Is this the right look for Domino?

The fist image of Domino from Deadpool 2 was released today and I have to say I’m quite disappointed. That being said here’s my reason. I’m 100% perfectly fine with changing the gender, nationality, or sexual orientation of any and all characters in comics. In the early days of comics there were very few black characters and if there were the character usually had the word “black” in their name. So making characters that maybe should have been black to begin with or simply just changing things up for equality is a must in this world.

When Nick Fury was changed from a white man to an African American man I thought that was a wonderful choice and it really benefited the character. As much as everyone hated the 2015 Fantastic Four movie, I thought changing Johnny Storm to a black man actually worked out well. It doesn’t matter what color a persons skin is as long as the the character as the actor gives their best performance they think suits that character.

This version of Domino doesn’t look like a black actress is taking on the role, it looks like the “black version” of a character someone made fan art for. She looks like a 70s Bond villain and it worries me that they might go as far as give her a hard stereotypical accent like Beyonce from Austin Powers with lines like “jive turkey” when Zazie Beetz was cast as Domino it didn’t bother me or worry me at all until this image came out. 

 Spider-Man: Homecoming did it right with the Michelle character. Mary-Jane is one of the most iconic female characters in comics and then choosing to make her a black woman was the best approach they could have made. In the movie MJ is a nerd who’s smarter than Peter and doesn’t support monuments made by slaves and protests the government THAT’S black women of today. Not just an affro and “I’m the opposite of white”

I’m sure Zazie Beetz will give a great performance and I’m sure Deadpool 2 will be as good if not better than the first one. This has nothing to do with me being racist or not being okay with what character has which color. It’s the overall look of the character that bothers me that gives the impression of trying to be the exact opposite of something.


Do we NEED a Han Solo film?

Han Solo has accomplished everything you need in a hero character. He starred in four films already helping save the galaxy, meets the love of his life, and has a child (or two, looking at you Rey) with her and then ultimately meets his demise when his son kills him. He does it all in these films. If they cast  as the love interest for Han and not Lando it’ll completely tarnish what he Emilia Clarke and Leia have. The “I love you. I know.” speech will mean nothing because now they want to shove a past love into the mythos of Star Wars. It just doesn’t seem necessary. 

What more can you say about Han Solo? “What if we show how him and Chewie became partners? Or what if we show what happened between Han and Lando”? There’s no need for that. Those stories can simply be told in Han Solos eulogy in “The Last Jedi”. There’s plenty of other characters that are more interesting than someone we already know everything about. 

Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters in Star Wars even though he only has a few scenes in the entire trilogy. Boba Fett could have his own film following him becoming a bounty hunter or in a Suicide Squad type film (except good) with him joining up with a few other bounty hunters that didn’t get screen time like IG-88, Bossk, or even Greedo. There’s so little shown of Boba Fett but still he stands as one of the coolest Star Wars characters of all time. Say what you want about the prequel trilogy, but when Jango Fett was beheaded and young Boba picked up his father’s head and rested his head against it, that was a powerful and small tease to why Boba is a bounty hunter like his father. We absolutely need more of that.

Yoda is another character who is more deserving and a more interesting choice to have a solo movie than a solo Han Solo. Yoda died of old age. Even in “The Phantom Menace” he was and old man walking with support from a cane and after his battle with Dooku, showed signs of being tired and put of breathe. Where was Yoda before this? Where did his journey begin? Why not show that story or about him training with a young Qui-Gon? 

I may be wrong about everything and this movie could potentially blow me away and make me eat my words because that’s Star Wars. I hope they dish out a new Star Wars film/spin-off every year until I die and long after that. Star Wars is the spine of pop-culture. It’s at the top of the of that family tree and no matter which movies don’t meet the expectations of fans there will still be the original trilogy on your shelf that you can always turn to and never be let down. And no one will read this anyway so it does it matter what I say. 

