Column: Retronomicon: Review: Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo

By J. Keith Haney

Lansdale, Joe R.; Truman, Timothy; Glanzman, Sam; Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo. USD $9.00. ISBN-13:978-1563891625.

“He was a hero to some, a villain to others, and wherever he rode people spoke his name in whispers.” – John Albano, describing his creation, Jonah Hex.

Some of you might have heard of a comic-book-based movie a few years back called Hex. I say “some of you” because that one quite rightfully sank beneath the waves for being …

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Column: Retronomicon: The Greed and Folly of the Fourth Crusade

By J. Keith Haney

As this season of Grimm has made a couple of passing-if-important references to the Fourth Crusade, it would behoove us to take a closer look at this particular European misadventure in religious warfare. Too much of the public’s perception of the Crusades is caught up in Robin Hood legends or (for the millennials) Assassin’s Creed, both of which have a primary focus on the Third Crusade. Why that one was more famous than the First …

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Column: Retronomicon: Review: Grendel: Red, White, & Black

By J. Keith Haney

Wagner, Matt. Grendel: Red, White, & Black. Dark Horse Comics (September 13, 2005). ISBN-13: 978-1593072018.

When something becomes successful, sequels tend to be a common result. Of course, when you’ve got this many people who revere the original, you’re faced with a dilemma. You want to create new material that actually makes strides over the original story in a meaningful way, but you also want to keep your built-in audience happy as much as possible. …

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Review: The Bitch Is Back: Grimm 2.12: Season of the Hexenbiest

By J. Keith Haney

“Oh! There is a terrible witch in that house who spewed her poison over me and scratched me with her long fingernails.”

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: For this final episode of the year, we see this quote right over the exterior of the spice shop. Of course, considering how we left things last time, does starting anywhere ELSE make sense?

We start with a brief replay of Monroe walking in on the two magically-roofied people he’s going …

JHaneyReview: The Bitch Is Back: Grimm 2.12: Season of the Hexenbiest

Review: Countdown to Doomsday: Grimm 2.11: To Protect and Serve Man

By J. Keith Haney

“The beast was simply the Call of the Wild personified…which some natures hear to its own destruction.”

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: We see this quote on the backdrop of a squad car that looks like it’s pushing Mach 3. Then we get an audio of word over the radio of a disturbance. The car (designated ‘Unit 18’) copies and pulls up at the site of the disturbance, a normally, very sleepy middle-class neighborhood.

Ahh…judging from the fact …

JHaneyReview: Countdown to Doomsday: Grimm 2.11: To Protect and Serve Man

Review: Crossing the Line: Grimm 2.10: The Hour of Death

By J. Keith Haney

“And branded upon the beast, the mark of his kin. For none shall live whom they have seen.”

Recap: This cheery little quasi-Biblical quote is accompanied by a closeup of a blowtorch massaging just such a brand. Finally – a screensaver shot that actually looks like it’s relevant to the upcoming plotline!

In the early morning, Nick is having a dream…of the memory variety, it seems. The picture onscreen is out of focus as Nick tosses …

JHaneyReview: Crossing the Line: Grimm 2.10: The Hour of Death

Review: Internal Combustion: Grimm 2.08: The Other Side

By J. Keith Haney

[Major spoilers ahead]

“I thought of making myself a beautiful wooden marionette. It must be wonderful, one that can dance, fence and turn somersaults.”

As has been usual of late, we get a quick recap of relevant events. This time, it’s all about Renard and Erik’s sibling rivalry, Renard’s kiss cure of Juliette, Catherine’s little pre-mortem chat about Portland’s Prince with Mom, and the dancing debacle of last episode.

A couple of notes before we dive …

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Review: Uncommon Sense: Grimm 2.07: The Bottle Imp

By J. Keith Haney

“‘Let me out, let me out,’ the spirit cried. And the boy, thinking no evil, drew the cork out of the bottle.”

This time, our quote is played out on a backdrop of fireworks (I’m thinking Roman Candles) being shot off into the night sky, just above the tree line. We drop down to Nick and Juliette’s place.
In the kitchen, Nick is dazzling Juliette with some more stuff that she told him about her past. …

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Review: Date Night: Grimm 2.06: Over My Dead Body Notes

By J. Keith Haney

[Major spoilers ahead]

“Whilst he thus gazed before him, he saw a snake creep out of a corner of the vault and approach the dead body.”

This time, our opening scene for the quote plays out at an airport. A private jet is pulling in for a landing. A pretty boy bodyguard steps out, wearing all black like any respectable James Bond henchman villain should. He is followed by a bleached blonde wearing a white cape …

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