Friday, September 22, 2017

Las Vegas cosplayer shares her passion about Supergirl (exclusive interview, Part 2)

Welcome back to the exclusive Cary's Comics Craze interview with Las Vegas cosplayer Supergirl 702. In the first part, she talks about how she enjoyed all of the ARCHIE-related comics when she was growing up and it was through DC Comics' BLACKEST NIGHT series that she became interested in Supergirl.

It's a Marvel and DC crossover! Cosplayer Supergirl 702
brings a smile to a young patient at the Children's Hospital of Nevada
at UMC -- something she often she does through her charity work.
"I always love learning little tidbits about these kids," the Las Vegas
woman says in the caption for this Facebook photo.
Courtesy of the SUPERGIRL 702 Facebook page 
Here in Part 2 Supergirl 702 focuses on what else -- the Girl of Steel.

Cary's Comics Craze: Obviously you're a Supergirl fan. What is it about her that appeals to you and what makes Supergirl such a memorable superhero? 

Supergirl 702: I love Supergirl because of who she is. She wants to help others, she is a sweet and caring person who kicks butt when needed. She wants to be a protector for all of the people around her.

I think if more people knew that Batman ran tests and found out that Supergirl was stronger than Superman, they would jump off the Superman bandwagon and be a Supergirl fan instead. :-)

CCC: What are your favorite incarnations of the Girl of Steel? And why? 

Supergirl 702: My all-time favorite is the Kara Zor-El Supergirl -- (the) traditional Supergirl who is Superman's cousin from Krypton. She came to Earth to protect Superman when he was a baby, but got stuck in space and when she finally came to Earth, Superman was all grown up.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Supergirl 702 cosplayer shares how she got into reading comics (exclusive interview, Part 1)

It's another exclusive cosplayer interview with Cary's Comics Craze!

Viva WW Cosplay and her best friend, Supergirl 702,
often visit children in schools and hospitals.
Courtesy of the SUPERGIRL 702 Facebook page
Supergirl 702, as she's known on social media, is best friends with another cosplayer I interviewed, Viva WW Cosplay.

(That three-part interview was in March 2106. In Part 1, Viva talks about the importance of seeing Wonder Woman for the first time on the big screen in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." In the second part, Viva talks about why she loves the Wonder Woman character and why she has "so many layers." And the Las Vegas cosplayer wraps up it by talking about Lynda Carter's impact and why "without a doubt the most fulfilling part of cosplay for me is getting to be a character I've loved since childhood.")

This is the first part of a five-part Q&A with Supergirl 702. The Las Vegas woman will make recommendations on what female comic book characters we should be reading, how the BLACKEST NIGHT series got her interested in Supergirl and dishes on who her comic-book "girl crush" might be. Supergirl 702 also addresses the sexuality of female characters in comics. (And that's just here in Part 1!)

Over the course of our interview, Supergirl 702 also is going to get super nerdy with CCC about the Girl of Steel and the "Supergirl" TV series (a CCC favorite, in case you didn't know already!). Of course, this cosplayer is going to share the truly heroic and important charity work that she and her best friend Viva WW Cosplay do with the non-profit organization Heartfelt Heroes.

Take it away, Supergirl 702!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'The Defenders' slowly builds to great series (review)

“You look like an asshole.” — Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)
“It’s your scarf.” — Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who uses Jones’ scarf to cover his face

Remember how I said Elektra needed to be more deadly when I reviewed Season 2 of “Marvel’s Daredevil”? Well, that’s not a thing any more in “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

I’m not surprised that Elektra Natchios (Elodie Young) was resurrected in the Netflix continuity; I’m just surprised how soon it happened. To get the most of “The Defenders,” it’s important to have watched Season 2 of “Daredevil.” Two of the stories established in “Daredevil” — Elektra coming back into Matt Murdock’s life and the Hand seeking resurrection powers — come to fruition and pay off in “The Defenders.” (More on that much later in this review.)

Friday, September 15, 2017

'Jessica Jones' brings film noir to Marvel universe (review)

"My occasional weakness: I give a damn." — Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)

The coolest part of the Netflix series "Marvel's Jessica Jones" is it doesn't feel have any sort of a superhero vibe at all. It's more like crime noir — complete with a voice-over (at least in the early episodes) and Jones' frosted glass for the door of her business, Alias Investigations.

Watching the 13 episodes is similar to the suspense genre; it's not a matter of if our hero (a word Jones despises and avoids) will take down the big baddie Kilgrave (a sanctimonious prick of a mind-controller played by David Tennant), but rather when and how. You know Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Kilgrave are doomed to face off in a final confrontation and the fun is watching how they get there.

