52 WEEK #13
ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME EDITION HC $75.00
ALL NEW ATOM #2
CREEPER #1 (OF 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #822
EX MACHINA #22
JONAH HEX #10
MANIFEST ETERNITY #3
Y THE LAST MAN #48
FANTASTIC FOUR #539
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #11
MOON KNIGHT #4
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #98
UNCANNY X-MEN #477
FALLEN ANGEL IDW #7
It's unnatural, unhealthy and maybe even illegal for a man to lust after an innanimate object as much as I lust after that hardcover edition of Kingdom Come. Some people refer to KC as the Mt. Everest of Fanwankery. They may be right, but I still consider it to be one of the best comics I've ever read. But I cannot justify dropping $75 on any book, especially one I already own.
Paul Dini's first issue of Detective Comics has been rightly heralded as one of the best single-issue Batman stories in a long time, can his second issue be as good?
Manifest Eternity, another book I got from my LSC as a freebie, has been a lot of fun. The whole science versus magic theme has been done before in various mediums, but the concept is still an untapped gold mine. The art gets a little muddled at times, but it's not a deal breaker.
Moon Knight has been bloody, brutal and primal fun, but this issue needs a little more plot advancement and action to keep up the momentum.
Invincible is the best silver age comic being published in 2006. The art is vibrant with lots of bold colors and wacky looking characters. The stories are, for the most part, simple and straight-forward but with lots of underlying emotion. Most of all you like, or want to like, all of the characters.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Birds of Prey #96 - It has been more than a year, both in real time and DC Comics time, since Ted Kord was murdered, and he is finally given the memorial he deserved. It was a bit melancholy, a bit dignified, and very, very funny; the perfect tribute to the second Blue Beetle. Oh yeah, and the Society (remember them?), in the form of Talia, Felix Faust & Cheetah, attempts to manipulate Black Alice into joining up, leading Alice to steal Wonder Girl's powers and lay the smackdown on the ladies. Oh yeah, one more thing: Batgirl returns. The original one: red hair, yellow cape, the whole shebang.
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1 - Earlier this week I predicted doom and gloom for this book. Was I right (as usual)? Not this time. While it wasn't great, Zeb Wells nailed the motivations and tone for most of the characters and the action scenes were nicely done. It does fall into the same trap that almost every other Civil War book by portraying the pro-Registration side as one dimensional bad guys, but I'll be ranting about that later.
American Way #6 - Right now this has to be the front runner for miniseries of the year. It's a fascinating deconstruction of the whole superhero/supervillain dynamic that goes the extra mile by setting up shop in the middle of 1960's era U.S. politics. John Ridley & Georges Jeanty tackle topics like racism, the Cold War, gender issues and most of all fear that lesser writers woudn't touch with a ten foot pole, but they do so without turning it into a polemic.
Amazing Spiderman #534 - In war, everybody is an unlikeable jackass. Even Spidey.Daredevil #87 - Yeah the mystery of who the fake DD was inadvertently spoiled a few weeks ago, the new mysteries, and revelations, more than made up for the spoiler.
Batman #655 - Grant Morrison at his best takes the bizarre and makes it approachable. Grant Morrison at his worst requires a tab of acid to understand what the hell he's trying to say. This one was definately more of the latter.52 week 12 - Awww, Black Adam has a girlfriend. How cute. I <3 Black Adam & Isis.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 2:38 PM
The Simpsons seasons 2-12 are, pound for pound, the greatest thing ever. I could watch them all day long (with the exception of the 'future' episodes). But I don't know how I feel about the prospects of a Simpsons Movie. Can they recapture the magic of those great earlier seasone, or will it be an amorphous mess like the last 4 seasons? Well judging by the clips shown at SDCC, I think it's the former.
UPDATE - As expected Fox has ordered YouTube to pull the video. I'll let you know if/when I find it again.
UPDATE 2 - They're baaaaacccckk
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 10:01 AM
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Now that the San Diego Comic Con has wound to a close, I can begin to sort through the various bits of info that were drowned out by the cacaphony of nerdly goodness. technorati tags: comics,
technorati tags: comics,
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 5:18 PM
Monday, July 24, 2006
52 Week #12
Action Comics #841
American Way #6
Birds Of Prey #96
Blue Beetle #5
Jack Of Fables #1
JSA Classified #14
Nightwing #122 Supergirl #8
Fear Agent #6
Amazing Spider-Man #534
Captain America #20
Civil War Front Line #4
Civil War Young Avengers & Runaways #1
New Avengers #22
I just can't justify spending any more money on Nightwing and Supergirl at the moment. They are both well written and likeable in other books, but thoroughly bland and disagreeable in their own titles.
