Doctor Who Arachnids in the UK Review

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Doctor Who Arachnids in the UK

Review by Paul Bowler.

Doctor Who goes all eight legged and freaky in Arachnids in the UK as The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole ) return to present day Sheffield after their recent adventures. But after everything they’ve been through together, can life back home ever really be the same again? Some big decisions await, but first there’s a creepy infestation of dangerous spiders in Sheffield to deal with…

Continuing the ongoing trend of placing markedly different stories next to one another, the fourth episode of Doctor Who’s eleventh series Arachnids in the UK, written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Sallie Aprahamin, is pure B-Movie fun.

Returning to the present after the modern historical of previous the episode, Rosa, Arachnids in the UK gives the Doctor’s companions a chance to touch base back home and contemplate everything that’s happened to them since the Doctor whisked them away on their adventures in time and space. There’s also more focus on Yaz’s family, and we gain a bit more insight about her home life

Jodie Whittaker continues to impress on every level as the Doctor, Mandip Gill gets more time in the spotlight as Yaz, while Tosin Cole and the brilliant Bradley Walsh also deliver strong performances as Ryan and Graham. Arachnids in the UK also features an impressive guest cast including Chris Noth (famed for his staring roles in Sex and the City and The Good Wife) as hotel the mogul Robertson who is dealing with a very pressing spider problem, Shobana Gulati (Dinnerladies and Coronation Street) plays Yaz’s mum, Najia, and Tanya Fear as the zoologist Dr Jade Mclntyre.

From the spectacular sight of the TARDIS travelling through the time, space vortex, to the beautiful scene where Yaz invites the Doctor and her new friends home for tea, and the emotional scenes as Graham returns home this episode hit’s the ground running and hardly lets up for a moment. Bradley Walsh continues to knock it out the park in this episode, delivering an especially moving performance as Graham confronts his grief, and these moving scenes are made all the more poignant as Sharon D Clarke also reprises her role briefly as Grace O’Brien.

Its only when the Doctor and Ryan meet Dr Jade McIntyre, a zoologist from an arachnid research centre in Sheffield, and discover something nasty under the bed in the flat next door but one to Yaz’s home that the full extent of what’s been happening to the spiders begins to emerge.

After an arachnid encounter at his house, Graham rejoins them, and the Doctor and the gang set off to find Yaz who has gone to meet her mother who has just been fired from her job at the newly constructed luxury hotel by its American owner Jack Robertson – a hotel which the Doctor has identified as the source of the infestation

Naturally the spiders in this episode provide the monster-of-the-week factor. Brining enough scares, chills, and downright ickyness to make your skin craws while providing the Doctor and her companions with a suitably challenging menace for them to deal with. Chibnall’s tautly paced scrip cleverly toys with all the familiar B-Movie tropes, along with our fears, and preconceptions of arachnids to make the eight legged critters – which are also effectively realized – in this episode feel all the more menacing as a result

It transpires that spiders are in fact giant domestic spiders that grew from the offspring of a spider specimen from Dr McIntyre’s lab that was believe to be dead when it was disposed of. Only trouble is, the company put it with the rest of the toxic waste they’ve been dumping in the mining tunnels beneath which Robertson’s new hotel has been built on.

With the creepy crawlies webbed presence cunningly hinted at right from the outset, Arachnids in the UK has spiders under the bed, spider scuttling down dark corridors, and even a giant spider bursting out through a bathtub (my favourite bit in the episode) to snare a hapless victim!

Its not long before the Doctor and her companions, along with Najia, Dr Jade McIntyre and slimy Trumpesque business man Robertson find a way to deal with the bulk of the spider horde, but I wasn’t expecting the tragic fate of the giant spider, and Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor really drives home the powerful themes surrounding the creatures demise with the utmost conviction.

