"To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe--the Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Beast--against an infinite legion of parallel realities."
NOW things are getting a whole lot interesting. With the new roster of characters that is a make up of Kings, Scientist, and Magicians, the involvement of John Hickman writing and Steve Epting art, you can bet that not only this will be on my pick up list but that this will be one of the top sell's in Marvel comics. Black Panther, Iron Man, Dr. Strange and just maybe, Mr. Fantastic are going to be the one's that will be most interesting. I'm not too much of a fan of Black Bolt and I don't know why Beast is involved in this roster. I feel as though he was just thrown there because he's the most likely choice for someone that represents the mutants of the group since Professor X is dead. Just hope he (or somebody else) can figure out a way to for Black Bolt to communicate with the group without him leveling up a city lol. My only nit-pick is the title name; New Avengers. I know people will be willing to pick this up if they recognize the name but I'd wish they change the name or just call them "THE ILLUMINATI" since most of these characters are practically founding members of the Illuminati. Hope things won't get a little bumpy to going downhill later on this series as so many series do and then get canceled. Nuff said.
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark was one of those things where you'd like to go check out but could never have the time or money for it. Yet whenever you do, there's either an excuse not to go or in most cases, had forgotten about it. Luckily, broadway shows stick around for a long time, and while I've was always curious on how this show would turn out, I wasn't willing to sit in a crowd room full of little boys and girls screaming as we watch our favorite characters sing like it's a traditional Disney movie for 3 hours. I wanted to kill some time while I was in downtown last week, so I just happen that I finally checked out Spider- Man Turn Off The Dark. I'Ve been hearing a lot of great things about this show, so lets if it lives up to the hype. Here's my review. Oh, and just for the record... SPOILERS!!!
To sum it all up it's your basic Spider-Man Origin story, so by now most people should know his backstory; Peter Parker is a nobody but some how gets bitten by a radioactive spider and has spider like abilities, Uncle Ben tells Peter about his "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility' speech before getting killed by a mugger, is in love with mary Jane but can't tell her about his whereabout for the sake of her safety, dresses up as Spider-man and become a superhero fighting crime, and so on and so forth.. But what so different is that they made some minor tweaking and some changes that would lead up to the events later, and for the sake of the time limit of this show, it was quite a move;
- In this show, Peter goes to a field trip with his classmates where he's bitten by a radioactive spider that was created in Norman Osborn's Genetics Laboratory where his genetic research will help benefit mankind, but once Spider-Man goes public, Norman is angered that he stoled his research and is forced make a decision after being pressured by a Military Organization to execute his project. This will lead up to a confrontation between him and Spider-Man later.
- Norman is married to a woman named Emily, who works with him on his genetic research. What a minute, was he marry in the comics before?
- I don't know if it was intended or just strange coincidences, but the characterization of Norman Osborn sort of resemble the villains in Spider-man movie 1 & 2, the relationship with him and his wife, her tragic death and his mutanted transformation, asking peter to turn to his side, etc.
- There's this Goddess named Arachne that watches over Peter and tells him it's his destiny to be a hero.
- Peter still wins enters the tournament so he can buy a car to impress Mary Jane, but unlike where Peter is responsible for Uncle Ben's death by not stopping the mugger, Ben is killed by a carjacker at home. Thought his changes nothing as Spider-Man's motivation and actions stays the same.
- Unlike the Sinister Six who were made up by previous Spider-man villains in the comics, they were created by Norman Osborn Lab by using genetical engineering on his founder employee's. (More on this later).
Regardless of the changes, it was still a great story. The actors and actress embodied the core of the characters quite well. The stunts and wire work was jaw dropping impressive, I've never seen anything like that was in front of me before and not from the internet. I was really Impressed how they easily kept up with the actors whenever they change scene to scene as well as the designs which mixed with the moods and tones of scene and music. It just shows how much hard work and appreciation these people invest into this project; the performance of the actors/actress, the musicians, the stunt guys, the writers, everyone who ever contributed to this project gets 5 thumbs up from me.
Now with all being said, there has to be a downsides to this story, right? Of course there is, and no matter how perfect a show is there's always somebody that has to do the nit-picking, right?
First off, I don't like this version of the Green Goblin at all. In the comics, he's a major villain that Spider-Man would take very seriously, and wouldn't think twice beating him to death with your bare hands if he killed one of your loved ones. He's like the Joker in the Marvel universe and even once ran a Avengers team. In here, he's more of a goofball, wacky, and at some moments cartoonish character that if he had a master plan, he would tie everyone up on to a chair and torture them by listening to his Elvis impressions rather than blow up a city with his pumpkin bomb. He's a tongue and cheek villain but due to the tone of the show, I understood why they did it since kids were watching this. One thing I've notice is the irony of his death which is a reference to Gwen Stacy death in the comics. At least that was funny. I'll give one credit though, at least he's scarier than the actual Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man movie, put him in there, at least you would think he was crazy.
I don't like the idea that The Sinister Six was genetically created by Green Goblin. In the comics, the villains gained there abilities by the fault of Spider-Man or by other events in there lives, and after losing to Spider-Man so many times, they decide to team up to gain an advantage on him. In here, there just poor unfortunate employees who were Mutanted into Green Goblins personal henchmen and wrack havoc in New York City. At that moment I felt like I was watch a Power Ranger episode, just have 4 different colors of Spider-Man to fight them and there you go, a Power Ranger Musical. Throughout a musical scene, Spider-Man takes out each of them one by one by using one spray of his webbing...WHAT?! We have the Lizard, Kraven The Hunter, Electro, 2 others I don't even know of, and finally Carnage. CARNAGE OF ALL PEOPLE! He's a spawn from Venom and it's host is a psychopath killer, I don't think that'll sit well with kids.
I'm not a fan of broadway shows so you could imagine my irritation when every scene has to have 'characters singing' involved. It also feels weird sitting in front of live actors perform the actions of the characters as though you want to just jump on the stage and tell the character NOT TO DO THAT OR THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU - TRUST ME I"VE READ THE COMICS, while in movie theater there the action is on the screen as though it was a fictional world. When Spider-Man was swinging around, other actors dressed up as Spider-Man started popping out running around the floor, one past by me and never said 'Hi'...I was a sad customer that day. And Finally, $79 dollars to see a broadway show... could've brought 5 movie tickets with that money.
Despite the nit-picks, I really 'liked' the show, I can't imagine myself going out to see this again or in any other broadway shows for that matter. If your a huge hard core, badass, Mr. Know it all Spider-Man fan who's brain is like an encyclopedia following up on every single issue, this is for you. If your a guy who's into broadway shows, you'll probably want to check this out. If your a tourist from overseas who like to kill some time and like Spider-Man, then this is for you. Parents who wants to take there kids out to see Spider-Man, this is for you. But Casual guys and girls who just read comics and doesn't like to get involved with none of that nonsense this isn't for you, or even for everyone anyway. But if your curious and in NYC, get it a shot. If you won't be impressed by the singing and dancing, I'll promise you'll be impressed by the stunt work and background scenes. 4/5 stars.
I need some help because I'm on the fence here. It's been 9 months since dc released 52 on it's titles and some were positive while others weren't that good or just okay-ish. I haven't bought most of these comics because there were too many of them for me to choose from and that some of them weren't interesting to me at the time. Lately, I've looked some interesting images and read some articles on some characters on their titles with crossovers and events. Now regretting it, I want to start getting into them but I don't know where to start.
Can anyone tell me if these titles are any good and worth reading? which one should I get? Give me your thoughts on them too? Thanks.
#!1 Action Comics - Only bought issue one
#2 Wonder Woman - Is she awesome here or not?
#3 Aquaman - Heard his a badass now
#4 Green Lantern w/ Sinestro -... Oh boy
#5 Red Lantern series - I want Hal as a RL
#6 The Flash - Only Bought issue one
#7 Superboy - Liked him in young justice cartoon, how is this series?
#8 Green Arrow - Never bought a GA comic in my life lol.
#9 Supergirl - same here with her lol
#10 Deathstroke - heard he's more brutal and Midnighter and Zealot had appeared in resent issues.
#11 Batwoman - I think I'm gonna like her more than Batgirl
#12 Batman and Robin - Scott Synder's run with Batman is great but how's this one?
#13 Red Hood and the Outlaws - I'm iffy on the series
#14 Captain Atom - was never into him before but how's his series?
#15 Batwing - bought first issue before dropping this. Is he better now?
#16 Birds of Prey - Liked Gail Simone's run but how's this one?
Just reminding myself that the DC Universe revamp comics is coming in September, which is just around the corner. So in case if I forget I'm writing down a list on what comics I'm getting. Despite my mix feelings over the revamp, I'm curious on how good these titles will turn out.
- Justice Legaue #1 - Batgirl #1 - Batwing #1 (Maybe) - Batman #1 - Batman: The Darknight #1 - Nightwing #1 - Detective Comics #1 (Seriously, how many Batman titles are there?) - Deathstorke #1 - Grifter #! - Stormwatch #1 - Men Of War #1 - Superman #1 (Maybe)
That should be it for now. If there's anymore titles I'm interested in I'll sure to add them on this list.
Has anyone read any of the Wildcats: Nemesis Arc books yet? I was thinking about getting this (or the series) sooner or later to learn more about the character, but I wanna hear what your thoughts on the matter. Is the series good, just okay, or just plain suck and not worth the time and money?
Since the costume change and issue #601, some are concerned about the future of her comics and the character. At the same, while she did had some amazing stories, her books wasn't selling as much as Batman, Green Lantern and Superman. I just want to know if you guys still have love for her or not and why? I personally like her, but I don't like and buy her books that much compared to the others.
Can anyone tell me what happened to today's topic of Off My Mind: Female Superhero Costumes - Practical or Exploitive? When I click to the page, it was nothing but a blink page with the title up. I know it should be working since there were the number of comments on the Comic Vine main page. I love the Off My Mind topic's and it would suck if I didn't read it. Can anyone tell me what's going on? Thank you.
Zenescope Entertainment! brings you a Four part mini - series that will make you think twice before getting out of bed. The Waking!
Written by - Raven Gregory Penciled by - Van Drujiniu Colored by - Garry Henderson Letters by - Crank! Production by - David Seidman Synopsis :
In the big city, four police detectives investigating two routine murders discover that the victims of these crimes are coming back from the dead in search of those responsible for taking their lives. Now, the detectives are in a race against time to find the source of the recent "awakenings" and will be torn between doing their jobs or allowing the victims to find their own justice. Meanwhile, a father with an "incredible ability" must choose between avenging his daughter's death or losing her forever... "When was the last time you looked outside Detective? Have you seen what has become of the world you see before you? A city full of violence... Full of pain and misery. You claim to bring Justice, but there is no justice. There never has been... ...Until now!!!" - Jonathan Raine
Main Characters : Detective Laurence O' Brien - Wise and collective, he's partnered with Keith, and deals with his wise crack jokes. Detective Keith Williams - The half cocked, comic relief of the series. He and Laurence get to see the Zombie on an case, first hand. Detective Vanessa Pelagereno - A sister figure with the voice of reason, she doesn't take crap from pervents. She's partnered with Micheal. Detective Michael - Though he's good at his work, he complains about his wife, Betty, having sex with him every night and is taking it's toll on him. Jonathan Raine - A broken man, but with an "Incredible Ability." His daughter was murdered, and will avenge her at any cost. Madison - Jonathan's daughter. She's a murdered victim, and has come back to make sure tha the murderer pays for his crime.
Spoilers / Review : (Don't worry, I won't spoil too much...)
Well, I've finally got the chance to read this fantastic series, The Waking. Just to let you guy's know out there, though I've seen my fair share of Zombie movies and comics, I'm not much of a fan of them. (Except for the Resident Evil series and Marvel Zombies). This was one of those times that I had to keep an open mind, because the more it progressed I began to enjoy it more. So you can say it was well worth the time for a good read.
The story was pretty simple to follow, as it goes from just your 'Detectives solving a case story' to an gory Zombie fest. I thought the dialouge and realilistic character designs fit well with the story, and the narration was okay that still maintained it's suspense to the end and doesnt go overboard with those 'long ass unnecessary jibberish' that get's you thrown off from the story. (JUST LIKE WHAT MOST COMIC BOOKS DO). There are some degree of humour here that gives the right expressions of the characters, and wow...a good amount of sex appeal. As I said before the art design was great, because I have to note that whenever I look at the torn up corpses and creepy Zombies roaming around the city, I thought they were pretty wicked. The panals with high and low angles, and action scenes seems to pop out. The layout is basicly New York City, though I don't know where they're at since they could be anywhere, it's nice that this story doesn't take place at some 'god forsaken, unheard of town'. What's even more interesting about this series are the main characters themselves. They all played their parts well. If I had to choose, my favorite character would be Keith. His wise ass, hot headed, comic relief personality was what got me into liking him more. And poor Michael...I say just had a couple of nights to rest before having another round with your wife.
However, there are some minor grips that I had with this series. First off, Laurence and Keith were not seen nor mencened in the end of the series. Micheal was narrating at the time, and judging by how he briefly talked about Venessa, it's as though they were killed. Something tell's me that their not, but it would be nice to see what they're up to. I was a little off by the ending but it didn't distracted me from the the series, I'd say just let it be. As I was reading, I figured that one of the 4 detectives killed the girl by accident which caused this mess, and by killing him/her would create a traggic event that would change things forever. But that wasn't the case. For years, comic books aim to young adults now, meaning cursing. Though I've seen (and heard) the "F" word plenty on times, 'this was the first time I ever saw the word "M----- F-----" in a comic before'. That was a twist...
Regardless this was REALLY entertaining, and the creators did an excellent job on making this series, I'm looking forward to buying this when it comes out some time around early 2010 and I hope this sell's well. Please give this a shot! 8 out of 10.