Black Panther-“Blind Loyalty”

By: John D. Pepe Nakia: “You are the greatest warrior Wakanda has. Help me overthrown him (speaking of Killmonger) before he becomes too strong.” Okoye: “Overthrow? I’m not some spy who can come and go as they please. I am loyal to the throne, no matter who sits upon it.” Nakia: “I loved him (speaking…

Are You Ready for the 80’s, Again?

  I recently finished the novel, Ready Player One. What a ride! I never thought that the 80’s would make a for the plot of a creative and complicated story.  Thanks to Ernest Kline and his ode to everything from the era of my youth ( or “Yoots” as Cousin Vinney would call it). Wade…

The Executioner’s Redemption

Have I ever told you the tale of Skurge the Executioner? No? Well grab a chair and some hot cocoa and I will tell you about Skurge and how a character with the name like “Skurge the Executioner” could have more in common with you than you think . Of all the things to do…

Punisher-“Revenge or Forgiveness”

By: John D. Pepe I really enjoyed The Punisher Series on Netflix. It was well written and Jon Bernthal truly captured the essence of the Punisher; the best Punisher so far in my opinion. I was enraptured by the series, so much so, that I found myself really rooting for the Punisher. I mean I…

Thor: Ragnarok-“Where Does Asgard Lie?”

By: John D. Pepe Ragnarok in Old Norse means “The Doom of the Gods.” It is essentially, in Norse mythology, the end of the world. Ragnarok is a series of future events in which there is a great battle and the foretelling of the death of major gods and heroes, like Odin, Thor, Tyr, Heimdall,…

Defenders: Unity/Family

Matthew Murdock. The blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen has thrown himself into his pro bono work in the hopes of putting the Devil, and the loss of a woman he loved, aside. But the devote Catholic can’t escape the remorse he feels for her death, nor can he escape the draw he feels of his…

Web-elution of Spider-Man #3-The Goldilocks of Spider-Man

By: John D. Pepe I would argue, that from what I have seen so far, both from Civil War and the trailer to Spider-Man: Homecoming, that Tom Holland is the Goldilocks of the three incarnations of Spider-Man. Tobey Maguire #1 (too cold): I like the story in the original and I thought that he was…

“Perfect Teeth”- Captain America: Civil War

  Perfection, Jealousy, Grace Captain America: Civil War By: John D. Pepe Excerpt from the movie: Tony- “I’m a handful.” (speaking about his relationship with Pepper)…dad was a pain in the ass, but he and mom seemed to make it work.” Cap- “I’m glad Howard got married. I only knew him when he was young…

Kith and Kin-Sometimes One In The Same: Guardians, Vol. 2

By: John D. Pepe “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” – Novelist Edna Buchanan This quote is strikingly true when it comes to my life. I have many friends that I have known for decades, some almost four. These are the childhood chums that I grew up with. They have become like family…

Not a Perfect Dad, but One Perfect for you

Father’s Don’t Need to Be Perfect By John Pepe As Father’s Day approaches it makes me ponder fatherhood.  Am I the perfect dad?  Am I even a good dad?  At times my son looks at me as if I’m infallible (other times, not so much), and it harkens me back to when I was his…

Iron Fist “Duality of Life”

          By: John D. Pepe       The first time I watched the Iron Fist series I was left with a feeling of disappointment. It just seemed to miss that “something” that the other Netflix Marvel Series had.  I reluctantly decided to give it a second viewing, but watched with…