About Ian Martell

Ian Martell is a life-long geek with a particular love of comics and tabletop gaming. By day he's a mild-mannered tech support rep by night he writes reviews of games and comics for 2 Shots of Geek. Follow him on Twitter @Martellian1010.

A Fun Mess: A Suicide Squad Review

Well to get to the point, no matter what the critics are saying about this film DC is definitely heading in the right direction. For one thing this movie got me into a theatre instead of relegating it to ‘I’ll catch it on demand’ like I did for “Man of Steel” and “BvS”. Secondly, when I was done watching the movie I wasn’t thinking ‘What the hell did I just watch?’. Rather it felt like I’d go see it again. A lot of my positive reaction  had to do with the tone and the characters. Gone were the brooding, heartless monsters (except for Amanda Waller, but then that’s the point of her character) and instead we got people with weird powers in weird situations. In all was a fun summer popcorn film so if you’re looking for that definitely give it a watch. For the spoiler part of this review keep on reading.

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Checking in On Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

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Creator Credits:
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz

In my first article for this site I did something of a hybrid review/op-ed about Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Now that Issue #2 has hit the shelves I’d feel remiss if I didn’t give it at least a passing mention. Since this book is just out this recently and I don’t want to spoil it, this will be a spoiler free review. Continue reading

Who Ya Gonna Call: Ghostbusters International

 

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Creator Credits:
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Rachael Scott
Colorists: Luis Antonio Delgado and Anna Chher

With all the hoopla on-line about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot I thought I’d take a look at what was going on in Ghostbusters comics. I’ll admit I haven’t been what you’d call a Ghostbusters fan for years, though I was pretty into it when I was kid way back in the 80’s and early 90’s (god does that make me feel old!) but with no new movies my fandom moved on to other things. So, with more decades than I’d care to count between me and the last time I saw anything new in Ghostbusters I was surprised to find that IDW’s Ghostbusters International felt as familiar as it did.
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Not Your Everyday Bat-Book: Dark Night: A True Batman Story

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Creator Credits:
Writer: Paul Dini
Artist: Eduardo Risso

Dark Night: A True Batman Story is an autobiographical tale written by Paul Dini a long-time Batman scribe and writer for the legendary Batman: The Animated Series.  It is at it’s heart a survival story, building up a picture of Mr. Dini’s life through his childhood until 1993, when he was the victim of a brutal mugging during his days on the creative team at Batman: The Animated series. From there the story focuses on Dini’s internal struggle to recover both physically and mentally after the attack as well as his struggle about whether writing superheroic fantasy, like Batman, had any meaning in world where justice has eluded him. Continue reading