Holy Lego Bricks, Batman

Everyone has their own favourite take on the Batman character (and they will talk a lot about why their favourite is the ‘right’ one, ignoring every other Batman presented before them.) So it’s quite rewarding to watch a film that brings the best of every Batman together, clicking the pieces into one functional and enjoyable whole. Just like Lego really. […]

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We Are Legi(x)n

I’m now two whole episodes into Legion on FX and I’m sure I’m not the only person to come to something of a revelation: this may be the most X-Men thing to ever X-Men. Ever. It’s not a terribly big secret, but I guess it sort of is: I haven’t noticed the word “mutant” being used (yet…it’s due in the third episode if I’m […]

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Civil War & Peace

It takes a special type of film to pit multiple superheroes against each other, to put good guys up against other good guys and see what happens. Captain America: Civil War isn’t even the only such film out this quarter. (Okay, so depending on where and when your quarter starts and finishes, maybe it’s not the same quarter, but this film […]

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Blind To The Grind

Oh, how I loved Daredevil season 2. Now flip it, reverse it, take out the formatting and we’ll discuss my feeling for Daredevil. Damn, Daredevil is a jerk, and this series of words is brought to you having watched thirteen episodes of him being  a jerk. When season one of Daredevil dropped last year, it broke the mould for the current Marvel Cinematic Universe […]

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Let’s Talk About Cancer

Today, 4th February is World Cancer Day. So let’s take some time away from movies and films and selfies and water charges and talk about cancer. What’s that? You don’t want to talk about cancer? Yeah, tough shit. In the time it takes you to say you “don’t want to talk about cancer,” I guarantee you someone, somewhere is being […]

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Stranger Danger

It’s been a while since I read comics properly, certainly not in the same way that I used to. It’s been 20-25 years of toying around with certain worlds and characters, always coming back at different times. (I thought those numbers were a bit overly generous, then I did a quick Google search. Apparently, the X-Men animated series debuted in 1992: at […]

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The Starman

In the face of impending death, a man writes about…well, his impending death. He looks the grim reaper straight in the eye. And he smiles. This is not a work of fiction: this is a true story that is hitting the news today. Today, we’ve been given a gift, one of the most powerful things an artist will ever do, […]

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Jam Of The Year

I’ve spent a lot of time alone with my Spotify and Apple Music accounts recently, and both are making various suggestions about what songs they think I like. They could be right, and they could be wrong. My musical taste is weird and eclectic and I’m pretty proud of it. Because it encompasses most genres and just as much as […]

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Farewell, X-Men

It’s been a while since I’ve read comics properly. Real-life got in the way (real-life leaning towards a brain tumour and multiple surgeries and chemotherapy and radiotherapy.) I just didn’t have the time for fantasy and drama and fiction any longer. That broke my heart. The X-Men were and are a powerful metaphor for life for many reasons. So when Uncanny […]

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When Thundercats Turned Us Gay

I’ve been sitting at home watching TV far too much recently. A lot of that has been watching Countdown and 15 to 1 and other such game-shows that are somehow capable of going on for longer than they should, but are somehow part of life. Oh, and Charmed re-runs. But in amongst all this revisiting my youth, where the hell are the Thundercats? And then I realised that […]

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Genre: The Tragedy

This is another post from ye-olden-days (ie 2013) and was written with a very specific purpose after some rather negative reviews on my first novel Godhead. It is especially appropriate after sharing this contemporary rant Talkin’ About Tolkien.) Genre: I loved it once. The word, the very concept, that delightful French-style curl on the ‘-r’ that makes it less of a word and […]

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