It sounds like Morrison is trying to recapture the 70's Denny O'Neill - Neal Adams vibe on Batman. Which means Batman getting laid left and right, and lots of ninjas.
Can Fables survive an expansion?
Runaways and Young Avengers are two of the best books Marvel publishes. They are meeting under the umbrella of a great crossover. This, of course, means it may suck hard.
We finally discover that Iron Fist ..is the fake Daredevil.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 6:09 PM
I'll cut to the chase. DC is getting into the animation business, and the first three (or four?) projects were announced @ SDCC.
The New Frontier - Darwyn Cooke's re-imagining of the silver age of DC comics with it's Bruce Timm-inspired art style is a great read, and the perfect leadoff hitter for the new DC Universe animation line.
Superman/Doomsday - Why? The actual fight between Superman and Doomsday was the least interesting part of the Death of Superman storyline. I just don't see this as being good, unless they are already planning a Reign of the Superman movie as a sequel of sorts.
New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract - Yeah I know the Teen Titans animated series did a version of this legendary story, but this one will have an art style closer to the George Perez original, and should include the apropriate Titans lineup.
While I would still rather that JLU was never cancelled, this is a pretty good replacement. However: Is the Bat-Emabrgo still in effect? I can't see The New Frontier working without Batman, or the Judas Contract without Robin/Nightwing, so lets hope that rational minds at DC & WB prevale.
Now at the top I said they may have announced four projects. According to DC Publisher Paul Levitz:
Ultimately, once we figured out what the box was that we wanted to work in creatively; we sat around and asked what's cool? We started playing with the ideas - if we were going to do the New Teen Titans, one of the best stories and one that everybody loved was The Judas Contract. Wouldn't it be incredible to get Marv involved in that? If we're going to do the Justice League characters, well, you could do Kingdom Come on one hand, but maybe do New Frontier, and we settled on that as a logical place to start.Now this could just be Levitz illustrating the selection process (i.e. - we wanted to do a Justice League movie, and we selected New Frontier over Kingdom Come) but it could also mean that they wanted to do one before the other. Kingdom Come is one of the best stories ever and could make a great OAV. Time will tell.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 1:21 PM
Friday, July 21, 2006
I have said many times that for a medium to become mature it has to undergo 4 phases. Movies went through them. So did television, comic books, jazz music, rock, rap, television and The Internet.
Just about any media, any form of entertainment, you could name falls into one of these categories. So it should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton is looking to pile on the video game industry. Placing a sin tax on video games, and it is a sin tax, is moronic. It's a cash grab, an expansion of the nanny-state, and pandering to elderly voters at the expense of young voters. But claiming that "people will be implanting chips in our children to advertise directly into their brains and tell them what kind of products to buy" may be the dumbest thing to come out of a politican's mouth this month (and that includes Ted Stevens). Either way, it's the opening salvo in a new war on Gaming.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 4:26 PM
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wow. Doom Patrol & Deadman as movies. Deadman I've already said has the potential to be a soild movie, maybe even a franchise. But A Doom Patrol Movie? I'm just not quite sure how that would work. The whiny, emo original team? The toad-licking surrealisim of the Morrison era? A dark comedy? Did they just look at the DC team catalog and pick the longest running team that didn't have it's whole roster locked up in other deals. At least Akiva Goldsman is producing and not writing, but the scribe, Adam Turner's, 3 credited works have a combined 48 minutes running time, so he doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 1:52 PM
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Plot: A US Marshall, transporting a pretty, young female fugitive cross country gets stranded in a strange town. Wierdness and family situations ensue.
Review: While Eureka looked fairly promising, it didn't quite live up to expectations. The central conciet of the series; a town founded by the US Government as a haven/think-tank for geinuses, has a lot of potential, but very little of that potential is explored in the premiere episode(s). Worse still, all of the characters come off as cartoonishly one dimensional; I couldn't tell if it was intentionally self aware humor, or just light-hearted but flat drama. It was much less X-Files and much more Dexter's Laboratory. I'll give it another look, as much because there is nothing else on @ 9pm on a Tuesday as any other reason
2 out of 5
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 9:52 AM
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
This time we're looking at Marvel's October slate.
