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Showing posts from March 17, 2019

Son of Batman Review

The third film in the DCAMU (or second if you don't count Flashpoint) is Son of Batman. I was worried heading into this one due to the hate I frequently see for Damian. Perhaps the comic run was disappointing, but I really enjoyed the character. Is he a bit of a dick (pun intended)? Yea, but it makes sense and the plot was enjoyable. Deathstroke's character was a standout, too. I found this adaptation to be pretty well done, and really the whole film surpassed expectations. The fantastic fight scenes in particular were a highlight. One of the few knocks I have about this film was that scenes with Talia came off poorly, but she isn't on screen enough to make it a deal breaker. Really, I thought this was a great addition to the DCAMU and something you should watch when you get a chance. Next up is Throne of Atlantis. Rating: ***3/4

PAC Off of Wrestlecon

WrestleCon has announced that PAC is sadly off of the WrestleCon during Mania Week. Below is their statement: "We regret to inform you that PAC will not be at WrestleCon. We worked diligently over the past several months with our attorneys to ensure that he successfully received a visa to travel into the United States. Our visa application was filed in a timely manner, all fees were paid to attorneys, and all required information was disclosed to government officials. Our attorneys were confident there would be no issue and based on their experience and expectation, we advertised PAC on the assumption there would be no problem obtaining a visa. However, after exhausting all efforts, we were unable to provide PAC the appropriate visa to travel and work in the United States. We understand and share your disappoint of this unanticipated outcome, as does PAC. Further, we would like to clarify that in no way will this unfortunate incident have any impact on his future with AEW. This

Select Match Reviews: Last Boat Out of Town

Match from NOAH Spring Navigation Night Two: Thank You & Goodbye Hakata Starlanes! 1.Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura **** Thoughts: With the Starlanes ceasing activity, a lot of promotions are saying their farewells. Dragon Gate gave us some good stuff, so let's see what NOAH does. Note that NOAH streamed the full show on their YouTube channel. I wasn't expecting an epic clash, but both worked hard to please the fans and they put in for a fantastic match here that surpassed my expectations. If you enjoy hard hitting battles, this is for you. Go ahead and check this one out.

Night Dagger Chapter One

The Kingdom of Cyr can be a magical place, both literally and figuratively. It can also be hell and a lot of that depends on where you live here. The outer cities are typically poorer communities, feeding goods and services to the capital city and barely getting by with what remains. A cynic might call the citizens here slaves, but such thoughts are best left unspoken. Crime rates tend to be high, as a result of the situation. It comes with the territory. Still, I was arrogant. I never thought it'd catch up to me. I guess that's what all victims think. Two days ago, coming home from work at the pub, I noticed the door of my home was slightly open. The light flicker of the main room's lamp glimmering softly through the crack to highlight the fact. And then, a single scream cried out. My fiance. Fight or flight. Fight or flight. These are the moments that either adrenaline hits or reality does. But you see, I have a habit of overthinking everything. I paused. My bra

Select Match Reviews: Ace Up His Sleve

Match from NJPW New Japan Cup Night Ten 1.Tanahashi vs Sabre Jr ***3/4 Thoughts: This was a great match, though perhaps a slight step down from some of their past encounters. Still, this tournament has presented several enjoyable contests thus far and this is another worth checking out. I love the finish, especially. I'll be updating the top workers of the year list around the first of the month and if Tana isn't still on top, he's sure to be high on this list. Watch this when you have the chance.

Select Match Reviews: WWE Matches of the Week

Matches from WWE Week of 03/18/19 1.Nese vs Alexander ***3/4 2.Cole vs Black vs Ricochet vs Dream vs Riddle ****1/4 Thoughts: I almost included two others here (Seth/Drew and the gauntlet from Smackdown) but I decided to skip them. The Raw match just didn't interest me enough and I didn't have time for the gauntlet. I hadn't heard enough praise for it and an hour is a lot of time to give a "single" wrestling match. The first pull of the week is the finals of the tournament to pick a Mania weekend challenger for Buddy. I love that the finals were between these two, and I am happy they had Nese win. Alexander was a safe choice, but I want to see Tony in a spotlight match like this. This one was freaking great. The last WWE match of the week is bittersweet for me. One on hand, this was fantastic. On the other, it really does suck that Ciampa had to relinquish the belt this way. His reign was one of my favorite championship runs last year, but fate

