Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/10/21

Well it’s happened. Almost one year to the day that I wrote a List of Six about why I should buy a Nintendo Switch…I bought a Nintendo Switch! Go me! There’s only a handful of games I want to play on the Switch. Hopefully they will be fun. It’ll be at least tomorrow before all the accessories I ordered arrive…so let’s focus on fun comics, like Batman and Green Lantern!

Comic Book of the Week goes to Runaways #35, because of course it does! Sweet jeebus, people, this comic is good! Runaways is, without a doubt, the best comic book in existence right now. It’s got great character development, fun stories and the biggest moments!

Mothers and their mutant daughters

Meanwhile, another banger episode of The Falcon and Winter Soldier. No spoilers, but I love what they’re doing with John Walker. You may recall I was head over heels for the character in that 2020 Force Works comic some time ago, and that positioned me to really love the complexities of Wyatt Russell’s performance! Can’t wait to see where this series goes next!

Comic Reviews: Batman #107, Green Lantern #1, Marauders #19 and Runaways #35.

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I Don’t Like the Look of Space Jam: A New Legacy

I am a longtime Space Jam fan. I saw the original in theaters! I owned the soundtrack! I will fight to this day that Bill Murray’s cameo in Space Jam is the best Bill Murray movie cameo of all time. All that being said, I don’t like the look of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

This trailer came out a week or so ago and it’s just…too much. It’s too crazy. All the colors, all the tunes, all the Warner Bros. properties. A lot of people have compared this trailer to Ready Player One, and it’s an apt comparison. This trailer is nuts!

But isn’t basketball about the fundamentals? Isn’t that a joke? What about the fundamentals of Space Jam? Or the Tune Squad? So yeah, the new movie looks really weird. And c’mon, they ended the trailer with a “Rapping Granny” trope! How despicable!

Anyway, Space Jam: A New Legacy arrives in theaters and HBO Max on July 16!

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The Top 6 Marvel Armored Bug Characters

A couple weeks ago, I spotlighted the new Marvel villain Murder Hornet because I think that’s a great name to pull out of the horrors of 2020 and turn into a comic book character. I was also tickled pink by Murder Hornet because Marvel has a long history of turning bugs into armored characters. There’s a ton of bug characters — perhaps you’ve heard of Spider-Man? — but Marvel also specifically creates bug-themed armored characters. It’s wild!

Murder Hornet is going to appear in the new Heroes Reborn Big Event coming later this spring. I don’t yet know how much of Heroes Reborn I’m going to read, but I am fairly confident I’m going to get a good look at Murder Hornet and her series, Squadron Savage. And I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that she shows up in the regular Marvel Universe when this is all over. As this List of Six will attest, she’ll be joining a fine pantheon of bug-themed armored characters.

Join me after the jump for the best armored bug people at Marvel Comics!

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How About Some Great Marvel Trailers?

A bunch of trailers have been arriving on the internet in the past week and I’m severely behind in sharing them! But I’m going to try to get to all of them at some point or another. Let’s start with the absolute best with a pair of Marvel trailers!

We’ve got a new trailer for the Black Widow movie, which comes to both theaters and Disney+ on July 9!

The movie still looks great! Looks to be another exciting and fun Marvel movie. And considering how well Godzilla vs. Kong is doing in theaters, there’s a lot of hope for the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it returns in three months. That’s plenty of time for vaccines to settle in and for this whole pandemic thing to blow over. High hopes indeed!

Next up is a trailer for the Loki TV show, which arrives on Disney+ on June 11!

I’m not as taken with Loki as the rest of the world, but this still looks good and fun! Even Owen Wilson looks fun! So here’s hoping for another successful Marvel TV show. WandaVision was adored. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is doing really well, I think. There’s a good chance Loki will be even better!

So yeah, Marvel still has products coming out and they should all be pretty fun! Hooray for having more things to watch and enjoy!

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Bring Me Gigan!

I saw Godzilla vs. Kong this past weekend and enjoyed the film, despite its many, many flaws. There is no word on whether or not Hollywood will continue this Monsterverse series, but I hope they do because these modern Godzilla movies are fun overall! With no word on what comes next, I am left to speculate and propose what we’ll see next.

Bring me Gigan!

This is called the Gigan Shuffle

The big alien beasty with blade arms and a buzzsaw stomach and the Cyclops visor first appeared in the classic Toho film Godzilla vs. Gigan, one of my favorites as a child. The movie featured Godzilla and Anguirus teaming up to take on the alien team of King Ghidorah and the new baddy, Gigan. The monster is, quite notably, an alien, and that’s where I think this franchise has to go next.

Godzilla vs. Kong leaned heavily into the goofier Godzilla classics. This franchise is no longer the tense, realism-based horror movie of the 2014 reboot. It’s big, silly, monster-bashing fun!

But rather than focus the next film on Hollow Earth, let’s look to the stars to a full-on alien invasion!

It’s actually a peninsula!

What better way to make Godzilla the hero? What better reason to have Godzilla, Kong, Mothra and Anguirus team up than to expel some alien invaders and their monster champion?

Aliens have already been part of the franchise. I recently rewatched Godzilla: King of the Monsters and they quite clearly say that Ghidorah came from outer space. So the seeds have been planted. Let’s take that to the next level for the next big movie.

I also just want to see the modern, detailed interpretation of that silly Gigan monster costume. I want a realistic-looking buzzsaw stomach!

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