ULTIMATE POWER #1 (of 9)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
The Fantastic Four's leader, Reed Richards, has accidentally punched a hole into an adjacent universe in a desperate bid to gain the knowledge he needs to cure his friend Ben Grimm-The Thing. But something has come through the aperture from a realm known as the Supremeverse: The Squadron Supreme! They are angry and here to arrest young Reed for high crimes against their world. You must not miss the crossover of the decade!
I loved Supreme Power, but I've been underwhelmed by Squadron Supreme. This however has the chance to be very, very good.
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #13
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by TODD NAUCK
Cover by MICHAEL WIERINGO
The Young Justice team of David & Nauck back together.
THE IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN #1
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils and Cover by PHIL HESTER
This pretty much insures that Hank Pym dies in Civil War.
ASTONISHING X-MEN #18
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils and Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
It's the jaw-dropping conclusion to "Torn!" How will Emma's betrayal affect the team?! Will the Hellfire Club stand victorious?! This issue also sets up the events leading into John and Joss' final arc of Astonishing X-Men! Don't miss it!
This may be the best X-Men book since Claremont left the first time, when it comes out on schedule.
NEW EXCALIBUR #12
Written by FRANK TIERI
Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL RYAN
"THE LAST DAYS OF CAMELOT"
It's Camelot's last stand! New Excalibur faces a mysterious race of dragons that threatens to end history as we know it!
Why is this book still around if it's not a vanity project for Claremont? Because no one else want to use these particular characters.
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by RENATO ARLEM
Cover by RYAN SOOK
It all climaxes here: The final showdown with Mr. Tryp and Singularity, X-Factor's desperate race to save all the former mutants from annihilation, and the truth behind the shocking traitor in their midst.
A great book, that is unfortunately kiiled by having too many pencillers. This is issue #12 and I think Arlem is the 4th or 5th penciller. Find someone and stick with them, please.
DAREDEVIL: FATHER HC
Written by JOE QUESADA
Pencils and Cover by JOE QUESADA
Comedy, thy name is Quesada. This mini will finish shortly after Duke Nukem Forever goes gold.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 2:46 PM
It's the middle of the month, that means it's comic solicitation time!
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Churchill
Supergirl joins the Outsiders, but does she have what it takes? Plus, meet the boy of Kara's dreams!
On sale October 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Let me guess, the 'boy of Kara's dreams' is a former backup dancer in a tank top with delusions of being a white rapper.
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Andy Clarke
Will we finally get a well written Nightwing in his own damn title? I sure hope so.
THE ALL-NEW ATOM #4
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Eddy Barrows & Trevor Scott
Cover by Ariel Olivetti
Is John Byrne off this book already? DC must be more pissed over the Superman Returns adaptation than I thought.
GREEN LANTERN #15
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Part 3 of "Wanted: Hal Jordan," guest-starring Alan Scott, Green Arrow and Roy Harper! Wanted for murder and on the run, with John Stewart's life on the line, Hal Jordan struggles to clear his name once again. But who put a price on his head? And what do they want from Green Lantern?
Well I guess that's proof that Arsenal is still alive, and it still supports my theory that he's going to be part of Checkmate.
GREEN ARROW #67
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Still on the island recovering from his wounds, Green Arrow and company are attacked by some of the world's most deadly mercenaries! Will this destroy Ollie's plans to return to - and save -Star City? And if not, who will remain by his side?
Does this mean Ollie is no longer Mayor? Or am I reading too much into this?
THE OMEGA MEN #1
Written by Andersen Gabrych
Art and cover by Henry Flint
A classic team makes an unexpected return to comics in a 6-issue miniseries written by Andersen Gabrych (DETECTIVE COMICS) with art by Henry Flint (2000 A.D.)! Convinced that all of creation is on the brink of cosmic apocalypse, the last remaining Omega Men begin a universe-spanning rampage of murder and destruction. Pursued by every known league of interstellar justice, they are on the run and taking no prisoners! What is the mystery in space that One Year Later transforms these former freedom fighters into brutal terrorists? Climb on board for the controversial and head-spinning science-fiction odyssey that synthesizes intolerant zealotry, quantum mechanics, and all-out action!
