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Thursday, March 31, 2005
Crisis, crisis, crisis!!!
Okay, I picked up this week's comics today. I've read a few of them, but got a shitload of 'em and won't be getting to more tomorrow, so expect a review on Sunday or Monday (possibly later). However, I will have a bit of a rant about Countdown to Infinite Crisis (in addition to th standard rant in my review)...

So, today finally rolled round. I've been awaiting this week's shipment for ages. And what did it bring?

It brought the death of one of my favourite characters, and the resurrection of someone who should have stayed dead. But enough of the latter - until I decide to rant about that one. I'll keep focused on Countdown.

For the most part I enjoyed it. I always loved Blue Beetle as a character, and when I stumbled across the Countdown reprint cover spoiling his death, I was shocked. Blue Beetle, although not appearing in his own title (or any title regularly) was always a character I figured would never get the death treatment. Figured he was "above" that. Guess not.

What I loved about Countdown is that it was really his story. He's a character who has been treated seriously on occasion (though that seems to be forgotten in favour for the wacky adventures of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold), and I always found this characterization enjoyable. What this issue gave us was Beetle, along with Booster, handled seriously and with more dignity than their friendship gets given. They're both considered a joke by most characters within the DCU, and they're aware of this. I liked that this is subconsciously something they brought upon themselves, so they don't fail among the big guns - eliminate ecpectations, and therefore disappointment if they do screw up.

The friendship between these characters was handled brilliantly. I see them as two kids who grew up together, with one who is maturing, and the other stuck in his childish ways, a perpetual fuck up. But when it comes down to it, they're still best friends - family - and will stick together through thick and thin.

As a side note, even the current JLA: Classified arc, funny as it is, has been showing Beetle as a character who's matured, much as most characters don't see it...

This tale took Blue Beetle, and threw him into a huge situation, where he was way out of his depth. To complicate matters, he didn't get the support required from the League. In part because they don't take him seriously, but more because they were pre-occupied with other "crises".

These were handled nicely - the starting points for each Countdown miniseries, without focusing on them. Enough to whet my appetite for these miniseries' without being too gratuitous. The issue also managed to escape the mindset of "this is a crossover - let's cram every character we can get into it, because, well... it's a crossover". Which was nice to see.

For the most part the characters were handled well, though I did have a bit of a problem with Wonder Woman. She was played up as too "nice". J'onn also made a comment that she's too trusting, which is not how I picture the character. Wonder Woman, while being an embodiment of beauty, is also a hard as nails warrior. I'd think that she would be just as callous to BB as any of the heroes were, if not more so.

Beetle's opinion of her was also in stark contrast to the Flash's in the latest issue of Wonder Woman - here, Beetle's convinced that everyone loves her, while the Flash is convinced they all dislike her, even saying they consider her less than human (which, admittedly, I do think that went a bit too far). Considering that Greg Rucka wrote that issue, and co-wrote Countdown, it seems as though he's contradicting his own continuity. Though, it could just be the characters' different opinions, and views of the League.

The only real part of the issue that I feel has any real basis for controversy is the identity of Beetle's killer. Maxwell Lord. Maxwell fucking Lord. Apparently he's an agent of Checkmate, and has been playing the superhero community all along!

A mate of mine was completely offended by the issue, and made the comment that Max would never kill Beetle. Well, Lord was previously a supervillain (Lord Havoc, if I remember correctly?), and while I didn't read those issues, he may have it in him. My concern about this however, is that if he was ALWAYS an agent of Checkmate, how becoming a supervillain played into this. I know that he has always been trying to get power over the League, and this does play with any motives he may have through Checkmate.

It's a plot twist, alright. But not one that I'm very comfortable with. Not at all.

Aside from that, the issue was enjoyable. Beetle died the death of an unsung hero, much in the way that he lived his life. So, where to from here? It's now widely known that the four miniseries are not the "event", but more build up to it. DC has been playing "you can read one and enjoy it without having to read all of them" card, but now in Wizard, they're saying that one of them will include the major catalyst for the Crisis - but DC's not saying which one - meaning that if you want something that directly leads into the event, you have to buy them all.

Wizard has mentioned that it's a seven part miniseries, meaning that for this story to completely unfold, it will take over a year. Oh, and the magazine - and the issue's editorial (which is a great read, actually) - point out that this is officially a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. They're keeping quiet as to whether they're playing with continuity (though the event isn't "about that"), and though people generally link DC's use of the word "crisis", they have been using the name since way before "Infinite Earths", and recently since then.

OMAC is the title that seems to be following closest from Countdown, and looking at the ramifications of Batman's mindwiping. Greg Rucka says in the current Wizard that "there's nothing more dangerous in the DCU than Batman's arrogance". Whether you like what they've been doing with the character of late or not, that is something the writers
have been playing with - War Games being one such example.

Villains United will be the "other" big spin off (in my opinion, anyway), focusing on the villains. They're really not happy about how they've been violated by the heroes in the DCU, and it should be an interesting take. Though the lead characters don't seem like the ones who would have had that "treatment"...

Day of Vengeance follows the fallout from Green Lantern: Rebirth, and the ramifications of Hal Jordan escaping the Spectre. Should be an interesting read, and I don't think anyone's handled the Spectre without a human host before (I could be wrong about that).

The Rann/Thanagar War really is the least intriguing as far as I'm concerned. The two planets are at war, though a big space opera may be cool. I haven't been reading Adam Strange which leads into this, but Dave Gibbons is an amazing writer.

Most intriguing to me is the upcoming JLA arc written by Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg, focusing on Batman's confrontation with the JLA, set between the events shown in Identity Crisis and the upcoming Infinite Crisis. Personally, I'd like to see this resulting in the League falling apart and the series ending – at least until Infinite Crisis is over.

And finally, the actual Infinite Crisis miniseries, written by Geoff Johns, with art by the great Phil Jiminez. I really have no idea what to expect from this, though I do expect that it will be the biggest thing that DC has attempted in a long time. Maybe the biggest since Crisis on Infinite Earths, maybe even bigger.

While the aforementioned friend has decided not to pick any of this up, and I'll be grabbing the lot. Am I convinced that it will be worth it? Not at all. I am convinced that it will shake up the status quo, and regardless of whether I agree with what they do (so far, not entirely), I think it will be an interesting read at the least.

But that isn't to mean that I'm not worried about the direction they're taking this. Much as I'll defend Identity Crisis, and as interesting as the follow ups are looking, I'm not certain that the end result will be great. I'm hoping, but I am yet to be convinced...

