Thoughts on: Everything Wrong With GOTG Vol.2

 

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In 2014 Marvel Studios released the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie which took a lesser known team of space ferrying Marvel heroes as well as a director previously known for what many would consider B-movies and skyrocketed them both into the mainstream with a surprise hit.  Like with most films the movie ended with a promise that some day the titular Guardians would return and as of this past Friday that promise was kept, though despite a fresh rating on the extremely overrated Rotten Tomatoes and lots of fluff pieces from mainstream media outlets the film itself fails to live up to the precedent set by its predecessor and makes for what is arguably not only the worst film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but perhaps one of the worst films of 2017 so far.  So hold your Baby Groots tight dear readers because we are about to take a deep dark look at the multitude of problems with Marvel’s latest theatrical outing.

 

 

 

  1. The Excessive Juvenile/Toilet Humor:   The original Guardians did arguably have a fairly simplistic and zany Saturday morning cartoon style of humor however it was innocent enough and balanced out well enough with the action that it managed to work fairly well.  The sequel however throws all of that out the window as it fills the movie with nothing but base sex and dick jokes nearly every five minutes, there is even an extremely awkward and cringe worthy scene where Drax asks Peter’s father Ego about his dick in front of quill and the rest of the Guardians.  This movies sense of humor is basically the equivalent to a 13 year old screaming penis over and over, it is genuinely grotesque, off putting and makes watching the film nearly unbearable.

 

2. The Casual Sexism: From beginning to end the film is filled with casual sexism.  From the start portraying Star Lord’s mother as a complete idiot  to having Gamora be a more subdued version of herself from the previous film and making Mantis a stereotypical “Submissive Asian girl” the film never lets up on its blatant and casual sexism. Oh and lets not forget that Yandu’s first appearance in the film is with him and his crew  on a planet of sex robots.

 

3. The Racism: As mentioned previously the portrayal of Mantis is horrible.  The character is portrayed as dull and submissive, referred to as Ego’s “pet” and takes whatever verbal abuse characters throw at her, especially from Drax.  It doesn’t help that she is a vary blatant stereotype of an Asian woman, which is just bone headed and disrespectful on Gunn & Co’s part.

 

4. Everyone is a sociopath!:  From Yandu killing his whole crew after a failed mutiny to Nebula’s obsession with killing her sister and Ego wanting to wipe out/assimilate all life in the Universe Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with violent and vile sociopaths! Even our heroes come off as huge jerks for most of the film and not even in a lovable rouges kind of way, just in a generally disturbing and unsettling kind of way

 

 5. Exacerbates its tropes:  Everything that made the previous film work so well is back and on steroids, twice as many classic rock songs, twice as much Rocket & Groot, twice as much blue-collar comedy.  It is almost as if the old saying “less is more” was completely ignored by this film as it takes what made the first film so enjoyable and throws it in your face to the point that you can’t help but be annoyed and aggravated by it.

 

6: This is NOT A kids/family friendly movie. Guardians was heavily marketed on kids networks like CN, DisneyXD & Nick, but despite the adorable Baby Groot this film is not kid friendly, the core audience for this movie is obviously 13-16 year old boys who still think that dick jokes are funny and that girls are icky and only good for bullying and sex.

 

In closing Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the most shameful pieces of comic book film making to be put on the big screen in well over a decade and that fact that all it takes for main stream media to celebrate or deem something fresh is to slap a Disney/Marvel logo on it is just flat out disappointing and insulting to both the art of cinema and professional critique and criticism everywhere.  So do yourself a favor and skip this one, you’d have a much more enjoyable experience just copying the films playlist and staring at a tree in your backyard while listening to ELO.

Countdown To Free Comic Book Day 2017 Finale: True Heroes!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is Almost Upon us!  And to close off our list of books to look out for at this years FCBD is the classic superhero!  So get your tights, capes & utility belts and get ready to hunt down these heroic books & events! 

