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…)
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.
So I’m reading some Spider-Man comics from the mid 90’s and stumbled across the the 1995 mini-series “Planet of the Symbiotes”. In this story, Eddie Brock tries to separate himself from the Venom symbiote, which causes it to freak out & send a telepathic distress message into space, which brings a whole mess of symbiotes to Earth. Turns out that there’s an entire race of the things that travels the galaxy and bonds with different lifeforms, consuming their energy until they’re dead & then moving onto the next planet. The Venom symbiote we all know and love was actually exiled from their society for wanting to permanently bond with a host & actually live with it rather than just use it up as fast as possible and leave behind a dead husk. What a loser, right?! It was marooned on Battleworld until Spider-Man found it during Secret Wars. Anyway, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Venom team up to fight off the symbiotes & save the day.
The point I should be getting to here is that issue two of this series, Spider-Man Super Special #1 (it ran in “super specials” off all the Spider titles at the time; Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, etc.) was drawn buy a guy named Joe St. Pierre. St. Pierre hadn’t been in the business that long, having gotten his start in 1992. His art style…I can only describe it like this: It’s like somebody got Todd McFarlane good & hammered drunk and had him pencil a Spider-Man book. Take a look for yourself.
Joe St. Pierre is still working today and he did go on to get a lot better. Just goes to show you that any artist would most likely be better served cultivating their own style instead of trying to mimic someone else’s.
Now that Marvel has finally gotten the proverbial stick out of their proverbial butt and let the X-Men be the frickin’ X-Men again, I’ve found myself back into the foray of reading comics. And when I read comics, I tend to have lots and lots of opinions about them. Thankfully, I have a blog for that!
Coming soon will be the restarting of my eXaminations bit where I go through what’s going on in the X-Men world, and I’ll probably do it on an individual issue basis so I don’t let the pile grow to the point where there’s more work than thought.
But I’m not just reading X-Men, dear friends. I’ve also been sticking my nose into other books that tickle my fancy and I will be sharing thoughts on those as well. The main one, of course, is the Whatever New Relaunch Blue Beetle book which has the return of Ted Kord! And why isn’t he dead, you ask? Because in this world, he never died.
So look for that. But before I leave, I will give you a little bit of joy I found in my readings, coming from April’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #16 by Joshua Corin and Scott Koblish. The setup is that Deadpool, Spider-Man and Cami Van Helsing have traveled to Latvia to convince Dracula to lead his Vampire Army against their monster-leading villain. Unfortunately, they find Dracula uninterested in doing anything of the sort, being perfectly fine living his life down in the basement playing online games while a minion regularly sends him victims to feed upon via trap door slide from the toilet.
So Cami Van Helsing pisses off the undeadman to the point that he’s ready to kill her fabulously, but Spider-Man challenges the gamer in him to a video game fight in which Cami plays as Spider-Man and Dracula plays as, well, Dracula.
With Summer quickly approaching, so too is the Summer movie season. So in this episode, we are highlighting some movies we’re looking forward to, and some that we can’t actually believe are being made in release. Also, this installment of “Better Know an X-Man” features Slipstream.