Daredevil Season Review with spoilers( don’t read if you’re gonna watch it)

I wanted to love Daredevil season 2 a lot!  And until about episode 4 or 5 I did.  But then it got convoluted and I started feeling like I was being jerked around instead of gracefully lead through a story.

The fault does not lie with any of the actors.  It lies with the script writers and director who tried to pack way too much into the show.  ****For all of you who don’t like spoilers you should not read the next part****

To give you an idea here are all the plot lines:

Yakusa, Irish Mob, Punisher, blacksmith, daredevil, elektra, a trial, a falling out, Karen and Matt, Elektra and Matt, Matt and Claire, kingpin, the hand, black sky, Karen’s obsession with the punisher, karen getting a new job, the status of the law firm, The District Attorney, Stick, an undead bunch of kids. Foggy and a new job.  

The biggest problem was they tried to cover it all in 13 episodes and just as the viewers were becoming invested in one plot line, the storyline cut us to another one without resolving the previous one satisfactorily.  

Jon Bernthal plays The Punisher and as the antihero he does a great job.  I’m still on the fence about his moments as Frank Castle.  The show spends a lot of time focusing on his origin.  He witnessed his wife and kids gunned down during a mob war( they were in the crossfire.).  As a result, he has vowed retribution by killing everyone that was at the shootout.

The director and script writer chose to tell his story through the eyes of Karen Page, the legal assistant at Matt’s law firm.  She is desperately trying to understand his motivations and goes out of the way to defend him even though she is repulsed by his actions. 

And that’s the rub.  The viewers should be repulsed too and it damages our ability to like the character

Matt actually turns out to be a bit of an asshole through most of the season.   Heavily under the influence of Elektra, he abandons both Karen and Foggy to take on an organization called the Hand.  The Hand believe that Elektra is a weapon they can use called The Black Sky

The violence in this season becomes so expected that it becomes a bit ordinary.  With one exception: episode 3 has one of the best fight scenes I’ve seen in a while.

The show itself could have been better by making it longer.  A 20 episode season would have paced the show better.

All in all, I have to say I was a bit disappointed.  Grade: B-/C+


Daredevil Season 2 episode 1 review with some spoilers

So I just finished watching Daredevil Season 2 opener and there is nothing quite like seeing that Marvel opener on a product that has done what other Marvel properties have failed to do… Be gritty and compelling at the same time.  Deadpool sort of accomplished that but that movie begged not to be taken seriously

In many ways I think Daredevil has Game Of  Thrones to thank for the amount of violence that the show can get away with.

In the Season two opener we are treated to Daredevil pretty much right off the bat.  He is still fighting villains in the same way he was before, with unparalleled ferocity.  However, he’s got the suit!

This episode starts not too long after the last season ended.  With Wilson Fisk gone , different gangs around Hell’s Kitchen are trying to vie for supremacy.  The problem:  something is stopping them by killing them.  This is causing trouble for the city, which in turn is causing trouble for Daredevil.  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know what that something is.  Just in case you don’t:  I’m not ruining it completely for you.

The entire episode does a great job creating a mythos around this character and for most of the episode you are lead to believe that the character might have the strength of an army( or be one).  

The viewers are also treated to what promises to be the main theme of the show this season:  what is the correct definition of a hero?

I’m interested to see where this show is headed.  The truth is: Marvel is set to introduce us to 3 characters that all had box office disasters as movies.  To see where the show takes them could be very fun to watch.  Grade: A

Marvel Comic book reviews for books released on 3/9/16( spoilers abound)

It has been a while since I have written a review.  It may be a while since I write another one but I thought I’d give it a try.

As most of you may be aware, Marvel revamped everything.  All new series with all new players( primarily).  Some books have worked tremendously well while others have yet to find their footing.

1.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been one of the books that has been both fun and frustrating at times.  Fun because it’s allowed to do what the show hasn’t done( allow interaction with Supheroes) but not as fulfilling because it doesn’t always strike the same tone of the show.

If you have been reading the new run of the book then you know that Deathlok and Mockingbird have been added to the team.  While I love the characters, I have to admit I was really bummed that the Deathlok solo book was canceled because it was one of my favorite books.

As you may also have read, Marvel has started another 2-3 month event called Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill.  What we know so far is that a hacker( who’s identity has been revealed but I’ll keep it a surprise so you can read it) named the Whisperer has hacked S.H.I.E.L.D’s computer system and threatens to release top secret details about a program called Kobik.  Kobik was thought to be a defunct program but we learn that Maria Hill has been using it to fool super villains that they are every day people living mundane lives.  She uses fragments from a cosmic cube to warp reality.

In issue 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there are two threads.  Half the team is sent to retrieve a quantum drive that could be dangerous to heroes and the other half are sent off to find the hacker.

There is one gigantic reveal in this comic and it will be interesting to see how it plays out or if it’s real at all.  It would certainly change things for a number of comic books.

There are some dynamics in this book that are vastly different than the show.  Fitz seems to be a bit more dashing than on the show and he’s got some kind of weird chemistry with Mockingbird.  On the show you get the impression the two are close but not in a romantic sense.

All in all, this was a decent issue.  I wouldn’t say it was great but the bombshell moment near the end of the book is exciting.  I’m giving this book a grade of: B

2.   I have not really read enough of Uncanny Avengers to feel too confident about reviewing issue 7.  This is another Standoff tie-in.  It’s a bit of a strange tie in too because the pacing is a bit frenetic.

The basic idea:  the uncanny team is sent to Connecticut and along the way run into the Wrecker and Maria Hill who tell them about Pleasant Hill.  That really is the basic plot too.

In addition to the plot, we learn more about Synapse as a character through Cable teaching her to connect with her powers.  We also get a glimpse into Voodoo as a character.

I thought the writing in this book was good but I also thought that it could have been better if the pacing had been slower.    What makes it even stranger is that despite all the pacing issues, it still felt like an introduction to an introduction… Sort of like an opening credits sequence.  Book grade: B.

3.  The Amazing Spider-man has had its share of ups and downs in quality of story telling.  I still think Dan Slott’s work was best during his Superior Spider-man run, but I digress.

Issue 009 was excellent and very funny with a ton of action.  Although the scenarios in the book are completely improbable, I really loved that this book felt like I was reading a book about Super Heroes instead of a book about a nerdy kid trying to juggle life and his hero status.  Every once and a while reading a story where heroes are pulling off James Bond heroics is fun!

Although this issue is starting a new story arc, it still involves the terrorist group Zodiac.  Spidey comes up with a way of helping S.H.I.E.L.D get its satellites back after they were hijacked.  Let’s just say it doesn’t quite go as planned and the last few pages are pretty harrowing for the web crawler.

The writing is great in this issue.  It even comes with a send up to David Bowie.  

The art here is also killer.  Especially the covers from this series.  If you are looking for a fun comic with one heck of a cliffhanger this book is for you.  Grade: A