Comics, Movies

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

By now there must be close to ten billion dollars of revenue for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. These films feel like watching action figures of your favorite comic book characters duke it out. Disney could’ve kept the same ball rolling, played the same tricks over and over again and people would turn up in droves just the same. But they chose to raise the bar once again.

Captain America: Civil War shares part of the qualities that made up the disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They raise issues that are relevant, they have dark moments and the action is unrelenting. But where BvS sputtered to the finish line, Marvel handles with the poise of a veteran. It’s like Ra’s al Ghul’s battle with Bruce Wayne on top of a frozen lake in Batman Begins. Rarely do politics and family issues go in the way of having fun. And while fun remains top priority here, Marvel manages to stimulate the mind just as things go boom.

Nor does the action extravaganza feel overbearing. Civil War manages to outdo many of its contemporaries by focusing on a streamlined story as much as the battles. There is no godlike being that unites the two sides in the end. In Civil War, the bad guy wins, and there is no happy ending. The MCU is forever changed and it will be interesting to see what the future holds.

Characters take center stage in a refreshing twist, turning newcomers Black Panther and Spider-Man into powerful scene-stealers that will likely be among the lead stars of the next phase of this universe. From Tony Stark to Hawkeye, every gear has a role in the machine, and the main two are still played by their actors as if they were made for them.

If the plan still is to keep stepping up their game then Feige has a lot to live up to starting in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War, which has the same writers and directors, with him returning as the sole producer. Being the real-life Thanos ain’t no problem if the ball’s been rolling forever and creative risks are still being made. In Feige we trust.


Spawn: Resurrection Comic Book Review

So it’s kind of a new age for me; comics have taken over my Tumblr, and now I just bought my first comic book in Spawn: Resurrection.
The tormented warrior has been a staple in the Dark Age of Comics, reaching its peak in the 90’s. To date, it is one of the best-selling and most revered independent comics of all time. What got me hooked? Well it all starts with the cover of course.

I’ve always held Kratos from the God of War games as the pinnacle of badassery. Both were similarly tormented, and that led to their rage and rebirth. The cover of this comic though, represented Spawn and his best features, like the iPhone 6S is to Apple in 2015. Bottomline: well-drawn art draws novices in.

It’s not just the cover. Inside panels depicting limbo and the creation of earth and urban chaos fill the imagination. There’s a particularly notable one in the middle where hooligans were depicted as demons on earth and it took over much of the page. The comic is just dripping with detail in all the right places, save for a few plain panels that sour the momentum.

The writing meanwhile, is overall well-written. There’s nothing unique about it, especially in the closing lines which you’re bound to think as cliche. But still, it works. Same with the dialogue between the protagonist and God; these lines you’ve probably heard before, but they’re nonetheless effective in being relatable and symbolic of society at large.

Spawn: Resurrection is a fine starting point for novices, as it sets up the story of Issues 251 and above. There are no major spoilers if you haven’t been living under a rock back in the 90’s, and the potential ones in a character’s recap of events aren’t mentioned in so much detail that purchasing old issues wouldn’t be viable. I say the new generation deserves to know Spawn and his story. Luckily they have this comic widely available for a decent price.