There's no way you're not rooting for Kilgrave to be punished for the psychological harm he did to Jones and countless other victims; his commands often are done on a whim and more times than not are brutal and/or just plain mean. Jones puts it best about the slimy S.O.B. — he's "a psychotic, repulsive waste of a human being." It's a great slow burn to see how the final confrontation between the private investigator and her control-freak tormentor will go down.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Daredevil' Season 2 is entertaining, yet somewhat disappointing

When you hear a Daredevil story mixes the Punisher, Elektra and the Hand, you expect great things. At least I do. After all, writer-artist Frank Miller did some of his best work on the original DAREDEVIL title with that combination — the same one in Season 2 of "Marvel's Daredevil" on Netflix.

The 13 episodes are the most interesting when focusing on Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal).

Nicknamed the Punisher, he is a brutal, cold-hearted killer who, just as you're beginning to find the humanity in him, he kills again or defiantly espouses his firm belief in ridding the world of "scumbags" who only are going to get out of jail and commit more crimes. That's a tough balancing act to play and Bernthal, whose face is covered with bruises for most of the season, delivers.

Bernthal's scenes with Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page are the best of the season. Her personal mission organically becomes to reveal that there's more to Castle than his brutal form of justice. Punisher fans won't like hearing this, but the truth is Castle is no anti-hero: he's at best a thug with somewhat good intentions and at worst, a killing vigilante. So yeah, Karen is bound to be disappointed with what she finds out about how Castle operates.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Green Arrow fan shares most fulfilling parts of cosplaying (exclusive interview, part 4)

It's the final part of my four-part, exclusive interview with SLC Green Arrow, who has been cosplaying for slightly more than a year.

This is the favorite photo of Cary's Comics Craze that SLC Green Arrow has posted on Facebook.
Kelly Poynter shares some warm-fuzzy moments about being a cosplayer. He also talks about he gets his Green Arrow costumes — which are spot on from the comics! — made.

One of SLC Green Arrow's talents is the captions he writes for his
Facebook page, which always invoke Oliver Queen's personality.
For this one, he wrote: "Look, kid, I'm not used to this heat, so my fuse
is shorter than normal. Put that TV down or I'm gonna give you
a black eye from 15 yards away."
Courtesy of the SLC GREEN ARROW Facebook page
And finally, SLC Green Arrow talks about what it takes to be a male cosplayer who stands out from the crowd and how being a cosplayer "is one of my largest motivations to continue and push harder in my health and weight loss journey."

Friday, September 8, 2017

‘Spenser: For Hire’ Season 1 is great television

“I couldn’t quit; I never can.” — Spenser (the late Robert Urich) in Season 1 of “Spenser: For Hire” 

The four-movie “Spenser” DVD collection I watched and reviewed recently — in addition to re-reading (again!) the late Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels in chronological order — inspired me to start rewatching “Spenser: For Hire.”

The ABC television series first introduced me to the Boston private investigator I’ve come to love and admire. (And like the “Batman” TV series, I thought I’d seen many more episodes than I actually had.) It wasn’t until many years after my introduction to the late Robert Urich’s definitive take on Spenser that I read my first Spenser novel.

SMALL VICES was a fitting place to begin — even though I caught the series about twenty-plus years into it — as Spenser nearly dies in the 1997 novel, only use to his force of will to return to health. So I caught Spenser, his long-time girlfriend Susan Silverman and his tough-as-nails best friend Hawk at a new beginning. And soon after that is when Spenser quickly became one of my favorite fictional characters, alongside Batman, Luke Skywalker, Captain America and Lucas Davenport.

The four “Spenser” movies starring Urich are based on four of Parker’s novels. And while Parker and his wife are creative consultants on the projects, it’s “Spenser: For Hire” that — with a few, minor exceptions — stays much closer to the spirit of the novels and takes many less creative liberties.  The biggest sin of "Spenser: For Hire" is Susan is pretty much window dressing. (More on that later in this review.)

Urich’s Spenser is charming and intuitive. In Season 1, he lives in an old fire station and drives a dark green 1965 Ford Mustang muscle-car. As in Parker’s world, Spenser is tough and compassionate when necessary.

The smallest difference between the original and TV versions is Urich’s Spenser is more prone to lose his cool and raise his voice at someone — usually from frustration, and only occasionally. Most of the time on the small screen and always in the pages of Parker’s novels, Spenser keeps a level head. In either incarnation, the P.I. never gives up on a case or client and never runs from a fight.