I think The Omega Men is a great concept, but this worries me. It's one of two things:
1) Inspired by Battlestar Galactica they are looking to delve into the more mature themes that are possible in Sci-Fi.
2) It's a polemic about how terrorists really aren't that bad.
1 can be good, 2 can't.
SEVEN SOLDIERS #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by J.H. Williams III
Resolicited; on sale October 25
This book, if it comes out when is says, will be 6 months late, and in this instance it's apparently all the writer's fault.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 9:45 AM
Monday, July 17, 2006
One of the most pleasant surprises I've gotten at my local comic shop this year was the free issue of Marvel's Daughters of the Dragon I recieved. I had seen some of the promotional materials for the book, but it really didn't grab me in any way. The book starred two characters that I wasn't that familiar with and was done by a creative team (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti & Khari Evans) that wasn't 'must see' material. So I went home and with the lowest of expectations flipped the cover. I spent most of the next hour chuckling. I was hooked. The book is steeped equally in the films of Melvin Van Peebles, Bruce Lee and Eddie Murphy. The titular Daughters of the Dragon, Misty Knight, the foxy lady with the metal arm along with her buddy and partner, the smokin' samurai Coleen Wing, work as bail bondswomen. Not just bondswomen, but apparently they handle bonds for most of the C & D list supervillains in New York. The rest of the mini, the final issue of which ships this week, deals with the Daughters trying to foil an equally hot super villainess, but what really got me hooked was the central concept: hot, ass kicking chicks that deal not only with normal criminal scum, but with low level super goons as well. This is the part that really begs to be made into a television show. It takes the best parts of Buffy & Alias and mixes it with a little mad cap action in the vein of The A-Team or Las Vegas. Is it a bit mysoginistic? Yes and no. Yes the protagonists are hot, fantastically proportioned women in impractically revealing clothing, but they are also smart, capable and self reliant.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 4:31 PM
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Green Lantern #12 - Let's get this out of the way, this was a fantastic issue. Art, story, dialouge, pacing, it had it all. Now I can get down to the flaw in this issue: the whitewashing of Hal Jordan's history. I know that the decision to turn Hal from beloved Green Lantern to the murderous Parallax was one of the most reviled in the history of funny books. But it happened. It wasn't retconned away. Superboy Prime didn't punch a wall and make it evaporate into the ether. So why is Geoff Johns, a writer I usually think the world of, trying to paint over the bad things Hal Jordan did? The revelation that Parallax was a separate entity that 'possessed' Hal was a little hokey but it still worked. Now we discover that most, if not all, of the Lanterns he killed during the Emerald Dawn storyline are somehow alive, albeit comatose and under Manhunter control outside of known space. Why? So Hal's guilt can be assuaged? "Well, he really didn't kill anybody, so no harm, no foul." Not only is this a 'cheat', it damages the character. Post-Spectre Hal Jordan puts on the ring not just to save people and get an adrenaline fix, but to atone for his actions. Parallax may have influenced his actions, but much like an alcoholic is held accountable for his actions while drunk (another acpect of Hal's past that was Punched out of existence) he is still culpable for what was done. Now, since nobody really died, his murderous rampage gets downgraded to a temper tantrum. The hardcore Hal fans may be pleased, but I see it as a misguided whitewash of the character's (recent) history.
Ultimate Fantastic Four #31 - Part 2 of Frightful, Mark Millar's final story on UFF, is so chock full of over the top evil that I couldn't stop snickering (I'm way too macho to giggle, but I came close). What do we have? The Frightful Four finally, after a year of bragging, break out of their cage and proceed to treat the Baxter Building staff like it's all you can eat day at the barbecue cook-off. And Doom, looking more and more like the traditional Doom, makes Reed an offer he can't refuse. I like Greg Land's art in a pin-up/fan service sort of way; he draws undeniably beautiful women, but seems bored to tears drawing everybody else.
