Until recently, DC has been the undisputed champion of superhero shows. Sure, Marvel has done pretty well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but even that is only a qualified success. Now with the Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil, DC’s supremacy in the realm of television is no longer a sure thing.
This series is by no means the same Daredevil as the 2003 Ben Affleck film. When Marvel originally pitched the series, they made it clear that Daredevil would not be just another version of The Avengers. Matt Murdock would instead be a street level hero, fighting to protect the neighborhood that he grew up in and loves. Marvel absolutely lives up to its promises. This new show is a dark and gritty look at Hell’s Kitchen, one of New York’s most infamous neighborhoods, its protector, and those that would wish it harm. While there is a temptation to overdo the grit and gravel, Marvel thankfully stays away from that path. There is just enough of the Frank Miller darkness that events and places seem real, without crossing over into stylized parody. Matt Murdock isn’t a superhero; in fact, he is very nearly a vigilante. At times his motives become cloudy, even to himself. The series does a wonderful job of exploring how far a man is willing to go to uphold his ideals. Continue reading
While there are many out there who love comics just for the story and have no desire to hoard boxes upon boxes of bagged and boarded floppies, I am not one of them. I have a thing for collecting. (It used to be cards, now it’s comics.) Even so, I made the decision to go all digital about six months ago. The simple fact is that I was slowly being buried alive by my collection. As it stands, I have somewhere between five and six thousand comics, and that is, regrettably, too many. So the question becomes, what to do with all of those books? Continue reading
All the biggest geek news this week seems to be about upcoming movie trailers. First on the list was the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released online yesterday and was pretty much the only thing anyone talked about for several hours. As with many such things in this era of YouTube, a rash of reaction videos very quickly emerged, but none were quite so good as this mashup of the trailer juxtaposed with a scene from Interstellar in which Matthew McConaughey cries–now appearing as though the tears were in reaction to the trailer.
Can’t say that I blame him, honestly. It’s a sweet trailer. Continue reading
BloodBorne, the long awaited successor to the Demon Souls/Dark Souls line-up developed by From Software and directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, is a game that lives up to expectations while also changing the formula of its predecessors enough to make it original. It sports a Victorian Gothic theme of experimentation with natural human chemistry and how experimentation with it eventually makes men beasts. It pulls from the era so well that the story narrative—as well as the visual representation—really calls to the popular stories of the 1900s and the curiosity surrounding the changing medical field, exemplified in books such as The Strange Case Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As the player kills more beasts in the game, his clothing gets completely covered in blood. To further the feeling of the lycanthropic, scent is a pervasive concept in the conversations with non-player characters. Continue reading