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iZombie, based on the comic series iZombie, created by DC Comics: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Olivia “Liv” Moore is a promising Seattle medical resident.  She is excelling at work.  She has an incredible fiancé that she loves.  A great family.  Is planning her dream wedding.  Life is great.

Until she ends up one of the few survivors of a boat party gone wrong.  So wrong in fact that she ends up as a Zombie.

When her life is turned upside down, she decides to break up with her fiancé, change jobs, and cut herself off from society as much as possible in an effort to keep from killing innocent people in her pursuit for brains! 

Her new boss, Ravi, head of the morgue she is working at, guesses her secret he ends up as one of her best friends and confidant…and completely fascinated with her condition.  As Liv continues to eat brains, she realizes that she can see and learn the things of the person whose brain she consumes. 

Suddenly a Jane Doe ends up in the morgue and Liv is confronted with the fact that she may be able to help police solve the poor girl’s murder.  What is a Zombie to do?

General Information:

-Genre: Supernatural Procedural Crime Drama

-Creator: based on the comic series iZombie, created by DC Comics

-Length: 5 Seasons, 71 Episodes, 42 minutes per episode

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sexual jokes and implied sexual situations, moderate violence and gore particularly supernatural violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, drugs and smoking, mild frightening and intense scenes particularly with the consumption of brains)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka, Robert Knepper, Bryce Hodgson

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Season 1:

This is a very promising start to a show.  Funny, snarky, kind of gory.  And the actors are just fantastic.

I have a feeling that this show is going to follow the issues that I have with DC Comics… their shows are amazing…and their movies are just mediocre with a few exceptions.

The little bits of the comic book that they work into the show is really a great concept.  It adds to that fantastical feel of the whole show.   

Solid first season.  The show held its own the whole time with very few downs.  The humor and cases were consistent which doesn’t often happen across a whole season of a show. The character development was there, as were the character relationships.

This was an incredible first season.  Between the idea that Zombies exist, Major hunting them down. The mental health issues.  The gaslighting and the lying.  Finding a cure.

So many different things happening. The storyline and the writing are spectacular.  The characters are deep and meaningful.  The twists and turns are well written.

And the ending is just a bit shocking.  What I don’t understand is why Liv doesn’t just say that she was diagnosed with a disease (like and immunodeficiency) which is why she can’t give blood.  It could be why she changed paths…quit being a doctor.  All of it.  Then again…we wouldn’t really have a show if that was the case.

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Heavy Metal, based on original works and stories from Heavy Metal Magazine: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Loc-Nar has been released into the world and has let its evil leech into the universe. As we follow the stories of those it has touched the characters, events and styles change with the situation.

Will the Loc-Nar have its way and continue to pour its pure evil into the world or will it meet its end finally?

General Information

-Genre: Animated, Science-Fiction, Science- Fantasy, Adult Content

-Creator: based off of works and stories from Heavy Metal Magazine

-Length: 90 minutes

-Film Rating: R (For violence, sexual situations and imagery, weapons, death and violent injury, blood and gore)

-Where to watch: STARZ, DVD, Blue-ray, or check your local library for a copy!

-Main Cast: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marylin Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Playten, Harold Remis, Susan Roman, Richard Romanus, August Shellenberg, Jon Vernon, Zal Yanovsky

-Page of Reference in RP1: 87

Review (contains spoilers):

This was super trippy but quite awesome! Gave me very Anamatrix vibes (we will be reviewing that one soon!) with all the stories tying back together but with all of them being written, created, and animated by different artists and creatives.

The overarching story was compelling but I was kind of thrown by just how adult a lot of the content was. I know it mentioned it at the beginning and it is rated R. I guess I was just thinking Princess Mononoke “R” not borderline pornography “R”.

Once I got past that it was a cool film. Definitely not for kids at all but from what I know about Heavy Metal magazine it seems to fit the theming really well. All the different art styles were cool. I love seeing how different animators see their style when given free reign. It makes me want to try and find some older copies of the magazine from the 1980s to see the stories this was based off of!

