EYG Comic Cavalcade #30

June 7, 2023

Wow, what a day.

It was NEW COMIC BOOK DAY and it was the first day I was able to go to Comic World early in the afternoon and sit and do some reading. It was a pleasant day, and I got a chance then to talk with my friend Todd.

Todd had attended a convention this past weekend in Minneapolis. He got some books signed for me by Dan Jurgens (more on that later). He also had the opportunity to sit and talk with the 1970s star of Flash Gordon, Sam Jones. Sam Jones was very tall, according to Todd. Todd was standing and Sam was sitting and he was still talker than Todd (Todd may also have been a bit short…)

Comic World received about half of the Marvel comic books in from a few weeks ago when the truck had that terrible accident. That meant that there was a huge lot of books in my box. I also picked up a couple of other books (including a graphic novel that I haven’t gotten to yet). I have read a whole bunch of books this week, but I still have a pile of new books to read that rivals a huge regular week. It is quite impressive.

Starting off with what I have finished reading….

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #1-3. Written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Brett Breeding. Dan Jurgens was at the convention Todd attended so I have purchased this three book series and Todd said he would take it and get them signed by the writer. So cool. Thanks again Todd. The three book mini series was a pretty decent read as well. I liked the psychological issues that Superman had when he was searching for Doomsday. You don’t see doubt creeping in to the Big Blue often, but, of course, after being killed by Doomsday, it makes sense.

The ClanDestine #1. “Apparently Unrelated Events: Family Reunion- Part One” The pretty gold foil cover attracted me to this number one, but the title reminded me of the group of villains from the Ms. Marvel Disney + show from last year. These characters were nothing like those ones. Written and drawn by Alan Davis. It was fine. It did not make me want to search out any more issues, though.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #13. “Cold War Part 5” Written by Jacoson Lanzing & Collin Kelly with art by Alina Erofeeva. Steve Rogers did not die in the last part of the Cold War saga (I know… surprising, right?). He’s back with Sam Wilson and he has come to his senses. Alina Erofeeva’s artwork in this issue (especially the Sam and Steve stuff in the snow) is beautiful.

Red Goblin #5. Written by Alex Paknadel and drawn by Jan Bazaldua. Honestly, I was a little confused about what was happening since I have not seen the whole part of this Carnage Reigns story. I did like the team up with Normie and Miles Morales, but I skimmed a bunch of this book since I am unclear about the story.

Nocterra #15. Written by Scott Snyder with art by Tony S. Daniel. Emory comes up with a plan to try and get Bailey’s grandpa’s equation to work, stopping the darkness. Problem is… Bill is here and is bringing the trouble. There were some amazing panels of art in this issue and it brought a feel of intensity.

Storm #1. “Blowback. Part 1: Wind-Rider” Written by Ann Nocenti and drawn by Sid Kotian. Alan Davis & Alejandro Sanchez did the cover art. This is yet another book that is set in the past. This one takes place around the time frame of Uncanny X-Men #176. I’m not sure why this has become a trend at Marvel, telling ‘untold’ stories from the past. Most of these feel very disjointed from the regular books since these characters are not acting like the characters act today. The Storm book was okay, but the conflicts within Ororo felt out of date. And I do not remember Kitty Pryde acting like this. I’m not a fan of this book. I would much rather have current in continuity comic starring Storm than setting one in the past.

Phantom Road #4. “Chapter Four: Don’t Look.” Written by Jeff Lemire and featuring art by Gabriel H. Walta. What is Project Jackknife? What does Agent Weaver know about it? How does it tie in with all the things that have happened to her? Lots of questions in a compelling book with a lot of visual storytelling this issue. Phantom Road continues to be strong work each month.

Hallows’ Eve#3. Written by Erica Schultz and including art by Michael Dowling. Janine has a confrontation with Spider-Man in this issue. Spidey is always welcome for me, and I enjoyed this issue more than the previous two. I am starting to feel positively about Hallows’ Eve and her weird mask power. I have liked the originality of the book so far.

Loki #1. “The Liar” Written by Dan Watters and drawn by German Peralta. I love the character of Loki, especially the newer version of the God of the Story. He is still chaotic and not necessarily honest, but not evil. His manipulative ways are put to the test here and the last page of the issue puts Loki’s existence into question. I’m mean… I’m sure he’s fine…

Spider-Man #9. “Maxed Out Part Two: Spider-Sensitivity Training.” Written by Dan Slott and penciled by Mark Bagley. Spidey and his super spider sense is really being pushed to his limit. It gets so bad that Spidey’s spider sense is going off in his head every time he punches a bad guy. Gold Goblin and Spider-Boy have an interaction, once again bringing into question exactly whom this Spider-Boy is. Oh, and there is Electro.

Fantastic Four #8. “If Memory Serves…!” Written by Ryan North and drawn by Ivan Fiorelli. Alex Ross is the artist on the cover. The FF is home at the Fantastic Farmhouse (as dubbed by Sue). They begin a cool mystery in their new little town with a creature that is able to reshape the world’s minds. I enjoyed the first part of this issue with Sue and Alicia and … Flame-O!

Daredevil #12. “The Red Fist Saga Part 12.” Matt Murdock is starting off his plan to bring back Foggy from death and it seems as if it requires Elektra to kill him. As the finale to Chip Zdarsky’s run on DD comes quickly to us, every issue is just better than the last one. Written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Marco Checchetto.

