4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer

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A special Hallowe’en edition of the Great Superhero Movie Rewatch as we look at the four movies starring The Crow, featuring a gaggle of impressive stars — Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Tony Todd, Jon Polito, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop, Kirsten Dunst, William Atherton, Walton Goggins, Tim DeKay, Fred Ward, Edward Furlong, David Boreanaz, Dennis Hopper, Danny Trejo — all wasted in three repetitive movies that are a triumph of style over substance.

An excerpt:

There’s an AM radio station here in New York called WINS. Their motto is “You give us 22 minutes, we’ll give you the world.” The first car I owned was a 1977 Ford Pinto, and the FM radio died at some point when I owned it, and so all I had to listen to was AM radio. I tried listening to WINS, figuring I may as well be informed, but doing so, I discovered the implied second part of the slogan: “You give us 44 minutes, we’ll give you the world twice.” Listening to news radio for more than 20 minutes is not a good use of one’s time, as you just get the same stuff over and over again.

Watching the four Crow movies in a row is very much like listening to news radio.

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Star Trek Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”

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Harry Mudd’s back, and he’s pissed! He kills Lorca, y’know, a lot, and also plans to sell Discovery‘s secret to the Klingons, and he’ll run through a time loop as often as necessary to learn what that secret is. My review of Star Trek Discovery‘s “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.”

An excerpt:

Last week, we got a revelation that put a 50-year-old character conflict into a new light. This time we get a retcon that makes a different 50-year-old character conflict way more palatable to a 2017 audience, as the revolting stereotype of the shrewish, hen-pecking wife really needed an update. Stella’s father is an arms dealer, and he’s not happy that Mudd made off with the dowry…

stuff of mine in 2017

I’ve got a bunch of my books for sale, ranging from two of my first novels 18 years ago to my most recent publication, but other stuff of mine is available also — including a new short story in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, which goes on sale Tuesday. Here’s a list of my 2017 publications (including the Ledger story, as its release is imminent):

 

Books

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Super City Cops: Avenging Amethyst

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | direct from publisher]

Super City Cops: Undercover Blues

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | direct from publisher]

Super City Cops: Secret Identities

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | direct from publisher]

 

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Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo]

 

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Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

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Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard (omnibus of the trilogy, Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants, Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End)

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

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Supernatural: John Winchester Journal ruled notebook

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

Short fiction

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“Identity” in Baker Street Irregulars

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound]

 

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“Deep Background” in Aliens: Bug Hunt

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

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“Behind the Wheel” in TV Gods: Summer Programming

[Amazon | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

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“House Arrest” in The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

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“Live and On the Scene” in Nights of the Living Dead

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound]

 

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“Sun-Breaker” in Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | direct from publisher]

 

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Ganbatte” in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indie Bound | direct from publisher]

 

Comic books

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(with Gregory A. Wilson, Matt Slay, & Mark Dos Santos) Icarus Volume 1

[Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound]

 

Nonfiction in print

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“‘The Big Goodbye’: A Hard Rain” in Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek TNG Stories by 174 Writers

[direct from publisher]

 

Nonfiction on the web

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A Brief History of Iron Fist in the Comics” on Tor.com

A Confusing Lack of Action: First Impressions of Iron Fist” on Tor.com

An Action Hero without Action or Heroism: Iron Fist Season One” on Tor.com

Secret Identity as Role Model: A Look Back at Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman” on Tor.com

Of Bloodless Beheadings and Lifeless Voice Work: The Animated Wonder Woman” on Tor.com

Adam West’s Five Best Bat-Moments” on Tor.com

‘Who are you people?’ — Marvel’s The Defenders First Impressions of Episodes 1-3” on Tor.com

Big Heroes, Big Characters, Big Villains, Small Plot — Marvel’s The Defenders Season One” on Tor.com

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” every week on Tor.com

Reviews of Star Trek Discovery, every week on Tor.com

 

 

 

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk

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Marvel takes their first shot at a Cinematic Universe, as the Hulk teams up first with Thor, then with Daredevil. It doesn’t quite work as planned, though both characters are fun to watch. Then it all ends with a most unsatisfying climax. The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch looks at the TV movies The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

An excerpt:

And it especially makes no sense that the bad guys would shoot the younger Lambert. Seriously, these guys are mercenaries and thieves. Murder is a more serious offense than thievery, and one that will bring more attention from law-enforcement down upon one. Plus, of course, shooting someone and not making sure he’s dead before you walk away runs the risk of him, say, telling someone where you’re hiding out and going after you. (This is made worse by the fact that he might tell someone who turns into a big green rage-monster, but one can understand their inability to predict that ahead of time.)

buy my books!

Several of my books are for sale from me — and I’ll autograph ’em, too! If you want any of the books listed below, send me the amount of the cover price(s) of the book(s), plus an additional $6 for postage (inside the U.S.; outside the U.S., just send the cover price and I’ll invoice you for the postage after I send it). You can PayPal the money to me at krad at whysper dot net or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Be sure to let me know to whom you wish me to inscribe the autograph.

Here’s what I got:

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Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard (omnibus collecting Thor: Dueling with Giants, Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Warriors Three: Godhood’s End) — $25

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SCPD: The Case of the Claw — $15

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Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $17

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Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal (ruled notebook) — $19

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (with my essay on the books vs. the movie Blade Runner) — $40

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Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace — $8

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House — $8

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A — $8

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Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $8

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Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors — $3

Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance — $3

both Young Hercules books — $5

Please note that the Precinct books and Without a License are temporarily unavailable while we’re in the process of transitioning those books from Dark Quest to eSpec. Other books I’m temporarily out of stock on, like Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report, the Supernatural novels, and various anthologies I’m in, but I’m hoping to restock soon.

If you have any questions, post them here or e-mail me at krad at whysper dot net.

 

Tuesday’s dead

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After three days of promotion, and then one final workout class, and then revelry at the local Japanese place — I’m totally fucking dead. *laughs*

But today it’s back to regular existence as usual. I have to do some work at the dojo (for this semester only, I’m working the front desk on Tuesdays, as our front-desk person is a college student who has a class she has to take on Tuesday afternoons), and tonight is also when the dojo does the “class photo,” whereby as many students as show up cram into the dojo and get our picture taken. That’s always fun, and there’s also a black-belt photo, which will have four new people in it, plus my first time on the sandan line.

Meanwhile, I’ve got to dive back into A Furnace Sealed and finish up the Great Superhero Movie Rewatch for this week (have written the intro, watched and written up The Incredible Hulk Returns and The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, but still have to finish watching The Death of the Incredible Hulk, write that up, then write the review segment). And I’ve got some revisions on another project that need to get done. And after that, I’ve got Mermaid Precinct and the third 18th Race book to write. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!