Archive for April, 2010

Highlights from C2E2 Con

April 19, 2010

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo’s just finished, and there’s plenty of interesting comic news tidbits worth looking at. Here’s what caught my eye:

Mixed news for Marvel animation fans: on the bright side, the upcoming Avengers cartoon sounds like it’s going to be amazing,¬†and the next animated Spider-Man series will be Ultimate Spider-Man. Sadly, however, Spectacular Spider-Man¬†and Wolverine and the X-Men¬†may¬†not come back for another season.¬†The fate of¬†Spectacular Spider-Man¬†is still a little vague, although Wolverine and the X-Men¬†had trouble securing financing.¬†I just hope Spectacular isn’t ¬†cancelled;¬†it’s such a fun, well-written series. Nnot to mention well-animated; the streamlined style just makes everything, especially the fight scenes, so fluid.

I’ll probably post any other interesting things in the comments. Happy reading, and feel free to say what caught <i>your</i> eye!

4/14/10 Reviews

April 19, 2010

Nine comics this week — seven good reads, with the top five almost impossible to rank. What made the grade, and what will be relegated to toilet paper duty? Read on.

Review this week (alphabetical):

Batman #698

Black Widow #1

Brightest Day #0

Fables #94

Flash #1

Green Arrow #32

Kill Shakespeare #1

New Mutants #12

X-Factor Forever #2

(more…)

What to Buy: April 14, 2010

April 14, 2010

A penguin is walking through the snow when he suddenly stops and looks up at his parents.

“Mom, are sure I’m a penguin?”

“Yes, son, you’re a penguin.”

The young penguin walks a little further and stops again.

“Dad, are you really, really sure I’m a penguin?”

“Yes, son, you’re a penguin. Why do you ask?

“BECAUSE I’M FUCKING FREEZING OUT HERE!!”

… That’s the comedic portion of the post. Take what you can get.

Anyway, here’s some stuff about some comics coming out today.

(more…)

Joss Whedon to Direct Avengers?

April 14, 2010

http://www.deadline.com/2010/04/marvel-close-to-whedon-hire-on-the-avengers/

While it’s not completely official, sounds like Marvel Studios are finalizing an agreement with fanboy/geek extraordinare Joss Whedon to direct Avengers, Marvel’s upcoming tentpole project. Having co-created Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse to varying degrees of awesome and fanfare (not to mention Dr. Horrible and an upcoming episode of Glee), directed Serenity and written Runaways and Astonishing X-Men, is Whedon the perfect choice?

Discuss.

Captain America casting announced

April 7, 2010

Some interesting news was officially confirmed today: Marvel announced on its website¬†the main casting for the upcoming film,¬†The First Avenger: Captain America. The movie is¬†theoretically due out on July 22,¬†2011, though I’m slightly skeptical they’ll make that deadline (and would much rather wait than see it rushed). The movie is Cap’s early days, and we now know the top two billings:

Captain America, Steve Rogers, will be played by Chris Evans.

His partner, Bucky Barnes, will be Sebastian Shaw Stan.

I’ll start with Sebastian Stan, because there’s not much to talk about there. Never heard of him. If you click on his¬†IMDB link above, you’ll see his resume is pretty thin.¬†He’s done some episodes of Gossip Girl and is in Hot Tub Time Machine, which I would like to see, but that’s about it. Bucky seems like a character who was destined to be played by a relatively newcomer, so I have no problem with it.

Chris Evans is a little more interesting. I didn’t actually recognize him by name at first, but certainly by face. Most notably, he was Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies. He did Not Another Teen Movie early in his career, and has The Losers coming out soon. People were fairly divided on him as the Human Torch, with many thinking he came off like too much of a douche (which, to be fair, was how it was written at times). I actually liked him a lot as Johnny, and thought he was one of the best things in the FF films. Sure, he was a bit of a tool, but it seemed intentional, rather than the product of bad acting,¬†and he was still funny. It’s a bit of a surprising jump from that to playing Cap, and I’m betting some fanboys aren’t too happy. I certainly didn’t see it coming myself;¬†I did think they’d go for a bigger name, and a lot of “star power” actors were rumored.¬†But I actually have a good feeling about this choice.

Also noteworthy in the Evans¬†casting¬†is that we’re seeing a trend bucked. When the comic books movie craze started, there was a prevailing wisdom that being in one comic book franchise would disqualify an actor/actress from playing¬†any other comics’ characters. But suddenly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Evans is jumping from Torch to Cap (which I guess means we won’t get an FF/Avengers team-up movie ;)), not to mention doing The Losers. But also, Ryan Reynolds is leading a strong cast as Green Lantern¬†after playing Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and signing on for a Deadpool solo movie. So for all of us hoping to see Adam West play the Black Panther, there’s hope yet.

Anyway, that’s all the casting announced so far, though we also know¬†Cap will be directed by Joe Johnston, whose fairly brief directing credits include several commercial (if not necessarily critical) successes, including Jumanji, October Sky, and my personal favorite, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; most recently, he directed The Wolfman, which I never did see. Seems like a fine enough choice. The screenplay was co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who now¬†have six movies to their credit, all co-written together, including the three Chronicles of Narnia films and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. I liked the first Narnia movie a lot, thought the second was so-so at best, and we’ll see on the third. The Peter Sellers film was brilliant and highly underrated —¬†that may have been more a product of Geoffrey Rush’s performance than the writing; I haven’t seen it in a long time and can’t say for sure.

Looking forward to hearing more announcements as we go on, and I imagine I’ll get excited once we actually get down the road to the point of seeing a trailer. For now,¬†Marvel Studios is off to an excellent start, so I’m fine with giving them the benefit of the doubt for a while.

3/31/10 REVIEWS!!

April 3, 2010

Here they are, bitches!

Reviewed this week:

Blackest Night #8 (of  8 )

Jack of Fables #44

Justice League of America #43

Justice Society of America #37

She-Hulk Sensational #1

Torch #6 (of 8 )

X-Men: Second Coming #1

(more…)

Blackest Night #8 review- ‚ÄúHOLY ####!!!‚ÄĚ

April 1, 2010

And now for a quick, heat-of-the-moment review of Blackest Night #8:

“HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!”

And furthermore…

“HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!”

(more…)