52 (DC)

Action Comics (DC)

All-Star Batman (DC)

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (Marvel)

Armor Wars Deluxe Edition (Valiant)

Aquaman (DC)

Batgirl (DC)

Batman (DC)

Batman Beyond (DC)

Birds of Prey (DC)

 Black Canary (DC)

Black Panther (Marvel)

Black Panther & Crew (Marvel)

Blackest Night (DC)

Blue Beetle (DC)

Bombshells (DC)

Bloodshot (Valiant)

Brightest Day (DC)

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye (DC)

Convergence (DC)

Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)

Cyborg (DC)

DC Universe Rebirth Deluxe Edition (DC)

Detective Comics (DC)

Doom Patrol (DC/Vertigo/YoungAnimal)

Earth-2 (DC)

Earth-2: Worlds End (DC)

Earth-2: Society (DC)

Faith (Valiant)

Final Crisis (DC)

The Flash (DC)

Flashpoint (DC)

Forever Evil (DC)

Future’s End (DC)

Generation Zero (Valiant)

Green Arrow  (DC)

Green Hornet (Dynamite)

Green Lantern (DC)

Green Lantern Corps  (DC)

Green Lantern: New Guardians (DC)

Green Lanterns (DC)

Hellblazer (DC/Vertigo)

Infinite Crisis (DC)

Infinity Gauntlet  (Marvel)

Invincible (Image)

Justice League 

Justice League of America  (DC)

Justice League Dark (DC)

Justice League: Generation Lost  (DC)

Justice League Unlimited (DC)

Kingdom Come (DC)

Legend of Wonder Woman (DC)

Multiversity: Deluxe Edition (DC)

Ninjak (Valiant)

New Super-Man (DC)

Nightwing (DC)

Old Man Logan (Marvel)

Omega Men (DC)

Red Hood & The Outlaws (DC)

Robin: Son of Batman (DC)

Savage Dragon (Image)

Secret Six (DC)

Secret Wars (Marvel)

Shade: The Changing Girl (DC/Young Animal)

The Shadow  (Dynamite)

The Spirit  (Dynamite)

Supergirl (DC)

Superman (DC)

Super Sons (DC)

Swamp Thing (DC)

Teen Titans (DC)

Telos (DC)

Titans (DC)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)

Vision (Marvel)

Wolverine (Marvek)

Wonder Woman (DC)

Wrath of The Eternal Warrior (Valiant)

X-Men (Marvel)

X-O MANOWAR (Valiant)

Youngblood (Image)
And there you have it a go to guide to superheo comics for FCBD tomorrow! Hope you have A great one!

Countdown To FCBD Day 3: For The Gamers!

Comics often crossover with other forms of media, and one of the most notable in the 21st Century would be video games.  So to all the gaming guys & gals out there here are some books to look out for come Free Comic Book Day!

Assasins Creed (Titan)

Call of Duty (Darkhorse)

Darkstalkers (Udon)

Dragon Age (Titan)

Injustice (DC)

Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition  (VIZ)

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (VIZ)

Megaman (Archie)

Megaman Megamix/Gigamix (Udon)

Mortal Kombat (DC)

Pokemon Adventures (VIZ)

Ratchet & Clank (DC/Wildstorm)

Resident Evil (VIZ)

Sonic Boom (Archie)

Sonic Universe  (Archie)

Splatoon (VIZ)

Street Fighter (Udon)

Street Fighter X G.I.Joe (IDW)

Swordquest (Dynamite)

Tekken (Titan)

World of Warcaft (Wildstorm)

Countdown To FCBD Reccomindations Day 2: Sci-Fi, Horror & Suspense!

In day 2 of our countdown we have a list of Horror, Sci-Fi & Suspense titles for older fans to take a look at come Free Comic Book Day!


