This week’s topic is The Sandman’s surprise episode & Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale season six. Why? Because there’s no overlap, that’s why! I was so preoccupied with whether or not I could, I didn’t stop to think if I should combine them! I’ve gone mad with limited power! Since virtually nobody else will be writing up the particular combo, it saves me the trouble of writing a less basic headline too. SPOILERS ahead for the combo you never knew you needed!
There have been numerous aborted attempts to adapt Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed The Sandman to live action for years. Netflix is the first to see it to fruition. Or one could argue it’s runner-up to Fox’s Lucifer, whose eponymous piano bar Devil & Mazikeen were spin-offs. David Goyer is one of the executive producers, which is worrisome. Allan Heinberg as the other executive producer & showrunner is less alarming. I wasn’t sure what to make of its trailers. Does it live up to its reputation of being Sleepwalker done wrong?
After a two year absence, San Diego Comic Con returned in collective figurative person to San Diego! As a germaphobe on a limited budget, I did not partake of the festivities directly. I enjoyed the virtual panels that I used to be able to stream at home, but they’ve been discontinued. While I couldn’t observe the Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai panel, I’m relived Tze Chun meeting Greta went great. Despite what crazy people on The Twitter insisted, neither Henry Cavill nor Elizabeth Olsen showed up! The amount of Everything Everywhere All At Once cosplay I saw secondhand pleased me.
I was planning on doing one of my non-review blogs after Thor Part IV & Ms. Marvel’s inaugural season, but a heatwave of the non-Mick Rory variety struck. I can work when it’s too hot or too cold. I need a temperature-regulating gimp suit like Scorpius. Then I got hung up obsessing over SDCC tidbits from another timezone. So I realized nobody would bother reading a non-SDCC article from me. I doubt anyone even wants to read an SDCC retrospective from me, but sometimes you have to write a low stakes blog to remind visitors there’ll be better blogs soon. If you share my incredibly narrow interests, this armchair SDCC coverage is the overview for you! It goes action figures, Marvel, & DC. As usual, no actual comic book news will be involved!
Move over, Superman & Lois season two review! Now it’s time for the rest of The Flash season eight! This has been mostly downhill since the fun XS & Impulse team-up, but we’ll run through those SPOILERS momentarily. This one’s gonna take a while to read since there was so much nonsense, which means I have to complain even harder that Legends Of Tomorrow deserves better!
Superman & Lois is most convenient in that I do not need to watch two separate programs to get my fix of Lois Lane & Superman. Do you prefer SAL or S&L for shorthand? How about Ess ‘n Ell or SuLo? When last I checked in on it, Legends Of Tomorrow, Batwoman, & Naomi were still alive. (Warner Bros SDCC 2022 bags still rep them.) Of course the true villains are the frequent hiatuses it takes to derail momentum! SPOILERS for whether it hit a sophomore slump are below! There’s a massive retcon in the finale that upends much of what I wrote as I went along! (I left in most what turned out to be inapplicable in anyway.)
It’s trendy to dunk on Stranger Things now for its diminishing returns, but I’m much more interested in it than the latest unnecessary Star Wars prequel since it’s not stuck in a narrative cull de sac. The first seven of nine premiered the same week as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since that’s airing weekly, I can review it later anyway without being late. SPOILERS for season four except the two episodes they haven’t released yet are on the other side of this break. The main draw for this review is that you can read it in a fraction of the time it takes to watch all these!
I’m gutted that we lost Neal Adams, Batwoman, & Legends Of Tomorrow all on the same day. George Perez followed not long after. Grodd damn it, Barry! I knew the end of the Arrowverse loomed, but I’d expected at least one final fourway crossover next season. The CW chose to be on the wrong side of history for unceremoniously cancelling Legends Of Tomorrow. As a longtime fan who didn’t hate the first season, I feel personally betrayed by the network I so often championed. Now how will we get an episode starring Swoler Sara?
Season seven may be LOT’s strongest season. It also had its most intriguing cliffhanger. This is why we can’t just shrug off this cancellation. Viewers were on a roller coaster that abruptly stopped just as it was about to crest its biggest loop. We’re too high up & far from the exit to safely leave the ride now.
The Flash just had a funeral for a longstanding teammate, but I was crying because it reminded me that The CW dared to defy decency by killing the
Arrowverse’s Beeboverse’s best series. I come not to bury Legends Of Tomorrow but to revive it! I’m not going to let my complete lack of influence deter me. Here’s a website filled handy resources to get involved in this Sisyphean mission. Let’s screw things up for the better!
Before we get to the Moon Knight meat, I implore you not to give up the fight to get Legends Of Tomorrow a proper conclusion in the face of premature cancellation. I just sent a three page email to HBO Max, Warner Bros. TV, & Netflix in an effort to save the Beeboverse’s best show. Let’s screw things up for the better!
Where’s Moon Knight’s bread? He should eat only croissants! Hopefully Moon Knight works out better than the last time Oscar Isaac played an Egyptian-flavored Marvel character that’s space slut adjacent. This is the first of the D+ series not to headline a pre-existing MCU character. Ms. Marvel & She-Hulk will follow his lead. So get your psyche straight for SPOILERS! Bill Sienkiewicz’s cover for Empire is better than the photo variant. Check out his awesome nine panel action grid!
If you wanted a very verbose blog about customizing Lashina & her use within DC Comics, you’ve come to the right place! If not, just look at the pictures. Either way it gives you more fake nerd cred than reading a Thor 4 trailer reaction. The real nerd cred, however, comes from supporting #renewLegendsOfTomorrow until The CW bends to our will! The bastards just cancelled Legends Of Tomorrow the same day we lost Neal Adams & Batwoman? GRODD DAMN THEM! Now back #saveLegendsOfTomorrow & petition HBO Max to give it a proper wrap-up!
Remember when I thought we’d be getting a trailer for Thor: Love & Thunder shortly after customizing Shocker? Well it exists at last! Thor 4 currently holds the record for shortest gap betwixt first trailer & release date. Much like its forerunner’s, this trailer provides a blog topic ahead of my review. It’s a short teaser, so don’t expect much depth. (People need to stop pretending that teasers are distinct from trailers.) This is mostly an exercise to workshop some wordplay before higher profile outlets steal them. Maybe this way my collaboreview will be a reasonable length this time? Or if nobody reads this, I can get away with recycling these puns in under three months. What I’m saying is supporting the #renewLegendsOfTomorrow campaign is more important at the moment.