Bane: Conquest #2 REVIEW

Bane: Conquest is a darkly entertaining story that takes the luchador of Santa Prisca away from Gotham and focuses more on his journey. In the second issue, Bane has been captured by a cult leader by the name of Damocles; while he is trying to find a way to escape he comes across an unlikely ally named Bruce Wayne.

Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan return after the first issue of Bane: Conquest to deliver another solid offering; this one is filled with action and beautiful art, but on top of that we get to see something we don’t too often — and that’s a team-up of Bane and Bruce Wayne. Their history together obviously isn’t a good one, but it works here and it’s something that’s really enjoying to see especially since Bane hates Bruce so much. The action in this issue is pretty intense and the reader will find themselves sympathizing for Bane. There are a number of flashback scenes that are probably the best part of this issue. Bane is an underestimated villain and has an interesting origin that needs to be seen to truly comprehend his character. Bane as a child is one of the saddest things to have ever been read in comics and getting a little piece of that in this issue is a true delight.

Bane: Conquest isn’t mind-blowing so far, but I do have hopes for this as I always enjoy a good Bane story. Seeing a Bruce Wayne and Bane team-up is also exciting: the two both hate each other but also both want to escape and stop Damocles. Damocles so far is a promising villain and can hold his own without having his dirty work done by a bunch of goons which we’re so used to seeing. I also want to add that the art is nice and simplistic. It’s not mind-blowing but it’s just fine. My real only complaint about the art is that Bane looks like a normal good looking man, which is not the choice I’d expect anyone to go with. I feel like Bane should be more grizzled, worn out, damaged. This Bane could be in any comic book and you wouldn’t know it was Bane until it was made known. It’s a small complaint but it’s just something I think Bane shouldn’t look like.

The writing and story are pretty good so far. There are a lot interesting lines between Bruce and Bane but a couple times where the issue moved pretty fast and looked like it was missing a panel or two. For instance there was a page where the prisoners get their food and Bane immediately starts eating as fast as he could, which is understandable given his situation, but after Bane gets a warning from Bruce to slow down, Bane just drops unconscious. It almost looked like it was straight from an episode of Family Guy. It was more comedy than it was shocking. There was no dramatic shock to Bane’s face realizing he may had been poisoned or choked. One panel has him eating, and the next panel shows him on the floor but there was no transition to it. It just felt like something was missing and that happens a few times in this issue.

Minor complaints aside this already seems like an exciting story that will definitely add some character to Bane. Bane is a villain who never gets enough focus in my eyes and Bane: Conquest is well on its way to adding another storied chapter to his history.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 3 REVIEW

BOOM! Studios is on a hot streak with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. If you haven’t read anything before issue nine have no fear, one of the most interesting stories in Power Rangers history starts here in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3This is a perfect set of issues to have even if you haven’t read any previous issues. Some very interesting sides of Goldar are shown that we haven’t seen before which is very nice to see because mostly everyone who remembers this character just remembers the villainous right-hand man who just yelled about how much he hated the Power Rangers. Tommy as always is interesting, but in a more human way. Seeing Tommy go through trauma after being cured of Rita’s spell feels more real rather than just being your normal teenage superhero with no problems after just one episode on television. You can see the frustration and maybe even depression in Tommy’s expressions and it’s actually very moving because it’s not something you would expect from a Power Rangers story. That’s the exciting part of this volume–it takes your childhood and brings it back in a more mature way without drastically changing what Power Rangers was originally to fans. Every Ranger has their personal issues unlike the show that didn’t focus too much on it. When anyone from the group had any problems, it felt like all they had to do was morph and they were all equally as powerful and brave. Billy was a coward for only a few episodes and when he’d morph he was a hero. In here you get to see that’s all changed and just because you have powers, doesn’t mean you’re not afraid.Power Rangers Volume 3 is a small collection consisting of issues #9 through #13. Each issue is powerfully written by Kyle Higgins and Steve Orlando and illustrated beautifully by Hendry Prasetya and Corin Howell. Each comic feels like magic. There’s never been a more interesting story in Power Rangers history. Every fan growing up fantasized about stories like these. One thing Power Ranger fans love is a new Ranger making their debut as a part of the team or seeing a Ranger become a new Ranger and in these issues we get that, but with some exciting and dramatic events where Tommy lends his Green Ranger powers to the the team and now each member is now a team of green Power Rangers. Absolute genius writing, and who would have ever thought of doing something like that? Volume 3 also introduces probably the most interesting character in Power Rangers history, and that’s Lord Drakkon the new evil White Ranger.

