Category Archives: Marvel

Doctor Strange – A Fallen Feather Review

We know that Marvel has found a formulaic pattern to go with the releases of each of their films, but they seem to have stepped their game up with the introduction of the mystic arts into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Enter Doctor Strange.

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Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely NAILS the role of Dr. Stephen Strange. I had always seen him as Tony Stark for the mystical side of Marvel’s vast universe, and that was pretty much confirmed with the way that Cumberbatch did his splendid American accent. The origin story for Doctor Strange was probably difficult to put into visual adaptation in less than two hours’ time, but I’m glad that #TeamMarvel did manage to do it. And they did it with finesse. In a world where the comic book universes continue to grow more and more, you’d expect these stories to become stale after a certain point in time. I’ve seen reviews where it begins, “In a world tired of comic book films…” Such is not the case when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because each and every wheel is in motion when it comes to forwarding the story arc, and doing it well. Tilda Swinton, although not Asian made a wonderfully adept Ancient One, much to my, and apparently everyone else’s surprise. She fit almost seamlessly into the role, and while I feel for minute amount of representation in the Asian community, I think she did wonderfully for the time that she was given. Chiwetel Ejiofor will be a man you’re going to see a lot in the future, as his role as Mordo (and previously acclaimed role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave) is cementing his depth as an actor. More success to that man, that’s my wish. Benedict Wong as Wong was stellar as well. You almost forget how important supporting characters can be in a story, and Wong was completely changed from the original comic book character, but the change was for the better, as the director wanted to lay waste to the stereotypical, tea carrying manservant that Wong was initially created to be. The most unexpected surprise was that Dormammu (who Benedict Cumberbatch played himself) actually made a full-on appearance, Galactus style, in the film. While he is a major entity, his appearance (visually) was not all that great. He looked like a giant cosmic smog (or a smoky Groot for some reason) and that just kinda detracted away from the despair that the character is supposed to cause. On a lighter note, it was great to see Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the Master of Mystic Arts that breaks away from the Ancient One. He may have been a minor character, but that man delivered in the best way to bring out Dormammu.

All in all, Doctor Strange did everything to the best of its ability, and it paid off for them in the end.

Also, did you see the cut scenes mid- and post-credits? If not, you really missed out on more ties to Infinity War (not going to spoil what they are, just in case). Is Doctor Strange worth watching? Hell yes. Would you potentially need an ibuprofen after all of the kaleidoscopic twists and turns through this episode in the MCCU? Depends on how often you experience vertigo, really, but the story? Great. The entire cast? Awesome. The tie-ins? Even freakin’ better. Just how will Doctor Strange fit into this bizarrely constructed universe? Stay tuned to find out.

9/10

Big ups to Smaug and the ability to shapeshift into any role he sees fit.

Journalister is 100% Live!

Finally! 

Journalister is finally 100% live!
I’ve been busy updating stories and publishing works on the site left and right.
I’ll be short here, because I have more work to do for it later, but for now you can  check out these specific works that will be linked below:

Rise of Man, Fall of the Demon:
https://journalister.co/post/show/231-1-rise-of-man-fall-of-the-demon-tales-of-the-firewing-05

Harker City Blues:
https://journalister.co/post/show/235-1-harker-city-blues

The Golden Bond:
https://journalister.co/post/show/647-1-the-golden-bond

A Quirky Interview:
https://journalister.co/post/show/1776-1-a-quirky-interview

No One Knows (Where the Love Goes)
https://journalister.co/post/show/1851-1-no-one-knows-where-the-love-goes

A’Ethem Al Elvenan – Sky Fall:
https://journalister.co/post/show/2187-1-aethem-al-elvenan-sky-fall

There will be much, much more to come at a later date!
Ezra

Busy Busy Birdy

Hey guys, it’s been quite a minute hasn’t it?

At least, that’s what this feels like. Things are moving ever so slowly, but time moves at an alarming rate no matter what it feels like it may be doing. This is the fourth month since the release of my first novel (reminder that it is available at Amazon), and there have been a lot of people that tell me that they enjoy it, and want to know what direction I’m going in in the future. As a writer, I can’t exactly divulge and give away any of the plot, so they normally receive the “You’ll have to wait and see like everyone else,” bit.