Hellcat #3. “The Know-It-All.” Written by Christopher Cantwell and drawn by Alex Lins. Cover art by KJ Diaz and Marte Gracia. I have been loving Hellcat each issue. In fact, this was my favorite comic (so far) this week (it was actually one of the issues that was on the ill-fated shipment). We get more info on Pasty’s past as well as the murder that she is trying to solve. She seems to be scaring Blackheart. Hm. And I do believe that the little stuffed rabbit (aka Damien Hellstrom, Son of Satan and Patsy’s ex-hubby) has something not so right about his motives.

That is not quite half of the books I got this week. It was a massive week and I hope to get some more read as I continue the June Swoon 2, The Daily Zone (Twilight Zone episodes) and the regular movie reviews (Transformers coming this Friday).

Hope you’ll be able to read this soon, Todd. 🙂 Seriously though hope things are better.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone s1 e23-24

June 7, 2023-numbers 23-24


“A World of Difference”

Lights. Camera. Action.

At least, in the Twilight Zone.

You’re looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light. These things exist and have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, who also is real. He has flesh and blood, muscle and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind.”

Another winner of an episode as we peek behind the camera of a man’s life. Is he Arthur Curtis? Or instead is he actor Gerald Raigan?

This episode shows a man having a nervous breakdown, believing that he is, in truth, the character that he is playing in a movie. Or does that character really need a vacation from work because he has had some delusion. I do like the even balance the show gives us. Although it does feel as if Gerry is the true personality, there is enough uncertainty to warrant debate.

The episode featured David White, most well known as Larry Tate from Bewitched as Gerry’s agent/friend.

“Long Live Walter Jameson”

Walter Jameson is old. Really old.

He has fallen in love with a younger woman. However, her father has discovered the truth of Walter’s age. Walter was old enough to have been friends with Plato.

The idea of immortality is revisited here, and the idea that it would not make a person happy is brought back once again. We saw how things could go bad in the episode, “The Escape Clause” and here it takes a slightly different path, but reaches the same conclusion. That death is what makes life so valuable.

The ending of the episode was very well done as we see Walter, shot by a former wife, died slowly, but aging rapidly as he died. He wound up a pile of dust on the floor after we had seen him age from the man that we knew. It was a neat effect.

Last stop on a long journey, as yet another human being returns to the vast nothingness that is the beginning and into the dust that is always the end.

Glorious (2022)

June 7, 2023

Day: 7, Movie: 7

The June Swoon 2 gets really gross today with the horror/comedy film that can be found on Shudder called Glorious. The film was directed by Rebekah McKendry and featured one basic location, a rest stop bathroom.

Wes (Ryan Kwanten) is traveling with all of his stuff in his car. He was depressed and sad and stopped at a rest stop where he promptly begins to drink and burn items from the car. He could not bring himself to burn the photo of Brenda (Sylvia Grace Crim), the woman he had just lost.

Passed out, Wes laid on the ground all night. In the morning, Wes rushed into the bathroom to throw up. When in there, he was engaged in conversation by a voice form the next stall. Not really wanting to start a conversation, Wes tried to get away, but he realized that the bathroom door could not be opened and that the voice had something to do with it.

The voice told Wes his name was Ghatanothoa (J.K. Simmons), a demigod who was trying to hide from his father, a primordial who had accidentally formed the universe, and Ghatanothoa needed a favor from Wes to avoid its father’s detection and, thus, the destruction of the entire universe.

Glorious was bloody, grimy and darkly funny. The dialogue between Wes and the demigod was both ridiculous and informative. Wes’s constant desperate attempts to escape kept turning out to be failures and he kept flashing back to memories of Brenda.

JK Simmons is, as always, great. His voice was the perfect catalyst for the craziness that was going on in this bathroom. The tale was insane, yet you believed what was happening.

There was a hilarious situation involving a glory hole that has to be seen to be believed. Then, the unexpected twist at the end of the film was shocking and completely out of nowhere, challenging everything that we had known up until that point, and yet, made total sense.

Glorious has a down ad dirty feel to it, much like the setting of a rest stop bathroom, and it keeps you off-balance. The end had that Twilight Zone type feel to it. It is a short film (only 79 minutes) but it uses every second well.

EYG Comic Cavalcade #29

June 6, 2023

It is summer vacation.

One of the issues with summer vacation is that I sometimes lose track of what day is what. Especially on a day like today. I went to Cinemark for a double feature of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. I had already seen both of these movies, and they are my two favorites of the year so far. I am not sure which way they are. They feel as if the are 1A and 1B. Guardians was more emotional, but Across the Spider-Verse had more fist-pumping moments.

Anyway, as I was saying, It has been a long time since I went to Cinemark on a Tuesday. The double feature made it feel like a Saturday instead. I have to keep telling myself that tomorrow is not Sunday, it is NEW COMIC BOOK DAY, nd I get the chance to go hang out at Comic World and read some of the new books there. It is always a blast during the summer.

Oh, and by the way, I was FINALLY able to find Where Monsters Lie #1. I had been searching through every box that I had even remotely put something new into recently, but I found it in the pile of books I have yet to box. I did not think it would be there, but right there it was.

