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For financial reasons as well as an extremely busy schedule I haven't been reading many comics lately but I'll definitely be picking this up. Dr. Strange is one of my favorite characters and he hasn't held a solo title for long. Hopefully the hype surrounding the upcoming movie as well as the killer creative team on this book will encourage people to give Strange a shot.

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How did anyone working on this show look at that helmet on him and believe it looks good? You take away the helmet and the outfit works for his character. I just can't get over how silly that helmet makes him look.

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I'm super pumped about this show but I don't have Starz... I'll have to wait for it to come out on blu-ray.

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@d9000: NXT Takeover is consistently better than whatever WWE PPV that happens at the same time. Takeover Brooklyn was absolutely the same thing. It was a truly great show as opposed to the good not great Summerslam. And yeah, sorry about the rambling. Whenever I talk wrestling, I tend to get a bit long winded.

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@shazam117: The popular theory is that this feud will climax with Undertaker's retirement match at Wrestlemania. The only problem I see with that is that Wrestlemania is still over half a year away. The WWE spent a year building to John Cena vs The Rock at Wrestlemania though so I could see them doing something similar here. Either that or have a match between the two at Surivivor Series which is the PPV that Undertaker made his debut on and that's in November so a much more reasonable wait. Either way, there is definitely going to be yet another match.

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I thought Summerslam was good overall but that run time didn't do it any favors in keeping me interested and the finish for both Rollins/Cena and Taker/Lesnar really have me scratching my head. First, Jon Stewart screwing Cena out of the belts made me happy because I desperately wanted Rollins to win but it didn't make much sense. I guess it means Stewart will be involved in more WWE product going forward which might be okay but to use a celebrity as a finish in your main title match makes no sense. Then the Taker/Lesnar finish was a joke imo. There has never been any precedent for the time keeper ringing the bell of his own accord (It was also impossible for him to see the tap from where he was unless he has some Superman x-ray vision). If that's how things work then why didn't he ring it for a DQ when Stewart hit Cena with a chair earlier in the night? This is all a work so things should at least have consistent internal logic. Plus, as many others have pointed out, that finish doesn't put heat on anyone really. Taker is playing heel but no one is going to boo him. Brock and Taker both "won" and "lost" so they protected no one and generated heat for the bell ringer and the ref... I was already struggling to care about this feud because I just think Taker is well beyond his prime but now I care even less. The inevitable Taker/Lesnar Wrestlemania rematch is not something I look forward to.

To continue on things that disappointed me...the diva's "revolution." How big of a gap in quality could there possibly be? On NXT Takeover we saw Sasha and Bailey put on a 5 star match that was easily the match of the whole weekend. Then we see a terrible Divas tag match on Summerslam that hardly utilized Sasha and did nothing to set up a future contender. Why did Brie take the pin? Why not have one of the NXT women pin Nikki to set up a future title shot?

Also, the Ziggler/Lana vs Rusev/Summer feud is just awful and I didn't want it to continue past Summerslam but of course it's going to. The count out finish was lame simply because I have no desire to see more segments with these guys. I love Ziggler and Rusev but this whole fighting over a girl feud is tiresome.

Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper was a fun match and the feud still has me somewhat interested so I won't give it much crap. I do think Reigns still needs to diversify his moveset. Spamming the superman punch in the middle of the match was pretty much his entire offense.

Sheamus vs Randy Orton was a bore as expected. Nothing really of note to discuss.

Now that I've thoroughly complained, I should mention some things I really liked. The New Day is amazing. Easily one of the most entertaining aspects of the main roster right now so I was glad to see them win. The Miz was extremely entertaining in the Intercontinental Championship match but I don't like Ryback or Big Show. Miz carried the match imo and made it enjoyable but more Ryback going forward isn't something I want. Stephen Amell was very good. Certainly much better than expected and I also love Stardust so that match was cool and I'm glad they kept it short. Kevin Owens and Cesaro was an awesome match with the correct outcome. I know a lot of people were probably conflicted but Owens needed the win much more. All he has been doing since that first Cena win has been losing so he needed a big win on a prominent show to hopefully get some momentum back.

So that's my long rambling review but...

TL:DR - Summerslam was an enjoyable show because the in-ring was good but some of the booking decisions really left me scratching my head. Especially after seeing a near perfect show out of NXT Takeover Brooklyn just the previous night.

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@justice_teen:

First: This Flash couldn't be in the movies because DC has chosen not to tie their tv and movie universes together. Instead, as Geoff Johns has stated, they are treating them more like different universes in a multiverse.

Second: No way to know for sure at this point but the end of last season most definitely indicated the existence of multiple earths and this is just further evidence that they are going that direction.

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@g_man: I wonder if we'll ever know the full story behind this whole thing. It was certainly one of the more turbulent productions if reports are to be believed.

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@inferiorego: Yeah, I understand that. Like I said, I do like that you chose to take the high road and be a bit more positive because the internet is already full of bile. No need to pile on really.

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Mat, I say this with love and respect, but it seems like you are trying overly hard to defend Fantastic Four. Is it as bad as some are saying on the internet? No, but that's mostly because a lot of the reviews are acting like it is the second coming of Batman and Robin. That said, I highly doubt adding in the missing parts would actually make the movie good. More action sequences (that's a lot of what is missing according to some reports) and story context can't fix bad dialogue and poor on-screen chemistry. Also, it was the actor who played Doom who mentioned being a hacker/blogger, not a casting call or character sheet. Which leads me to believe that there may have been more blogger Doom before the Fox butcher job. I agree that the hack job of editing from the studio was a big part of why the movie went from just being a bad movie to being a complete failure (imo at least) but I doubt it would be able to turn the movie into a four star film.

I am glad to hear you try to stay positive but maybe you had too much horse in the race, much like a lot of the people who are suddenly "vindicated" about their initial ramblings about how the movie was going to suck. I, too, hope Josh Trank is able to bounce back from this though. I loved Chronicle and I believe he can be a really good director. Bashing a bad movie on the internet is one thing but seeing some wish ill will for Trank based on hearsay is disheartening.