I was reading Archie: Will you Marry Me? comic book the other day and the moment I saw it, my instantaneous reaction was like, "oh thank heaven, this douchebag has finally made up his mind after like 71 years." I was a fan of Archie Comics who had been reading them for a very long time and like anybody else, I was always thinking of whom Archie Andrews will marry in the future? Will it be the sweet, lovable, caring Betty Cooper? Or will it be the spoiled, rich prima donna Veronica Lodge? Heh, you can already tell which of these girls I favor the most. Yes, I think Archie should marry Betty just because they are meant for each other. That's my take...however I do think Cheryl Blossom IS the perfect one. I'm sure everyone has their own opinion on that.
This discussion has been debated for many years and within those years, people have devised their own speculations and theories about it, including me. Finally, on 2010, we were unveiled with Archie: WIll You Marry Me? issues to finally reveal the true conclusion of Riverdale's love triangle dilemma. I was excited about it and I just couldn't wait to see the final outcome of the Archie universe but to my surprise, it was neither a conclusion nor a final outcome. It was a goddamn "What If?" situation. It's basically two stories beginning with Archie proposing to Veronica and got married. Then Archie goes into this twilight zone thing where he goes back into the past and proposed to Betty instead. It's a lousy take if you ask me and that proves to show that after 71 years, the publishers still can't make their own goddamn mind.
I was truly disappointed with these issues because it doesn't say anything or resolve anything. What could've been the most awesomest event in the comic book history is only just a theory and for all we know, this marriage speculation will go and on and on until judgment day. This is why I stop reading Archie Comics altogether because the publishers just don't want to take risks. I find it be incredibly boring and stupid to see Archie and the gang to still be in high school, getting in trouble, going to the beach, drinking sodas at Pop's over and over again. They even recycle the same jokes and events over the years and it's driving me nuts. What they really need to do is update the series. Take DC and Marvel Comics for example. Many things have happened since the day those comic books were introduced. Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman are married, Spider-Man 's Gwen Stacy is dead, the Juggernaut joined the X-Men for awhile, Tim Drake is the third Robin , Batman is dead, Captain America is dead, etc. All of these gave us comic book readers quite a shock but that goes to show that both DC and Marvel have guts. We mourn about it but we later accept it because that's how it is. People changed, bad things happen, and all those past events will be remembered and cherished forever in our hearts.
So back to Archie Comics, the publishers should really consider changing things a little. Sure, they have introduced new characters like that Lopez chick, the new gay guy that I can't remember his name but that's not enough. Make something drastic. Make the gang go to college, make one of the faculties retire and bring us new ones, get rid of Moose or someone in the gang and introduce to us new people, get rid of Pop's, make one of the faculties die of old age, etc. Just make some new materials, for heaven's sake. And please, make Archie be officially married. Will it be Betty or will it be Veronica? I don't care. I don't think anybody gives a damn about it anymore. Just make something up, stick to it and move on.
To be fair, Archie: Will You Marry Me? is a good graphic novel because it shows us the outcomes of the two marriages, which are interesting and fun to read. However, you'd wish it's an actual event and not just a "what if?" thing. My rating: 3/5 stars.
According to this Yahoo! article, it says that The Lizard, The Vulture and Black Cat might make their appearances to the silver screen. What you guys think? I think it's gonna be great to see three villains at the same time (If the rumor is true) provided that the producers know how to pull this off. There's also a caution at the end of the article where the movie might introduced the son of Peter and Mary-Jane Parker. Wow, what a bad idea. Anyway, the main thing that has me excited is to see Black Cat in the movie. I've been waiting for this moment because she's one of my favorite female comic book characters. It'll be cool to see Peter Parker having some sort of love trouble with the ladies (Mary-Jane, Gwen Stacy and Black Cat). Can't wait. However, the biggest question is who is fit enough to fill in the feline fatale's shoes?