Because I was searching for Where Monsters Lie #1, I was going through one of the number one boxes that I keep issue #1s that I do not collect. While in there, I came across a book that I did not remember seeing, and one that was interesting to read.

Damn Them All #1. Written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Charlie Adlard. This book from Boom! Studios was one that drew my attention in Previews last week, but it was listed as #7 so I was not sure if I wanted to jump in. However, after finding number one, I went to eBay and bid on the rest of the series. Issue #1 was really engaging and fun with a magic world.

Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain #4. “Earth’s Most Furious” Written by Tini Howard with art by Vasco Georgiev. Erica D’Urso & Matthew Wilson are the cover art team. There are a ton of guest stars in this issue, trying to contain Morgan Le Fey. The Avengers. Dr. Doom. Betsy had a fencing match with Tony Stark. There is some fun to be had here.

X-23: Deadly Regenesis #3. “The Past Haunts Us All Part 3” Written by Erica Schultz and drawn by Edgar Salazar. Kalman Andrasofszky (whew, what a name) was the cover artist. Laura found herself back in the clutches of her old handler, Kimura. She wanted to make an offer for an assignment for Laura, but she had to go about the process of having her agree… and that was not going to be easy.

Year Zero: Volume 0 #1. Written by Daniel Kraus and drawn by Goran Sudžuka. Another short series that I am ready to jump into this summer. This is a prequel to the first Year Zero book that I enjoyed quite a bit. This book continued its way of jumping around the globe and checking in on how the world is going with this zombie strife. Plus, a grandmother gnawed off her foot. Ooft.

Sleeping Beauties #7. Adapted by Rio Youers and art by Alison Sampson. Based on a novel by Stephen and Owen King. Getting back into this series, which only has a handful more issues to go. There is a plan afoot to launch an attack on the prison in order to get to the woman who can sleep. Meanwhile, all kinds of trippy-dippy things are going on.

Strayed #1. Written by Carlos Giffoni and drawn by Juan Doe. Another short series that has been in my ‘Too Read’ pile for quite awhile. Scientist Kiara Rodriguez developed a device that allows her to translate brainwaves into language and so she communicates with her cat. Lucky for her, her cat can travel the astral plane. It is a bizarre book.

Darkland #1. “Episode One: Stay Awhile.” Written by Nicholas Black and featuring art by Serg Acuna. Darkland was a number one in my pile of books too read so I figured to give it a chance. It was okay. There are some interesting character designs, especially Zed. There was one guy who reminded me of the Unknown Soldier. I did not find myself interested enough to go searching for any more of the series from Scout Comics. This will take its place in my number one box.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone s1 e22

June 5, 2023


“The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street”

I loved this episode.

“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” was excellent from beginning to almost end. There was no much in this episode, clearly taking shots at the McCarthy hearing and how people were seeing Communists all over the place.

Maple Street, U.S.A., late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 P.M. on Maple Street.

This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment –before the monsters came

Something flew over Maple Street. The people who lived on this street thought it might have been a meteor. However, everything stopped working. No lights. No cars. No machinery of any kind. Nothing would start or turn on.

Why? No one was sure and they were nervous. When an imaginative child brought up an idea of the ‘meteor’ was in actuality a space ship and that the child had read a story about how monsters from outer space would infiltrate a community to set up for the landing.

The people dismissed the idea at first, but it got inside their minds and the paranoia of the situation started to rot their attitudes. They began blaming individuals on being guilty, with no evidence and even less reality.

It devolves into violence as one of the people is shot because they thought it was a monster coming out of the darkness.

The accidental death did not calm the tensions. In fact, it only triggered the people into chaos. I loved how this episode showed how human beings can react to rumors and innuendo, becoming mob-like.

Now, I am not sure I loved the very end of the episode where we see that this whole situation was being manipulated by aliens from a space ship, what had actually flown over the street. I would have preferred to have left that reveal a mystery. I don’t think that was necessary.

However, that did not take away from how much I loved this episode. It may be my current favorite episode of the series.

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices… to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill… and suspicion can destroy… and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own—for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

June 6, 2023

Day: 6, Movie: 6

It is amazing to think that this is the same actor who played Ms. Trunchbull in last year’s Matilda the Musical.

Emma Thompson is an unbelievable actor and the range that she can show in a calendar year of performances is astounding.

In Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Thompson played a retired teacher who had recently lost her longtime husband and she wanted to experience some sexual experiences that she never had with him. So she hired a young male sex worker to make those experiences come true.

Thompson, whose character was named Helen, got more than she was expecting. She showed such an amazing amount of nervous energy and uncertainty over what she was planning that everyone could relate to the feelings that this was stirring up.

Daryl McCormack played Leo Grande, the sex worker who is much more than a hired prostitute. He ran his own company and provided services to his clientele that they required. Well-spoken and intelligent, his very nature confounded Helen as she was not expecting someone like Leo Grande.

The dialogue between the two actors was impeccable. The dialogue gave us glimpses into who these two individuals were as people and was sexy and uncomfortable at the same time. There was an undeniable chemistry between Thompson and McCormack that pulled you into the connection between them. The movie becomes much more than just a sexual encounter. It is a character piece between two people who are able to bring the best out in each other.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is currently on Hulu and it is a film that gives two outstanding performances in a sexual coming-of-age story for any age.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone s1 e19-21

June 5, 2023- numbers 19, 20, 21


“The Purple Testament”

I did not expect much from this episode. It was a basic war story… that is, until it took that twist that you can only find in the Twilight Zone.

