Tagged Joss Whedon

Browncoats, Unite! Adventures in the ’Verse Continue with Serenity Comics

Browncoats, take heed! The adventures of Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity continue, and they come in the form of comics from Dark Horse. The latest run, No Power in the ’Verse, hit comic shops between October 2016 and March 2017, and you can now pick up all of its issues in one hardcover collection. Like many in the ’verse, I miss Firefly. I miss Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his trusty crew of freedom fighting misfits, and more than...

Throwback Thursday: In Space, No One Can Hear an Alien Scream

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. With the imminent release tomorrow of the latest film in the Alien saga, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to look at this space opera franchise and what the individual production teams have brought to each installment. As discussed in last week’s column, a confluence of events...

After 20 Years, Buffy Is Still Changing the World

On Friday, the iconic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrated the 20th anniversary of its debut. Other writers on this site have already detailed how this show and its characters changed their lives (see here and here), but while it changed mine too, I want to focus on something a bit more big picture. It’s a little odd to think of a television show having the ability to change the world when it didn’t involve race relations, war,...

How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Helped Me Be a Better Me

I was 15 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer made its debut on the WB. I remember it vividly: I was channel surfing and happened across the pilot episode as the opening credits were playing. I decided to give it a shot for a few minutes, and I was completely hooked. Except for a brief hiatus when I left for college, I made my way through adolescence and young adulthood in the company of Buffy and her Scooby Gang. I was...

7 Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Share With Your Potential Slayer

I first saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it was nearing the end of its run. I was working at a camp, and one of my fellow counselors had brought a bunch of episodes she had recorded off her TV. I tore through what she had, then finally finished up the show by borrowing the DVD seasons from a friend (and ultimately buying them myself). The show struck a chord with me, and I wished I’d watched it when it...

Stop Overstuffing Superhero Movies Already!

Comic book superheroes movies have become the mainstream film genre of the decade and every studio wants a piece of the pie. To stay with that metaphor, studios take their tray up to the comic book franchise buffet and prepare to return to their table with a full plate of entertaining content. However, in fearing the fans won’t be satisfied, the studios and creatives begin to pile their plates up with as much “food” as possible. They begin to...

More Heroes, More Problems in Avengers: Age of Ultron

And so we return once more to the summer tentpole of the Avengers franchise—legendary for both its breakout superhero crossover and its massive box office to make it happen. Whereas the previous installment was a miraculous spectacle for its convergence of so many heroes, Avengers: Age of Ultron has higher standards to live up to. We’re familiar with all these characters now and want to see something much more than basic introductions before the real fights break out. For...

Weirdo to Watch: Andrew Troth, Comic-Book-Slinging Theater Geek

Andrew Troth lives a life many geeks dream of: he helps run a successful theater company, the Chameleon Theatre Circle, and is the owner of a comic-book store, Mind’s Eye Comics. I recently talked with Andrew about his good fortunes, the metro-area suburbs, and all manner of geekiness. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the word “geek” mean to you? Andrew Troth: These days it has a very positive connotation for me. A geek is a person who is heavily...
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