Supergirl pilot: 5 highlights, 5 pitfalls

Good news:  Supergirl definitely did not suck. The much-anticipated show premiered last night on CBS, and was a ratings success that drew positive reviews. Overall, the pilot episode had a lot of what I cringe to call “heart,” which carried it past some rough spots. The two biggest flaws with the episode are related to the need to set up a really complicated status quo: Krypton go boom her adopted family her current daily life/day job: Assistant to an obnoxious media tycoon (Calista Flockhart), suddenly befriended by an unusually dashing James/Jimmy Olsen a disaster that gets her to reveal herself (airplane in distress) her...

Daredevil (Episodes ...

Perhaps my most telling reaction is that, weeks after finishing the first season, I don’t miss the show. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it while I watched it, but the appealing elements of the show never coalesced into addictive, irresistible entertainment. The scripts are...

Daredevil: Eps 5-8

The first quartet of Daredevil episodes had trouble finding their footing.  The dedication to violence and darkness, both visual and narrative, were in place, but the unspooling of the story seemed uneven, supporting characters Foggy and Karen were more annoying than interesting, and the...

Daredevil (Episodes 1-4)

Less of a binge watch, more of an IV drip approach to entertainment, but there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon … Netflix’s Daredevil series is an interesting exercise in TV storytelling.  A show meant to be binge-watched unfolds more like chapters of a novel, rather than interconnected but self-contained short stories, the way most shows would. Daredevil (2015) Created by Drew Goddard Starring: Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vondie Curtis-Hall Review (Eps 1-4, collectively): 3 stars (of five) While a standard TV pilot tries to cram in everything the show hopes to...

10 Questions with Fiona Staples

Fiona Staples has become a comic-book rockstar as the artist and co-creator of the most critically acclaimed comic of the past few years, Saga. Staples was introduced to Saga writer Brian K. Vaughan by their mutual friend, Steve Niles, with whom Staples worked on Mystery Society. Staples is co-owner of Saga, and has designed every facet of the book, including every character, planet and alien race. She also paints the covers for each issue, and hand-letters the narration — and incredible workload for one artist. After taking a few months off to recharge the creators batteries, Saga is back, and Badmouth caught up with her for a quick...

Interview: Greg Rucka

Eisner Award-winning author Greg Rucka is know for his gritty noir-influenced style, his critically acclaimed runs on mainstream titles like The Punisher and Batwoman and for his proclivity to write multi-faceted, bad-ass female protagonists We recently sat down with Rucka as he ends a decade-long collaboration with Marvel and DC and throws himself full force into his creator owned projects, including Queen and Country and LAZARUS. Who or what were your influences as a writer? That’s not a short-answer question. There are honestly too many to count. I can go from Joyce Carol Oates to Raymond Chandler, Hemingway to Douglas Adams,...