28 Days Later (IDW)

Afterlife With Archie  (Archie)

Aliens (Darkhorse)

Animosity  (Aftershock)

AVP (Darkhorse )

Black Eyed Kids (Aftershock)

Blackest Knight (DC)

Buffy (Darkhorse)

Cannibal (Image)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie)

Creepy (Darkhorse)

Demon Knights (DC)

Future’s End (DC)

Ghostbusters (IDW)

Ghost Rider (Marvel)

Hellboy (Darkhorse)

Infestation (IDW)

I, Vampire  (DC)

Justice League Dark (DC)

Marvel Zombies  (Marvel)

The Normals (Aftershock)

Predator (Darkhorse) 

She-Wolf (Image)

Silent Hill  (IDW)

Tales From The Crypt (EC)

Walking Dead (Image)
  And there you have it, a list of terrifying & thrilling titles to look for come FCBD!

FCBD Countdown Day 1!  Lists For Beginners: All-Ages Titles

It is five days until Free Comic Book Day 2017.  A day when comic shops nation wide give away free books to customers old and new alike!  On top of free books many other shops have sales for trades & back issues so this week I am working on master lists for different kinds of readers starting with all-ages titles for kids & parents wanting to give the books a chance.  Below is a list of titles suitable for readers of all-ages. 


-Adventure Time (Boom Studios)

-Archie (Archie)

-Archie Comics Digests (Archie)

-Babysittters Club (Scholastic)

-Backstagers (Boom)

-Batman Adventures (DC)

-Betty & Veronica  (Archie)

-DC Superhero Girls (DC)

-Disney Fairies  (Papercutz)

-Disney Princesses (Joe Books)

-Darkwing Duck (Joe Books)

-Descendents  (Tokyopop)

-Donald Duck (IDW)

-Drama (Scholastic)

-Duck Avenger (IDW)

-Goldie Vance (Boom)

-Gotham Academy (DC)

-Hero Cats (Action Lab)

– I Am Groot! (Marvel)

Jem & The Holograms (IDW)

-Jonsey (Boom)

-Josie & The Pussycats (Archie)

-Jughead (Archie)

-Looney Tunes (DC)

-Lumberjanes (Boom)

-Mickey Mouse (IDW)

-Mickey X (Papercutz)

-Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur  (Marvel)

-My Little Pony (IDW)

-Nimona (Scholastic)

-Over The Garden Wall (Boom)

-Legend of Zelda  (VIZ)

-Loudhouse (Papercutz)

-Miraculous  (Action Lab)

-Monster High (Papercutz)

-Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

-Princeless (Action Lab)

-Regular Show (Boom)

-Scooby-Doo: Where Are You!? (DC)

Scooby-Doo Team-Up (DC)

-Smurfs (Papercutz)

-Sonic The Hedgehog (Archie)

-Spongebob Squarepants (Bongo)

-Squirrel Girl (Marvel)

-Steven Universe (Boom Studios)

-Stitch! (Tokyopop)

Strawberry Shortcake (IDW)

-Supergirl: Adventures in The 8th Grade (DC)

-Superman Adventures (DC)

-Superman Family (DC)

-Superpowers (DC)

-Super Mario Asventures (VIZ)

-Teen Titans Go! (DC)

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures  (IDW)

-Tiny Titans (DC)

-Uncle Scrooge (IDW)

-Walt Disney Comics & Stories (IDW)
 And there you have it a list of notable all ages titles to enjoy this Free Comic Book Day!

The Flash #21: The Button Part 2 Review

Publisher: DC Comicswcn02k72xoey

Written By: Joshua Williamson

Art  By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi

Letters By: Steve Wands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest Rebirth Event continues with a murder mystery very personal to the scarlet speedster, but as we soon find out the case is big on questions and short on answers.