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #1 Review

So, I'm a pretty big fan of tabletop games, largely thanks to Dungeons & Dragons. That said, when a new comic series by IDW caught my eye, I was obviously going to give it a chance. I largely enjoyed the setup laid out here for future issues and arcs. I also found the color palate they went with to be fitting; setting a nice tone for the realm. The art in general feels a bit old school, but not necessarily in a bad way. Giving away the twist of a major party member turning on the group in the first issue is bold, meaning that the lead up will need to be very well done since we know it's coming, but I'm willing to give Walters a chance to pull it off. He's a pretty competent writer. My biggest complaint is that I would have preferred the pace slowed down a bit, but I figure that the missing spots will be filled in on later issues so it's a rather minor grievance. In short, if you are a D&D enthusiast, consider picking this one up. If not, only do so if

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 Review

The icon herself, rebooted. Is that a sin? Maybe to some, but BOOM! Studios is clearly up for the challenge. The basic idea behind this series is reviving Buffy in a modern setting, which is intriguing to say the least. Only three issues are out so far, so it's a good time to try it out if it interests you. The core of the early episodes is here in the debut issue, which is a huge plus. The comedy touches make the characters seem like the ones we love already, plus writer Jordie Bellaire does well to add seeds for future installments. Honestly, even if you somehow missed the show (go watch it now!) you can jump in to this. So, the final verdict? This worked well enough to establish the new series without giving too much away. If you're a fan of the series or just someone who likes vampire stories, consider checking this out. Otherwise, there isn't enough here yet to warrant you jumping in fully to the whole run but at the very least it was a good book. Rating: ***

Supernatural Ending After Season 15

Supernatural apparently will be coming to an end soon, with season 15 being the finale. Executive producers, Dabb and Singer, have released the following: “Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We'd like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve.”

Justice League: War Review

I mentioned that I'd be watching and reviewing the DCAMU when I posted my thoughts on the film that kicked off the continuity. War is the official first film of the shared universe, and most of DC's animated releases since have been part of it. Note that most of them are influenced or adaptations of New 52 plots. War is an adaptation of Geoff John's Justice League: Origin. So, I know that the big screen Justice League movie received pretty mixed reviews. That's understandable. But for those who had issues with the film, I think War is the perfect fix. War is an entertaining team-up film, with origins, action, and comedy thrown together nicely. Green Lantern comes off pretty bad here, which might be my biggest complaint. The fast pace works well enough, but might also be a turn off for some. The best things going for War are the Cyborg storyline and I found the Wonder Woman sections to be pretty fun. The overall plot might not be the strongest, but it was a servi

MLW FUSION Episode 49 Review

Matches 1.Hijo de LA Park vs Puma King ** 2.Contra vs Chico,Vertigo NR 3.MLW Tag Titles:Hart Foundation vs Dynasty **1/2 Thoughts: Fusion is pretty much a wild west show, with a rules-lite approach. In many ways, it reminds me of a modern version of ECW's old show. The opener was chaotic as hell, becoming a hardcore match of sorts randomly and then a predictable shit finish to top it off. It was decent at times, but far from what I would call good. The midcard match was just another angle, but it was well done. They are really building Contra up, but I am not really sold on the group yet. I loved the heat they got. It's funny that it ended in DQ when the opener threw the rules out the door only a few minutes in. The main event had the same issue, basically just setting up a future match in the process. The action was better than expected, but all of the stream was let out with the finish. Too bad. Honestly, this is one of the weakest episodes of MLW Fusion that I

Thor #10 Review

Despite never being a huge Thor fan, the films changed my perception of the character enough and since I am reading the build-up for the big event... First off, this one had me hooked pretty early on. The drunken father of Thor, Odin, spends the issue full of regret for his choices, making for a compelling tale with more depth than expected. It's almost heartbreaking to see the story unfold. The plot here, in general, did very well in making me want to see what's next, so that's a score. The art was pretty damn good, with some creative touches here and there, too. Really, this was a great comic and one of the best I've read since I started the habit again. Remember, I haven't read a lot in the past few years, but I also haven't read much Thor in general. That didn't matter much and I think this is pretty newcomer friendly, though I see enough details for the vets to be happy, too. If the rest of the event is as good as this, I'll be overjoyed. Hel