Personally, I wanted to have Jessica Alba or Scarlett Johansson to be Black Cat but too bad they've already been reserved as the Invisible Woman and the Black Widow so scratched that idea. The article mentioned Rachel McAdams and Julia Stiles to play Black Cat. Rumor has it that Rachel declined the offer but as for Julia, no news so far. No offense but I truly feel Julia Stiles shouldn't be Black Cat. Don't get me wrong. Julia is a great actress but she definitely doesn't fit to be the feline bombshell, just like how I feel about Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane. Yeah, to this day I still feel Kirsten isn't the perfect choice as Spidey's love interest ever since the first movie. It should be someone else but oh well, you can't win 'em all. When I saw Spider-Man 3, I thought Bryce Dallas Howard was perfect as Felicia Hardy's alter ego but once again, she already has a role as Gwen Stacy. Bummer!
I read somewhere in the ComicVine forums where some of you suggested Pamela Anderson as Black Cat. Interesting choice...but no. Perhaps a supermodel should play as Black Cat like Hilary Rhoda or Gisele Bundchen. That would be awsome. Anybody has other suggestions?
Though this list is still not a complete one since I still haven't played other good comic book games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, X-Men: The Arcade Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Marvel vs Capcom 2, but for now allow me to show you my personal Favorite Comic Book Games, and they are (In Order):
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time (Arcade, SNES) One of my all time favorite games. This game was released when the Turtles and Nintendo was at the peak of success at the time, and I was very lucky enough to be part of it. Turtles In Time is a solid beat-em-up game with memorable characters, awesome music and non-stop action. A perfect blend of a true arcade game. Recommended playing with friends.
2. Batman Returns (SNES) Normally movie-based video games either a hit or miss (Mostly a big miss) but Batman Returns was surprisingly good. You play as Batman obviously and you get to play in locales which took place in the movie and fight bosses from the movie as well. The most coolest thing in the game (Which was not from the movie) is the power bomb that Batman throws to the ground, the screen fades to white and everybody gets knocked out. Fantastic!
3. Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Arcade, Dreamcast, PS) This game throws in a whole smorgasbord of characters, fun and action, and the developers did a good job of mixing them all together into pure greatness. Nothing is more painful and menacing than fighting with the almighty Onslaught who is a real pain in the butt. But it was worth it.
4. The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES) I'm a big fan of the Animated Series and it's still my favorite Batman cartoon compared to the other shows that comes after it (The Batman...uggh!). The Adventures of Batman & Robin had great visuals, sound effects and it really stays true to the source material. The character sprites really stood up and it was fun beating the hell out of everything. The only bummer about this game is no multiplayer. Even though the title says "Batman & Robin" you'd assume you get to play as both characters but no, Robin only makes one appearance and that's it. So lame. Also, the game was really tough in general even for a gaming expert like me, especially the Two-Face's driving stage and the Riddler's puzzle stage. If you haven't seen the Riddler's "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" episode then you'll never guess the answer to the minotaur's riddle. Good luck figuring that one out.
5. Spider-Man (PS, N64, PC) If you're playing Spider-Man for the first time right now, you'll be baffled as to how awful the characters look like with its blocky figures and terrible facial makeover but at the time, it was one of the best game you'd ever seen. Spider-Man gets to meet all the classic bad guys like Venom, Doc Ock, Carnage, Rhino, Scorpion, Mysterio and Lizard with the help of the feline babe- the Black Cat.
6. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PS2, XBOX, PS3, XBOX360, PSP) I believe superhero games are best played with a friend, and Ultimate Alliance is no exception. Ultimate Alliance has a great story and kick ass cutscenes which will not disappoint any Marvel fans.
7. X-Men Legends (PS2, XBOX) Another amazing Marvel game but this time, it focuses solely on the X-Men. The game starts with a character named Alice who is new to the X-Men and is confused with her surroundings and her newly ability to create lava powers (Thus calling her Magma). It's a great story and it's fun exploring the Xavier's Institute for the first time.
8. Batman: Return of The Joker (NES, Game Boy) This game is a followup to the Batman game on the NES which I didn't get a chance to play honestly even though it was nominated to be one of the best NES games of all time. Anyway, Batman doesn't use a lot of his fists in Return of The Joker but instead, he uses a bat gun which you can upgrade it using power ups. It was pretty challenging like its predecessor but it has a great soundtrack to boot and the tune still lingers in my mind to this day.
