Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Head

A bizarre German B-movie horror flick, The Head involves mad scientists and their crazy experiments taking organ transplants, which in 1959 were still new and experimental, to an entirely new level. We start with the sudden death of Prof. Dr. Abel (Michel Simon) and his crazed assistant (Horst Frank) who manages to remove Abel's head and keep it alive separate from his body to keep the professor's knowledge alive and continue his experiments against the professor's wishes.

Buoyed by the experiment's success, and getting away with the murder of the professor's former assistant (Kurt Müller-Graf), he then commits to a similar procedure removing the head of a hunchback (Karin Kernke) and transplanting it onto the body of a boorish burlesque dancer (Christiane Maybach) who he knew in another life, under another name, while lying to both about what he has planned.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Ultimate Spider-Man #2

As with the first volume of Ultimate Spider-Man, this new comic offers an alternate history to Peter Parker's life in a separate dimension. Here, 20 years ago, a villain known as the Maker prevented heroes from being born. Peter Parker, now a father and husband, has been offered a chance to reclaim a legacy lost by Tony Stark. Choosing to let himself be bitten, and wearing a suit provided by Stark, Peter Parker has become the not-yet-amazing Spider-Man.

Saturday with Shay

Friday, February 23, 2024

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Confined

The Season Three premiere of Star Wars: The Bad Batch focuses on the daily routine of Omega (Michelle Ang) now a prisoner of the Imperial Research Facility on Weyland. We don't get the rest of the Bad Batch, except for Crosshair (Dee Bradley Baker) who is also a guinea pig for the doctors. Because the focus is the structure and banality of Omega's current plight without hope of escape, the premiere provides less action than almost any episode of the series, although there are some important pieces to the overall puzzle revealed.

Wonder Woman #6

While it's unclear what Diana's allies were doing, especially given the recent effort to show how unwilling each of them was to let her stand alone, that's exactly what is in store for Wonder Woman as the Sovereign sends a coordinated attack against the Amazon using the various allies gathered in the last issue (GigantaCirceDoctor PsychoAngle ManGrail, and Silver Swan) in the National Mall while leaving one more surprise for last.