 

The second part of the Batman/Flash crossover “The Button” starts with an elder Johhny Thunder on top of the retirement home begging Thunderbolt to come back to him and help him find the Justice Society of America as he blames himself for their disappearance.  Meanwhile Barry Allen examining the site while also monolouging about how he is relieved Thawne is finally dead though disappointed someone else did it and that the criminal will never truly know justice.  He goes to ask Bruce what he remembers about the incident but Batman can give him little information on top of what he already knows, Barry says he is going to investigate more on his own and heads to the Justice League Watchtower.  While there he dusts off the Cosmic Treadmill and prepares to start it up as Batman walks in and tells Barry that he is going with him.  At first Flash states that Bruce is too injured to come along but he states that he’s been through worse so the two go together into the speedforce to travel back in time to The Flashpoint to see if they can discover who killed Thawne and who put the mysterious button in the Batcave in the firstplace.  While traveling through time they see flashes of the stolen years Wally had previously talked about showcasing events such as the formation of the JLA in the silver age, the first Crisis on Infinite Earths and Identity Crisis.  Suddenly a storm catches them and they get knocked out of the timestream into the Flashpoint Batcave where Bruce meets his father Thomas Wayne who is that timelines Batman.

 

Overall Williamson continues King’s narrative quite well the story while a bit fast paced is well executed and moves the event forward enough to keep readers interested.  The dialogue between Barry and Bruce shows how the two are more similar than they would like to admit but also how they contrast when dealing with issues.  The greater narrative or Rebirth is moved forward a bit as well as we see more hints at the return of The Justice Society and we see part of the ten years time taken from the DC Universe when Bruce & Barry are in the speedforce.  In terms of art Howard Porter’s art may not be quite as detailed as the art in the previous installment however it still fits the narrative well and helps give The Flash flair in his motions throughout.  Hi-Fi also does an excellent job on the colors complimenting Porter’s art quite well, although the costumes do look a bit overly shiny at times.  Once all is said and done however the second installment of “The Button” while not as suspenseful as the first is still an enjoyable read overall.

 

Final Score

Story: 8 out of 10

Art 7 out of 10

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

Batman #21: The Button Part 1 Review

Publisher: DC Comics190240_1060281_3

Written By: Tom King

Art By:  Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson

Letters By: Daron Bennet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the DC Universe Rebirth Special DC put out last summer Batman found the Comedian’s bloody button from the Watchman buried in the wall of the Batcave. Now nearly a year later we start a crossover between Batman & The Flash to investigate the mysterious artifact with a four part crossover titled “The Button”.

 

The first part begins with the amnesiac Saturn Girl from the Legion of Superheroes in Arkham watching a hockey game on TV, this triggers something in her memory and she begins screaming about how Superman won’t come and the Legion will die.  Meanwhile we cut out to Batman back at the Batcave and the titular button reacting to the Psycho Pirates mask sitting next to it.  Bruce contacts Barry about this however The Flash is unable to speed over as he is currently in the middle of a battle with a group of  robotic samurai but tells Batman he will be over in a minute.  As soon as he ends the call Batman sees a swoosh thinking it is his friend however it turns out to be Eobard Thawne: The Reverse Flash, who taunts Batman by ripping up his letter that his father Thomas wrote for him during The Flashpoint and starts beating poor Bruce into the ground until he is unconscious and is able to steal the button from him.  As soon as Thawne gets his hands on the button he is momentarily teleported away and reappears looking much worse for wear merely stating “I Saw God!” before collapsing and turning into a skeleton.  The issue ends with Barry arriving at the Batcave finding an unconscious Bruce and a dead Thawne.

 

In terms of story the first part of The Button is near perfect, we see more of the staples that have made King so popular, nine panel page layouts, cryptic dialogue, social commentary, a nice cliffhanger ending and well paced action scenes make the issue one heck of a ride that would make The Watchmen themselves proud.  The art by Jason Fabok complements the story perfectly and Fabok continues to be at the top of his game creating a truly tense and engaging atmosphere in near every page and panel, all of which are well complimented by Brad Anderson’s color work which give us bright and defined colors to help make the characters and surroundings really pop out on each page.

 

Overall Batman #21 is an excellent start to what may be one of the most important storylines since Rebirth began in June of 2016 and is a much have for any Batman &/or Flash fan.

 

Final Grade

Story: 10

Art: 9.5

Overall: 9.5