TV Trailers Out the Wazoo!

I’ve been sitting on a bunch of TV show trailers for no particular reason other than to take up time on a Monday. And guess what? It’s a Monday! So on the off chance you haven’t seen any of these yet, enjoy some trailers for some upcoming big ticket TV shows.

First up is the trailer for the third season of the Umbrella Academy.

Love this show, love how season 3 looks. I never read the comics so I don’t know if we’re still following existing stories or if the TV show is off on its own road. Doesn’t matter to me. It’s all good, and season 3 should be just as good as the rest. Everybody on the team seems to be on the same page, so at least they won’t be butting heads the whole season.

Umbrella Academy returns to Netflix on June 22.

Next, how about we take a peak at the upcoming fourth season of Westworld!

I will probably watch Westworld, but I can’t be sure. I barely remember what happened in season 3, and I definitely barely remember what the larger, ongoing narrative has been. I’m pretty sure I liked season 3, but again, I honestly don’t remember. Did I even finish the season?

Whatever the case may be, Westworld season 4 comes to HBO Max on June 26.

Finally, the first trailer for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.

Honestly, I have no interest in this show. I loved Game of Thrones as much as the next person. Heck, I’m even one of those rare weirdos who was perfectly content with the final seasons and the finale. It all ended perfectly fine by me. But a prequel? Set thousands of years in the past? And is basically a story we already know from Game of Thrones? No thank you.

I just don’t know what this show can possibly offer. A bunch of Targaryen in-fighting? And some less-memorable CGI dragons? It feels so desperate.

But what do I know? I’ll probably watch it eventually.

House of the Dragon comes to HBO Max on Aug. 21.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 5/21/22

Another week, another sizeable pile of comics. This one had a bunch of X-Men comics, which is always fun. And even a surprise review, like Savage Avengers for some reason. You just never know what sort of mischief I’ll get up to.

Comic Book of the Week goes to Nightwing #92 for some wonderful character moments and some really clever writing. This book definitely deserves all the awards nominations it just earned!

This is missed

Meanwhile, I watched the second season of Russian Doll and was mostly lost and confused. Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that show has been forgotten. I also started the Lincoln Lawyer for some reason…don’t ask.

Comic Reviews: Immortal X-Men #2, Nightwing #92, Power Rangers #19, Savage Avengers #1, The X-Cellent #3 and X-Men Red #2.

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The X-Men Have Fixed One of My Biggest Complaints

I am enjoying the Krakoa Era of the X-Men a whole lot. I love the whole concept, and I love most of the creative ideas that have been built into the new status quo. I haven’t been the biggest fan of all the comics, but I love pretty much all of the ideas.

But not all of the ideas.

One of the few things that has really bugged me in the Krakoa era is what I saw as a misuse of the characters Petra and Sway. According to some X-Men comics, after being resurrected, Petra and Sway apparently spent all of their time wearing their old costumes and hanging out with Vulcan, one of their X-teammates.

It’s Margarita O’Clock

This bugged the heck out of me.

If you don’t know, Petra, Sway, Vulcan and Darwin were a retcon from a few years back that, honestly, I never liked in the first place. The Deadly Genesis retcon retold the story of when the original X-Men were kidnapped by Krakoa, back when he was just an evil island monster. In the actual story from long ago, the original X-Men were kidnapped, so Charles Xavier put together his second team, with members like Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and more. It was a classic change in status quo, one of the biggest moments in the history of the X-Men.

In the Deadly Genesis retcon, Xavier put together a hastily-built, in-between team out of a couple of young, inexperienced mutants. He used his mind powers to force some experience into their brains and he sent them to the island — where they all promptly died.

So, like, these poor young people are essentially forced into service by Professor X before they’re ready and he gets them killed. And then when Petra and Sway are resurrected on the new Krakoa and given a second chance at life…they choose to spend it still wearing the costumes in which they died, hanging out with one of the guys they were forced onto a team with? Just wasting away on the moon?

They drink and they know things

Is that really the best the creators could come up with for how Petra and Sway would spend their second chance at life?

Apparently, thankfully, not. Because in this week’s issue of X-Men Red we discover something rather exciting: that wasn’t really Petra and Sway on the moon!

I wouldn’t mind seeing Changeling again, too

It turns out, those are just some mental/energy constructs created by Vulcan because he’s all sorts of messed up. That wasn’t the real characters. They haven’t been resurrected at all! There’s still hope that they can have good, second lives!

And just like that, one of my biggest annoyances with the Krakoa Era has itself been retconned and fixed. I’m pleased as punch. And I hope we see the real Petra and Sway sometime soon, being allowed to live new and better lives.

Next up, settling the long debate of whether or not Mimic is a mutant or a human.

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6 Video Games That Could Also Support Unfaithful, Live Action TV Adaptations

Video games are finally getting their due in the world of live action adaptations — but for some reason, the adaptation just isn’t done properly. People are really, really mad at the Halo show for the changes and choices they’ve made that differ from established lore. Even when the showrunners explain what they’re doing and why, fans are still angry.

Rare photo of Master Chief with his helmet on

And Halo isn’t alone. We had our first trailers last week for the upcoming Resident Evil adaptation on Netflix — which won’t have much to do with the pre-existing stories from the games. There will be some classic Resident Evil elements, like the zombies and Umbrella, but there will be all new characters, locations and storylines. So that got me thinking…what other video games could work for live action adaptations that don’t actually use the source material stories? What other live action game adaptations could veer wildly away from what fans actually want?

Join me after the jump for some franchises that would make for some pretty great live action adaptations, especially if the show doesn’t actually adapt the existing game story.

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She-Hulk TV Show Trailer Just Gonna Arrive on a Tuesday Evening Like This

The first trailer for the upcoming She-Hulk TV show just appeared before us today and it looks pretty cool. I’ll warn you that the CGI looks wonky as all hell. But the sense of humor and style the show’s going to have look really good to me!

I’m looking forward to She-Hulk like I look forward to all Marvel shows. I’m a sucker for these things. I would love nothing more than to get an actual legal/lawyer show that just so happens to include She-Hulk and superhero stuff. I don’t need some serialized adventure like typical Marvel shows, with one story spread out over all the episodes. Just do a regular law show starring She-Hulk!

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law comes to Disney+ on Aug. 17.

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