And finally (and I can hear you groaning because I'm not quite finished), I think the JLA: Classified arc is suffering from the worst possible timing. I already thought this was unfortunate with it featuring Sue Dibny (not to mention making fun of a pregnancy they all think she has), but now that BB's dead, and Maxwell Lord is a Checkmate agent, seeing all these characters together in a comedy seems very, very wrong about now.

Oh, and Booster Gold's always been a lighter character. They'd better not turn him into a vengeance mad psychopath over Beetle's death...

Over and out. Finally. :-)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Coming soon to a theatre near you!
As I wait for the Domino trailer to load (it's loading incredibly slowly for some annoying reason), it occurs to me that there are some (hopefully) brilliant fucking movies on the way. Figured I'd write up a bit on the movies I'm really looking forward to (in alphabetical order - just to prove I know the alphabet!).

Aeon Flux
From the director of Girlfight comes a live action adaptation of the brilliant, surreal cartoon. Charlize Theron steps into the title role, and the stills shown thus far have been amazing. At the least, it'll be eye candy. At most, a surreal experience like none other.

Batman Begins
It's no secret Batman Begins is up here. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a Batman fanatic. It doesn't hurt that this film is actually respecting the source material, Christopher Nolan is a great director, Christian Bale is perfect for the role, and the rest of the cast is amazing. Oh, and the screenplay rocks.

The Brothers Grimm
Terry Gilliam is one of the most talented men working in Hollywood. In this, he looks to mix surreal humour with the Brothers' fairy tales, as he portrays them as con artists who end up encountering a real magical curse - in a haunted forest, no less!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp get together, wackiness ensues. And so does magic. Through Roald Dahl into the mix, and it looks like we'll have one special movie on our hands!

The Corpse Bride
Oh look - it's Tim Burton and Johnny Depp again! They're second film together in under a year! More importantly, the trailer looks amazing. In many ways, Burton's follow up to the wonderful The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Curse of the Were Rabbit Starring Wallace & Gromit
The Wallace & Gromit claymation toons were all brilliant. I wasn't overly fussed with Chicken Run, but I love Wallace & Gromit. It'll be great to catch them on the big screen!

Domino
The amazing Keira Knightley, along with Mena Suvari and Lucy Liu. It's directed by the great Tony Scott, and written by Donnie Darko genius Richard Kelly. The footage and photos I have seen look a-fucking-mazing. Should be great!

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I read the book years ago. It's the only Douglas Adams book I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't remember a huge amount of detail, but it was very diggable. Very. They'd better not fuck it up.

The Legend of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro was a brilliant reimagining of the Zorro legend. The Legend of Zorro's it's sequel, with all the key players, sans Anthony Hopkins. Granted it's a loss, but I;m anticipating a return to the swashbuckling antics that were handled so well last time 'round.

Mr & Mrs Smith
Doug Liman has given us fun films Swingers, Go! and The Bourne Supremacy. He's also given us the pilot episode to The OC. Mr & Mrs Smith looks like a fast, frenetic, fun romp. Nothing more, nothing less. Looks like great fun.

A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklater has given us a wide variety of brilliant movies including Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, School of Rock, and Dazed and Confused. A Scanner Darkly is his most ambitious project to date, with rotoscoped animation over the top of live action actors. And based on the brilliant Phillip K Dick novel.

Serenity
The most underrated TV series in recent years hits the big screen! Joss Whedon is brilliance on TV, but has had a subpar record on film. Though, with Serenity, he has control... So let's hope it's not just a big screen curse.

Southland Tales
The new Richard Kelly film is still only in pre-production. Described as a musical comedy set in 2008, where a three day heat wave culminated in a July 4th party, we know we're in for something... odd. And likely amazing, if Donnie Darko's any indication. Starring Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee, Kevin Smith, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Tim Blake Nelson among others.

Sin City
This film could really hit and miss at the box office. The trailer is amazing, a beautiful blend of black & white and colour, faithful to Frank Miller's wonderful comic. Robert Rodriguez has only steered us wrong with Spy Kids, though this time Miller is involved, as is Quentin Tarantino. This looks set to be Jessica Alba's good comic book movie of the year!

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Really, the last two Star Wars films should have taught me to know better. But there's just something about the new trailer that screams "Sweet!". Granted, the previous two looked pretty cool in the trailers, but not in the league of this. Hopefully Lucas can redeem himself somewhat giving us a great all-round saga.

War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
Steven Spielberg. Tom Cruise. Yes, Spielberg's made some not so great films, and Cruise has appeared in some not so great films. But both hit more often than they miss, and this time they're working with Orson Welles' classic.
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Monday, March 28, 2005
Not such a Crowded House
I've been having terrible luck trying to catch the Whitlams edition of The MAX Sessions. It's never worked for me, something alays comes up. But tday was going to be my day. 1pm, The MAX Sessions: The Whitlams & the ACO was due to screen. I have my tape ready to tape the show.

A message appears on screen: The MAX Sessions is cancelled out of respect to Paul Hester. Bugger. They're not screening it. But, wait a minute, "out of respect to Paul Hester"? Has he died or something?

I flip across to the news, and sure enough, he has. Hester was found dead at Elsterwick Park in Melbourne, after failing to return home from walking his two dogs. It's a suspected suicide, and Hester was apparently suffering from depression.

Hester was an Australian music icon, having performed with Split Enz and Crowded House. Furthermore, he was the host of The MAX Sessions - live acoustic concerts on MusicMAX. The station has pulled an Easter marathon of the show out of respect to Hester, instead opting to Crowded House videos.

Suicide is a selfish way to go. Much as I respect Hester for his contributions to the music industry, his suicide was a selfish act. Though, if he was suffering depression, I'm not equipped to say what his state of mind was like, and why he felt it was necessary.

Killing yourself in a public place like Elsterwick Park seems poorly thought out - you never know who may find you. But maybe he just didn't want it to be his girlfriend Mardi Sommerfield, or perhaps more importantly, their two young daughters aged only eight and ten.

A perennial joker onscreen, Hester always seemed in high spirits, which makes the news of his suicide shocking. He will be missed, and his music will live on.
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Nelson fucking Mandela???
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Never mind the fact that they found both Michael Jackson and the kid's fingerprints on a porn magazine. He may be innocent.

Hell, he even declared that on US radio today. But he also compared himself to Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela who did so much for freedom. Hell, even if Jackson is innocent, and is still incarcerated, there is no fucking way the man can compare himself to Mandela. No way.

