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Last Week Tonight title cardLast Week Tonight is Mandatory Viewing

When Last Week Tonight was announced, given John Oliver’s past work as a fill-in host and a correspondent for The Daily Show, it was easy to see Last Week Tonight as a Daily Show clone… only aired… [more]

doctor-spektor-master-of-the-occult-1-coming--L-4TTstVMark Waid’s Doctor Spektor, Master of the Occult #1

[Mild spoilers ahead.] Mark Waid’s new reboot of the Gold Key classic Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult brings the right level of goofy fun to a title that has languished in the margins of… [more]

y0a23AtTrailer Park Boys Live in Fuckin’ Dublin Review

I should confess a slight conflict (or confluence?) of interest when writing about Trailer Park Boys. Not only did I grow up in Nova Scotia, I hail from the exact community (Dartmouth/Cole Harbour) in which… [more]

The Butcher cover artThe Butcher by Jennifer Hillier: A Review

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and… [more]

conquest of the planet of the apes00136Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: An Amazing Science-Fiction Film

The Planet of the Apes series handily proves its superiority with this awesome movie. [more]

Nightwing #30 cover artEndings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

SPOILERS BELOW:

filth00021X-Men: Days of Future Past is Just Okay

Which still makes it better than a lot of the franchise. [more]

e8d38d9cf94d513273febafe4cd29e46Serenity, Leaves on the Wind #5: Love Keeps Them Flying

[This review contains minor spoilage. It’s a bit spoiler-y. (I feel obliged to put it in Whedonesque terms.)] Issue #5 of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a distinctly Whedon voice. I mean that in… [more]

Hannibal-Season-2On Season Two of Hannibal

A generally spoiler-free look at the second season of the delightfully depraved chronicles of everyone’s favorite cannibal… [more]

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.25.31 AMTwain and Tesla Versus Evil: A Review of The Five Fists of Science

A steampunk graphic novel starring the bromance between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla as they create giant robots and battle Cthulu cults. [more]

timecrimes00148Timecrimes is Good, but not Unexpected

This Spanish science-fiction thriller wasn’t quite what was advertised… [more]

Chef1Food and Social Media: A Review of Chef

Food and Twitter are inextricably intertwined these days – some food shows themselves air tweets live and tweets often make reviews the next day as an example of what the audience is thinking. Jon Favreau… [more]

Invincible111_CoverAGame Changer: A Review of Invincible #111

For months now, Robert Kirkman had been warning fans that issue #111 of his long-running creator owned title Invincible would usher in a new, darker direction for the book. He has said that Mark Grayson… [more]

Cover Art First EditionTales of the Hidden World: A Book Review

In this wide-ranging collection, the New York Times-bestselling urban fantasist opens doors into hidden places: strange realms bordering our own mundane existence and prowled by creatures of fancy and nightmare. Here are the strange, frequently… [more]

The-Fifth-BeatleThe Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of Brian Epstein

The Fifth Beatle is a monumental comic that combines bold styles, uses every comics storytelling trick in the proverbial book and a fast-paced style to recount ten years of history, from about 1957-1967. Those were… [more]

chopper00432Andrew Dominik’s Filmography Part One: Chopper

I start my journey through the filmography of Andrew Dominik with the intense and fascinating Chopper. [more]

escape00044Escape from the Planet of the Apes: Good Despite the Odds?

The third Planet of the Apes movie goes from funny talking apes to baby-murder in an insanely short period of time. So if that’s your thing this movie has that… [more]

Amazing X-Men #7 coverSaturday Morning Rewind: A Review of Amazing X-Men #7

If you are like me and are of a certain age, then you have very fond memories of the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Running from 1981 to 1983, it featured Spider-Man… [more]

X-Men: Days of Future Past posterX-Men: Days of Future Past is a Lot of Fun

X-Men: Days of Future Past, released today, is one of the funner super-hero movies ever made. Caution: minor spoilers ahead. The movie’s been compared by some to The Avengers. Obviously, the two films are very different:… [more]

arrowReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 23

For a good long while Arrow’s second season finale looked like it was going to be just about perfect. After last week’s installment that both set that pace and upped the stakes for this final… [more]

Cannon Fantagraphics CoverReview of Wallace Wood’s Cannon

It’s tough to unravel the two big mysteries at the heart of the creation of Cannon, but the strongest clue to solve one of them arrives shortly into the run. Is this wild, macho story… [more]

thumbGoing Old School: A Review of Nightcrawler #1-2

According to Urban Dictionary.com, “old school” is defined as: “Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything… [more]

beneath00024Beneath the Planet of the Apes is Completely Nuts

Beneath the Beneath the Planet of the Apes is essentially an insane metal album turned into a movie, and that’s awesome. [more]

godzilla-2014-movie-still-04-27Kaiju-Sized Review of Godzilla

I was very excited for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. This had less to do with the fact that it was a Godzilla film (though I won’t lie and tell you that wasn’t a factor) and more… [more]

Arrested Development season 4The Genius of Arrested Development, Season 4

Arrested Development is an acquired taste. Over three seasons, the show, featuring an ensemble cast focusing on an extremely dysfunctional family, struggled through incarceration, treason charges, brother-sister love, magic tricks gone awry, and plenty of… [more]