About Chris Walker

Chris Walker (@back2past) is affectionately referred to as Back to the Past's social media lackey. He's all over finding nuggets of pop culture news, wherever they may be hiding!

Tokusatsu Gesundheit: Kamen Rider Build

Welcome to Tokusatsu Gesundheit, where today we are once more looking at a currently airing Tokusatsu series! This time, we’re checking out the first six episodes of Kamen Rider Build, airing as part of the recently-moved Super Hero Time block in Japan. Plot Rundown Ten years ago, a manned expedition to the … [Read more...]

Strange Times & Places: Gotham City Garage #1

Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where we promise you’re not reading a repeat! Two things happened this week that lead to doing another ST&P: First, Kamen Rider Build ended on a game changing cliffhanger last week and I felt it better to see how it resolves before writing about the show. Second, it turns … [Read more...]

Strange Times & Places: Batman #131

Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today we’re reading in-universe fanfic from 1960’s Batman #131! How’s It Different? This is a classic Imaginary Story, with a twist – it is being written in-universe by Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred. Luckily, this tale predates the “Alfred as Father Figure” take on … [Read more...]

Tokusatsu Gesundheit: Tomica Hero Rescue Force: The Movie

Welcome to Tokusatsu Gesundheit, where we’re getting away from the standard Toei and Toho offerings to check out something from Takara-Tomy with Tomica Hero: Rescue Force Explosive Movie: Rescue the Mach Train! Plot Rundown The brand new, globe-spanning Mach Train is about to have its maiden trip out of Tokyo! … [Read more...]

Strange Times & Places: Transformers Vs. G. I. Joe

Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today we’re keeping up the Hasbro Universe theme from last week by reading Transformers Vs. G. I. Joe #1-13 by John Barber and Tom Scioli. Buckle up, it’s a thrill ride and spoilers will abound. How’s It Different? It’s a Royale With Cheese, blending various … [Read more...]

1 out of 5 – Would Recommend: Sgt. Savage & His Screaming Eagles

Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where lately I’ve been really into IDW’s Hasbro Heroes Universe. I’ve been fascinated by the way it uses the metaphorical whole buffalo, and as a result we’re watching 1994’s Sgt. Savage & His Screaming Eagles today! What’s The Plot? Back in 1944, Sargent Robert … [Read more...]

Strange Times & Places: I, Joker

Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today I’ve noticed that The Joker’s been getting a lot of protagonist love lately – so we’ll be reading 1998’s prestige format one-shot Batman: I, Joker, in which Mr. J is a straight up hero. How’s It Different? It takes place in a distant possible future, which … [Read more...]

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, Part 2

Welcome to Tokusatsu Gesundheit, where I didn’t feel like spending my beautiful day off reading a movie script this week. Instead, we’ll be checking back in with Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, now approximately halfway through its run. Plot Rundown The Kyuranger team is now full assembled (and then some) and deep into … [Read more...]

Strange Times & Places: Americomics feat. Charlton Heroes

Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today we’re reviewing two comics that are rendered effectively an elseworld by the vagaries of copyrights and licensing – Americomics #3 and Americomics Special #1! How’s It Different? These stories were intended as continuations of the original Charlton Comics … [Read more...]

Tokusatsu Gesundheit: Shin Godzilla

Welcome to Tokusatsu Gesundheit, where this week we’re looking at Japan’s newest Godzilla feature, Shin Godzilla! Plot Rundown A giant, radioactive creature enters Tokyo, causing plenty of damage even before it makes landfall. The Japanese government must come up with a solution to this unprecedented problem, as … [Read more...]

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