There’s not much bad at all to say about these comics. Power Rangers Vol. 3 is a must read volume. Read them and pass them along to your friends because we need more comics like this. BOOM! knows exactly what to do with this series and is taking it places Power Rangers fans couldn’t even dream of because we never expected to ever see anything this intense from a 90’s television show that was mostly stock footage. Everyone involved in this volume is a Power Rangers dream team who knows exactly what to change and add to the Power Rangers universe without tarnishing the legacy. Some of the best images in Power Rangers history are in this volume. So well crafted that if the reader was shown these without context or knowing where the source was, they would believe it was too good to be a real thing that could happen in Power Rangers. As good as a story can be, this volume proves it can only get better. The final pages are so ground-breaking that your heart may just skip a beat or two. It’s that damn good.

Injustice 2 Review

Injustice 2 was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2017. There’s not many side scrolling fighting games anymore that really are any different than the rest. Injustice 2 changes that in a big bad way by keeping the same fighting style, and also adding some deep cut characters like Swamp Thing and Doctor Fate. 

The mechanics are just as great as the first game and the customization is truly next-level entertainment. I’ve been playing a good amount since the release of the game and when I play online I still find  new customization items on characters every time. It brings tons of individuality for players to express themselves. One character in particular that got a lot of love is Green Lantern. He has shaders to change his color of his suit and even his constructs, and if that wasn’t enough for you they also threw in the symbols of every other Lantern Corps to replace the Green Lantern Corps symbol so you could match your color. I’m disappointed in the White and Black Lantern shaders and constructs however. The White Lantern suit is mostly blue for some odd reason even though it’s nothing like that in the comics and the Black Lantern contructs are almost white to might as well keep the White Lantern shader. 

Another thing that is a little disappointing is that not everyone has the best shaders at all. Cheetah and Swamp Thing are an example. They have mostly browns or an ugly light pink it’s really distracting and quite ugly. I think everyone should have the same amount of shaders with the same colors. If someone wants to be a red or green Captain Cold then they should be. But instead Batman and Superman get the best variety. The game also introduced “Multiverse” which in a way is like most phone games where certain levels are timed and if you miss out on them then they’re gone until who knows when. The good thing about the Multiverse is that they’re about 6 or 7 of them with a series of levels to complete and when accomplished they award you with items for whoever the challenge was for. I actually find myself playing Multiverse more than I’ve ever played online.

Online multiplayer is just filled with players who prefer to spam moves just to get their ranks up and show almost no interest in playing the game for fun, but that’s online for every game. Ranked is a place where you’ll find terrible spam players but that has nothing to do with the developers. “Player Matches” are where you’ll find a ton of lobbies and players just looking for fun competitive gaming.

Main issue with this game is the actual story. The games graphics are great and very realistic, but the faces that were chosen for them are just hideous. This is the first time I’ve ever seen an unattractive Bruce Wayne. Black Canary looks exactly like Kaley Cuoco who plays “Penny” on the Big Bang Theory. GOOGLE IT and tell me I’m wrong. Just like in the first Injustice where Lex Luthor looked exactly like Bruce Willis, it was insanely distracting. 

