Friday, May 3, 2013
O.k here we go on very little sleep after seeing a late night showing.
Mostly entertaining, I think Iron Man 3 succeeds if not in being a good movie then at at least better than the previous film in this trilogy. It has a strong start and acknowledges the Avengers as being a traumatic even for the character , part of this being the fact he has to acknowledge that gods and aliens exist in the world and his power is he's a guy who build things. There is a wink to A.I.M but no guys in yellow beep keeper suits, hazmat suits would have worked as well. It was somewhere in the first big action scene that things went left of center for me. In a much similar way to how they did in Thor, because for almost of the movie we have a powerless Tony Stark, due to armor malfunctions. So this way I suppose we have an Iron-man movie with him not in the suit the bulk of the movie ,trying to make it more like a James bond film and the giving you a big superhero ending like something out of the transformers as Stark jumps from one armor to the next.
I can appreciate the message being conveyed by the depiction of the Mandarin, as just an actor playing role as I have always said you can throw any Arab in front of a camera and tell the world its Osma Bin Laden and how are we to say different, if all the back story we have on him is what CNN tells us. But at the end of the day the Mandarin who is a pivotal character in the Marvel Universe when it comes to Stark's world...just doesn't exist. No power rings , nothing. So if you going into this expecting it to be faithful to the comics in any way then expect to be let down. The fact the movie has some heart and Downey's portrayal of Stark continues to carry the film don't make it a waste of money but after the few two film captured a balance of reverence and being broad enough for the general movie going public then, this is a jarring turn.
The only accurate information the creators gave us going into this is its not as dark as the trailers would lead you to believe. They keep a low level of humor buzzing through out. As far as Easter eggs, they have jumped the rabbit on this. Don't expect to see S.H.E.I.L.D or any Avengers, unless the trailer for Thor 2 counts and the post-credit scene , which does not have anything to do with Guardians of the Galaxy.
The best easter egg to me was the Hulk-Buster armor and the ten seconds it spent on screen.They are really going to have a lot of action figures to sell.
The fact Norman Osborn wasn't in the Iron Patriot costume was fine as he is in the rights to Spider-man deal, and the Iron Patriot was pretty much a running joke. There was no Rescue even though Potts does have on a suit for a second. The president has an Iron Patriot suit on for a minute but that doesn't make him the Iron Patriot.
The whole plane scene felt a little forced to me but with the exception of when things got very transformers for the big battle scene which by no means out did the Avengers the action was better than the sort of thing I saw in the Fast and Furious six trailer. The bad guy an odd choice but worked. The end either is going to start the tone to write Iron-man out of the Avengers to make room for the new characters or is going to make it harder for them to get the band back together sort of thing because this movie doesn't lead you to believe they became functioning team. The tug of war between being a good movie and a good comic book movie...super-hero movie, rage through out as they are somewhat apologetic where the previous films didn't so the change of direction did bring its changes in the tone.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
How often does a D/c title make the cover picture to a blog...not often. D/C continues to show improvement this week. I like Catwoman , I'm not sure why I take pauses from reading it, it's one of the fee powerless superhero books I like. She does pretty well with out powers and is in and put of Arkham all in one issue. There's a lot of fun stuff in this pretty ,inch everything I need from tho shook is delivered with great art. Art is where D/c is putting a hurting on marvel, there stories are a jumbled mess most of the time even a bit on this weeks Justice League it still great to look at.
O.k Marvel...the mess is made tampering with what works, this can be dome with taste and class, the Superior Spoder -man for one has surprised me, this episode the action was a little sparse and the lack of Tony Stark helped keep the beat going amd with Dr. Ock's plan to further remove the Peter Parker parts ...well we'll see.
But future/ past , time Travelling and alternate worlds thing is the editors letting sloppy writing run rampant, it's company wide mess now, Dark Avengersalmost unreadable I gave it a chance to see Skaar. It couldn't find a fuck to give. The big glaring one is Age of Ultron , first off we are ever told when these events take place and now the teams have split some people like Wolverine are going into the past others like Fury in the future, thoughgSueStorm commented that she never remembered seeing Fury look that young. so where is he from? I can't be shocked by She-hulk getting killed or Wolverine killing Hank Pym because I don't know what context to take it in. I don know with Ant-man being green lit if Phm is in fact dead it won't be for long.