“Infantry platoon, U.S. Army, Philippine Islands, 1945. These are the faces of the young men who fight, as if some omniscient painter had mixed a tube of oils that were at one time earth brown, dust gray, blood red, beard black, and fear—yellow white, and these men were the models. For this is the province of combat, and these are the faces of war.”

Bewitched star Dick York appeared in this episode of The Twilight Zone as a main supporting character. I had seen this fact during my research, but I had forgotten about it so when I saw him, I was shocked. I thought he did a very good job.

Meanwhile, our lead character, William “Fitz” Fitzgerald, developed a strange and disturbing ability. Fitz was able to look at the face of other soldiers in his platoon and he would see a light indicating that they were going to die.

This power clearly upset Fitz, as you would expect. He did what he could to come to grips with his precognition.

I found this episode to be extremely well done. It had a tragic story that brought Fitz into a terrible state of mind. The ending was very powerful. It brought the idea of a failure to be able to prevent death even with foreknowledge is a very sad but relatable theme.


Another example of a spaceship that leads to a breakdown, stranding the pilots somewhere familiar, yet foreign. Much of this episode was bizarre and mysterious. I do think that I was engaged with the story at the beginning. The seemingly frozen people in this location was odd and I was not sure what was going on.

When Jeremy Wickwire, the caretaker of the place, turned to the camera, I actually shouted. I did not expect that.

Unfortunately, the next ten to fifteen minutes or so of the show really felt weak. There was just a ton of enigmatic exposition as Wickwire tried to maintain the mystery of what was going on. The show lost me during this period. However, the ending was extremely dark and intriguing. I loved the final three minutes or so as Wickwire poisoned the three astronauts and set them up in their own “final wish”.

I found the tones of this episode to clash with each other. There was some serious and mysterious feeling early and Wickwire brought a more humorous tone that seemed to undercut what was going on. Then the show ended very darkly and with a great deal of irony and Wickwire showed his true feelings for the human race, and we did not see that prior at all.

It is a real mishmash for me.

“Mirror Image”

One of the more well known episodes (apparently it inspired Jordan Peele’s film Us), “Mirror Image” was one that I was looking forward to, but, though it was interesting, I do not think it quite reached the level that I was expecting.

“Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes: not given to undue anxiety, or fears, or for that matter even the most temporal flights of fantasy. Like most young career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because, in just a moment, the head on Miss Barnes’ shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who, in one minute, will wonder if she’s going mad.”

Strange things are happening for Millicent. People are telling her that she had been asking questions that she had not been. People said she had been places where she was not. She was starting to feel as if she were losing her grip on reality. Could she be delusional?

The arrival of the friendly gentleman, Paul Grinstead, brought her down a bit, but things ramped up again when she started speculating about evil doubles from parallel worlds.

Of course, that is what was going on and she would eventually spy her doppelganger on the bus that she intended to be on. I had a problem here. Why would she not go up and confront this doppelganger with Paul beside her? Instead, she just screamed and ran off, apparently passing out.

Paul called the police to take her for mental help and then he realizes that she wasn’t wrong as the same thing starts to happen to him.

I found this to be way overrated. I still enjoyed a lot the episode, but the fact is the conclusion felt rushed and made little sense. I did not like the way the characters reacted and the ending did not support what was a decent start.

Candy Land (2022)

June 5, 2022

Day: 5, Movie: 5

The next June Swoon 2 movie is Candy Land, and it is not a happy-go-luck children’s saccharine sweet game adaptation. There is nothing for children in this film.

The movie dives into the world of truck stop sex workers and the inherent dangers that these workers face as there is a slasher in their midst. The likable group of sex workers who formed a bond between them are faced with the brutal slaying of several individuals.

I don’t want to go into too many specifics here to avoid spoilers, but the film does not shy away from any of the graphic imagery that one would see in a slasher movie. There is a lot of blood here. It also does not leave out the sexual section of this environment either.

The film does take some time to introduce us to these characters and understand why many of them are living the life that they are living. They are not portrayed as victims here, but it does not ignore the ugliness that can come with this lifestyle.

It is a movie that can be extremely uncomfortable to watch at times, and it is unapologetic for its choices. I expect that there would be plenty of people who will not like this film because it deals with several scenes that are tough to watch.

This is a movie that I am glad I saw, but not one that I will revisit any time soon. Candy land was directed by John Swab and is currently available for rental on Vudu.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone s1 e15-18

June 5, 2023- numbers 15, 16, 17, 18

No Spoilers

I got four episodes watched this morning, and they were four dang good ones.

“I Shot an Arrow into the Air”

We kick off the four episode run with an outstanding episode about a failed space flight.

“I shot an arrow in the air; it landed I know not where,” said Langford, one of the heads of the mission that saw a crew on board a ship called The Arrow that had disappeared after takeoff.

That was a famous line from a Longfellow poem, but it had been changed by the character, and, looking back, I believe it was changed purposefully. Because the line actually said, ‘I shot an arrow in the air, it fell to earth i know not where.

That is exactly what the crew had done, crash landing back on earth in a mountainous desert range outside of Reno, Nevada. Of course, the three surviving crew members believed they had crashed on an asteroid and had no means to be rescued.

