Comic Reviews 5/31/17 – DC and Marvel

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Wonder Woman Annual #1

On the same week as the release of her first feature movie, this Annual presents a handful of short stories that show the basics of Diana of Themyscira the Wonder Woman. These stories show her at her most trusting and generous, standing up for the innocent, no matter how different they may be, and leading the less-than-innocent on a path towards forgiveness.

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WONDER WOMAN (2017) Is a Bright New Start for the DCEU

Starting off, it really isn’t worth my or your time to compare Wonder Woman to the previous movies in the DC cinematic universe (DCEU), because, well…Wonder Woman blows them completely out of the water. The first woman of comics gets the big screen adaptation she’s always deserves, with director Patty Jenkins and the entire cast and crew taking the opportunity to show the boys how it’s done with style and grace.

So, instead, allow me to compare Wonder Woman to a superhero film in the same league, Captain America: The First Avenger.

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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) Brings the Sci-Fi Series Back to Basics

It is almost impossible to overestimate how unescapable Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus still is in contemporary culture. Frankenstein is the first story of what would become the science-fiction genre, and established not only an aesthetic, character archetypes, and the basic template of what makes a story science fiction; but it’s themes, which still provide the center around which so much other science fiction orbits.

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Comic Reviews 5/17/17

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Secret Empire #2

The underground attempts to regroup after the attack on Las Vegas, but a rift in the group threatens to tear it apart. Meanwhile, the heroes trapped in Darkforce New York do their best to keep the city alive.

This is probably the most enjoyable issue of Secret Empire yet, if only because Steve is in it the least. Instead, we finally get heroes acting like heroes, or trying to given their circumstances. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and other heroes do their best to protect New York from the demons that surround it while also working to prevent valuable limited resources from falling into the hands of Wilson Fisk. And in the Underground, Black Widow and Hawkeye argue over whether or not killing Captain America is on the table, and the possibility of any other way to victory.

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HOUNDS OF LOVE (2017) is a Disturbingly Human Horror Movie

I want to get this out of the way first. There is a Cat Stevens song in this movie too. It is not as poignant a moment as when one is used in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but I noticed it.

That out of the way, Hounds of Love is the most viscerally disturbing movie I’ve seen this year, in spite of not showing anything truly graphic, rather, taking advantage of just implications. First time director Ben Young is smart enough to know you don’t have to actually show rape; showing a girl chained to a bed and bloodied sheets gives enough for the audience to put together themselves. Much of what actually disturbs in this movie is character-centric rather than action-oriented. Hounds of Love gives its villains so much room to become monsters that are also so scarily human in their monstrosity.

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