Captain America

Avengers #1

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2018

in Comics

Avengers #1 comic reviewAvengers Reboot! With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Comics decides to reboot the Avengers. Again. For like the 19th time. I maybe be exaggerating. The new comics starts off with a flashback to the elder Avengers featuring Odin and characters I don’t care enough to look up in a comic concept I hate with a fiery passion (hey, you know the hero/team/villain you really like, well, let’s strip away everything unique about them ’cause somebody else did it first).

From there we jump to modern times with Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man all sitting around a bar thinking how great it would be to get the old band together. And then Celestials start falling from the sky. Wow, good thing they didn’t wait until next week to get drunk and nostalgic. We also get appearances by Black Panther and Doctor Strange, She-Hulk, Carol Danvers, and… Ghost Rider? WTF is Ghost Rider doing in an Avengers comic?

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Avengers: Infinity War

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2018

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Infinity War
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Avengers: Infinity War movie review2012’s The Avengers brought together all the elements from the planned Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a payoff movie, and one that was executed brilliantly by Joss Whedon. It also gave us the first on-screen appearance of Thanos (now played by Josh Brolin) whose foreshadowed war on the universe would be put on hold for several years. Until now. Since The Avengers, too many of the Marvel movies have been forced into world building while telling their story. For the first time in years, there is no horizon which frees sreenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors the Russo Brothers to simply tie the elements together as Whedon did six years ago and tell one hell of a story. And you know what? They do a damn good job.

With some notable exceptions (Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Marvel is still completely ignoring their television properties) everyone is on hand to deal with the threat of Thanos who finally gets around to collecting the Infinity Stones which will allow him to complete his life-long quest of killing off half the lives across the universe with the snap of his fingers.

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The Top Ten Movies of 2016 (so far)

by Alan Rapp on July 8, 2016

in Top Tens & Lists

The Top Ten Movies of 2016 (so far)

2016 is now half over which means it’s time to look back at the best of what we’ve seen released so far this year. The list includes four super-hero films, a few unrepentant killers, three animated movies, five sequels, one Oscar winner, and two appearances from the Dark Knight Detective (although not from his disappointing big-screen battle with the Big Blue Boy Scout). So, what made the list? Here are the Best Movies of 2016 so far…

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

by Alan Rapp on July 7, 2016

in Comics

Captain America: Steve Rogers #2I do have to wonder if this is the second issue Marvel Comics and writer Nick Spencer had planned. I have no doubt the story existed, but given the backlash of the first issue I am curious as to whether this story was fast-tracked as it gives away pretty much every secret of the new series in only its second issue.

After last month’s reveal that Captain America has been a Hydra agent all along, Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 explains how that is possible by reintroducing both the audience and the Red Skull to his former Cosmic Cube now in the form of a young girl known as Kobik.

It seems the entity is under the mistaken impression that Hydra is the preferred world leader. Allowing the Red Skull to achieve a level of revenge over his arch-nemesis before thought impossible, Kobik rewrites Steve Rogers mind and memories making Captain America believe he is a card-carrying member of the terrorist organization.

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2016

in Comics

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1Marvel’s new Captain America series is getting press for one huge reveal, but we’ll get to that in a second. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Steve Rogers has spent the last several months rapidly aged to a senior citizen with the Falcon taking over the role of Captain America. With Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 Steve is back in action along with the Falcon (still also Captain America, but not in this comic), and a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including Agent 13, Jack Flag, Free Spirit, and Rick Jones.

So Cap’s back in action with a questionable costume redesign and new shield, to take on a new Hydra controlled by his old nemesis the Red Skull. Of course the original Hydra, controlled by Baron Zemo, is also still around. Writer Nick Spencer layers the story well juggling flashbacks and several characters (one of whom won’t make it out of the comic alive) while hiding the big reveal until the end.

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