The State of Hero TV, Summer 2017

It’s a great time to be a hero-geek. There are more and more shows, and most of them are pretty damn good. I keep hearing a few people fretting about “hero fatigue,” but I certainly don’t have it, and, judging from the box office for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, a lot of other people don’t, either. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is fantastic, with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok coming this year. I’m a lot less impressed with the DC Expanded Universe (although I’m one of the few that apparently enjoyed Suicide Squad), but I was pleasantly surprised by Wonder Woman.

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Have comics on TV reached saturation?

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.

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Agents of SHIELD: World’s End

Everything the Agents of SHIELD have been dealing with this season is finally coming together in the finale, “World’s End.” A very familiar muscle car fires up its engine and rolls out of a garage. The Zephyr is programmed to rapid random course changes in both direction and altitude in hopes of foiling Aida’s teleportation…

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Agents of SHIELD: The Return

Agents of SHIELD has almost gotten to the end of the fourth season. “The Return” signals the end of the story in The Framework, and picking up the pieces back in the real world. And they’re coming back to a hell of a mess on almost every front. The show starts with a slightly different…

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Agents of SHIELD: Farewell, Cruel World

I have not really enjoyed the concept of spending so much time in the Framework this season. I got even less happy with it when they killed off Jeff Mace, the Patriot. He was really growing on me. But, the title for this week gave me some hope: “Farewell, Cruel World!” The Framework is certainly…

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Agents of SHIELD: All The Madame’s Men

One of the things the writers really seem to be enjoying with this ongoing Framework story is bringing back various characters that have been killed along the way. “All The Madame’s Men” opens with a news broadcast called the Bakshi Report, as reported by Suni Bakshi. Here, he’s a propaganda agent, while in the real…

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Agents of SHIELD: No Regrets

  The Agents of SHIELD/Agents of Hydra’s adventures in the Framework continue in “No Regrets.” It’s really odd seeing the new dynamics among the various characters in these alternate lives. It almost makes up for the fact that we’re spending so much time in a giant video game. But, we do find out they don’t…

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