My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

Month: March 2021

DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex (2021)

Lex Luthor has his own planet!

For some reason, Superman vs. Imperious Lex was released a full month after the previous seven Future State issues. It was a decent enough comic, but it wasn’t exceptional and it definitely wasn’t worth the wait. Regardless, this comic marks the last of the 52 Future State issues released between January and March 2021. You can find my reviews of all the Future State comics here. Also, I’ve already given a breakdown of the entire comic event here.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story (2020)

A decent origin story for Mr. Freeze

If you’re a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, you’ll appreciate this graphic novel. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily like Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. But you’ll definitely appreciate these two characters getting their own comic.

Superman and Lois (S01/E1-5) (2021)

Lois and Clark have twins now?

If you’ve even just casually browsed this blog, you’ll know that I’m a Superman fan. I’m also a fan of the Arrowverse shows on the CW. But I never thought I’d be happy to see Superman get his own CW show. After all, quality isn’t what the Arrowverse is known for. Instead, DC’s CW shows are generally enjoyed for their cheap, cheesy campiness. So naturally, I was pretty nervous when Superman was announced as the latest addition to the Arrowverse. Superman is a member of DC’s Holy Trinity and deserves a bit more effort than what the CW normally gives the DC properties. Fortunately, it looks like HBO Max might have pitched in with the budget for this one. Superman and Lois, it turns out, is actually well-written and looks great too.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Feels like a TV movie

If there’s one word I would use to describe The Trial of the Chicago 7, it would be ‘heavy-handed’. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good. It has effective performances and a strong relevance to current events. However, most of the movie feels exaggerated in its execution. There are a lot of good guys and bad guys. Ironically, the movie would have been much better without the heavy-handedness.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Justice for the Justice League

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder’s first two DCEU movies. For me, Man of Steel didn’t have any emotional balance and Batman v. Superman was a mess. So I didn’t have much faith in Snyder to do too much better with Justice League than Joss Whedon did back in 2017. I knew it would be better (Whedon’s version was pretty terrible), I just didn’t think it would be by very much. Having now seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I can honestly say Snyder’s is the far superior version of the two.

Revolver (2010) (reprinted 2021)

Living one’s best life…in parallel worlds

DC Black Label started re-printing Revolver this week after its debut more than a decade ago. I’m not really sure why this decision was made, but it peaked my interest enough to pick up the graphic novel. I’m glad I did because its sharp storytelling that had me engaged as a reader from cover to cover.

Killmonger (2018-2019)

A decent backstory

I found Erik Killmonger to be the most interesting character in the MCU’s Black Panther. He wasn’t just a bad guy out to destroy the world. He wanted to reclaim his birthright and use his newfound power to open Wakanda to the rest of the world. There was purpose to his character and he made sense. It was his means that made him the villain. So I was very excited to finally read about his backstory in Marvel’s 5-issue mini-series Killmonger.

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Relevant story today

With Black Lives Matter and a growing socialist movement in western nations today, Judas and the Black Messiah is a fascinatingly relevant film. William O’Neal and Fred Hampton are the titular figures of this film. The story is intentionally one-sided in its depiction of a key historical era in America. Even so, there is plenty of nuance and a lot of suspense.

DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 (2021)

Looks interesting

It’s difficult to review what is essentially the comic book version of a movie trailer. Still, DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 offers a really good taste of what’s to come in the six-issue miniseries in June 2021. It’s a different kind of review for me so this one might look a little different.

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

Familiar but enjoyable

There’s something familiar about Raya and the Last Dragon. It’s hard to pinpoint, but it’s there. In this review I’ll try to zoom in on exactly what that thing is. Regardless, the studio applied a formula that works for the movie. The journey is enjoyable and the ending is satisfying.