I saw Black Panther yesterday and it lived up to my high expectations, then handsomely exceeded them. All of the elements that are important to me in a superhero movie were done beautifully well, and there were some nice surprises, too. This is my review of it, and if you have seen the trailer this is pretty-much spoiler free. The lead performances were excellent, which was no surprise. I had already seen a couple of trailers, so I was not worried about the acting.
I’m reading The Champions today, a comic book about a team of teenage superheroes. It’s a popular book and has been well received by critics. When it was released, there was an article and interview in Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter, which hints at it being something special. The writer says the team are intended to be very socially conscious, very activist-minded, and very positive about being superheroes, which I much prefer to grimdark interpretations of superheroes, like the recent Superman movies.
Because the Black Panther movie is coming out very soon and because this is a sci-fi blog, I’m writing today about Afrofuturism. One big caveat I feel compelled to mention before writing another word on this subject is that I am a white male. I consider myself woke, but I would never claim to be any kind of expert on a subject like this. I’m not saying a white dude can’t, theoretically, become expert in this field, I’m just saying that I am most definitely not that guy.
Altered Carbon and The Punisher are both shows that have recently premiered on Netflix. I have watched all of The Punisher, but only the first three episodes of Altered Carbon, and I’m writing this post because I noticed a few similarities between the two shows. On the surface, they are quite different. Altered Carbon is a cyberpunk series based on the 2002 novel of the same name by English author Richard K.
I’m reading the new-ish Hawkeye right now, and it is great. It is a comic about a female hero, written by a woman, which is why I specifically searched it out. You see, the reason I started reading this incarnation of Hawkeye is that the other comics I’m reading are a little problematic. They are high quality, to be sure, but lacking in some important areas. That’s because what I’m mostly reading is back issues of 2000 AD and Black Panther: Man Without Fear, which can be a little macho and non-Bechdel Test compliant.
Like the rest of the world of sci-fi nerdom, I am hella excited about the upcoming Black Panther movie. I’ve been reading a lot of vintage British comic books lately, mostly Starlord and some 2000AD, but I can’t resist the urge to throw a little Black Panther into the mix. But where to start? I started with Google, and I found an article written to help Black Panther noobs like me decide where to start reading his adventures.