4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Logan


Wolverine is old. Professor Xavier is even older. The world has gone to hell in a handbasket. But there’s a young mutant who needs help, and they wind up having to ante up and kick in. The great superhero movie rewatch looks at the third and final Wolverine solo film, Logan.

An excerpt:

To Jackman’s credit, he looks old in this movie. He doesn’t just count on the gray coloring they put in his hair. Throughout the movie, he’s slow, broken-down—defeated. He’s going through the motions. We see it in his very first scene: the younger Wolverine wouldn’t have hesitated to tear apart the guys trying to boost his limo. But now, he gives them the chance to walk away, and even after they shoot him and he gets back up, he is reluctant to go full crazy on them.

Eventually he does, but unlike every other time we’ve seen him, Logan hesitates. And when he’s finished, it takes him a while to recover. There are lots of wonderful little touches showing how much he’s slowed down, from one claw not coming all the way out to the limp he walks with throughout, to the simply defeated look in his eyes. Just to remind us what he used to be, we have his performance as X-24, a pure killing machine who is the old Wolverine turned up to eleven.

I’m interviewed by TrekSphere


When last I visited the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, I was interviewed by JP Cardin of TrekSphere. That interview has gone live, and look, here it is!

I talk about my Trek fiction, especially Articles of the Federation and A Singular Destiny, as well as my writing about Trek for Tor.com.

Check it out!

another update to Dragon Con schedule


I’ve put up what should be the final update to my Dragon Con 2018 schedule for next weekend, to wit, three sessions autographing at the Bard’s Tower booth. BT will have a bunch of my books for sale all weekend, so you can go by there any time to get my stuff, but if you want to get my scribbling on it, and can’t make one of my panels or my official con autographing, you’ll have your chance……


new on Patreon: BlacKkKlansman, M*A*S*H, Mermaid Precinct, cat photos


Buncha new stuff on Patreon. I’m still horribly behind on TV reviews, and hoping to rectify that soon.

For $10/month and up, I’m planning to write this month’s vignette this weekend, which will be a Dragon Precinct bit involving Gan Brightblade and his crew from that first novel (as well as the stories “Heroes Welcome” and “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty”).


4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Wolverine


Hugh Jackman’s second solo outing as Wolverine is better than his first one, but that’s damning with the faintest of praise. Still, this is a fun, if incoherent, adaptation of one of the seminal Wolverine comics stories. The great superhero movie rewatch sinks its claws into The Wolverine.

An excerpt:

As long as you don’t think about it, and just enjoy the location shooting in Japan and the nifty action scenes with ninjas and stuff, and don’t mind a climax that’s mostly just the hero fighting a CGI creature (a mode we’ll be coming back to, um, a lot as we move forward in this here rewatch), this is an enjoyable film. Just don’t think about it too much.