Gentlemen, Start Your Hard-Ons.

It’s official, my wife is going to leave me for Frank Castle. Netflix announced today that they are ordering a Punisher series from Marvel.  Best birthday present my wife could have gotten.  This is going to be amazing TV.  I’m more excited about this than I am about the Iron-Fist series currently filming at Netflix.  If you haven’t seen Jon Bernthal’s gripping performance as the Punisher in DareDevil: Season II, then get off the internet and go watch it.  Now.  Sheesh.  

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Ouch, Shane Who?

Surprise, kids!!!  Jon Favreau has returned to Marvel studios, not as the butt-hurt prodigal son, but rather as the triumphant director of Disney’s critical and box office smash hit, The Jungle Book.  Huzzah!  Group hugs! And just like that, Robert Downey Jr. wants to make another Iron-Man movie.  I suppose that’s praise for the working relationship that RDJ and Jon have established.  Either that or a stinging indictment of Shane Black.     Whichever it is , I believe it’s time for the happy dance.

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This Ain’t No Fiddle Faddle!

“Isn’t fun the best thing to have?”  Arthur Bach, Arthur.   As the old Marvel Universe was in its death throes a few of its titles went into overdrive trying to spin yarns worthy of the end of all things.  It’s a tall order, to be sure.  Still, Iron-Fist, with it’s quirky art and humor coupled with an irreverent story line really fit the bill for me.  So, I’ve been more than a little psyched about the return of Power Man And Iron-Fist.  Thus far, my optimism has been rewarded.…

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All the Newsy Fits.

Great gobs o’ goo!  Nathan Fillion has been cast as Simon Williams (Wonder Man) in Guardians of the Galaxy II.  This welcome news helps take some of the sting out of viewing the latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse.  Jeebus, that looks like a ten ton tinsel train wreck. Also, it appears that Michael Keaton has withdrawn from talks with Marvel/Sony so we won’t be seeing him in Spider-Man: Prom Night Terror or whatever the fuck it’s called. Tomorrow, you get my review of the new Power man And Iron Fist.  Right now, I have…

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T’Challa Reigns…But does He Rule?

 Black Panther is finally returning with his own monthly title (again) and Marvel has been hyping the event pretty seriously.   No small wonder.  They brought in Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic to Pen the Panther’s comeback  and Brian Stelfreeze to handle the pencils and inks.  With an African American creative team at the helm it appears that Marvel are serious this time around.  Serious about putting out a quality title and serious about doing right by the African American community in general and comic readers of color in particular. Besides…

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Potrzebie!

OK, last reminder.  RIFLE has a new CD out as of today.  The discs have just arrived and we will be selling them tonight at Wick’s.  There’s no cover for tonight’s show and we get to play a long set.  Actually, two decent length sets.  This is your chance to hear the Kraken caterwaul in person.  Come out, and enjoy your favorite adult beverage whilst grooving to the happening, Supra-70s sounds of RIFLE.  Make noise.  Do regrettable things.  Buy a CD.  Eat pizza! Or, if you would rather stay in, you…

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R: for Restricted Audiences Only

So, DC Animation Studios have announced that Batman: The Killing Joke is going to receive an R rating.  Let that sink in for a minute.  An R rated cartoon based on classic comic book characters from DC. As expected, a lot of folks on the internet are already circling the wagons, lighting the pitchforks and sharpening the torches.  No…wait.  Eh, you get the picture.  Anyhoo, I’m sure with my track record you, gentle reader, are expecting me to join their frenzied number.  I, the Kraken, should be flailing my tentacles…

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Rock And/Or Roll

This has nothing to do with comics.  Zero.  Zip.  Zilch. My band, RIFLE, is having a CD release party, tomorrow night at Wick’s Pizza.  Our latest album, Big Scary, is back from the factory and ready for your earbones.  We go on after 10 PM.  There’s no cover so come down to the Highlands and drink like a fish, eat some decent pizza and jam out with us.  Whether or not your clam is out is a matter of personal choice, I assure you.

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Spider-Man Rumor Mill.

So, the new Spider-Man film has a title.  Spider-Man:  Homecoming.  I assumed, at first, that Webhead was going to be battling John Travolta and Nancy Allen who would be armed with a sledgehammer and a bucket of pig’s blood.  Turns out the baddie is set to be The Vulture.  Rumor today has it that Michael Keaton is set to play him.  Looks like they are playing for keeps at Sony, since Marvel entered the tent.

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