Asgardians of the Galaxy #6 Review

The road to War of the Realms continues. This team is actually completely new to me, but I'm pretty open minded about most things. I'm just hopeful that the cover art here doesn't make my blog start showing up as NSFW or something... Note that there is a pretty detailed primer intro at the start of the issue, but it is rather longwinded.  I had to read it twice to really take it in, but I am pretty tired right now so maybe that has something to do with it. The character descriptions were pretty detailed, too. This really seems like they are trying to make it as newcomer friendly as possible despite the obvious depth. That said, there really was a lot going on here yet little of it actually stuck the landing. Kid Loki is interesting, but the issue felt largely like a bargain bin version of the Guardians. The best part was the cliffhanger, but I am unsure if this team can pull off the payoff. I guess we'll see. Skip this unless you insist on reading all of t

Omega Returning to DDT, Jiro to WWE, Plus More!

Kenny Omega appeared  on-screen at DDT for a farewell segment with new AEW talent, Nakazawa. He reassured fans that he will still be able to work DDT shows in the future and then added that the fans might even see Omega in a DDT ring again soon. Kenny, of course, is a former DDT roster member, last working for the company five years ago. No announcement of a partnership between the two companies has been announced, but DDT is one that I predicted earlier as being an ally. I expect this to still happen, even if it's just a handshake deal. In other news, Jiro Kuroshio has announced that he is leaving Wrestle-1 after the 3rd of April to work for "the biggest company in America". One can only assume he has been signed by WWE for the NXT brand (or maybe 205) or that he is moving to the states in hopes of getting signed. The former is much more likely. I wish him the best, even if I am saddened to see one of the most charismatic workers in Japan leave. Lastly, I wanted to

Select Match Reviews: Star Attraction

Match from IPW #6 1.IPW:UK World Title: Haskins(c) vs PAC vs Kip ***1/4 Thoughts: I said I'd come back to their new show from time to time and this looks like a worthwhile pull. The champ was like a squirrel on Red Bull, and the pace was pretty brisk in general. For a championship match on TV, this was fairly good. I wouldn't call it required viewing, but if you're a huge fan of one of these guys....well, here ya go.

Select Match Reviews: Kings of CHAOS

Matches from NJPW New Japan Cup Night 9 1.Ishii vs Yoshi-Hashi **** 2.Okada vs Ospreay **** Thoughts: This was one hell of a ride, and easily one of the best hours of wrestling all year. CHAOS still remains a rather loose unit all things considered and have no problems beating the shit out of each other. We all win as a result. The first match of the round saw the pitbull and Yoshi killed it in a fantastic match full of heart and fire. I would love nothing more than to see Ishii win the tournament, but I know that will never happen. He remains one of my favorite workers in the world. The main event was pretty awesome, too, building towards the climax nicely. Now, does this lead to Okada challenging for the NEVER Openweight belt later? I'd actually like to see that. Go out of your way to watch these two. Trust me.

Avengers #14 Review

My road to the War of the Realms begins, and I must say that this was certainly an interesting read. The intro mentions that vampires are all at war with each other and the Blade is a new member of the Avengers. Now, I'll be honest and say that vampires are tricky. They've been done so much that it is hard to do them right anymore, in my opinion. Hell, even having Blade in the Avengers is a bit iffy for me. Seeing Dracula involved is an even harder sell. But, that said, I was willing to give it a try. The fact that Ghost Rider was a core member, even if it's a new version that I am not very familiar with, is enough to get my attention. Well, that and the fact that I really wanted to read the prologue books for the upcoming event as previously mentioned. Indeed, the Ghost Rider subplot here was the best part of the issue, but honestly the vampire plot was better than expected. As a result, this was a pretty enjoyable read and a good start to things. Check this one out

