I wanted to work a One Punch Man joke into the article, but I didn’t manage it.
This is a fun little article I wrote, seeing how the X-Men do against the odds J. Jaspers gave them in X of Swords.
I didn’t like The Rise of Skywalker, but I would have loved to see the Eye of Webbish Bog on the big screen.
I loved Priest’s run on Black Panther with Mark Texeira, so I was excited to do some coverage for his new run on U.S. Agent!
Television and film have long had a problem with the way they portray mental illness. Both mediums tend to lean into one of two extremes: a character suffers from a trainwreck mental illness, then dies by suicide (as in The Dead Poet Society) or their illness is a collection of visual and auditory hallucinations (as in every horror movie that treads the “Hallucination or Real [Insert Monster Here]” line). For a long time, professional wrestling has been worse, with World Wrestling Entertainment portraying mental illness in characters like Festus, “The Corn-Fed Colossus”—a mentally disabled man who turns into a dominant force after hearing the ring bell. Despite that history, All Elite Wrestling‘s Adam “Hangman” Page has built one of the most nuanced and accurate portrayals of high-performing anxiety and depression on television.
Buddy cop comedies have always been awesome. Two mismatched cops—one gruff and cynical; the other just graduated the academy at the top of their class, full of optimism—go to war against a gangster who has inevitably killed the older cop’s old partner the day before their retirement. The two cops quip at each other throughout the film, but eventually they begin to admire one another. Between the gunfights and explosions, it’s the story of a male friendship developing. The genre ruled the action scene in the 90s, before it got a little stale. But don’t worry, writers José J. Ramallo, Sergio G. Ramos, and Vasni Ramos threw in a few extra elements to spice up the script of Voodoo Apocalypse — Luchadors giving birth in wrestling rings, Kung Fu training montages, and zombie-turning guitar solos.
In Star Wars, Princess Leia has a new enemy withn in the Empire, and their fight is almost as personal as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
I’m proud of everything I write (I wouldn’t be out here doing this if I wasn’t), but I’m especially proud of this one.
X-Men: The Animated Series is the show that got me into comics. That, and the toys they put out. I used to buy them and then look for them on the TV. Really excited to be writing about it now.
This was a fun one to write. I’m really digging Strange Academy, or at least what I’ve read of it so far.