoughts on Spider-man: Homecoming.
When we last saw the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man on screen, he was helping Iron Man fight Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, because Tony Stark it would be a great idea to bring an inexperienced high schooler in to fight a bunch of Avengers. Before that though, he was being played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-man 2, where he was fighting Electro. While I really like Garfield as Spider-man, I can admit that that movie was not good.
It wasn’t Andrew Garfield’s fault that the movie wasn’t good, but in Sony’s desperation to make a successful, sustainable Spider-man series, they went to Disney and Marvel Studios for help. Not getting into the whole business side of it, but gone was Andrew Garfield and in was Tom Holland.
At its core, this movie is about people chasing after what they feel they deserve. With the Vulture, he feels like he got screwed over when Damage Control took his company off of clean-up after the Battle of New York, which was 8 years ago. (We’ll come back to that.) Peter Parker, after his run-in with the Avengers thinks he deserves another mission and an actual spot with the Avengers. Vulture deals with it by stealing alien technology and making weapons to sell. Peter is just pretty careless in chasing after the Vulture, and overall, Peter’s actions are the things I did not like in this movie. (more…)
With the new season of Game of Thrones starting this Sunday, we figured it would be a good idea give our thoughts on what we expect and hope for in this coming season. These guesses will be brought back up in the season recap to see how we did.
The Lazarus Contract was a 4-part story involving the Titans, the Teen Titans, and Deathstroke. Story and scripts by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest. Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Roberto, Viacava, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy.
The story starts with a flashback as the Titans are taking on Ravager, Deathstroke’s son Grant. During the battle, Ravager dies of an apparent heart attack. Deathstroke carries him off vowing revenge. There’s a jump to three days ago, where Deathstroke was in the hospital after a cornea transplant, because apparently he had been completely blind, or something. (Notes say Deathstroke 12-18, I don’t read Deathstroke.) He tells Wintergreen to get the jet ready to go to New York.
The Titans are fighting a group that looks like H.I.V.E., but isn’t. They tell Nightwing that that Lazarus says the deal is off, but no one has any idea what that means. During this, Wally disappears. Jump to now, the Titans are searching for Wally, Nightwing continues to deny that he knows any thing about Lazarus or a contract. Omen is certain that he’s lying to her. Meanwhile, Wally is stuck on a treadmill, being interrogated by a mystery voice that ends up being Deathstroke. He tries to learn about Wally’s life in the time stream and in a different life. Deathstroke says he has a deal for him. He wants Wally to travel back in time to save his son. If Wally does this, Deathstroke promises that he will give up being Deathstroke. Wally declines this, because of time travel stuff, and Deathstroke shows he has a contingency plan. He shows that he has the New52 Wally West from the Teen Titans. (For simplicity, he shall be called Wally (TT).) (more…)
Since Spider-man Homecoming comes out this week, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on a Spider-man story from the comics. So Casey, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man expert is here to tell Jacob and J. R. the wonderful tale of The Clone Saga. Find out why there are so many clones running around. Are there too many clones? Does it become to saga-y?
While researching Marvel Comics bankruptcy filing from over 20 years ago, I found this archived article from E! News. It talks about how Marvel’s sales had plummeted, driving the company into debt; owing $1.2 billion when they were only worth $1.3 billion.
What I found funny about this is that the article mentions their plan to develop Marvel Studios & this archived website features an ad for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens next Friday. Homecoming is the newest offering from Marvel Studios, which has brought in nearly $12 billion dollars since 2008.
Summer may have just started, but it feels like we are already in the dog days of the baseball season. Anthony and J. R. discuss their feelings on the Cincinnati Reds seasons so far, as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs.