How does Ann's writing get past so many people in the editorial department? They obviously know that there are issues with her writing (hence her replacement by Jeff of Green Arrow and the inclusion of Geoff Jones Justice league #7 in her 3rd arrow trade) yet they haven't sat her down and said "Ann, we need to talk about your writing" ? It just baffles me. As for this issue, nope didn't get any of what was being said.
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Hellz yeh to the Lois Lane one-shot! One thing i would have loved to have seen (prior to the 2011 relaunchboot) was a metropolis/superman equivalent to "gothams finest", a series focusing on the daily planet cast as they go digging up the facts for stories, interact without the mention of superman/any giant robots (an exagaration of course) and generally seeing the length to which Lois would go to get a story and try to get the truth out there (plus we could see Clark through the eyes of the other characters who are compleatlly unaware of him being superman). But unfortuanatly that never came :(
But news on a lois one-shot. Hellz to the yeh! I think that she's a great character and it'd be great to see some love being sent in her direction (you know... after the whole justice league #12 thing... jokes :P) YAY!
As for Jokers Daughter............................................................................................................................................. i think that says enough.
Loved the film. Saw it as part of a Thor, Avengers & Thor Dark world marathon in the cinema, watching darkword at 00.05 am on its release date. Comparing it to the only other marvel sequile film of Iron man 2/3 (avengers, though could be considered a sequile to all the other films isn't one in my mind. Just a huge ass frigging awsume team-up) i think that Thor as a character and his world are better portrayed. Thor as a character has grown and matured from the thor we see at the begging of the first film (compare this to Tony stark who, though funny, doesn't really grow that much in the filmverse as, well, its downy jr and nobody wants to see an iron man who isnt downy jr being downy jr). The shinyness of asguard seen in the first film is now shown with more of its murk, which i liked, and it was great to see the wide cast of characters from the first film return (and seriously, it wasn't until his last appearance on the screen that i finally realized that Fandral was being played by a different actor. i just thought the guy had changed his hair :P). As for the humor i liked it. Sure during the final battle the Darcy and intern Ian humor just felt out of place and felt like it ruined the mood but other than that i thought that it was alright (oh wait. i forgot about guy from the IT crowd... yeh funny but his scenes are forgettable. sorry guy). The Selvic pants humor/crazy humor: childish, yes. Fits in with whats been going on with the rest of the marvel film-vurse post avengers, hell yes. Guy had a frigging asgardina god in his head forcing him to become an asset in the deaths of hunders/thousands of New Yorkers in Avengers so of course he's going to have his head flipped and his humor crass plus from his point of view the "funny" scene when he first meets thor again (after a serious moment) makes sense though we as viewrs forgett for a moment about the history of the "other" character in question being mentioned. Actually, it could be said that Dark World was Selvics redemption journey for his actions (under mind controll) in Avengers. At the beginning he's crazy as f*ck and by the end (as the world get crazier) he completes his journey. And on that not i'd also like to say how i enjoyed the use of both the Asguard and earth cast in this film. The all played a role which was great to see, rather than them being disgarded to the side for just a thor maliketh showdown.
Ecelston is a great actor though Maliketh does seem to be from the "generic universe dominatoin for the sake of it" school of villainy compared to the sneaky manipulative loki school of villainy from the first film, which isn't a bad thing by itself (sometimes we just need a villain who's evil for the sake of evil). But when you have the villain of thor 1 & Avengers in the same film as Maliketh it, kind of makes his motivations seem uniteresting and bland (despite, what i thought, a great opening background story). Also, at the beginning of the film the try and set up a love triangle with Thro, Sif and Jayne. Now as someone who isn't to fond of love triangles being used in a story all of the time (face it. we've all seen a hell of a lot of bad ones) I'm glad that they didn't explore into it so much, BUT i was a wee bit peeved by the complete dropping of it by the first third (brought up, never to be mentioned again in this film). As for the mid-credit scene, i loved it (or at least what it was trying to set up) but it was obvious from the sets, costumes, make up and filming quality (which in my opinion had a early series of the revived doctor who feel to it overall. a coincidence, considering mr ecelston? most likley) that it was filmed much later on when the budget for thor was mostly spent and the initial filing/creation of the sets for guardians was beginning.
As for the Cameo: Frigging loved it. never laughed as much in the film as i did at that scene. wonderful : )
Fitzsimmons just make me cringe (so far... you know, 2 episodes and all so i probably should wait... but this is the interwebs so who cares about that :P). Firstly, as a lovable Brit meself (corr, up de apples and pares, gimmi a cuppa now luv :P) I just find the accents of the 2 irksome. It's the standard "hollywood brit" which means (in this case) a girl with a 'proper' southern 'acting-school' accent and a guy with you 'stereotypical' not-Scottish accent, which just makes them seem unreal to me as they don't display any form of characteristics in their voice which make them seem genuine. Secondly, the whole *Inhales and prepares for a long arse workd* talkingveryfastwithoutbreathingwhilespoutingjargeninthehopesofmakingmelooksmart while also not translating the jargen into proper muggle language (muggle felt appropriate here) is just one of the oldest cliches in the book, as well as being one which is no longer true as though scientists (or any proffesional in any field what so ever) do tend to use their non-normal-dialect to talk to one and other they can simplify it (or as episode 2 put it "speak english!!!") to someone who doesn't quite understand what's going on without being asked to do so repeatedly (hell one of my favouret lines in Avengers was Tony's remark to Banner about finally having somebody there who can speak english as it plays on they whole notion of science-jargen from the hyper-scientists point of view, turing the whole "say it again in english" on its head). Thirdly, seriously, SHIELD has an entire hellicarier and various bases filled with the heads of their field in various sciences and other accademic disciplins, many of whome, though they may not have had actual battle experiance, have been trained in combat and self defence in the off chance that they are sent out on a field mission yet instead of picking up 2 of them they go for the non-trained fresh out of the accadamy duo..... seriously, plus if their job is to survey the site in which they can just use those tiny little helicopter cams why did they need to be on the site itself? why not let the other members of the team carry the copters to the site, radio in and say that they're there and then Fitzsimmons can activate them from the plane and start the initial processing from there? there's no need for them to be out in the field.
Well now with my accumulation of hatred (built up from 2 episodes) of fitzsimmons done all i can say is that this episode felt like filler. The retreval aspect of the story was bland as we're told that an 0-8-4 is a call for an object that we do not know about, with reference being made to their last 0-8-4 which was thor's hammer (which just rises more questions. in Thor Colson brough an entire sheild branch over to new mexico to create a temporary headquaters and defend to location. Here he has 5 guys including himself, 3 of which arent combat trained.... either shield has been suffering cut backs or sane rational thought was forgotten). Their plane is taken over with to much ease (seriously. wouldn't shield have had some protocalls to prevent this) and the happy cheery ending with the rocket launch just felt "bleh". Other than Colson the other characters still feel like their cookie cutter stereotypes (unfortuanatly) which havent had much time in the oven (keeping with the cookie metephore), though sky's character does get a bit more interesting Right at the end.
The real saving grace of this episode in my opinion was colson (obviously) who, so far, is the only character tying us into the greater marvel cinematic universe and who's had more time to develop, and his little collection of old things in his room/man cave (i just love that). Plus the cameo at the end. Oh boy did i just squee a little inside and feal as though the series might be good (plus i thought it was funny). I really don't want to dislike the series, i actually want to see it do well as it might finally break the tradition we see in adaptions of the fil universes being separate from the television ones which could result with television series being adopted rather than films for many characters and then films for the larger events. Yet if i must compare the first 2 episodes of this series to the first 2 episodes of arrow (which being the only other live action hero universe show in tv at the moment) i was sold more into arrow than i was into AoS.
Hopefully the third episode will blow us away.
Wow. Now I never cared about this character when DC announced her and I deffinantly don't get the hype for this issue (geez, $50-$130 on ebay? And one copy with a melted 3d cover selling for $17.50?) I just avoided it and went for ocean msster, bane, croc, the secret society and black adam. And I'm glad I didnt pick this issue up.
Last Wednesday I picked up 5 dc villains month titles (not including forever evil), and as I read them in alphabetical order this was on the top of my pile. It really left me with a bad taste, making me wonder if my other 4 villain month titles were going to be this, for a lack of a better word, Bad. Luckily they were not (Twoface, Dessad, Darkseid and deadshot). But it makes me wonder why do this with joker?
Now I know nothing about the new god mythos of the pre-flashpoint universe, except that they existed and were part of final crisis (ALL OF MY KNOWLEDGE!), so I can't really comment on that. But what I liked was the notion after DS battle which took place in the first issues of Justice League he returns to Apokolips and tells Kaiyo to find him another world, to which we the issue ends with 'Pick up batman/superman number 4 to find out how this ends'. It pretty much means that the fall of earth 2's Trinity occurred after DS battle with the Jusitce League, which considering the more militaristic and successful campaign waged against earth 2 by Apokolips, makes sense in my opinion. He got beaten bad by the Justice League and then decided to wage a more tactical battle against the various earths, ending in his generals and subordanates to conduct the battle rather than foolishly rush in himself (as he did in justice league). IT ALL MAKE SENSE NOW!!! (this had been a problem I had been trying to ponder for a while).
I Still think that Daniels cover is the best, but that's not to say that the other 2 aren't as beutiffully depicted. They are. but it just seems that in the other 2 Wonder Woman is made to look much smaller (and not just in her stature) than superman and therefore less important.
As for trying to get DC to make a trinity book (or them playing around with the trinity characters) what they'd need to do next is publish a Wonder Woman/Batman book (with WW as the top billing and Bt's as the second name) to explore the relationship that these 2 have with one and other, as it seems that they're relationship is more hostility towards one and other.
Heroes not getting married = bull.
Dc editorial ladies and gentalmen, currently being reigned by a mad man who was noted to have been walking around the dc offices stating how he hated 52, the brilliant weekly series which had little to no editorial interfearence, and that the critically failed and forgotten countdown was , in his eyes, 52 done right. A man who belives that heroes shouldn't get married as their personal lives are not as interesting as their heroic lives, a perception that was challenged back in the 1960's when a bunch of crazy nobodys at marvel decided to create characters who were easier to accept and cheer for as we watched them struggle with both their personal civilian life as well as their heroic ones. DC editorial is currently a broken machine which adverties, some time ago that they only publish books for 45 year olds yet state that heroes shouldn't be married as it alianates the younger audiance? An editorial department that cannot see the potential in stories revolving around marriages, good and bad, and a department that thinks it knows what its core audiande wants despite the international backlash that its getting. The new 52, in their advertisements was ment to be DC "modernizing" themselves, despite the fact that they didnt need to, yet all its shown us is that more than ever that DC is stuck in the past (and by past I do mean the terrible era of the mid 90's).
Guess what DC, how ever much yiu try and say "our last minute firing of our batwoman creative team was not an anti-gay thing, but just our current anti-marriage policy" its going to be seen as a n anti-gay marriage sentiment. You have to grow up and realize that your making policy for peopel who don't exist. "Younger readers", and older ones to don't care if a characters married, they care about thencharacter and te story somethig that dc has obviously lost sight of.
Oh and while I'm still venting, Dan Didio obviously doesn't understand how a monarchy works as if mera and aquaman arent married she cannot be the queen of atlantis. But worry about that little detail, is likely whatntheir saying.