Marvel’s Iron Fist: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh

Marvel's Iron Fist - Colleen Wing

Welp. The critics are wrong. Kind of. Marvel’s Iron Fist isn’t the weakest Netflix Marvel series — in fact, I’d rank it higher than Luke Cage and maybe even Jessica Jones — but it’s still pretty… meh.

Let’s break down what worked and what didn’t. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

THE GOOD

Marvel's Iron Fist - Colleen Wing

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Revisiting Buffy: Welcome to the Hellmouth and The Harvest

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s been 20 years since Welcome to the Hellmouth, the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, aired. I’ve been in love with this show for two decades now. I saw all episodes as they aired on TV. I binge-watched all 7 seasons after the series ended — twice. I’ve rewatched my favorite episodes countless times. I named this blog Baddieverse after Buffyverse, the fictional universe inhabited by the characters in Buffy and Angel. So yeah, I’m a fan.

I think it’s just appropriate that on Buffy’s 20th anniversary, I’d revisit Sunnydale again, starting with the first two episodes. Consider this my love letter to Buffy on our 20th anniversary. Welcome back to the Hellmouth, self.

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You’re Going to Love Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special

Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special is your new favorite movie about Valentine’s Day. It may even inspire you to make babies.

If you loved Michael Bolton and The Lonely Island’s 2011 joint Jack Sparrow, this Netflix original will float your love boat. But instead of getting one spectacular earworm, you’ll get an odd yet very satisfying 54-minute orgy of songs, comedy skits, unexpectedly cool celebrity guests, and Andy Samberg as Kenny G summoning Peak ’90s Bolton.

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6 Things I’m Looking Forward to from Marvel in April 2017

Captain America #15 ResurrXion variant cover by David Maquez

Marvel is killing it with Inhumans vs. X-Men right now and my favorite thing about it is after the event, we’re going to get ResurrXion and a whole bunch of new X-Men titles. If you haven’t heard, I’m a big X-Men fan, so it’s an exciting time to be me right now.

The new crop of X-Men comics start with X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold, dropping in April 2017. I went through Marvel’s April 2017 solicitations and found some other comics I’m looking forward to. Let’s go through them, k?

Captain America #15 ResurrXion variant cover by David MaquezCaptain America: Steve Rogers #15 and #16

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artists: Javier Pina (#15) and Jesús Saiz (#16)
Cover Artists: Gabriele Dell’otto (#15), Daniel Acuña (#16), David Marquez (#15 variant), and RB Silva (#16 variant)

Nick Spencer’s run on Captain America: Steve Rogers is blowing my mind and I can’t wait to see how he’s going to do the coming out party of Hydra Cap. Plus: I need that #15 ResurrXion variant cover by David Marquez featuring Kitty Pryde and Lockheed.

Infamous Iron Man #7

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev

The despicable Ultimate Reed Richards vs. the heroic Doctor Doom who’s now Iron Man. I haven’t kept up with this title but now I need to catch up because this is insane.

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Where to Buy Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures in the Philippines

Funko Pop! Chucky

No matter where you are in the world, you probably know someone who collects Funko Pop! vinyl figures. Thanks to the insane number of licenses in Funko’s catalog of collectibles, people ranging from sport fans to book nerds to pop culture fiends can find some Pop! they’d want to put on their desks — or their heads. I don’t know, people are weird.

Funko Pop! Chucky

Wanna play? I’m kidding. You don’t play with Pops. EVER.

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The Pros and Cons of Asia Pop Comicon Manila

Asia Pop Comicon Manila - Nathalie Emmanuel

MissanBAE.

I’ve never been crazy about local geek conventions. I’ve attended a few just to see what’s out there, but I always felt local conventions leaned more towards commerce rather than the celebration of fandom. That’s why I didn’t buy my ticket to Asia Pop Comicon Manila until days before the event. I only gave in because I was told Nathalie Emmanuel will be there. I love me some Missandei, yo.

I only attended 1 day out of 4 convention days and I chose Saturday because I wanted to be there for the exclusive screening of Captain America: Civil War (SPOILER: I didn’t get to see it thanks to EDSA traffic) and see Nathalie Emmanuel. I expected to spend the day in a packed World Trade Center and leave smelling like geek sweat like I always do when attending other local conventions. But (dun dun dunnn) I didn’t.

Did the first ever Asia Pop Comicon Manila change my mind about local conventions? I’ll break down my answer, Pros and Cons style.

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10 Astonishing Things About The Ant-Man Movie

Ant-Man training

Marvel's Ant-Man

Before we begin, let me just tell you that there will be SPOILERS here. Cool? Cool.

With probably the most ridiculous superhero concept to ever hit the big screen and the shocking departure of director Edgar Wright (he was replaced by Peyton Reed, the esteemed director of the modern classic Bring It On), it was easy to assume that Ant-Man would be the first major failure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everyone, including this blog author, expected a disaster. Well everyone is wrong.

Ant-Man is the most human story to come out of the MCU and it’s the funniest as well. It’s not the best superhero movie ever, but holy Stan Lee is it entertaining. Here are 10 reasons why (again, SPOILERS!):

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Behold! The All-New All-Different Marvel Universe!

All-New All-Different Marvel - All-New All-Different Avengers #1

In October, the Marvel Universe will somehow emerge from Secret Wars as an all-new all-different Marvel Universe. We’re going to get 45 new #1 comic book issues that will feature both relaunched and brand new titles. Here’s a full list of all 45 titles including their creative teams and my all-important (no, not really) thoughts on this all-new yet still very familiar Marvel Universe.

All-New All-Different Marvel - All-New Hawkeye #1All-New Hawkeye #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Ramon Perez

Is this Kate Bishop Hawkeye vs. Old Man Hawkeye? Not sure but what I’m sure of is Jeff Lemire is great, so I’m on board. I still miss Fraction though.

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Flocked Aswang Pop! Will Terrorize Philippine Toycon 2015

Funko Pop! Flocked Aswang Philippine ToyCon 2015 Exclusive Glam Shot

If you grew up in the Philippines, chances are you used to fear the darkness because of tales of the Aswang, the stuff of nightmares among Filipino children and adults for centuries. There was even a time in the ’90s when the news was filled with stories of alleged victims of this dreaded mythological creature. The regular black outs at the time didn’t help. It was crazy.

Now we can take this nightmarish ghoul home as a Funko Pop! vinyl figure. And it’s not just the regular one that we first saw back in Toy Fair 2015 in New York City — we’re getting a flocked exclusive for Philippine ToyCon 2015. This Funko Pop! Flocked Aswang can only be purchased (PHP750) at ToyCon on June 19-21 at Megatrade Halls 1-3. It’s the first ever Philippine ToyCon exclusive Pop! so we can expect it to disappear quickly.

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