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Retrospective Review: Marvels - Book One

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"Book One" Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Alex Ross
Letterer: Richard Starkings


Review by Kendra Hale

A Date With Mary Shelley

Do you remember what first drew you to your favorite comic? Was it the art on the cover? Was it the artist, or writer themselves? Maybe it was the characters, or even the story you were intrigued by. Did you ponder over it before buying? Maybe you flipped gently through to see the interior art, before making the final purchase decision. Or was it a library book, or something borrowed from a family member, or friends, from their private collection?

In any of those cases, I'm sure one or more memories sprang to mind. From the title of this article, you can also gather what the answer to my question would be, and you'd also be correct. When I think of the stories that made me a fan of all things comics, Alex Ross has a very heavy hand in many of them.

For Marvels, I remember how different and striking the cover art for the individual covers were. Ho…

Review: ‘Doom Patrol’ Season 2 Episode 4 – “Sex Patrol”

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"Sex Patrol"
Director: Omar Madha
Writers: Eric Dietel & Tanya Steele
Starring: Dianne Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Abigail Shapiro, Devan Chandler Long, Alan Mingo Jr., Stephanie Czajkowski, Michael Tourek, Michael Shenefelt and Tracy Bonner. With Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk
Review by Steve J. Ray
Doom Patrol fans rejoice! Flex Mentallo, Maura Lee Karupt and the Dannyzens are back, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Danny has cracked, Rita wants control over her stretching ability and who better to help her then the "Man of Muscle Mystery"?
Flex's most recent adventure with the team was, quite literally, orgasmic, and his abilities in this field have potentially Earth shattering repercussions in this episode. His and Rita's actions lead to the TV debut of Grant Morrison's hilariously intriguing SeX Men. Erotic energy has gone wild, and only Kiss, Cuddles, and Torture can save the day f…

Podcast Review: The VHS Strikes Back

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Review by Tony Farina
Welcome back to my new weekly podcast review segment, thanks for joining me here again.
This time, I am here to sing the praises of my favorite film review podcast, The VHS Strikes Back. Each week, the hosts Chris Phelps and Dave Horrocks, (two life-long friends, and former band-mates, who've created the Whatever Podcast Network) take their listeners on "a nostalgic journey through the good, and bad, movies of yesteryear."

Chris and Dave define the VHS era as movies from the 70's all the way up until 2005, when DVDs finally outsold and out-rented videos. They rank all the movies on a five point scale.
If a movie makes it to Cloud City it's the best of the best (not the film Best of the Best, that could not make it to Cloud City). If it's really good, it goes to Pleasantville, if it's just OK, it lives in Hill Valley with Marty McFly. If it's bad, but not terrible, it goes to Elm Street, and if it's the worst of the worst, it go…

Podcast Time: "Superheroes For Dummies" And The Comics In Motion Network

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Article by Steve J. Ray
Podcasts have become a huge part of pop-culture. Fantastic Universes has its own shows (which will be coming back soon, including a brand new series called "Legends Of The Dark Knight") and last year we partnered with the amazing Retro Project Podcast, to share their shows on this site for a U.K. audience.
Recently, two friends; Paul McGuigan, Daniel Belgrave, and I, started a new show called "Superheroes For Dummies". Paul is a newcomer to the world of comic-book characters, Daniel has some knowledge, but more from video games, TV and movies. Of course, I'm a mega geek/ultra nerd, so we cover the whole spectrum.
For content, we ask fellow fans on the internet, via Facebook and Twitter, to nominate the characters they want to know more about, and get them to send us their questions about said characters.
We've aired two episodes so far, and they've been great fun. Here are Spotify links to both:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5USoY4…

Podcast Time: "I Am The Night" And The DC Comics News Network

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Article by Steve J. Ray
Hello, dear reader!

Over the last three years or so, many of the writers and reviewers on this site have also taken to creating terrific audio content, myself included.
I've received a ton of mail requesting a place where all of these shows could be picked up in one place, and I listen to my readers.
Here is the first post, with links to the show I make with my son, and fellow writer on Fantastic Universes, DC Comics News and Dark Knight News, Adam Ray. "I Am The Night" is a weekly show where we break down and discuss every episode of the legendary Batman: The Animated Series.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/i-am-the-night-1x01-on-leather-wings/id1318138081?i=1000451178163
On occasion we also have a guest on the show, such as reviewer and podcaster extraordinaire, Max Byrne.
The DC Comics News Network also features a weekly news show - "The DC Comics News Podcast" - which looks at all the major DC News; Movies, TV and streaming, comics, g…

Fan Retrospectives: Spider-Man: The Clone Saga: Part 20: You Say You Want an Evolution

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The Spider-Man Clone saga is one of the most reviled story lines ever. It featured the return of Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly, but also dragged Spider-Man through one of the strangest, series of conspiracies and narratives that the franchise have ever seen.
But... is it really as bad as the internet would have you believe? Come with us as we review the Clone Saga story arc by story arc as we uncover how one of comics' most infamous series holds up today."You Say You Want An Evolution" Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1, Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1Writers: Evan Skolnic, Glenn Herdling Artists: Joe St. Pierre, Tod SmithNow that Ben is officially Spider-Man, one would think he'd jump into the role. But that's not the case. Thanks to a marketing stunt, all the Spider-Man titles were re-started with the Scarlet Spider name for a few months. So Amazing Spider-Man turned into Amazing Scarlet Spider and so on. 
According to then- assistant editor Glenn Greenberg, …

DC FanDome Online Comic-Con Coming This Summer

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Article by Steve J. RayRumours have been circulating that Warner Bros. and DC Comics have allegedly been planning an online comic-con style event, after the coronavirus scare, social distancing and global lockdowns saw many physical conventions cancelled. Now we're very pleased and excited to announce that the rumors were true! Clear your August calendars, comics fans… the DC FanDome virtual fan experience is coming!Here’s the full story, direct from DC Entertainment:WELCOME TO THE DC FANDOME!A MEGA, 24-HOUR, IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL FAN EXPERIENCE WHICH BRINGS THE UNIVERSE OF DC TO LIFE AND FEATURES THE STARS, FILMMAKERS AND CREATORS BEHIND ITS BIGGEST FILMS, TV SERIES, GAMES AND COMICSJoin fans from all 7 continents for the largest gathering of talent,
announcements and content reveals in the history of DCSave the date and prep your cosplay! On Saturday, August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome – a free virtual fan experience wher…