The only way Jackson's fighting for freedom is if that freedom is to fiddle with kids. Period.

If the guy's innocent, I feel sorry for him, having his name dragged through the mud - again. But hell, there is no way he should be comparing himself to Mandela. That is just offensive.

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Sunday, March 27, 2005
How are Easter Eggs made?
Ever wonder where Easter eggs come from?

The chocolate factory?

Egg-shaped moulds?

Fuck no!

Check it out:



Yeah, I know... it's an old gag. But I still giggle at it.

Happy Easter!
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New Comic Day (Thu 24th)
Wow, you'd think with a week off work, I'd have wasted more time on the 'net and posting here. Well, it's been three days (plus a couple of hours, just to be pedantic) since my last post, so I guess not.

I have done a little bit of house keeping here though... I've added a couple of links to blogs. One of them is of particular note, Kevin Smith's new blog - My Boring-Ass Life. Amusing, and educational (though some stuff you really don't need to learn about the dude)!

To get slightly more on topic, I've updated the corner picture... yet again. It's an old, old Batman pic, because I'm hyped over the Batman Chronicles trade paperback that was supposed to ship next week (but it's not on the Diamond Shipping List) - the first volume of Batman comics right from the very beginning, in chronological order of publication. I'm really hyped on vintage Batman at the moment, and am currently going through the Batman & Robin 1949 serial.

But enough about that crap, this is a post about comics I bought this week. So, here goes:




Nine Floppies!

Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop Dead #2
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While not quite as laugh out loud funny as the previous issue, the second chapter in this miniseries is still very, very amusing. The script is funny, and the art is very appropriate. It does make you wonder what an Army of Darkness animated series would look like. Ash's dialogue is pure Ash, and when reading it, I could almost hear Bruce Campbell actually saying those lines in a movie. Around half way through the issue, I was thinking that the concept's getting old - yes, the title does have "Shop" in it, though I would like the issue to leave the S-mart at some point. And, by the end of the issue, it may just happen. An enjoyable read, though nothing Earth shattering.

Batman: Gotham Knights
#63
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1. The cover is very fucking misleading.
2. The solicitation is very fucking vague.
If you can escape these annoying little things - and you should be able to, since they don't impact on the issue itself - the latest issue of Gotham Knights is quite a decent read. It's far from the greatest issue the title's ever seen, though the overall storyarc is intriguing. The "is Hush really Tommy Elliot?" question posed a few issues back has been dropped for the time being, focusing on his personal life... Falling inlove with Poison Ivy. Immune to her charms, he's crushing on her big time. Ivy, figuring she can manipulate him, wants his assistance in curing her of her powers. You do feel for her, being unwittingly responsible for the death of the orphans. Though the issue lacks any real pull, making it memorable.

Daredevil #71
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I haven't read the regular Daredevil book since Kevin Smith's Guardian Devil run in the first issues of this book. And yet, Daredevil has always been one of my favourite Marvel characters. So I finally decided to start reading it again, and waited for the beginning of a new arc. And here it is: Decalogue. This story arc sets to tell exactly what happened in the unseen year after Daredevil defeated Wilson Fisk, and declared himself the new Kingpin. This issue revolves around a group of people telling the story of how Daredevil affected their lives since then. It'll be interesting to see if this is the storytelling model for the entire arc. A great read, even if I did feel a little behind after having not read the title in ages. Oh, and it includes a brilliant cover - similar designs will be used throughout this arc, which is great. More comics should adopt a similar approach, and give us distinctive covers...

JLA: Classified #5
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So. Fucking. Funny. Right from where they swear the issue's credits aren't going to be funny, you know you're in for a ride. Not to mention the fact that last issue was hilarious. In this issue, the characters continue to believe that Sue Dibny's pregnant (although one should look past Identity Crisis), everyone is convinced that Guy Gardner isn't Guy Gardner, and Blue Beetle & Booster Gold try and recruit Power Girl, resulting in one hilarious exchange. And L-Ron now wants to be called "Ronnie". This issue is memorable purely on the giggle factor alone. But that's okay - it's what the issue's all about. Hell, the Super Buddies don't even fight a villain. It's a shame that this story has been relegated to JLA: Classified, as they aren't the current JLA, and as with it's predecessor Formerly the Justice League, it deserves to stand on it's own as a miniseries. Hell, turn it into a regular title. The DCU needs a funny, funny, title.

New Avengers #4
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If memory serves, this title is two week's late, having originally appeared on the shipping lists for both the two previous weeks, before finally making it this week. And luckily, it was worth the wait! The "new" Avengers have finally assembled, and find the man responsible for the jailbreak in #1. This issue has some great action, some great dialogue (many people find Bendis' work too "wordy", but he does write great dialogue), and has a real sense of humour about it, without it taking over. The banter is great, and the characters work well together. Not to mention the spectacular cover by David Finch featuring Spider-Woman - if it wasn't for Daredevil's amazing cover, this would easily be the coolest one of the week (and possibly all month).

Nightwing #106
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And so Nightwing Year One comes to it's conclusion. While this story arc was incredibly episodic at first (albeit very enjoyable), this chapter rounds it out beautifully, as Dick has to come to terms with Jason Todd replacing him as Robin. In this issue's narration to Bruce, Nightwing comments a few times that he should "watch" this kid, or he's worried that he'll get himself killed. Why this was mildly poignant, Chuck Dixon wrote this a little heavy handidly, really wanting to drum it in. By the second or third time, it wore thin, and wasn't all it could have been. I will be missing this arc though, not so much for Dixon's writing, but McDaniel's lovely art. But hey, he'll be on Robin soon.

Robin #136
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It's Robin vs the Dark Rider! When I was a kid, I got a book on Batman's first 50 years. It's a great book, and remains in my collection today. In it, I read a bit about the Dark Rider, and he captivated me. I'd barely seen anything since, but his "return" in Robin sent it all flooding back. Unfortunately, I don't see this as a strength of this issue, but rather that book. That said, the character has been reimagined nicely, and it looks as though Robin will have a nice new recurring villain. This issue also treats the reader to a great conversation between Batman and Alfred about Robin, but it really reads as though Batman gives the kid a little too much credit. In the regular Bat-books, you'd never see Bats be so complimentay to him. Really ham fisted is the return of Tim's long lost uncle. While I hope that it isn't really his uncle, it's only partly because of Bruce's wishes to adopt him. Mainly because it's so corny it reminds me of something from Little Orphan Annie.

