Monthly Archives - December 2020

RE:Play Phantasmagoria

“The history of horror is basically a history of what we aren’t all that frightened of anymore. Horror began appropriately enough in France shortly after the Reign of the Terror.  Religion was officially outlawed.  The Catholic Church had been forced out of the country and if you were going to worship anything at all, it had to be the Goddess of Reason.  Graveyards were filled with dead people who were according to the First Republic, gone forever.  They were in...

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Image Comics Founder Suspended From Twitter For Violent Threats

Usually in the context of Twitter we're talking about people getting suspended for saying obvious truths like "there are two genders," but every now and again, some of the comic professionals go full-tilt hateful to where even Twitter can't let it slide: Erik Larsen, founder of Image Comics, posted to his Instagram that Twitter suspended him for making violent threats against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Larsen has a very long history of making excessively angry and perhaps dangerous...

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The Superheroic Virtues: Prudence

It’s a cool point of view to be like “My heroes are still innocent. My heroes didn’t fucking lie to America. My heroes didn’t embezzle money from their corporations. My heroes didn’t commit atrocities.” That’s cool. But you’re living in a fucking dream world. -Zach Snyder This is the most sophomoric, “only I have beheld the true light” bullshit I’ve ever heard in my life. -The Dark Herald I have no idea why there is such pants wetting excitement going on...

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DC’s Red Christmas

Round Three of the executions came down at DC right before Christmas.   And DC wasn’t polite enough to tell the condemned they were being sent to the wall.  These artists and writers found out by looking at the (slashed to the bone) solicitations list that DC sent out. And discovering, to their horror, that the projects they are working on were NOT being offered for sale.  Most businesses don’t like to drag a condemned man into a new tax year, but you...

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The Dark Herald Does Not Recommend Wonder Woman 1984

It’s finally here!   All the suckage you were expecting from the first Wonder Woman movie has finally arrived! This was a very difficult film for me to review.  Because I kept falling asleep. I can give it this much.  It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.  I thought it was going to be a Woke fest of ungodly proportions and while the mental illness is present, it isn’t all-consuming.  What this movie also isn’t, is entertaining. I do understand that when it comes to film production,...

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DC Comics SLASHING Its Titles

Imagine you're a DC Comics creator. You have a contract for your book, you're enjoying your Christmas, and then March 2021 solicitations for books comes out. Your book isn't on there. It must be some mistake. No one told you your job was about to end, that DC is cutting its line by nearly half with only 39 items on the list compared to 62 books a year ago. You find out you've lost your job because it's on the...

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Merry Christmas to All!!!

Hug your loved ones.  Remember the good times.  If you think you might know someone who is alone today go out of your way to find them and say, “hi,” you’ll be giving yourself quite a gift. If you are on deployment and away from family, keep in mind you’ve got your brothers all around you and trust me these will be the Christmas memories that you will hold most dear. Take a moment…if only a moment to remember the One...

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The Last Doctor Who Holiday Special

In case you are wondering why it's no longer the Christmas Special, that's because Christmas Day is too valuable of a time slot to waste on Doctor Who. There is a horrifying rumor running around that the show is going to get a couple of more seasons. I suspected that this was a possibility when the desperately flailing HBOmax bought up the rights after Netflix and then Amazon prime dropped the series. The funding had to come...

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FX’s Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

REPOST: This isn't so much a review as it is a public service announcement. A reader asked me my opinion of FX’s new “edgy” version of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. I said I’d give it a look. I did. Then I washed my eyes out with bleach. FX’s version of A Christmas Carol is hideous, hollow and Woke. I can’t do a proper review of it because I didn’t watch it all the way to the end. I threw in the towel...

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The Dark Herald (Also) Does Not Recommend Pennyworth

In case it’s flown beneath your radar, DC’s Pennyworth is the halo property for the Epix premium channel/streaming service.  It is now wholly owned by MGM, so I expect that Epix is going to either get rolled into MGM’s streaming service or more likely vice/versa. The rumor is that they are getting ready to start a new Stargate series.  I can only hope that it’s better than the last one. Pennyworth caught my attention in passing.  There was something else on Epix, I...

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