Although I though the plot was a bit sketchy in places, Arachnids in the UK was still a fun, action packed adventure. Chris Chibnall continues to build the bond between the Doctor and her new companions, and the dramatic direction by Sallie Aprahamin makes ensures the scenes with the giant spiders are really exciting. With its distinct Pertwee era vibe, especially The Green Death (1973), and its dash of modern political satire Arachnids in the UK is certainly an eventful episode. Sure, the resolution to the spider menace does get wrapped up a bit too quickly and conveniently, but the final scenes in the TARDIS more than make up for any unresolved plot threads as Graham, Yaz and Ryan decide to continue travelling with the Doctor despite the dangers they might face, and its a wonderful moment for this new “team TARDIS” as they set off to see the universe. together!

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Doctor Who Rosa Review

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Doctor Who Rosa

Review by Paul Bowler

Rosa, the third episode of series 11, sees the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole ) take their first sojourn into the past when the TARDIS arrives in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 where they encounter someone attempting to rewrite the history of the black civil rights movement.

Written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, Rosa is a very new and bold style of historical adventure for Doctor Who. Indeed, this is a powerful, even harrowing, return to Earth for the Doctor’s new companions as they visit the Deep South in 1955 and find themselves in a very different era from the one they live in…

The seamstress, Rosa Parks, superbly played in this episode by Vinette Robinson, became a key figure in the civil rights moment on the day she refused to give up her seat on a buss for a white person. It set in motion a chain of events whereby the actions of this one woman would become a major turning point in history and result in brining far reaching change for the good.

There are strong performances all round in this episode, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole all brining even grater range to their characters over the course of this story. Jodie Whittaker has an empowering presence here as the Doctor too. You see, someone wants to prevent this monumental moment from happening, someone is determined to alter time to ensure that everything bad stays just the way it, and there’s no what in a million years the Doctor is ever going to let that happen!

That someone is Krasko (Joshua Bowman) a recently paroled convict from Stormcage who has used a vortex manipulator and a temporal weapon to travel back in time and alter history by preventing Rosa Parks from having to give up her seat on the bus. Fortunately Krasko’s actions in this time have left a trail of artron energy, which enables the time travellers to track him to his lair in the bus works. Krasko’s scheme is a significant threat, but the Doctor soon discovers the ex-con has a mental restrictor in his mind preventing him from actually harming anyone – at least directly. So it’s up to the Doctor and her friends to become involved, each playing their own part in events to thwart Krasko’s plan and that ensure history and Rosa’s pivotal moment in time unfolds as it should.

Like the Ghost Monument, Rosa also had location filming in South Africa, and this time Mark Tonderal brings a very different approach to the look and tone of the episode. The challenge of shooting in South Africa and recreating the period setting of the USA 1955 is brilliantly handled. From the clothes, setting, and vehicles the production and design clearly pulled out all the stops to give the episode a distinct quality all its own for series 11’s first voyage into the past.

Featuring great character moments for the ensemble cast along with the assured direction of Mark Tonderal, Rosa marks a dramatic change of pace after the quirky fun of the first two episodes of series 11, and indeed historical stories in Doctor Who as a whole. Co writers Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall have taken the task of brining issues of racism, segregation, and the Montgomery buss boycott together in the format of Doctor Who incredibly well.

Rosa builds towards a resounding finale as the closing moments draw near, and the TARDIS crew realize that by thwarting Krasko’s plot they themselves have inadvertently become integral to events on the bus as they witness Rosa Parks getting arrested for violating the segregation laws. With the rousing soundtrack at the end called Rise Up by singer-songwriter Andrea Day, together with the coda where the Doctor takes her companions in the TARDIS to show them how much Rosa Parks actions would influence the future, and become an icon for freedom. Rosa is an emotional and challenging episode that stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

Obviously, the subject matter makes for a powerfully themed episode, but even though Rosa doesn’t have quite the same Doctor Who sci-fi sparkle as previous historically based New Who episodes it’s a resoundingly better story for it. Unflinching, heartrending, and empowering, Rosa is a magnificent addition to this new series, and I for one cant think of any other episode of Doctor Who that has moved me quite as much as this one.

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Here’s the trailer for Episode 4, Arachnids In The UK | Doctor Who

Doctor Who The Ghost Monument Review

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Doctor Who

The Ghost Monument

Review by Paul Bowler

Following its ratings smashing premier episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth, Series 11 of Doctor Who continues with The Ghost Monument, written by Chris Chibnall, and directed by Mark Tonderai (Gotham, Black Lightening, The Five). After being left reeling from their first adventure, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), along with her new companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) must now find a way to survive on a hostile alien world as they strive to solve the uncanny mystery of the planet Desolation…

Partly filmed in South Africa, the second episode of series 11 certainly gives an added sense of awe and spectacle to the Doctor’s companion’s first trip to another plant. The BAFTA winning DNEG team responsible for this new season visual effects also continue to work their magic, and The Ghost Monument is an absolutely stunning looking episode as a result.

Jodie Whittaker continues to excel in her role as the new 13th Doctor, brimming with fun and sound advice, her incarnations traits quickly make you warm to her endearing characterization of the Time Lord. After being marooned in space at the end of the new series premier, the Doctor and her companions are soon scooped from the void by two pilots Angstorm (Susan Lynch) and Epzo (Shaun Dooley) in their old rickety spaceships taking part in an intergalactic race, but after crash-landing on the barren planet with three suns the stranded group encounter the holographic potentate Llin (Art Malik) and the Doctor is shocked to discover that the objective of the race – reaching the mythical Ghost Monument – is actually the TARDIS which has somehow become trapped out of phase on this worlds surface because of the damage it suffered.

Their quest to reach the Ghost Monument involves crossing a sea contaminated by deadly microbes, exploring some ancient ruins while stalked by sniper robots, facing the frightening cloth-like Remnants, and the eventual discover that this entire planet was used by the Stenza to create weapons of mass destruction.

There is a snappy pace to Chris Chibnal’s scrip for The Ghost Monument that really steps things up a gear for the Doctor and her companions. Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole are all excellent in their roles as Graham, Yaz and Ryan respectively, and its great to see their characters gradually adapting to the Doctor’s madcap world over the course of this adventure with only her promise to keep them alive and get them home to really bind them together – relying on their wits and getting to know each other better as a result along the way.

The subtleties in Jodie Whittaker’s performance as the quirkily fun, clever and practical new incarnation Time Lord also really begins to shine though as both she and her companions start to forge strong bonds, with subsequent events illustrating just how great they are as a team when they get caught up in the episodes powerful allegorical themes of disaster, mass-murder, and ethnic cleansing. The Ghost Monument also gives us slightly more insight to the Stenza from the first episode, especially how they used this planet to make weapons, the sniper bots provide some exciting action, and the snaking cloth-like Remnants (chillingly voiced by Ian Gelder) which emerge at night are also quite unsettling as they use their victims fears against them.

The Ghost Monument marks the debut of series 11’s fantastic new title sequence as well! Featuring a stylish amalgamation of classic and new elements the gorgeously swirly new titles complements the fresh, vibrant tone of the new series perfectly, and together with terrific new opening theme by the series new composer Segun Akinola this episode feels extra special as a result.

But that not all. After reaching the Ghost Monument, Angstorm and Epzo claim joint victory, and teleport off the planet, apparently leaving the Doctor and her companions stranded. It is here, in a particularly emotional scene for Jodie Whittaker, that the Doctor coaxes the TARDIS to materialise properly at last and we get our first look inside! While the exterior is a lovely throwback to the early Tom Baker years; I feel the interior may divide opinion somewhat, but I personally thought the new TARDIS interior was spectacular! It looks a bit like a crystalline, steam punk, version of the 9th and 10th Doctor’s TARDIS interiors, the console is covered in chunky levers, there‘s a little model TARDIS, one section of the console even dispenses custard cream biscuits, and seeing the Doctor and her companions finally enter the elusive time machine for the first time is a defining moment that really makes the 13th Doctor’s new era feel complete at last.

The Ghost Monument is a continuation of the set-up for the new series, new Doctor and new characters that began with The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Sure, the plot is a bit frenzied at times, but my only real grip was how much the story went so OTT with the sonic screwdriver – yes it’s that old pitfall of the sonic fixing / saving every situation that New Who so often falls into. However, with the episodes dash of Venusian Akido and its tantalizing reference to the “Timeless Child” I’m willing to let them off the overuse of the sonic a bit.

Along with Chris Chibnal’s strong script and Mark Tonderai’s superb direction, The Ghost Monument delivers blockbusting spectacle and action in equal measure. Jodie Whittaker and the new ensemble cast are settling into their roles nicely, all the familiar elements are now in place, and with their inaugural trip first voyage to another planet under their belt its now time for the Doctor and her companions adventurers in time and space to begin in earnest!

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Watch the trailer for the third episode of series 11, Rosa.

Here’s the new Doctor Who title sequence and new theme!

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Doctor Who The Woman Who Fell To Earth Review

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Doctor Who

The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Review by Paul Bowler

Finally, after the long months of waiting, speculation, and expectation Doctor Who is back! Series 11 kicks off with the hour-long premier episode The Woman Who Fell To Earth, written by Chris Chibnal, directed by Jamie Childs, and staring Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, who, along with her new friends Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole ) team up to face a ruthless alien threat in Sheffield.

Last time we saw her the post regenerative Doctor was sent tumbling from the TARDIS in the closing moments of Twice Upon a Time (2017). Now in the present day Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien lives are about to change forever when a mysterious woman suddenly falls from the night sky. Can they really believe this bubbly, unpredictable stranger? She might not be able to remember her own name, but is seems she’s the only person that could be able to help solve the mysterious events unfolding around the city?

Settling into its brand new timeslot on Sunday’s with ease The Woman Who Fell To Earth begins series 11 of Doctor Who in fine style as Jodie Whittaker’s newly regenerated Doctor crashes through the roof of a stranded train to begin her adventures. She might not have the TARDIS or a even a sonic screwdriver to hand, but once the wry nods to the Time Lords new gender are out the way the 13th Doctor’s fun, and quirky persona quickly shines though as she embarks on the first of this new seasons self-contained adventures.

When people need help, I never refuse.

.Jodie Whittaker’s endearing performance instantly harnesses the quintessential Doctorishness necessary to make you wholeheartedly embrace this new incarnation of our favourite Time Lord. Jodie brings a breathless sense of heroic energy to the role that makes her Doctor feel exciting, dynamic, and fun to be around. Chris Chibnal’s clever scrip weaves all the classic tropes into the narrative for the new Doctor, everything from meeting her new friends after confronting the tentacle strewn alien probe on the train, to making a new sonic screwdriver from scratch, and the brilliant scene where she chooses her new costume all ensure that Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor instantly becomes a version of the Time Lord that fans old and new will quickly take to their hearts.

So, what of the Doctor’s new friends? Bradley Walsh is great as Graham, brining both a sense of fun and emotional depth to his role. Mandip Gill is also excellent as the resourceful Police Officer in training Yaz, as is Tosin Cole as Ryan, a warehouse worker and former school friend of Yaz’s with Dyspraxia who wants to become an engineer. Walsh’s character Graham is also married to Ryan’s gran Grace (Sharon D Clarke), making him Ryan’s step-granddad. Right from the outset Ryan’s moving opening address on his YouTube channel, along with his determination to master riding a bike with the help of Grace and Graham, movingly foreshadows the episodes underlying themes and events as the young man stumbles upon an alien travel pod and inadvertently activates it. There’s a really fun dynamic between the Doctor’s new companions as well. The banter between them and the Doctor feels very natural and warm, the characters are also instantly relatable, grounded in reality, and even at this early stage its clear they have the makings of a great TARDIS team.

While this episode does begin a little differently than expected – we’ll have to wait until the next episode to see the new title sequence and the arrangement of the brilliant new nostalgically pitched opening theme by the series’ new composer Segun Akinola finally brought together as one – once Jodie’s Doctor has had a little nap and a sprinkle of regeneration energy mid-way through the episode its time for the Time Lord to get on the case of the alien mystery in Sheffield. With Jamie Childs glossy direction Chris Chibnal’s script positively fizzes with vibrant action, with an eerie alien pod set to open at any moment, DNA bombs primed to explode, and a fearsome hunter lurking in the dark. There are slight references to the series’ past, but nothing to overload the script as has sometimes been the case in previous seasons, and I feel that this premier episode is all the more refreshing for it.

Of course you can’t have Doctor Who without scares, weird goings on, and… monsters! The 13th Doctor’s first adventure certainly has a couple of edge of the seat moments, especially with a bizarre probe and a super scary beast stalking the streets, but the reasons why this dual extraterrestrial menace is happening in Sheffield yields even more intriguing surprises for the Doctor and her friends. The special effects are really impressive as well. Its not long before the Doctor realises the probe is really weaponized bio-tech, gathering coils, used to select victims for a hunt – something which it has evidently been responsible for on Earth before – while the pod is actually a transport device for a second alien, an armor suited Stenza warrior who proves to be a rather frozen, toothy threat in more ways than one!

I’m just a traveller. Sometime I see things need fixing, I do what I can.

As the final showdown unfolds on the cranes at the construction site between the Doctor and the Stenza warrior Tzim-Sha hunting the hapless crane operator (who was also on the train with Grace and Graham when the Gathering Coils first arrived and he unwittingly became the target of the aliens hunt), the Doctor finally remembers her name as she steps up to the plate to confront the alien warrior and dispatches it with ease. It’s a brilliantly staged scene and the defining moment where Jodie Whittaker unequivocally becomes the Doctor without a shadow of a doubt.

With its showcasing of the programmes first female lead in the role of the Doctor, a brand new transmission day, and biggest regular cast since the 80’s (although I don’t see where that’s really that big a deal as there’s often been more than one person travelling with the Doctor since the series returned in 2005) Doctor Who returns feeling fresh and reinvigorated. Sure, I had some minor quibbles, I felt the incidental music got a little bit intrusive at times, sadly we didn’t get to see the TARDIS yet either, and while I don’t regard The Woman Who Fell To Earth as one of the strongest first stories for a new Doctor it was certainly one of the most contemporary and revitalising opening episodes for the rebooted series that I’ve enjoyed since 2005’s Rose.

The simplicity and fun sense of adventure in The Woman Who Fell To Earth reinforces show runner Chris Chibnal’s back to basics approach in every conceivable way, and quite possibly makes it one of the most easily accessible episode of Doctor Who ever. You really don’t need to know anything about Doctor Who to enjoy this episode. It’s the perfect jumping on point for new viewers, and there’s plenty here for long term fans to enjoy as well.

Although circumstances and thrilling adventure brought the Doctor and her new friends together, there’s also tragedy for them to contend with in the aftermath of the events in this episode. This really gave the ensemble cast their chance to shine, with powerful emotional beats that resonate long after the credits have rolled, by which time the Doctor, with the help of her friends, has programmed the remains of the Stenza transport pod to lock onto the energy trail of the TARDIS and transport her to the planet where the time machine is supposed to be. However, as the Doctor says her goodbyes she accidentally ends up transporting them all away – leaving them marooned and floating in deep space!

Right, this is going to be fun!

In short, Jodie Whittaker totally nailed it as the new Doctor! The Woman Who Fell To Earth was a fun, exciting, and emotional start to the new series of Doctor Who. So, as this first episode of the new series closes with a cliff-hanger, we are left pondering where the Doctor and her companions adventures will take them next as we are treated to a glimpse of the galaxy of stars appearing in series 11 and a tantalizing trailer for he next episode. I can’t quite remember the last time I enjoyed an episode of new Doctor Who quite this much and known next to nothing about it, or indeed the series itself, before hand, and I think that’s been the key factor in making this new series feel extra special for everyone. We really don’t know what to expect this time around as everything feel so new and different The universe is calling and it looks like we are going to be in for one fun packed ride!

Here’s the Episode Two Trailer | The Ghost Monument | Doctor Who: Series 11

And Coming Soon in Doctor Who: Series 11…

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Stunning New Aquaman Trailer Released!

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New Aquaman Extended Trailer Released!

Check out the brilliant new 5 minute trailer for Aquaman!

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king!!

Aquaman in theaters on December 21, 2018!

New Doctor Who Series 11 Trailer #2 Released!

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New Doctor Who Series 11 Trailer #2 Released!

Check out the 2nd official trailer for Doctor Who Series 11!

Wow, this is an epic looking trailer!

“I’m the Doctor, when people need help, I never refuse.”

The 13th Doctor and her friends all-new adventures begins Sunday 7th October!

First Trailer For Captain Marvel!

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First Official Trailer For Marvel Studios Captain Marvel!

Check out the first trailer for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel, it looks awesome! The films story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg and Jude Law, the film will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Sci-Fi Jubilee My YouTube Channel Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4

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Sci-Fi Jubilee My YouTube Channel Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4

Hello everyone and thanks for checking out my YouTube Channel! After a break to enjoy the summer, I’ve started playing Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 by Insomniac Games. Ive been really looking forward to the release of this new Spider-Man game, and I thought itd be a great game for me to stream gameplay footage for you on my YouTube Channel.

Spider-Man PS4 introduces us to Peter Parker after he’s been fighting crime in for some time. In the game Peter must find a way to balance his personal life, his day job, and his crime fighting career as Spider-Man. Now a deadly new menace is about to threaten New York City, and soon Spider-Man will face his greatest challenge!

Check out the awesome start to Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4!

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve been having playing Spider-Man PS4! Insomniac Games have done an outstanding job with this game. The main storyline is an action packed adventure that deftly balances the excitement of fighting crime as Spider-Man with Peter’s life and career. The combat is acrobatic and relatively easy to master, there’s a wealth of side quests to complete, and the graphics are stunning. The web-swinging across the NYC skyline is gloriously realized as well. There’s also a brilliant photo mode; handy when you are exploring the sights – first chance I got I climbed to the top of Avengers Tower to enjoy the view!

Id also just like to take this chance to say a big thank you for supporting my blog Sci-Fi Jubilee and my YouTube Channel – especially as I haven‘t always had quite as much free time to blog or stream games recently. My YouTube Channel is such a fun and interactive part of Sci-Fi Jubilee, and thats all thanks to you! So cheers for liking and subscribing and be sure to look out for more Spider-Man PS4 videos and live streams on my YouTube Channel!

 

Batman Kings of Fear #1 Review

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Batman Kings of Fear #1

Review by Paul Bowler

Renowned artist Kelly Jones returns to the Dark Knight’s world with Batman Kings of Fear #1, the first issue in DC Comics stunning new miniseries written by former Batman editor Scott Peterson. Batman has been watching over Gotham City for many, many years, but now the Dark Knight is beginning to question the effectiveness of his relentless war on crime. Plagued by self doubt, insecurities, and personal fears that threaten to overwhelm him Batman must now face Scarecrow as he unleashes chaos in Arkham Asylum! This blockbusting new six-issue miniseries has Batman confronting the darkest challenge of his crime fighting career and portrays Scarecrow in a terrifying new way that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Batman Kings of Fear #1 kicks off in a fittingly macabre fashion as Batman takes on the Joker and stops another of his maniacal schemes. Kelly Jones striking visuals and Scott Peterson’s intense storytelling quickly immerses us in the warped schism that Batman and the Joker seem perpetually condemned to play out. Scott Peterson weaves some especially insightful and haunting dialogue into their journey to Arkham Asylum – so much so that the Clown Prince of Crime even seems to jangle the Dark Knight’s nerves at one point. Once inside Arkham the dark humour, a snarky Doctor, and the ensuing breakout of mayhem all collude to ramp up the ominous air of brooding menace that’s been closing in on Batman right from the outset.

Kelly Jones illustrated some of the most acclaimed Batman comics imagery during the 1990’s, including the brilliant Batman & Dracula trilogy – which kicked off with Red Rain back in 1991 – and many of the covers for the acclaimed Knightfall storyline where Bane broke the Bat. Esteemed writer Scott Peterson also worked as an editor on the Batman books during Knightfall and many other pivotal Bat-stories from the 90’s. Its great to see Jones and Peterson working together again like this on Batman Kings of Fear, and their shared creative vision for the Dark Knight shines through just as vividly now as when they originally worked together on the Batman books in the 90‘s. The story in Batman Kings of Fear is not connected to DC Comics current Batman storylines, but is instead set after Bruce has been the Dark Knight for many years – giving the creative team the scope to explore the core facets of the character in new and dynamically exciting ways.

Artist Kelly Jones brings all the hallmarks of his distinctly dark, horror-tinged gothic style to Batman Kings of Fear, and then some! I’ve always been a huge fan of Kelly Jones artwork, especially Jones’ portrayal of Batman as a constantly shifting shape that always seamlessly blends in with the shadows. One of the major highlights in this issue is a face-off with some of the darkest members of Batman Rogues Galley – a truly jaw dropping sequence that places you right in the heart of Batman‘s nightmarish predicament. Another nice touch with Batman Kings of Fear is that it features the Dark Knight in his classic costume – yellow oval and all! I love how Kelly Jones always renders Batman’s billowing cape in a way that gives him an almost supernatural visage, effectively making the cape and cowl as equally a distinct character in its own right. It is this, together with Michelle Madsen’s gloriously sombre color pallet that perfectly encapsulates the raw, terrifying, almost primal presence that makes Batman so uniquely special and intimidating.

The greatest threat though comes from the Scarecrow’s terrifying plot against him. Jones and Peterson’s darkly compelling story is made even more striking by having Scarecrow as the major villain of the piece, and this creative team certainly don’t look like they will shy away from brining the most frightening aspects of this creepy iconic character from Batman’s rogues gallery to the fore either.

Batman Kings of Fear #1 hurtles along at a cracking pace, the eerie atmosphere is brilliantly offsets by the spectacular visuals, and the chilling cliff-hanger rounds off this start of this superb miniseries in fine style. Kelly Jones and Scott Peterson have certainly crafted a brilliant premise here, with Scarecrow seeking to make the Dark Knight face his greatest fear, and I’ve no doubt the creative team will continue to weave their dark magic as this story unfolds. If you like your Batman classic, unburdened by recent continuity, and laced with overtones of gothic horror then Batman Kings of Fear is the Bat-Book you’ve been waiting for!

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Scott Peterson & Art and Cover: Kelly Jones

Colors: Michelle Madsen / Letters: Rob Leigh

Variant Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz

Doctor Who Series 11 Trailer Released!

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Doctor Who Series 11 Trailer Released!

 

Check out the brand new official trailer for Doctor Who Series 11 released at SDCC 2018, staring Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor! As we see in this exciting trailer the 13th Doctor will be joined in her adventures by a regular cast of new friends, including Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan, and Mandip Gill as Yasmin.

The universe is calling!

I think its a great trailer. Really looking forward to Series 11, no doubt new showrunner Chris Chibnall will have plenty of surprises in store for us, and I can’t wait to for the 13th Doctor and her friends all-new adventures in Time and Space to begin!

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