Author Archives: Jamie Insalaco

Have comics on TV reached saturation?

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I started this site way back when with the name “Comic Book Clog” because I liked the name, the imagery it invoked, but more to the point, it’s the way I felt about comics at the time.  For example:  to follow Batman, you had to read all of the Batman family books.  (I made a video about this an even longer time ago.)  Same goes for Spider-Man… and this is how it’s been for a long time.  Then it became that way for other characters and groups like X-Men, The Avengers and so on.  It became too much (both from a content and cost standpoint) and it pushed me out of a ton of books.

And now, I feel that it’s reached this critical point on TV.

While I’m still watching the movies (although DC/WB has tried my patience – it’s great that 93% of reviews for Wonder Woman are positive, but a 7.6 average score isn’t exactly, “run, don’t walk” territory), it’s hard for me to get excited about comic books on TV.

I started watching Agents of SHIELD because I like the actor who plays Coulson as well as the character and a TV show seemed to be the perfect place to explore the MCU.  I enjoyed the first season and the way they tied it into Winter Soldier, but as the show devolved into Daisey’s Agents of X-Men somewhere in season 3, I completely lost interest.  (I’ve talked about this before.)

So, I moved into the Netflix corner of the MCU.  There, I enjoyed season 1 of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Matt Murdock’s season 2 didn’t wow me the way the first one did and I have yet to finish Luke Cage or even start Iron Fist.

And don’t even get me started on Gotham.

So where do I go from here?  I watched the first few episodes of Supergirl and quickly got bored, I enjoyed the first episode of Arrow but immediately forgot it existed… and wtf is Preacher?  I heard The Gifted was good, but I just haven’t gotten to it.  Does it tie in with the X-Men movies?  I’m not sure I have the energy for that at this point.

I’ve reached saturation.  To everybody else, hang in there.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE – Official Trailer 1 thoughts

Oh DCEU, why are they writing you this way?  I just don’t get it.  Read the rest of this entry

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Trailer #2 thoughts

OK, you win, MCU – I’m officially excited to see Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Read the rest of this entry

quick thoughts Deadpool: No Good Deed

Ryan Reynolds is back as Deadpool with another tease.  This time, he’s cracking wise about old school Superman and Hugh Jackman while hinting at the future.

Yes, the Superman joke was a little on the nose what with the theme music and all and that was old even when the granddaddy of all superhero movies came out back in 1978.

But whatever, it’s all in good fun.  It’s one of those jokes; the longer it goes on, the funnier it gets.

And yes, the Hugh Jackman stuff was funny.  I particularly enjoyed the accent and the marquee in the background.  The real thing we got from this short video was the Nathan Summers revelation.

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So I think this is as official as confirmation gets that Nathan Summers (aka Cable) will either be in Deadpool 2 or X-Force or both.  When the X-Men franchise jumped backwards in time and mostly retreaded the same characters, I thought that expansion of the universe was not in the cards, but here we are.

I tend to think that we should all thank our lucky stars that X-Men are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Univers. That next Avengers movie is crowded as it is and this gives Fox more room to further explore these characters and MCU more latitude to dive into stuff like Guardians of the Galaxy, which we NEVER would have gotten if the MCU had access to the X-Men characters.

So, Deadpool:  No Good Deed… it’s good.  Any excuse to see Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, right?  Sure, it’s not great and it’s certainly not an essential watch, but I’m glad we live in a world where this exists.

Logan trailers are… for Logan

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Who’s this?  Monster Face?

I love watching Hugh Jackman play Wolverine, so it’s a good bet that I’ll show up at the theater for Logan.  The trailers don’t exactly make me jump out of my seat, though.

So there’s this thing in movie trailer culture where you take an old, fast sold sung by a man and have a woman cover it and slow the tempo way down.  Apparently, that’s unsettling.  Or something.  Anyway, I guess they’re getting tired of that because instead, we get Johnny Cash covering “Hurt” by NIN.  So… OK, this actually seems appropriate.  I’d like to see a movie about how Wolverine faces death… oh, wait, is this about him being a dad in a post apocalyptic world?  And driving a lot?  Is this a road movie?  I want to see Wolverine kick ass, not drive!

Holy hell, did they put the classic X-Men comics in the movie?!?  Why?   And this movie is about family?  I… what…  why?

Wow, somebody figured out how to make “Amazing Grace” even slower than it already is!  Incredible!

And by all this I mean I don’t like this trailers very much or the story they’re hinting at.  But who knows, the movie isn’t even out yet and I like Jackman and Patrick Stewart playing these respective roles, so I’m down to give it a try.

Just dialing down expectations accordingly.

@io9 ‘s @JWhitbrook breaks down Batman, Spider-Man revelations

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io9 is a must read site for me and truly filled the void that Topless Robot left in my life.  To that end, James Whitbrook has two posts comic book fans might want to check out, but be warned, there are spoilers.

I know some people don’t want to know what’s coming, but when you’re on the outside looking in, this post actually made me want to pick up a Batman book for the first time in years.

Meanwhile, I had no idea what was happening in Spider-Man and while this news probably won’t convert me…. whoa.  And also, Marvel, stop doing what you’re doing!  Changing one word (“The Clone Saga” to “The Clone Conspiracy” – what are you guys doing, making Jason Bourne movies?) is not exactly heavy lifting.

Honest Trailers – Suicide Squad

We’re not in agreement on Suicide Squad around here, and that’s OK.  That’s life.  But rarely has Screen Junkies so perfectly encapsulated what I was thinking, so here you go.

“Alfred, let’s go shopping.”

“There are super hero products to be purchased. To the store, old chum!” Read the rest of this entry

Kill or be Killed number Four

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Here I am again, still beating the drum for Kill or be Killed. I guess someone besides me is reading it; issue number one is in its FOURTH printing! Ed Brubaker’s writing gives me noir fever (noir fever, copy write Jamie Insalaco) – catch it!!! Read the rest of this entry

Kill or be Killed issue Number Three review

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In issue three of Kill or be Killed, Dylan is dealing with the consequences of his actions (and inactions) we saw last time.  Can he live with himself?  Can he settle things with Kira? Let’s dig in!  Read the rest of this entry

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