The Creators Of Black Mirror Tease Death To 2020

By Kevin Hoskinson Netflix has released a trailer for its original “Comedy” event, Death To 2020. Premiering on December 27th (definitely not on Quibi), the special features Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Ullman, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kamial Nanjiania, Cristin Milioti, Leslie Jones and Joe Keery, with Laurence Fishburne as the narrator. It’s been an exceptionally…Read moreRead more

Amazon Drops First Trailer For Coming 2 America

By Kevin Hoskinson It’s finally here! Amazon Studios has released the trailer for Coming 2 America, the follow up to the 1988 classic Coming To America.  Directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and written by Barry Blaustein, David Sheffield and Kenya Barris, the film see’s Eddie Murphy returning as newly crowned King Akeem, along…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Popcorn -Episode 8: Mel Gibson’s Fatman, Unlikely Christmas Movies and 2021!

Join host Kevin Hoskinson, Rebecca Benson, and Nolan Smith for Pastrami Nation: Popcorn! The show dedicated to all things cinematic! On this episode, we talk about Fatman, Christmas movies that aren’t so traditional, and what we are looking forward to in the new year! Visit for news, reviews, and more! Or if you prefer…Read moreRead more

Action Figure Review: Damtoys Death Gas Station- Iron Head Tony

By Nolan P. Smith I love checking out different toy companies, and with this release, I had to give it a shot. Coal Dog x Damtoys presents Death Gas Station- Iron Head Tony, and wow, what a figure.  This 1:12 scale figure has high quality, soft goods clothes and an amazing sculpt and set of…Read moreRead more

Action Figure Review: Loyal Subjects BST AXN Slash

By Nolan P. Smith The Loyal Subject have been making fantastic vinyl figures for years now. From their Masters of the Universe line to characters like Edward Scissorhands and Gizmo, they have made figures from all aspects of pop culture. Their new line of action figures offers an incredibly diverse lineup, including a rock legend,…Read moreRead more

Sentinel and Bluefin Announce Marvel Fighting Armor Captain America Figure

By Staff Reports What if… Tony Stark integrates each of the Avengers super power into an armor? Captain America comes as the third character of a whole new action figure series “Fighting Armor” by Sentinel! Shipping May 2021. Designed by Mitsunari Daitenfu with Hiroyuki Komatsubara in charge of prototype production and direction, this Captain America…Read moreRead more

DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 Brings Together the Best Creative Talent in Comics to Introduce the Next Phase of the DC Universe

By Staff Reports The DC Universe enters its next phase this March with the release of Infinite Frontier #0, a 64-page one-shot from the most creative and innovative storytellers in comics that sets the table for new tales, talent, and characters for 2021 and beyond. As Dark Nights: Death Metal exposes our heroes to the…Read moreRead more

Transformers Furai Rodimus (IDW Ver.) Model Kit Coming Soon from Flame Toys and Bluefin

By Nolan P. Smith The amazing line of Flame Toys Furai Transformers model kits continues as Bluefin announces the next kit featuring the IDW version of Rodimus. I have never been the biggest fan of Rodimus or Hot Rod (Ultra Magnus should have got the matrix…), but this design looks amazing! Rodimus measures almost 6…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation and Apollo Restaurant Brightened the Holidays with their Christmas Giveaway

By Staff Reports On December 15th, Pastrami Nation and Apollo Restaurant held their Christmas Giveaway in a socially distanced fashion, spreading holiday cheer through the pandemic. The High Desert based pop culture news website and podcast Pastrami Nation has held a Christmas Giveaway for the past four years here in the High Desert. This year…Read moreRead more

New Creators Take on ‘Action Comics’ and ‘Superman’ in 2021

By Staff Reports Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War) flies from DC’s Future State event in January and February back to the present DCU in March to join artists Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur for a two-part story that spans both Superman and Action Comics! “I can’t begin…Read moreRead more


By Staff Reports Beta Ray Bill recently made a thunderous appearance in the pages of Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s epic run on Thor. Now, the former Mjolnir wielder will get a brand-new limited series written and drawn by superstar creator Daniel Warren Johnson (Wonder-Woman: Dead Earth, Murder Falcon, Extremity)! BETA RAY BILL will begin…Read moreRead more

Get your hands on the rarest cover of the year’s hottest comic

By Staff Reports Vault Comics’ sold out, smash-hit comic GIGA is getting an exceptional, hyper-limited edition variant cover featuring beautiful spot foil and gloss, on deluxe heavyweight paper. With cover art by John Lê, and designed by Tim Daniel, this limited edition of 100 copies will never be reprinted. Order your copy, here! The collectible cover ships direct from…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Review: They Fell From the Sky #1

By Rebecca Benson New from Mad Cave Studios this winter is They Fell From the Sky. Readers are transported into a new journey, a space journey, that is! Tommy seems to be your average teenager. He’s got his routine of balancing school life, helping his family at their farm, bickering with his older sister, and…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Mulan

By Kevin Hoskinson Of all the live-action adaptations of their animated classics, Disney’s Mulan takes the most risks. Unlike their previous efforts, namely Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, it isn’t afraid to take some big swings and change things up a bit. It doesn’t always work, but it does more often than…Read moreRead more

The Joker Faces A Worldwide Manhunt, A Determined EX-Cop and Mysterious New Enemies in The Joker, An All-New Ongoing Monthly Series from DC!

