I’ve read exactly one of Brad Meltzer’s novels. This was The Book of Lies, which attempted to tie the biblical story of Cain-and-Abel to the murder of Jerry Siegel’s father, and thus to the creation of the grandfather of all superheroes, Superman. From this, I knew he had a connection to the world of comic […]Read more "Identity Crisis, by Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales — a comic book review"
As always, I give all credit for the idea of this post to the late journalist Sydney J. Harris, who would occasionally include something he called “Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things” in his syndicated column. This is a post about words and phrases. As a writer, these are my building blocks, so […]Read more "Facts About Words and Phrases Learned While Looking Up Other Things"
If you’ve had anything to do with any DC Comics property during the last eight years or so—including comics, video games and the CW shows—you’ve heard about Flashpoint. I think Flashpoint Batman was offered as an alternate skin in one of the Arkham games (probably Arkham Knight), and I really didn’t know what that […]Read more "Flashpoint, by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert — a comic book review"
The heart of the series New Girl has always been the relationship between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson). As we enter the last season of the program—after a three year time jump—it seems that the will-they-or-won’t-they plot that has threaded its way through the series has finally settled on will-they […]Read more "New Girl: Season 7 — a review"
I’ve been delaying my review of the second half of Season 5 of Vikings. I don’t like writing unfavorable reviews. A fact that, along with an inability to write anything without injecting myself and the ubiquitous “I” into the review itself, prevents me from ever becoming a professional critic. I like writing about things that […]Read more "Vikings: Season 5 (Part 2) — a review"
I was a part of the Image Revolution. Not the part that reaped millions of dollars, fancy sports cars, giant toy companies, and tremendously huge egos. That was for the founders of Image Comics, and they earned all of that. No, I was part of that mass group of humanity who was funding the cars […]Read more "The Image Revolution — a documentary review"
I’m going to blame a Charlie Brooker-style technology glitch on my review of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which I referred to in the body of the text as “Dark Mirror” for, I don’t know, six or seven times. Too many times to laugh it off as a typo, at any rate. You won’t see my gaff […]Read more "Black Mirror: Season 5 — a review"
I began watching Lucifer for several reasons. Each reason alone probably wouldn’t have been enough to motivate me to add another series to my already prodigious list. But, the cumulative effect of all the reasons made it impossible for me to continue not watching the show. Here are the reasons. One of my co-workers mentioned […]Read more "Lucifer: Season 1 — a review"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “Journey to Babel.” On this date in history, the song “To Sir with Love,” by Lulu, still rules the US charts. Over in the UK, The Foundations’ “Baby, Now […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.10 “Journey to Babel” – (Original air date: Friday, November 17, 1967)"
How does that dad joke go? Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine. Get it? Seven ate nine? Lame, I know. But somehow fitting when talking about the seventh season of Supernatural. This is the season where the Leviathans are introduced into our fictional universe. Leviathans are the oldest creatures created by […]Read more "Supernatural: Season 7 — a review"