Runaways #2
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Marvel is really advertising that Wizard has called this book the "most original concept in 30 years". I do believe that the original article stated that it's Marvel's most original concept in 30 years, but I disgress. While I do think that's overstating it a bit, there's no denying that Runaways is an excellent read. This issue finds the Runaways (though I don't think that's their "official" team name) hunting down a kid who is destined to be responsible for the future death of Gertrude. Oh, and this kid - Victor - is the son of one of Marvel's greatest villains. Who? Well, they haven't revealed that yet... Brian K Vaughan is writing some amazing characters. So amazing that the plot of the issue doesn't really matter - I'm reading this for these characters. While the plot is fun, the characters are absolutely wonderful.

Seven Soldiers: Guardian #1
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Of the Seven Soldiers books, this and Mr Miracle had me worried. Grant Morrison's taking characters I like, and replacing them with new characters. However, I was really pleased when I read this issue, and saw how great it is. It references the old Guardian, and even includes the Newsboy Legion. Grant Morrison knows how to take the corny Silver Age concepts, and make them work in modern comics. This new Guardian is an ex-cop who has taken the mantle of "the Manhatten Guardian", and works fights crime as a spokesman for a newspaper of the same name. And who does he fight? None other than subway pirates! Grant Morrison also knows how to take an odd concept and somehow make it work. Thus far, I have no idea how these Seven Soldiers books are going to tie together, but I'm guessing at this early stage, that's the point. As it stands, they're very enjoyable reads.




Late Trading

Because I'm pissed off, here are covers of Batman trades not shipping on time. Respectively, Batman: Tales of the Demon which was meant to come this week, and the previously Batman Chronicles which doesn't look like it'll make it next week.

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According to the Diamond Shipping List, this stuff will come. Apparently.

If this is accurate, I'll actually have more Marvel comics ship that DC ones. That's some scary shit.
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Batgirl
  • Batman
  • Countdown to Infinite Crisis
  • Daredevil: Redemption
  • Marvel Knights Spider-Man
  • Usagi Yojimbo
  • X-23
  • X-Men: Phoenix: Endsong
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Counting down
There has been a lot said about the cover to DC Countdown. DC has even said that the cover shown in advertising is not the actual cover to the book. Well, they weren't lying, however I had assumed that they were talking about the image. Instead, it's actually the title of the issue. Instead of DC Countdown, it will actually be named Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

This adds more fuel to the fire, giving some credibility to the rumours that it will infact be a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, before this original event, DC bandied about the title "Crisis" on many, many books. More recently, we've seen Zero Hour: Crisis In Time, which was in some ways a quasi-sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and tightened up continuity again, and late last year/early this year we got Identity Crisis.

It is known that Countdown will follow from Identity Crisis. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the image below:

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DC has also released the advertising for the Countdown miniseries. Previously, these titles never had a "Countdown..." prefix to their titles, but as shown in the pics below, they now do (unfortunately these pics aren't the best quality):

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The interesting thing about this is (provided that you find all this fanboy crap interesting, that is) that these miniseries all feature Countdown to Infinite Crisis in the titles. Meaning that, aside from the fact that they all have stupidly long titles, this supposed "main event" still seems to be part of the countdown.

So does that mean that afterwards we'll be expecting an Infinite Crisis miniseries, or even, a few of them? And how much is all this going to fucking well cost me? Shit...
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Monday, March 21, 2005
Making those comic movies
Ah, to be Joss Whedon. Linked to both X-Men 3 and Wonder Woman. However, not too long ago it was announced that Whedon would not be directing the third X-Men film, much to the disappointment of many fans. Whedon seemed like the obvious choice - he's a great writer/director, and has been working wonders on Marvel's Astonishing X-Men series.

So, who did get the job? Matthew Vaughn. Who? Exactly.

Vaughn has one directing credit to his name: a movie called Layer Cake. I haven't seen it, I haven't even heard of it. Granted, when Bryan Singer came onboard the X-Men franchise, he didn't have experience working with huge budgets. But his films were critically acclaimed, and it was made abundantly clear that he knew what he was doing.

X-Men 3 is being rushed into production, so it can hit cinemas in May, beating Singer's Superman Returns. It seems that 20th Century Fox is trying their hardest to screw Bryan Singer, launching into the production of X3. Shaun Ashmore from X2 is contractually obliged to the third film, and hence was not able to take the role of Jimmy Olsen in Superman. James Marsden did, however take a role in Singer's Superman, and now there is doubt over whether he'll be able to do this X-Men film.

From the ending of X2, X3 looks set to tackle "The Dark Phoenix Saga", a story that Marsters' Cyclops plays a pivotal role in. So if he's not to appear, they'll either be recasting the role (which always sucks), or eliminating the character. I can't help but feel that Fox is willing to put a subpar film out there just to get it out before Superman.

Joss Whedon, however, did accept the Wonder Woman job. He'll be both writing and directing the film. When asked when we can expect the movie, he said that he has no idea, and chose it over X-Men 3 because that film has a very strict release date. One would assume that because they already have a script in place for this film, Whedon wouldn't have been able to write it either.

There has been much conjecture over who will be playing the role of Wonder Woman in the film. Way back when Whedon's name was first rumoured, people started throwing names out into the rumour mill. Two of these actresses rumoured are Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Charisma Carpenter who both worked with Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. They were rumoured on the sole basis that Whedon would want to keep these actresses.

While thinking about this, it occured to me that there is one actress who has worked with Whedon that would be great for the role. Morena Baccarin, who starred as Inara on Firefly, and will be reprising her role for the big screen spinoff, Serenity. Baccarin looks the part, and isn't a bad actress to boot! Just take a look at this photo of her (click the thumbnail to enlarge)...

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Interestingly, at this weekend's WizardWorld convention, IESB.net interviewed Joss Whedon and Morena Baccarin about Serenity. When the interviewer asked about Wonder Woman, and potential casting, Whedon joked that his only choice for the role is Morgan Freeman. But, Morena was looking faily excited, giggling and laughing... Does she know something we don't? It was a very interesting reaction. Click here to see it!

So, we have Joss Whedon directing Wonder Woman, and a no-name director doing X-Men 3 because Bryan Singer moved on to Superman Returns. He's cast unknown actor Brandon Routh in the role, and it remains to see how he'll do. The casting for Lex Luthor however, is spectacular - none other than Kevin Spacey. Kate Bosworth will be playing Lois, with Hugh Laurie as Perry White and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen. The casting's interesting, but his lead actors seem very young.