The story follows Batman and Superman reuniting to defeat the ultimate threat that is Braniac. This caught me by surprise because the universe with the murderous Superman I guess is the main universe for Injustice. I thought this was more of an earth 2 kind of world and the universe with the not so murderous Superman would be the main Injustice world. Any time you read a comic book where they head to another world it’s always the main character who goes evil and then at the end it’s back to normal with your hero saving the day and putting the evil one away. So already I was not interested in the story and as it progressed I was wondering how characters like Green Lantern or The Flash would be a part of this story and WHY IS GREEN ARROW A PART OF THIS UNIVERSE! They took him of all heroes but nobody else. Why did they even need him. They went so far into taking him from another universe instead of I don’t know maybe SUPERMAN! Anyways another issue is all it takes for the gang to get back together is an “I’m sorry I was an accomplice to murder of millions and a 10 year old.” and all is forgiven. 

This story had a great concept and a great roster to go a long with it, but it was so poorly executed it ultimately affected the the way you see these characters. The first games story made the biggest impact and when I played that story for the first time and that opening scene ended my jaw dropped so hard I got rug-burn on my chin. This game is not bad though at all its just the story that lacks in areas but it is a good game. I give the story a 6/10 and the rest of the game like gameplay, multiverse, customisation a solid 9/10. I’m still playing this game and will continue to play this game for a long time. 

Injustice 2 #1 Review

Injustice 2 #1 from start to finish is one exciting book; it takes place in various locations and features various characters. Don’t let the thought of that drive you away though — even though there are multiple stories to follow in this issue there’s a good amount of time spent with each story to ensure you understand who each person is and what is yet to come in future issues.

There’s some great storytelling courtesy of writer Tom Taylor that delivers some emotional and powerful dialogue. The conversation with Batman and Superman is a genuine work of art and has some captivating moments; you’ll catch yourself reading over it again and again because of how well it was delivered on the page.

Injustice 2 does well in ensuring the reader that even if you haven’t read the previous Injustice books, you can start fresh here. There are some minor details that may be a little confusing when you come across them, but it’s pretty self explanatory for new readers.

This book is important to read especially if you’re a fan of the game. There’s so much more to a story that a video game can only show a portion of. This comic book will lend more story to the Injustice 2 narrative and aside from telling more of a detailed story, you get to know and understand more about your characters and their personal journeys.

Injustice 2 #1 is an excellent issue all around that leaves the reader with laughs, cliffhangers, and jaw dropping moments that level the playing field for the upcoming game. This is a comic that even someone who has only played the games and never touched a comic could enjoy and find themselves picking up the next issue in excitement.

Green Arrow #22 Review

After the climactic ending of Green Arrow #21 where it’s revealed that the Ninth Circle has their eyes set on destroying Seattle with the help of its four horsemen, the Ninth Circle also seems to be running Queen Industries

Green Arrow #22 opens with a series of random fires being set all over Seattle and Green Arrow is helping put them out. This book is mostly about Green Arrow meeting the horsemen for the first time and then trying to figure out who and what they want. With everything going on Oliver is frustrated in this issue, showing a lot of aggression and anger while trying to do as much as he possibly can with his team.

There’s a lot of great art and imagery from Juan Ferreyra and he really was able to capture a lot of the more emotional expressions. Benjamin Percy did a great job on the story, making a ton of great dialog between Green Arrow and other characters.

The whole issue was really enjoyable, but it felt scattered. Scenes seem to start in one place and then in the next page the characters end up in another place with no explanation to how they got there or how the previous fight scene ended. I found myself really enjoying what I was reading and then kind of just felt confused.

Black Canary is another minor issue for me right now in the Green Arrow books. It seems like she’s only around to do the same exact thing in every issue and that’s to scream really loud at something and talk to Oliver. I love Black Canary in the Justice League of America books and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey because she feels important to the story. In here she’s just not getting used to her full potential.

Green Arrow has a lot of character development in this issue, which is always a good thing because just when you think you’ve seen everything Green Arrow has to offer, you’re reminded instantly about how much Oliver cares about the little guy.