Thunderbolts was a little better, at least it could be followed though the whole terrorist arc is underwhelming. Iron-man the god killer thing is big and dumb. Nova was fun, the art was great, it think this greatest American hero stick it's in now. Reds to move forward some,Rocket Racoon and Gamora's appearence didn't make me any more than neutral at best to the characters. Howardthe duck is more intresting than rocket Racoon. I think Gamora and drax and the only ones worth keeping on that team and if I was writing it would add, Nova, Adam Warlock, and mmm...Beta Ray Bill or even Sif to the team, but Mantis or Moondragonwould work as well.
The Savage Wolverine was pretty good, didn't recognize Amadeus Cho how did he grow up so fast ough every Boyd aged slower in comics Now what version of the Hulk is that which showed up at the end is another good question to ask. Didn't both wo Amy other X titles. I did giv e Captain Marvel a shot and it was. Jch improved,though the art work was still lacki thou I'll give it another shot since I like Carol Danvers.
Friday, April 12, 2013
This week was a mixed bag as comics tried to walk the middle road between convoluted modern take on the stories and classi action that has been their bread and butter all these years. Are audiences more complex as the average comic reader is an older demographic that it once was? I'm pretty well read but I'm not expecting Ayn Rand when I read the Avengers or even Anne Rice , I want big battles. This most recent arc in the Avengers attempts to give us that as they introduce this kid who must be like the Beyonder or the Hood when he got the infinity gems, let's see über powerful character with no known limits to his power, sounds like he belongs in D/C or if you want that bring the Sentry back...as a kid even if you have to . If I was writing for Avengers that's what I would do bring the Sentry back you can even have the Gaurdians of the Galaxy find him in a cosmic egg if you want the space opera in their , down grade his power set a little or make him more flawed .
Uncanny Avengers is the better Avenger's book, I mean Secret Avengers is pretty much knocked out the running with the Drone Iron Patriot thing. This week we had history rewritten with the remember that time Thor just had an axe and fought Apocalypse...well thankfully even with the axe Thor comes back and puts a hurting on him. Just ink if he had the hammer it would have been no contest, but they made have a handicap here. So that said axe falls into the hands of Kang who has the whole time travel thing to iron over if he has had Thors axe this whole time why haven't we seen it before.
Thor isn't doing so great in his own book where does the god slayer and and the god bomb begin the question they are asking here. We have the Thor of Christmas future jumbled in the mix here.the story has some of the best art in the biz but the story is a mess.
Uncanny X-men , well the past version of Angel joins the Present day Cyclops' team , not much else happens and this time travel thing is going to com back and bite them on the ass. Wolverine solo book the book and his fucking mean gun ...meh.
Age of Ultron goes to the Savage Land, Red hulk smashing Ultron robots, Nick Fury has been hiding out in the secret avengers gift shop the big Summer event is the songs remains the lame. Speaking of lame the whole Battle Royale version of Avengers Accademy spent the the whole issue dedicated to Arcade's power up grade which could have been time well spent in two pages now an entire issue.
So looking ahead its going to depend on how well books like Hulk, Superior Spider-man , Uncanny Avngers and all new X-men can maintain their game leading the pack.
D.C looks like it might be more intresting with all the Leagues fighting each other, now all the Avengers teams could do something similar but then it would be pretty much like civil war.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Having to hop on and start writing the next day read comics since they have been less than memorable these days, though this week there has been a marked improvement.