The plot revolves around Superman returning to Earth after spending six years in space. Rumours have it that he was looking for Krypton. It apparently takes place after Superman II, however it remains to be seen whether this will be a direct sequel, or whether Singer's using it as a rough guide. In any event, the fact that he's not starting with an origin story is slightly diappointing.

Singer has made one very odd choice, though: He has "cast" Marlon Brando as Jor-El... again. Marlo played him in Superman. Marlon's also dead. Apparently, he filmed scenes for Superman II which couldn't be used for legal reasons, but Singer is using them in Superman Returns. An interesting choice, but it strikes me as kind of fucked up. He's rally limiting the potential of Jor-El by only using existing footage of Brando.

Singer has been posting a video blog at BlueTights. Interesting stuff, and he promises to post new ones two or three times a week.

I'm not very confident in what Singer's doing with Superman, but he's a brilliant filmmaker who has never steered audiences wrong. I really hope that this won't be where he starts. Especially if he gave this up to let X-Men 3 get ruined. Atleast we have Joss Whedon to count on...
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69 - the magic number!
Ah, Canberra Day - gotta love it. Monday morning and you get to sleep in, not worrying about work. Better yet, I've taken the next three days off work, meaning that I'm not back in the office until next Tuesday. Sweet!

So, after my sleep in, I stumble out if bed, and find an ad for K-Mart. Ya see, they're selling Xbox games at the low price of two for $50! Still groggy, I make my way to Tuggeranong to see if there's anything worth spending my cash on.

First of all, you don't need to buy two games - they're selling them at $25 a pop. Sweet, but I decide to grab two, anyway. And another one for $19.

I got myself a pretty decent bargain. Spider-Man 2 and Max Payne 2 for $25 each, and XIII for $19! Sweet.

Three games for $69!! Sometimes you just can't go wrong!
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Cool ass DVDs (April '05)
Every so often, you take a look at the amount of stuff coming out in a matter of days, and your heart seizes up - just one big fucking corinary. There's a shitload of stuff hitting in early April, with a ton of cool DVDs on the 6th, then another couple on the following day... And then it just kinda disappears over the latter half of the month. Wiggy.




April 6

Bad Santa

Reviews for this movie have been mixed, and I missed it at the cinema. But it has a lot going for it: one black sense of humour, renetlessly sticking it to the Christmas spirit; Billy Bob Thornton always gives a brilliant performance; Terry Zwigoff is one brilliant fucking filmmaker - Ghost World and Crumb being two prime examples. As with many DVD's, this comes in an "uncut" version, usually resulting of around 30 seconds footage the censors deemed unsuitable for the cinema release. And hey, we get to escape the crappy US DVD title of Badder Santer - I kid you not.

The Incredibles

This is one incredible movie. And yes, that is an obvious - and not entirely amusing - pun, but it is. It won this year's Oscar for Best Animated Film, which it more than deserved. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Screenplay. Now, the Academy rarely gets anything right, but in this instance, they did (this year was a lot closer to the mark than most). And it' nice to see that animation is starting to get a bit of recognition. The Incredibles is funny, it's witty, it has heart. And it looks fucking spectacular.

The Ring - Collector's Edition

When a sequel's due to hit cinemas, you can always count on the marketing people to repackage the DVD of the original film, and add a few features, calling it a "Special Edition", or in many cases (such as this one), a "Collector's Edition". Well, Universal has done it here. I'm including this because it's a great bloody movie. When I first saw it, I didn't expect much from it, but now I have to say that I dug it thoroughly. In a bit of cross promotion, it includes a short film about what happens to the tape between the original and the upcoming sequel. Somebody remind me, I still need to catch the Japanese trilogy...

Star Wars: Animated Adventures - Droids
Star Wars: Animated Adventures - Ewoks
Star Wars: Ewok Adventures - Caravan of Courage / The Battle for Endor

Okay, so these may not technically qualify as "Cool Ass DVDs". But what can I say? I'm a geek. I couldn't bring myself to write a whole paragraph on each of these, so I figured I should just group them together. I loved the Ewok movies as a kid, and still maintain that Lucas should have given them the "Special Edition" treatment when he did the trilogy. I remember the Droids and Ewoks animated series' and enjoyed them, though they didn't really compete with the real cartoons I loved as a kid. Still, I'll be shelling out $25 a pop for these... Sad? Yeah...

April 7

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I had this listed for release in January, I think. It never arrived. And that really fucking pissed me off. I've been waiting for ages to see Eternal Sunshine... get a DVD release, and then it never shipped. Atleast this edition is the two disc version that they got in the States after the initial release, so all's not so bad - as long as they actually release it this time! Above I mentioned that The Incredibles was nominated for Best Original Screenplay... well this movie won it. It's a brilliant work of cinema, and it's ashamed it didn't get nominated for Best Film. Hell, it should have even won that hands down!

Red Dwarf VI

Much as I love Red Dwarf, the DVD sets are a tad overpriced at $47 (at EzyDVD, no doubt a little cheaper elsewhere), and I'm wondering if they'll jack up the price for the next two sets since they have eight episodes each. Despite the asking price, Red Dwarf is one of the funniest shows to ever hit TV screens. Great stuff, and the previous five sets have had some great fatures!

April 13

Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 1

Hmm... get the feeling that there's a new Star Wars movie coming out soon? Unlike the Star Wars DVDs listed, Clone Wars is brilliant stuff. From the creator of Samurai Jack, this has a brilliant art style, as well as a fast and frenetic pace. Not heavy on story, this is about making stuff look damn cool. And it works marvelously. I do believe that this includes the first two seasons of mini episodes (around 5 minutes a pop), though it could just include the first. Either way, it's definately worth seeing.

April 19

Porco Rosso

I haven't seen this. And I really wanted to. Around six months ago, there was a Miyazake festival playing at Electric Shadows, but the only one of these I managed to catch was the brilliant Kiki's Delivery Service. I missed Porco Rosso, but that won't stop me buying this DVD - Hayoa Miyazake is yet to make a bad film. Hell, he's yet to make a merely enjoyable film. He's the complete opposite of everything wrong with Disney these days, constantly making magical, memorable and intelligent animated movies. Looking forward to it.
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New Comic Day (Fri 18th)
And here I go, writing up yet another New Comic Day post, with a new, snappier title! Why? Because the extra "comics bought" shifts the post titles onto two lines on the left hand menu, and it does read pretty crap. Not that it matters at all, and I've been typing a few lines of shit that nobody cares about. But such is life...

