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Marvelette Missives – The Pulse

The Pulse was a comic following Jessica Jones and her time at “The Pulse”, a weekly section of the Daily Bugle newspaper. There are a lot of familiar characters here, including reporter Ben Urich, publisher J. Jonah Jameson and a load of superheroes including, of course, Luke Cage. So basically, for Marvel fans it’s a great read.  More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Iron Fist

In barely a month, on March 17, Netflix will premiere the latest in its street-level heroes shows. Iron Fist is based on the Marvel character of the same name who first appeared in comics in 1974.  More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Wynonna Earp

If you’re looking for a female protagonist who’s not a typical hero, enjoy the paranormal side of things and like a touch of Western then Wynonna Earp may be the show for you. A descendant of Wyatt Earp, Wynonna returns to her hometown (appropriately named Purgatory) to protect it from demons, as her great grandfather once did. But, of course, it’s not that straightforward.  More

Marvelette Missives – Deadpool v Gambit

In the miniseries Deadpool v Gambit (released as a trade last fall), the Merc with a Mouth teams up with the smooth Cajun con man to, what else, pull another con. The two have a secret history of working together even though, as happens with most people who know him, Gambit doesn’t much like Deadpool. But the real issue here is who’s really being conned?!  More

Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
 
I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
 
Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
 
If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
 
I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
 
It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
 
Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
 
But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
 
How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
 
So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
 
Do you want to know who I blame for this?
 
Mel Gibson.
 
#OscarsSoMel?

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Marvelette Missives – The Gift of Comics

It’s that time of year when gift guides are popping up everywhere, so it seems appropriate to provide one for those who have comicbook fans in their lives, but no idea what to get them. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to try and sort through what to get those who love comics, so here’s a little help.   More

Marvelette Missives – Jessica Jones

If you haven’t been to your local comic shop lately, you may have missed the new Jessica Jones comic book. The series began in October (stemming, in part, from the popularity of the Netflix series) and, even though it’s only two issues in, it’s pretty interesting so far.  More

Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

As we are starting to get close to shows taking their Thanksgiving/Mid-season break, I have started to wonder what shows will be sticking around and what new shows will move on to a second season. Supergirl got saved last year when it moved to the CW from CBS. But what shows this season on tv and Netflix have a chance?
I’ll be looking at Son of Zorn and Marvel’s Luke Cage, but I’m not the only one who’s been picking on the fall tv line-up debuts. I found this story written by Trevor Dueck and it served as the inspiration for my thoughts here.

Son of Zorn (FOX):
Son of Zorn is one of the More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Legion

First announced in October 2015 and set to premiere in February 2017, Legion is a collaboration between FX and Marvel Television. It’s based on a comicbook character of the same name, who is the mutant son of Professor Xavier – yes, the one from X-Men. This is the first series to have a direct tie-in to the X-Men movies.  More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Powers

Based on a comic book series written by Brian Michael Bendis, Powers was an original series for the PlayStation Network. It’s a world where superheroes exist alongside humans and follows two detectives, one of whom used to have super powers, who investigate crimes that involve superhumans. More