Indestructable Hulk...Well if it had any less smashing then I wouldn't like it the fight with Attuma is a little short , obviously the Hulk could take him no surprise then next . the Walt Siminson Thor guest appearence which looks fun thou a little baffling in the continuity department. With that said the Hulk returns to be one of the worthy just in a different context and the book that was the most fun to read. Issue six was a vast improvement and the long overdue return to the Hulk being the best read on the shelves rather than an obligation as he is my favorite character. Legs see how long they can keep this up
The avengers shows improvement though two,elf the new characters I think are wall hangings Thor, Hulk, Ms Marvel are the only ones who really did much. Granted it was out of Captain Americas league. Hyperion didn't add anything the return of the Eden thing is a plot thread I had though they had wrapped already so hate to see it get mired back down into that
Superior Spider-man is beginning to work for me know the avengers have caught on , they need to get dr strange on it. Any way I hope they take a turn to make spiderman a heel so when Parker gets back he is still though of as a bad guy and finally has had it and cracks turning into o,etching more like Moon Knight...that's where I would go with it it would take Peter into a darker place, I think something like that would help Super-man out as well , but the action comis I read was just a crazy mess. This weeks issue was a little week the Avenger show down stated but the throw down not until next week.
Dark Avengers in the alternate reality it's really hard to care Skaar or no Skaar and can we get rid of that Ragnarok robot already Oreo something to change him so it goes beyond just being a Thor clone, not that I don't know that's what it is it's just like having two of the same actions figures so you Coe up wit something childish like that so you can play wit both.
All New X-men hmmm the art was pret decent, I'm am still interested in seeing where it goes even if this issue didn't really go beyond the danger room and this weeks issue was a recruitment drive on the present day Cyclops part.
The Jusitce Society was e best dc book I have read in a while I ink they are really making the most of this and I want to continue readi. I think the character dynamic works and it feels more like an avengers book that's the avengers which I guess is one of things I like about it, JLA was an improvement but got overblown. Action Comica showed the most improvement with awesome art and a story that looks almost worth following.
I did read other stuff it filed to make enoughof an impression, skipped capt america i have gotten bored with that story. Not none of these books were in any way conned to be of Ultron so the steps we have taken forward might be lost whenwe get into the thick of that. Gaurdians of the Galaxy had good art but was a little lost in its own mythos to connect with me.
Age of Ultron get marginally better with Vision's appearence then they killed off She-hulk or so it Seems took a blast that went in one ear and out the other, guess we will see how her healing factor holds up.
Monday, March 4, 2013
It's taking me a minute to finish this blog because sadly its hard for me to get excited about comics these days as they are all pretty much varied shade sof bad or boring , overly operatic and lacking of any cool ass kicking moments which lets face it is why we read them in the first place, of not we would be watching day time soap operas. First I'll give so e thoughts on things ont he world of comics then break down comic by comic where any redemption is to be found and it will all be with Marvel as D/C is at the other end of the spectrum a lot happening in a jumble with out forming any connection for you to care about the character , odd for they seem to connect when the characters are on the small screen, I'm really enjoying Arrow even ough I the comicsi could care less about Oliver Queen.
...so far it's pretty grim beginning for the year, the thing is I want to enjoy comics not bitch about them. I look forward every weds to new comic book day only to be let down and recalling fonder times when that wasn't the case...jaded perhaps, well I shouldn't be , in relationships there's the factor of your expectations and the fact another person with free will has the choice to behave in whatever, manner they chose, so heartbreak is the risk you take in feeling. With comics I am a customer paying money to get a desired product , if you are capable of providing this service and have done so in the past them that is what I expect.
In this economy it means spending money I sometimes don't have, have I downloaded them , yes, but I find it's gotten easier time wise forms just to go into the storeamd red everything there and be done with it, does it mean when I sit downat the iPad in this cast to review me that I ome times don't remember what I read ...yes , did I do too many drugs in college ...yes, but it also means that you are making comicbooks that aren't that memorable.
This week was plagued with long winded writers who think they need to have their version of the Silmarillon before every arc and if we are being frank its a bloated bore get to the point and show me as the story moves forward origins and all of the back story can unfold, this thing with Hyperion was a bore, we go a page of action and several of the history of the universe, the only cool thing was a little glimpse at the Squadron Supreme who if an one has any smarts needs to cross over into the Avengers to retrieve Hyperion who doesn't belong on the team, if you want that character bring back Sentry.