Overall, very cool and something I’ll probably watch again!

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Heavy Metal Magazine

Heavy Metal Issue 1 cover

Heavy Metal magazine is mentioned pretty early on in Ready Player One (page 82) and I knew I would be hard pressed to get a hold of any issues let alone all of them to read through so here is a little overview of what this magazine was all about.

Started in 1977, Heavy Metal is a science-fiction and fantasy based collection of comics and stories that was released monthly. Unlike the comic books of the time that were regulated by the Comics Code Authority, Heavy Metal allowed for adult and explicit content within its pages.

The magazine was originally an official licensed American version of the Parisian magazine Metal Hurlant which featured the same things that Heavy Metal continues to publish to this day. American audiences weren’t used to the more European pieces of art and the underground comix (small satirical and self published comics common in Europe). This became a way to introduce America to a variety of different media that they would t otherwise see on the news stands.

But it was definitely meant for adults. Often featuring explicit imagery and cartoons, Heavy Metal became known for its bright full-color and glossy pages filled with photography, comics and short stories which spawned two feature films one that followed various storylines from several issues connected by one theme and a second that was its own story.

There are also several video games based on the magazine and they now own their own podcast network! Every other week you can find the latest episode of Heavy Metal Magazine: The Podcast and well as the full production podcast WonderWerk wherever you listen to podcasts. Both feature stories from Heavy Metal magazines along with lots of fan based hilarity and passion.

There are a lot of other podcasts as well that the network hosts including Pumpkin Spice Podcast (a comedy horror podcast), Putting the Science in Science Fiction (explore the line where science and science-fiction collide with hosts Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney, aerospace engineer John Connelly, and Benjamin Dickow of Columbia Space Center talk to experts on the subject), and even The TV Show Show (all about pop culture and tv!).

I think it is amazing that Heavy Metal is still around today. It really bridges the gap of what is considered comic, art, or explicit content. The meshing of a lot of those things is what makes a lot of people really think. Plus a good science-fiction based comic is always good in my book.

Featuring different artists, styles, stories and media there is most likely something for everyone in the pages… but makes sure you are 18+ before venturing into the pages of this awesome and slightly trippy magazine or anything that is based on its content.

We here at Gunters, Games, and Gold are not responsible for anyone consuming content they are not ready for.

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If you want to purchase Heavy Metal Magazine you can at: Heavy Metal Magazine

If you want to listen to Heavy Metal: the Podcast or WonderWerk or any of the other podcasts on the Heavy Metal Podcast Network we recommend listening on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Sources for our information above:

Heavy Metal Article on Wikipedia (yes we do look at Wikipedia and it’s linked sources!)

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Women in Comics: A Little Girl Power for you Weekend!

With the weekend release of the Black Widow film (finally…stupid Covid…) I thought we would spend the weekend celebrating women in comics!

Female superheroes have existed since the concept of a person with superhuman powers was created.  In fact, the first most widely recognized female superhero was none other than Wonder Woman.

While there were quite a few other female superheroes that came before Diana’s debut in 1941 with the release of an issue of All-Star Comics, she is by far the most iconic of the early women appearing in comics.  She was beautiful and dressed in a leotard, knee high boots and a golden tiara…and had come to America to fight fascism, the enemy of democracy.

Many saw her as a shining light in the comic book world.  Her ideals were in line with the feminism of the day (and even more so now).  She fought for equality for people, celebrating their differences and defining moments.  She brought hope to people when they may not have had much…for 1941 was the year that the US entered WW2 and the next few years would be grim indeed.

But not everyone was taken with the beautiful brunette and her male counterparts.  Comics were often called a “national disgrace” and Wonder Woman herself has come under much scrutiny for everything from her beliefs to the way she dressed.

Yet this was just the start of women in comics.  From her brash and beautiful origins to the modern films she is in today… this was just the start.