So, before I waste more time and space, I'll get onto it:




Ten floppies...

Adventures of Superman #638
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Why do I get the feeling that Greg Rucka likes Mr Mxyzptlk? This is the second Mxy story he's written in under a year, since he's been on the title. Not that I mind - his last Mxy story was hilarious. But that's not the point of this little rant, since I'm writing about the current Mxy story. So, how does it hold up? Pretty damn well. It doesn't have the same off the wall laugh out loud hilarity of his previous outings, but it is still an amusing tale. After Lois tells Clark that she wants a baby, Mxy gives them one, as well as a flash into the future of how life would be with their new daughter (incidentally, named Lara after Supes' Kryptonian mum). The greatest moments of the issue are the homages to Frank Miller's Sin City, Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes, and the art of Bruce Timm. Matthew Clark and Andy Lanning's art was amazing, capturing each of these styles beautifully.

Birds of Prey #80
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The final chapter of Hero Hunters sees Black Canary and Oracle protecting Thorn from corrupt police. While not a great deal happens in this issue, there is some great dialogue between Black Canary and Huntress, feeling more than a little awkward in her costume at the hospital. Another nice moment is Black Canary pulling out her mobile phone, showing these corrupt cops that she has Superman's number, and will call him. And that's the beauty of Simone's writing - when it comes down to these little moments, she nails them, making what would be an ordinary issue great. And ofcourse, there is the ending, with a certain discussion between these two and Oracle. As a side note, I do wonder whether we'll actually be seeing much of Lady Blackhawk, or whether she'll just be playing the role of pilot throughout the series, only popping up when it's time to fly.

Catwoman #41
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A few pages into this issue, I flipped back to the cover to see whether this is a Comic Code appeoved book. Sure enough it is, but it really pushes the argument for DC to have a more mature line of books. Like David Lapham's current run on Detective Comics, this issue pushes the boundaries of the Code. Not to mention other titles which aren't Code approved, such as Outsiders. DC should consider having a more adult line, marked as such. This issue, Catwoman investigates a string of murdered prostitutes, trafficked from Brazil, and the connection to a brutal dog fighting ring for the rich. Powerful stuff, and not the easiest to read.

The Flash #219
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This issue is actually a couple of weeks old, but I grabbed it because I realised that I'm stll getting Wonder Woman (still need to decide whether to keep reading it or not), and this week's issue is continued from this one. Geoff Johns is a great writer, and to his credit, the first part of this crossover doesn't feel too forced. The Cheetah comes to Keystone City in search of Professor Zoom, the Reverse Flash, hoping he can give her the gift of speed. Not a bad issue. The highlight was Zoom, a character I wasn't overly familiar with, although now I find him quite intriguing.

The Human Race #1
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This is a miniseries that intrigued me, however I only decided to check it out once it hit the shelves this week. It tells the story of a guy about to graduate high school, who manifests strange powers (not to mention appearance) and runs away, leading him to a super powered fraternity, Delta Chi Delta. As cliche'd as all this sounds, it is an excellent read, with a real human edge to it. Aliens are threatening the world with the threat of an Earth wide mutation, and he could be the key to saving the planet, or destroying it.

JLA #112
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Kurt Busiek's eight part story has hit the 3/4 mark, and it's finally getting good! Or atleast, fun. The Crime Syndicate are wreaking havoc, and to add to the trouble, the Qwardians are preparing an attack on Earth. The JLA call in the Justice League Elite and Justice Society to assist them, and they launch seperate attacks against the Qwardian ship and the CSA, as well as send a team into the Anti-Matter universe to gather information on how to stop the Syndicate. If the story arc continues at this pace, Busiek will be delivering adventure on a scale close to what Grant Morrison gave us when he launched this book, as well as some nice character moments, as seen with Green Arrow not skipping a beat by hitting on Black Canary.

Space Ghost #5
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A lot of people are hating this series, unaccepting of this harsher take on Space Ghost. Personally, I'm digging it - it actually gives the character and premise some respect. Sure, it's not as cheesy as the original cartoon, and Joe Kelly doesn't mock the character like they did on Coast to Coast, but people don't like it. I guess with the name Space Ghost, certain expectaions remain in the heads of many readers. This issue, Space Ghost calls Zorak and the bugs into battle, and his thirst for revenge conflicts with his paternal instincts for the orphans he found. A great read, this is one grossly underrated title.

Teen Titans #22
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Dr Light is tough. After taking down Green Arrow last issue, he manages to inflict a world of hurt on the Titans, leading to Starfire's "Plan B" - getting anyone who's ever been a Titan to join the attack on Dr Light. This is what the Titans have always been about - a family who will come together when needed, regardless of whether still affiliated with the team or not. Nightwing, the Flash, Arsenal - everyone comes to the fold. Dr Light has announced to the Titans what the JLA did to him, albeit not very coherently, however it is obvious that by the end of the arc, they'll know exactly what they did. And that will be interesting.

Wonder Woman #214
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Continued from The Flash #219, our two heroes must take on Zoom and the Cheetah. This is complicated by Wonder Woman's blindness, having to be lead around by the Flash, by holding her lasso of truth. This leads to complete honesty on the Flash's behalf, telling Wonder Woman his opinions of her, which to say the least, aren't flattering. While she takes it in her stride, Greg Rucka's writing shows that she isn't too impressed, leading to a character arc which is more interesting than the plot. Something that's always nice to see...

Young Avengers #2
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And now, the token Marvel book. While I enjoyed last issue, I was worried about Iron Lad's revelation that he is in fact Kang the Congueror. Really worried, thinking that the solid first issue would soon disintegrate into a crap fest. If it is to do so, however, this second issue isn't showing any signs of it. Here we get his origin, as his adult counterpart saves him from near death, and he flees, not wanting anything to do with his villanous older self. Running from what he may become looks to be a major plot thread of the book, and so far Allan Heinberg is treating it extremely well.




Plus one trade...