The baser instincts of humans took over, with the three men clashing over water, what to do with the injured and other ways to survive.

Practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events. Practical joke wearing the trappings of nightmare, of terror, of desperation. Small, human drama played out in a desert 97 miles from Reno, Nevada, U.S.A., continent of North America, the Earth and, of course, the Twilight Zone.

This idea of crashing back on earth unbeknownst to the crew was used again by series writer Rod Serling when he worked on the 1960s classic Planet of the Apes, where his iconic shock ending made that film a sensation.

“The Hitch-Hiker”

Her name is Nan Adams. She’s twenty-seven years old. Her occupation: buyer at a New York department store. At present on vacation, driving cross-country to Los Angeles, California from Manhattan. Minor incident on Highway 11 in Pennsylvania. Perhaps, to be filed away under “accidents you walk away from.” But from this moment on, Nan Adams’ companion on a trip to California will be terror. Her route: fear. Her destination: quite unknown.

The next awesome episode was ‘The Hitch-Hiker’ where Nan Adams was driving across the country, only to be stalked by a mysterious hitch-hiker, whom she seemed to never be able to outrun.

I had an idea early in this episode what exactly had happened. After the guy who was helping Nan after she had the tire blow out said that she was lucky to be alive, I had an idea that maybe she wasn’t. That is another classic trope of sci-fi films where the person involved does not know she was dead. This is a classic example of that and probably an inspiration for many of them.

This is one of the most highly regarded episodes of the first season, with it appearing on a bunch of top 20 lists. It does create an air of mystery with some definite creepy moments involving this mysteriou shitch-hiker.

“The Fever”

The next episode was entitled “The Fever,” which I did not know what was being referenced. Even with the opening narration, I was not sure.

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gibbs, three days and two nights all expenses paid at a Las Vegas hotel, won by virtue of Mrs. Gibbs’s knack with a phrase. But unbeknownst to either Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs is the fact that there’s a prize in their package, neither expected nor bargained for. In just a moment, one of them will succumb to an illness worse than any virus can produce. A most inoperative, deadly life-shattering affliction known as the Fever.”

However, as the episode started, I realized that this was not going to be some terrible plague or disease passed through the air. Instead, it would be gambling fever that wound up grasping Franklin Gibbs.

The episode does a great job of setting up to show how easily it is for somebody, even someone opposed to gambling, to fall victim to the obsession of those ‘one-armed bandits.’ Franklin, who spent most of the beginning of the episode chastising Vegas and the people who brainlessly put coin after coin into the slot machines in the desperate hope to win. And yet, through fate, Franklin wound up glued to one of the machines himself.

Oh yeah, the machine was calling him by name. This, of course, was the way to illustrate the beacon call of those people cursed with a gambling addiction. This episode does a tremendous job showing how tragic this obsessive addiction can become, as Franklin fell to his death out a window.

“Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate, metal machine, variously described as a “one-armed bandit”, a “slot machine”, or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs’ words, a “monster with a will all of its own.” For our purposes, we’ll stick with the latter definition because we’re in the Twilight Zone.”

Apparently, this episode was inspired by a time when Rod Serling himself wound up enslaved by a slot machine on a trip to Vegas.

“The Last Flight”

Time travel is a classic sci-fi trope and we get an intriguing one in this episode where a pilot from World War I suddenly finds himself flying to an American military post in 1959.

There were many cool concepts in this film, including the way they pieced back together what actually happened to the pilot.

Witness Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker, Royal Flying Corps, returning from a patrol somewhere over France. The year is 1917. The problem is that the lieutenant is hopelessly lost. Lieutenant Decker will soon discover that a man can be lost not only in terms of maps and miles, but also in time—and time in this case can be measured in eternities.

At first, I was afraid that several of the awesome ideas brought up in the beginning of the episode was going to be swept under the rug because of the shortness of the episode, but I was very pleased with they way the episode concluded. The idea that Terry Decker had to fly his plane back through the mystical cloud and go back to save the pilot he had deserted is a fun way to bring the story around. The closing section of the show with the British Air Vice Marshal Mackaye, the very pilot that Terry had returned to save, realizing that something magical had occurred was great.

Just like all time travel shows, the mind reels about what happened and how it happened. When Terry was in 1959, he had thought that Mackaye was dead, but when the Americans told him that Mackaye was coming to that very base for an inspection, that meant he had survived. Would he have survived if Terry had not returned to save him? Terry was in 1959, but he had not saved his friend yet.

This is one of those time is a flat circle ideas. The events from 1959 happened and would always happened because Terry was always the person to save Mackaye. This way, time is not a straight line, as explained in Back to the Future. Its more like everything is happening at the same time and you can’t change things.

Time travel is always tough. This works pretty well and I really liked the character of Terry Decker.

Four very solid episodes right in a row during the inaugural season of The Twilight Zone.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone S1 E13 &14

June 4, 2023- numbers 13 & 14


“The Four of Us are Dying”

Shape shifting takes center stage in the Twilight Zone.

His name was Arch Hammer and he could change his face to look like someone else. He decided to use this ability to do some rotten things. He impersonated a deceased trumpet player to try and score with the woman the trumpet player loved. He made arrangements to run away with her. I didn’t know if he then intended to keep that face for the rest of time or if he was just messing with her and would dump her when he was tired of her. Either way, playing on her grief was a terrible thing to do.