Superior Spider- man a boring excursion into the Mary Jane break up where the big pay off was Otto putting the breaks on things with M.J, to avoid what could have been a very creepy element,which at first made me feel uncomfortable but if we are going all the way with this I think Otto as Spidey should be uncomfortable..other news the Rhino is going to be Amazing Spiderman 2, but if Jamie Foxx is in it I'm still not going to we o oh well I'll have to catch Rhino clips online.
Dark Avengers in this alternate universe is like lost carbon copy to what was just done in Secret Avengers how did than slip past the editor. I will keep cracking the book open to check in on Skaar but that's it. I odd need to remind myself to never pick up Xtreme X-Men ever again , it said in the solicit Wolverine was going to fight Hercules and eluded to it on the cover but open the book and ....wait for it...they are gay lovers ...no I'm not making a joke,granted this is in an alternate universand we know Hugh Jackman is a Hollywood closet case only fooling housewives in Iowa, but come on false advertising .
Let's looks at the stat of Marvel, we have already touched on Spiderman so lets go down the line.
The Indestructable Hulk...I actually have bought this one . Its the best of the bunch, the cast of scientist introduced the last issue I hope don't bog things down but it entertaining.
Thor God of Thunder... Most of the books problems are in the disjointed scripting switching time frames from page to page worked better I the planning stages than committed to paper. The Art work is the best going and when this God Slayer arc wraps I guess we shall see how it hangs.
Uncanny Avengers...This book is working right now, though the RedSkulls mutant minions had no connection and Havok is a weak character and seems pointless as Cap pretty much did his own thing.
Captain America...feels like I'm reading Kamandi
Iron Man...Almost unreadable , to think someone is paying for this
Ff...like a reality show that's badly drawn and Fantastic Four properties like one of the boring episodes of star trek. No clobbering time
Avengers...things got jumbled and too cosmic fast the new characters don't work but they are committed to their mistakes and I don't see them not allowing it to go down with the ship
Ms Marvel...I really want to read this book but I can't the art gives me a headache and the story is worse.
All New X-men...they are taking there time getting around to anyone happening md it looks like this as well as Uncanny are going to see the Avemgers showing up, and it looks like the same team in two places at one way to go editors
Thunderbolts ...the art is horrid I like old hulk Villians being used but it's just really bad otherwise red she hul is the only Hulk related non banner book that works , though I know Bammerhulk is about to show up in secret avngerw which isn't off to a stellar start , not unlike New Avengers, I like the art the story is dragging its like the Kwanis club for marvel men.
So marvel what you're saying is I have age of Ultron to look forward to ...a villian I don't hate but it's a robot so little low in the personality dept and the whole post apocalyptic it's the end of the world as we know it is different for. Fear itself how? Oh yeah a lot less cool since know chosen or amped upHulks and such. I know they want to get away for. The hero vs hero events. It i. Tink good story build I to events not events build good stories.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
It's a sad sign when it has taken me weeks to get motivated to finish this blog entry because I have been so bored with Marvel's output lately, as you will read this was started waaaay back before issue 700. I will catch up and give my thoughts on Indestructible Hulk. But the the bottom line , is Marvel Now has lost all momentum and it feels like we are back to the status quo before it's finished. As Dr Horrible would say
" the status isnt quo anymore."
We are only in the very beginning of this Marvel Now and starting to see the come down as the hype once again wears thin, Marvel though will see this as a success however since it caused a spike in sales.Yet Dan Slott's plotting of the Amazing Spiderman run which will lead into the new Superior Spider man is so bad he has begun to get death threats. Spider man issue 700 leaked and the big spoiler of Dr. octopus and Peter Parker doing a freak Friday body switch pretty much outraged message boards,I don't think I read anyone thinking t was a good idea this continuing marvels legacy of disrespect towards their tent pole character in line with One More Day and the Clone Saga debacle.
Speaking of disrespecting Spider-Man Jaime Foxx, who\os being mis cast as Electro, claims Electro is now going to start off wanting to be Spider-man's side kick then the accident turns him bad sort of thing. The suit will not be green and yellow but black, this should not be surprising as this movie seems intent on getting its colors wrong.
