Origins of Suicide Squad

With the theatrical release of Suicide Squad in theaters this week, it’s only fitting that we go a little retro and explore the comic book origins of the murderous band of thieves and rogues.

I saw the movie last night and it was interesting to see the differences between what director David Ayer produced on screen and what writer John Ostrander presented on the printed page. Everyone knows the story by now, but for the ill-informed, here’s a quick review.

While held in captivity, some of the world’s most notorious super-villains are forced into the ultimate ultimatum by taking part in missions that are nearly impossible to survive. If one agrees, good. If one does not, they go anyway, and if you try to run…BOOM, your head explodes.

Sadly, there will be no mention of Harley Quinn since these stories take place prior to her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

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My Declaration for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice needs to be a great film, not a good film because good isn’t good enough. While this movie will establish the shared DC Films Universe, planting the seeds for future flicks with an Easter egg here and a cameo there is ancillary.

I want a movie that is worthy of the titular characters on the marquee while awakening my eight-year-old self. This film needs to finally settle every “who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman” argument I’ve ever had without dis-serving the iconic reputation of either hero. Continue reading “My Declaration for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Actors Who’ve Played Batman and Superman


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a mere two weeks away and some micro reviews of the film have already hit the web. While I’m not going to discuss them here, now would be a good time to look titular roles. Many actors have played Batman and Superman, respectively, and it’s hard not to compare actor A to actor B. Some have done wonders for the role while others were forgettable.

We’ve seen Henry Cavill as Superman, but this time we will get to know him as reporter Clark Kent. Ben Affleck casting as Batman almost started World War III when it was announced almost three years ago. Rumors and trailer footage all points to Afflack giving us a remarkable Batman, but see the film in its entirety will paint a clear picture.

Going back to the comparing game, we have to remember that these are two different incarnations of these iconic characters. Superman is still coming to terms with being mankind’s savior, which is something he took to rather easily in earlier films. Batman is older, grieving, and more brutal than ever before.

Without further ado, let’s look at some of the actors who’ve played Superman and followed by those who portrayed the bat of Gotham.  Continue reading “Actors Who’ve Played Batman and Superman”

Twilight Zone Vol 1: The Way Out TPB Review



The Twilight Zone Vol 1: The Way Out TPB | Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Artist: Guiu Vilanova | Colorist: Vinicius Andrade | Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment | Price: $15.99 | Release Date: June 18, 2014

The Twilight Zone was never my jam growing up, but I learned to apperciate the show’s classic moments such as Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and To Serve Man. J. Michael Straczynski pens an exhilarating story that brilliantly captures the essence of the famed TV show. Continue reading “Twilight Zone Vol 1: The Way Out TPB Review”

Beautiful Scars Produces a Beautiful Story


Beautiful Scars | Written and Illustrated by D.S. Talon & E.G. Thompson | Letters: Deron Bennett | Design: Scott Newman| Editor: Rebecca Taylor | Publisher: Archaia Entertainment | Price: $19.99| From my column at Forces of Geek

This book has garnered a good amount of hype among critics, reviewers, and pundits. I didn’t want to read it because I assumed my heightened expectations would be let down by the finished product. It turns out, I was worried over nothing. Continue reading “Beautiful Scars Produces a Beautiful Story”

I’m Cheating On My Comic Book Store


There is no easy way to say this so I’m just going to cut right to the chase.

I’ve been seeing someone else.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I know, I know; that’s what everyone says but I promise, I’m not just saying that in an attempt to salvage your feelings. It really is me. It all started three months ago when…yes, it is someone you know…it’s…Kindle Fire. I know this is a hard pill to swallow. I remember our deep late night conversations about the soulless application of digital comics as we enjoyed out favorite pinot noir.

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