Road to War of the Realms Reading Order

When I started reading comics again, I looked at which events I had missed and which were coming up. Outside of DC's Metal, the biggest one to catch my eye was Marvel's War of the Realms which officially begins next month. That said, one of the reasons comics are covered here in my blog is in hopes of getting people to start reading them again. So, I looked around and located the required reading as we head toward War of the Realms. Now, it is worth noting that if you want the FULL story, you'd have a pretty big task ahead of you. It'd require reading about six years worth of material. So, let's skip that since it's not really a reasonable expectation for myself nor for anyone this is in the target demographic. All of the following are available now. 1. Avengers #14 2. Asgardians of the Galaxy #6 3. Thor #10 4. Avengers #15 5. Avengers #16 6. Asgardians of the Galaxy #7 7. Thor #11 8. Avengers #17 I'll be reading and posting revi

UltraMantis Black: S/T Review

The other day, at Half Priced Books, I stumbled upon a surprise. Seeing the name, UltraMantis Black, there was far from expected, but that's the magic of HPB. Anyway, I actually used to own this but I lost the CD in a car accident that I was in a few years ago. For those who don't know, Black is best known for his epic work in CHIKARA. This album features Pissed Jeans band members on backup, adding an extra level of flavor to this hardcore punk release. The eight tracks are quick and violent, leaving you reeling by the end. Since it is actually less than 15 minutes, it could actually make a solid background track to watch wrestling to. I am partly reminded of Number 12's  Put on Your Rosy Red Glasses and San Diego's The Locust due to this bordering on a grincore intensity and, despite seeming almost amateur at time, there is a decent level of depth here that makes it a fun listen. Truth be told, this album is far from being the most original or creative, yet it i

Dark Nights: Metal #1 Review

We've arrived at the first issue of Metal as I work through the event reading list. The build up issues were pretty decent and set a tone nicely. This one pushed that even further. First of all, Metal promises to be both dark in nature yet campy at the same time to ease the tension a bit. A strange mountain appears in Gotham, people are dying, and Batman runs away on a dinosaur. I try to keep this blog pretty light on spoilers, but I will say that this issue delivered on my expectations and left me wanting more. I love how Hawkman is a big part of the arc, even if he isn't really involved (yet). The biggest thing I will say is that if you aren't well versed in DC history, you might miss some of the nuanced stuff. Hell, I'm sure I missed some, too. Either way, I think there was enough meat here to make this an entertaining read for just about anyone. This event has my attention, and I think readers of the blog that missed it should give it a look. Rating: ***1

Captain Marvel Review

Captain Marvel was, to put it simply, a great film. For an origin story this late into the MCU, the bar is set pretty high and starting from zero can be a large task. That said, Marvel has more than proven that they are capable of putting out solid flicks anytime they want. Hell, even the worst MCU films are still entertaining. Now, note that the alt-right creeps also tried (and failed) to influence the film's reception. Sad, isn't it? Anyway, the character work here was enjoyable and everyone seemed to be cast well. Judging from the people in the AMC and the posts I am seeing online, Goose is the biggest star here. This also worked perfectly as an entertaining pit-stop before the huge Avengers film that is coming out soon. If you haven't seen this one yet, go watch it now. Rating: ***3/4

Select Match Reviews: New Ark

Matches from NOAH Great Voyage in Yokohama 1.GHC Jr Tag Titles: Kotaro,Ogawa(c) vs Ratel's ***1/4 2.GHC Junior Title: Harada(c) vs Tanaka ***3/4 3.GHC Tag Titles: Go,Nakajima(c) vs Edwards,Masa ***3/4 4.GHC Heavyweight Title: Kaito(c) vs Marufuji ****1/4 Thoughts: If you missed it, NOAH is in the middle of a major shift. The owners, the logo, hell...even the legendary green mat is gone. As sad as this might be, as long as the quality remains I am willing to give them a shot. So, let's take a look. The visual changes look pretty nice, for what it's worth. Our first pull was fairly good. The champs looked very strong here, and I could see a long run happening. We move on with the Junior Heavyweight strap being defended against the ageless, Minoru Tanaka, next. Both worked hard, with Harada looking good in defeat. Great match and I look forward to a rematch. The semi was great as well. Edwards and Masa make a fun team, but NakaGo is just better. The callbacks w

Allie Joins AEW

Impact standout, Allie, has joined All Elite Wrestling. Allie is one of the best women in the US scene, so this is a great pickup. This apparently has nothing to do with the rumored relationship between Impact and AEW, as her contract simply ended recently with the former. Now, let's hope that she is still on talking terms with her former partner and this leads to KimberLee joining as well.