Collected Comic Review - Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1-4

Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 1 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #1-17
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 2 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #18-35 and Deadpool (1997) #44
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 3 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #36-49 and #57-58, The Incredible Hulk (2000) #33, Marvel Double Shot (2003) #2, and Thor (1966) #370
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 4 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #50-56 and #59-62, and The Crew (2003) #1-7

With Marvel's Black Panther movie hitting theaters in just under two weeks, I figured it was high time that I finally read some of his solo material.  I've always thought that the character was really cool, but until now, had only been exposed to him through his appearances in Avengers related titles.  A good friend of mine has been telling me for ages that I needed to read this run by Christopher Priest (going back even…

Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Every year, compiling this list proves to be both extremely fun and difficult.  Fun because it's a chance to get excited about the year's upcoming films and difficult because often times there hasn't even been a teaser trailer released yet for films coming out later in the year (as will become evident as you work your way through this list).  A lot of this is based purely on speculation, but that's ok (and part of the fun when looking back on it each year).

What films are you most looking forward to in 2018?  Without further ado, here's my list for this year:

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)Deadpool 2 (June 1), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (November 16)Isle of Dogs (March 23), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 27), Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23)The Predator (August 3), Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (November 23), Red Sparrow (March 2)

10) Mary Poppins Returns (December 28) - Honestly, at fi…

Review - Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour (2017), PG-13, 2hr, 5min - I was able to knock Darkest Hour off of my 'Movies from 2017 I Still Want to See' list last week, just a couple of hours after publishing my Top 10 of 2017 post.  This film has been nominated for six Oscars this year, and if I had seen it a day earlier than I had, I likely would have paired it with Dunkirk a number nine on that list (more on that in a bit).

Darkest Hour is set in the early to mid-1940's during World War II.  Nazi Germany's forces have made significant advances across Europe towards the Atlantic Ocean.  The resignation of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) is being called for as he has not provided the authority in leadership that Great Britain needs in order to fend off Germany's impending invasion attempt.  Chamberlain resigns, and Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who has a spotty political record but has proven to be correct in his beliefs that Adolf Hitler is a danger to everyone (a…

Timmmaaaaay's Top 10 Films of 2017

After skipping a Top 10 list last year because I don't think I had even seen ten films (due to the second job era), this post marks the return of this feature to!  I transitioned the content of the blog a bit in 2017, but even so I saw and reviewed more than enough films to compile this list which is pretty exciting.  What I didn't realize was how difficult it was actually going to be to pick out just ten films as I really enjoyed most of what I saw this past year.

I've compiled such a list five of the past seven years, so those of you familiar with the blog may remember the stipulations I use when putting this list together, but for those who are not, here are a couple of quick points before we get started:
The list is pulled only from the movies released in 2017 that I actually saw (a second list comprised of the films from 2017 that I would still like to see appears after my Top 10).These are the films that I enjoyed or appreciated the most when I saw t…

Collected Comic Review - Captain America by Mark Waid, Ron Garney & Andy Kubert Omnibus

Captain America by Mark Waid, Ron Garney & Andy Kubert Omnibus - Collecting Captain America (1968) #444-454, Captain America (1998) #1-23, Iron Man/Captain America Annual (1998) #1, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (1998) #1-12, material from Captain America: The Legend (1996) #1, and material from Captain America: Red, White, and Blue (2002) OGN

The combination of Mark Waid and Captain America is probably one that sounds familiar thanks to Marvel's recent Legacy initiative (along with artist Chris Samnee).  As you may know, Waid's current Legacy work is actually his second run on Captain America, his first being collected in this omnibus.  His initial stint with the character is a bit unique as it book-ended Marvel's Heroes Reborn era from the late 1990's (brought about by the events of Onslaught).  The creative team of Waid and artist Ron Garney had already churned out eleven issues when the Reborn experiment interrupted things, but fortunately when Marvel de…

Review - The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water (2017), R, 2hr 3min - Writer/Director Guillermo del Toro has long been one of my favorite directors.  I've enjoyed all of his projects that I have seen, with Pan's Labyrinth (2006) topping the list.  Since then, he's gone on to work on bigger films (and countless other projects that have not seen completion for a variety of reasons), so when I first saw the trailer for The Shape of Water, I was very excited.  It appeared as though del Toro was taking a step back from the big budget world and giving us another adult fairy-tale period piece, a feel that helped make Pan's Labyrinth as great as it was.

The Shape of Water takes place in Baltimore during the 1960s Cold War era, and revolves around Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman (due to a childhood neck injury) who works as a janitor at a secret government facility.  She lives alone in an apartment above an old movie theater and only interacts with her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) and co-w…

Happy New Year!

I'm generally not very good at looking back on the previous year and reflecting on what took place.  It's just not the way my brain is wired.  I try not to live in the past so to speak.  But when I sat down on this first morning of 2018, I couldn't help but realize just how much this blog evolved over 2017.

Free of the time suck that was the part-time job in 2016 that severely limited my free time, 2017 allowed me to get back to the fun.  The time off did have its benefits though as it gave me the chance to really think about additions/improvements that I wanted to make.  When I got back to it a year ago I had the perfect opportunity to implement those ideas (seen below in list form because lists are fun).

An official Nerd in the 'Noke logo was created by Josh Ginter of Blue Monkey Studios.  I had been toying with the idea of a logo for quite a while and I couldn't be happier with what Josh came up with.  Be sure to go check out his work!Nerd in the 'Noke got a …

Collected Comic Review - Doctor Strange Oversize Hardcover Vol. 1 (Aaron/Bachalo)

Doctor Strange Oversize Hardcover Vol. 1 - Collecting Doctor Strange (2015) #1-10, and Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic (2016) #1

When Marvel first announced that Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo were going to be launching a Doctor Strange book as part of their All-New All Different initiative, I was very excited.  At the time I hadn't read much Doctor Strange, but I had enjoyed everything else I had read from Aaron and Bachalo's style just seemed like it would be a perfect fit for a title revolving around the Sorcerer Supreme.  Having since read up on some of Doctor Strange's original/classic adventures, I feel pretty safe in saying that there may not have been a better modern creative team to launch Stephen Strange's first ongoing series in almost twenty years.  

The title of the first issue is "The Way of the Weird" and it certainly lives up to that description.  After an opening page that brings us up to speed on Doctor Strange's history against a …

Collected Comic Review: The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Edition)

The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1 (New Edition) - Collecting DC Comics Presents (1978) #26, The New Teen Titans (1980) #1-20, and Tales of the New Teen Titans (1982) #1-4

The Marv Wolfman/George Perez run on The New Teen Titans has long been one that I really wanted to check out.  Until recent years my reading had always skewed towards Marvel, but I had repeatedly heard how good this particular run was supposed to be.  I missed the boat when this volume was originally released years ago and seriously considered trying to pick it up on a number of occasions (and its subsequent volumes) after the fact.  Then I learned about the steel trap bindings and the odd issue gaps in the original trio of books.  Thankfully, DC began a series of new editions of these volumes and I jumped in on the ground floor for this new set.  Here's hoping to corrected issue inclusion in the upcoming volumes, because I enjoyed the hell out of this first volume.

My knowledge of the team featured in The New T…