All posts tagged: comics

Review: A Once Crowded Sky, by Tom King

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“Remarkable … the would-be heroes of Watchmen have staggeringly complex psychological profiles.”—New York Times Book Review Sometimes I think the above quote, which ran on the cover of Watchmen trade paperbacks for years heralding its literary merit, is symptomatic of a movement in the public perception of comics that has done more harm than good. Not to delve too far into this theory of mine, but in the almost thirty years after Watchmen, the signifier […]

Review: The Fictional Man, by Al Ewing (2013)

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Here’s another fun Hollywood-centred novel to add to my recent reading, alongside Zeroville, Beautiful Ruins and Night Film. In a world just a few steps away from our own, cloning technology has advanced to the point that living, breathing humans can be crafted out of traits culled from a fictional work. Hollywood is eager to jump in on this innovation as it saves them having to think too hard about casting people for roles, and by […]

Review: The Night Gwen Stacy Died, by Sarah Bruni

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A superhero whose adventures are written in the classic Marvel Comics style lives in a world so fraught with tragedy that mere mortals could not bear it. Each month, friends and family are put in deadly peril, allies are mind-controlled, replaced with robot or alien doubles, and countless civilians are hurt by battle debris. At their best, monthly comics are essentially four-colour soap operas, and no hero’s saga exemplifies this best than that of Spider-Man, […]

Notes on MAN OF STEEL (spoilers)

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As it looks like I’m probably not going to be able to record a proper Spoiler Show episode about Man of Steel, the new Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan Superman movie, I decided to get a few of my thoughts down here, before I forget. One the whole, I’d rate the film 3/4 stars. There were quite a few things I really enjoyed about the film, a few I found a little concerning, and a few I […]

Sitting in the Dark With Strangers 2012: Part Two

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Continuing on with the big list of movies I saw this year (Part One here). There’s a few here I might not be able to summon up a lot to say about, so please bear with me if that’s the case. 30. Ted I was over Seth MacFarlane by the time Family Guy came back from its initial cancellation on FOX umpteen years ago. This didn’t really do a lot for me, even though it […]

The Spoiler Show Notes – Episode Twenty-Five: Grab Bag!

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Hey there folks, here’s a new Spoiler Show comin’ at you! This week, Marcus and I talked about all kinds of stuff today, from the current state of the Movember project to the release of the new GTA trailer.  http://spoilershow.podomatic.com/entry/2012-11-16T06_41_20-08_00 As ever, the Creative Commons attribution link for our theme song can be found here: “Bonaparte – I Can’t Dance” (Noise Problems Selections) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 If you have any burning questions for The Spoiler […]

The Spoiler Show Notes – Episode Twenty: His Favorite Show on the Citadel, featuring MARK MEER!

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Super exciting show for you this week, folks, as the prophecy we revealed to you a couple of weeks ago has finally come to pass! MARK MEER, the legendary improv star of such shows as DIE-NASTY, OH SUSANNA and CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW (not to mention a little video game series called MASS EFFECT…) came by my kitchen table and filled us in on what it’s like to be an intergalactic space hero/leader of […]

The Spoiler Show Episode Four – DC Comics The New 52 Almost One Year Anniversary

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As advertised by portents and prophecy, the time of #SpoilerFriday has returned, bringing in its wake THE SPOILER SHOW! This week, Marcus and I try to tangle the hugely sticky wicket that is DC Comics’ “New 52” initiative, which has almost celebrated its first birthday. We offer up our favorite books from the current publishing slate, and I somewhat foolishly attempt to explain, among other things, the concept of the multiverse, why making Green Lantern […]

The Spoiler Show Episode Two – Superhero Movies

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It’s Friday, and you know what that means, it’s time for a new episode of the SPOILER SHOW! This week, Marcus and I discuss the current state of the superhero movie genre, with digressions going all the way back to 1978’s Superman. We also take some time in this episode to establish our nerd bonafides, letting the audience know just exactly what we’re working with here. The Spoiler Show Episode Two – Superhero Movies! Download […]

The Spoiler Show Episode One

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Really exciting day for me as one of the projects I’ve been planning for the last few months has finally come to fruition. My friend Marcus and I have begun a podcast, which will cover a wide range of topics, like the ENTIRETY OF LITERATURE up to this point in time, or, in this episode, FANTASY BOOKS! It’s called THE SPOILER SHOW, and you can listen to it here. The Spoiler Show Episode One: Books! […]