Three years after DC introduced wide, sweeping changes to their mythos by way of the New 52, I’ve remained pretty indifferent to what DC has to offer. Mainly because I feel that the previous DVD was a rich universe full of legacy and history, and at the same time insanely accessible.
I became a DC fan not because their stories were dumbed down for people who knew only the barest facts about Batman and Superman. I became a DC fan because the universe these characters inhabited was so large, and had a vibrant past that you could spend weeks reading up on the rich history of, say, the Flash and see where Wally West has come with the mantle’s legacy.
Another reason why I didn’t welcome the New 52 with open arms was a bit more personal – these are the version of the characters I grew up with. No matter what you do, no matter what you change, John Byrne’s Superman or Frank Miller’s 80’s Batman will still be my favorite interpretations of these characters. Batman: Year One, to me, is the closest a Batman story can get to perfection. It’s a smart, concise take on Batman’s origins set in the backdrop of the 80’s crime wave. It smartly jettisons the bloat Batman has accumulated over the decades and gave us an origin that made sense in a more mature and realistic world. And it worked. The Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy owed a lot to Frank Miller’s Batman. The Batman stories coming from Year One tried to emulate the grittiness with varying results. Continue reading
The last time I’ve seen a Doctor Who finale this satisfying was with The Big Bang from way back in 2010. Death In Heaven is a fantastic, if subdued, finale that neatly ties almost all of the ideas that were introduced with Peter Capaldi’s first outing as the Doctor. I wasn’t able to review the entirety of Doctor Who series 8 because I was either too busy or was experiencing website issues. So sit back, and I’ll talk about Death In Heaven and the first eleven episodes that led us here.
I haven’t been playing games as much as I used to, mainly because life caught up with me. I don’t have time beyond swiping out my phone in the middle of the commute and sneaking a peek at a game now and then. Yes, people, I have a life. Or maybe I sleep too much when I’m not working. I don’t know.
Anyway, here are some of the games on mobile I’ve been playing lately.
I absolutely enjoyed the first Amazing Spider-Man. Sure, it had its faults – mainly being a reboot of a franchise that was still fresh in peoples’ minds, going through a lengthy origin story that was already tackled in depth by the Sam Raimi trilogy, and taking on almost the exact story beats that the first Spider-Man movie used, and an ultimately mediocre villain in Lizard – but it featured an origin that was faithful to the comics and a Peter Parker that was closer to the original Stan Lee characterization.
That’s the first thing you need to know about Batman’s kid. But there’s a backstory to it, before you go off hating the… little piece of shit. He’s the illegitimate son of Batman and Talia al Ghul. He was raised, without his father knowing of his existence, by an isolated group of ninja assassins who commit terrorist acts in the name of the environment. His grandfather is Ra’s al Ghul, an insane assasin who is a few hundred years old, made almost immortal by a mystical pool of glowing green liquid.
Yeah, that will kind of mess up a kid’s mind.
Anyway, let’s talk about the animated adaptation of Son of Batman. In this story, Batman discovers that all this time he’s had a kid raised as a killer, by one of his enemies, and the mother of his kid just leaves Damian with Bruce. Oh no, a guy who has made a career out of alienating almost everybody in his life now has to connect with the son he never knew he had! Comedy ensues! Except not really. Continue reading
Let me just get this out of the way. Captain America is in my top four favorite superheroes, mainly because of Ed Brubaker’s now-classic run which heavily relied on espionage and spy drama. And of course, Brubaker’s The Winter Soldier stands out to me the most as having the balls to mess with the established mythos and revitalize the character for years to come. You see, The Winter Soldier may not my favorite Captain America storyline, but it’s pretty damn close for it set the pieces in motion for some of the greatest Cap stories ever.
Which brings us to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Continue reading
In one scene in Justice League: War, Wonder Woman, new to the ways of the world outside Themyscira, meets a young girl. The girl takes Wonder Woman to a man selling ice cream, and our super-powered heroine gets herself a cone. She takes one taste and she is enthralled. She takes out her sword, raises it into the air, and exclaims: “Ice cream is WONDERFUL!”
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the new Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street so I decided to set aside three hours of my time and watch Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill get fucked up with all sorts of debauchery. Sadly, there was this couple behind me who decided it was the perfect time to have a long conversation about their relationship and the film itself. Since I couldn’t pay attention to the movie, I decided to just eavesdrop and write about their heartfelt conversation as it distracted everybody sitting nearby from enjoying the film they paid good money for. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, a small low-budget TV show started airing on BBC. Featuring a mysterious old man from another planet and his time machine, Doctor Who became an overnight sensation and has become one of the longest-running science fiction franchises. Last weekend, Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. Who would have thought that that small black-and-white show with the wobbly sets and starring the old man who can’t seem to remember his lines become this big – and effectively take over half of the posts of this blog in the process?
To celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who, Ade and Comicgasm co-editor RJ will sit down and talk about the festivities connected with the anniversary.
WARNING: SPOILERS AND CAPS LOCK AHEAD!
Ade: Before anything else, here’s a reminder: the Philippines needs your help after Typhoon Yolanda left Tacloban and parts of Visayas in shambles, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. I didn’t want to join in the noise by writing a blog post about it and be accused of jumping in the SEO bandwagon, but at the same time I didn’t want Yolanda to be unacknowledged. So there.
RJ: I do believe that this is the first time I’m writing for your blog after the 1:43 fiasco.
God knows what kind of trouble we’d end up in this time.
Ade: HEY 1:43! YOUR BAND SUCKS STINKY SWEATY SALTY BALLS. Aaaand that’s the sound of angry fanboys going to my blog. Dude, we have an audience! Let’s do this.
RJ: Let me just say that the 50th Anniversary Special is AMAZING. This will probably be our longest round table review yet, to the point where you (yes, you!) would stop reading half way.
Ade: You’d stop reading halfway and start to wonder what it is you’re doing with your life and possibly make some life-changing decisions and in the process find God.
RJ: We’re going to offend all sorts of people in this post, aren’t we? CAN WE START THE REVIEW YET? Continue reading
It’s been more or less five months since the last episode of Doctor Who. We all know how The Name of the Doctor ended by now (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it, though) – the Doctor and Clara end up in the Doctor’s timeline and we encounter all the different past incarnations of the mysterious Time Lord. Then we see the an incarnation – played by John Hurt – unknown from everyone show up. The Doctor seems to be ashamed of this one incarnation that he even refuses to acknowledge this hidden Doctor with the name “the Doctor.”