Review: Luke Cage E.02 - "Code of the Streets"

By Laramie Martinez

Like its predecessor, episode two of Luke Cage moves at a slower pace. The simmering tensions between characters come to a head by the end of it. In a lot of ways, this episode coupled with episode one serve as the origin of Luke Cage as a hero. And while dramatic, the big bang at the end of this episode isn't the most surprising thing about the series' second showing. No, the most surprising thing turns out to be a little piece of character insight in the form of what I call the, "Pull the trigger" speech. To find out what that is and what I think of the show after the first two episodes check out my review below.

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Review: Luke Cage E.01 - "Moment of Truth"

By Laramie Martinez

Last Friday I sat down with my girlfriend to watch Luke Cage, Netflix’s most recent series in the quadfecta that is The Defenders. Now, I wasn’t the biggest Luke Cage fan going into this series. Don’t get me wrong; I was excited, but that excitement came from watching the others series Netflix has put out. I liked Daredevil, and Jessica Jones was even better, so my enthusiasm was coming from a place of wanting to see another great TV show rather than excitement about seeing a character I loved on TV. Now I wasn’t completely ignorant; I had read a few Heroes for Hire, and I was impressed when he showed up in a crossover or two. He was more like a historical figure for me, the Jack Johnson of comics. Historical and important, but not really fleshed out.

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Video: The Marvel Symphonic Universe

Big thanks to Justin Wood for sending this my way. I'll be honest, I've kind of stopped looking and posting things like this, but ah fuck it. This struck a cord because score and music is something that has always been a part of my life and so I loved this. But not just for the music aspect. The overall point is that fans remember risk and if you ask me, Marvel doesn't take risks in their movies just like they don't in their scores. Also, I always loved Danny Elfman, but I love him even more after this video.

DC/Marvel Formal Wear Available for Pre-Order

If you recall a month ago on the CBMFP, Steve and I talked about some DC and Marvel formal wear suits that were coming from Well, they're available for pre-order now, and we'll likely revisit this on the podcast, but in the meantime, you can check them all out here. There're some images below along with my initial thoughts on a few of them. My initial thoughts are that the "secret identity" suits are way better than the... non-secret identity suits. You can tell them apart because one looks like a suit and the other looks like cosplay... but still a suit. They're strange and hey I'm sure someone will buy them, and I'm not knocking that. My personal taste is that I liked the "secret identity" suits because they were subtle. That's what made them cool. Every comic book shirt, jacket or merchandising product, in general, is flashy. Too flashy. It's why I shy away from it because it says "tacky" more than it does "comic fan."

Here's what I'm mean.

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And it's not just a Marvel suit problem in case you were wondering.

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There are two authentic DC suits as well. One for the Joker and the other for the Riddler. I'm not a fan of that version of the Joker, so I have no interest there, but it does come with the overcoat. The Riddler one is almost cool enough to get away with wearing it regularly, but I can see assholes walking up to you and making bad puns all night long or worse, asking you things that aren't technically riddles which would annoy me.

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There is a catch... you have to know your suit size already. Meaning if this is your first suit, don't do it. You'll end up with a mess on your hand. That and any suit needs to be tailored to you to make you look good. Those guys in the pictures didn't just walk in the morning of the photo suit and pick out their size and go to it. No, they had that tailored to them. That's not a bad thing, but it's something you want to consider. The prices are pretty reasonable, so I have no complaint there. It's in line with the suits I've had to purchase, but I live in L.A. Someone that buys a lot of suits in another state could be shitting a brick right now, but I kind of doubt it.

Bottomline for me, I still want that subtle Joker suit. I would love to think that I'm capable of rocking the Justice League suit, but light colors on me will make me look like Kimdotcom, and I do not want that comparison made in the real world. There are kids suits, but that's like throwing money into a toilet in my opinion. "Oh hey Juan, you want to wear your Iron Man suit today? No? Yeah, fuck me for spending $200 on your ass." Or something like that.

Now more pictures:

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CBMFP 246: Filthy With Drowzees

We're not done playing Pokemon Go! We'll start there. Thankfully there's not a lot of news this week because we have a lengthy episode for you. What news we do cover ranges from TV in the form of Powers and it's future on the Playstation Network and's superhero inspired suits. You read that right. Before we dive into a lengthy discussion about The Vision from Marvel Comics and Tomboy from Action Lab/Danger Zone, we have a question from Patrick about our favorite Frank Miller panel/moment. Books reviewed on this episode:

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CBMFP 245: Colon

It's the week after Comic-Con! You'd think there wouldn't be any news, but then Superman was revealed on Supergirl! That's not the only movie news... since that's primarily what we have to cover. Marvel Studios clarifies the next two Avengers films, while Captain Boomerang is tripping shrooms. On a completely non-comic related story, Luc Besson is found guilt of plagiarizing John Carpenter?! And on the actual comic side of things Marvel's Prostate Cancer Awareness Variants aren't all they're cracked up to be. Books reviewed on this episode:

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CBMFP 242: He's Trying To Get Worthy

International Comic Con is coming and so we have a new titles and new deals to talk about starting with BOOM! Studios snagging the WWE comics license. After that we run through the two new iron people and the controversy surrounding that. Then it's on to Champions with Mark Waid, US Avengers and Squirrel Girl, The Great Lake Avengers returning again and The Unworthy Thor. That's not all though, there's a new Justice League animation possibly in the works, find out what the guys think about that.

Comics reviewed on this episode:

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