Reviews

Spider-Man: Far from Home Takes a Bold Swing into a New Phase

The Spider-Man films have a lot on their shoulders as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to get an installment post-Endgame. So, after bringing to a close one of the most successful and engaging superhero arcs that has been a constant boil for over a decade, where does Marvel go from here? It’s a stressful step forward that’s just as tense as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feeling the fear of following in the footsteps of his mentor, Tony Stark....

Dropkick on My Devil! Perfectly Balances Laughs with Violence

A wise Mad Titan once said, “Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.” However, balancing genre elements in anime or manga—for example, romantic comedy and horror—takes a lot more discretion than the casual observer might realize. Much of a creator’s time and energy must be invested to ensure one element doesn’t overpower the other in their work, lest the resulting product feel rushed and thoughtless. Enter Dropkick on My Devil!, a supernatural comedy from 2018 that manages to establish...

Exploring the Upsetting History of Comics in Chaykin’s Hey Kids! Comics!

Before diving into Hey Kids! Comics!, I must admit that I like Howard Chaykin. My knowledge of Chaykin was nonexistent when I met him at a convention in August of 2018. The only work of his that I was familiar with was Batman: Thrillkiller; I was unaware of the controversy that followed him from his previous work The Divided State of Hysteria. My experience with Chaykin was a bright spot of the convention, as he extended a helping hand with...

Knights of the Golden Sun Combines Biblical Fantasy with Brutal Violence

I will be honest: I’m not religious. I respect the coexistence of religions and how they each have their own gods and values, but I tend to avoid any media that draws inspiration from religious texts because I feel it wouldn’t be for me. With this background, when I was sent Knights of the Golden Sun from Mad Cave Studios, I was apprehensive. The comic is described as being a biblical epic, with a story taking place, between the Old...

Annabelle Comes Home Offers a Lighter Kind of Spooky High Jinks

In the ranks of creepy cinematic dolls and toys, the Annabelle offshoot of the Conjuring franchise has been holding her own against the likes of a recently resurgent Child’s Play (2019) and James Wan’s other creepy doll film, Dead Silence (2007). Annabelle Comes Home is the third film to feature the possessed doll since her initial appearance in The Conjuring, and while the other films have looked further back into the origins of the doll, this new offering moves...

As Miss Beelzebub Likes Is an Adorably Devilish Treat for Rom-Com Lovers

History’s various interpretations of the evil realm known as Hell have mostly been consistent: it has almost always been depicted as a fiery place beneath the crust of the Earth where people who have been bad in life go. Regardless of which culture’s interpretation of Hell you’re reading about, it’s safe to say it’s not a place most people would ever want to visit. That is, unless it’s the Hell of As Miss Beelzebub Likes, which is depicted as...

Robin Hood Gets an Emotional Update in Call It What You Want

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s work. While I definitely loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I was first introduced to her writing through her young-adult contemporary novels. Character driven and bittersweet, these books never shy away from heavier topics for its teenage protagonists and still manage to work in fluffier, intimate moments between them. Given that I’m a hopeless romantic and I can...

My Time at Portia Offers an Indie Option for Fans of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing

My Time at Portia finds itself in a very opportune position: releasing far enough after Stardew Valley but still a year before Animal Crossing gives the game an opportunity to fill the void in which many simulation fans are currently stuck. But with so many options on the table, as well as the genre’s ability to create games that can be played seemingly forever, does Portia do enough to stand out? Or do the shortcomings of being an indie...

Hell Girl Is How to Do Live-Action Anime Adaptation Right

Whether it’s being done in Japan or here in the United States, the concept of trying to cash in on an anime’s popularity by remaking it with real-life actors and settings has been around for decades. Ask anyone who has had the mental fortitude to sit through even one of these remakes, however, and they’ll tell you that most of these cash-grab attempts have been mediocre at best. With this track record, it’s understandable that many anime fans aren’t...

Masashi Kishimoto Makes His Triumphant Return with Samurai 8

In the world of anime and manga, few have seen the success Mashashi Kishimoto has with his smash hit Naruto. In terms of manga sale numbers, only Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) have him beat, and perhaps only Toriyama can claim more international success. Maybe. Naruto was, and still is, a phenomenon. For many, Naruto is a coming-of-age story that was airing on TV during their own adolescence. Much of Naruto’s story depicts him struggling...
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