Saturday, April 21, 2018

MadCap's Comic Reviews - "Exiles #1" (2018)

Ooooh boy. Let's unpack this, shall we? Exiles was a series that basically was Sliders (several of the episodes of which I've reviewed on this very blog) meeting with superheroes. While not officially an X-Men book, it had several characters (and several variation of characters) from the X-Men side of the Marvel universe. There were others, of course, but for the most part it's an X-Men book that wasn't really an X-Men book. The original team comprised of Clarice Ferguson - aka Blink - from the Age of Apocalypse universe, a version of Mimic - aka Calvin Rankin - from another universe, Nocturne - the daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch from another universe, Thunderbird (aka John Proudstar) and Mr. Misguided Declaration of Heroism himself, Morph.

The first series ran for one hundred issues (absolutely unheard of in Marvel today) and is considered by many to be a classic that is unmatched across the multiverse...at least until Chris Claremont came in for the final leg of the story and turned it into the "Psylocke and all her friends" show.

And people say that Wolverine is a publicity hound.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

MadCap (And a Ginger!) At the Movies - "Rampage"

So...Rampage. It was an arcade game back in the day when Midway was not bought out by the corporate puppets of Warner Brothers. Today, it's a one hundred and seven minute long movie that my friend Stoopidkid425 (he's the ginger in the title, check him out on PSN) and I went to see. And it's...okay.

That's it, really. It's just okay.

I've seen people going around saying that it's a triumph and finally breaks the curse of bad video game movies...and I really can't agree for a variety of reasons. Namely, we already have video game movies that are not bad. They're not masterpieces, to be sure, but there are a few ones that are enjoyable. There aren't many, sure, but there are those out there. There's Mortal Kombat or DOA: Dead or Alive if you want examples.

Yes, I know that both are stupid and shameless, but that's rather fitting of video game adaptations, don't you think?

Friday, April 13, 2018

MadCap's Game Reviews - "Far Cry 5"

So...Far Cry 5. A game that most of the mainstream gaming press seems to think should have carried some sort of political message due to, as the Eighth Doctor once put it, the human need to see "patterns in things that aren't there". But I'm here to tell you, folks, that there is a political message. It's buried in a very, very deep bit of subtext, so don't worry gaming press, I understand how it was so easy for you to miss even as you went over the entire game with a fine-toothed comb. You wanna know what it is? Because I can tell you. Ready?

CULTS ARE REALLY, REALLY BAD, MKAY?!

The fact that that even needs to be said is troubling. There's not a "two sides" thing. There's not a "not portraying crazy cults accurately thing". Cults are bad. That's the message. I'd say this isn't seeing the forest for the trees, but you people are clearly dense as all get out.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

MadCap's Comic Reviews - "Spider-Man: One More Day"

We come to it at last, my dear readers! The greatest story ever told in the entire Spider-Man saga! That's right, it's finally time! I promised you all a special review because I missed Saturday (this week was a particular hard week at my job, sorry about that), and here it is. The definitive Spider-Man story. Published in 2007, One More Day is widely considered to be not only the most accurate, but most respectful portrayal of the character as created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Really, Joe Quesada and JMS created a masterpiece here and I am privileged to be able to even talk to you about it.

Our story begins in Amazing Spider-Man #544, back before Marvel took the very brilliant idea of rebooting their series every 25 issues or so to heart. And a good thing, too! Who wants to have an easy way to track the story by issues when we could just jump between different volumes and try to figure out the difference between this #1 and that #1. It's absolutely brilliant! But I'm not here to talk about Marvel's fantastic business practices, which in recent years have brought fans together and created so many beloved characters such as Riri Williams and Squirrel Girl's modern incarnation. No, we're here to talk about Joe Quesada's magnum opus!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

MadCap At The Movies - "Black Panther"

So! Black Panther. The next step in the saga of T'Challa of Wakanda (Chadwick Boseman) as we see him dealing with the fall out of Captain America: Civil War. For me, at least, T'Challa was the most likable character in the whole of Civil War even with the addition of Spider-Man. He had a sympathetic backstory that we could relate to on an emotional level, and he showed himself to be a true hero by choosing forgiveness and peace over revenge and conflict, something which had consumed both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark by the end of that film.

Naturally, one would expect him to get his own solo film and rightly so. He proved through the narrative of Civil War that he was an interesting enough character, and that Boseman had the acting chops, to carry his own feature. So, two years after Steve Rogers delivered to Tony Stark his rightful ass-whooping, we come to this film. Is it a worthy continuation of the story of T'Challa? Is it worth all the praise that both audiences and critics have been heaping on it? Or is it, as some might have you believe, just another sign of Marvel sliding into a bottomless pit of failure?

In this order: Yes, yes, and get a life, losers.

MadCap's Comic Reviews - "Doctor Strange #3"

The last time we saw Stephen Strange, serious matters were afoot. While he tried to assuage the fears of young Zelma Stanton about the Mind Maggots had had rooted their way into her...the truth was something far worse. Not just for Zelma, but for the world entire - magic was seeing a very dangerous shift. A fairly common spell cast by Strange...produced no effect, almost as though that magic had simply stopped existing entirely. It was definitely troublesome, and Stephen sought to discern just what it was that had happened, unaware that the Sanctum was being visited by an allied force...who was then dragged back through the portal that he had come through by the insidious forces of the Empirikul, who were determined to destroy all magic.

I've mentioned in a few of my reviews since now that the first three issues of the run of a comic tend to set up the status quo for the run so that it can be shaken up by the events to come. I've also said that Doctor Strange didn't really need that, since the characters of Stephen and Wong were very firmly established within the mythos of the Marvel Universe. By this point, the movie hadn't come out yet, so I really couldn't make a crack about how the common man would know as well, but the point is that he was a known figure in-universe, so the first issue of this run really only served as a re-introduction to the character and his world. This was much the same with Issue #2 and continues into Issue #3.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MadCap's Comic Reviews - "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #4"

Last time, Ben Reilly beat up a cosplayer. Also, other things happened, but that was really the main focus on Issue #3. Issue #4 has a cover...that technically lies. It's a pretty good cover, showing Ben Reilly and Kaine - Scarlet Spider vs. Scarlet Spider - seeming to fall from a building and down into Las Vegas as they come to blows. However, there is a slight problem with the image.

It doesn't actually appear in the comic. Sort of.