REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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gi_joe_retaliation_ver20_xlgG.I. Joe: Retaliation is a second attempt at a G.I. Joe movie, I say attempt instead of just calling it a sequel because I think they know they failed with the first movie. It’s clear that they know they failed because a lot of this movie seems to attempt to wipe the slate clean and start over, they don’t pretend the first one never happened but they pretty quickly kill it off. We’ve got a fair number of Joe’s from the show in this movie but let’s face it, it’s a Rock movie. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Roadblock and despite Roadblock never being a Joe that led the time this is 100% a movie that’s centered on him. The president has been replaced by an imposter (Zartan) and the Joe’s are double crossed by him on a mission. Only a few survive, they regroup and try to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile Snake Eyes is on another mission looking for Storm Shadow. There are a couple things that you’ll recognize as G.I. Joe things in this movie but they’re very few and far between. The vehicles are pretty spot on, and Cobra Commander doesn’t look bad, but there isn’t one Cobra battle cry or a “Yo Joe” to be heard in the entire movie. When it comes down to it G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an action movie. Pretty generic, but not too bad. You could really call it anything and it’d work. As a movie it’s ok, pretty decent, worth seeing in manatee, however as a G.I. Joe movie I’ll say they failed again, though they got closer this time it’s still just not there.

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REVIEW: Danger Girl G.I. Joe

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dangergirlgijoe1aThis five issue miniseries by IDW is probably the most excited I’ve been about a crossover in fifteen years. I’m a fan of Danger Girl and a mega G.I. Joe fan. Scarlet and Flint’s plane crashes, they go missing, shortly after this happens the operations of G.I. Joe are suspended by the President because they fucked up a pretty important mission so they’re pretty much unable to go searching for their M.I.A. friends. Abby Chase has infiltrated Cobra as an agent of evil; she even captures Scarlet and Flint and delivers them to the Cobra base. With G.I. Joe being suspended they are unable to find out what’s going on so they call in the Danger Girl team, this turns out to be a pretty perfect pairing right from the start. Cobra has in its possession some special missiles, this is why Danger Girl is after them and what G.I. Joe screwed up so now they’re working together to stop Cobra and the missiles. Of course with all things involving G.I. Joe there’s a Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow fight, there’s also a pretty awesome throw down between Baroness and Abby Chase but both of these fights are pretty short. Overall this crossover was excellent. Danger Girl and G.I. Joe really lend themselves to each other to make it a great team up and the art on this is really great too, it looks like it fits perfectly for everyone in here. This is not only the best comic crossover of 2012 it’s the best one I’ve read in years. I really want a sequel to this to happen.

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REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles

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Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles was a cartoon that didn’t last very long. How long? You may wonder. It only lasted a single episode. Sgt. Savage is kind of a Captain America super charged. He was a soldier that got captured, some experiments were done on him and he was cryogenically frozen. He awoke fifty years in the future with super strength, but as a nice twist, he can’t really control it. Sometimes he goes from super to super-duper. The animation seems about on par with the mid 90’s, it reminds me of the Ghostbusters cartoon, on steroids. The thing I really like about this though is when they do the flashbacks to the 40’s they turn it to black and white. I could have watched the entire show in the 40’s era and been totally into it. There’s also the scene where he first meets his crew, and he defeats them in a game of basketball to get their attention, this is somewhere in between awfully cheesy and brilliant. Sgt. Savage gets his crew together and finds out his old nemesis is still alive and causing problems for the world (which surprisingly isn’t part of the Cobra army, though he does seem to know Cobra Commander), he just happens to be the only one that knows it, so he goes out to save the day. I really don’t get why this only lasted one episode, it seems like the type of thing that would catch on. Granted it’s not even close to as great as the classic G.I. Joe but seems like it would have had some legs in the mid-90’s. If you’re a G.I. Joe fan chances are you’ll enjoy this if you can hunt it down.

New Comics – Part 1 (IDW and Marvel)

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Recently DC did a total reboot/relaunch, it annoyed a lot of people and a lot of people were excited. I’m a big fan of comics, personally I was pretty annoyed but now we’re about five issues in so I figured I’d weigh in on it. However I don’t just read DC so I figured I’d mention some other new books that have come out recently (some the same time as the DC relaunch, X-Men I’m looking at you).


IDW Publishing

G.I. Joe (All titles) – IDW has a few G.I. Joe books going right now, all of them are incredible. I highly highly recommend them. These titles are some of my most anticipated to read every time a new one is coming.

