Archive for October, 2012

X-Treme X-Men #5

X-Treme X-Men #5

Review: X-Treme X-Men #5

X-Treme X-Men has really picked itself up in these last two comics. With a steampunk vibe and more reliance on storytelling than being completely random (which can be fun if done right), this two issue arc was fairly good on all corners.

You had a nice rounded story, the characters were well played, and the quirky part was just the right level. As I said with #4, it felt like a full fledge story that could have come out from any comic, and that’s a good thing.

Governor Howlett had a great moment in this too which is just underplayed enough to make it pretty darn awesome. The kind of scene we need to see Earth-616 Logan to address what with recent events.

It looks like in the next one we’ll be getting some background on this version of Kurt, so that should be fun and I find myself looking forward to it.

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Review: Gambit #4

Gambit #4

Gambit #4

Review: Gambit #4

Finally we wrap up (for the most part) the story of the strange girl who somehow needed to do something that involved ancient demons and… you know, I’m not all to sure really.

Gambit did get his shirt ripped off, does that count for something?

As much as I love Gambit, this first four issues, while being important in showing our hero in a current state of limbo, just didn’t go anywhere story wise that was fun or adventurous. Sure, it was cool to see Gambit fight Quetzalcoatl’s half-cousin, but it was just your typical man-fight-demon-with-style.

Don’t get me wrong, I like that Asmus has gone away from the Gambit tropes of Belle and Rogue and that he’s really trying to get into the mind of Gambit. For that part, I think he’s done a great job. Gambit really is tired and restless. He’s a Rebel Without a Cause who’s settled down and become a school teacher, unable to emotionally get over Rogue.

While in a way this does emasculate Gambit a bit, it’s just too close to the truth in how Gambit would be feeling in this position.

This needed to be done, but let’s hope that now the story and his mood can pick up because I do not want another half-dozen issues of Gambit being moppy/boarderline-emo. We need to see the arc of Gambit taking back his life on every level. Not necessarily returning to a life of crime and quitting the X-Men, but realizing that he is better than all this. We all have that moment in our lives and this is Gambit’s. So far Asmus seems to understand this, let’s hope it continues.

And more shirtless Remy, can’t have enough of that…

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A-Babies vs X-Babies

A-Babies vs X-Babies

Review: A-Babies vs X-Babies

I love the X-Babies, they are just so CUTE! And this holds true even as they are fighting each other in the biggest baby-battle since… erm… ?

I laughed out loud several times as I read this, both from the dialogue and the visuals.

While it’s not quite as funny as the mini battles in AvX Limited #6, it’s still an awesome read that everyone should get a copy of. I picked up both the original and the variant!

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If all the pictures hadn’t given it away, The Wolverine will have a modern setting as confirmed by the director James Mangold.

I do like that he’s going to ‘be beholden’ to the X-Men films, that makes it stand on its own and has a bit of reboot value. Still cautiously optimistic about this film, but I could still be running off the high from X-Men: First Class.

This also puts the news that Jean Grey having a cameo in The Wolverine in a new context… Jean died in X3, not that this has stopped her before. So is this a flashback? Or is she still alive and basically confirming this is a reboot? Very interesting…

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Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class and was slated to continue with the sequel, Days of Future Past… but he’s stepped down from directing and will stay on as a producer. Bryan Singer, who gave us X1 and a producer on FC, is the one FOX wants to direct Days of Future Past.

While X1 was a great movie, I’m just not sure about Singer doing FC’s sequel. FC had a different tone from X1 and a different slant which leant itself to becoming a reboot vehicle. I want them to continue in this vein and I want the reboot because I want X3 wiped from the records (which was Ratner’s fault, not Singer).

Right now I’m on the fence about this news and we’ll have to wait and see who actually ends up directing and more of the plot details.

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Famke Janssen as Jean Grey

Famke Janssen as Jean Grey

ComicBookMovie recently posted a rumor that Famke Janssen is going to reprise her role as Jean Grey in a cameo appearance in The Wolverine. This could possibly tie The Wolverine in with Days of Future Past and how they are going to change things up.While I can see where this might be coming from, and how it could might work, depending on when and how her cameo takes place (flash forward maybe?), it’s one of those things that could make or wreck the film in regards to the overall X-Men Cinemagraphic Universe.

Jean Grey is dead via the end of X3 (not that death has ever stopped her) and she turned into Phoenix at the end of X2… so if this is a flash forward then it would have to take place sometime before X2. If it’s about time travel, or Kitty DOFP style mental Time Travel, in X2 Kitty was called “a little girl who could walk through walls” meaning she had to be even younger in X1. (I still don’t know how Kitty will work in DOFP since she won’t even been born yet unless they skip WAY into the future). But then flashing forward to X1-ish means we’re that much closer to a full reboot of the X movies.

If Jean Grey is time traveling, that, again, opens a big can of worms of rebooting which could hopefully only be a good thing.

If The Wolverine actually takes place post X-3, well then, that’s a boat load of confusion as most of thought that this would be a prequel to the X-movies (like Origins but takes place after Origins ala the Easter Egg at the end of that movie). So not only is the movie moved, but Jean Grey is apparently back from the dead (again, not a big stretch). Though now we have total fail on the reboot option.

The biggest problem with all this is that Famke is older now, it’s just fact. X-Men came out in 2000, over a decade ago, and she looks older and more mature from her X1 self. This can be worked around, with makeup and stuff, but they need to be very clear on when and how all of this is happening, esp since the rumor is that only Jean Grey might be in the Wolverine (unless the whole Patrick Stewart thing being in DOFP is actually a cameo in Wolverine, but that only helps a little). Of course, if it’s option three and post X3 then this isn’t an issue.

Really, what Fox needs to do is sit back and say “we made some X-Men movies and while some were good, some weren’t, now we’re going to start all over again with First Class, literally”. It’s not like people are going to look on them any less, just look at Batman, he’s had several films totally unrelated to each other and it’s been pure win. Fox doesn’t have to attempt to save face or anything like that here, it’s been a decade since X1, you have new actors who literally owned their roles in First Class… go from here and leave the first X movies as Alt Uni’s… the comics have tons of them!

So, personally, I hope this is just a rumor… but if it isn’t, then maybe this is part of the Easter Egg and totally brilliant! We’ll have to see in July…

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Thanks to CinemaBlend and several outlets, we now have the matching Iron Man 3 to the Thor: Dark World synopsis.

Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Again, doesn’t tell us too terribly much, and that’s a good thing, we don’t want spoilers ruining things. While it’s not as generic as the Thor synopsis, it’s still the tag line typical in most comics. Then even use the word Quest! But then this is a comic book movie so all’s good.

What I’m worried about is the ending line here about does the man make the suit, etc. We had that whole discussion that was underplayed (except when it wasn’t) in Avengers, and underplayed is exactly how it needs to be played. Iron Man 2 got a bit heavy handed in places and that did not work out well for it at all.

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