Avengers

Avengers #34

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2020

in Comics

Avengers #34 comic reviewAvengers #34 opens with a flashback to explain the recent actions of Moon Knight in targeting allies to draw power from them to feed his god Khonshu in an attempt to prevent something far worse from happening. The powers taken have allowed Khonshu to remake the world, but is it truly for the benefit of mankind or is the god, yet again, playing with Marc Spector’s mind for his own ends?

The latest issue features a memorable appearance by Mephisto who appears, in part, to be behind the danger to come (although it doesn’t look like he’ll be around to savor the fruits of his labor). While most of the Avengers have been beaten, and Black Panther is prisoner to Khonshu’s acolytes (in the comic’s most problematic scene featuring the white-clad minions whipping a black man in chains which is at best ill-conceived), there are still a few heroes left whose powers the god covets.

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Lessons from the Screenplay examines the character arcs of Iron Man vs. Captain America.

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Avengers #33

by Alan Rapp on May 28, 2020

in Comics

Avengers #33 comic reviewOn the night of a Supermoon, a new storyline begins with Moon Knight targeting the mystical Avengers one-by-one. Avengers #33 opens in the Himalayas where Moon Knight takes down Iron Fist. Making stops to take down Doctor Strange, crush Thor, and steal Ghost Rider‘s car, the former Avenger continues to increase his power.

The issue features Moon Knight is several different looks including the classic all-white costume as the comic comes to an end with the character victorious. The comic doesn’t allow us into the mind of the character for most of the comic, although towards the end it does appear that his multiple personalities are all doing just dandy. And they all appear onboard with the current mission.

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Reel Hooligans Assemble! (Endgame Pt. 1 & 2)

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2019

in Podcast

Seen Avengers: Endgame? Want to hear me sit down and get all nerdy with the Reel Hooligans? CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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