By Staff Reports Comic book fans everywhere know that The Joker is the most dangerous villain ever to menace Gotham City. But in March, Batman writer James Tynion IV and artist Guillem March go global with The Joker’s brand of terror and mayhem in The Joker, a new monthly ongoing series from DC. After an…Read moreRead more


By Staff Reports A paranoid titan (Ultraman), a narcissist (Super Woman), a nihilist (Owlman), a broken moral compass (Power Ring/Emerald Knight), a sociopath (Johnny Quick) and a sadist (Atomica). Does the world stand a chance? Spoiler alert: No. No, it does not. Writer Andy Schmidt and artist Kieran McKeown will launch DC’s new Crime Syndicate mini-series on…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Interview – Writer AJ Lieberman

Join Nolan Smith, Rebecca Benson and Kevin Hoskinson as we interview writer AJ Lieberman (Cowboy Ninja Viking) about his new graphic novel Graveyard Wars, out now from ABLAZE! Make sure to visit for news, reviews and more! Check out the video version above and the audio version below! Also on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Sound Of Metal

By Kevin Hoskinson Sound is so integral to our everyday lives that we never stop and think about how incredible it is. But imagine that your hopes and dreams depend on that ability, and you suddenly lose all of it. That is the premise of Sound Of Metal, and it is an immersive experience like…Read moreRead more

Sephiroth From the FINAL FANTASY Series Slices His Way Into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Playable DLC Fighter

By Staff Reports In a new trailer that debuted during The Game Awards, Nintendo announced that Sephiroth, the iconic villain from the FINAL FANTASY series, is joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game as a playable fighter this month. Sephiroth is part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 DLC, which also…Read moreRead more

Disney Investor Day 2020

By Kevin Hoskinson It was a whirlwind day for Disney as they announced over 100 new movies and series during their four-hour investor meeting, with most of those titles going to Disney+. Everything from Disney live-action and animated films to Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel were represented. Like so many others my mind was absolutely…Read moreRead more

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Tops the DEG’s “Watched at Home” Top 20

By Staff Reports Fan-favorite boxed sets rise on the DEG’s ‘Watched at Home Top 20’ list with the much anticipated 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, leading the charts at No. 1 and No. 7, respectively. Additional collectible sets include Harry Potter: Complete 8-film Collection (No. 2), The Office:…Read moreRead more


By Staff Reports Even before the announcement of DC Future State and Future State: The Next Batman, by John Ridley, Nick Derington and Laura Braga, the news that a person of color could be the next to don the cape and cowl as Gotham City’s protector sent tongues wagging inside and outside the comic book…Read moreRead more

Hasbro Teams up With Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley to Deliver Joy to Families Impacted By COVID-19

By Staff Reports Hasbro, Inc. announced plans to join forces with Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley and his “Dream Machine Tour” this holiday season, bringing positive experiences to communities that have been greatly impacted by this difficult and unprecedented year. The company is contributing $450,000 to Grammy and Emmy award-winning Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley, who will use the…Read moreRead more

The Phantom Thieves Are Back in Action! Persona 5 Strikers Launches on February 23 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam

By Staff Reports Persona 5 Strikers is coming to PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™ and Steam® on February 23! Digital and physical pre-orders will be available for all platforms on December 10th at 4PM PT. Persona 5 Strikerstakes players on an epic road trip with the Phantom Thieves, where they strike back against the corruption overwhelming cities…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Review: Pantomime #2

By Rebecca Benson The gang of friends have gotten themselves into some serious trouble with the second issue of Mad Cave Studios’ Pantomime. They got into the dilemma together, and they will have to get out of it together.  In this issue, we see Haley and Max et al enter into their own hell. They…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Review: E-Ratic #1

By Nolan P. Smith Editor One of the biggest reasons I grew up a fan of Spider-Man was that he was a teenager that messed up. He was smart, yeah, but he was consistently bullied while trying to save the world daily. Well, Spider-Man grew up, and his problems changed. AWA’s latest series, E-Ratic, gives…Read moreRead more

Comic Book Review: Inkblot #4: That Darn Cat!

By Daniel Schwartz When I was looking for a comic to review, Inkblot #4 caught my eye. I had not read the first three issues, but the premise looked interesting, and the artwork really grabbed my attention.  I am so glad I followed my gut. This was an excellent read. Without knowing what had happened…Read moreRead more

Graphic Novel Review: Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

By Jeremiah Gagnon My first impressions from looking at the cover are that I am in for a wild adventure. Starting out, we get a quick glimpse as to who Jupiter Jet is. Her name is Jacky Johnson, a 17-year-old who lives in a colony in Europe, one of Jupiter’s moons. While doing some maintenance in…Read moreRead more

Graphic Novel Review: Secrets of Camp Whatever

Review by Evelyn Benson Junior Reviewer Hi! My name is Evelyn Benson, a junior reviewer for Pastrami Nation. Today, I’ll be talking about “Secrets of Camp Whatever” from Oni-Lion Forge. The main character, Willow, finds herself in a new situation. She is hard-of-hearing, and her parents signed her up for camp. And boy, is she…Read moreRead more

Movie Review: Happiest Season

By Kevin Hoskinson In the new Hulu romantic comedy Happiest Season, Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play Abbey and Harper, a young lesbian couple living in Pittsburg. Abbey hasn’t been a fan of Christmas since her parents died, so on a whim, Harper invites her to spend Christmas with her family. The catch: Harper explains…Read moreRead more