Then he impersonated a gangster and threatened the head gangster that had had him killed. He was able to rip off a bunch of money.

Then, as he was being pursued, he switched to a random face he saw on a poster in an alleyway. He was a boxer. He avoided the thugs chasing him, but, coincidentally, he ran into the boxer’s father. The father was angry with his son and Hammer shoved him to the ground.

The old man would come back into play later when he shot Hammer dead outside of his hotel thinking it was his son.

He was Arch Hammer, a cheap little man who just checked in. He was Johnny Foster, who played a trumpet and was loved beyond words. He was Virgil Sterig, with money in his pocket. He was Andy Marshak, who got some of his agony back on a sidewalk in front of a cheap hotel. Hammer, Foster, Sterig, Marshak—and all four of them were dying.

This was very much of a noir episode, with the music from Jerry Goldsmith and all of those Dutch Angles. This episode was okay, at best.

“Third from the Sun”

This was a much different episode from the previous one. Here we had some government researchers/scientists involved in research on H-bombs and other weapons. Nuclear war was imminent.

“Quitting time at the plant. Time for supper now. Time for families. Time for a cool drink on a porch. Time for the quiet rustle of leaf-laden trees that screen out the Moon. And underneath it all, behind the eyes of the men, hanging invisible over the summer night, is a horror without words. For this is the stillness before storm. This is the eve of the end.”

The story featured Will Sturka and his family, along with his friend and co-worker Jerry Riden. They made a plan to steal an experimental spaceship and fly off the doomed planet and relocate to another planet that they discovered that also had people and was much like the planet they lived on.

One of their co-workers, Carling, was suspicious of them and he was hanging around, looking to cause trouble.

As they tried to get to their ship, Carling confronted them with a gun, hoping to take them to the police. They were able to overpower him and got to the ship.

As they were in the ship, they talked about the new planet they were heading towards… and it was called earth.

I liked the unexpected twist at the end of the episode with them heading TO earth instead of escaping from earth. There was some good tension built in the episode as the worry of nuclear war was a major worry that people of the time had to deal with.

EYG Comic Cavalcade #28

June 4, 2023

Summer is here! I anticipate some big things when it comes with my comic reading. I hope to arrange some of these comics into their appropriate boxes. I have some things ready to go.

Last time I did a Comic Cavalcade, I mentioned that there was no Marvel comic issues at Comic World. I expected that after that Wednesday when there were no Marvels shipped that there would be arriving later that week. So, as of now, it was last Sunday (a week from today)I stopped by Comic World ready to pick up those missing Marvels only for Drew to tell me that the truck from Diamond had exploded and the comic issues were all damaged.

Excuse me?

I had a difficult time finding any specific details on the accident, but I did find info from Diamond which said the truck that was carrying the comics to the “Diamond Comic Distributors’ Plattsburgh Distribution Center” suffered a serious accident that led to the comics being damaged. “While some product may ship from reserves/backstock, some will need to be sent from the printer for a delayed release,” Diamond told affected retailers in an e-mail.


Apparently, there were some people hurt badly in the wreck too so all positive thoughts to anyone involved in the accident. It makes missing out on some Marvel books for a few weeks a little less important.

Marvel had some books this week…

Amazing Spider-Man #26. Written by Zeb Wells and pencils by John Romita Jr. John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna & Marcio Menyz were the cover artists. This was the big issue that Marvel desperately tried to keep spoiler-free, but failed at miserably. When the word got out anyway, they just embraced the spoiler and announced that Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) dies in this issue and that is the big thing that sent Peter off the deep end. It was a good issue, but I do not like the killing of Kamala Khan even a little bit. Why? Because I know as I am typing this that she will not be dead for long. Heck, she may even be back in November when The Marvels comes out on the big screen. This feels like just another stunt that will not matter in six months to a year. I feel as if Ms. Marvel deserved better.

Nocterra: Val Special. Story by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel and art by Francis Manapul. Look what I found. I had been having a conversation with Todd and another customer at Comic World about Nocterra and the customer referred to the series having two special issues. I knew of the Blacktop Bill special but I did not know of another. I wondered if it was missed when it came out. However, as I was looking through the ‘to be read’ pile (looking for Where Monsters Lie #1 which I cannot find. It’s in a box somewhere!), I found the issue. It was good as usual. I am glad I found it.

Starslayer: The Log of the Jolly Roger #5. Thanks to Todd for this one who gave this to me as a gift. While I just glanced at the Starslayer story (not very interested in it), the reason this is worthwhile is that there is a short backup story featuring the second appearance of Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragonés. It was fascinating how Groo was actually different in this story showing proof that even Groo has character development (or perhaps recession) over the years.

Deep Cuts #2. “Sorry, But I Can’t Take You” Written by Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark and penciled by Helena Masellis. Cover art was done by Chris Brunner. The second issue of this series from Image featured a story rooted in Jazz music. Specifically a woman named Gail Geldstein, a singer tying to create a Broadway show about Jazz that was lacking one really great song. It is a solid read.

Local Man #4. Written by Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs and Tony Fleecs also did the art. The cover was done by Tony & Tim and Brian Reber. Jack Xaver, being chased by the police for being Local Man (a joke about Jack wearing the same coat as the pic of Local Man in the papers was great), found the hideout of Camo Crusader, a former teammate whose plans were less than super heroic. The Local Man series continues to be very entertaining.

