Should A Single Comic Book Tell A “Whole” Story?

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from Justice League #20

This was originally going to be a review of the Justice League 2-parter “Endless” (#s 20-21) but a larger issue (if you will excuse the pun) came up when writing it. And that is: do single issues of comics—regardless of being part of an arc or not—tell a “complete” story?

Now, obviously I don’t expect Part 3 of a 5-part story to encapsulate the entire plot. But I do think it should either be written in a way that provides some exposition regarding the previous issues, or have some sort of “recap page” at the start.

I’m going to use three recent D.C. releases to make this point: Trinity #9, Teen Titans Special: The Lazarus Contract #1, and the aforementioned Justice League #20-21.

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The Long, Strange Journey To Create A Shared Classic Monster Universe

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old and new Universal monster universes

Universal Studios recently announced plans to create a “shared” movie universe for its monster characters: The Dark Universe. The upcoming movie The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, will be kicking the Dark Universe off, but there are also plans for flicks featuring The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp) and Frankenstein’s Monster (Javier Bardem). Russell Crowe makes an appearance in The Mummy as a Dr. Jekyll so one would imagine we might be seeing more of him too.

This all sounds well and good…but it is interesting to note that Universal has tried this all before. Several times in fact.

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Review Bits: Trinity, Scooby Apocalypse, Funko X-Files, Reggie And Me

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Hello everyone. Here are some bite-sized review bits on comics that have passed by my desk over the last few weeks:

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As Zack Snyder Deals With Tragedy, Joss Whedon Steps In To Help Finish “Justice League”

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Zack Snyder recently made the difficult decision to step away from directing Justice League, to focus on his family after a terrible personal tragedy. And it is none other than Joss Whedon who has come in to help finish the film in time for its November 17 release date.

Snyder’s daughter Autumn died of suicide in March, an event that was initially kept private as Snyder tried to gather his strength to go back to Justice League. But in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the director said his family just needed him more right now:

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Review: Secret Empire #2

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How does Secret Empire #2 hold up to the highly anticipated first issue? What new twists and turns will we find out about regarding the Marvel Universe? Is it all just hype and no real substance to speak of? These and other burning questions will be revealed in this super-exciting sequel to the last issue’s pulse-pounding review!

Massive spoilers!

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Why Resident Evil Is Set For A Reboot And 6 More Films

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Let me start this post by saying that I’ve always loved the first Resident Evil movie. I thought it was, and is, seriously underrated; probably “tainted” for critics by its status as a video game adaptation. (The second one was horrendous)

But as I watched the trailer for the sixth movie in the franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, I could not help but think: “do we really need any more of these?” Was yet another Resident Evil really necessary?

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Zac Efron To Play Ted Bundy; Where Do I Buy Tickets?

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Whatever era Zac Efron was supposed to represent, can we safely say it’s over now? Between this and Robert Pattinson playing a disheveled bank robber?

Efron is set to play notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The movie’s story will be told from the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who initially refused to believe her man was responsible for the murder of over 30 women.

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