Ghostbusters – A new Ghostbusters series started, it’s on issue five now. A lot of people like it but personally I wasn’t super big on it. It’s alright but a real letdown. So far I’m still sticking with it but not too excited about new issues.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ninja Turtles did a relaunch, much like G.I. Joe I’ve been a big fan since I was a kid. The new title is a little weird with some minor changes but it’s good enough that I can just go with it. It’s a great book that I’m always stoked to read. It starts at the beginning with an origin story, right now it seems like that has just about finished and it looks like they’re going to get into some adventures soon.


(Favorite IDW titles, G.I. Joe (ALL), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)




Scarlet Spider – Scarlet Spider came around during the whole Spider-Man clone saga deal. I thought it was one of the few good things to come out of all that so I happy to see it come back in some form. The Scarlet Spider is a Parker clone, Kaine. Not a lot happens in the first issue, in fact nothing at all does, he doesn’t even put on the spider suit, but I’m still looking forward to what’s going to happen.

Wolverine & The X-Men Alpha & Omega  – I don’t know why they didn’t just fit this into the ‘Wolverine & The X-Men’ title; it’s basically a side story. It was a really good read, I’m not sure where they’re going with this or how many issues but I’ll be reading.

Avengers: X-Sanction – Not much to say about this, Cable is back and he’s fighting the Avengers in order to save his daughter. Only two issues in and it’s pretty awesome so far.      

Carnage, U.S.A.  – Another return to the Marvel universe, this time Carnage is back and he’s taken over an entire town. The first issue was great, the second was a lot of build-up, I’m happy this is around; it looks like it’s going to be great.

Avenging Spider-Man – I have no clue why this book was launched, they didn’t need another Spider-Man title, but I’m not going to complain if they want to give me more Spider-Man either.

Magneto: Not a Hero – Magneto is getting blamed for acting like the old villainess Magneto even though he claims he isn’t up to his old tricks. Turns out the Magneto clone, Joseph is back.

Deadpool Max 2 – I hated the first Deadpool Max run; it was in part responsible for me no longer liking Deadpool after being with him from day 1. But this new run is actually pretty good, it along with the stuff they’ve been doing in the regular Deadpool title has brought me back on board the Deadpool train.

Legion of Monsters – This book is kind of fun but is really seems like Marvel’s answer to DC’s Frankenstein, Agent Of S.H.A.D.E.. And I’d really just rather read that instead.

The Incredible Hulk – This is another one of Marvel’s best going titles. Bruce Banner and the Hulk have separated. Hulk is trying to lead a quiet life and Bruce…well he’s turned into a mad scientist. It’s incredible.

Wolverine & the X-Men – So the X-Men split up, Wolverine took one team and Cyclops took one. The first issue of Wolverine & the X-Men was awesome, the second was pretty meh which really worried me but since then it’s been smooth sailing. This title is really fun and interesting to read. Best thing out of the X-Men in quite some time.

Avengers 1959 – For some reason I really wanted to like this title, even though I really don’t care for the Avengers. But this, much like any other Avengers book, just kind of bored me.

Uncanny X-Men – This is Cyclops’ X-Men team, and it’s pretty much exactly what it is, Cyclops’ X-Men. It’s really not that good, pretty boring. The only reason I keep reading it is in hopes that it gets better and the fact that he does have a few people on the team I really like.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Spider-Man was the only thing about the Ultimate universe that I liked…and they killed him. They fucking killed Spider-Man! In his place they put some new kid that got bit by a spider in a slightly different way and he has different spider powers. I don’t like this but I keep reading it to see where it goes. Mostly I just hate all the spider powers they gave him, I mean he can turn invisible! Where is the challenge going to be in fighting bad guys when you’re invisible?? I’ll continue to hate-read it until something breaks me and I stop or it actually gets good.

Ultimate Comics X-Men – The big pull for this was ‘look we’ve got a Wolverine again’, too bad it’s not really Wolverine, and it’s like the bootleg B-team Wolverine. The book itself doesn’t really help things either, it’s not really that entertaining or anything. Pretty much your standard Ultimate universe bullshit.

Captain America – Captain America is another comic hero that everyone seemed to love that I just never gave a fuck about. His books were never great to me or anything. When they started this new run I decided to check it out, just because I’m a damn comic nerd. Oddly enough, I’m really enjoying the hell out of this. I won’t say it’s turned me into a Captain America fan, but I will tell people I read this comic.

Fear Itself: The Fearless – Fear Itself is another Marvel big event, it seems like they just go from one to another, and most of them suck. Well if you thought the last three big events sucked, you haven’t seen anything yet. Fear Itself is awful, and this is as well. The new issue at least had a pretty fun Wolverine fight.

The Punisher – I’ve always liked the Punisher, he seemed to be in a slump for a while but with this new run (and the new Punisher Max) he really seems to have pulled out of the dive. This is a great title; I enjoy the hell out of it.