Fables #51 - A one-and-done story featuring Cinderella trying to finalize a treaty with the Cloud Kingdoms. Unfortunately Cindy is much more used to the cloak and dagger side of life and is feeling very frustrated in her role as a diplomat, especially since the giants that inhabit the Cloud Kingdoms are none too bright. Mayhem insues involving size changing, shape changing, anthropomorphisim, aural surgery and a witch's price. Good fun stuff, as always.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 6:36 PM
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
As many of you may know rumors are circulating wildly that Microsoft is soon to unveil their new portable media device. While no name has been announced it should probably be called "Rashomon" since everybody seems to have a different perspective on what the device actually is. Audiophiles and casual gadget mongers see it as Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod: a portable music and video player. Gamers look at it and see a rival to Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP portable gaming systems. A third group even sees this device as a new attempt to unseat the Blackberry from it's perch atop the business gadget heap. The thought of all of these features integrated into the same portable device is enought to send even the most casual of gadget-philes into a state of near sexual euphoria. What do I see when I think about this digital Chimaera? A bloody mess.
Not that I wouldn't love a device that can do all of these things, unfortunately I just don't expect it to do any of those things particularly well. It's the old jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none quandry. One of the things that made the iPod so successful was it's simplicity; it just played and organized your music. Apple could have slapped on e-mail functionality, or a wireless connection, or a web browser, but they chose not to. They realized that those features would make the iPod more expensive, more complicated and worst of all, less accessible to the general public. The same could be said about Nintendo and their portable game systems; they could have included a web browser with the DS, but why? A good example of 'cramming' is Sony's PSP. They tried to make a device that could do just about anything digital: videogames, music, video, web browsing, the works. But in the end it really didn't do any of them particularly well. The games are mostly PS2 ports shoe-horned into a crappy control scheme, importing music & movies to the system is needlessly difficult, and the web browser has yet to materialize in the US.
Now I'm not saying it can't be a useful and successful product; in fact I think it, whatever 'it' is, will probably be one of the hottest items this coming Christmas season. But if Microsoft tries to be all things to all people it assuredly won't be the hot item for Christman 2007. So what if they are not trying to do a Chimera, but instead a more streamlined product? This also may be a bad idea.
Let's say the big M is doing a music player. What can they offer that Apple and the iPod don't? It won't be cheaper. It won't have any fewer restrictions on the media you buy. Could they possibly offer a larger library than iTunes? What's left? A larger, hi-def screen? When the screen is 2" or less what does it matter? Wireless connectivity? It would be nice, but not nice enough to get very many people to switch over. Finally Microsoft doesn't have a tenth of the brand loyalty that Apple does, so nobody is going to be buying it just for that reason.
Is the mystery device a challenger to the Blackberry? Not likely. Big M has been trying unsucessfully for years to unify the portable OS market the way they dominate the PC market. The Palm OS and RIM's Blackberry are just too good to trounce, and besides the handheld market just isn't profitable enough to spend the megabucks they would need to dominate.
Okay, what if they're making a portable game system? This one is a lot more fesable for one reason: digital distribution. The thing that kills the PSP the most is it's media. Those little UMDs have hellatious load times and require a ton of power to run, so you end up with a system that has a miniscule battery life, for which you spend most of that time watching static load screens. Say what you want about Big M, they aren't stupid. They have to know from watching Sony's struggles that an optical media based portable just isn't practical right now. The solution? Ditch the lasers. If Microsoft put out a hard drive (or flash memory) based portable they could eliminate most of the loading and battery issues that plague the PSP. And the fun doesn't stop there. I have two words for ya: digital distribution. In this scenario Microsoft sells most, if not all, of the titles for this system over the internet, either through the Web or Xbox live. Games are downloaded straight to the system; no discs, no cartridges, and best of all (for Microsoft), the brick and mortar game stores don't get a cut, either on the front end or through the sale of used games.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 10:00 AM
Monday, July 10, 2006
52 WEEK #10
FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN #27
GREEN ARROW #64
GREEN LANTERN #12
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2
WALKING DEAD #29
CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE #3 (OF 10)
IRON MAN #10
SQUADRON SUPREME #5
THUNDERBOLTS #104 CW
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #31
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #97
