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Author Mark Wooden now writes for the website Comic Book Resources in their movie and TV features department. Here are links to his articles.

The Boys and Stormfront: A Villain for the Social Media Age

Stormfront from the Amazon Studios show The Boys
Stormfront from The Boys, (C) Amazon Studios

My first feature at had me running a marathon on the Amazon Prime TV show The Boys. I also brushed up in its source material, the Garth Ennis/ Darick Robertson comic book series.

I look at the second season’s new character Stormfront, explaining how, despite a gender swap, the character will remain closer to the comic book inspiration than would appear.

Beware the Batman Gets More Hate than it Deserves

logo for Beware the Batman animated series
(C) Warner Bros Animation

I explain why the Beware the Batman animated series deserves more respect than it gets and why it’s underappreciated.

James Bond: Sean Connery Named the Best 007 — and he is

Sean Connery as James Bond 007
(C) EON Productions

A Radio Times’s reader poll revealed Sean Connery as the best James Bond. I explain how he stacks up against the other actors who played the role. I also show why Connery is indeed the best.

Spider-Man: The MCU Needs Prowler

Prowler from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(C) Sony

I state the case for why the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs the Prowler from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Coincidentally, they’ve established him via Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Beware the Batman Has DC’s WEIRDEST Version of Alfred

Went back to the Beware the Batman well for a piece about that series’ Alfred Pennyworth. He’s not the usual elderly butler with the sharp wit. Well, he does keep the sharp wit but Beware’s Alfred leans heavily into his spy background and is often in the middle of the action.

Alfred’s backstory also gets two massive non-canon changes that make him the weirdest version of Alfred.

Seriously, We Don’t Need a Riverdale-Style Powerpuff Girls Show

(C) Warner Bros Television

The CW announced they’re looking at a Riverdale-style reboot of The Powerpuff Girls. I write how the talent behind it is sound, the premise is interesting, but rather than strip mine a bubbly childhood cartoon to get IP recognition the CW should make an original show.

Star Wars NEEDS Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu

(C) Lucasfilm

The Star Wars rumor mill threw out the idea that Lucasfilm is developing a Mace Windu TV show with a young Windu. I argue that a teenaged Windu story is unnecessary because we all want to see Samuel L. Jackson in the part and Disney has already de-aged him once.

For more of my pop culture musings, read the “Thoughts from the Shed” blog.

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