Now we have women all over the comic book world…

From the X-Men and their diverse cast (most notably characters like Jean Grey, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Jubulee) to Jessica Jones, The Scarlet Witch and Black Widow it is nearly impossible to open a comic book and not see some incredible female character staring back out at you.  Most even have their own series now. 

You can read about Supergirl, Batwoman, The Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn, She-Hulk, Vixen, Gwen Stacey (aka Spider-Gwen), the new Iron Man who is now a 16-year-old black girl, Kamala Kahn, Black Canary, The Birds of Prey, Echo…name them and you can find them.

Their stories are being told and we really do need them, from the rebellious to the criminal, the dark to the bright…the original takes.  The celebrations and downfalls.

We have seen some of them throughout the reviews so far this month: Sue Storm, Black Widow, The Wasp, Pepper Potts (who becomes Rescue in the comics), Wanda Maximoff, Gamora and Nebula, Jane Foster (also Thor in the newer comics), Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau….and so many more.

The comics are so much more in depth than what we see on screen.  Their stories are expanded, full of hopes and desires….their drives to make the world a better place in their own ways.  And they are some of the most popular characters in the comic book world.

So this weekend we are going to celebrate women in comics….the good, the bad and even the villains…some turned anti-villain. Because as always, representation matters and seeing ourselves in the pages of a comic is no exception.

The next few days we will be focusing reviews on film, tv and comics that are primarily about female characters in comics.

Starting with the fantastic new Wonder Woman films.  And stay tuned for a review of the new Black Widow film…but if you don’t wants spoilers stay away from it until you have seen the movie!

Resources:

Smithsonian Magazine: The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman

Cbr.com: 10 Female Superheroes Who Were Created Before Wonder Woman

Gamesradar.com: The Best Female Superheroes of All Time

Wikipedia

My own experience as a life long nerd!

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comiXology: The Comic App for Those Who Want a Little of EVERYTHING!

So far today we have talked about two incredible comic book applications developed by MARVEL Comic and DC Comics.  If you want to know more about those then see our articles:

Marvel Unlimited: The Comic book App for Marvel Fanatics

DC Universe Infinite: The App for DC Comic Lovers

But what if you can’t decide which you want more… or you only want to pay for one monthly subscription for now but enjoy comics from both as well as a variety of other companies and artists as well as original stories just for that app? 

Look no further than the comiXology app (created and run by Amazon).

Over 30,000 comic issues at your fingertips from classics like Batman, Iron Man and Archie to modern graphic novels like Sandman by Neil Gaiman, manga like Cardcaptor Sakura, and even original comics like Snow Angels, Hailstone and Youth.  There is a little bit of something for everyone in this app!

With spotlight features like trending characters, same day access to certain physical releases and even specific days themed to comics and characters there is a lot to be excited about with this app!

Like the others it is intuitive and allows you to zoom in to focus panel by panel which is so helpful for those of us that struggle to concentrate on just one thing at a time when looking through comics.  I’ve been using it for about 2 months (ever since I got my Amazon Prime membership) and I’m loving it so far!

They even offer member discounts of 10-15% off all books from DC, MARVEL, Image, Dark Horse and tons of others if you want to purchase books that aren’t available through the unlimited membership access.

If you have an Amazon account, its even easier to access comiXology!  You get 30 days free when you sign in with your Amazon account and then it is just $5.99/month after that to access all the great comics and stories!  If you are already an Amazon PRIME member this service is accessible in your unlimited account along with Prime Video and Amazon Unlimited Music.

So, take a look through and get a taste of everything with comiXology!  This way you don’t have to choose!

To download the app: comiXology

Note: This is not a sponsored post.  It is just my experience and some information to get comics right into your hands with the click of a screen.

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Marvel Unlimited: The Comic Book App for Marvel Fanatics

One of the things that is prevalent in Ready Player One is the technology.  In fact, it is one of the main focuses of the book.  Technology is so immersive in their world that it has permeated every aspect of life from work to play…if there really is such a thing on a dystopian world that has lost nearly all hope.