Fables & Walking Dead are the two best non-superhero comics published today. Both deal with some fairly fantastic situations, but in a mature and believable fashion. Both also juggle fairly large ensemble casts while keeping the characters distinct and believeable. X-Men #188 is the second part of the newest X relaunch, this time written by Mike Carey & drawn by Chris Bachalo. I loved Bachalo's older stuff, but his newer work on Uncanny X-Men has left me kind of cold, while I'm just not that familiar with Carey's work. That said, I'm giving it a try, for now. I constantly worry that this is the month that Stuart Moore & Jamal Igle's terrific Firestorm is going to go the way of such excellent-but-cancelled books as Batgirl, Gotham Central, & The Thing and each month it sells just enough copies to keep it going, but not enough to ensure it's continued health. It's a great, fun, book that is well written and well drawn, and best of all Moore & Igle make you like their protagonist, Jason Rusch.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 7:50 PM
Okay, this one is a bit convoluted, but hang with me. A company establighed by Bono, of U2 fame, recently invested $300M in Pandemic Studios, a videogame developer most famous for creating games such as Star Wars - Battlefront, Full Spectrum Warrior & Mercenaries. Pandemic is currently developing Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for the next gen consoles. Mercenaries 2 takes place in Venezuela after it's "power-hungry tyrant" siezed control of the nation's oil fields. Hugo Chavez, who fits the definition of "power-hungry tyrant", decried the game as proof that America is attempting to overthrow his regime. What does this all mean? According to some sites it means that Bono is now funding anti-leftist propaganda. Now I like Bono, and he is a lot of things, but a right wing propagandist isn't one of them. In fact of all the labels you could apply to Bono 'right-winger' & 'tool of American imperialisism' are probably right at the bottom of the list. Not to mention the fact that Chavez has threatened to forcibly take over the oil & natural gas fields in Venezuela (he calls it 'nationalization').
Oh wait, it gets better. Now Jack (murder simulator) Thompson has chimed in on the controversy. I'll save you the trouble of reading Thompson's interminable diatribe and summarize:
Games bad. Violence bad. Won't you please think of the children. Murder simulator. Grand Theft Auto. Hookers. Guns. Manhunt. Boobies. Sky falling. Rockstar. Take Two. Don't invest. Kill everybody. Brainsss. Brrrainnnsss. Hooookerrrss. Ah Jack, the eloquent dignity that comes from your pen is a sight to behold. I thought it would be impossible for Thompson to become an even bigger jerkwad, but wow was I wrong. To sum up my point: Bono, keep up the good work. Hugo, a freaking videogame isn't a declaraton of war, no matter what the magical tree fairy living in your head tells you. Jack, please fade into the Frederick Wertham inspired nothingness from whence you came and stop trying to crush a safe & fun hobby that millions of people indulge in daily. Thank you and goodnight.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 6:30 PM
Ah Dragonlance. It seems like just yesterday I stepped into the local Waldenbooks with my mother, intent on buying my first real book. I was immediately drawn to the sci-fi/fantasy section of the store and one book in particular; a large, softbound edition of Dragonlance: Chronicles. I recognised the title from a recent SSI-TSR Gold Box RPG (100 points to anyone that knows what I'm talking about) we had been given for the Commodore 64. Within 2 months both covers had begun to fall off. Within 6 months the book was dog-eared, faded and held together with duct tape from the long hours my brother and I spent immersed in it's goldenrod colored pages. It was the perfect book for my 9 year old mind: action, adventure, mystery and tension. I still look at that book much the same way I look at the Star Wars original trilogy or Transformers; any and all flaws I see in them as an adult are smoothed over in a flood of innocent, childlike glee. And it is in that childlike mindset that I come to tell you that an animated version of my beloved Dragonlance: Chronicles is now in production and set for an August 2007 theatrical release. Oddly enought the normal scepticisim, or outright cynicisim, I usually feel in cases like this just isn't there; I feel nothing but glee at the thought of a big screen animated version of Weis & Hickman's classic. I could still be crushed by the final product, I've yet to see any concept art, and the team behind it isn't exactly convidence inspiring, but for once I have almost complete confidence that this will be a good adaptation. Am I changing my ways? Am I just hoping against hope that my childhood will not be kicked in the nads...again? Or have I just gone wonderfully, pleasantly insane? Only time will tell.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 2:46 PM
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
This movie was not on my radar at all. While jamming around the dial last night I stumbled upon the trailer for "The Descent", and for the first time in a long time a horror trailer actually scared me. Hell, very few full movies in the past decade have produced even the bare flutter of fear I felt watching this trailer. While it was released in the U.K. almost a full year ago, it will be hitting American theatres for the first time on August 4th and was written and directed by Neil Marshall, the man behind the Dog Soldiers, a movie that was only okay, but loaded with potential.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 9:27 AM
Monday, July 03, 2006
DC COMICS: technorati tags: Comics
52 WEEK #9
ALL NEW ATOM #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #821
SECRET SIX #2 (OF 6)
TEEN TITANS #37
Y THE LAST MAN #47
I'm really looking forward to All New Atom. A concept by Grant Morrison, written by Gail Simone, starring a bunch of science geeks. I'm in the minority since I like Byrne's art, but only when he isn't phoning it in. I'm buying JSA more out of inertia than anticipation. Paul Levitz' run has been awful. The relaunch can't come soon enough. Teen Titans is another title that is beginning to really suffer due to chronic lateness. Renato Guedes' art in the OMAC section of Brave New World was almost enough to make me pick it up. Almost. Did you know that Bruce Jones is writing more books (4) than Geoff Johns, or any DC writer, at the moment?
