Rich Howells

Read this comic telling the strange, sad story of Wilkes-Barre cartoonist Ham Fisher on his 115th birthday

Read this comic telling the strange, sad story of Wilkes-Barre cartoonist Ham Fisher on his 115th birthday

Born on Sept. 24, 1900 (though some records say 1901), Hammond Edward Fisher – better known simply as Ham Fisher – was a cartoonist from Wilkes-Barre famous for creating the comic strip “Joe Palooka.” While this classic comic of the fictional heavyweight boxing champ isn’t as well-known today, it was huge in the 1930s all […]

 Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ will grow on you if you give him a chance

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ will grow on you if you give him a chance

Much like the character itself, “Ant-Man” has surprised almost everyone. For the second week in a row, it has topped the box office, even after another film aimed at family and geeky audiences, “Pixels,” opened this past weekend. That is partly due to the seemingly unstoppable Marvel Studios streak, of course, but positive reviews and […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The nerd news media blackout on TV needs to end

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, but unless you kept your face inches away from your cell phone, tablet, PC, or laptop this past weekend, you may not have known. That fact is shocking considering how much nerd culture has permeated everything nowadays. I mean, between Hollywood’s reliance on superheroes to keep them […]

 Rich Howells

‘Marvel Experience’ summer tour canceled abruptly after Philadelphia run

‘Marvel Experience’ summer tour canceled abruptly after Philadelphia run

After running from June 19 through July 5 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the rest of “The Marvel Experience” summer tour has been cancelled, according to the Associated Press. “The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” traveled to Phoenix, Dallas, and San Diego and was retooled before it came to Philly, but it seems the […]

 Rich Cicci

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

Do you want your summer blockbusters to balance spectacular action and drama with character development and a few laughs along the way? If so, then you may want to check out this little quasi-independent film by a virtual Hollywood unknown that was just released. Can you taste the hyperbole? We hope so, as we’re clearly […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: X-Man coming out as gay is character development, not a continuity crisis

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: X-Man coming out as gay is character development, not a continuity crisis

“Have you tried not being a mutant?” This was one of the best lines in the 2003 film “X2: X-Men United,” making the general metaphor even more obvious in the “X-Men” sequel. Bobby Drake is “coming out” to his parents about being a mutant when his mother poses this question, serving as both a nod […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Batman v Superman’ is so gritty you could use it as sandpaper – but why?

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Batman v Superman’ is so gritty you could use it as sandpaper – but why?

Superheroes have been leaping off the pages of comic books and into other forms of media for the past 75 years. There have been various television serials and series, numerous Saturday morning cartoons, and countless movies showcasing the exploits of these bastions of justice. In 1978, we received the first full-length feature film of Superman. […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: ‘Daredevil’ is the superhero TV series with nothing to fear

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: ‘Daredevil’ is the superhero TV series with nothing to fear

A few weeks ago, I was going to write a column about how “The Flash” is currently the best superhero show on television, but I hesitated because “Daredevil” was set to premiere on Friday, April 10 on Netflix. By Saturday, the Man without Fear had beaten the Scarlet Speedster for that title – and Barry […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Dear superhero films, embrace the spandex – it worked for Deadpool

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Dear superhero films, embrace the spandex – it worked for Deadpool

In the original “X-Men” film, Wolverine questions the uniforms they’ve donned to fight Magneto and the Brotherhood just before their final confrontation. In response, Cyclops quips, “What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?” Actually, yes. Yes, I would. That was 15 years ago, which seems like a lifetime ago now, and for some young fans, it […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good and bad of ‘Gotham’ by TV light

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good and bad of ‘Gotham’ by TV light

My personal motto when it comes to the world of superheroes has always been, “Make mine Marvel.” The one exception has always been Batman. It is pretty hard to screw up Batman in my eyes. Comics, movies (although Joel Schumacher came pretty damn close with his movies), cartoons, videogames – Batman is arguably the one […]