You can be awesome, but maybe not at literally everything?
TO PREFACE we love Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra and Wolverine and Batman and Superman and all these folks as much as the next loud-mouthed podcast team. HOWEVER, when a character is OP, or they constantly overcome challenges just by *being themselves* - their stories start to become predictable, and worse, boring. Let characters be good at stuff, but maybe not the BEST at everything they touch, okay?
Well, now we've at least SEEN the toys in the box, I guess...
It's got a really long name, but between some excellent acting, tasty horror vibes, and pure Sam Raimi goodness, there's a lot to enjoy about this movie. Do we have our qualms?... yeah, we do. What, did you think this was a Spider-Man movie or something?
A new take on the Star Wars Saga we can all get behind...
The newest edition to the Lego game saga is here, and it's a new take on old classics with the definitive Skywalker collection. Fun, family-friendly, and plenty of variety, this game has something for everybody.
Maybe someday we'll get a movie from this universe that's worth seeing...
So, it's not the worst movie we've ever seen. In fact, it might even be better than Venom: Let There Be Carnage... but that doesn't mean it's good. Or even, really, okay. It's just sort of... well, it's kind of bad. Sony, why do you keep doing this to us?
From the author of 1984, we bring you... comics.
What do you do if you're concerned about government domination and classist control? You read comics! Or, at least, we do. Anyway, we think Orwell would probably do the same, and these are probably some of the titles he'd choose to read!
How many f-bombs in a sentence is too many?
First of all, if you don't like hearing the F-word, this is probably not the episode for you (or the kiddos in your life)! This week, we're discussing how over-using the f-bomb doesn't really make you sound edgy, but it can make you sound like you don't actually know how people talk. Writers, there are better ways to get your point across, we promise.
What you may have missed in January!
Honorable Mention Highlights: January 2022
Bylines in Blood #1
A mystery circling around an independent news source willing to tell the truth. This book has extreme Jessica Jones vibes and presents a painfully relatable tale in a world too close to home for comfort; people record every moment of their lives, the truth has all but vanished as the elite invent facts to serve their purpose, and journalism as a career has effectively been eradicated. It's gritty, it's dark, I like it.
She Hulk #1
Jennifer Walters has been many things. Successful lawyer, savage monster, weird Blonde and Red Russian hit machine, my green-skinned crush for the last 30 years or so. Many hats worn by this lady with a new one being forced onto her head each time we see her. That pattern stays true in this book, which finds Jennifer humbled and having to start over since her stint as the Gamma blasting Hulk of the most recent Avengers team. She is hunble, grounded, and focused more on altruism than heroism. Could be a cool direction for her.
Batman/Catwoman Special #1This book is a fascinating look at Catwoman and Batman's growing relationship over a span of decades. It injects humanity into these bombastic characters much in the way Marvel's Life Story series do, while perfectly displaying just how complex Selena is as a character. It's also a nice memorial for John Paul Leon who tragically passed in May of 2021. Definitely worth a grab for Bat fans.
We have a LOT of thoughts...
Brand new year, brand new segment! Introducing Coverspiracy, where we give our hair-brained theories and outlandish predictions about what's coming next in comics, movies, and more. This week, it's all about how we believe the MCU will introduce our favorite mutant crew into the universe.
Honorable Mention Highlights: December 2021
Refuse x Last Resort Double Shot
One side is a beautiful, near-wordless journey of a woman utterly isolated and striving to get back to her world. The other side is a tongue-in-cheek exploration of how ridiculously exploitative capitalism is, and the complications of being surrounded by, well, yourself. It's a huge book being a double-shot and all, but definitely worth a pick-up.
Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant
I don't have to say a whole lot about this book. You know why? Because the first story is by Danny DeVito, detailing how The Penguin and Catwoman fell in love, cured COVID-19, and saved the world. See, that's enough.
This book is zany, and fast, and honestly a little disorienting (but in a good way?). While many books struggle to gain speed in the first issue, this one feels almost like they put too much into the opening chapter, but with tech meeting ancient civilizations meeting an entertainingly diverse cast, I think I'm into it.
One-Star Squadron #1
If you aren't Batman or Tony Stark or Oliver Queen, it's unlikely your superhero-ing can serve as a moneymaking endeavor. That is, unless you team up with an agency that helps you live a secure life with a plan (and maybe a pension). I always appreciate a story talking about the mundane surrounded by the fantastic. And what's more mundane than paying taxes?
Lunar Room #1
I think this has a lot of potential to be a cool magical Neo-Noir story, but the first issue didnt entirely hook me. I like the world and the mystery thats building, but the characters were a smidge on the cliche side. Still, werewolves and magic in a gritty city underbelly, could appeal to the World of Darkness crowd and those adjacent.
No Holds Bard #1
SHAKESPEARE AS BATMAN. I love the concept of this, but the delivery is a bit ho hum. It is too aware of the joke instead of just letting the concept be funny on its own. Still, i had fun on the ride, even if there was an occasional eye roll in the mix.
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1
I didn't know I needed Ms. Marvel to have her own Spider-esque web of multiverses - but now I do! Giving her a new story to help those unfamiliar get acquainted before her new show hits, I'm excited to see a very multi-faceted tale all about Kamala(s).
Apache Delivery Service #1
This book has a lot going for it - minimalist storytelling, an emotional time period and setting, a diverse cast with a broad experience, and evocative imagery. It's not a "nice" book, but it has potential to be an impactful one.
A King's Vengeance #1
Tonally dark, ultra-violent Adventure Time. This book lays out a fairly basic concept and then delivers with some dope art and cool character design. Nifty book all around.
Hollywood over here, sippin' on Haterade...
Why do so many in Hollywood find it necessary to diss superhero films? Directors, actors, filmmakers - you name it, celebrities of all calibers have decided it's the "posh" thing to do to hate on a whole subgenre of films that make millions of people around the globe, very, very happy. But why? We talk about the who, what, and why of these haters - and why they're inherently wrong for being so rude about the whole thing. Have an opinion, sure, but be kind, folks!
Cover B Podcast
Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.