ARES #5 (OF 5)
INCREDIBLE HULK #96
UNCANNY X-MEN #475
The start of the 734th X-Men revamp in the last decade. Will this one be any better? I don't know. Brubaker is already one of the best in the business, and X-Men - Deadly Genesis was fun. BUT. When was the last time three X books were good at the same time? At least Wolverine isn't on all 3 teams like in the last revamp. Planet Hulk continues to impress me, but not as much as The Thing.
technorati tags: Comics
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 6:00 PM
Sunday, July 02, 2006
This week we saw the premiere of the Blade television series on Spike. This time everybody's favorite Daywalker is played by Kirk Jones, formerly Sticky (Fingaz) of Onyx. While I'm looking forward to the show, it got me thinking about comics properties on both the big and small screens.
Marvel seems to have every character short of Batroc the Leaper locked into some form of development deal or another, but what does the Distinguished Competition have in the pipeline? New installments in the Batman & Superman franchises. Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman project. David Goyer's Flash picture is in some stage of production. A Legion of Superheroes cartoon? What else? (and no, James Cameron's Aquaman doesn't count) Part of the problem is that DC is part of the Time Warner family, and consequently all of their characters (with a couple of unique exceptions discussed below) are limited to the Warner Bros. studio. Marvel can pick and choose the studio each property goes to and, to a lesser extent, the talent on the project. DC has no such flexibility. What does this have to do with Blade? He's an example of the most successful type of comic movie; a relatively unknown character, a managable budget and most importantly, it wasn't tagged with the 'Comic Book Movie' label. That last part may piss you off but the fact is "Comic Book Movies' have a stigma atteched to them. You and I remember the good Comic movies: Hellboy, Batman Begins, and X-Men 2. What does your buddy that doesn't read comics remember? Nipples on Batsuits, Halle Berry purring, and Jennifer Garner holding sais. Especially when you consider how much movies cost to make today studios are reluctant to put a property into production unless they are sure it will make them money. Again, I go back to Blade. From a technical standpoint Blade was everything Superman Returns is not. Superman was one of the most beloved characters in the history of literature. Blade was unknown to all but the most hardcore Marvel fans. Superman cost as much as $325M to make. Blade cost less than a tenth of that. But most importantly Blade, as a character, is fairly flexible, while Superman is just too iconic to modify. You can't cast a 40 something Kiefer Sutherland as Superman. But a minor character like Blade? He can go from his early 20's to late 30's with no problem. His backstory can be tweaked and you can use, or not use, any member of his supporting cast you want to. Just as importantly he doesn't need a lot of expensive special effects; no flying, no fire breathing, no shape changing. You can do Blade on a budget that almost guarantees it's profitability. The same can't be said for Superman. Marvel took the Blade model and ran with it, but DC, other than Constantine, still seems to be thinking "Blockbuster or Bust". If a character isn't enough of a household name then they don't get a movie. Period.
So does DC have a character in their library capable of following the Blade formula? Of course they do.
There you have it. Six properties, each inhabiting a different niche of the DC universe. All could be money makers. None are likely to see the business end of a camera unless DC and Warner Bros. change their practices soon. And that is a crying shame.
Posted by Emperor Nerd at 5:23 PM