Ghost Rider – A new Ghost Rider is on the scene, no longer the one we’ve known for years, now there’s a woman in the bike seat. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a new Ghost Rider, but I was pretty sure I’d hate it. Turns out it’s not that bad, this run started out pretty strong, recently it’s started to go to a meh slump, but overall this isn’t a bad title. It’s got its good and its bad issues but I guess that’s what happens with Ghost Rider anyway.

Moon Knight – Moon Knight is a character that flew under the radar for me for a long time. He was kind of just there; I liked him alright but never really followed him. Until the last run, it was fucking incredible; it turned me into a giant Moon Knight fan. When I heard he was getting another title I was pretty stoked. We’re nine issues in and it isn’t as good as the last series but it’s still pretty awesome. You’ve got Moon Knight being insane and taking care of business, it’s a great read.

Venom – A new spin on an old character. Flash Thompson (now with no legs) has the Venom suit. It’s being used as a military weapon. Basically they put it on him, he goes on black-op missions, and it’s pretty fucking cool. The whole look of Venom is different, with a more soldier look thanks to Flash, but as he loses control sometimes you can see the old Venom for a second. I love the fuck out of this book.

FF – Once the Human Torch died they renamed the Fantastic Four; however it didn’t do much for the title. This is one of those titles where I like the people involved but it just doesn’t come together as a very interesting read.

Daken: Dark Wolverine – Daken is another Wolverine spin-off character, I never really cared for him until I started reading this title. It fleshed out the character more than just ‘bad guy Wolverine’ and now I really enjoy him and the book.

Uncanny X-Force – This is, without a doubt the best book that Marvel has. Twenty issues in and every one of them has been incredible. Uncanny X-Force is pretty much as black-ops X team that goes out and permanently eliminates any problems that they need to. The team is Archangel, Deadpool, Fantomex, Psylocke, and Wolverine, so as you can imagine, it’s pretty badass. I can’t recommend this book enough; it’s one of the best comics out there right now.

X-23 – I’ve always liked the character of X-23, even though she was another ‘Wolverine spin-off’ she was at least interesting. I’ve read all the mini-series and everything and was happy to hear she finally got her own book. It’s been great, except the last few issues have kind of gone in a slump, which is a real shame especially since I hear it’s coming to an end very soon.

Punisher Max – This book is incredible, it’s exactly what the Punisher should be. Violent, angry and awesome. The stories are very well written too so it’s not just the insane over the top violence that pulls you in, you need to keep reading to find out where things are going. This is the best the Punisher has been in years.


(Favorite Marvel titles Incredible Hulk, Venom, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher Max, All Spider-Man books)

Releases Worth Getting July 27, 2010

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Batman: Under the Red Hood
Ip Man
Sabrina Teenage Witch: The Complete Series
G.I. Joe: The Movie
Pawn Stars: Season Two
I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store
Pride FC: Bushido Collection Two (Vols 4-6)


George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Live in Boston, 1982
Dion: Road I’m On: A Retrospective
Dion: Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings 1962-1965
Dwarves: Must Die Redux
Raekwon: Coke Up in a Dollar Bill

Releases worth getting Feb 2, 2010

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G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.3
The Wolf Man (Special Edition)
Bonnie & Clyde [Blu-ray]
The Departed [Blu-ray]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray]
The Godfather (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
He Was a Quiet Man [Blu-ray]
The Lost [Blu-ray]
Mystic River [Blu-ray]
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior [Blu-ray]
Spiral [Blu-ray]
Unforgiven [Blu-ray]
Walk the Line [Blu-ray]

Muddy Waters: Blues Legend
B.B. King: B.B.’s Blues
Korpiklaani: Karkelo (Vinyl)
Amon Amarth: Avenger (Vinyl)
Overkill: Ironbound
Exodus: Shovel Headed Tour Machine
Hanson Brothers: My Game
Hanson Brothers: Brad

Top 20 Movies of 2009, and the bad

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This year was really difficult, a lot of really good movies came out. Normally you get a ‘Top 10′ but I’m twice as good as them so here’s the Top 20 movies of 2009!  (there’s a couple out right now I need to see, if the list needs amending because of that it will be done.)

1. The Hangover
2. Star Trek
3. Public Enemies
4. Zombieland
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. Observe and Report
7. Black Dynamite
8. Dead Snow
9. Funny People
10. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
11. The Men Who Stare at Goats
12. The Final Destination
13. I Love You, Man
14. Shrink
15. Drag Me to Hell
16. Extract
17. Adventureland
18. District 9
19. (500) Days of Summer
20. Friday the 13th

Aaaand it wasn’t all good, so here’s the bottom rung, the bad.

6. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
5. 12 Rounds
4. Year One
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

And the worst movie of 2009:
1. Dragonball Evolution

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