The spider man thing is a symptom of a bigger problem. Look at all New X- men which is one of the better books and still falls into a muddled mess with only it's art to save it. I mean has a punch really been thrown in that book? I little in fighting maybe. The Avengers book, this Garden thing is silly, the new Villians don't feel like they even belong in the Marvelverse. The New Avengers illuminati concept is a waste of Dr. strange. The Ff book is like Mad magazine level of dumb and the main Fantastic four book doesn't seem to have much going on either though I like the art.
Sure the art in Thor is great, the story is plodding along and S.H.E.I.L.D is already weighing the Indestructable Hulk down. I do like the fact he is being seen as a weapon of mass destruction and the scope of his power is realized. The red she- hulk's book is decent but looks to be veering off course, while Captain Marvel is just unreadable. Captain America is a mixed bag, it feels like a Superman story line. Iron-man is a mess. So that leaves what book I'm enjoying? Thunderbolts? Is horrible. The number ones of this week don't look too exciting . so that leaves Uncanny Avengers.
The age of Ultron is beginning to get some hype, but there is nothing appealing to it. Already Hank Pym and Vision are said to not have major roles. I like the fact Wasp and Scarlet Witch are back but will they be used to good effect in this. It looks like Black Widow, Black Panther and Red Hulk will have major roles, as will the Superior Spider-man. I guess we will see what they can do leading up to this, but when it's too boring and sad to get a life long reader to talk about it we have a problem.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I'm hoping for an arc with Tiger-shark as they have certainly been jumping him with Spidey for some time now. The long and short of it is this is better than recent issues of Amazing Spider- man , but the novelty is going to wear thin in rice issues tops.
The art is a big improvement over Amazing and factors into this book being an easier read. I will admittedly have to give it another glance over as I read it while standing in the store, since I'm boycotting the bastardaAtions of the canon and not buying anymore Spider-man or even my Hulk and Thor books until this is resolved. But I'm not going to just not read them so it's in the store or torrents.
Becuase let's face it when you have been collecting the books for over thirty years it feels like some one , and this some one is marvel has come in on taken a dump right on your collection. Sure they are bagged and I can wash the bags and get the smell out but the books will be soiled in my mind.
So let's get to the story where the meat of matter is Otto vs a knock off version of the Sinister six. he handles them with the Parker's power with a more methodical touch it almost feels like an episode of Fringe I saw where the bad guy of the week had his intelligence enhanced so he could figure out the probility of what could occur and set those events into motion. I think if this story is well written it should be more thunderbolts in tone, as Otto has worked with most of Spider man's rogue gallery at one time.
The Parker ghost in the ether , is well setting up another hoop for the shark .
The avenging spider man book where he teams up with the Xmen will. Eintresting to see how this is handled as any telepath should be able to figure out what's up, file dr. Strange under this category as well. I liked the Avenging Spider-man's man take of this mix up and like it when Otto Spider-man schooled Wolverine, which shows he won't hold back like Peter does. Now does this sell me on the character? No, I think it would have made more sense to besiege Parker with even greater problems that would jade him, maybe even resent the fact with great power comes great responsibility thus making him lash out more. After he is still human and after a while being the friendly neighbor hood spider-man would Snap after years of doing it and give the book a more human touch.
The Otto & M.j thing is slightly creepy, though in the context Mary Jane is none the wiser and I would make Otto more voyeuristic about it. It is being handled as a very awkward plot device, like they knew it would be addressed but hadn't fleshed out which way to go with it. Will be interested to see him vs Kaine, the Scarlet Spider and Venom, who have unique relationships with Parker , I think Norman Osborne would sense something was up as well , not too mention the more intimate character of his Rogues Gallery, the Lizard and Black Cat would both suspect something. We know from soloists he's quitting the Avengers which is a much needed direction to take the character but in the context it's happening...well not sure if it balances out. It's worth checking out for sure but see the novel nature of this wearing off after six issues.