Avengers Beyond #3. Written by Derek Landy and penciled by Greg Land. Land and Frank D’Armata did the cover art. The Avengers, who have nobly taken up the fight with the Dark Order and the Lost One, were desperately trying to keep the shield up around planet earth. The Beyonder, who the Lost One planned on destroying, had other thoguhts and betrayed the Avengers.

W0rldtr33 #2. Written by James Tynion IV and featuring art by Fernando Blanco. Siobhan Silk and Nicky Gallo arrive in the narrative, searching for answers about the case going on. To be honest, while I enjoyed reading this, I am not 100% sure what is going on. I am hoping I can make more sense soon. Perhaps I need a re-read on these. I love James Tynion IV though.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #13. Written by Tochi Onyebuchi and drawn by R.B. Silva. The fourth part of the Cold War arc continued here as Steve and Sam go at it hard over a disagreement on what to do next about Bucky and Cap’s kidnapped son Ian.

Doctor Strange #3. “A Day with Dormammu” Written by Jed MacKay and art by Pasqual Ferry. The backup story featuring Nico Minoru was written by Amy Chi and drawn by Tokitokoro with a title “Close Encounters of a Strange Kind.” This was a neat issue with an encounter between Dr. Strange and Dormammu, one of the more original ways for arch rivals to face off.

Deadpool #7. “Heavenly Bodies.” Written by Alyssa Wong and art by Luigi Zagaria. Martin Coccolo & Neeraj Menon did the cover art. Deadpool and Valentine had their date crashed by assassins from the group named Atelier. Meanwhile, Lady Deathstrike is trying to dogsit Deadpool’s new symbiote dog, Princess. I have been liking this new series featuring Deadpool, who, in the comics, has been hit and miss for me historically.

Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #4. “Part 4: Demolition Man” Written by John Jennings and art by Valentine DeLandro. Taurin Clarke was the cover artist. I have not been a huge fan of this series so far, but I did think this one was a decent book. Things are coming to a head with the Strangers and Al Harper and the Surfer. This is the penultimate issue for this mini series.

The Daily Zone: The Twilight Zone S1 E12

June 4, 2023- number 12


“What You Need”

Who really knows the future? Well, in the Twilight Zone, it is apparently a little old man named Pedott. This is a talent that down-on-his-luck scoundrel, Mr. Fred Renard needed.

“You’re looking at Mr. Fred Renard, who carries on his shoulder a chip the size of the national debt. This is a sour man, a friendless man, a lonely man, a grasping, compulsive, nervous man. This is a man who has lived thirty-six undistinguished, meaningless, pointless, failure-laden years and who at this moment looks for an escape—any escape, any way, anything, anybody—to get out of the rut. And this little old man is just what Mr. Renard is waiting for.”

This was another main protagonist in an episode of The Twilight Zone that was really unlikable. Renard did not look to have much of a character arc either. He just wanted something to go right for him and when he realized that Pedott could tell him specifically what he needed, meaning he had a gift to see in the future, Renard was ready to cash in.

We got some nice inclusion of a story of a baseball player named Lefty whose arm was ruined. This was to show the ability of Pedott, and it looked as if the story was going to be a happy one. However, the use of Renard as a greedy creep who wanted to become Pedott’s partner guaranteed that this tale would take the typically ironic end.

This episode was fine. I was happy to see Renard get his comeuppance at the end of the episode. There is nothing here specifically deep or complex, unlike many other Twilight Zone episodes. It was a nice watch.

All Eyes (2022)

June 4, 2023

Day: 4, Movie: 4

I have a low budget horror/drama for the June Swoon 2 today. I found it on Amazon Prime awhile ago and had placed it in “My Stuff” at the streamer. The premise of the film intrigued me so I added it to the list, intended for the June Swoon.

A disgraced podcast host Allen (Jasper Hammer) received a letter from a man named Don (Ben Hall), a widower who claimed that there was a monster in the woods behind his home. Allen, hoping to use this story for redemption, took Don’s offer to come and help him kill it. However, Allen soon realized that he had gotten himself into a situation that he had simply not expected.

First of all, it was clear that this movie was very low budget, so some of the things that it has in it do not look the greatest. Some of the booby-traps set up at Don’s home were silly and should not have worked the way they did. Having said that, the look of the film is not a criticism. I am sure they did the best they could with the budget that they were afforded.

The key to this movie is the interactions between Allen and Don. Both men were broken, from different reasons and both men were filled with pain. Finding this unlikely connection between them was the heart of the film. Some of the best scenes were the ones where these two men spoke to each other. Don was clearly an unhinged individual who set up a series of bobby-traps around his house that put anyone around him in jeopardy.

The stories of Don’s late wife really helped to humanize him and definitely touched Allen.

The monster involved in this story is an enigma. We know practically nothing about it, though there are some mysterious people as part of this story who obviously have some connection to it. The monster was used very well in the film and actually did look pretty decent when we finally get a look at it. Mind you, that scene was pretty much an apparent green screen, but, again, I appreciated the effort. In the end of the film, the film has some almost mega commentary about the monster that works for the whole film.

The performances of Jasper Hammer and Ben Hall stole the show. Ben Hall especially filled what could have been a cliched character into something rich and multidimensional.

