Archive for October, 2012

Review: X-Treme X-Men #4

X-Treme X-Men #4

X-Treme X-Men #4

#3 was kinda bland, but we pick back up with the quirkiness in #4 with a bit of a steam-punk vibe. Not quite as funny as the first couple of issues but definitely an improvement off the third.

The thing with this issue is that it feels like a regular story. Not overly gimmicky or anything like that. It’s a solid construct with some interesting twists and no one character is too annoying or underused.

Basically, we’re getting back on track with this comic after a little slump. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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Review: AvX Limited Series #6

Review: AvX Limited Series #6

AvX Limited Series #6

AvX Limited Series #6

Whatever you think of AvX, whatever issues you may or may not have gotten… GET THIS ONE!

I laughed so hard at some of these Vs panels.

The Cyclops vs Captain was hillarious and so true… so meta… “not cool man!”

The Science Battle… I have NO idea what they are talking about, at all… but the last line made it!

Domino rocks and as for Hawkeye… you know all the male readers were thinking it.

That last panel though was the creme of the crop, perfection! If you get anything AvX related, get this issue!!

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Review: Arrow (1S02)

Review: Arrow (1S02)

CW's Arrow

CW’s Arrow

Caught the second episode of Arrow tonight and I’ll be honest, I missed a bit. I decided we needed catfood so drove down to the store and missed about maybe ten minutes? Oh, and I needed to sort out the trash, that missed a couple there too.

Seriously, the show could not hold my interest and what I did see of it kinda annoyed me. For one major irk, a dead body that old would be bloated and squishy!!!! No way after a couple of days (I think it was a couple of days, hard to tell, the editing on this show is annoying, same problem in the first episode with how long did it take him to set up his lair), anyway, no way would it be so firm like that.

And “the man I need to be” stuff was layered on a bit thick. Seriously, writing 101, you got a statement like that, only use it once! And that’s where it’s most effective. Takes the wind out of the sales of the grave stone scene when we’ve heard it like twice already.

But there was a funny thing, my mom calls the cop Dresden, she refuses to learn his name, he’s simply Dresden. That makes it pretty interesting.

Again, a middling episode, not bad, not good either, just nice filler before Supernatural.

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Seems I’m not the only person who thinks that the X-Men would make a great tv show.

#4 X-MEN

Without the first X-Men film, I don’t think we’d be where we are as far as superhero films go. It set the bar for comic movies as box office gold and it still continues to make trucks full of cash (last summer’s X-Men: First Class made over $350 million at the global box office). There are so many mutants and storylines with the X-Men that the films Fox has been making will never touch on all of them. What if the comic book took a turn to the small screen? Given the opportunity to put the X-Men on television in live action would be a comic fan’s dream come true, especially if the show starts out solely with Xavier and the original five X-Men (Cyclops, Ice Man, Jean Grey, Beast, and Angel).

The benefits of telling the X-Men story on television as opposed to how it’s been done in the film series is planning. Many television producers and writers plan out their seasons for their shows long in advance, even when they don’t know if they’ve been picked up for another season. With this in mind, the growth for an X-Men series can be planned in advance instead of having to dance around and make all the pieces fit together (see the X-Men movie franchise). If a capable showrunner that loves the material could get a hold of this (unfortunately we hear Joss Whedon is busy), we might eventually get to see real Sentinels, the Age of Apocalypse, (real) Dark Phoenix, etc.
-www.SuperHeroHype.com
They are spot on with the idea that with so many characters in the X-Men universe it’s more suited for the small screen serialized rather than a big mushed together film. I’ve got my series planned out for eight seasons with a spot for just about every character to have it’s moment (thought hopefully mixed up enough not to be the same episode just with a different guest star).

Only thing I disagree with is Sentinels (seriously? three-story tall purple robots?) and having an Age of Apocalypse would only work if you go away from the realistic theme… or allow time travel… but then it’s such a huge story in its own right they should probably back off of it or else just not do it justice.

And as an after thought, while the original team is key (I have Scott, Jean and Bobby in my core team, but Warren is not and Hank is TBD), they would need to mix it up. Bring in some of the newer characters, there is a huge base of New Mutant fans, which is why, as you’ll see in my series, there is a bunch of them who have a rather large role as secondary characters with their own sub-archs.

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Character Spotlight: Robert “Bobby” Drake aka Iceman

Robert "Bobby" Drake aka Iceman

Robert “Bobby” Drake aka Iceman

Concept:
Iceman is one of the original X-Men and I debated for a moment using him. He makes a great foil to Pyro (or Pyro makes a great foil to him?) in the whole Ice vs Fire thing. This was used in the movies and it worked, mostly, but I got annoyed at how forced it felt since they basically re-wrote Pyro to fit. That’s when I realized that I was balking on Iceman because of how much I like Pyro which is totally not fair.

The character of Bobby is that of a prankster (though he’s grown up a lot over the past few years) and he’s the one with the most sense of humor and now I realize I would have been an idiot not to include him. He brings a lightness and fun to the series that I would have found sorely lacking. Yes, this does mean that Bobby gets to be the butt of some classic slapstick, but at the same time he’s the heart of the team. He’s the one who inadvertently holds everything together.

This is how I’m running with Bobby’s characterization. He’s a bit younger than everyone else, very much still a ‘kid’ without actually being a kid, but at the same time, there is a maturity in him just waiting to come of age. He’s the jokester who when he has his moments… he has his moments.

Series Biography:
Bobby grew up in Long Island, the visual aspect of his mutation manifesting a little later than usual. Your typical class clown, his world is turned upside down as his own family doesn’t seem to know what to do with him and just dump him off with Xavier.

The first mutant he met was Scott and the two have become best friends. He’s extremely hopeless, relationship wise, most of the women within dating range at the School thinking of him more as a brother than anything else.

Still earning his degrees, Bobby is a certified Accountant and performs this job for the school. If you are going to buy anything class related, make sure you always save the receipt. If you don’t, you’ll probably find yourself the victim of his latest prank.

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At NYCC, it’s been confirmed via CBR that Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, will be in Wheadon’s S.H.E.I.L.D. tv series!

Yes!!!!!!

Now, does this mean he didn’t die and that the man who did was a Life Model Decoy? Or maybe he was saved in time? Or that he was turned into Vision (and this means Wanda!!)?

Or will the show take place pre-Avengers?

Do we care? COULSON LIVES!!!!!

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Thanks to ComingSoon.net, we have the first official synopsis of Thor: The Dark World.

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

It’s kinda generic you know? He fights this bad guy who is apparently badder than Loki, he’s going to be reunited with his love interest, and ‘have to sacrifice everything to save us all’… like we haven’t seen that before in a thousand and one movies. We knew Malekith and Jane were going to be in the movie so nothing new there either. In fact, it’s pretty much what we already knew only ‘official’.

Though… we can be thankful for the lack of spoilers. 😉

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