Every single day we are closer and closer to the technology in that reality.  Today it is the fact that our phones can do everything from schedule dinner, to create social media posts, make phone calls and send texts, video chat, send us into virtual realities…

You can hold thousands upon thousands of pieces of entertainment in the palms of our hands.

Instantly access millions of films, podcasts, books, audio files, music, television…

And now Comic Books.

With the Marvel Unlimited App (available for Android and Apple iOS) you can access over 28,000 individual comic issues released under the Marvel comic publishing house.  New episodes and issues are being released each week… 6 months after the physical release of the comic issue according to the app.

You can download up to 12 issues at a time for offline reading which can be exchanged at any time.  And if you don’t find something you like then you can always contact the team with suggestions for them to archive and post, though it is no guarantee that the issues will become available.

I have been using the app for about a month now and am loving it.  I am not allowed to bring headphones to my job so unless I take my breaks out in my car, I don’t have much to do on my breaks to keep myself entertained.  So, I’ve been starting to read through thousands of issues of new and classic comic books that I never thought to read when I was younger.

I’m loving that there is a mix of both classic issues and newly released comics at my fingertips.  I can zoom in instantly to see a detail closer or read something that is too small for my bad eyesight if I had the actual comic book.  The colors are bright and bold…and I can’t ruin the pages if I drop the comic.  Though if do that with my phone I may shatter the whole thing.  All comics can be double tapped so they go panel by panel instead of the whole page, so it is even easier to read.

I could never have enough room in my house (or honestly hours in my day) to read and collect all of the copies that I would love to have in my possession but now I can access nearly everything in the Marvel catalogue that I’m interested in…and lots of stuff I’m not.

But that is the great thing about comics.  There is something for basically everyone.  And every single day the Marvel Universe gets more and more diverse.  From the new 16-year-old, female, black Iron Man to the classics like the nearly deaf Clint Barton and the fully deaf, indigenous Echo we are seeing more and more that diversity rules in both real life and in the pages of our comics.

It is little things like this that make me love technology a little more every day.  There was no way 25 years ago I could have imagined that I could store an entire computer along with tens of thousands of comics and all the other books, movies and tv shows that I access daily in the palm of my hand.  Sometimes moving through time is incredible.

If you would like to download the app yourself, you can here: MARVEL Unlimited

You get 7 days of unlimited reading for free and then access to all the issues is $9.99/month from there on out.  You can cancel at any time.

Note: This is not a sponsored post.  It is merely my experience using the application as well as some general information.

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The Addams Family, by Charles Addams: a Comic Strip Review

Synopsis:

A series of one panel comic strips that were about an unnamed macabre family that consisted of: a loving father, a stern but compassionate mother, a despondent daughter, a michevious son, an eccentric uncle and a flighty grandmama. 

The strip was published in the New Yorker starting in 1938 and ran throughout the next 40 or so years.  It told moments in the lives of this family, a stark contrast and a satirical look on the white-picked fence and 2.5 kids polished and living in suburban America.

General Information:

-Genre: Dark Humor Comic Strip

-Author/Illustrator: Charles Addams

-Number of Panels: unknown (as far as I can find the strip didn’t have a consistent publishing schedule even though Charles Addams did publish some comic panel in nearly ever issue of the New Yorker Magazine from 1932 to nearly his death in 1988)

-Main Characters: an unnamed family (we now know them as Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama)

-Where to Read: old copies of the New Yorker can be found at local libraries and in locally owned antique stores… you can find a variety of the comic’s panels online

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

Super cute but inconsistent and lacking the depth that was given to the characters later onscreen.  The panels are sweet and often funny and a true commentary on the idea that the macabre is automatically bad.  Charles Addams challenged that idea by creating a loving and kind family that had interests the exact opposite of the traditionally accepted interests of America at the time.

Review:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.