The Long Box – Casting Call: “Batman: Under the Hood”
Aug 2014 22

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With the recent rumors about the plot of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I decided to take a look at one of my favorite Batman stories from the last 10 years.

The Bat-Franchise is one of Warner Brothers most lucrative properties.  The advantage of having Ben Affleck make his debut in a non solo Batman movie is that the character will be established in this film.  The door is wide open for a stand alone movie next. Why not start with a story about what happened to the second Robin, Jason Todd?

The current rumor is that there is a tattered Robin costume on display in the Batcave. The fanboys out there  know that Bruce kept the destroyed costume of Jason Todd (the 2nd Robin).  Jason was murdered by the Joker in the epic story line “Death in the Family”.

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The ReviewSTL Wrestling Podcast Ep. 2 – WWE “SummerSlam” 2014 Preview
Aug 2014 15

wwe_summerslam_2014_poster_by_chirantha-d7sr036With the 2014 edition of SummerSlam happening this Sunday, it only seemed fitting that the ReviewStl Wrestling Podcast make it’s return!  

On this episode, I am joined by Jeremy and Jake.  We  break down this Sunday’s SummerSlam card and give our predictions.  We also talk about some of our favorite SummerSlam moments from the past.

Feel free to leave your thoughts or predictions on this Sunday’s show or talk about some of your favorite SummerSlam matches.

 

 

Massive Character Changes at Marvel Comics
Jul 2014 19

Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters.  They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960′s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena).  Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.

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The Longbox: Has Marvel Comics Neutered Wolverine?
Jun 2014 04

 

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What has happened to Marvel’s resident bad boy?  Remember the days when Wolverine would go into a bar, get drunk, fight some ninjas, and then sleep with the waitress?  Those days are over my friends. Everyone’s favorite Canuck is now the headmaster of the Jean Grey School, he’s lost his healing factor, and Marvel has decided to kill him off.  The question I ask you is this: Why?  Wolverine is arguably the most popular character in comics today.  Why mess with it?  Who’s to blame?  Is there any way to save Logan’s balls?  I will try to answer those questions and give you some recommendations for great Wolverine stories.

 

 

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Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 – A Weekend in Review
Apr 2014 07

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis.

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kevin Brackett

As I sit in my recliner taking in all the glory that is WrestleMania 30, I’m reflecting on the weekend that has passed.  Wizard World descended upon the America’s Center for the second year in a row, and there would be no sophomore slump.  After the turn out we gave them last year, they brought some of their best this year and we responded in kind. With an amazing turn out again, St. Louis showed Wizard World and the pop culture community that this town is a hot bed of talent and fans.

This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size.  Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well.  They were selling more current items and variant covers.  To me, that’s where I will spend money.  I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection.  That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.
 

Photo Credit: Joe Buttice

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