I’m back in school also, so that’s something that’s going to keep me motivated to do better by myself as a person, in and out of those brick laden walls. I didn’t have any friends I could hang with, being new to this state, but a few people did actually want me to do some extra curricular activities with them, I’m never nervous, so we managed to hit it off easily.

I’m ready for 2015. Throw everything you have at me, I’m still going to come out on top. I have goals in place to make this year perfect, and I can only hope that the perfection virus is contagious and spreads through the internet to you.

Peace and Love ❤

More Comics? DC vs. Marvel

With all of the comic book based shows coming out lately, there are more people beginning to read the comics based on the characters that are being portrayed in the shows.

I recently saw an article that said, “You’ve already seen the ending to the Flash!” And even though it is in its first season, that is actually a valid statement. The Flash has gone through several different versions of paradoxes over the decades, and seeing it being brought to life on the small screen makes me genuinely happy that they’re doing this, and doing it the right way. The same can be said for its counterpart, Arrow, as well as the pre-Batman era Gotham that’s focusing on the life of James Gordon. Whatever it is DC has planned for these shows in the long run is something that they need to bring to the big screen if they’re hoping to remain in contention with Marvel, who’s been dominating the box office since they were integrated with Disney (admittedly, I thought that was a mistake, but they’ve proven me wrong on several occasions.) Now, back to the Flash: If you think that this series is going to stop at just one Flash, then you’ve definitely got to read the comics to learn more about it. I won’t spoil anything for the ones watching the show; just pick up a Flash comic (or buy one digitally, it doesn’t make a modicum of a difference to me) and you’ll see what I mean.

Speaking of the Arrow, if you saw the mid-season finale, you were probably just as shocked as I was. If you haven’t seen it, or any of the Arrow, I suggest binge watching on Netflix. The first two seasons are there, and the third season is available on the CW site. Just trust me on this. It’s a beautiful thing.

Comics? Comics.

Let’s talk comics and animation for a second. In early 1940’s America, we begin to see the emergence of animated shows, such as the Looney Tunes and Mickey Mouse: Meanwhile, although active for some time, we see a rise of interest in the world of comics. They’d already had the comic strips out for at least forty years, and those were mostly humour based works that were placed in the magazines and newspapers. As new genres began to unfold in the comics, we begin to see superheroes and villains emerge from the minds of writers and storyboard artists. Detective Comics’ Superman  sparked a revolutionary success  in the industry that would lead us to the world we know now: A world of superheroes and villains battling it out on the big screen. Although DC has grown into a huge franchise worth millions, there were a few problems internally in it’s infant years. The founder (Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) would find himself ousted by Harry Donenfield, to whom he was in debt at the time. That didn’t stop the growth of the company in any way.

Of course, without competition there would have been less of an ideal time to put superheroes at the forefront of the comics industry.

Enter Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Originally, Stan Lee was hired as an office assistant by Martin Goodman, Timely Comics’  founder (but you know it as Marvel Comics today) in 1939. He was made the interim editor for Timely when Joe Simon (the original editor-writer) left in 1941. It was a position in the company that he would keep for decades, and see the rise of characters such as Captain America, as well as many of the superheroes we still see today. Timely then became known as Atlas Comics in the 1950’s, and the Marvel inception was born in 1961, which saw the launch of several different superheroes created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many other staff members. Stan Lee would end up becoming one of the primary members of the staff that stood out, a “bad boy” of the comics world that would battle the Comics Code Authority and force them to adjust and revise their code.

As a fan of comics my entire life, it would make sense for me to look over the history of comics, as well as literature as a whole. I don’t know where I would be without comics in my life. My cousins would let me borrow the first X-Men comic (September 1963), and I would spend hours just looking at it even though I’d read it several times before. It was a world I could escape into when reality was weighing down too heavily on my mind. I decided from a young age that I would find a way to write; it didn’t matter if I had someone to draw it for me in a four panel or not, because words can create visions of their own. I want to draw out the emotions of a person and then stuff them back into their body so they can understand the emotion put into the histories I’ve built with characters. To have them fall in love with a character, or hate a character, or just want to kill a character in their minds because they can. If I can do that for just one person, then I’ve achieved something in my life, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.