Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? (Who Watches the Watchmen?)

by T. Mack

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HBO has done it again! They’ve taken preexisting source material, added a few new ingredients, stirred it a bit, and presented us with a delicious cocktail that goes down smooth and has just the right bit of kick . I’m talking, of course, about the new Watchmen series, based on Alan Moore’s 1986 comic series of the same name. If you haven’t yet experienced this show, you’re missing out, my friend.

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Unapologetically Black, Unequivocally Funny (A Review of “A Black Lady Sketch Show)

by T. Mack

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Black women have a unique voice in the world of comedy. When I write this, please don’t read subtext. This certainly isn’t to say that others don’t have unique voices as well or that the voices of black women in comedy are somehow more valuable than others. Mine is just a simple statement of truth. Black women do indeed have a unique voice within the world of comedy. With A Black Lady Sketch Show, some of today’s most talented black comediennes come together to create a hilarious experience that’s quite unlike anything we’ve ever had before. Continue reading

Terrifically Twisted Tales (“Second Hand Curses” Book Review)

by T. Mack

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Giving classic fairy tales a new twist isn’t a novel concept. However, the way that Drew Hayes brings them all together in a string of unexpected connections and creative new perspectives is original, unique, funny, and totally worth your time as a reader. In Second Hand Curses, we follow Jack, Frank, and Marie (a.k.a. The Bastard Champions) on their journey across magical kingdoms. The trio have specific skill sets. For a price, they are willing to take on odd, dangerous, and nigh-impossible jobs that may or may not include hunting, maiming, or killing someone who has taken advantage of someone else who didn’t deserve it. Did your fairy godmother forget to mention that in return for the prince’s love you must spend the rest of your life in her servitude? Did a mysterious piper whisk away all the children in your village and refuse to return them without a very handsome ransom? Were you tricked by a frog into trading places with him before he ran away and left you to fend for yourself as a lowly amphibian? Then The Bastard Champions are here for you… for a price, of course. Continue reading

Perhaps “Villain” is a Relative Term (“The Rules of Supervillainy” Book Review)

by T. Mack

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The Rules of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps is the first in a series of books deemed The Supervillainy Saga. The book follows the adventures of Gary Karkofsky, who inhabits a world filled with superheroes and supervillains. Gary, is just a regular guy, though, until he randomly inherits the magical cloak of his city’s most celebrated hero, who is recently deceased. Gary doesn’t dream of being a hero, however. He dreams of being rich. So he takes the hero’s cloak and becomes Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy. Now he just has to convince his wife to go along with his plans, figure out his powers, prove that he’s more than just a schmuck in a borrowed cloak, and keep from being arrested. Along the way, he’ll meet up with a few old friends and make a few new, as well as an enemy or two. At least it won’t be boring. Continue reading

Not-So-Super-Heroes Can Be Entertaining, Too

by T. Mack

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2019 seems to be the year of exploring alternative possibilities of what might happen if people were given ultimate power. First, there was Brightburn, a dark twist on the Superman origin. Now, Amazon has released the 8-episode first season of their original television series, The Boys. The show is an adaptation of the 72-issue comic series of the same name. Both the comic and the show are set in a world where super-powered humans exist and the media frenzy surrounding them has created celebrity status, movies and television shows, endorsement deals, sexual perversion, and corruption on every level. The superheroes, or “supes” as they’re called, care more about indulging their own depravity than actually helping people. And a ragtag group called “The Boys” are tasked with trying to take down the super-charged heroes.  While The Boys can’t really be classified as “the good guys,” they are arguably leagues ahead of the heroes who are masquerading as exactly that. And the entire thing is one big, f—ing, entertaining-ass mess!

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Junior Heroes: A Review of DC Icons #1-3

by T. Mack

DC is creeping into all corners of the market by making certain every demographic has as much access to their heroes as possible. Their latest endeavor is a team-up with some of today’s most popular young adult novelists. In DC Icons, the company has created a series of YA novels featuring some of their most popular characters. Each book in the series is written by a different author, whom fans of YA fiction will most likely recognize.

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In each book, the main character is not quite a hero, but a teenager on the verge of becoming one. The stories are not origin tales, exactly. However, they are stories that bridge the gap somewhere between the characters’ origin and the stories we’ve already seen of the characters’ later heroics. The books are not connected and the stories do not necessarily follow a specific continuity. The series is a true anthology that allows fans to pick up whichever book interests them most without needing prior knowledge of any of the other books. So far, the series includes four books, with three having already been released. The fourth will be available on March 5 of this year. I’ve read books 1-3 and have the scoop on which ones to check out. Continue reading

Netflix’s French rom-com, THE HOOKUP PLAN, will warm your soul this winter

By Jen P

Netflix has its fair share of foreign-language misses; most of which, I rage-quit within the first ten minutes. There’s bad dubbing, too-rapid subtitles, cheesiness, and poor production value, with varying combinations of those four main offenses. In fact, finding good films/shows on Netflix that I haven’t seen before has become a bit of a unicorn hunt these days. Foreign language or not. So when I do stumble upon that odd show that sparks new joy, I have to share it with you geeks. The Hookup Plan, or Plan Coeur, in French, is one such unicorn. Continue reading