9. Spider-Man: The Video Game (Arcade) While it may not have anything spectacular due to its short length, but it was a great experience to play with three other buddies as Spider-Man, Black Cat, Hawkeye and Namor the Sub-Mariner. The only bummer about this game is that it was only released for the arcade and not home consoles. Please re-release it on XBLA or the PSP.
10. The Death & Return of Superman (SNES) Probably the only Superman game that didn't suck, The Death & Return of Superman tells a tale of the defeat of the Man of Steel after getting clobbered by Doomsday and he was presumed dead to the world. Soon after, a bunch of other playable superheroes emerge who have some resemblance to Superman and they are the Cyborg, The Eradicator, Superboy and Steel. Though the game had a great storyline, The Death & Return of Superman was slow paced in general because of the enemies who kept coming and coming even you haven't pass to the next screen.
So there you have it- my favorite comic book games of all time, but what about my least favorite? Next blog. So until then, play more games (And don't neglect your comic books too).
Hey wassup guys. How's it going? Just wanna add a quick note by saying that I've been buying a lot of comic books over the past few weeks. It seems that I'm bringing back my comic book addiction again after a few years of hiatus. Bought myself some Power Girl issues, some old X-Men collection, some DC stuff and most notably The Art of Joe Jusko. It's a big book that consists of countless drawings of Jusko's masterpieces from the Heavy Metal era to the Marvel era. Great stuff. As a kid back in the day, I'd see the drawings from the Marvel Masterpieces cards and went "how the hell did he draw all these stuff? The lighting, the skin textures and the anatomy are fantastic." After numerous attempts with the colour pencils I then realized he used oil painting for his drawings which was something I never had the chance to try it out until secondary years. Joe was even kind enough to have a small painting tutorial at the back of the book. Thanks man! Jusko is one of my favourite artists of all time and if you happen to his fan too, I highly recommend checking this book out. It's a little pricey but it's worth it.
Earlier this afternoon, I learned how to customize my profile page the right way. The one I've uploaded now looks pretty good I must say but I wish we could cover the whole page instead of only covering the banner. It feels a little bit blank at the moment cos I'm just testing it out but I will add more pictures eventually so for now, Black Cat will help entertain my page (Courtesy of Joe Jusko).
If you haven't well lucky you. Batman: Dark Tomorrow is a game for the Nintendo GameCube and XBOX and it sucks real bad. You can check my review from GiantBomb here to find out more about its suckiness. In the review, I mentioned that the only thing good about the game is the storyline. It has some great cutscenes featuring a good line of villains to boot but overall Dark Tomorrow is such a random mess.
It's really a shame because they have all of our favourite comic book characters like Batman (Duh), the Oracle, Robin, Batgirl, the Joker, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Mr. Zsasz, etc. but the game doesn't do a good job portraying them properly. The controls are wonky, the graphics is terrible and the background music is too soft. The boss battle is probably the stupidest thing ever. Doesn't take a genius to figure out how to beat them. All you do is just mash buttons and that's it. It's so stupid and so hilarious at the same time. It's like the programmers don't know anything about programming or assembling a game at all. Shame on you guys!
Normally for this kind of game I would give it a 1 star rating but for its decent plot and graphics, it gets a least 3 stars out of 5. Now, a new Batman game is on the works titled Batman: Arkham Asylum and don't worry, it's not made by the same idiots who did Dark Tomorrow. Thank god. If you haven't seen or heard about the game I'd say go check it out. The screenshots and the trailers look amazing. I can't wait to play this game. Let's just hope it won't be a disappointment.
Hey guys. Psykhophear here. Just wanna say that I'm very new in ComicVine but I'm very excited to make contributions with the website. I need some friends and enemies alike so feel free to add me as you see fit. Do also check my other website with similar concept like this which is GiantBomb.com. Nothing else to say except that I'm more loyal to the DC Universe as oppose to Marvel Universe but overall I like 'em both.