Outsiders: Sum of All Evil
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I picked up the first couple of issues of Outsiders, and wasn't overly impressed. However, I've been picking it up for about the past five or six months, and have been loving the title. Having missed quite a few issues in between, I picked up this trade paperback collecting #s 8-15 of the title. And man, is it good. Great action, great characters. This trade includes two story arcs, as well as a stand alone issue. The first arc has Arsenal in hospital, after being shot (presumably in the previous story arc), and being temporarily replaced by Huntress - naturally leading to much friction between herself and Nightwing, and many immature lines between the two of them - "You just wanna do me" being an example. They take on the demonic Sabbac, with a little extra help from Black Lightning and Captain Marvel Junior. In the stand alone issue, Arsenal must deal with his fears of guns and dying after his shooting. In the final story arc, the Fearsom Five escape prison. It's nice to see how dysfunctional these guys are, not to mention the fact they're just evil. The issue also briefly examines the corruption behind Lex Luthor's former presidency, as they find nuclear weapons. After much arguing, they decide to launch them at... Canada. Amusing in it's own silly way, but the strength of this is the characters.




Due next week...

If al this ships, it'll be a slightly smaller week...
  • Army of Darkness: Shop Til You Drop (Dead)
  • Batman: Gotham Knights
  • Daredevil
  • JLA: Classified
  • New Avengers
  • Nightwing
  • Robin
  • Runaways
  • Seven Soldiers: Guardian
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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Never fuck with the King
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And so goes one of the many quotable lines in Bubba Ho-Tep, a wonderful film, where the almighty Bruce Campbell gives the performance of his career. Best known for his role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy (and kids may recognise him from cameos in the two Spider-Man films), here Campbell plays an elderly Elvis Presley in a nursing home. Ya see, he switched places with an Elvis impersonator who had a weak heart and died, and got knocked in a coma himself, resulting in his stay at the nursing home. Ossie Davis plays JFK, also in the nursing home. No, he was never killed, but rather kidnapped, had a piece of his brain removed, and dyed black. And even more fucked up, they do battle with the Mummy.

This is one movie I have been wanting to see for ages. It finally got screenings here in Australia, but when they didn't make it as far as Canberra, that was the final straw. I coughed up the money to buy an imported copy.

And after all that, I didn't get what I was expecting. Directed by Don Coscarelli, director of b-grade movie fare including all four Phantasm movies and The Beastmaster, I was expecting a horror comedy. I mean, what else would you expect from this concept.

Well, how about a moving piece of cinema, about what it's like to get old. Both the lead characters are ageing, and nobody takes them seriously (due largely to the claims they make regarding their respective identities). This is personified by the mummy dubbed Bubba Ho-Tep, who, to quote Elvis, eats souls before "shitting them down the crapper". They have to deal with death, and the fact that any chance of an afterlife for their friends who have been killed dies with them.

It's an incredibly introspective film. There are moments with pure comedy gold, but the horror aspect is downplayed. It's an amusing plot piece which further pushes Elvis' introspective thoughts.

Upon seeing this movie, I was incredibly glad to have bought the DVD. I haven't had a chance to sit down and go through all the features, but there's a decent amount of them slapped on the disc, including:
  • Deleted Scenes;
  • Bubba Ho-Tep short story writer Joe R Lansfale reading from it;
  • The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep featurette;
  • To Make a Mummy featurette;
  • Fit for a King featurette;
  • Rock Like an Egyptian featurette;
  • A music video, from a great piece of the score;
  • A photo gallery;
  • A trailer;
  • A TV spot;
  • Commentary track by Don Cosciarelli and Bruce Campbell; and (wait for it)
  • Commentary track by Campbell as Elvis!
So, it looks like a decent amount of time that I'll be spending going through all these. Always good with a movie you love!

Two potentials are rumoured to have been mentioned by Don Cosciarelli, and Bubba Nosferatu and Bubba Sasquatch. I'm a little torn about these, simply because Bubba Ho-Tep is a beauiful film that stands on it's own so incredibly well.
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Friday, March 18, 2005
Comic book movie poster things
After yesterday's final announcement that Joss Whedon will infact be writing and directing Wonder Woman (I'll write up a bit on this tomorrow), Warner Bros has released a teaser poster for the movie.

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Not to be outdone by, well themselves, Warner Bros also released a new Batman Begins poster, this time the "final one sheet". They'll probably saturate cinemas with additional posters too, good ol' WB.

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Not all the comic book movie posters I'm showing are so brand fucking spanking new, either. Or from movies that look good. This Fantastic Four one hit a little while ago, and is probably better than the actual movie will be...

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And it's that other Jessica Alba comic book movie coming out this year. Sin City. And it sure looks purdy...

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In every good poster collection, you need one that's pretty fucking creepy. And this V For Vendetta teaser fits that bill beautifully, capturing the essence of Alan Moore's classic. Though with the Wachowskis attached, the movie probably won't.

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MJ
And no, I'm not talking about marijuana. I'm not geeking out talking about the love of Spider-Man's life, Mary Jane.

Instead, I'm talking about a certain little boy lover, Michael Jackson.

Now, I can't say the lack of posting is because I've been glued to the TV watching his trial. Hell, I've only heard about certin incidents like his pajamas, and his sore back. But instead, I've been working too hard, not feeling well, playing the XBox, and working on a comic concept that will never see the light of day.

But, back to the topic at hand, Mr Jackson. I don't know if he's innocent. I don't know if he's guilty. I do think that "platonically" sharing a bed with strange kids is creepy, and it could lead to dangerous situations. He should probably be locked up for that alone.

And again, that isn't really the reason for this post. Instead, to share some of my favourite Michael Jackson jokes! Some of them are old (hell, they're older than most of his "friends"), some of them are new, but they all make me giggle.




Q: Why are Michael Jackson's pants so small?
A: Because they aren't his!

Q: What did the man on the beach say to Michael Jackson?
A: Get out of my sun!

Q: What do you do if Michael Jackson is drowning?
A: Throw him a buoy!

Q: Why did Michael Jackson place a phone call to Boyz-2-Men??
A: He thought it was a delivery service.

Q: What's the difference between Michael Jackson and Casper?
A: One is pale and scares kids and the other is a friendly ghost.

Q: How do we know Michael is guilty?
A: Several children have fingered him.

Q. Why did Michael Jackson rush over to Wal-Mart?
A. He heard that boys' pants were 1/2 off.

Q. What's the difference between a supermarket bag and Michael Jackson?
A. One is white, made of plastic, and should be kept away from small Children. The other is used to hold groceries.

Q. How do you know when it's bedtime at the Neverland Ranch?
A. When the big hand touches the little hand.

Q. What's brown and often found in children's underpants?
A. Michael Jackson's hand.

Q. What is blonde, has six legs, and roams Michael Jackson's dreams every night?
A. Hanson.

Q. What the difference between Michael Jackson and acne?
A. Acne doesn't come on your face until you're about fifteen.

Q. Why can you always win a race with Michael Jackson?
A. Because he always likes to come in a little behind.

Q. What did Michael Jackson say to Gary Glitter?
A. I'll swap you a 10 for two fives

Q: Who does Michael Jackson consider a perfect "10"?
A: Two 5 year olds.

