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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | Film Review

RELEASED: 4th February 2017
DIRECTED BY: Chris McKay
WRITTEN BY: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern & John Whittington
PRODUCED BY: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, Roy Lee & Dan Lin
MUSIC BY: Lorne Balfe
STARRING: Will Arnet, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson & Zach Galifianakis

Since the DC Extended Universe was first announced a few years back, its properties have been plagued with misfortune. Batman v Superman had fans jumping between excited and wary, until it was released and the film became hated by a good chunk of its audience. Justice League, having the same director, had people fearing for the fates of their favourite characters. The Flash has been through three directors already and is currently in the process of being COMPLETELY rewritten. And then there’s Ben Affleck’s The Batman; a film with so much anticipation built around it that the star of the piece dropped out of the director’s chair, and now, rumour has it, wants to abandon the franchise completely. And you know what? I don’t blame him. Poor Ben Affleck.

Luckily, Warner Bros and LEGO teamed up to prove that the DC Superhero properties are salvageable in some cinematic form, by bringing us The LEGO Batman Movie. It’s well-written, steeped in Batman lore and all-in-all a really fun flick.

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SAGA: VOLUME ONE | ‘New to Comics’ Review

Forget Star Wars, Superman or even Doctor Who, as this week, New to Comics delves into the opening of one of the most bizarre first chapters of a comic-book we’ve ever seen. There’s magic, space-ships, ghosts, spider-lady assassins, TV-headed robots, foul mouths and a surprising amount of nudity all wrapped up in Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga: Volume 1.

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Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Fiona Staples
Year: 2012
Pages: 160

WHAT’s THE STORY?

Saga has been described as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars. It’s a cosmic odyssey, wrapped in a family melodrama, wrapped in a fantasy epic. It’s also been said to be evocative of other classic stories like Lord of the Rings and Romeo and Juliet. It’s a pretty bizarre mish-mash of genres, but its home at Image Comics means it can essentially do whatever it wants, as the character and world are owned and dictated primarily by its creator, and as such, isn’t like characters like Spider-Man and Superman at Marvel and DC Comics, respectively, where writers essentially have to return things more or less to the status quo when they’re done with them, so future writers aren’t hampered by extreme storytelling choices.

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FANTASTIC FOUR: THE COMING OF GALACTUS | ‘New to Comics’ Review

We’re tackling our oldest comic yet on New to Comics, which is appropriate when dealing with Marvel’s ‘First Family’ of superheroes. So without further ado, come and check out the 1966 classic The Coming of Galactus.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Stan Lee
Art by: Jack Kirby
Year: 1966
Pages: 65

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTERS:

THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Founding Members: Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

Determined to explore the unknown, scientist Reed Richards took his girlfriend Susan Storm, his best friend Ben Grimm and Sue’s kid brother Johnny Storm on a trip in his experimental shuttle to explore the stars! However, on their maiden voyage, the group was struck with cosmic rays and plummeted to Earth forever changed. Reed’s body gained incredible elasticity, Susan could cast force-fields and turn invisible, Johnny could throw fire and set himself aflame, while Ben was transformed into a rock-hided, monstrous ‘Thing’. Though Ben’s new form initially created some animosity amongst the old friends, the four decided to band together as the Fantastic Four; the ‘first family’ of superheroes. While the team would devote themselves to saving lives from the likes of Reed’s rival Doctor Doom and alien threats such as the Skrulls, they also strive to explore the wonders of the universe, paving the way for a better tomorrow through their scientific discoveries. In time, Reed and Susan would marry and have children, making the Fantastic Four the beginning of the most fantastical family around!

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