This was a quick watch and was much better than I thought it would be, better than it had any right to be. Good performances and a surprisingly effective monster story blended together into a solid movie.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


Miles Morales is back for the follow-up to the Oscar winning animated movie Into the Spider-Verse from 2018 with the brand new, part one, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Miles (Shameik Moore) is trying to balance his life at college with his responsibilities of being Brooklyn’s only Spider-Man, but his continued lying to his parents (Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Valez).

Meanwhile, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) was having many other problems in her own world with her police captain father, Captain George Stacy (Shea Whigham), who is trying to arrest her Spider-Woman persona. When a different era Vulture arrived in her world, several other spider-people, led by Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaacs) came to try to capture him. Gwen was impressive in aiding Miguel and Jessica Drew (Issa Rae) so she was brought into the multiversal group designed to protect the Spider-Verse.

Miles and Gwen are a great pairing, with a ton of chemistry together. They work so well together because they have so much in common. Both of them are lonely, lacking someone they can rely on, to confide in. The Spider-Gwen costume, which was created in the comics, looks absolutely amazing in this animation. It is one of the best designs of the past decade in comics, which is a huge reason why Spider-Gwen became such a breakout character.

However, there are other awesome breakout characters in this movie. We meet Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya) who steals nearly every scene he is in. There is also Spider-Man India, named Pavitr Prabhakar (Karan Soni) who is a fabulous character design.

Of course, Miguel O’Hara makes a brilliant antagonist (of a sort) as the heroic Spider-Man 2099. Miguel was always trying to do what was best for the Spider-Verse, even if he had to do some things that he did not want to do. His character was not the quippy type as most Spider-men were. There is an anger inside of him spurred on by his own inane responsibility. I have a feeling that we will be diving into more of his story in part two, which comes out next March.

Of course, you cannot have a review of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse without commenting on the animation styles that are so varied and absolutely special. The animation on display in this movie is beyond anything I have ever seen. It is a work of art, with every frame a potential poster to be framed on the wall. Not only is the animation brilliantly conceived, each character has their own, distinct art style. It was said that the film brought artists from these characters’ comic runs in to consult on how the animation should work, and that level of dedication created something truly unique and utterly bombastic to watch. There were several times when I just stared at the screen in complete awe of the artistry on display. The animation of Into the Spider-Verse was Oscar worthy and this animation elevated that even more.

The score of the movie was perfectly placed, with the amazing music amplifying every scene. Composer Daniel Pemberton brought together the eclectic soundtrack for this picture.

There were a ton of cameos and Easter eggs in the movie. In fact, there were just too many to even be able to see. As John Locke, one of my favorite characters from the TV show LOST, said in season two, “We’re gonna need to watch that again.” This movie feels as if it demands a rewatch just to try and see everything that is there.

The story was complex, but it does a great job of laying out the idea of the multiverse and the Spider-Verse proper. You can see the ties to the greater MCU in this movie too, allowing the potential connection to the MCU. The story could have become convoluted, but it did not because it grounded it with Miles and Gwen. At the heart of this story was parents and their children.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is filled with surprises, amazing action, some of the most breath-takingly beautiful and visually unique animation ever on screen and a compelling story that shows just how important Miles Morales is. There is so much awesomeness in this movie, I have not even mentioned the return of Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) and his baby daughter May.

The end of this movie is a HUGE cliffhanger, yet it did not leave me feeling as if the movie shorted me on the story as films such as Fast X did. The end of this, almost 2 hour and 20 minute movie, only left me wanting more. Next March cannot get here soon enough. This is the best movie of the year so far.

5 stars

The Boogeyman

The latest Stephen King short story adapted into a feature film is the movie The Boogeyman, a horror film directed by Rob Savage.

According to IMSB, “Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her younger sister find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.

Sadie (Sophie Thatcher) is a solid lead character, bring both a competence and a serious troubled backstory. The death of her mother in a car wreck shaped her as a character dramatically, but not as much as it did her father, Will (Chris Messina). Will, a therapist who worked out of his home, had major grief going on with the loss of his wife. So much so that it was affecting how he was parenting. I found myself yelling at Will during the scene where Sadie wanted to talk to him about her feelings of her mother’s death, but he avoided it like crazy. I found that to be just horribly selfish of him.

The film does a really good job of keeping the mystery of what the Boogeyman looked like for most of the movie, allowing the suspense to grow with every shadowy glance. Some horror movies jump right into full screen shots of the monsters and it becomes less frightening. Not so here. The Boogeyman was scary through the entire film and when we finally get a really extended look at it, it makes it more effective.

There were plenty of times where I found myself ready to yell (I was in the theater so I was yelling to myself) about things that the characters were doing or were not doing. I don’t know if it is my geeky background or my knowledge of comic books and roleplaying, but there are things that seem obvious to do instead of some of the things that they tried. However, one of the big things from the third act, I had picked out well before and was yelling (to myself) that they needed to do it. When they actually did what I wanted and it worked, I nearly jumped out of my seat.

Vivien Lyra Blair played Sadie’s little sister Sawyer, and she does a very solid job. She had several facials that showed plenty of the differing emotions that a young girl her age would be thinking during this entire movie. There was also a winning cameo from David Dastmalchian that kicks the film off wonderfully.

The film may not be the best horror film ever made, but it succeeded in keeping me invested and tense with these characters. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie so I found it to be a good time.

4 stars