Janet and Michael Jackson were at home one night...
Janet: Shall we get a pizza and video tonight?
Michael: Yeah, okay, can we get Aladdin?
Janet: No, just a pizza and video

Q: What famous celebrity had the most children over the last 10 years?
A: Michael Jackson

Q: What's the difference between Michael Jackson and greyhound racing?
A: The greyhounds wait for the hares to come out.

Q: What do Michael and homework have in common?
A: Both are a pain in the ass to kids

The Pope has issued a proclamation on Michael Jackson: If he hears any more allegations about little boys, the Pope says he'll have no choice but to make him a priest.

FBI have raided Michael Jackson's house: They found:
Class A drugs in his kitchen;
Class B drugs in his living room; and
Class 5C in his bedroom.




A pretty weak excuse for a post, I know. Over the next few days, I'll write up some (hopefully) more interesting stuff... Hell, I've got a week off work, and no little boys to distract me so it should be doable.
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Saturday, March 12, 2005
New Comic Day (comics bought Fri 11th)
Got some very sweet fucking comics yesterday. It wasn't a huge week, but the quality wasn't too bad at all. Also picked myself up a trade paperback...




First, the floppies:

Action Comics #825
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Okay, so #825's an anniversary issue now, is it? I guess it allows bigger "event" issues to be released more often, generating more money for DC. Aside from the silliness of this whole anniversary crap, I have expressed my delight about Chuck Austen being off the book a few times already. JD Finn's a decent writer, and his fill in work has been far better than any of the crap that Austen churned out. He wraps up Austen's story, with an intriguing end to a crappy story arc. Multiple versions of Gog throughout time arrive at a single point and "kill" Superman, spawning a whole slew of people inspired by him to travel through time to a singular point to take him out. And how does the newly intelligent Doomsday fit into this? Well, I don't think he's quite the threat he was... An interesting end. Looking forward to next month's story arc through all three books, written by the great Judd Winick with art by Ian Churchill (pics at the end of this post), before the also great Gail Simone comes onboard. Looks like this title could soon be great!

Blood of the Demon #1
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Okay, a couple of things I need to get off my chest. Firstly, I'm not a John Byrne fan (his upcoming arc on Action Comics being the one thing that will let it down), and it's disappointing that Etrigan no longer rhymes - though, that has been done so poorly on occasions, that's probably a blessing. However, #1 of this series is intriguing. It plays with the fact that Jason Blood isn't possed by Etrigan the Demon; rather that Etrigan's possessed by Blood. The plot for this series looks to show us Etrigan once he's finally managed to lose his human link, and see what this demon is capable of. Could be great stuff. This issue really had me involved, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here - even if it is plotted and drawn by Byrne...

JSA #71
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For some reason, the penultimate chapter of JSA/JSA isn't listed on DC's website at all. I'm assuming it's because they fucked up, rather than wanted to advertise the fact that they don't have Alex Ross doing the cover. Instead, it's a rather bland image by Dave Gibbons. Inside the issue, however, it's a lot more rewarding. The heroes finally decide to rally together, and take down Degation, before he screws with time anymore. His plot against the golden age Sandman was harsh - you really felt for him. Whether this will be undone by the end of this arc, or whether they decide to play with these ramifications at a later date will be interesting to see. In either event, this is one excellent book.

Nightwing #105
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This issue has by far the most misleading cover of the week. Yes, it does guest star both Batman and Robin, but Batman does not cop a slug to the chest, nor is he in any real danger through the issue. Alfred is however, which is the crux of the issue. Nightwing meets the new Robin, Jason Todd, for the first time, and the two need to put aside their immaturity and pettiness (yes, on both counts) to work together to save Alfred. A few years ago, there was a great story called The Gauntlet featuring Dick's final piece of training before becoming Robin. It was great to see Chuck Dixon reference this again, giving Jason the same training.

Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #1
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The first chapter of the first Seven Soldiers miniseries is a fun read. It features Sir Justin - aka the Shining Knight - defeated in battle as Camelot falls, and transported to a modern Los Angeles. Most of the issue takes place in the middle ages, and it's an entertaining read. Nothing groundbreaking, though the story does have three more chapters left, and the way Morrison connects it with the six remaining minieries will be interesting to see.

Superman #214
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Only one more issue until For Tomorrow comes to an end. And I must say, the closer it's been getting, the more I've been enjoying it! This issue is great, and finally has some revelations about what the hell's been going on over the past 10 issues. Although the story has been very slow paced, before getting confusing over the past few issues, Brian Azzarello has kicked this into high gear with some great revelations, while posing a couple more for next issue. And it can't come soon enough!




And now, the trade:

Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes trade paperback
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After loving the first issue of Army of Darkness: Shop till You Drop (Dead), I decided to grab the trade paperback for Ashes 2 Ashes. But while this also features the great art of Nick Bradshaw, it features a different writer - Andy Hartnell. Hartnell's not a perfect writer - he's written some brilliant stuff (Danger Girl), but he's also writen some incredibly crap stuff (Batman/Danger Girl). While his writing of this trade is far from crap, it fails to reach the heights of his best stuff, or the follow up miniseries. This is pretty much a direct sequel to the Army of Darkness film, and even goes as far as to reference Evil Dead II. At the end of the film, Ash failed to say the magic words correctly to get him home. So, he arrived back early, and brought a slew of Deadites with him. The wiseman from the film returns to assist Ash in ridding the current time of Deadites, and to save the past. There is some great humour in this story, though a lot of it relies on referencing the films. Not an entirely bad thing, though I think my expectations were a little high. Fun, but not classic.




Those sweet Superman covers I mentioned:

Captain Marvel appears in Lightning Strikes throughout the Superman books next month (Action Comics, Adventures of Superman and Superman respectively). These pretty pics by Iain Churchill and Norm Rapmund.

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Stuff due next week:

I have no idea about how much of this will show up next week, and if I'm missing anything. Haven't seen the list of what's actually shipping. But according to the websites, there should be:
  • Adventures of Superman
  • Birds of Prey
  • Catwoman
  • JLA
  • New Avengers
  • Space Ghost
  • Teen Titans
  • Young Avengers
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