You either loved “Man of Steel” or you hated it. I loved it and I’ll explain why. Continue reading
By definition, Superman can’t struggle. So how do you write an interesting narrative with him? Continue reading
Comic book movies are working, still, amazingly, because they have diversified. Finally, after almost fifteen years, we can finally say that Comic book movies are a genre, and each one is free to succeed or fail based on its quality, not based on the fans who go and see them. Continue reading
This is going to be a weird post, for a few reasons. First, I barely even read comics anymore. Second, I’m going to have to make a good argument against making Spider-man a Black guy. I can’t think of a … Continue reading
The Iron Man movies are loved, and oh they are loved, because it is an action film with one of the most complicated characters you can imagine. Tony Starks is rich, narcissistic, self-involved and pretty much the walk, talking stereotype of a playboy. But, underneath all that crap, he’s good guy. He wants to help people. And he knows that if the US Government gets a hold of his technology, the World will be our toilet. Well, ok. The World will be more of our toilet. Peep the new Iron Man 2 trailer. Try to keep your screams of excitement to a manageable level.
It was only a couple of years ago, but I remember it like it was a few seconds ago, with the comic still in my hand. And io9 had to remind me of it this morning as I did my morning vacation ritual of blog reading-coffee drinking-emailing. It was Amazing Spider-man. In the comic, the world knew who Spider-man was. Aunt May had been shot by a sniper. She was dying. There was nothing Peter Parker could do. So he made a deal with Mephisto, who is sort of like a devil in the Marvel Universe. I’ll save Aunt May’s life, Mephisto promised, if you allow me to dissolve your marriage with Mary Jane. Peter agreed and Peter Parker and Mary Jane never got married. I promised to stop reading Spider-man until that mistake was fixed. And something about the decision caused me to stop reading comic books all together. Maybe I was just burned out, but I think it had more to do with the revelation of a “hand”, of someone behind the scenes manipulating this story, this guys life, in order to create a different sort of story. I don’t know what it was about the whole thing, but it made me disgusted and disturbed. Now the rumor is that they might get “Re-married” or some crap like that. Is it too late for me to care?
Comic books have a strange fate. They are supported by their rich, unending history and they are hemmed in by their rich, unending history. What makes them interesting also makes it difficult to tell good stories. The editors over at Marvel decided two years ago that a “Single” Peter Parker would be much more entertaining and relevant to the audience than a “Married” one. I disagree completely. Anyone that is single knows that being single is the easiest thing in the world. A relationship? Where you have to think of other people’s feelings and emotions and where you have to support them and care for them? And be a super-hero? That’s complicated. That is the top-soil of good stories. And, hopefully, Marvel Comics will come to realize that in 2010.
We, as human beings, are always looking to solve a mystery. I’m not sure why. Maybe its because we are extremely bored, or maybe because we just have a need to understand the complex world that we live in. Nah, its because we are bored. And Finally! We get to understand where a really big fish goes and hides when it wants some “Fish Time”. From Wired.
Basking sharks, which can grow up to 33 feet long and weigh more than a Hummer H1, spend the late spring, summer and early fall in the temperate regions of the world’s oceans. But then they pull their great disappearing act, eluding scientists throughout the winter months. “It’s been a big mystery for the past fifty years,” said Greg Skomal, an aquatic biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and lead author of the study in Current Biology May 7. “For a while people thought they were hibernating on the sea floor, even though hibernating is not really something sharks do.”
Yes! One down! Now we can go find it and eat it! I mean…we can bask in its animal glory. Yeah, that’s it.
Warren Ellis is a strange guy. But he is always consistent, and actually pretty morally aware of the world. His “Fell” series is a good example of this. Detective Rich Fell is shipped off to a really bad part of a city, nicknamed “Snowtown”. It is your basic urban hell, ran rampant with lawlessness and backwash. Pretty much the section of a city that has been given up on. Fell is smarter than most, and he knows it. That makes for some really interesting reading, watching how Fell solves crimes, gets the bad guys to give them selves up, etc. The book does get a bit repetitive, over time. Towards the end, I was getting tired of Fell just being mister awesome cop. I was more ready to see him in another light. That is the one-trick part of Warren Ellis. His characters are what they do, not who they are. And, I actually like Ben Templesmith’s art in this. Most time I’m grossed out, but in this I find his humor and his story telling actually very on point. It is a must-read for Warren Ellis fans. Regular people should give it a try, too.
If you don’t read comics, then you have no idea this is going on. But there is a war happening. A Secret Invasion. And, man, is it awesome.
The Secret Invasion is about the shape-shifting Skrulls. Apparently, they have taken over some key members of the super-hero community. The question is, who? Who is a Skrull? We’ll find out, don’t you worry. But right now it is a real guessing game. I’ve bet Mac at Fanboy breakfast that I know more Skrulls than he does. This is some good stuff by Marvel. It is easy, not very complicated, and oh so interesting. When the dust settles, it is going to be really cool to see who is who they are, and who is who we didn’t know they are. Yeah. Didn’t I blow your mind this time…
The Hulk is the type of character that shines when you remove him from the situation once in awhile. Planet Hulk is a prime example of this. The heroes shoot him into outer space. He lands on a planet and is forced to be a slave, to be a gladiator, to be a warrior and, finally, to be the planet’s king. Sure, we’ve all heard the story before. But we grow to love these characters so much that, when the horrible ends comes, we want the Hulk to have his revenge. This thick, phat baby really impressed me, giving me new respect for the writer, Greg Pak.