I’d heard the rumors, read the reviews, even managed to spoil a few things for myself, and yet nothing quite managed to match the disappointment I feel after finally seeing this movie. My expectations were low, especially considering everything I’d read, and even so this movie failed. I have not seen or read anything that fails to understand what Superman is about quite as fundamentally as this movie did.
However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. This movie lives up to everything a blockbuster should be. Big action scenes, full of every auditory and visual excess possible, quips and jokes for everyone, feel good moments, and not a drop of nuance or grace. This is a movie for the Michael Bay generation, and by goodness does it work at that level. The theater I was in ate it up, and applauded at the end! This is in every sense of the word the movie we deserve. It’s a movie conditioned by the success of every other big summer blockbuster.
That said, it is not a good Superman film. It’s not in the title, and likely shouldn’t come as a surprise that in the movie itself the name Superman receives nothing but scoffs, because this is not Superman. [Spoilers Ahead!] Read More
A bit of a strange week, some announcements, some spoilers, little bit of everything!
Animal Man #21 — This is easily Lemire’s best DC book (jury is still out on Green Arrow, where the art is doing most of the heavy lifting), and now with the whole Rotworld business done, things are looking up indeed. The past few issues have been great character-centric pieces. Very curious to see where Lemire takes this next.
Captain Marvel #13 — Kelly Sue DeConnick has done the impossible! She has made me care for Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. It was a bit of a rocky start, I was not the biggest fan of the first arc, but I stuck with it, and this book has really grown on me. Great character work, great art, and hey look a crossover! Read More
Cover by Ramon Perez
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Colorist: Andre May
Letterer: Steve Wands
Move over Superman Unchained, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and all you other contenders, Six-Gun Gorilla is the best comic out this past week. Simon Spurrier had my curiosity with his miscellaneous X-Men work over the past few years, piqued it further with the X-Men: Legacy relaunch (which remains an underrated gem), and now has my undivided attention! Six-Gun Gorilla is a perfect mixture of weird western and science fiction.
This comic-book succeeds where many others fail, especially in the age of story-arcs and decompression. How many times have you heard yourself thinking: “Eh, it was alright, but I’m really curios what will happen next, so I’m sticking with it so far.” Probably a few times right? Not many comic-books strike that balance between telling a good story in twenty-some pages, and then ending on a cliffhanger worthy of bringing you back for more. (For anyone curious, that’s what makes the current Hawkeye run by Franction so good! But I digress). Read More
Cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair
Writer: Scott Snyder
Penciller: Jim Lee
Inker: Scott Williams
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
There is a new superhero film coming out tomorrow, starring, you guessed it! Superman! Naturally, this means it’s time for a new comic-book from some of DC’s top talent, none other than Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. This should be cause for excitement, but I find myself more weary than anything. DC has managed to botch pretty much everything outside of the Batman films, and after an initial outburst of positive reviews, the aggregate total on Rotten Tomatoes has been plummeting. So you know that’s less than encouraging. But! Back to the matter at hand, is this comic-book any good? Well it ain’t bad. Read More
Starting this week I’ll be trying something a little different (aside from being back to writing these reviews), rather than focusing on individual reviews for each comic-book, I’ll be doing one post focusing on anywhere from four to six different titles, which will be selected either based on what I read first or otherwise gets my attention. Simple, right?
The Superior Spider-Man #1
Peter Parker is dead! Long live Peter Parker! Is that too much of a spoiler? Look everyone knew he wasn’t really, truly dead… it was just a matter of when and how. It’s obviously a little early for either of those, but Dan Slott leaves all kinds of doors open in this issue, and anyone who rage quit after Amazing #700 can probably take a deep long breath and just enjoy the ride. Ok, good, now that we got that out of the way…
This was a solid first issue. Those familiar with Slott’s work on Amazing will find much is familiar. This is truly issue #701, but hey why scare away the new readers? It’s fun to see Otto interact with Spider-Man’s universe and prove that he is truly Superior. Why choose between dinner with MJ and saving New York, when you can do both? Why banter and be funny, when you can be condescending and pompous? It’s a different point of view, and creates tantalizing new story opportunities, however this isn’t the sort of #1 that will make you cry out your undying love of the medium. I enjoyed it, I’m curious and most definitely on board, but the issue itself felt formulaic, with the truly interesting stuff still ahead. Read More