Daniel Dockery

Daniel Dockery is a writer for sites like Crunchyroll, Polygon, Vulture, WIRED and Paste Magazine. He specializes in writing about pop culture, particularly film history, TV, anime, and anything that happens to have a Batman or Pikachu in it.

He earned a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Media and Broadcasting from Appalachian State University in 2011.

His debut nonfiction book, Monster Kids: How Pokemon Taught A Generation To Catch Them All, covers the rise and fall of “Pokemania” in the late 90s/early 00s and is available from Running Press wherever books are sold.

Retrospective

The Most Underrated Friday the 13th Sequel Is The Pinnacle of the ‘80s Slasher

The intended final chapter of Jason Voorhees’ story embodied the best of the franchise.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

One Underrated Thriller Stood Out From The 2000s Superhero Boom

Hellboy was always a dark horse in the superhero genre — but 20 years later, it’s a bonafide classic.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

John Carpenter’s First Sci-Fi Movie Proved What He Was Capable Of

Carpenter’s “Spaced Out Odyssey” is primitive, but all the building blocks of a legendary career are here.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Gaming’s Definitive Fantasy RPG Was Almost Something Totally Different

There were role-playing aspects, but they took a backseat to the furious fighting.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Original Far Cry Game Is Even Weirder Than You Remember

Far Cry opts mostly for pure chaos. And it mostly works.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Most Overlooked Zelda Game Was Actually Just Ahead of Its Time

Four swords are better than one.

ByDaniel Dockery
News

It’s Impossible to Imagine Modern Pop Culture Without Akira Toriyama

The hope of the anime universe.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Twenty Years Ago, This Short Metroid Game Was An Instant Classic

Metroid: Zero Mission might be short, but it’s packed with thrills.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Decades Ago, an Infamous Martial Arts Flick Changed Movie and Video Game History

Does the name Street Fighter sound familiar?

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Who Doesn’t Love a Mysterious Pokémon Island?

The Sevii Islands are still a shining example of this bizarre franchise tradition.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

25 Years Ago, Nintendo Took a Huge Risk That Changed Pop Culture Forever

“GO!”

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Strangest Batman Series is Also the Most Underappreciated

Bat to the future.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Mega Man Would Never Be the Same After this Brilliant ‘90s Sequel

And it’s not too late to play it for yourself.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Christopher Reeve’s Humanist Portrayal of Superman Hasn’t Been Topped Yet

Everyone gets the super part right, but few people understand the man.

ByDaniel Dockery
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The Best Batman Game Ever Made Just Landed on Nintendo Switch

“I am vengeance!”

ByDaniel Dockery
Let Them Fight

Apple's New Godzilla Show Understands the Sci-Fi Franchise's Secret Weapon

Sometimes, it’s not just about big lizards duking it out.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Best Zelda Game Ever Made Had One Glaring Flaw

25 years later, we’re still mad about it.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

South Korea’s Success in Hollywood Can Be Traced Back to One Shocking Thriller

Movies like Parasite and Train to Busan owe their western success to a wild trailblazer.

ByDaniel Dockery
Inverse Recommends

Netflix’s Best Anime Ever is a Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Epic

Join us on a trip to Pluto.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Mortal Kombat II's Real Legacy Is Its Absurd Political Controversy

30 years of Fatalities.

ByDaniel Dockery